Luckily, there's a solution out there that will allow you to have your cake and eat it too -- because as fate would have it, there are tons of budget highlighters out there. Some of them are obvious dupes of pricier products, while some have more original formulas -- but they're all utterly fab, and they offer a great way to try out every single type of luminizer out there from cream to powder (and, indeed, cream-to-powder). So, with all that in mind, take a look at 13 amazing drugstore highlighters -- all happily under $15 a pop.
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Best Drugstore Highlighter for On the Go
About as convenient as they come, ultra-pigmented and available at your local drugstore? Maybelline's Master Strobing Stick is an all-around win. It glides onto the skin with an easy application, and imparts a soft glow to your skin, sans the annoyingly obvious flecks of glitter that can be found in some budget highlighters. Its cream-to-powder formula blends like a dream and comes in two shades (a peach champagne and a gold bronze).
Best Drugstore Highlighter for Serious Star Power
L'Oreal's True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator imparts a high-shine, almost metallic glow to your complexion, with lots of shimmer to spare. It definitely packs a major pigment punch -- though have no fear, its liquid formula makes it easy to blend out for a more natural look. Plus, if you're feeling extra adventurous, you can always add a little bit to your foundation for a little extra strobe factor.
Best Drugstore Highlighter for Getting the Kardashian Look
At just $6, the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter is quite the steal -- plus, it has the distinction of being one of Khloe Kardashian's favorite highlighters. Khloe definitely knows what she's talking about, because in addition to being a seriously good deal, this highlighter is long-wearing and intensely shimmery (in a good way) -- it imparts a gorgeous, duochrome glow to every complexion. Another bonus? They're imprinted with a wavy pattern that really shows off their shine, so they look amazing in the pan.
Best Drugstore Highlighter for IG-Filtered Perfection
Joining the ranks of Revlon's well-liked Photoready Insta-Fix series is a new highlighter -- as with the rest of the line, it comes in stick formula, and boasts a killer formula. It also happens to live up to its "Insta-Fix" name, as it manages to blur imperfections whilst adding an otherworldly glow to your face, just like your favorite IG filters. Add all that to the fact that it's very easy to work with, and you've got yourself a real drugstore contender.