Ten Under £10: Face Highlighters

best highlighters for under £10

The “Ten Under £10” edition of the Weekly Window Shop was so very popular that I decided to make it a  regular, standalone feature. Because who doesn’t want a round-up of brilliant and affordable stuff?

Ten Under £10 will concentrate mostly on beauty, but if there’s a particularly good glut of other things for under a tenner at any given time then I could be swayed! I do love a good fashion bargain…

I’ll usually have a video to go with any beauty round-ups; it’s handy to see the products “in real life” – especially if they’re makeup items – and even handier to watch them being applied. I’ve kicked off the series with my top 10 face highlighters (or illuminators, strobe creams) for under £10. As always, I welcome any suggestions or additions to the selection and apologise if I’ve missed out anything spectacular – I try dozens and dozens of products when I research these sorts of posts and videos, but it’s impossible to try absolutely everything. Especially brands not easily available in the UK.

budget makeup highlighters

So, my favourite cheekbone, cupid’s bow and bridge-of-the-nose highlighters for under a tenner – a nice selection here, including products that can be used beneath your face base as well as cream sticks than can be very simply drawn on and blended in with fingertips.

The skin highlighters that have made it into my makeup bag over the past few weeks – the ones I have really found to be very useful, effective, wearable and believable – are briefly described below, but you can find longer reviews as well as watch them being applied in the following video. (If you can’t see the video then please click here.)

See anything you fancy? Here are my top (glow) pops – the face highlighters that I’ve been drawn to again and again over the past few weeks:

best highlighters for under £10

Bourjois Sculpt Light (online here) is a really very powerful highlighter that simply needs to be dodded on and blended in wherever you require a little spotlight on the skin. It can also be mixed (in very small amounts!) into foundation or tinted moisturiser to give a lift and overall glow, although….

l'oreal lumi magique review

…the Lumi Magique (here) from L’Oreal is more purpose-built for adding an overall glow. Applied as a primer before foundation it gives a gorgeous radiance that shines through even quite heavy coverage bases.

best highlighters for under £10

Topshop’s Glow in “Polish” (here) is a long-term favourite of mine – it feels very high-end, but costs just a fraction of some of the luxury offerings. I just apply it to tops of cheekbones with my fingertips, but you could use a brush if you have one small enough to fit nicely into the pot!

best highlighters for under £10

Then there’s the Sculpt and Glow from Models Own (here) – again, a very powerful highlighter, very much along the same vein as MAC’s Strobe Cream but much cheaper. Megawatt shine if you want to do that full-on strobing thing!

The complete list of the highlighters shown in the video is as follows:

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer*, £9.99: http://amzn.to/2esiF8l

NYX Liquid Illuminator, £9.99: http://amzn.to/2esk0vy

Models Own Sculpt & Glow, Brilliance, £7.50: http://bit.ly/2eahOVj

Bourjois Sculpt Light Strobing Illuminator, currently £7.65 at FeelUnique! http://bit.ly/2dWjBT0

KIKO Radiant Touch, £9.90: http://bit.ly/2eajkGW

Tanya Burr Cheek Illuminator in Forever Summer, £6.99: http://tidd.ly/3ed869f0

Barry M Strobing Cream in Iced Bronze: http://tidd.ly/fdb372c7

Sleek Highlighting Palette in Cleopatra’s Kiss, £9.99: http://tidd.ly/f1a2c24

Topshop Glow in Polish, £9: http://bit.ly/2eafXQu

L’Oreal True Match Powder Glow Illuminator in Golden Glow, £7.99: http://tidd.ly/53abb475

*please note that I have been recently announced as being part of the new L’Oreal Beauty Squad, creating skincare content for the next year. Any work I do in relation to that role will be clearly marked “AD”, otherwise the inclusion of a product – as in this video – is purely editorial, unsponsored and unpaid.

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