Top 3 Powder Highlighters

If like me you’re a highlighter queen and don’t leave the house without gleaming cheekbones then this post is for you. Here are my top 3, ride or die, best in the world powder highlighters. These are products I use every single day and have purchased and repurchased over the years. Enjoy!

Mary-Lou Manzier- The Balm

The Balm are well known for their outgoing names and cheeky puns. But also known for the immense quality products. I may be wrong but my guess is the Mary-Lou has got to be their best selling product. I’ve gone through about 3 of these compacts over the years, it’s not so subtle golden silver glow is enough to melt all your woes away. It is honestly my go to, number 1 highlight. 4 compacts later, I’m still in love. Currently £17.49 for 8.5g  in Superdrug.

Soft & Gentle – Mac Cosmetics

I mean if you didn’t guess this would be on the list then what are you doing here. Just kidding, I know S&G is quite highly sought after and raved about a lot in the beauty world but it’s for good reason! This highlighter gives a gorgeous soft pinky hued glow that lasts all day and blends perfectly into the rest of your make up.My only slight query with this highlighter is that it’s super powdery so sometimes I feel a bit like I’m losing a lot of product. Currently £24 for 10g in Debenhams.

Naked Illuminated Aura – Urban Decay

This was one of the first powder highlighters I ever bought, I’ve now been through 2 boxes and still love it, it’s the kind of highlighter that is almost just like sheer glitter and I love it! Whether used on its own for a glittery pop or over another highlighter to give an actual sheen that could be seen from space – it always does the trick. I’ve recommended this to so many of my friends and clients throughout the years, there’s also two other shades of this highlight now and both are equally as pretty. Currently £22.50 for 6g in Debenhams.


Below are swatches with and without flash of the products. Top is Mary-Lou, middle if Soft & Gentle and lastly Urban’s Aura.

So there we go my top 3 highlighters in powder formula. If you were considering purchasing any of these products then I hope my swatches and comments help with your decision. I would recommend these products in a heartbeat, they’re all honestly great and not crazy expensive either so you’re not going to be breaking the bank here!


Let me know you’re favourite highlighters because I’m always on the lookout for new products! Thanks for the read,

Coral xo