Today I’m sharing the best highlighters under $10 for pale skin. Highlighting is an obsession of mine and even when I don’t contour (because let’s be real, I don’t contour every day), I still like to use a highlighter on my cheekbones. I love to glow. And when you’re pale like me, it can be hard to find a highlighter that’s lighter than my skintone. If a highlighter matches my skintone exactly, it doesn’t do its job.
Best Highlighters Under $10 for Pale Skin
PR + purchased by me.
These are mostly indie brands, since you get more for your money with indies. I did include a few drugstore options, too. All are cruelty free, of course, and many are vegan.
Top – Aromaleigh Ostara – Aromaleigh Thalassa – Notoriously Morbid Osteomancy – Notoriously Morbid Harlequin – Silk Naturals Close-Up
Bottom – Nyx Sunbeam – Nyx Lavender Lust – Essence Pure Nude
L to R Aromaleigh Convallaria Majalis – Hippomane Mancinella – Magellanic Cloud – Ostara
L to R Aromaleigh Thalassa – Ostara – Pegasos
Aromaleigh Mini Highlighter in Convallaria Majalis $7 (vegan) (4 grams of product in a 10 gram jar)
A pale translucent buff taupe powder with subtle blue green pearlescence.
Aromaleigh Mini Highlighter in Diana $7 (vegan)
This is a pale gold highlighter with a soft blue shift. I just ordered this one and can’t wait for it to get here.
Aromaleigh Mini Highlighter in Hippomane Mancinella $7 (vegan)
This is a unusual pale green with violet iridescence. It’s really neat.
Aromaleigh Mini Highlighter in Magellanic Cloud $7
A buff base with intense teal iridescence.
Aromaleigh Mini Highlighter in Ostara $7 (vegan)
This is a pale peach with a violet pink shift. It’s another favorite highlighter of mine, right behind Osteomancy.
Aromaleigh Mini Highlighter in Pegasos $7
This is a pale silver with an aqua green shift.
Aromaleigh Mini Highlighter in Thalassa $7 (vegan)
This is a pale teal blue with strong green to gold iridescence. I need to wear this one soon! It’s very mermaidy.
Aromaleigh has a lot more ‘normal’ highlighting shades to offer, I just favor the stranger ones. They also offer a much larger highlighter size for $14, as well as sample sizes.
L to R Notoriously Morbid Power of the Fae – Harlequin – Osteomancy – Ofra You Glow Girl – Ofra You Dew You
Notoriously Morbid Highlighter in Harlequin – $8.50 (vegan) (4 to 4.5 grams of product in a 20 gram jar)
This is a white highlighter with a lavender red shift.
Notoriously Morbid Highlighter in Osteomancy – $8.50 (vegan)
This is a white highlighter with a silvery-blue shift. I think it’s absolutely stunning on pale skin. It’s my go-to daily highlighter and I talk about it in my Cruelty Free Ride or Die video.
Notoriously Morbid Highlighter in Power of the Fae – $8.50 (vegan)
This is an ecru white with a golden shift.
Nyx Cosmetics (drugstore)
L to R – Nyx Sunbeam – Nyx Lavender Lust – Essence Pure Nude – Saucebox Nikki Beach
Nyx Born to Glow Illuminator in Sunbeam $7.49 (.5 oz)
This is a pretty, subtle pale pink pearl liquid highlighter. People often claim this is an affordable dupe for NARS Copacabana.
Nyx Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in Lavender Lust $7.99 (.21 oz)
This is a pretty, subtle light pinky-lavender highlighter.
L to R Silk Naturals Flattery – Close Up – Spotlight
Silk Naturals Illuminating Powder in Close-Up $9.95 (vegan) (1 tablespoon in a 30 gram jar)
This is a subtle glow that can be used all over or just as a highlight. It’s a cruelty free dupe for MAC Lightscapade MSF. MAC Lightscapade is often named as the best highlighter for pale skin. The Silk Naturals Illuminating Powders are great for someone who wants a subtle glow all over or just a subtle skin highlight rather than a very strong highlight.
Silk Naturals Illuminating Powder in Flattery $9.95 (vegan)
This is a perfecting powder with pink, blue, gold and purple interference colors to perk up the complexion.
Silk Naturals Illuminating Powder in Spotlight $9.95 (vegan)
This is a very slightly pink perfecting powder.
Saucebox Highlighter in Nikki Beach $6.99 (4 gram pan)
This product is almost sold out but I wanted to list it here because it’s gorgeous. It’s a pale gold shimmer. It will be gone soon, so if it’s a color you love you should grab it before it’s gone!
Honorable Mention – Geek Chic
L to R Everlasting Storm – Petrichor – Glacial Ice – Aurora Borealis – Danxia Dawn – Flamingo Love Nest
Geek Chic Gossamer Ethereal Illuminators are just slightly over the $10 mark at $10.99 (5 grams in a 20 gram jar), so I wanted to mention them because they have some really beautiful colors. They’re all vegan, too.
Pale lavender with a pinky-violet glow, purple sparkles and rose shimmer.
This is a soft turquoise green with a minty green glow.
Soft dove grey with a silver sheen.
Pale blue with a blue shift.
Taupe pink with gold shift.
Flamingo Love Nest
Pale coral-peach with orange-copper shift
Every company seems to make their label sizing a little differently, whether it’s because they use grams instead of ounces, different sizes of gram jars, etc. According to Google, 4 grams is about .14 oz., 5 grams is about .176 oz and 1 tablespoon is about .5 oz.
What are your favorite pale girl friendly highlighters for under $10? Are there any shades that I need to check out? Let me know below!
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