Best Drugstore Highlighter Dupes

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BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter - Champagne vs. J. Cat Beauty You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

*Both brands are certified cruelty-free according to Ethical Elephant and PETA. Makeup Maven, Kristin, says: What a find! This J. Cat highlighter is not exactly the same as the Becca - it appears slightly darker in tone and is more dry to the touch. However, on the skin, there is not a noticeable difference. Both blended into the skin beautifully and wore well throughout the day. Absolutely no need to splurge here. Buy our pick

Lorac Light Source Illuminating Highlighter vs. Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

*Essence is certified cruelty-free according to Ethical Elephant but Lorac is NOT. Makeup Guru, Kristin, says: These are very nice products - they are both smooth, finely milled powders that blend into the skin nicely, last throughout the entire day and give off a beautiful sheen without any glitter or texture. The Essence highlighter is just slightly more dry to the touch, but that didn't set it apart during wear. While the colors look similar in the pan, the Essence has a pink undertone while the Lorac is a champagne-gold. Both good products, but I think the Essence definitely dupes the prestige formula here (and is under $5!). A great find. Buy our pick

Bare Minerals Endless Glow Highlighter in Fierce vs. Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Sunglow

*Both brands are cruelty-free according to Cruelty-Free Kitty. Makeup Maven, Kayla, says: Bare Minerals Endless Glow Highlighter in ‘Fierce’ is $29 for 10 grams while Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in ‘Sunglow’ is $9.99 for 8.5 grams. Both brands come in plastic snap cases. Bare Minerals does have a mirror while Milani does not. Both brands are very smooth to the touch & blend out really well on the skin. Milani is more of a true champagne type gold & Bare Minerals is more of a bronze gold. I am light-skinned & Bare Minerals shows a bit of a bronze cast if I use too much. This will probably be better for me when I have a tan. While both brands are quite similar in formula they are not a color dupe. Buy our pick

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact - Bronze vs. Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips

*Physician's Formula is cruelty-free according to Ethical Elephant, but Bobbi Brown is NOT. Makeup Maven, MK, says: First off, I used to be obsessed with the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick when I worked in New York City. It always gave me the glow I wanted on my skin but sometimes the price tag was just too much for a starving guru in NYC. In all those times I wish I knew about the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips because they are literally the perfect dupe for the shimmer brick. The color range is very comparable which was the first thing that caught my eye. The other thing was the packaging. Both are compacts with mirrors which is great to touch up your highlight on the go. The Physicians Formula one does come with a hidden brush whereas the Bobbi Brown does not. I also want to warn that the Bobbi Brown is very soft as it's twice-baked and you need to keep the Styrofoam piece inside to keep it from breaking if you travel with it. Personally I am a little worried because at the $48 price tag I don't think I could or would be able to buy a new one every time it breaks. However, for $15.95 I don't mind replacing because a few of the Physicians Formula Shimmer strips equals purchasing one shimmer brick. Both products are great on the cheeks and guess what the eyes as well! The shimmer quality is amazing in both products and they last the same amount of time. I was greatly impressed that the results in my highlight were the same. There is a size difference as the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick you get .4oz and the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips you get .26. Both are great products and do the same thing. It really comes down to what's in a name.....and does that name truly equal the price tag? Buy our pick

Ofra Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter vs. Makeup Obsession Mega Honey Highlighter

*Both brands are cruelty-free. Makeup Maven, Kayla, says: Ofra Cosmetics in ‘Rodeo Drive’ is $29 for 10 grams while Makeup Obsession in ‘Mega Honey’ is $4.99 for 7.5 grams. Both of these high lighters are very soft & fragile. So, be careful when using. I didn’t drop these and both brands broke on me while just storing them in my alex drawer and moving them around with regular use. I am an avid user of Rodeo Drive. It is one of my favorite highlighters. I have a few on back up and one I take when traveling. So, to test out a highlighter that may be a dupe got me all excited! They both feel very soft and buttery. While swatching, Ofra definitely is bronzer. During application though they are almost identical on my light skin. Both are incredibly blinding, easy to blend and lasted all day on my skin. This is a fantastic dupe for Ofra. You seriously cannot beat the price. *Makeup Maven, Brianna Z, also tested these products and says that both highlighters are very creamy and you can achieve your desired look in one swipe. She was impressed by the wear time of both as well. Buy our pick

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