5 Korean Dupes For Popular High-End Highlighters

By July 5, 2017

It’s time to get that summer glow! Here is the best Korean highlighter dupe to replace your favorite expensive one.

I’m all about a natural look, no cake-y makeup here (if that’s your jam, no judging here). My normal makeup routine usually consists of a BB cushion, mascara, brows, and a little highlight. Since I usually go for a more natural look, highlight is super important since it brings my face to life and really helps to illuminate my skin for the perfect fresh-faced look.

And now that summer is finally here, it’s a time to perfect that no makeup-makeup look. So here’s a cheat sheet to find the best Korean highlighter that dupes your pricey Western one. (Not sure where to highlight? Read our in-depth guide here.)

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow $68 vs. Son and Park Face Lighting & Shading $33

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If you like to both contour and highlight, this compact will be your new go-to. Just like the Charlotte Tilbury one, it comes with two shades: the contour to define and sculpt the face and the highlight to add in a fresh, dewy look.

Start with the contour shade along the jawline, forehead, and sides of the nose to slim down the face and give it more structure. The highlight shade will bring the face back to life by giving a beautiful subtle sheen to the skin. This palette is perfect for those who want a natural contour and glow to complete their everyday look.

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream ($33) vs. 3CE Back To Baby Glow Beam (currently $15, regularly $21)

Having the perfect dewy look is all about providing the right base, which is why adding a touch of the 3CE Back To Baby Glow Beam to your BB cream or foundation will you give a healthy and radiant glow. This iridescent cream will provide you with a more subtle luminosity than the MAC strobe cream while also priming and perfecting your skin.

Even better, since Korea is all about a skin first mentality, you can bet there are some skin-boosting ingredients in this highlighter, like chamomile to soothe and trehalose to help the skin retain moisture. Also, this is a cream highlighter, so it’s perfect for those with normal to dry skin who tend to avoid powders.

KKW Beauty Creme Contour And Highlight Kit $48 vs. Etude House Play 101 Stick Contour Duo $14

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Don’t even worry if you missed the perpetually sold out Kim Kardashian highlighter and contour stick (it’s probably super overrated, anyway), because you can get a much better product that’s actually available for a fraction of the cost.

If you’re a beginner, the Etude House Play 101 Stick Contour Duo is great because it comes in an easy-to-use stick form with a creamy formula that blends effortlessly. Much like the Son and Park Face Lighting & Shading Kit, you can contour and highlight the face for a more balanced and enhanced look. The formula is lightweight so you won’t feel like you’re packing on more makeup, and at only $14, you’re getting two products in one.

Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter $26 vs. Son and Park Highlighter Cube $12

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We all know the effects of the summer heat (AKA your makeup melting off the second you walk out the door), so it’s perfect that the Son and Park Highlighter Cube comes in convenient on-the-go packaging, allowing you to take your highlight with you.

Just like the popular Benefit High Beam, the Son & Park highlighter gets its glow from shimmery fine particles of mica—a fine mineral dust that reflects light for a lasting glow. Just a few dabs on the high points of your face, like the cheekbones, bridge of your nose, and Cupid’s bow, and you’ll be glowing in no time.

Guerlain Météorites Illuminating Powder Compact $62 vs. Etude House Secret Beam Highlighter $11.70

Yes, you can get the same pretty high beam multi-colored high beam effect as the pricey Guerlain cult product for way less money. The Etude House Secret Beam Highlighter is a powder packed with a blend of six color tiles that come in two different color tones—pink and white or gold and beige—so you can choose the one that fits your skin tone the best.

It has a highly pigmented formula so all you need is a few swipes for an out-of-this-world glow. Since it’s a powder, it’s made for oily skin types because it allows you to keep your face matte while having shine where you want.

Bottom line:

There are plenty of options for Korean highlighters that rival those of the West in pigment and in price. So if you’re looking to up your summer glow, check out some of these products to complete your look.

+ What do you think is the best Korean highlighter? Let us know in the comments below!

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