It’s no secret that some of the beauty brands making waves online are yet to make it onto our shores. We’re all too familiar with the struggle of spending hours (and even days) googling and hunting for ways to get our hands on loot from Kat Von D, Too Faced, Cover FX, Colourpop, and—sigh—you know the rest!
The local beauty scene, however, isn't as lacking as what you might think. Even in the highlighter department, getting your glow on is completely possible with products available in your nearby shops and malls, regardless of your budget. And to save you even more time, we compiled the products that are completely worth a try–from the luxurious down to the budget-friendly.
NARS Cosmetics Illuminator in Copacabana, P1750, Glorietta 4
Curious as to what’s been giving Nadine Lustre’s cheeks that blinding glow? Well, her makeup artist was generous enough to answer that question for us. Jelly Eugenio's secret is NARS' Copacabana with the classic blush in Orgasm.
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder, Rustan’s Shangri-la
For those who prefer a powder highlight, Laura Mercier’s newest collection of highlighters comes in colors that can complement a wide range of skin tones. Also, look at those swirls! The beauty brand definitely came through with this one.
Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette, P875, SM Megamall & Zalora
When Jaclyn Hill swatched this palette on her Snapchat, the Internet lost its chill. The colors and intense pigmentation caught everyone off guard that the product was in their carts within the next minute. Don’t even get us started on the palette’s packaging–the luxurious, reflective gold makes it impossible to detect just how affordable it is. You might not even believe us when we tell you that you can buy this palette here for less than 900 pesos.
Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color in Sin City, P499, SM Makati
Pink Sugar is a new local brand that has been all over beauty blogs lately, and considering how affordable their products are, nobody’s surprised. Sin City is a highlighter that comes off as a stark white at first, but it also contains a hint of gold that makes it more wearable. Some bloggers even compared it to NARS Albatross, but this one actually retails for less than 500 pesos. No, really, it does.
E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal, P139.75, Watson’s SM Megamall
If you’re looking for a more affordable option, this cream-based highlighter from ELF is your best bet. You can even use it under your powder for extra drama.
See? You can buy a decent highlighter with the price of a cheeseburger in this country, so stop moping around and get your glow on with all these locally available gems!