The $8 Highlighter That’ll Hit The Top Of Your Holiday List

By Samantha Sasso

After Fenty Beauty launched in September, my friend group chat lit up like a Christmas tree with questions about the formula and which products to buy from the collection. Besides the innovative foundation, it was easy for me to recommend the Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick. It’s simple to use, highly pigmented, and meant you could get a glow like RiRi’s — what’s not to love? But as soon as they found out it would cost them almost $30, I was immediately hit with a second round of queries: Is there something cheaper?

After explaining that Rihanna — and pretty much everything she touches — cannot be replaced, I quickly remembered that yes! There is a more affordable alternative: the Nyx Professional Makeup Bright Idea Illuminating Sticks.

No matter how expensive the price tag or how chic the packaging, if your highlighter isn’t creamier than a stick of butter at room temperature, then you won’t want to use it. But this oldie-but-goodie passes the silky smooth test every time. Even better, it’s available in the same endlessly flattering shade we love about Fenty Beauty’s. The best part? This rediscovered favorite is less than $10.

Is it an exact carbon copy of Rihanna’s highlighter? Of course not but, but there are enough similarities that this illuminating stick is definitely the closest thing to it. While Nyx can’t offer you the ease of magnetic packaging, it can offer a wide variety of innovative shades, on-the-go application, and a reasonable price point.

Wearing a highlighter hand-crafted by Rihanna: $25. Fooling everyone into thinking your megawatt shine isn’t from the drugstore: Priceless.

Nyx Bright Idea Illuminating Stick, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

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