From wet-looking glossy cheekbones to “blinding” glitter-infused strobing, there’s definitely a time and a place for over-the-top highlighter, but on a day-to-day basis (and well, for daytime) many of may prefer a more natural-looking glow that doesn’t leave your cheekbones looking as though they’ve been in a quarrel with a mad disco ball. Indeed, for those of us who generally opt for a more natural-looking highlighted face that channels that elusive (and surprisingly hard to achieve) lit-from-within look, opting for a radiant cream highlighting formula is usually the best bet if you’re not looking to do the whole strobing thing.

Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with a full-blown and glitter-heavy highlight, but for the minimalist days when you’re simply looking to fake a little bit of golden-hour sheen, these cheekbone-bedazzling pigments are, well, a little bit much. Powder highlighters tend to be packaged with more shimmer and reflect, whereas cream formulas allow you to build up to the level of your desire and blend easily so you can sheer out the formula if you accidentally go overboard—this is a little bit harder to do with powder formulas.

Whether you’re into the subtle, almost-wet look, or are just in the market for something to help you feign a shimmer-free healthy glow, these cream-based highlighters will give your high points a natural-looking dash of radiance.

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