For a whopping $4.00 e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls is the best “budget friendly” highlighter that I’ve found.
The first couple uses will not be super pigmented, but once you get enough off the top layer it will create a beautiful, soft glow. You could also scratch off the top layer with a knife, and then you get to the bottom of it fairly quickly.
I love the color Moonlight Pearls, it’s so subtle but can be layered to be very dramatic.
Overall with a fan brush, this is a great highlighter that I use almost every day. And for $4 it’s worth a try!