• Value: 18/20
  • Functionality: 20/20
  • Ease of Use: 20/20
  • Aesthetics: 20/20
  • Accessibility: 20/20
  • TOTAL: 98/100
Let’s be honest: there are many things that you don’t need when it comes to your beauty regimen. Most products fall under the “nice to have” category, but there is one thing I truly believe makes a difference for everyone, of every age, and that’s highlighter.

The right highlighter can do for you what a good night of sleep (or, ah, youth) can, which is give you a glow that makes you look preternaturally dewy and perpetually well rested. The wrong highlighter, however, can look superficially sparkly and greasy at best and garish at worst. I speak from much personal experience.

Which brings me to the Becca Skin Glaze Glow Stick. Yes, it’s a mouthful to say, but damn if it isn’t the best highlighter I’ve used in my many years of beauty reporting.

So when news broke earlier this week that the makers of my beloved highlighter were going out of business, I shook my fists at the sky and then I got my wits about me and ordered a few backup sticks to tide me over until I find something comparable.

Some of you may already be familiar with the brand’s Shimmering Skin Perfector, which is a pressed powder formula that’s beloved by many celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, and is probably one of the most cited highlighters within the YouTube and Reddit communities, respectively.

It’s a solid highlighter, for sure, but the sleeper hit is the Glaze Glow Stick.

Loaded with cold-pressed avocado oil, it has a balmy texture and a sheer, near-translucent finish that is so subtle you almost don’t see it at first. But step into the light—sun, incandescent or otherwise—and you’ll be delighted by your own radiance.

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I’ve been wearing this stuff since 2018 (which, in the world of fast beauty, is a long time) and I have yet to find anything better. The Glaze Glow Stick is the rare highlighter that looks just as good in photos and videos as it does in real life.

Tap it over bare skin or on top of makeup as a finishing step. I typically apply it to my cheekbones, along the temples of my forehead, down the bridge of my nose and on the inner corners of my eyes to finish. Sometimes I’ll pat a little on my lids for a glossy look when I can’t be bothered with eyeshadow.

The portable packaging fits easily into your palm and any makeup bag. Where it loses a couple points is the amount of product in each twist-up tube (especially given the rate at which I use it). Excuse me, I'm going to go order more now.

Buy it ($28)

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