This Cult £12 Topshop Highlighter Is One of the Best I've Ever Tried

From the best summer dresses to the coolest trending sandals, the Who What Wear editors are finely tuned to spotting the cult fashion items that you need to know about from Topshop. For me, though, Topshop has always been a high-street store that I've recommended for its beauty offering—particularly when it comes to cult makeup products.

First launched in 2010 (I remember it clearly, as I was a student working in the flagship Oxford Circus store at the time), Topshop Beauty was a highly anticipated collection of beauty basics and trend-led products created with the fashion set in mind. Some cult products immediately came to the forefront, and with a relaunch last year, Topshop's affordable beauty products continue to be a firm favourite amongst cool girls and beauty editors.

But for me—and basically everyone else—there continues to be one product that stands out from all others: the Topshop Glow Pot.

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Coming in at £12, the Topshop Glow Pot is around a third of the price of the best-selling highlighter in America (and another of my personal favourite radiance products) but rivals some of the more luxurious highlighters that I've tried over the years. Available in two shades (a pale pearl and a warm bronze), it's a beautiful cream formula that can be applied with your fingers to add a luminous silky effect to the high points of your face.

Unlike the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector—which adds a pretty intense highlight to the skin—the Topshop Glow Pot is definitely more of a subtle approach to highlighting. It imparts a beautiful, soft radiance to the skin but can be built up if you want more of a high-shine effect.

Honestly, when it launched, you were lucky to find a pot of it on the shelves (such as its popularity), and if you ask pretty much any beauty editor today, chances are they'll still carry a pot of this highlighter in their makeup bags. It's just that good.

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Topshop isn't just a one-trick pony when it comes to beauty products, though. Its beauty offering is one of my most recommended on the high street because basically all of its products that I've tried are not only affordable but also genuinely deliver.

Keep scrolling to shop my top beauty picks from Topshop—along with its cult highlighter.

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Polished is my go-to shade of this creamy highlighter. It's a soft, pearly hue that makes your skin look instantly healthier and brighter.

Shop My Other Favourite Topshop Beauty Products

This vibrant orange-red lipstick is another cult beauty-editor favourite and one that I always come back to each summer. The Topshop matte lipsticks have seriously good staying power and come in 21 shades if bolds aren't really your thing.

As someone who rarely wears bronzer, this blush is my answer to achieving sun-kissed skin. I apply it basically all over my cheeks and forehead using a fluffy brush for my answer to a Jennifer Lopez glow.

I was pretty dubious about this foundation before I tried it, but if you want something that lasts on the skin and covers up redness and blemishes, then this is really good. It's quite matte (you'll need to add a glow afterwards with highlighter), but at least you don't have to worry about touching up during the day.

Although it's easy to associate glitter with party season or festivals, Topshop's sparkly eye shadows are more of a grown-up approach to glitter. I think this bronze shade looks particularly beautiful in the summer thanks to its light-reflective formula.

This neutral rose-tinted lip crayon is, for me, the ultimate everyday basic lip colour. Busy girls should also note that it can double up as a great blusher when scribbled onto the cheeks and blended out with the fingertips.

My love of Glossier brow products is well documented, but I have to say that Topshop really brings its A-game with this product. Available in four shades, it has a really skinny brush that does a great job of gripping every brow hair and evenly dispensing the products. While it doesn't provide as much volume as something like Boy Brow, it makes light work of filling sparse gaps and keeping unruly hairs in place.

If you like your highlighter to have more of a strobe effect than a subtle sheen, then this liquid formula delivers glow in abundance.

Disclaimer: I'm completely useless at applying eyeliner. However, I have friends who have worn it every day since school that swear by this liquid formula from Topshop. Apparently, it creates the perfect, precise line and has a cool, matte finish.

A heat-wave essential, this Topshop setting mist not only improves the longevity of your makeup but also stops the product from settling into fine lines and pores.

If there's a nail colour that's trending right now, then Topshop will be my first port of call to find a polish in that perfect Instagram shade. This formula glides onto nails for a full, glossy finish—and they're impressively chip-resistant.

Unlike my other blush favourite from Topshop, this one is completely shimmer-free and consequently provides a really natural flush of colour to cheeks. These blushes are seriously pigmented, though, so start with a light hand.

I love this Topshop primer so much that on good skin days, I'll sometimes just wear this with concealer. It helps even the most sleep-deprived of complexions look a dewier, brighter and healthier.

I use this concealer on everything from blemishes to under-eye circles and am always impressed by how well it covers without completely masking your natural skin beneath.

I absolutely adore this copper eye pencil (and am convinced that it's a bit of a dupe for another one of my favourites from Charlotte Tilbury). You can use it as a thick line of colour along your upper lash line or apply it all over your eyelids as a fuss-free eye shadow.

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