It's Pat McGrath's go-to highlighter, Sarah Lucero's standby illuminator, and a favorite of supermodels Karlie Kloss and Coco Rocha. It's the Madina Milano Chic & Shine stick, touted as the holy grail product for achieving that glow-from-within, and the only thing wrong with it is that you can only get it in Italy. Frustrating, to say the least. For years (years) we've searched for an alternative, to no great avail. At this point, obsessively scouring eBay for Italian highlighter contraband seemed to be the best option.
But good things come when you're not looking for them, and at long last, we've stumbled upon something approximate to Madina results—it's even makeup artist-approved. Oh, and it's from Walmart. Don't choke on your lunch.
Turns out, if jetting off to Italy isn't in the cards right now, your next best bet is Flower Beauty's Glisten Up! Highlighter Chubby, created by none other than Drew Barrymore and exclusive to Walmart's beauty section. Brought to our attention by Moises Ramirez, another lover of Madina, he said he discovered the Highlighter Chubby via makeup artist friends. He admits it “doesn't melt into the skin like Madina, but it does come in darker color, which I liked. The light one is close in color,” Moises said about Pearl Shimmer. It's not quite as white as it appears online (and additionally, not as pearly as the Madina), but it's still pretty good regardless. The other two shades— Gold Coaster and Honey Bronze— make the Flower Chubby on of the more universal highlighting tools on the market. While Honey Bronze may work more as a bronzer, Gold Coaster looks lovely on olive and darker complexions.
So there you have it. Our prayers and wishes are (kinda sorta) answered. Drew Barrymore, we always knew it'd be you.
Photographed by Tom Newton.