If you’ve seen, or have one illuminator, you might think your makeup bag is full. But, as beauty junkies quickly learn, makeup is a wardrobe and not all luminizers are created equal! Here’s a rundown on some of the most addictive options on the market RN, because let’s be honest, sometimes every girl can use a little shimmer and shine.
1. Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Power (SpaceNK, $38)
This new product from Hourglass contains double the amount of ultra-fine micro pearl particles of the original, ultra-popular Ambient Lighting Powders in a sheerer base to give off the purest highlight to the face. Formulated with Photoluminescent Technology, the powders contain micron-size particles that manipulate and refract favorable light. Four gorgeous shades mean you can pick the sparkle depending on your mood or outfit, etc.
2. Juice Beauty, Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer (Juice Beauty, $36)
Beautiful on its own, or as a primer/base, this lightweight (and probably the most subtle of the punch) liquid formula is made with coconut alkanes and rich in antioxidants. Alone, you’ll have an enviable, healthful glow, while under makeup you’ll look that much more flawless.
3. Benefit Girl Meets Pearl (Sephora, $30)
Cult-favorite brand Benefit has more than a few items that work to get glowy but Girl Meets Pearl is one of the best. It’s unique soft, golden pink is truly pearlescent (to state the obvious). Plus, thanks to its twist-and-turn applicator it’s easily to get the precision you want—and be as trendy with those strobed cheekbones, and what have you.
4. Benefit Watt’s Up Cream-to-Powder Highlighter (Sephora, $30)
Benefit Watt’s Up is a champagne-hued glow stick, also in an easy-to-use stick form with a blender at the bottom to make application mistake-proof.
5. Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting (Sephora, $52)
Another brand with more than one stellar option is Kevyn Aucoin, whose glamorous makeup somehow always makes you feel like an expert. From the line’s candlelit liquid formulation which can cover your whole face is subtle glitz or just target certain areas, to the cult-classic Celestial Powder ($44), you will be glowing like a Hollywood starlet (who all use Aucoin’s makeup anyway) no matter your pick.
6. Eve Lom Illuminating Radiance Powder (SpaceNK, $60)
Eve Lom’s makeup is multi-tasking to say the least. The fabulous skin care line comes at makeup with a similar approach—think a finely-milled powder that works like an Instagram filter for your face which also happens to contain “Berry Fluxvita” an ingredient derived from raspberry stem cells which hydrates and improves elasticity. Yes—glow while you prevent aging. It’s a win-win.
7. Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick (Target, $11)
The kind of product made for on-the-go touch-ups, Sonia Kashuk’s very-well-priced creamy highlighter stick doesn’t sacrifice glow for affordability and makes it easy to amp up your look on the fly.
8. Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion Highlighter (Sephora, $33)
Packed with skin perks, TCFS’s glitter-based highlighter is flecked with glitter which reflects light and leaves you glowing all day long. Even better, this adorable illustrated container is packed with an incredible ingredient list—omegas 3 & 6, olive, rosehip, peppermint, avocado, and argan oils—just to name a few.
9. BECCA, Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed—Champagne Pop (Sephora, $38)
What does it say when a product has 90,000 <3’s on Sephora and 2,744 reviews averaging an almost perfect 5 stars? For the glow-addict—it probably is a pretty firm “Add To Cart.” One reason is that this unique formulation looks good on anyone. Even better, Becca’s addiction powder is extra-fine and feels creamy—it’s great for even those of us who typically know ourselves to prefer liquid luminizers/makeup in general.
10. Pixi Glowtion Day Dew (Target, $22)
This skin-perfecting tint does what it’s punny name suggests. “Glowtion Day Dew” provides—you guessed it—ample glow and that coveted dewiness to the skin, thanks in part to mica particles. Plus, it’s hydrating. The glow is so pretty you might want to linger in the mirror.