Listen, guys: I’m really into highlighters/illuminators. I really love the way they can leave your skin dewy and bright and I can’t have enough of them in my makeup collection (no, seriously, I have way too many and can’t stop buying them). I’m sure there are a million out there that I’ve yet to experience in the flesh (on the flesh?), but for now, here are ten of my favourite bronzers/illuminators/highlighters that I literally can’t decide between using on a daily basis.
Chantecaille Les Pétales de Rose – $74 at Chantecaille
Chantecaille makes quality products – and the price tag often reflects this – and I think Les Petales de Rose is the best thing they’ve ever come out with. The powder, inspired by rose petals (of course), offers a kaleidoscope of colours to offer a “subtle veil of radiance”, and it does exactly that. The effect is extremely subtle, but it provides a really lovely glow that’s completely natural and makes it look like you’re wearing nothing at all but that you’re one of those gorgeous supermodels who has a perfect glow naturally.
Guerlain Météorites Pearls in Clair – $60 at Nordstrom
Oh, Guerlain. I have to admit it: I’m obsessed with this brand and 95% of the money I’ve spent on makeup in the past 3 months has gone towards Guerlain products. One of my absolutely favourite products IN THE WORLD is the Meteorites pearls. Redesigned for spring 2014, they come in three colours. Because I’m pale as hell, I got the lightest shade, Clair, and oh MAN, it’s so gorgeous. I use a kabuki brush to apply and it provides the most beautiful shimmering glow to my skin that is almost like airbrushing. Sure, the price is a bit high, but it’s honestly worth every single penny and I would recommend it to EVERYONE. I’m so in love with these.
NARS The Multiple in Maldives – $39 at Nordstrom
I suppose this isn’t technically a luminizer or highlighter, but it certainly has that effect on my skin. I’m in a serious golden/glowy phase with my makeup, and NARS’ Multiple is FANTASTIC at providing a really gorgeous, natural bronzed glow. Copacabana and Luxor are also really good shades with a similar effect, but Maldives is the shade I’ve been adding to my everyday makeup ritual and I love it a lot. You can wear this as a blush and/or a lip colour, but I stick to using these on the cheeks as I think it works best there.
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer – $24 at theBalm
Technically, Cindy-Lou Manizer (get it?) is a highlighter, shimmer AND shadow in one, but I’m here for the highlighting goodness. This is really similar to the Mary-Lou Manizer, just a lighter shade for us paler girls. The packaging is super cute, and the product is fantastic. It provides a really natural glow and wears really well – the texture makes it really easy to apply and it’s got great wear time. BIG fan of this stuff.
Milani Baked Bronzer in Glow – $8.99 at Milani
I know I use a lot of high end products, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t find budget lines that don’t function just as well. Such is the case with Milani’s baked bronzer. I (again) use the lightest shade, and I really like the coverage it provides. It’s super pigmented and will REALLY lend a nice, summery, sun-kissed look to your skin. This is FANTASTIC if you’re super pale like me but want to pretend you’ve just been on a fancy vacation to someplace sunny.
Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Shine – $1.99 (!) at Ulta
I love Rimmel’s offerings. I have several of the Kate Moss lipsticks, some of their mascara AND their bronzer, which several of my friends use, as well. The powder is pretty pigmented and while it’s not the smoothest application, it provides really good coverage and a nice glow. You’re not going to get the same quality as Guerlain or NARS, but it’s perfectly good – especially for the price.