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Top 10 Luminizing Powders

Luminizing Powders: Your Finishing Touch For Skin That Glows

Luminizing Powders: Your Finishing Touch For Skin That Glows

While we’re all striving to achieve a healthy glow from within, it’s nice to have a little help along the way. That’s where the beauty of a luminizing powder comes into play. Luminizing powders and highlighters are a simple way to brighten your complexion and add the finishing touch your skin needs to shine. Whether you’re looking to create the perfect contour, add emphasis to your cheekbones, or just want an overall glow, a luminizing powder is the tool you need to add to your makeup routine. From subtle shine to natural color, and even superstar-level glow, these powders provide all the illumination you could ever need. Click through to see which top-rated powders our unique algorithm has found for you, then be prepared to get your glow on. Opening image: @becca.cosmetics

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December 27, 2017

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The Rankings


Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Twinkle Nude-Pink Powder Highlighter & Luminizer

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Lightweight powder, subtle glow, and easy application

BEST FOR: Those who are new to highlighters and want to ease themselves in


Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder

Our Score

USERS SAID: “This is amazing! Soft glow that looks very natural. Not too shimmery. Goes on very smooth!”

LOVED FOR: This baked powder gives a natural, light glow.


Guerlain Météorites Highlighting Powder Pearls

Our Score

USERS SAID: “The smell of these "pearls" alone is reason enough to purchase! Love the finished look these provide when dusting on after my makeup is complete!!”

LOVED FOR: These distinct, handcrafted pearls diffuse light for an truly illuminating effect.


Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Our Score

BEST FOR: Those looking for a two-in-one product

USERS SAID: “I have many skin illuminating products but this is the best I've ever used. The powder is light and doesn't settle into lines. It gives a natural glow, both for day and evening. Well worth the price!”


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Our Score

USERS SAID: “Have been on an unending search for good glow for a brown girl. After a zillion dollars THIS IS THE ONE. It is subtle and without that teen-girl glitter look.”

BEST FOR: This universally flattering beige powder works well on many skin tones.


Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder

Our Score

USERS SAID: “Love this highlighter it looks so natural just a flush of light on my cheek and not overbearing.”

LOVED FOR: Comes with a mini kabuki brush which makes application seamless.


Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact

Our Score

USERS SAID: “Love this bronzer. Purchased this 1 year back and the compact has lasted me almost a full year. The color is great for a contouring look.”

LOVED FOR: Being matte, lightweight, and long-lasting


Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dripped

Our Score

USERS SAID: “I'm a huge highlighter fan and I'm obsessed with the Anastasia Glow Kit. It looks so pretty on the skin, gives a super glow, and it doesn't look oily (which is a huge concern for me since my skin is super oily). Def worth its money.”

LOVED FOR: Blending and layering is easy with this best-seller.


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Being deeply pigmented and giving a shimmery glow

USERS SAID: “I am obsessed! it's beautiful! I love to glow and this shade is everything! If I could bathe in it I would. I may have to order more and stock up since it says limited edition.”


bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Sheer, natural look

USERS SAID: “I love this powder. It doesn’t dry out my dry skin and it also keeps my face from getting oily throughout the day. I just use a small amount on my T zone and my skin looks flawless! Definitely would buy again.”

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