Ultimate Glow Part 4: Seven wonderful brightening powders

Nars Blush in Nico, Bourjois Compact Powder in 72 Sable rose, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade, Guerlain Meteorites Powder for the Face in 02 Clair, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, Inglot Freedom System HD Pressed Powder in 403, Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color №10

Hello, gorgeous!

It is more and more obvious that we all want to look healthy and glowing in the spring, especially after such a dull winter. And five of the posts I published are specifically devoted to different ways of creating beautiful luminous look. First of all, we can use glowing bases to put underneath our foundations to achieve the well know ‘glow-from-within’ effect and all of them work really nice for the subtle highlighting effect. Or if you have no time to bother with layering makeup you can use some foundations that will look dewy and fresh on your face and still do the work. The highlighting concealers are also an important step that makes quite a noticeable difference to your look in terms of radiance. But there are some other products besides those mentioned above that can bring a lot of glow to your face and are extremely easy to use – the brightening powders.

It is worth mentioning that the market for brightening powders is seriously limited to professional makeup brands and the department store. There is still a huge gap between those brands and drugstore in terms of creating a worthy highlighting powder and the drugstore companies do not seem to pay much of attention to this aspect of makeup, but I believe it will change soon like it happened with contouring palettes recently. Nevertheless, I was still able to find one drugstore opportunity for you.

One of my most favorite and used highlighting powders is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00) in Dim Light  that I have in a trio Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00). It is definitely one of the most beautiful powders I have ever seen – the color is natural beige with peachy golden undertone. The texture of the product is so finely milled and so creamy and so soft to touch that it doesn’t even seem to be a powder, more like a cream product. This powder has a gorgeous highlighting effect that looks very beautiful on the skin making it glowy, healthy and brightened. I love to use this powder on its own or in combination with the limited-edition Incandescent Light powder, that comes in the palette.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

The runner-up would be the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00) in color Lightscapade. It is an absolutely gorgeous product as you can use it both as a highlighter and as a finishing powder. The highlighting effect is achieved due to the multidimensional shimmer and finely milled, velvet soft texture of the powder. It applies beautifully on the face and stays on till the end of the day.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade

Another nice powder is the Nars Blush ($30.00) in color Nico. That is technically not a powder, but the consistency and color allow me to use it exactly for that purpose. The brand describes the color as a natural glow and I totally agree with it – it is pretty much light skin tone color, with satin finish and bare visible tiniest glitter in it that makes it subtly sparkle. I love to use it to set my under-eye canceler, rarely as a highlighter and sometimes as a powder – but it always looks perfect on the face.

Nars Blush in Nico
Nars Blush in Nico

If you are looking for a more affordable option I can definitely recommend you checking out the Inglot Freedom System HD Pressed Powder ($18.00) in color 403.  It is a light yellow powder with nearly invisible shimmer in it, called a diamond dust by Inglot and I agree with such a definition – it is pretty highlighting! Since getting this powder I don’t use anything else to set the concealer under my eyes as it is the most brightening powder for that purpose I’ve ever had. And you can also use it all over your face to achieve a subtle highlighting effect and your face will look flawless at the same time.

Inglot Freedom System HD Pressed Powder in 403
Inglot Freedom System HD Pressed Powder in 403

This product is the most ever raved about in the makeup world and basically everyone who loves makeup considered getting it at least once – the Guerlain Meteorites Powder for the Face ($62.00), that I own in color 02 Clair. I support everyone who says it’s an amazing powder as it truly is! It is the most beautiful, flattering illuminating powder with gorgeous light-diffusing sparkles in it. You can get the most flawless luminous effect using this powder, but it has zero coverage – the only purpose of this powder is to be illuminating, to make your face look fresh and gorgeous.

Guerlain Meteorites Powder for the Face in 02 Clair
Guerlain Meteorites Powder for the Face in 02 Clair

The only alternative I could ever found in the drugstore is the Bourjois Compact Powder ($16.00), that is permanent but limited to Asian markets and you can get it on Amazon or Ebay only. I have the color 72 Sable rose and is it a beautiful rosy beige powder with finely milled soft texture that is supposed to give you very sheer coverage. It has barely visible, teeny-tiny sparkles in it that allows you to get a bit of highlighting effect from the powder. I like this powder for how easy it applies and how long it stays on the face.

Bourjois Compact Powder in 72 Sable rose
Bourjois Compact Powder in 72 Sable rose

And finally, I couldn’t resist to mention the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color ($58.00) powder, that I already have in two shades – №10 and №20 as for winter and summer skin tones. Both powders have practically invisible sparkles in the texture, but when applied to the face it creates the luminous satin finish and definitely brightens up the face. This is a very nice product for everyday use as you won’t be able to go overboard in terms of luminosity of you makeup.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color №10
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color №10

These are all the powders I can recommend you if you want to add radiance to your makeup look and each one of these powders perform their best. Powders are the easiest way to do the basic makeup look and to enhance you natural features, but highlighting powders add even more as for brightening up the face, making it look fresh and healthy.

What do you think about using brightening powders? Do you use any? Or maybe you can recommend something?

If you have any questions – leave them in the comments down below and I would be glad to answer them!

Thank you very much for your attention.

Have an amazing day!

Hugs and kisses,

Dorothea

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10 thoughts

  1. Hello! I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading your Ultimate Glow series and it has introduced to me a few products that I’ve never really looked at before 🙂 I’m rather new to highlighting and don’t use brightening powders yet so this post is quite useful for me. I might start with the more affordable MAC Mineralise Skinfinish, although the Guerlain Meteorites Powder also looks very tempting! 😀

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  2. Hehe you’re welcome! Yep and I need more practice with that too. I’m worried that I’ll look like Edward Cullen shimmering in the sun if I accidentally go overboard with certain brightening powders ><

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    1. I recommend to do it with a light hand – therefore you won’t be able to go overboard. And it is always better to get a fluffy brush, not a stiff one in order to get less product with the opportunity to build it up than to have too much shimmer on your face. The majority of brightening powders can really be noticeable only in a very bright sun, when it hits your face directly. Don’t be afraid – try it at least once – you can start with the smallest amount of powder and later find out the right amount product you feel comfortable with. I hope it will work for you 🙂

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