I like my skin to look and feel relatively matte, but I don’t like to take all of the life out of it! Illuminating powders are a great way to set your makeup to make it last longer, but also give it some extra special qualities. My skin doesn’t naturally get too oily, but it can look dull so I always like to add a bit of magic dust (?) to my skin. Here are some of my favourites…
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders
The Queen of illuminating powders? I think so. Hourglass describes these as soft focus powders which diffuse and soften the way light reflects on the skin. After trying quite a few of these I have to admit that the original one I bought (Diffused Light) is still my favourite. I love the pale yellow tint which helps combat redness and I think it looks spectacular as a setting powder underneath the eyes. I also think the Ambient Lighting Palette is a great one to go for if you’d like to have a variety of shades at your fingertips.
NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder
NARS have also mastered the art of the illuminating powder and luckily for my fair skin it is completely translucent. I don’t think it’s as reflecting as the ambient lighting powders, but if you’re looking for a matte finish with some slight illumination this is the one for you.
Antipodes Translucent Skin Brightening Finishing Powder
Antipodes have great mineral makeup (review here), but for the purposes of this post I’m focussing solely on the finishing powder. Combined with mineral makeup this is fantastic and gives a glorious your-skin-but-better appearance, but you can use this with any foundation your heart desires. It’s one of these products that seems like it’s not doing anything and then out of nowhere your skin is looking gooood.
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Setting Powder
Why not throw a bit of Chanel into the mix? This is the one if you’re a loose powder lover and want to get a bit fancy. It’s the perfect middle ground between mattifying and illuminating, but let’s be honest…I use this to feel like Victoria Beckham.
I’d love to know what you think of these powders! Let me know what your favourite illuminating powder is.