Illuminating Powders For all Budgets

My love for glowing skin is no secret. I'll try anything that promises to illuminate, add a soft focus finish and leave my skin looking air brushed. Having dehydrated skin used to mean I'd avoid powders. Most are mattifying and too drying on my skin. However, the beauty industry has gone crazy for powders that give a glow. Naturally, I jumped on this bandwagon and here I am sharing my favourite illuminating powders with you...

Hourglass Ambiant lighting palette | £59

At the top end of the price scale is this little trio from Hourglass. There are three shades that all work in different ways:

Dim Light is a neutral beige colour with slight warm under tones.
Incandescent Light is a light beige colour with neutral under tones.
Radiant light is more bronzy in tone and is ideal for adding warmth to the face. 

Each of these powders promise to give a soft focus look to the skin, as if lit by a candle. And these really do give a subtle lit from within glow! I like to use Dim Light all over the face to set my makeup, Incandescent light across the tops of cheek bones and the down the centre of the face, and Radiant light on the cheeks to give a bronzy glow to the skin. All the powders work beautifully together. These aren't drying at all on me either. So these are perfect for those looking for a non drying setting powder. This is pricey but if you have the spare cash this is definitely worth investing in. 

Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette | £8

This is very similar to the Hourglass palette (see Hourglass vs Makeup Revolution). It has 3 powders (pictured above). A light Beige, A slightly lighter biege and a bronzy shade. These offer a stunning glowy finish. The Bronzy shade gives the most perfect sun kissed look to the skin. I get most use out the lighter biege colour (centre) and bronze shade (far right) to be honest I find them a little over the top to actually set all of my makeup. But the Centre shade gives a lovely subtle highlight to the check bones and centre of the face. £8 you can't really go wrong these! 

Makeup Revolution Beyond Radiance palette | £8

Because I loved the Radiance palette so much, I obviously needed both. Again it has 3 powders. These don't have shade names, which makes comparing them so frustrating! But the centre shade and the shade on the far right are pretty good dupes for Incandescent light and Radiant light from the Hourglass palette. The bronze shade is much lighter than the one in the radiance palette and is very very similiar to the Radiant light. The centre shade is a light beige that offers a beautiful glow. This is perfect for setting all of my makeup. And the far left shade looks white in the pan but blends out to a lovely pearly highlight. I think this palette would be perfect for those who have a paler complexion. And all the powders in this palette offer a more subtle glow than the original Radiance Palette. I'd definintly recommend this and the Radiance palette if the Hourglass palettes are out of your price range. 

Laura Geller Baked N Brighten Foundation | £26

Laura Geller falls in the middle of the price spectrum. This is designed to give a sublte glow, balance complexions and make skin look all round better. The texture is silky smooth and finely milled. This gives a very subtle glow, more subtle than any of the others. But what I love about this powder is the way it blurs everything! Pores are gone, and the over all texture of my skin looks smooth and even! I look to use it as a final step, I swirl this on a large fluffy brush and buff it in, in circular motions for the best results! This also comes in 5 shades to match most skin tones. This isn't swatched below because it's so subtle and lighting wasn't on my side! 

Have you tried any of these? what are you thoughts? Whats you favourite brightening powder? 

Until next time... 

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