Sweeping highlighter across your cheekbones is one of the quickest ways to transform a dull, winter-worn complexion to a radiant, healthy one. But when adding an illuminating powder into your regimen, it’s essential to ensure the formula is finely-milled and glowy (not glittery!) to get the most realistic effect. After all, you want your skin to twinkle like, well, healthy skin, not a tinsel-flecked Christmas tree. Here, we’ve curated a selection of shimmer-dusted powders — new for the holiday season — that will add life to your skin in seconds.
Bobbi Brown Highlight and Glow Powder Duo
- Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder delivers a luminous, sheer color that's ideal for highlighting and strobing.
- A high-impact, light-reflecting powder, it's perfect for playing up your best features.
This luxe palette from Bobbi Brown’s holiday collection glimmers from the inside out (the lid is covered in glitter!). Wear the bare and opal shades separately or layered — they’re super blendable — for more depth.
BECCA® Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini Macaron Set
BECCA highlighters are celebrated for their rich, silky powders with intense shimmer payoff. Experience the hype for yourself with this variety pack of mini-illuminators containing four bestselling shades (the Rose Quartz is our go-to).
CHARLOTTE TILBURY The Super Nudes Easy Eye Palette
This mini 6-shade palette offers a range of versatile nude hues, perfect for creating an array of natural, everyday looks. We appreciated the two modern matte looks that were easy to achieve with the palette, making it a user-friendly choice for both makeup novices and professionals. The quality and pigmentation of the eyeshadows are standout features, and the palette itself is compact and travel-friendly. Overall, we’d highly recommend it for anyone seeking to elevate their daily makeup routine.
Anastasia Beverly Hills® Sugar Glow Kit
This power quad from Anastasia Beverly Hills is made up of four iridescent shades that pop on a variety of skin tones. We especially love a sweep along the cheek bones and inner corner of the eyelid (Marshmallow, Gumdrop, and Butterscotch are even recommended for the lips).
Givenchy Poudre Lumière Originelle
Givenchy Poudre Lumière Originelle radiant finish effortlessly enhances and softens the complexion, creating a luminous glow. In its powder form, it’s incredibly easy to apply and blend, giving us a natural, radiant finish that lasts throughout the day. Packaged as a single item, it’s a worthwhile addition to any beauty routine. Givenchy has once again demonstrated their prowess in creating high-quality beauty products. We highly recommend it for anyone seeking a softening, radiant powder.
Laura Mercier Magic Hour Face Highlighting Palette
The powders in this festive palette from Laura Mercier are just as pretty in the pan as they are on skin. The three shades (two are new and limited edition!) deliver up to eight hours of non-stop shimmery wear. Mix and match them for a more natural, multidimensional ambiance.
NARSissist MINI Eyeshadow
We truly admire the NARSissist MINI Eyeshadow for its versatility and inclusivity. The blend of matte, shimmer, and satin finishes caters to a variety of looks, from natural daytime beauty to more sultry evening styles.
The palette’s light coverage allows you to build intensity as desired, granting us the flexibility to customize our look. The color selection of gold and pink suits a broad range of skin tones, underlining the brand’s commitment to diversity. In short, this palette is a wonderful addition to any makeup collection.