29 February, 2016 Brightening Powders: My Five Favourites
Youtube has been an obsession of mine for a while now, and I’m always checking in with my favourite U.S. beauty gurus for the latest stateside launches, reviews and swatches. In the last year, brightening powders have been popping up in a bunch of videos, and I’ve absolutely fallen for how versatile and user-friendly they are.
From the bright banana tones made famous by Jaclyn Hill, to more subtle lavender and violet hues, there’s something for everyone – and I’ve got five gorgeous ones to share with you!
This affordable offering from Sephora is probably the most intense shade in my collection of brightening powders. It’s a vibrant warm-toned yellow, that can be used to set under-eye concealer, or buff all over the skin to provide a semi-matte finish. It all depends on how you use it – dense, tapered brushes are best for noticeable radiance, whereas a fluffier, larger brush will yield a more natural, lit-from-within effect. It’s a great product to apply on top of eye primer, and as a base for eyeshadow creams and powders. At under $20 I’ve bought two backups already, and always keep this with me during the day in case I need to touch up.
The Anastasia Contour Kit was the first palette of its kind that made contouring, sculpting and chiselling cheekbones a realistic option for millions of beauty-loving gals like me. That being said, not all powders they offer are created equally, and there are a few dud shades in the kit. The most pigmented, creamy and blendable shade is Vanilla – and it also happens to be a fantastic brightening powder shade for paler skin tones. I like to sweep this under my eyes, and if I contour, I like to blend this directly underneath, to create more of a stark difference between contoured and non-contoured areas.
A brand that doesn’t receive nearly half as much recognition that it deserves, is Bellapierre. Their mineral-based line is packed with innovative, beginner-friendly products, and their lipsticks are particularly great (check out my review and swatches here). Their version of a contour kit offers smooth, pigmented powders that blend like a dream, and sit beautifully on top of cream and liquid foundation. I use all the shades in the palette for my various bronzing and contouring needs, but a standout colour for me is Cappuccino, a mauve-pink satin-finish highlight. It’s creamy, packed with pigment, and gorgeous applied to the tops of the cheekbones or brow bone, or popped onto the cupid’s bow. It’s slightly too dark to apply under my eyes, but on deeper skin tones, this would be DIVINE.
For a concealer-brightening powder hybrid, look no further than this little pot of radiant goodness from Bare Minerals. A creamy beige that conceals fine lines, dark pigmentation and other tell-tale signs of sleep deprivation, it’s a godsend for early weekdays starts. I usually apply this with the Real Techniques Setting Brush, and then either pat it in place or lightly buff for a more natural look. It can be applied on its own or on top of liquid concealer, and because of how finely milled it is, it won’t settle into lines or pores.
Last up is a gorgeous, suits-all shade from Besame, the vintage-inspired beauty line you can find in Sephora. The lavender-violet tone of this powder is probably the best shade around for bringing life back into dull, tired skin. Applied all over to set makeup and tone down shine, it makes my complexion look healthy, grease-free, and perky. The compact comes with a super-safe locking system which means you can chuck it into your bag and not have to worry about mess or spillage, and the cute puff feels so glam and feminine. I think this shade would suit all skin tones, however very deep skin might find this a little ashy. Besame also offer brightening powders in beige, light pink and apricot hues too.
So, that’s my roundup of brightening powders – please share your recommendations below, and let me know if you’ve tried any of my picks!