Powder highlighters definitely have a reputation for being a little on the ostentatious side.
We’re not saying it’s not warranted – they’re 100 per cent capable of creating a ‘see it from space’ style sheen in a few strategic swipes if said finish is the desired result, but contrary to popular belief, OTT isn’t the only option.
The difference between subtle and striking simply lies in your application – a light touch and a fan brush will impart a light dusting of dew, whereas more pressure applied with a denser brush will deliver a sharper, stronger sweep of shine (especially if applied onto damp skin).
Whatever level of luminosity you’re after, you can trust that any one of these versatile powder pans will help you knock your glow goals right out of the park.
Here, marie claire‘s edit of the 7 best powder highlighters on the market…
Revive your skin’s radiance instantly with this holographic highlight powder; this champagne shade is surprisingly universal, designed to adapt to and flatter a wide array of skin tones.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Infinity Powder, $80 at Mecca
If you prefer bronze-y brightness to concentrated sparkle, this face-flattering powder imparts a soft-focus effect, blurring, smoothing and luminising the skin without overdoing the shimmer.
Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo in Reflects Guilt, $126 at Myer
Finding it tricky to select just one shade? This dewy-finish duo houses a shimmery (but not glittery) yellow and rose gold colour combo, offering the perfect powder pairing for a grown-up glow.
Ilia DayLite Highlighting Powder in Starstruck, $54 at Mecca
As buildable, buttery and blendable as it is beautiful, this powder is the ideal introductory illuminator, allowing you to start subtle and work your way up to supercharged shine.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze, $78 at Bobbi Brown or Adore Beauty
There are versatile highlighters, and then there’s this. Featuring five bars of glistening colour, the shades can be swept on individually or swirled together for a multifaceted bronze glow.
Chanel Healthy Glow Highlighting Powder, $95 at Myer
Feather-light, buildable and giving a dewy, luminous finish, this nautical-themed highlighting powder is perfect for those looking for a soft, natural glow.
Mineralise Skinfinish Powder, $59 at M.A.C
Slow baked for a velvety soft finish, this long-standing favourite can be applied to high points on the face as a highlighter or lightly blended all over for a luminous complexion.