Favorite Illuminators with Makeup Wars

Makeup Wars Illuminators galore
Makeup Wars Illuminators galore

Welcome to the Illuminator edition of Makeup Wars. When I first started thinking about what to include I came up with about 4 items. My mind became blank. I started combing through my drawers and lo and behold, what did I see? Illuminators galore. Winter had dulled my mind and obviously my face because I was only using a few of these. But now that they are all out in their glory I guess it’s time to share them with you and start using these again.

It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Powder, It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Cream, Face Stockholm Highlighter Dignity
It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Powder, It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Cream, Face Stockholm Highlighter Dignity

The very first items that came to my mind were It Cosmetics two Illuminating ones. Since receiving these I’ve gotten a lot of use out of them. I first reviewed Hello Light Illuminating Powder and later Hello Light Creme Illuminator. I get the most use out of the cream but as you can see from my pictures, I’m a creamy type of woman. Another great illuminator is the Face Stockholm highlighter in Dignity. (I know I’m supposed to stick to illuminating but there’s very little difference).

MAC Beauty Powder in Pretty Baby, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, MAC Lightscape Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Beauty Powder in Pretty Baby, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Skinfinish

The next item that came to mind is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. My guess is that any of the Makeup Wars bloggers who own this (or individual Ambient Light powders) will be including this. It’s become a classic in a very short time. The two MAC products are actually just examples of the many from MAC that I own. MAC Skinfinishes, especially, are great illuminating tools and Lightscapade is the best of the bunch for someone older since there’s no glitter. I’m sorry to say you won’t be able to purchase any of these but more will come along someday.

Dex Mineral Illuminator, Maskcara Illuminator, Le Metier de Beaute Refresh powder
Dex Mineral Illuminator, Maskcara Illuminator, Le Metier de Beaute Refresh powder

Happily you can buy all 3 of these items. These are totally different and not interchangeable. First there’s Dex Mineral Illuminator. I bought this on a whim at an IMATS show mainly because my friend fell in love with it. I thought it would be a substitute for YSL Touche Eclat but it’s more yellow and glowy. MaskCara Illuminator came as part of the MaskCara set I bought but you can buy it separately. It’s actually the one product I keep using and would recommend from this new line. Le Metier de Beaute’ Refresh powder is a very subtle illuminator that I use under my eyes as a last step. It can be used on your eyes too. It does what it says and helps refresh your undereye area.

Dex and MaskCara illuminator swatches
Dex and MaskCara illuminator swatches

MaskCara Illuminator is very white and does a nice subtle job of highlighting once it’s blended in. MaskCara’s philosophy is that you HAC – Highlight, Accent and Contour. I’m not sure why her Illuminator isn’t called Highlighter if that’s the case.

Smashbox Artificial Lights, MAC Gleam Coat, Chanel Pur Brilliance
Smashbox Artificial Lights, MAC Gleam Coat, Chanel Pur Brilliance

Sorry but here are some more discontinued items. I’ve had a thing for liquid illuminators obviously. Smashbox Artificial Lights came in several shades and I still have 2. I like to either mix them with a little foundation for when I’m looking wan or use them on cheekbones to brighten. MAC Gleam Coat has a light bronze cast so it’s perfect for someone as fair as I am who doesn’t do any sort of tanning. It’s pretty in the summer when everyone else is glowing. The Chanel Pur Brilliance are sheer with light reflecting pigments. They are fragrance free which is amazing for Chanel so I never got rid of them.

Benefit High Beam, Benefit Moon Beam, Inglot Illuminators
Benefit High Beam, Benefit Moon Beam, Inglot Illuminators

Benefit High Beam and Moon Beam are products I’ve had forever and still bring out occasionally. They’ve always been top sellers for Benefit and have made many a “best of” list. Inglot has quite a few Face and Body Illuminators which aren’t a typical illuminator. They are more like a liquid blush that’s glowy. I stuck them in mainly to show that Illuminators can come in all colors.

Armani Fluid Sheers
Armani Fluid Sheers

My last picture is of my beloved Armani Fluid Sheers. I prefer the earliest ones because they were less shimmery. Fluid Sheers are products I never could resist. The ones on the left are my newest ones which aren’t see through. The packaging has been changed since I indulged in these. The ones above are #7, #0, #7 again, and #1. (I didn’t realize there were two #7 because they aren’t the same exact shade when on).

My brainstorming of 4 items (It Cosmetics, Hourglass and Dex) quickly grew and grew. Now that I see them all together I know I need to resist what my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers are going to be tempting you and I with! Do you see any Illuminators above you have? Or want? — Marcia

*all items are personal purchases except for It Cosmetics where are PR samples


  1. Eugenia | 17th Mar 14

    The MAC one is beautiful!!

  2. jbrobeck | 17th Mar 14

    I think I may need to invest in some Fluid Sheers, since I don’t own any liquid illuminators!

  3. Christa aka Perilously Pale | 17th Mar 14

    Oh my! The Chanel! The Armani Fluid Sheers! I swoon!!!!!!

  4. Brooke @ Blushing Noir | 17th Mar 14

    My mind went dead at first too. You know I’m still SO MAD I missed out on that Hourglass palette? It’s going for Beaucoup Moolah on ebay

  5. Kelly | 17th Mar 14

    I have some from Inglot and never remember to use them! I really need to organize my makeup so I remember what I have!

  6. Phyrra | 17th Mar 14

    I love your choices! I have the MAC Lightscapade and love it but didn’t include it because of MAC no longer being CF. I still think it’s a great product 🙂

  7. Carleen | 17th Mar 14

    Great choices! I love the MAC!

  8. Laura MyNewestAddiction | 17th Mar 14

    I am completely envious of your luminizer stash! I want alllllllllll the Fluid Sheers!

  9. Liz | 17th Mar 14

    My favorite is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette! I use Dim every day to set now. LOVE it!

  10. beautyin | 17th Mar 14

    Liz, the Hourglass is just so pretty. It’s great because it’s subtle and I don’t feel like a glitterbomb.

  11. beautyin | 17th Mar 14

    @Laura, I have about 4 other Fluid Sheers. I was buying one a month for a while. I wish they were half the size and half the price though.

  12. beautyin | 17th Mar 14

    Carleen, I have a drawer full of MAC from years ago but I’ve stopped buying the Skinfinishes because of the glitter. Luckily these last forever and longer.

  13. beautyin | 17th Mar 14

    Phyrra, It’s too bad that MAC isn’t CF since some of their products would be great for you. Of all my Skinfinishes, Lightscapade is my favorite.

  14. beautyin | 17th Mar 14

    Kelly, I used the Inglot a lot when I first got them and then hid them away. I like them more for summer so hopefully I’ll remember them then.

    Brooke, I baby my Hourglass palette. I know I can buy them individually but there’s something about the actual palette that I don’t want to use it up.

  15. beautyin | 17th Mar 14

    Christa – the Chanel and Armani have been in my collection for years and years. You use so little that they do last which is a relief considering the price.

    JBrobeck – you need liquid illluminators and Armani is the best. But test them first since some are very glittery.

  16. beautyin | 17th Mar 14

    Eugenia, the MAC one is a treasure. It’s as pretty to look at as it is to use.

  17. Bailey | 17th Mar 14

    I’ve never tried anything from MaskCara, but that illuminator looks like a beautiful place to start!

  18. Alexis | 17th Mar 14

    I’ve never tried MAC before. But based on your blog, I just might! I use a cream-based illuminator on special occasions (like a date!) to give my face a dewy finish. With that, I just use a thin layer of foundation. I think illuminators definitely deserve all that hype.

    Thanks for sharing!

  19. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 18th Mar 14

    Yikes that’s a lot, though I suspect the same thing would happen to me if I went combing through my stash!

  20. Carol | 18th Mar 14


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