Best Body Illuminators

by Sarah

Highlight, shimmer, glow, illuminate…some of the key words we’ve been hearing for some time now, thanks to the popularity of beaming our faces with light-reflecting products.

Of course, it’s only natural that similar body products would follow suit, cos…we need everything to match.

From the subtle shimmering oils to skin perfecting sparkles, lets take a look at some of the most talked about body illuminators…

Body Illuminators


Body illuminators or highlighters are basically body lotions, creams or oils that are laced with shimmer or metallic pigments to give the skin a beautiful glow. They’re particularly effective in areas of the body where the light naturally hits, such as shoulders, décolletage and front of the legs.

Body Illuminators are all the rage right now, but they’re nothing new. In fact, back in the day when the variety of products we have available today did not exist, pro makeup artists would simply mix body lotions with loose shimmering pigments to create the same effect as today’s trendy products.

Whilst you can still DIY your own mix using the same technique, it’s easier to take advantage of the products (and the transfer/water resistant technology) we have at our disposal today.




This is the OG of body illuminators!

It was created by Scott Barnes – aka makeup artist for Jennifer Lopez – whom as we all know is renowned for her head to toe glow.

With such demand for the J-Lo look, Scott Barnes bottled the DIY mixture he was cooking up for her and that’s how Body Bling was born.

This was also my very first body product back when it first launched (close to a decade ago now?). It has a lotion consistency and has the perfect ratio of soft golden shimmer – available in two shades.

It doesn’t feel tacky or heavy on the skin and provides that instant glow.

If it’s good enough for Jennifer Lopez…*adds 5 bottles into shopping cart

Body Bling retails at $42; and available at





If you’re after a do-it-all product, you can’t go wrong with Vita Liberata’s Body Blur.

Listing its selling points such as “skin smoothing, blurring, tanning and illuminating” might sound too good to be true, but this product really does it all.

Body Blur comes in different shades as it adds a hint of tan/bronze color to the skin.

As a reference, I have the shade Latte Dark for my medium skin tone. It adds warmth to my skin, yet the subtle glowing effect catches plenty of light to balance the overall color.

This product is amazing for concealing any marks or spots on the skin as it has the blurring effect. It’s transfer and water resistant.

It’s also an “instant product’ so you don’t have to wait for it to develop and can wash it off when you choose to.

Once you try Body Blur, you’ll never want to be without this bottle.

Vita Liberata Body Blur retails from $45 (for 100ml) and can be purchased HERE




Sol De Janeiro’s Glowmotions shimmer oils pretty much started the social media trend of body illuminators.

Already famous for their deliciously scented body products, this brand, inspired by the Brazilian sun and tanned bodies launched their Glowmotions range to a cult following.

Compared to the previously mentioned “lotion-like” products, Glowmotions is a dry oil texture. You can really see the shimmering particles floating about in the bottle.

Currently there are five shades to choose from depending on how warm or subtle you prefer the highlight to be. The shimmer aspect of it is definitely more noticeable on the skin but it blends out beautifully to create a nice film over the skin.

And the smell…too divine to explain in writing.

Sol De Janeiro Glowmotions retail at $35, and can be purchased HERE




As with any launch by Fenty Beauty, the release of their Body Lava illuminators had everyone going crazy.

It’s not that much different than some of the existing products but the packaging and the hard-to-look-away type of promotion by Rihanna herself helped this product shoot to the top of the favorites list.

The product itself is beautiful; it feels really silky on the skin.

There are three different shades of rose gold, bronze and the latest addition Trophy Wife, which is a gleaming gold.

The sparkles in this illuminator are a little too prominent for my liking, but if you want that noticeable glistening specks on your skin, this product would be perfect for you.

Fenty Beauty Body Lava retails at $59 and can be purchased HERE




Given body illuminators are all the rage right now, and with summer months approaching, there’s a new version and line appearing almost on a weekly basis.

The latest newcomers are makeup artist Patrick Ta’s Major Glow which are sheer oils with shimmer pigment (available in three shades),; and Huda Beauty’s N.Y.M.P.H (coming soon – available in three shades) which is possibly the heaviest coverage out of all the illuminators out there.

If you’re after a drugstore version, Sally Hansen Airbrush Body Illuminator at $8.50; or the opposite end of the spectrum for those who want to treat themselves with an uber- luxury version is Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil at $100.

I hope today’s post helped decode some of the body illuminators that are definitely worth checking out. Regardless of the finish or intensity you prefer, there’s no denying the instant transformative effect these products have on the body.

Do you use body illuminators? What’s your must-have product?

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Christie G July 10, 2019 - 2:57 am

Oooh these look so good! So many options out there, I like this post gives a good guide. I’m liking the sound of Vita Liberata.

Sarah July 10, 2019 - 7:53 am

Great product! and doesn’t transfer either.

Gemma May 2, 2019 - 3:39 am

Thanks for the information and comparisons of brands. Love me a little health glow!!

Jenn May 2, 2019 - 12:02 am

Such a helpful ! I see so many of these on social media and never knew which one did what :D


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