This Not That: Liquid Luminizers

Lack of sleep, dehydration, and cool weather can rob you of your morning glowing. A product you can use to bring life back to your skin is a luminizer. A luminizer diffuses light to make your skin look more hydrated and youthful. You can use this type of product to highlight certain areas of your face or to add a soft glow all over your body. There are powder, liquid, and cream versions of luminizers. The most popular form used is liquid because it is more hydrating and easy to blend. Most luminizers are made of ground minerals and are light weight so they won’t clog your pores or irritate your skin.

Luminizer can be used all over your body. It is most commonly used on the cheekbones, legs, shoulders, and décolleté. On your cheekbones, it’s best to apply it on the top of your cheekbone about an inch under your eye. Blend the product with your ring finger lightly. To apply it to your legs use broad vertical strokes, then blend it in. For your shoulders and décolleté apply small dots and blend it all over the area. Two liquid bronzers that we love to highlight your face are Josie Maran Argan Oil Illuminizer and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch.(via)

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch is one of the most popular beauty products around the world. It cost $40 and is available at Sephora and at Yves Saint Laurent’s website. This product is the secret makeup artist and models to instantly create the look of having 8 hours of sleep. This product comes in 13 different shades ranging from the pale to very deep. The product is dispensed through a brush tip and to release more product there is a button to press at the bottom of the brush.  Although this product is easy to   use it also contains sulfate, paraffin, mineral oil, and paraben. Let’s review some of the pros and cons of Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch.


  • Is easy to use
  • Can be specifically coordinated with your skin tone
  • Very moisturizing and doesn’t settle into lines


  • Very expensive
  • Hard to find
  • Contains sulfates, paraffins, and parabens

Josie Maran Argan Oil Illuminizer(via)

Josie Maran Argan Oil Illuminizer combines the skin benefits of argan oil with the best properties of an luminizer. This product cost $28 and is available at Sephora and QVC. Unlike other luminzers, this one only comes in one shade which is a light bronze color. The argan oil in this product is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids which are proven anti-aging ingredients. There are no sulfates, pararbens, synthetic fragrances, or GMOs. Although this product has oil in it, it can be used on any skin type. The container this product comes in has a pump and is easy to use all over the face and body.Here are some pros and cons of Josie Maran Argan Oil Illuminizer.


  • Doesn’t contain sulfates, parabens, GMOs, and synthetic fragrances
  • Has anti-aging properties
  • Has organic argan oil


  • Only comes in one shade
  • Has a runny liquid consistency
  • Has a distinctive scent

The Verdict: The Josie Maran Argan Oil Illuminizer has less chemicals, however it can not be customized for your skin tone. The Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch can be coordinated with your skin color, however it is not the healthiest option.

Which would you use?



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