Plenty of high-end beauty brands are jumping on the body shimmer train in one way or another. And, if you are feeling the need for some extra shine (and who isn’t these days?), have a look through our list and give a few of our recommendations a try! On this list, we’ve rounded up 21 best body glitters and shimmers that will have you shining bright like a diamond all night long! We also discuss the differences between glitter and shimmer, and the various finishes to help you pick up that ideal shimmering product for you.
From lotions to gels to powder formulas, you can find the right shimmering body highlighter for your personal needs below. No matter which you choose, there will be a body shimmer product on this list to suit your needs.
While it does come in four other juicy shades, the Sol de Janeiro shimmering body oil in Copacabana Bronze is the perfect tinted shimmer oil to complement your summer tan or if you want to bronze it up in the offseason. Sulfate- and paraben-free, it uses cupuaçu butter, açaí oil, and coconut oil to keep your skin moisturized while restoring and conditioning your skin’s elasticity. It’s hydrating, perfectly luminizing, buildable, and it works for both face and body and for all skin tones. What’s not to love? Get it from Sephora!
If an oil-based product isn’t your favorite, but you still want a scent and sparkle payoff similar to our number one pick, then check out the Fenty Beauty Body Luminizer. This body highlighter is a gel-based liquid and features the same scent as the Fairy Bomb Shimmer Powder. Perfect for a dewy finish, it comes in four color options, from gold to bronze to copper, all of which are universally flattering. Pick it up from Sephora!
If you want the experience of a genuinely luxurious shimmer oil, take a look at Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc. This oil is similar in fragrance to the Soleil Blanc perfume (featured here!) and would make an excellent beach day companion. This lightweight oil comes in two shades, containing shimmers of gold and platinum leaf. This lightweight, fragranced oil is available at Nordstrom.
For those glamming on a budget, look no further than the NYX glitter. This cosmetic-grade glitter comes in twelve stunning colors and can also enhance eye and lip looks. Make sure to read the packaging, though, as only specific colors (blue, teal, crystal, silver, and ice) can be used safely near the eyes, and only the color Ice is recommended for use on the lips! Grab it online at Ulta or Amazon!
This shimmer body oil from Patrick Ta is packed with ingredients to keep your skin glowing from the inside out. Filled with vitamins C and E, as well as olive oil and squalane, this body oil will keep your skin super moisturized while preventing redness and dryness. It is also vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging. Purchase it today at Sephora!
Best for Kids
Sea Star Sparkle Glamingo Glitter Sunscreen SPF 50
With a yummy fruity fragrance and a sparkling glow, this sunscreen is going to be your kid’s best friend when out in the sun. This sparkling sunscreen contains SPF 50 and provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and 80 minutes of water resistance. The shimmering lotion will provide fun in the sun and ease of mind for parents who want to make sure their kids are adequately protected. Pick it up from Nordstrom!
Lime Crime’s Body Light body highlighter is perfect for anyone who wants to start small and build on their glow as they go. Available in two shimmering shades (Enchantress – a shimmering gold, and Lunar – a pink with silver shimmer), this highlighter from Lime Crime is perfect for a subtle shimmer or heavily saturated look, whichever your heart desires! Snag it from Amazon!
This shimmering beauty oil from NARS features Monoi de Tahiti oil and is blended with tiare flower and coconut oil to create a warm, beachy scent. Use it to add a sheer tint to the skin after sun exposure or on medium-tan skin tones for a sun-kissed glow. Purchase it at Sephora!
Charlotte Tilbury Jumbo Supermodel Body Shimmer Shape, Hydrate & Glow
This limited-edition, Nordstrom-exclusive jumbo size of Charlotte Tilbury’s Body Shimmer may be the best bang for your buck when it comes to a high-end shimmering body lotion. At just under 7 oz, this lotion uses botanicals and de-puffing ingredients to create the illusion of a longer, leaner physique. For this exclusive jumbo size, check it out at Nordstrom!
Known for their coconut-based products and reputation for being a clean company, the Kopari skin illuminator is dermatologist tested and guarantees a coconut-infused glow that you need not worry about when it comes to harmful chemicals. This pearlescent body highlighter is also safe for the face and can help combat dryness and dull skin. On top of adding a brilliant shimmer, this vegan product is sulfate-, paraben-, and silicone-free. Purchase it at Revolve!
Known for its quick absorption and non-greasy residue, the Moroccanoil brand has used its proprietary oil formula and fragrance as a base for this nourishing shimmering body oil. The addition of sesame oil and mineral mica powders give this oil its luxurious scent and glowing finish. Use this quick-absorbing oil to highlight your arms, chest, and legs. It’s available at Nordstrom.
Urban Decay Sparkle Out Loud Heavy Metal Glitter Gel
Urban Decay’s glitter gel is anything but quiet. This product is hyper-saturated and reflective, the perfect addition to a glam-rock look. Inspired by their glitter eye gel from the early 2000s, this water-based gel is eye-safe and can be packed with a brush or just your finger. With a quick dry-down, this gel will stay put for up to nine hours and is easily removed whenever you’re ready with water and your regular makeup remover. Purchase it at Ulta!
While the Kardashians may be anything but subtle, the KKW Beauty body shimmer provides a low-key glow that will have your skin looking moisturized and radiant. Use alone or layered with other body makeup and easily remove with your favorite makeup remover. For best results, pair with the KKW Body Brush, and be sure to let it dry before getting dressed! Pick it up from Ulta!
Suppose you are looking for a shimmering body and face highlighter without larger chunks of glitter. In that case, the Natasha Denona Body Glow comes in three stunning shades to complement various skin tones. Reviews for Body Glow mention low transfer and a long-lasting, natural glow without the stickiness that some other products are known for. Purchase it at Sephora!
Want to achieve a luxurious glow without getting it all over your hands? Take a look at the Anastasia Beverly Hills product. Packaged in a convenient spray bottle, you can easily mist this shimmering oil over your body. Of course, you can use your hands to rub the product in, but this superfine mist can also just be left to dry down on the skin, leaving a weightless finish and coconut-vanilla scent. Grab it from Sephora!
This highlighting body powder from Fenty Beauty comes with a 96% recommendation from its reviewers, and it’s easy to see why. A loose powder, it can be used safely on the eyes, face, and body to give you an all-over glow. It comes in three shades, all scented with a sweet vanilla coconut fragrance. Get it from Sephora!
If you’re a fan of the Dior J’adore perfume, you’re going to love this shimmering body gel. When applied, this gel leaves a luminous finish and the luscious floral notes of J’adore. The pearlescent golden shimmer is housed in a round glass bottle with a golden cap, a perfect match to other Dior products. Find it online at Nordstrom or Amazon!
Urban Decay Moondust Glitter Liquid Face & Body Illuminizer
The superfine, duo-chrome glitter and pearlescent pigments of the Urban Decay Moondust make it perfect for glitzing up your face and body without overdoing it. Available in four different colors to complement any skin tone, you can easily create a diffused, natural look by dabbing this highlighter on with your fingers or a more concentrated look by using a beauty blender. Find it for sale at Sephora!
If you want to glow and shine on the go, you need a travel-friendly option. For a body shimmer in the perfect travel-ready packaging, pick up the Winky Lux. This shimmer stick comes in a pinky bronze shade, free of plastic glitters to ensure environmental safety. The reviews boast multiple uses, from a highlighting stick to a sparkling lip balm. Purchase it today at Ulta!
If you want that beautiful glow without compromising on safety, this two-in-one sunscreen with shimmering particles is your best bet! This broad-spectrum protectant from Coppertone features SPF 30 and up to 40 minutes of water-resistant protection. Safe for everyday wear, this sunscreen gives off a pinky-gold shimmer and is also free of parabens, PABA, phthalates, and oxybenzone. Add it to your Amazon cart today!
For a unique look, the Cover FX Glitter Drops will be your best friend. Available in three shades, you can use these drops on their own or add them to almost any product, from body lotion to foundation. You can even mix two shades for further customization. Like all Cover FX products, they are also vegan and cruelty-free! Check it out at Ulta or Amazon!
What to Look for in the Best Body Shimmer for You?
From lotions to sprays to gels and more, body highlighters come in a myriad of formulas and finishes. Here is what you should take into account when trying to shop for your perfect match!
The Type: Body Glitter vs. Shimmer?
When you think of body glitter, you most likely think of the giant pieces of glitter you might have worn when you were a kid (is anyone else having roll-on glitter flashbacks?). But then, we have the more sophisticated body shimmer, which uses super-fine light-reflective particles to create a glamorous glow, reminiscent of sun-kissed skin.
Body glitter typically consists of larger glitter particles and less shimmer. It is excellent for a bold statement look.
For a subtler appearance, shimmer is the way to go in terms of face and body. It is like glitter’s grown-up sibling – a little more experienced and a little better dressed.
When choosing the best option for you, there are a few different formulas you can choose from. They include:
Body shimmer oils are typically oil-based, such as coconut oil, argan oil, or a combination of other oils such as olive oil and vitamin-E. Those based on oils will be the most hydrating and can double as a body moisturizer.
For ease of application and without having to get your fingers covered in shimmer or glitter, there are spray-on options. If you purchase a product in a spray bottle, you can add a pop of shimmer that falls naturally over your body without having to rub it in and get your hands covered in the same product.
Powders, much like a highlighter, are perfect for a soft, diffused shimmer. Powders are also usually travel-friendly, with many coming in compacts. Loose powders may be a bit messier, but you can’t beat the versatility. You can load on the shimmer for a statement look or leave a dusting on your collarbones.
Some lotions contain shimmer to up your moisturizing game even further. Shimmering body lotion is often just as moisturizing as other lotions, but with an added kick. If you want to channel feelings of summer in the dead of winter, try moisturizing with a shimmering body lotion. You’ll have an all-day reminder of the season to come.
SPF with Shimmer (a Subset of Lotions)
Similar to lotions with body shimmer, there are quite a few SPF options that contain shimmer or glitter. They contain illuminating particles to highlight your skin all day long while keeping it safe from sun damage!
Remember those roll-on flashbacks we were having earlier? Shimmer and glitter sticks seem to have replaced the messy roller balls that many of us might remember from days long past. These sticks are terrific for travel or throwing in your purse.
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