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illuminating creams

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for illuminating creams.

If you're looking for a new way to illuminate your face, look no further than illuminating creams. These products are designed to be worn on the skin and give the appearance of having a sheen of light from within. They can be used in a variety of ways, from adding a subtle glow to brightening your complexion.

$40.00

I had to switch it up for the American Clay Illuminating Serum because of the coloring though. Unfortunately it was just too pink for me!...Also, many BB creams have illuminating effects (aka shimmer/glitter), and I prefer a matte finish, which is what Clinique offers.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Combination
✔ DryWhat it is:
A powerful balm to perfect the appearance of skin.

What it is formulated to do:
- Antioxidants to prevent and banish imperfections
- Features SPF 30 sun protection
- Comes in four shades

This instant morning routine gives skin just about everything it needs for a quick start: SPF protection, antioxidants for prevention, and just enough coverage to banish imperfections. In addition to these beneficial factors, it makes the perfect primer, too.

$39.00

I'm a tarte fan, so when they discontinued their illuminating BB cream, I knew for sure I would try one of the brand's other BB creams. ...I had bought a few drugstore BB creams prior to this, have used the Tarte illuminating cream, Laura Mercier tinted lotion, etc but this BB cream is amazing.

Coverage:
✔ Medium

Skin type:
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

Finish:
✔ Matte

What it is: A five-in-one long wear, vegan primer that can be used under (or instead of) foundation for smoother, brighter skin.

What it does:
This product hydrates, helps smooth fine lines, and works to correct dullness and enlarged pores. It provides lightweight, sheer coverage, while protecting your complexion with SPF 30. This formula also contains a triple-B complex to help brighten, smooth, and soften your skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:

bareMineralsCOMPLEXION RESCUE™ Tinted Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid and Mineral SPF 30

Size: 1.18 oz·ITEM: 1687946

Color: Spice 08 - for tan warm skin with golden undertones

3.9K Reviews

$37.00

Beyond illuminating...Illuminating...I have healthy, mature skin but felt it was lacking that "glow" of my youth and certainly hydration. This was the answer to my prayers.

What it is: A clean, multitasking tinted moisturizer that combines hydrating skincare benefits with naturally radiant, sheer-to-light coverage and SPF 30.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Natural

Formulation:
Cream

SPF: 30 and under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Helps replenish and boost skin’s moisture.
- Olive-Derived Squalane: Quenches dry skin with all-day hydration that feels light and refreshing.
- Mineral-Based Sunscreen: Protects from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

IT CosmeticsMini CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Size: 0.4 oz/ 12 mL·ITEM: 1904267

Color: Medium - soft beige shade with warm undertones

607 Reviews

$17.00

Would buy it 100 times again. Gives you an amazing glow....It also gives a nice glow! However, I am upset that this never matches my winter shade.

Skin type:
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

What it is:
A bestselling, award-winning, full-coverage, color-correcting cream with antiaging skin care and SPF 50+ sunscreen.

What it does:
This color-correcting cream provides full, flawless coverage and protects skin with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen. It is clinically shown to increase hydration, smooth texture, and enhance brightness. The breakthrough formula never creases or cracks and instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots.

IT CosmeticsCC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

Size: 1.08 oz/ 32 mL·ITEM: 2088326

Color: Rich

1.4K Reviews

$44.00

Great CC Cream, I really enjoy using this for everyday. I do have dry skin and prefer the illuminating version!...Gorgeous! I tried their illuminating CC cream and it’s nice with great coverage.

What it is: An oil-free, color-correcting, full-coverage foundation with SPF 40 physical mineral sunscreen.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Cream

SPF: SPF over 30

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Collagen: Supports visible elasticity for a youthful, smooth appearance.
- Peptides: Help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and support natural collagen for smoother, firmer-looking skin.
- Charcoal: Minimizes the look of pores and cleans your skin by absorbing excess oils and surface impurities.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates parabens, mineral oil, and phthalates.

IT CosmeticsCC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Size: 1.08 oz/ 32 mL·ITEM: 2130920

Color: Fair Light - ivory pink shade with cool undertones

4.3K Reviews

$44.00

Will be trying the illuminating version next....I still prefer the illuminating cc cream--for the shine, but this one does just as well!

What it is: A color-correcting, full-coverage foundation with SPF 50 physical mineral sunscreen that delivers a flawless, natural finish.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Cream

SPF: SPF over 30

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Collagen: Enhances visible elasticity for a youthful, smooth appearance.
- Peptides: Help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and support natural collagen for smoother, firmer-looking skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Locks in moisture, supports visible elasticity, and diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates parabens and phthalates.

IT CosmeticsCC+ Cream Illumination with SPF 50+

Size: 1.08 oz/ 32 mL·ITEM: 2130979

Color: Fair Light - ivory pink shade with cool undertones

818 Reviews

$44.00

very illuminating...covers well, not completely, but I didnt expect it to. it illuminates my skin so well!! I love it....it's not illuminating glow, it's sparkly unicorn on your face. it has a lot of sparkle, not healthy glow.

What it is: A color-correcting, full-coverage foundation with SPF 50 physical mineral sunscreen that delivers a flawless, radiant finish.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Radiant

Formulation: Cream

SPF: SPF 50+

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Collagen: Enhances visible elasticity for a youthful, smooth appearance.
- Peptides: Help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and support natural collagen for smoother, firmer-looking skin.
- Niacin (B Vitamin): Supports skin barrier function and visible elasticity, promotes a more even-looking tone, and combats the appearance of blemishes and hyperpigmentation.

bareMineralsMini COMPLEXION RESCUE™ Tinted Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid and Mineral SPF 30

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2454908

Color: Bamboo 5.5 - for light warm skin with a yellow hue

60 Reviews

$22.00

GIves good coverage and adds glow to the skin. A great buy for the summer...Blurs imperfections just enough while freckles can still peek through and still a slight glow. Bare minerals absolutely never misses. A little goes a very long way.

What it is: A mini-size, clean, multitasking tinted moisturizer that combines hydrating skincare benefits with naturally radiant, sheer-to-light coverage and SPF 30.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Natural

Formulation:
Cream

SPF: 30

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Replenishes and boosts skin’s moisture.
- Olive-Derived Squalane: Quenches dry skin with all-day hydration that feels light and refreshing.
- Mineral-Based Sunscreen: Non-chemical sunscreen protects from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

ShiseidoSynchro Skin Self-Refreshing Tint SPF 20

Size: 0.95 oz/ 30mL·ITEM: 2516227

Color: 335 Medium Katsura - balanced with a slight olive tone for medium-tan skin

1.7K Reviews

$43.00

For base products, I mostly use tinted moisturizer and BB creams, so I was very excited to receive this. I think it's a little light for my skin tone, but it's wearable, if not a little more illuminating than usual. ...It looks great when I warm it up with bronzer and an illuminating primer instead of wearing it on its own.

What it is: A skin tint formulated with hyaluronic acid to provide up to 24 hours of hydration, light coverage, and a fresh-, natural-looking finish that lasts.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Natural

Formulation:
Liquid

SPF: 20

Highlighted Ingredients:
- High Content of Hyaluronic Acid and Other Skincare Ingredients: Provide a refreshing sensation, up to all-day hydration, and seamless application.
- ActiveForce™ Technology: Resists the effects of heat, humidity, oil, and facial movement.
- Responsive Sensory Technology: Adapts to skin's condition, tone, and texture for truer illumination.

SmashboxHalo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 25 with Hyaluronic Acid

Size: 1.4 / 40·ITEM: 2569895

Color: Light Olive - light with olive undertone

623 Reviews

$41.00

I highly recommend this and also the halo plumping dew hyaluronic acid illuminating moisturizer together. I am very happy with this purchase....The coverage is medium and so I only need a little concealer under my eyes and my skin looks so fresh clean and glows! Love this!

What it is: An all-in-one, SPF primer-infused tinted moisturizer with lightweight, natural-looking dewy coverage that hydrates skin for up to 24 hours.

Coverage:
Light

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.

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