Balms and Creams have been a tried and tested remedy for dry skin issues since forever. We all have a number of soothing balms and hydrating creams to heal and soothe our chapped lips and flaky skins. But what if we combine the healing properties of the balms and creams with the brightening and illuminating powers of highlighter! Heck Yeah!

This is why, in today’s blog we have brought to you 9 wonderfully amazing balm and cream highlighters for dark skin tones to rejuvenate your skin along with giving it a radiant glow.

So, Let’s dive in!

Balm and Cream Highlighters for Dark Skin

Balms vs Creams

Although both, balms and creams are meant to cater dryness and related issues, however, they have a few differentiating features:

FeaturesBalmsCreams
ConstituentsPlant oils, BeeswaxCombination of water and oils
ConsistencyHeavy liquid to solidThick liquid
Water ContentzeroContains water
Shelf lifeHigherMay contain preservatives
UsesTo heal extremely dry, cracked skin areas To moisturize and plump the skin Can include anti-aging ingredients.

For a more detailed insight check out our blogs about medicated, tinted, clear, vegan and cruelty free lip balms and lip oils.

Now let’s check out some of the best balm and cream highlighters for dark skin tones below:

Highlighters for Dark Skin Ladies

Moisturizing Balm and Cream Highlighters for Dark Skin

For your ease we have added all the highlighter balm options first and combined all the cream highlighters in the next half. So, First let’s take a look at some of the best hydrating balm highlighters for dark skin tones.

Dew Wet Balm Highlighter by DANESSA MYRICKS BEAUTY

Dew Wet Balm Highlighter

Acing our list of balm and cream highlighters for dark skin tone is this hydrating and illuminating balm highlighter by Danessa Myricks Beauty. Their Dew Wet Balm has in fact, a dewy finish which enhances your features instantly.

The formula is translucent, light weight and provides a multi-dimensional glow. The highlighting balm is infused with jojoba oil along with other hydrating and skin softening ingredients to give your skin the glow it desires with the care it deserves.

Dew Wet Highlighting Balm comes in 5 beautiful shades i.e., Holy Water, Rosewater, Clear, Hot Waterand Morning Dew. All of these shades look ravishing on dark and deep skin tones.

Pros
  • Vegan
  • Hydrating Formula
  • Suitable for all skin tones
  • Suitable for mature skins
  • Suitable for all skin types
Cons
  • Not very durable
  • Can be sticky
  • Some might find too glittery

BAUME ESSENTIAL by CHANEL – Golden Light

BAUME ESSENTIAL - Golden Light

If you are up for a sun kissed glow, Baume Essential in the shade Golden Light is worth giving a try. This highlighting balm by CHANEL is a hydrating illuminator which is smooth in texture and can be used on eyelids and cheeks as well.

The shade Golden Lightis a warm copper bronze with a subtle shimmer that can be used for multiple purposes.

Pros
  • Multi-Use Highlighter
  • Hydrating Formula
  • Easy to Use
  • Blend able
Cons
  • Not all shades are suitable for dark skins
  • Lesser longevity
  • Creases on the eyes

Miracle Balm All – Over Glow by JONES ROAD

Miracle Balm All - Over Glow

This highlighting balm by Jones Road is true to its name. The miracle balm is truly a miracle as it hydrates, soothes and instantly brightens up the face. The tinted balm can be used as a highlighter, as a lip and cheek tint or can be used as a moisturizer to give an over-all glow.

The product comes in 4 pretty colors i.e., Au Naturel, Tawny, Rose Gold and Bronze. For deeper skin tones the shades Tawny and Bronze works the best. Tawny is a brownish shade with a hint of red and it looks amazing on darker skin tones. Whereas, Bronze is a warm shimmer which can be used for medium brown skin tones.

Pros
  • Multi-purpose
  • Cruelty Free
  • Contains Jojoba oil, Argan oil and Vitamin E
  • Paraben Free
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Lesser color payoff
  • A little sticky
  • Subtle scent

Skin Fetish Highlighter & Balm Duo by PAT McGRATH LABS

Skin Fetish Highlighter - Balm Duo

If you have a normal to dry skin tone, this highlighter and balm duo by Pat McGrath is a good option.  The highlighter adds a subtle glow to your skin whereas the clear balm nourishes and gives you a dewy finish, thus, making it an option worth considering, in our list of balm and cream highlighters for dark skin tones.

The duo comes in 3 highlighter colors, i.e., Bronze, Nude and Gold. All three colors look ravishing on dark skin tones and comes with a clear balm for a hydrating finish.

Pros
  • 2 in 1 Glow stick
  • Easy to use
  • Contains Aloe vera, Argan oil and Hyaluronic acid
Cons
  • Poor Packaging
  • The balm can fall out
  • Expensive
  • Lesser value of money

Now let’s talk about some of the best cream highlighters in town, for dark skin tones.

Illuminating Veil Luminescent Cream Color by DANESSA MYRICKS

Illuminating Veil Luminescent Cream Color

This cream highlighter by Danessa Myricks Beauty is insanely pigmented, water based and gives you a lavish glow.  The formula is long lasting, light weight and suitable for normal to oily skin types.

Available in 12 stunning shades, the product gives you a wide variety to choose from. All these colors look stunning on deep and dark skin tones. The shades are: Attraction, Desire, Goddess, Light, Luna, Paradise, Queen, Radiance, Serenity, Starlight, Synergy and Tempest.

Pros
  • Vegan
  • Light weight
  • Gluten Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Mineral oil Free
  • Long Lasting
  • Suitable for mature skin
  • 12 shades to choose from
Cons
  • Some may find too glittery

THE RIGHT LIGHT HIGHLIGHTER by TRINNY LONDON

THE RIGHT LIGHT HIGHLIGHTER

If you are looking for a more natural, subtle glow, The Right Light is the right highlighter for you. This cream highlighter by Trinny London has a moisturizing formula, is easy to blend and has a satin finish.

The product comes in 4 beautiful shades i.e., Starlight, Candlelight, Sunlight and Firelight.For dark skin tones, try using Sunlight– A warm golden and Firelight– A warm fireside glow.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Moisturizing
  • Long Lasting
  • Suitable for mature skins
  • Suitable for everyday use
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Some might find too glittery
  • Not all shades are suitable for dark skin tones

GLOW-PIGMENTS by Tai Lite

GLOW-PIGMENTS

Tai Lite Glow Pigments are designed keeping in mind the girls of color. The cream highlighters are pigmented, versatile and unapologetically bold.

These cream highlighters come in 6 vibrant colors, i.e., Messiah, Grace, Prophecy, Redemption, Eden and Omni. For deeper skin tones the shades Messiah- A bronze gold, Redemption- A vibrant orange and Grace- A fearless purple, will do wonders.

Pros
  • Clean Makeup
  • Vibrant colors
  • Suitable for all skin types
Cons
  • Funky, not for everyday use

Illuminating Cream Highlighter by BEAUTYCOUNTER

Illuminating Cream Highlighter

Let’s end our list of balm and cream highlighters for dark skin tones with this subtle cream highlighter by BEAUTYCOUNTER. The highlighter has a smooth creamy texture, is buildable and blends easily into the skin.

The Illuminating Cream Highlighter comes in 3 dewy finish shades i.e., Pearl Glow, Rose Glow and Bronze Glow. For people with medium to tan skin tones, Rose Glow will be a good addition to their collection whereas for deep to dark skin tones, Bronze Glow will do the magic.

Pros
  • Clean Makeup
  • Cruelty Free
  • Suitable for mature skin
  • Suitable for everyday use
  • Subtle sheen
Cons
  • Not a blinding highlighter
  • Pricey
  • Not very long lasting

Conclusion

If you also have dry skin or are just a fan of cream and balm highlighters, try out some of the moisturizing balm and cream highlighters for dark skin tones, mentioned above. We really hope one of them could become a staple part of your stash. You Glow Girl! Blog-Ox.

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