Summer skin means radiant skin, so the first step in achieving that buildable glow is to start with your moisturizer. The good news? Sephora is rolling out summer’s latest must-have product in the form of Glotions, otherwise known as luminizing moisturizers. These two-in-one lotions rank on a scale from 1-6; a "1" serves up a natural dewy glow, and a "6" acts more like a liquid highlighter.
Here, we tested all six glotions featured on the Sephora radiance scale, so whether you like to keep it soft and minimal, or prefer to add more highlight to your routine, there's a fit for everyone. Keep reading for a hands-on rundown of each.
Clocking in at 1 on the radiance scale, the Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream is the perfect solution if you’re looking for moisture, anti-aging properties and a natural glow. Also, if you’re into the dewy “no makeup” makeup look that's radiant but not shimmery, make this product your go-to.
There’s no better feeling than locking down your morning workout. Once you’ve freshened up, apply Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer to get your makeup routine started. Ranking in at 2 on the radiance scale, this product is perfect for a post-workout hydration ‘boost’ and leaves behind a golden or rosy glow. Bonus: It’s available in two shades, so it works for most skin tones.
Planned a spontaneous beach trip? If you're going to be spending time under the sun, choose Dr. Dennis Gross’s fan-favorite Instant Radiance Sun Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40. On those hot days, try swapping out your usual foundation with this glotion. Despite its light consistency, it acts as a multi-tasker that gives you sheer makeup coverage plus a radiant glow, falling on the radiance scale at a 3, and its SPF level will keep your skin safe. This formula comes in two shades, so it also works for most skintones.
Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($42)
Pro tip for anyone who plans post-work drinks: Always have a double-duty moisturizer handy. The Estée Edit Beam Team Hydrate + Glow option is a standout thanks to the highlighter built into the twist-off cap; apply it to your brow bones or cheekbones for that perfect pick-me-up after a long day of meetings. Clocking in 4 on the radiance scale, all you need to do is blend in some of the moisturizer to achieve an all-over glow before heading to dinner.
With its built-in brush, the Dr. Jart+ Illuminating BB Brush glotion will be a definite go-to for anyone with a busy lifestyle. Even if you’ve applied your makeup at home, this handy glotion will come in handy a quick coffee date with a friend, and it’s especially perfect for travel. This product offers a saturated glow (a 5 on the radiance scale), and it works well with lighter skin tones.
Frequently turn to beauty vloggers for inspo? Does your top shelf resemble a carefully curated makeup counter? Then you need to try Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Prism Cream, an ideal glotion for the beauty obsessed. Applying the product with a foundation brush creates a prismatic effect on cheekbones or down the ridge of your nose. This product falls on the highest end of the radiance spectrum, ringing it at a 6, and looks best on darker skin tones, however when used sparingly, it can work on everyone.
Which glotion will you head to Sephora for? Tell us in the comments below.