For better or for worse, there are probably numerous things that come to mind when someone says "festival season"—many of which I probably shouldn't bring up if I still want to have a job tomorrow. However, that being said, one debatably innocent word practically synonymous with festival frolicking is "glitter." (I say "debatably" because I've quickly come to realize a person's stance on the substance is practically political.) And while one part of our psyche automatically cringes when we see glitter-spackled hairlines, body tattoos, and decolletages, the adjacent part—which surreptitiously nurtures an affinity for metallic gelly roll pens, patent Lisa Frank planners, and HitClips from the iconic likes of the Baha Men—still pines for the stuff.
(And hey, if you don't relate on some basal level, we seriously doubt you would have clicked on this post in the first place.)
So now that we've established we're all on the same semi-embarrassing playing field as far as glitter is concerned, let's discuss the upcoming product roster for festival season. Which, as you may have surmised from the headline, now includes various disco ball–esque vehicles for your nonnegotiable SPF habit.
Enter Sunshine & Glitter's heart-stoppingly reflective collection of sun- and sparkle-approved skincare, which not only comes in just about every shape and form (from lip glosses to bug repellants) but also boasts a pretty impressive ingredient list regarding what the products do—and don't—include. (Historically speaking, this has been our main gripe with any type of product that would be at home inside a caboodle and/or alongside a collection of Furbies.) For instance, the brand claims the products are PABA- and paraben-free, pumped with antioxidants, and non-irritating to the skin.
(Allure even addressed the safety concern here.) Sounds like a triple-win, no?
Also, as an FYI, Sunshine & Glitter isn't alone in its mission to pair whimsy with SPF, and the Byrdie team has actually spotted several high-shine options in our inboxes recently. (Bare Republic Neon Sunscreen Sticks are also pretty intriguing, but don't worry, we'll get there in a few.)
Keep scrolling for the top-trending glitter-infused SPF products your OTT festival outfits won't be complete without this spring.
Sure, the product name conjures images of Polly Pocket, My Little Pony, and the Instagram-famous five-layer rainbow cake with Skittles spewing out of it, but for what it's worth, this 50+ SPF formula is actually pretty mesmerizing. (There's also a gold iteration if multicolored skincare paraphernalia isn't your jam.) Surprisingly, it boasts around 80 minutes of waterproof wear, and not surprisingly, it smells like the aforementioned birthday cake.
Had we gotten our hands on this adorable tube roughly 10 years ago, it probably would have had the power to retire our most beloved of Lip Smacker balm. (After all, it's infused with nourishing hydrators like aloe vera, vitamin E, and oils such as avocado, sunflower, and olive.)
Two words: glamping epitomized. Yep, this gilded body glitter not only features the brand's trademark formula of water-resistant sun protection, but it's also strategically infused with a naturally bug-repelling scent of cedar, citronella, lemongrass and peppermint oil. Shoo, fly.
Not a fan of glitter but want something that still feels a little extra where your SPF is concerned? (Seriously, some of the things we say as beauty editors.) Regardless, this atomic neon pick from Bare Republic can fill in the blank. Available in six different colors (blue, pink, orange, yellow, green, and purple, obviously), the easy-to-apply sticks boast cruelty-free mineral active SPF coverage, which you can entrust for at least 80 minutes before you'll need to reapply.
So are you as fascinated as we are? Whether or not you'll actually be festival-ing this spring, we still think these glitter-filled picks deserve a spot on your vanity (and in your '90s-baby heart).