Shimmery body oil has grown up and proven itself worth reconsidering with the addition of Tom Ford's Shimmering Body Oil to the pack we've come to know and love. Smells like the beach, but as interpreted by a pineapple. All the shimmering particles also don't settle at the bottom—they remain perfectly suspended for your oggling pleasure, and they hit the skin like glimmer instead of glitter. For a similar micro-shimmer effect, Leonor Greyl's bright yellow bottle is a bit more densely packed and opaque, but still light on application. This one is best massaged on straight after a cold summer shower and proceeded to be worn with nothing else.
On the other end of the spectrum, Michael Kors' Liquid Shimmer Dry Oil Spray is for when you want your skin glisten, rain or shine. The bigger the mica particles, the bigger the glamour is the thinking behind this one—which is reason enough to be a little cautious when applying.
The final two of the bunch dispense less frou-frou and, out of the bottle, look more like lotions than sprays. Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse Or's formula is beautifully coating, covering every square inch of body real estate in a film of gold. This is lotion for goddesses, and like all best things in shimmer, it's multipurpose. Use it on your face as strategic highlighter or on your hair as a shine enhancer and smoother. And Nars Body Glow—well, that's just a given. It will deposit “glow,” and on top of that, will release your inner glow because you feel so damn sexy and bronzed with this on. It's the only one of the bunch that doesn't have a spray applicator, but doesn't require much to get the full effect.
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