The glow and radiance of pearls simply can’t be matched – and in 2018, the beauty industry definitely took notice. The past year brought the widest range of crazes and innovations on the beauty and skincare scene, from turmeric reinvented to charcoal-everything. But the most popular new IT ingredient came from the underwater world, namely gorgeous, radiant pearls, valued not only for their elegant charm but now also for their antioxidant and skin rejuvenating properties. Pearl powder, pearl extract and pearl pigments have dominated the beauty scene in 2018 – and they currently show no signs of slowing down. If you’re a beauty junkie, on the lookout for the hottest new ways to improve both the glow of your skin and your makeup game, check out these must-try products infused with the gems of the sea.

The Power of Natural Collagen: Akoya Pearl Pigments Illuminating Treatments

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Dealing with dark circles under your eyes, thinning skin that is losing its pigmentation and an overall dull look that lacks radiance? The answer to your troubles might just be pearls – more precisely, pearl pigments. Akoya pearls are known for their amazing antioxidant properties and the capacity to stimulate the regeneration of collagen, thanks to their signal proteins. Considering this, it’s no wonder that more and more brands are counting on the radiant Akoya pearls to bring that illuminating, dullness-eliminating, rejuvenating factor to their products. And one of them is this two-in-one treatment/makeup product by Tatcha: the Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment, which promises to eliminate dark circles, smoothen out imperfection and firm up the skin. Bonus points for the pearl-shaped packaging that brings on the iridescence in shades of shimmery mauve.

A Brighter Complexion: Tahitian Pearl Powder

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Like Akoya pearls, Tahitian pearls come with a wide range of benefits for your skin, thanks to their amino acids and minerals that stimulate the skin’s metabolism, as well as the regeneration of cells. A. S. Watson Group senior global buying manager Susanna Yuen explained the benefits of these iridescent pearls: “Tahitian black pearl powder is enriched with calcium and amino acids that preserve sheen and shine. Apart from moisturizing the skin, the powder also acts as a whitener as it contains anti-tyrosinase and anti-pigmentation properties.” If you’re willing to give these dark pearls a go (and not just as part of your outfit), Agasaya’s Tahitian Pearl Powder is one of those products, promising to restore the skin to its younger, fresher look, adding smoothness and moisture, thanks to the regenerating properties of exotic black pearls.

Luminous Appeal: Pearl Extract Rejuvenating Masks

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Forget basic Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid or Vitamin C, the new hot ingredient in face masks comes from the depths of the sea. While facial masks that list pearls amongst their ingredients are new on the market in the US, the fact is that the Asian women have been enjoying them for decades. Known for their antioxidant properties, as well as for their ability to not only hydrate but to also brighten and firm up the skin, pearls are a common skin care ingredient in other parts of the world – especially in places where they are cultivated abundantly. One of the hottest sellers of the recent months comes in a pink shell-like package: the Sephora Collection Pearl Mask, which promises to give your skin an iridescent glow, similar to the one of, you guessed, pearls.

Perfect that Glow: Pearl Powder Highlighter

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Highlighting products have been trending for a few years now – and brands are in a constant competition to release the most shimmery, almost iridescent and most light-catching formula around. From beauty gurus to professional makeup artists, no one is skipping the highlighter these days – and with new formulas like Revolution’s Pearl Lights Loose Highlighter, it’s hard not to hop on this illuminating trend. If your makeup routine is in dire need of a little upgrade, what better way to revamp your dolling up game than with a touch of glow, borrowed from the mesmerizing radiance of pearls. From super sheer highlighters that add just a touch of shimmer to products loaded with crush pearl powder for extra dewy effects, from shimmery rose tones to golden sun-kissed-like effects and from loose to compact formulas, the beauty market is currently embracing pearls to the fullest.