Save Your Coins, Sis. Here are 10 Nonsticky + Affordable Alternatives to Fenty Beauty Body Lava

When Fenty Beauty dropped their Body Lava shimmer lotion, I swore up and down I wouldn’t buy them. I really did. I love a good body shimmer as much as the next girl, but I couldn’t quite grasp why I should drop $59 on a body shimmer.

But then one day I found myself in Sephora, during the VIB rouge sale no less, and it happened. The Sephora Gods cast a spell on my senses and sure enough, I snagged, first the pink shade, WHO NEEDS CLOTHES?! and then second, the bronze shade, BROWN SUGAR. After having and testing them for over a week, all I can say is: Save your coins, sis.

Are these shimmering body oils pretty? Yes, you will glow and you will glitter. But at $59 a pop, I can’t co-sign on the price and the sticky-feel of these body luminzers. I’ve heard that a little bit goes a long way, but no matter how little I use, I can’t seem to get these to not leave a “tacky” feeling on my skin, a sensation  I know will annoy the hell out of me on hot summer days.

So that being said, I’ve done some research and found some great, non sticky alternatives you can try instead.

Disclaimer: I have not personally tried all of these listed.




1. Body oil +loose shimmer powder.


This method isn’t my favorite because body/baby oil can be on the greasy side and may cause the shimmer powder to transfer onto your clothes. But, it’s worth a shot. Some of my favorite Shimmer Powders can be purchased HERE + HERE.

See a  quick tutorial on the method HERE:

2. Aloe Vera Gel + Shimmer Powder



This method, I’ve read, is fail-proof. Aloe Vera gel dries down cleanly and doesn’t rub off on your clothes. Try it with one of the shimmers listed above, and an Aloe Vera Gel HERE.

3.  Wet n wild Megaglo Liquid Highlighter $ 4.99


While these Wet n’ Wild colors come in a variety of shades, Goddess Glow is the only shade I can definitely say leaves a sparkle on the skin. The others give more a sheen than a sparkle. I encourage you to stop at your local drugstore to give them a shot, or snag one or two shades HERE.

4. Danessa Myricks Beauty Illuminating Veil $22

Danessa Myricks can do no wrong in my book, seriously. As a pro makeup artist as well as a businesswoman, I am here for ALL of her black girl magic. The Illuminating veil provides a beautiful shimmer to the face as well as the body. Put it all over and step into the sun and just watch the magic happen. I’ve tried the shade “Attraction,” but I plan to buy a few more to compare. Shop HERE.





If you’re not about that mixing life, this product does it for it. Mixing biodegradable glitter with aloe vera gel, I’ve heard this gives all the glitter you will ever need. If you need more moisture try mixing it with your lotion of choice. I haven’t tried this myself, but I’ll be grabbing a bottle before summer to give it a shot. Buy it HERE.

6. MLN Beauty Luminous Body Gleam $18


Never tried it, but it looks like it does the job. See here:

Buy MLN Body Glitter HERE

7. Lush Cosmetics Shimmy Shimmy Body Butter $8.95


According to the Lush Cosmetics site:

Shimmy Shimmy will leave you with sexy, glowing skin. It’s shaped like a heart and smells beautifully of vanilla and lavender with a hint of herbal clary sage – just the thing to get hearts racing. The real attraction is the way it makes your skin shine. Skin-softening butters help the glitter stick for a subtle shimmer, giving you a pinky-bronze glow that lights up your skin, (and if you’re lucky, your nights). \


8. Gold Glitter up! Secret Body Cream. $18


This is another aloe vera-based shimmer gel and the Amazon reviews are pretty amazing. I’m going to order one right now and test it out for myself. It comes in 4 shades, too. Buy it HERE.

9. Glimmer Goddess Organic Bronze Shimmer Whipped Body Butter $23


According to the Product description:

SEXY SHIMMER gives your skin a healthy natural radiance and perfect amount of shimmer. This incredible body butter will leave your skin feeling renewed and rejuvenated. It moisturizes and shimmers all day long. Perfect to use after the shower or throughout your day for an added boost of moisture and sparkle.

This body butter comes in 11 shades, and includes subtle to super shimmer options. Buy HERE

10. Limited Edition Sol Dejaneiro Glow Oil $35fenty-body-lava-dupefenty-body-lava-dupe

These don’t come out for a few more days, but online reviews have attested to their glittery non-sticky magic. 

And there you have it, friends. 10 dupes for the Fenty Beauty Body Lava that won’t break the bank or leave you with sticky skin. If you have additional options please drop them below!

My girl, Elle, shared some her favs in this video:

Share some of your favs below!

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  1. Mented Cosmetics has a Body shimmer lotion in 3 shades. The company is black owned and the formula isn’t sticky. And it’s only $25

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