Rarely does my bizarre memory for cheesy pop music lyrics come in as handy as it did today. While marveling at the explosion of pigment and glitter on my cheeks from two of the eight new Make Up For Ever Uplight ($28) highlighters, I sang along to a MUFE version of Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl.
“Uplight girl! She’s been living in her uplight world!”
Okay, so I’m way too easily amused. But I do think these multitasking, oil-free illuminators are well worth singing about.
Make Up For Ever Uplight in #12 Dewy Golden Warm (left) and #32 Sparkling Golden Pink (right)
Maybe because they’re mostly water (70%), these gel highlighters feel almost weightless, and it’s like they melt right into my skin (I previously talked about them here).
How do they compare to the NARS Illuminators?
NARS released a similar product earlier this spring called the Illuminators. While I think both those and these are great, MUFE gave the Uplights a fluffier, airier texture that I find easier to blend. And from the colors I’ve seen so far, the Uplights also appear to pack much more pigment. For a subtle tint, I might opt for a NARS Illuminator, but I’d reach for an Uplight if I wanted bolder colors with intense glitter and shine.
The eight Uplights span a range of warm and cool shades. I tried #12 Dewy Golden Warm (a pearly, warm gold) and #32 Sparkling Golden Pink (a shimmery, peachy pink with golden glitter).
#32 Sparkling Golden Pink
What a fun shade! This bold baddie has HELLA golden glitter. With it on, I feel like 1,000 angels just left sweet, sparkly kisses on my cheeks.
Um, did I mention this has a lot of glitter?? Seriously, it packs enough to build two discos. I love it! — although I’m afraid I might be a little too
old experienced to wear it during the day. I think I may actually like it more on my lips and lids, but if you’re a little younger than I am or work in a creative environment, I bet you could rock this blush at noon. I have no qualms, however, about wearing it at night, and I’m definitely wearing it the next time I go clubbing or hit the Vegas strip.
#12 Dewy Golden Warm
I was hoping pigmented golden pearl #12 would resemble a warmer version of MAC Strobe, but it lacks the opalescence that gives Strobe such incredible dimension. I think it’s still gorgeous, though, and looks great either worn by itself on bare skin, or layered under foundation. And because it is so pigmented, a little goes a loooong way.
Swatches of #12 Dewy Golden Warm (left) and #32 Sparkling Golden Pink (right) blended and unblended with the flash
Swatches of #12 Dewy Golden Warm (left) and #32 Sparkling Golden Pink (right) blended and unblended without the flash
Wearing #12 Dewy Golden Warm down the bridge of my nose and on my upper cheek bones, and #32 Sparkling Golden Pink on my cheeks and lips
Oh, watch out for Uplight’s touchy pump because, no kidding, the thing has a hair trigger. Unfortunately, the first few times I used it, a lot of product went to waste, so I plan to keep a small sample jar around to store the excess.
PRICE: $29 each US; $33 Canadian
AVAILABILITY: Available now at select Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (an A- if the pump wasn’t so touchy)
I made pea soup!
I know it looks a lot like baby food, but I think it turned out pretty good. Would you believe I actually made it from scratch? Fo’ reals! No cans anywhere in sight (this time). I’m going through a cooking phase, and I’ve been craving warm comfort foods like soup.
I wish you could stop by for a bowl with pita chips. We could talk about makeup while Tabs made kitty biscuits on your tum (his new favorite thing).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,