Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel Review and Swatches

Maybe it is because of the spring weather but lately, I have been COMPLETELY hooked on the dewy look. While I do like NARS Sheer Glow Foundation for achieving that, nothing beats a good luminizer like the new Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel to instantly do the trick.

Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel in #23 Golden Flesh


Uplight comes in eight shades and three finishes to reflect and refract light for exceptional luminosity. The Dewy and Pearly finishes are formulated with Make Up For Ever Star Powder for an iridescent effect on the skin, whereas the Sparkling finish contains Make Up For Ever Star Diamond Powder for a soft shimmer.

I have #23 Pearly Golden Flesh, a warm, coppery gold a tinge darker than my NC30 skin.

Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel 23 Pearly Golden Flesh
Swatches of Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel in #23 Pearly Golden Flesh
Make Up For Ever Uplight #23 Pearly Golden Flesh Swatch

Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel in #23 Pearly Golden Flesh



The oil-free formula is made of more than 70% water along with nourishing mango butter. It goes on very lightweight and dries super fast so you do have to blend quick. Unlike the glittery or shimmery finish you get with certain luminizers, this adds a natural, metallic sheen without looking or feeling greasy.

Uplight can also be applied to the skin on its own as a finishing touch or mixed into foundation and cream blush for an all-over radiant glow. I personally like to dab it on the eyelids, on top of the cheekbones, down the nose and right above the lip just like below.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Uplight #23 Pearly Golden Flesh

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Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel is available at Sephora for $29.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Have you ever tried Bobbi Brown shimmerbrick? I’m trying to find something for hot, humid Miami weather, and while the Shimmerbrick is great, it’d be nice to have something long lasting. What do you recommend?

    • Yes I have tried the Shimmerbrick. If you want it to last longer, you can always apply a cream/liquid product underneath then top with the Shimmerbrick. It’s a trick sworn by many artists and it works :)

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