I was looking for a highlighter without any shimmer – something I could use in the most conservative daytime environment without fear of looking evening-sparkly. I wanted it to provide just a soft, dewy glow where applied. After reading a lot of reviews at Sephora, I went with Make Up For Ever’s Uplight in shade #12, “dewy golden beige.” I’m pretty fair skinned, but they offer this in several shades, including darker ones, pinker ones, and some shades with pearly finishes. My local Sephora store only carried four shades, however – there are eight, altogether – so you may have to order some of the shades.
Let’s address the negative first and get that out of the way. One complaint I had read about this one was that it splurts out a really big pump that many people can’t use in one go. A full pump is indeed a pretty big goopy mess, and it’s difficult to do a half pump.
But there are two solutions to this problem:
- Do the full pump, and put it into an old sample container, and just dip your fingers or brush in.
- My preferred method: if you just barely depress the pump a tiny bit, you get a tiny drop of this stuff that’s enough to highlight your browbone, for example. Even if you want more than that, once you get the hang of this, it’s easy to dispense 10 little pumps or however many you need.
Here’s what you get with that light pumping method:
See that little dot? That’s enough to do one cheekbone, for me. So this is a great way to have the benefits of a pump dispenser (better hygiene, less mess) while working around the fact that, for some reason, MUFE thinks we’re going to use enough to do our whole faces in every pump (seriously, even if I wanted to blend this with my foundation and use it all over, half a pump would be more than enough for that). I’d like to see MUFE come out with a better dispenser, but it does work well in every other respect (including not getting clogged if you don’t use it for a few days!), so I’m willing to put up with this. And now onto the positive.
I put 3-4 of those little dots I mentioned above on my arm and deliberately didn’t thin them out like I normally would. I wanted to make sure you can see the properties of this. It’s a lovely champagne color, and it definitely catches the light. There’s something verging on shimmer there, but even with a ridiculous amount like this, there are no sparkles or glitter bits. It’s just a glow.
Then I sheered it out the way I normally would:
Look at that. It’s just a lovely sheen blending into the skin with a soft glow. It catches the light, but it doesn’t look like a cosmetic, or oil or sweat – it just looks like your skin is polished and glowing with health. In fact, some people might find it too subtle – it depends what look you’re going for. For evening looks, you may well want something more dramatic.
I apply it with my fingers. You can definitely use a brush of any type you want – I like a small eyeshadow contour brush – but whenever fingers will do the job just as well, I use them because they’re easier to clean.
All in all, I’m really happy with the product. I think MUFE needs to seriously reduce the amount that comes out with a full pump, because I can’t see anybody using that amount of product in one go. But other than that, it’s terrific if you want a subtle, glowing sheen that won’t make anyone ask if you’re wearing glitter.