Clinique Up-lighting Liquid Illuminator- Natural Review

The Clinique Up-lighting liquid illuminator($23) was one of the first things I got from Clinique’s makeup range. The product has won many good reviews by beauty magazines and is especially recommended for brides for a natural glow(of course, Indian brides believe more in bling than glow). I got it since I wanted to add a little amount to my foundation to give a subtle glow effect which is achieved by using high brand sheer glow foundations, especially Nars sheer glow which I am lusting after for ages. This product has multiple uses and comes in 3 shades – Natural, Bronze and Blush. I got the Natural one which is described as “a sheer sheen of soft neutral beige with gold shimmer” .

Clinique Up lighting Liquid Illuminator

As stated on their website-

Sheer, lightweight liquid instantly illuminates skin. Highlights and contours cheeks, brow bones, or gives face an allover glow. Glides on to create a natural-looking luminosity. Perfect for all skin types and tones. Oil-free.

How to use:

Shake well before using.
Pump a small amount onto fingertips.
Wear alone on bare skin, spot-apply to highlight, or mix with foundation for an allover glow.

I had ordered it from the Clinique website and when I received it I was surprised at the size of the bottle, its pretty big! This product will last me a long time. The pump is pretty good, but you have to use it with a gentle hand or it might pump more product than required.

Clinique Liquid Illuminator

Clinique Illuminator

After using it for a few months, I have to say, this is just a cool product! I actually did not have too high expectations from it. I thought I could use it occasionally on my upper cheekbones and under my brows as a highlight or use this product with foundation to add shimmer and makes your skin look more glowy at night.

Clinique up lighting Illuminator

But this product has more uses – when added to foundation in the right quantity it makes the skin look really naturally dewy and healthy. You can use it by itself to highlight cheekbones and under the brows. Mix it with moisturizer to make a shimmering body lotion.

Some people have even claimed to use it with clear gloss to make a shimmering lip gloss. It’s a perfect champagne shimmery color. I also at times mix a little bit of it with my foundation and apply under my dark circles since the light reflection of the particles makes the circles appear less dark.

Photo of illuminator mixed with foundation(with flash):

clinique up lighting

Their other shades-Bronze can be used as a bronzer and Blush- which is pinkish, can be used as a highlight/blush.

To sum it up-

PROs of Clinique Up-lighting Liquid Illuminator

-Good quantity.
-Multiple use.
-The formula is a bit watery, but that helps with the blending.
-Almost microscopic gold particles.
-Great product for brides to be.

CONs of Clinique Up-lighting Liquid Illuminator

-Slightly expensive.
-Can appear bling! bling! if over done.
-Pump needs to be wiped after use.
-Experimentation required to find out the right quantity to mix with foundation/clear gloss/moisturizer.


I really like this product and it will remain a part of my collection for a long time. It has gold particles as opposed to silver ones, which suits our Indian warm skin tone. But one has to be careful and not go overboard with it and make sure to blend it well.

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19 thoughts on “Clinique Up-lighting Liquid Illuminator- Natural Review

  1. lovely product!great review!enjoy wearing it!
    and yes Indian brides do prefer a lil more bling but thats coz we all are ABOUT BLING!
    ha ha
    indian weddings
    and also these days i see brides asking top make up artists to confine the shimmeriness to thr outfits and keep the face as naturally preety as it could be!so everyone gets to see THEM and not the make up on THEM!

  2. I am def going to check it out Nikki. I am somehow getting used to the idea of adding a little shimmer to your regular foundation that buying a foundation which already has illuminating particles in it. This way you can use your products depending on your mood and preference. :)) It’s a pretty product. :))

  3. Nice review Nikki! :victory: This looks like a great product! Out of the 3 shades I think this one is the most versatile and useful one. I have sensitive oily/combination skin and since this is a cream based product, I’m a little apprehensive if it will suit my skin type.

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