Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel Review

Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel Review

Hi Everyone,

I am going to review one of my HG products today that I use very often in some way or the other. It is the Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel.  This is a bronzey highlighter that is fantastic for medium to dark toned people.

Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel Review


$29 when I bought it about a year ago.


16.5 ml.

rati beauty ad


It comes in a tiny bottle with a pump, which is very convenient to use. However, the shade is so pigmented that only a drop is required for the face. The pump usually dispenses more product than you need and some of it goes waste.  So, the moral of the story is – press the pump very lightly.

Face Illuminator

Product Description:

Make Up For Ever has created Uplight, a silky gel which naturally lights up the face. The skin is healthy, the complexion is fresh and radiant. Uplight contains reflecting pigments, which capture and diffuse light. Thanks to its smooth texture, it can easily be applied to the skin, on its own or mixed with foundation. Its formula contains 70% of water for a light and hydrating texture, paired with an optimum hold. You now have the key to a perfect complexion.  Available in 8 different shades and 3 effects: silky, pearly or sparkling.


This is a gel and completely non-oily.  I am oily skinned and I have had no problem with the texture and this has never broken me out; however, the product dries very quickly, so you have to be very fast in blending/dabbing it on your skin.


The shade I am reviewing today is 23 Pearly Golden Flesh. This is a nice, soft, golden shade and since I have yellow undertones, I decided to go with this as its a warm shade. The shade looks beautiful on medium to dark skin and gives a beautiful dewy finish to the skin. For fair skinned people, this shade may make you look a tad darker if you mix with your foundation.

Here are the swatches:

MUFE Luminizer

Unblended swatch, within a second, it dried on my hands.


Blended swatch

Swatch Blended

Blended Completely

My Experience with Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel:

As you can see from the swatches, the shade gives a beautiful dewy finish to the skin that makes my skin glow. Its not over the top or very shimmery. You need a very tiny drop of the product for the whole face and need to use it very sparingly, otherwise you end up looking like a shiny disco ball!

I generally mix it with my Revlon Colorstay Foundation and apply it to the whole face, please do remember to use as little as possible. The first time I mixed this gel with my foundation and went to a friend’s party, almost everyone asked me what I was doing to make my skin look so healthy and glowy. That was the day I decided to start dating this product and what started out as a casual fling is a very serious relationship today 😛 This is my HG highlighter and on days I don’t feel like wearing foundation, I just mix this with my moisturizer and apply it to my face. This just makes my skin look healthy and poreless like magic!

I have no complaints about the staying power.  As I mentioned, it dries very quickly and doesn’t budge after that.

Pros of Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel:

  • Amazing texture and non-oily, never broken me out.
  • Gorgeous shade and very pigmented without being too over the top or shimmery.
  • Looks very natural and makes my skin glow when mixed with foundation.
  • Available in a range of finishes and shades to suit different skin tones.
  • A little product goes a long way, so the bottle will last you forever.
  • Photographs really well; in fact in some snaps, I can’t believe my skin could look so healthy and glowy! I don’t know how or why – it gives a smooth flawless finish to the face when mixed with foundation.
  • Stays on forever!

Cons of Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel:

  • Price is a bit steep, but its good value for money as the bottle lasts a long time.
  • The dispenser is weird and dispenses more product than required resulting in wastage.
  • It has a funny smell that I can’t describe accurately, like old foundation (if you have ever come across that smell) – it disappears quickly though.

Overall Verdict:

I can’t sing enough praises about this product, its THAT GOOD! If you haven’t tried it already, go grab one and I am sure you will be hooked on to it for life. Like I said, we are in a very serious relationship and do not plan to cheat on each other for a while!

IMBB Rating:

10/5 😛

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23 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel Review

    1. Yeah but totally worth the price Dipti, this bottle I have been using for a year now, and it would easily last me another year. You only need a teeny tiny drop for the whole face 🙂

  1. aarbee, it reminds me of mac cream color bases. although this is in liquidy form, they are in pressed compact form. looks super awesome. 10/5 is out of the world rating 😛

    1. I am in love with this Rati! Probably one of the very few makeup products in my kitty that I use almost everyday! Never used the Mac cream color bases…are they good?

    1. Yeah absolutely go for it Dolon! There is not MUFE store in Delhi 🙁 but if you are in Mumbai I think there is a store there.

  2. omg!!! what a review! and rating!! must try it soon. btw what shade are you using in revlon colorstay foundation? i am planning to buy it soon and would like to know what can be used for nc30-40 skin tone.

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