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I received a miniature version of this as a free gift when I bought some other Clinique products, and I have to admit that I was absolutely baffled! What on earth is this for?
Well, you use it to highlight and contour your cheek and brow bones to add definition. Alternatively you can use it all over your face for a sun kissed glow. Being a bit of a Goth I have never tried that, and no intention of trying it!
You can use it on top of foundation, or on alone. I have used it on occasion when I didn't want to wear a full face of make-up but wanted to feel like I'd made a bit of an effort. It would also be good for night out on the town.
It is a very thin liquid, coloured like foundation. It applies as a very sheer layer and essentially just makes your skin look sparkly in the areas you have applied it to. I restrict myself to cheekbones and brow bones. I suspect there could be a real danger of looking like a clown if you applied it in the wrong places. It seems to last the whole night without reapplication.
Coming in at £21 for 30ml (on the Clinique website and at Clinique counters) there is no way I would buy this product. I use it, but only because I have it. I'm not sure there is any real need for such an item. At least, not for me. However, if a sun kissed glow is your thing (and I'm quite aware that most people do like that!) and you can afford to treat yourself, then you will definitely get use from this product. Another bonus is that it is allergy tested and fragrance free, so no need to worry about reactions.
I love Clinique's up lighting liquid illuminator for great cheek bone definition and for a natural summer glow. I was slightly cynical about it making me look too bronzed, and unnatural, but I'm glad I gave it a go, because it looks very natural! The colour which I buy is '01 Natural'.
The product comes in a small tube; it is easy to squirt out the exact amount you need, and is a great size to be able to carry it around in your bag for touch ups though out the day.
I have had this product for about a year, and although I don't use it every single day, I do use it regularly, so it does last a very long time. A 30ml tube is £18.50, so it isn't cheap, but because the tube lasts so long, it is pretty good value, as you don't have to buy a new one regularly.
***What is this product?**
Up-lighting is a liquid illuminator, in other words it can act as a shimmering blusher or can be used over the face for an all over glow. It can be used with or without foundation. I mix about 5 drops with my foundation which gives me that gorgeous sun kissed glow. I don't use it every day but on evenings when I am going out. However it is so natural looking that it can easily be used in the day time.
***How to use it?***
If you are using it as blusher just use one pump per cheek. I tend to tap it around my cheek bone until it is nicely blended. If you do not wear foundation it can also be mixed with your moisturiser.
It is £18.50 a 30ml pump. I have had the same pump for a year now so it really does last. It comes in 4 colours. Starting with the lightest colour:
1. Natural - a light pinky orange colour
2. Peach - is more on the orange side
3. Blush - is more pink (this one I'd only use as a blusher)
4. Bronze - is darker, perfect if you are looking for a tanned look
It is a great product to treat yourself to if you require a blusher or are perhaps looking for a wash off tanned or sun kissed look. I love it and I couldn't recommend it enough. A little goes a long way with it so it is great value for money too!
Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator 30ml / Sheer / lightweight liquid instantly illuminates skin / Highlights / contours cheeks / brow bones or all over face / Glides on to create a natural-looking luminosity / Perfect for and tones / Oil-free / /