There is no better time than the upcoming year-end festivities to get your cheek bones and chiseled jawline on fleek! The strobing trend is still raging strong, and you want to make sure the high points of your face catches the light so that you shine like the star that you are. And to help us get there, Shu Uemura has released 3 new makeup items – Stage Performer Glow Creator, The Lightbulb Glowing Loose Powder, and a Multi-Concealer Palette.
For a makeup junkie like me, there is nothing more fun than opening up a box of Shu Uemura makeup. This is a brand that is able to tread the fine line between keeping makeup fun and wearable, and at very decent prices. And one of the most surprisingly fun yet wearable items that I’ve encountered so far is the Shu Uemura Glow Stage Performer Glow Creator!
This is a light fluid makeup base that also doubles up as a liquid highlighter. There are 2 permanent shades – Pure Glow and Warm Glow; but the one I have here is a recently launched limited edition shade called Dazzling Glow. I’m usually the first one to shy away from glowy primers, and imagine my shock when I opened up Dazzling Glow and found it contains lots of tiny golden shimmers! And serving as the base is a sheer beige fluid that is made of 3 types of pearls for that signature Shu Uemura “lightbulb” effect.
When fully blended out, Dazzling Glow lights up the skin, transforming even the most tired looking complexion. It also contains hydrating ingredients to keep skin moist so that makeup stays on better and lasts longer.
As a makeup base, the Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator helps to minimise pores and reduces some of the redness on my cheeks, as you can see from the half-faced comparison shot above. Though I was apprehensive initially, I was very happy to find that the effect on my face is not the oil slick that I had imagined, but a brightening glow that gives that porcelain effect which is so on trend at the moment. It reflects light at all the right places, and tones down considerably once you apply foundation over it, so there really is not too much to worry about!
If you’d like to keep things within the family, I highly recommend either the Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation [reviewed here] or the Shu Uemura Lightbulb Oleo-Pact Foundation [reviewed here]. I went with the liquid Lightbulb Foundation, and then dabbed on just a tiny bit more of Dazzling Glow on my cheek bones and cupid’s bow as shown in the photo above.
To further enhance the 3-dimensional shape of the face, Shu Uemura has launched The Lightbulb Glowing Face Powder. This is an incredibly fine loose powder that is translucent and helps to set makeup without taking away the critical glow. I wear this all over my face as a luminous setting powder for workdays, and it never gets cake even when I layer on more, and it lasts well on my face. However, it is also designed to be used to create lowlights on the forehead blended out to the top of the nose, and chin. If you aren’t already wearing Stage Performer Glow Creator or other highlighters on the cheeks, you may want to apply this Lightbulb Glowing Face Powder just to the cheek bones to softly illuminate.
So often at parties we are subjected to flash photography, and a poorly matched concealer will show up like a beacon on photos. To ensure a perfect match for the undereye area and other parts of the face, Shu Uemura has released the Multi-Concealer Palette to allow mix-and-matching!
It is a nifty little palette that consists of 2 cream concealers, a lighter and a darker shade, and a dual-ended applicator with a pointed sponge tip on 1 end and a brush on the other. There are 4 variants to suit different skin tones. The one I have here is shade 7YR-L which is a beige/neutral toned duo. The lighter shade is a bit too light for me whilst the darker shade is too dark for my roughly NC20 skin tone. So for every use, I needed to blend the 2 shades together, which can be a bit tricky when I’m in a rush.
The coverage of this Multi-concealer Palette is medium at best, and despite my best efforts, could not fully conceal my under eye darkness and other patches of redness around my cheeks. Regardless, the small size with included applicator makes this handy for traveling and touch-ups on the go.
Overall, lots of great base products from Shu Uemura to get you ready for parties! I don’t usually favour glowy primers, but I found myself really taking to the Stage Performer Glow Creator in Dazzling Glow! On the flip side, it does not seem to keep shine at bay very well, so I do think it is better suited for those with dry skin. If you are concerned with oily shine, I recommend first applying a good oil control primer, and then using Dazzling Glow only as a highlighter after your foundation. This is limited edition, and I suggest you check it out before it sells out! The Lightbulb Glowing Face Powder is a big winner in my books, as I love a finely-milled luminous face powder that also sets my makeup well! Huge love!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.
Oh I haven’t tried any bases from Shu Uemura before. They’re not available where I am, and I’m pretty finicky with shade match… need to test them out properly. Been hearing good stuff about their Lightbulb foundation though.
Hi Lily, yes you should definitely try them out before committing to a shade! I preferred the Lightbulb Oleo-pact to the liquid version. You should also check out the loose powder!
Oh great, now I need to try out Multi-Concealer Palette!
I tried something like this from Suqqu, Japanese concealers are out of this world but what you describe seems like you maybe need a corrector below it? I just found out with a tiny bit of corrector, even sheer coverage concealers work on me.
Thanks for the tip, Sara! Which corrector would you recommend? I’ve never used any!