Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator Spotlight: Review & Swatches

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So far I haven't been a big Marc Jacobs fan. Everything I've tried was OK, none of it was really for me. The lipsticks, while I like the formula, didn't have a shade that I really liked. They were all too pale, bright or dark. Kind of like Tom Ford. I have a hard time finding Tom Ford lipstick shades that are in that non pale nude pink category. Marc Jacobs did put out this cute foundation stick last year, but it was way too greasy. I loved the cute little design so it's nice to see they brought it back with this Glow Stick Illuminator. There's only one shade Spotlight which is supposed to be a universal highlight shade.

Per Sephora: "For the first time ever, Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator imparts a universal glow that flatters all skintones. The sheer cream luminizer gives skin an unparalleled, mist-like radiance that results from the balanced ratio of pearly gold and silver pigments—allowing both warm and cool complexions to beam with covetable, youthful light. Unlike powder luminizers and highlighters, this fresh-looking cream fuses with the complexion for a healthy-looking sheen. To make it even creamier and more touchable than any other cream luminizer, it undergoes a unique process in the lab for its irresistible, silky-soft feeling that never feels wet or sticky. The oval shape of the stick applicator is designed for impeccable one-swipe coverage, fitting perfectly at the tops of cheekbones. The palm-shaped case and roll-up dial are travel-ready, so that you can say goodbye to cracked powder compacts. Glow Stick glides on smoothly and effortlessly for the right dose of dewiness anytime, anywhere. Consider it your portable spotlight." The retail is $42 for the 0.49 oz tube.

"Inspired by the fresh, glowy look created for a Marc Jacobs runway show—designed to evoke youthful radiance at an all-night dance party—Marc recreates this glistening sheen with portable, easy-to-use Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator. For best results, apply it with The Shape Contour Brush (sold separately), blending it into the high parts of the cheekbones, the temples, the bridge of the nose, the Cupid’s bow, and at the chin. You can also apply it directly to skin, blending with The Shape Contour Brush or your fingers. Or, apply and blend with fingers where desired for a natural, radiant look."

The color is a shimmering off white. More of a cream white. It's not a cool or stark white, it has a hint of gold to it. It's not enough to make it champagne or gold, it just warms up the tone of the white a bit. I think it's too hard to say 'universal' to any shade. It may work for a wide variety of people, but nothing ever works for everyone. There's a wide variety of skintones and undertones.

The texture is thin, creamy, and emollient yet it's not greasy. It doesn't slide all around my face like some cream highlighters can and lasts average for this type of product. It's shimmery, but not frosty. You can make it a light shimmery highlight, or layer it for more intensity. Overall, I like it. It's not too cool or bright of a white, yet it's not a champagne or gold that's so prominent right now. Plus it comes in a cute package.

Marc Jacobs Spotlight: Top Sheered Out, Bottom Heavy:

Top to Bottom: Marc Jacobs Spotlight-Sheered Out, Heavy; RMS Living Luminizer(sheerer, less gold, more glossy), Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Nude Highlight Stick(more beige, darker, slightly drier texture), Natasha Denona Face Glow Cream Shimmer Light(darker, more peachy pink, more emollient texture):

Top Marc Jacobs Spotlight, Bottom Tom Ford Moodlight-Top Shade(the most similar shade wise, more gold, powder):

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