When I wrote about Ilia’s illuminator, I also mentioned that I have a few powder highlighters I love as well. Well, Jane Iredale’s Moonglow is one of them! What’s really great about Moonglow is that it is actually multi-purpose. It works great as a highlighter/bronzer and also works as an eyeshadow!
I never thought I would find a product that would be both a highlighter and bronzer, but I feel like Moonglow is just that. It is made up of 4 quadrants, a light pink, light yellow, light/medium copper and darker cool-toned brown. Depending on how much of what color you use, this could apply light or dark.
I’m pretty pale, ok, I’m very pale (NC15). So most bronzers are way too dark unless they are specially made for fair skin. What’s great about this is that while the one quadrant is pretty dark, as long as I swirl it among the lighter colors, it balances out to be just slightly darker than my skin. If I don’t swirl correctly, I do get a dab of dark splotchiness on my skin – so pale girls, make sure you swirl! Sometimes I even tap/swirl the back of my hand just to be safe.
The reason I call it a highlighter though is while it is slightly darker than my skin, it also has a beautiful sheen that gives me skin some sparkle and glowiness. While I don’t see direct glitter in this, it does have some sparkle. Because of the sparkle, I do only wear it sparingly on my cheeks for work-days for some added color. For times I don’t mind how sparkly I am, I apply it more like an all-over bronzer.
Another bonus about this is that it works great as an eyeshadow! All four colors are gorgeous.
Unfortunately the pink is hard to see because it is so similar to my natural skintone. You can see the glimmer in it though. It makes a really great highlight eyeshadow, I like to wear it just above my lash line and in the corner of my eyes. It really helps brighten my eyes.
The yellow is about the same skintone level as me as well, just more yellow and perhaps ever-so-slightly gold. It worked great for blending with the two darker colors.
The copper is really lovely. I feel the picture makes it a bit orange, but it’s actually a soft copper. The dark brown is the same, it’s kind of a soft brown. It’s cool toned and dark, but not super dark.
As eyeshadows, they applied and blended great and lasted all day! Now, that was with my Tarte eye primer (I use it for ALL eyeshadows I wear), but I was impressed in how they kept up for not even being an eyeshadow product.
The ingredients are pretty basic, and even include some gold! From Jane Iredale’s website: Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, 24-Karat Gold Leaf, Pine Bark Extract, Pomegranate Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
I was very impressed to see the gold leaf in there. Perhaps that’s what gives it some of the sparkle (although Mica helps I’m sure!). I feel very luxurious wearing it :o) This does have dimethicone, which I know some people avoid. I don’t really have a big issue with the -cones, so it’s not a deal breaker for me.
Overall, this is a great product! I like the fact that not only is it pressed (no messy loose powder!) but I can use it as both a bronzer and as eyeshadow. Double bonus!
Disclosure: This was provided to me by Jane Iredale to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.