b-glowing BEAUTY Illuminate + Shine Palette Review

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If you think that shimmer shadows, smokey eyes and bold colors are taboo for women over 40, think again!  The creator of b-glowing BEAUTY™ has something to say about that!  Frustrated by largely being ignored by the beauty industry, Lisa King decided to do something about it!

From Lisa herself:

“You see, post-40, the products of my past no longer worked for me. They felt drying, accentuated my wrinkles, and made me feel older than I was. I needed something that flattered my skin, but I wasn’t ready to sacrifice my sense of style for the boring, barely-there makeup made especially for mature women. The product I was searching for didn’t seem to exist—so, I decided to make it myself.

b-glowing BEAUTY™ is makeup for women like me. It’s for women who feel ignored by the beauty industry—women whose wants, needs, and desires aren’t being addressed. It’s not about fixing flaws—it’s about finding what works for you, and letting yourself GLOW.”

I don’t know about you but I’m shouting out a big Hallelujah, Amen to that!

The first product in b-glowing BEAUTY™‘s line is the Illuminate + Shine Palette and I was recently given the opportunity to try it.  Let’s take a look at what it is and how it performs on Over 40, mature skin.

From the Company:

The Illuminate + Shine Palette is a rule-breaking, Age Embracing™ eye and face palette. From its innovative ingredients to its complementary colors, everything is designed to brighten and flatter mature eyes.  Filled with a brightening primer, highlighter, and eight pigment-packed shadows, this palette brightens, blurs, illuminates, smooths fine lines, and nourishes skin.

Packaging & What’s Included in the Palette

The Illuminate + Shine Palette palette comes packaged in a beautiful pink zippered case which is perfect for travel.  It includes a mirror and a flap that covers the highlighter and eye primer so that powders from the eye shadows don’t mix with them.  When you are done with the palette, you can remove it and use the zippered case as a clutch or to hold jewelry when you travel.  It is really pretty enough to display on your vanity!

The Palette contains eight beautiful eye shadows, both matte and shimmers, an eye primer and a cream highlighter. Click To TweetBrighten + Perfect Cream Base Eye Primer can also be used as a redness reducing concealer on fair to medium skin tones.  The Inner Glow Cream Highlighter is used for brightening the complexion and adding a lit from within glow.

The products are infused with MicroVector Plump GABA-HYA—a moisture-rich blend of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other ingredients to help plump, hydrate and smooth the skin.

b-glowing Illuminate & Shine Palette
How pretty is this pink case? When you are done with the palette, remove it and reuse the clutch!

Formula & Application


There are eight Powder eye shadows included in the Illuminate + Shine Palette and I must say the colors are gorgeous.  The shades are wearable for an every day look or glammed up for an evening look.  These shadows are highly pigmented and very versatile.  The neutral colors work on all skin tones and you can mix and match them to create a variety of looks.

There are two matte shades, four satin shades and two shimmery shades:

  • Ethereal – Matte
  • Ella – Satin
  • Halcyon – Satin
  • Baroque – Shimmer (a gorgeous purple)
  • Silhouette – Matte
  • Cashmere – Satin
  • Vintage – Satin
  • Rococo – Shimmer (a beautiful gold)

The shadows apply effortlessly using any eye shadow brush and they blend perfectly.  There is very little fallout and there is no settling into creases, fine lines or wrinkles.  When used in combination with the eyeshadow primer, the wear time is a good 10-12 hours.

TIP:  For a higher color payout with the shimmery shades baroque & rococo, use your fingers and gently press the shadows onto the eyelid. I found this worked better than the brush with these two shades.

Illuminate + Shine Palette.
These eight eye shadow shades are not only gorgeous but wearable for everyday or an evening out. Mix and match to create multiple looks!

Eyeshadow Primer/Base

In my opinion, the Brighten + Perfect Cream Base is the star of the show in this palette! Click To TweetThis eye primer is a pink nude tone and applies like a dream onto the skin.  It smooths and brightens, evens out the skin tone on the eyelids and extends the wear time of the eye shadows.  More importantly, it doesn’t crease, crack or settle into fine lines & wrinkles.  The primer doubles as a concealer on fair to medium skin tones to brighten and cover any redness or dark circles.

I hope that the company releases this eye primer as a standalone product in the future.  It is really fantastic!

b-glowing palette
Top: Inner Glow Cream Highlighter; Bottom: Brighten + Perfect Cream Base


The Inner Glow Cream Highlighter is a pretty, universal shade that gives a subtle lit from within glow to your skin.  The creamy formula is easy to apply and blend.  I just tap it on with my fingers and then blend with a beauty blender sponge.  It didn’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles and the result is a natural looking, radiant glow that is perfect for Over 40, mature skin.


b-glowing Beauty Illuminate + Shine Palette retails for $48.00 USD.

Final Thoughts

I love the fact that this palette was created specifically for Over 40, mature skin BY someone who actually has mature skin!!

Overall, the palette is a really good value considering you get eight eyeshadows, an eye primer and a highlighter.   I recently took this with me on a weekend trip and it was perfect.  Basically the only other thing I needed was a blush and foundation.  And the beautiful pink packaging is an added bonus.  If you’re looking for a good quality, multi tasking palette, definitely give this one a try!  b-Glowing recently released another palette, b-glowing Enhance + Glow Eyeshadow Palette and I can’t wait to try it!

To purchase the Illuminate + Shine Palette or the new Enhance + Glow Eyeshadow Palette, visit my Amazon Shop Here and click on the Makeup category.

Disclosure: “I received this product for free from b-glowing Beauty.  Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”

As always, I thank you so much for reading and really appreciate you stopping by.  Please take a moment to leave your comments below.  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…






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