Have you ever wondered what makes our UV glitters glow under black light? Our UV glitters are formulated in the same way as our metallic, holographic, and iridescent glitters. So why do some glow while others don’t? It’s all about color!
You’ve probably heard that black absorbs light while white reflects it. All colors reflect or absorb different kinds of light in different ways. Colors that fluoresce, or glow under black light, like our range of UV reactive glitters, respond to ultraviolet light. The reason these colors are so vivid and bright is that they absorb the ultraviolet light and then immediately emit it at a slightly different wavelength.
UV paints and black light were originally used for more commercial purposes, like authenticating currency and painting U.S naval carriers so planes could land safely at night. Recreational use of black light became more popular in the 1970s when psychedelic black light posters became popular. In the 1980s and 1990s black light became popular in EDM and Rave culture. North Star Glitters UV glitter isn’t just for parties and concerts though; try wearing some next time you’re on your favorite amusement park dark ride! Our line of UV colors is also vivid without black light, making it perfect for normal day wear!