Red Lipstick & Champagne Dreams: Review: Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Highlighter + tips on how to wear it

Review: Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Highlighter + tips on how to wear it

It's review time!!!! And today I'm bringing you Urban Decay's Naked Illuminated. I had my eyes on this highlighter for quite some time and decided to finally get one. I love how pigmented and sparkly it is. This is the Aura Naked Illuminated. It is described as a smooth, silky powder that can be applied anywhere on the body where you wish to add a "naked" glow.

Though I love the color and the pigmentation, I'm still not 100% sold on this as the perfect highlighter. My first reason is that when I apply the product it comes off very powdery and it does not adhere to the skin very well. Compared to my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish highlighters it does not give me a glow but instead a more shimmery/glittery look.

Not to say this product is not beautiful, I just have to do a little more work in order to achieve my desired look. According to the Urban Decay website the Naked Illuminated highlighter is baked to provide the color payoff of a loose powder, so I guess it makes sense as to why it comes off so powdery when applied with a brush. So here are some tips that have worked for me:

  •  Apply it with your finger and then gently blend it in with a brush
  •  Use a dense brush to apply it instead of a fluffy makeup brush to prevent losing pigmentation 
  •  Use a setting spray like Fix + from MAC. This will keep the powder together making the application easier and more flawless 

Have you used this product before? How was your experience?

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  1. Thankyou for the tips, i picked this highlighter up but have been neglecting it as it seems super glittery on my skin and very un-natural looking! Ill try your tips :D
    xprincessjas | ♥

    1. No problem. This is definitely a very glittery highlight but I find that when I used it a little wet it looks a little more "natural" on the skin. Or maybe you can save it for when you go out :) and want a little more glow

  2. Thanks for the review! I haven't tried this highlighter, but I'm a huge UD fan, and I love the highlighter that comes in the Naked Flushed palette - it applies perfectly for me, and the color is nice and subtle (no major sparkle). I was debating on getting this highlighter, but I think I may hold off since I'm not a fan of overly glittery highlighters.

    1. I'm just getting into UD products. I wore this highlighter yesterday and I did get some complements. I would go to a store and swatch to see what you think of it


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