Friday, 7 April 2017

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Highlighter

If you've read my blog for a while - or read some of my older posts - you probably noticed that I am a massive Naked Palette fan. When I was at the Ellefluence Urban Decay event last November, (yes, last November... I was meant to post this review aaaages ago!) I picked up one of the Naked Illuminated Highlighters in the shade 'Aura'.

This product retails for £24, which isn't too bad for a high end product such as this. It has a high quality packaging. It's actually covered in a soft fabric, which makes it look quite luxurious. (also a reason why this stays out on my dressing table because it looks so pretty) But does this compare to the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish? Yes and no... Whilst this UD highlighter is both shimmery and glittery in the pan, and looks incredibly pretty in the packaging, when swatched it feels quite rough and chalky. Not like the MAC or Revolution highlighters which have a silky, almost creamy feeling texture to them. Whilst the shade is incredibly pretty in the pan - as I said, both shimmery and glittery - when you swatch, it is definitely more glittery than shimmery. This is great, in my opinion for a night out. Possibly if you're wearing heavier makeup for an event, that glittery look may be more fitting, however for day-to-day wear, I don't think this product gives you that 'natural healthy glow' you usually look for in highlighters.

Another thing that sets it aside from the MAC highlighter is the fact it comes with a brush to apply the product. This may be part of the reason the UD product is a few pounds more expensive than the MAC one. To be honest, the brush doesn't really do all that much for me. I love using the Artis brush dupes by Neverland Beauty to apply highlighter because the bristles are really dense. This helps get the maximum capacity of product from the pan to your face. Not to mention highlighter is so much more intense when applied with a more dense brush. With this brush, I feel like the product just gets lost in the bristles, and a lot of the pigments may fall off and disperse before it actually hits your face. 

As well as this, the product lacks the pigment of other highlighters I have tried. Rather than a blinding glow you get from the MAC and Revolution products, it is more of a toned down slight shimmer with chunkier glitter pigments in. Again, perfect for a night out - not so much for everyday wear.

So overall, is it worth the £24 price tag? In short - no, I don't think so. As much as I love Urban Decay for their eye products, and can 100% justify £40 for one of their palettes because you know their eyeshadows are very hyped. However, there are so many more highlighters on the market that are both cheaper and work much better than these. For example, the Revolution Golden Sugar Palettes which retail for £6.

Have you tried these Naked Illuminated products before? What did you think of them?



  1. I've not tried any of the UD illuminators before. Sorry to hear it didn't live up to your expectations. Thanks for sharing your review!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    1. Thank you for commenting! It was really disappointing since other UD products I've tried I've absolutely loved! Can't win them all I suppose!x


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