Urban Decay · Naked Illuminated Trio Shimmering Powder

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Urban Decay wants you to get your glow on (and on, and on, and…you get the picture) and has just made it even easier with the release of the limited edition Naked Illuminated Trio. Complimenting the armada of Nakedness that the brand has become known for, these are not highlighter shades for the shimmer-phobic; think of the effect instead as being about faking it, and faking it well.

Previously reviewed Urban Decay highlighters:

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Naked Illuminated Trio, limited edition (CAN $49.00) | Housed in a cardboard box with a magnetic closure and full-sized mirror on the inner lid, there’s also a dual ended brush included with the set. The formula is baked on a terracotta disc for 24 hours then finished by hand; this results in a powder that not only holds a high level of shimmer, but will “provide the colour payoff of a loose powder, the convenience of a pressed powder, and the feel of silk”. The shade breakdown:

  • Pyrite – gold-champagne
  • Oasis – marbled frosted taupe
  • Twilight – iridescent pink

The size of each shade is more than decent enough to work with, and while there may powdery kickback upon swirling a brush across their surfaces, any fall down is easily eliminated by simply tapping excess off your brush first first. Of the three hues, Pyrite displays the smoothest application with Twilight a close second, but Oasis definitely leans more along the chalky side. One option is to try buffing it in thoroughly, but you’ll take away pretty much most of its glow that way; instead, try using it on other areas apart from the face such as the collarbone, décolleté, shins – this way you get to not only use the shade, but add a nice touch of holiday sparkle to skin.

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Urban Decay · Naked Illuminated Trio Shimmering Powder swatches

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I wanted to see how this trio compared to previous released UD singles, although I couldn’t find anything close to Oasis. The swatch below shows that Lit is warm leaning like Pyrite, but with more of a coppery undertone and even though Aura appears very similar to Twilight, it doesn’t apply as pigmented.

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Urban Decay · Naked Illuminated Trio Shimmering Powder & comparison swatches

 

If shimmer is your thing, then go ahead and dive head-first into this Naked Illuminated Trio. Another bonus for highlighter fans, is that you also happen to get three distinct hues all in one conveniently sized palette plus with a good-sized brush. Well priced, especially when you consider you’re getting three shades in total, I think this is yet another example of a thoughtful gift for the beauty fan on your list. If on the other hand, subtlety is your style, you’ll probably want to keep on looking (although I hear that loads of shimmer can be such naughty fun …)

Available at Sephora and online

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Press sample/As always, all opinions are my own

2 Responses to Urban Decay · Naked Illuminated Trio Shimmering Powder

  1. Kiran says:

    I am not a fan of shimmer because I think it looks odd on my cheeks and emphasises texture, however I would get it just for that brush! Love the look of the dual-sided brush in this palette, great review and photos xxx

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks Kiran! When it comes to highlighters, I usually prefer mine to lean on the shimmery side, especially for an evening look but I do tend to go more understated during the day. That said, I totally get what you mean about how how they can appear on certain skin textures!

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