Urban Decay

Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body

0.20 fl. oz. for $ 32.00
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Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body makes skin twinkle, gleam, and glimmer. While each shade of this pressed powder is infused with shimmer and sparkle, the performance and results vary.

For the Aura and Luminous shades, the finely-milled glitter particles take center stage, while the underlying color and shimmer are very subtle. The sparkle tends to migrate, which isn't a huge deal when used on the body but is annoying on the face because it ends up on areas you don't want. The baked pressed powder texture is slightly stiff, yet still very blendable.

The other shades, Fireball and Lit, are stronger in their shimmering sheen and pigmentation, but aren't as glittery. These shades also have a more buttery-smooth texture and less sparkly fallout.

Because the performance varies by shade, Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body gets an overall average rating. As a body highlighter (hello, collarbones) this works well, but for the face, we suggest checking out our top-rated highlighters here.

  • Shimmery, finely-milled glitter finish beautifully sparkles on skin.
  • If it's glitz that you want, glitz you shall get.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Sparkle particles tends to migrate/fallout, especially for the ultra-glittery shades.
  • Inconsistent performance by shade.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Use this powder to highlight from your cheekbones to your collarbone and beyond. Naked Illuminated gets baked on a terra cotta disc for 24 hours, then finished by hand. Baking the powder gives it a high level of just-perfect sparkle (without an overtly metallic look). It also provides the color payoff of a loose powder, the convenience of a pressed powder, and the feel of silk.
Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zea Mays Starch / Corn Starch, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hectorite, Octyldodecanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Aqua / Water. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 73360 / Red 30, CI 77007 / Ultramarines.

Urban Decay At-A-Glance

Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.

From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.

Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.

Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.

For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.

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