Saturday, 23 November 2013

Naked Disappointment

I want to start this post off by saying that I am generally a huge fan of Urban Decay, especially their 'Naked' range. Therefore, the idea of Urban Decay adding a highlighter to their naked range really excited me, and in theory the 'Illuminated' Shimmer Powder for the face and body is a fabulous idea.
However, I really didn't like this product, and here's why...
The packaging is bulky and cardboard. Not good for those who travel, or like to keep all of their makeup in a makeup bag. Something I could live with if the product was amazing... but it's not.
It is simply WAY too glittery. We are talking 'Oooh this looks SO pretty' when you first look at it, to thinking... Oh, maybe this wouldn't work on my face. Under outside/natural lighting, this is the epitome of an unsubtle highlighter. It has big flecks of glitter and easily accentuates any large pores you have.
Yes, it can be applied very lightly for a more natural effect, but when you're spending £20 on a product, you want it to deliver what it claims to, right? This product might be ok for a night out, but it's way too much for everyday (for me, at least!) 
I was really disappointed by this. I was expecting a beautifully subtle illuminating powder (akin to Soap & Glory's 'Glow All Out' or the Hourglass illuminating powders) but what we have here is by far the shimmer-iest disco-ball highlighter that I own. Urban Decay are often the champions of bright, fun shades, but their Naked range is all about the opposite: natural, neutral colours that are perfect for everyday.

Sorry Urban Decay, but this isn't a winner in my books! I'm hugely eager to get my mitts on the Naked3 palette though... from what I've seen online, it looks like a beauty! 

Have any of you tried this highlighter? Any fans out there, or do you agree with me on this one? 
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106 comments

  1. Pet hate in a highlighter! Reminds me of Twilight! Thanks for the heads up.

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  2. We don't have UD here in Turkey but The Balm-Mary Loumanizer is a similar highlighter and I used to use NARS Albatross until I got it. Way too pigmented, too "in your face" highlighter and I thought just the same when I first tried it. But the point is, I LOVE very intense highlighters and as I got used to it, I loved it and sold Albatross through my blog right away!
    Now, think of Mary Loumanizer as UD's this product, you might see in a short time that you actually really like it. But of course there is always the other possibility that you won't.

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  3. I see what you mean, it just looks like too much! I love using Mac's soft and gentle or the topshop's crescent moon, they're both gorgeous and buildable x

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  4. Ok, but what did you use to apply it? And show us how it looks on you... you know, like a review would :)

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  5. Thank you for the heads up, Fleur! I'm very picky when it comes to highlighters and I have yet to find one that I really like for an everyday use! xx

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  6. That is waaay too much glitter! O.O Plus, I have a very light complexion, so this would literally make me look a like Christmas decoration.
    Thanks for the heads up Fleur! ^_^

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  7. Uff definattly one thing down on my UD wishlist ahah
    Maybe as a eyeshadow it will work idk...
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  8. Completely agree!
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  9. Oh wow, Dulce Candy was just raving about this on her video! Super glad I saw your post before I bought one!

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  10. Thanks for posting your opinion on this. I recently watched a haul video where she gave an amazing first impression but based on your swatches it definitely looks too glittery for me. I definitely prefer a more subtle highlight xo Jess

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  11. How strange! Urban Decay rarely do anything wrong with their products. What a shame. Oh well, still looking forward to seeing the Naked 3 palette :) x.

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  12. It does look really pretty. But who wants a face full of unwanted glitter especially from an highlighter x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  13. It comes as a surprise that an Urban Decay product is not worth buying, but I really appreciate your honest review here. From the pictures you've posted it really looks extremely shimmery. I'm currently using the Burberry Fresh Glow Nude Radiance which is a fluid base which adds a natural luminous effect to my skin. And on days where I need a little extra I use the Hourglass ambient lighting palette. I've been really happy with those 2 products!

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  14. such a shame considering the reputation Urban Decay now has! Does look pretty in the pan though!

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  15. I'm also a huge fan of the naked range but this one looks very glittery in your swatches

    xoxo

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  16. On your hand it looks so pretty but for a face.. it is to much!

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  17. that is disappointing to hear, appreciate you sharing with us!
    xo dana
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  18. So disappointed with this as I love Urban Decay. Can't wait to get hold of the Naked3 palatte soon though!

    Jennifer x

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  19. Thank you for this I watched haul or something and girl said that she loves the product it is always nice to hear a second opinion! :)
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  21. Ah, sorry this was a disappointment! Looks lovely, but definitely not subtle enough for everyday wear. Thanks for the review! xo

    -Jen

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  22. I completely agree and was very disappointed because Urban Decay never seems to disappoint me! I am very excited about the new palette and cant wait to review it!!

    Anna x

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  23. Wow, way too disco ball for me, ugh
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  24. Thats wayyyy too glittery!

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  25. I've seen mixed reviews of this so far ..but I don't think I'll be buying any time soon.

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  26. Its nice to have a bit of sparkle especially for this time of year but there's sparkle and then there's SPARKLE and this is Too much!! xxx

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  27. you're right, the glitter looks really chunky.

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  28. Oh dear, that does look way too glittery! More like an eyeshadow.

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

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  29. I hate glittery highlighters. They just look so cheap! The best one I've found is the one in the sleek contour kit. I use it almost everyday and I love how subtle it is. It's also really cheap.

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  30. I absolutely LOVE this highlight! I think it's so perfect hehe! <3

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  31. You know from the swatch or even looking at it,its EXTREMELY glittery.All brands have one product that doesn't suit everyone,That doesn't make urban decay bad fleur so don't worry about it !! Thanks for the heads up thought!! I really want the naked palette too :)
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  32. I don`t use highlighter really. I like the matte finish on my skin. But I love Urban Decay as a brand :)

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  33. I love highlighers, so this interiged me, but it does look very glitery and dusty so I think i'll pass! Shame, they are such a good brand and the palettes are awesome :)

    Sharlotte

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  34. i like the idea of this product as well but the packaging does look a little too big. xx

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  35. OPS!!!!!! i was not planning to have one but really now i know i should not buy this .......

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  36. Such a shame, it looks really pretty in the pan! x


    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  37. I hate it when thinks are expected to be amazing and they turn out a bummer!
    Great Review!

    xoxo
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  38. Great review!!!

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  39. What a shame. Since it's called Naked, you would've expected no chunky glitter.

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  40. This looks like something I'd really like, maybe best to test it before buying though!

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  41. It looks SO nice, it's a shame it doesn't seem as good. I'm all for highlighters but I also don't want to look like a disco ball haha x

    harlean rose

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  42. It could be used as a glittery eye shadow. I am weird

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  43. I hate when highlighters are too sparkly, it just makes me look like a disco ball!

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  44. I think it's pretty, but maybe only to be used at night!

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  45. Sounds overpriced as well! Looks like those baked things you could get for £3 in make up discount places... and even those are better! Shame about this, I thought the Naked line was such a good idea and range of products

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  46. I can imagine how glittery that would look under artificial light especially, wowzer*-* ----please visit my blog it would mean a lot!:D http://art-ingenious.blogspot.co.uk/

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  47. wow... this really looks like a glittery eyeshadow. so disappointing!

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  48. I agree with Claudia, it does look like a glittery eyeshadow!

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  49. I totally agree with your review, I was initially so excited about the release of this highlighter but when I swatched it in store I was really disappointed.

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  50. i 100% agree!!

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  51. I agree with you completely. This is the first thing I thought when I swatched it in the store. Much too glittery for me.

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  52. I also thought this was way too glittery. The highlighter in the Naked Flushed compact is so much nicer.

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  53. this is so annoying, wouldn't expect that at all!
    elizabethsophiee x

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  54. That would probably make me shine like a discoball...

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  55. You are right, it looks too much for everyday!

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  56. I agree :(

    xoxo Zoe
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  57. I agree with you.. way to shimmery! so excited for the naked 3 palette though. it looks gorgeous!

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  58. Definitely way too shimmery. Might be a better to use on the body, but for the fact it looks like too much. Great review (although I would have loved to see it ON your face!).

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  59. Too bad it's too shimmery... But I'm also excited for naked 3! :D

    xoxo

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  60. I really like the look of this.... But thats because I LOVE glittery highlighters :) Sparkles is my thing hee hee hee :)

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  61. Hmmm I think the swatch on the hand looks nice. But in the packaging I can see what you mean about the large glitter particles. I think it's one of those things you would need to sample at the store before you buy, asking one of the UD team to apply it on to you. I am on the look out for a new highlighter, but I have my eye on Bobbi Brown's :)

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  62. When I first saw it, I thought it looked nice and I was really thinking about buying it. After reading this, I think I have changed my mind! I hate unsubtle highlighters so I guess this wouldn't work for me.

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  63. I HATE makeup that's glittery, sometimes it's fine like if you go out to a party or something but otherwise it's a no no. So I will definitely not try this. Thanks for the warning Fleur xxx

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  64. It does look pretty, but VERY glittery which isn't a look i like from a day to day basis! Shame! x

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  65. Guess they should rather name it "very glittery eyeshadow" instead ;)

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  67. Would love to try UD, but here in Belgium, it's nowhere to be found!
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  68. From the swatches and product photo's I must say that I wouldn't like to put that on my face as a highlighter.. not subtle at all indeed :p might be nice to use on your eyes.. but it's not ment to be an eyeshadow, so, this is a defenite no-buy for me :p

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  69. It looks a bit cheap tbh, not something you'd expect from Urban Decay! Hoe disappointing
    Daniella x

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  70. I agree. I swatched this in the store because I too love the UD Naked line. It's far too glittery for the face unless you're going for a glitter fairy look. It's expensive, but I use Chantecaille's petals de Rose highlighter. It's beautifully packaged, just plain pretty on the face, and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

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  71. You are right about this one, but I also think some Naked 1 shades have too much glitter and fall outs. I was a little disappointed when I bought it. And also didn't like the stiff brush inside.

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  72. What a bummer. It looks like it could be stunning. Glad to have an honest review of it though.

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  73. I feel the same way about this product. Highlighters should be radiant, not glittery.

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  74. I swatched this in Debenhams. I thought it looked pretty but maybe now after reading this it might not be practical. (goes off and cries...)
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  75. What a shame! This definitely does look way too shimmery.

    Sophie
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  76. I was so excited about this product as well! Gutted :(

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  77. Phew, that's good to know before spending that much on a product... Also, I can't wait until the release of the Naked3 as well, it looks so exciting and the hype surrounding it makes it all the more interesting... here's hoping it won't dissappoint (really don't think it will!)

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  78. Thanks for the honest review, Fleur. I'm guessing lots of people will order this blind as they can't get to a counter. It's not really 'naked' if it's full of glitter... hmmmm x
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  79. I see what you mean, it's totally understandable !

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  80. i love reading your reviews, so informative!! :)

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  81. Thats a shame, reminds me of Mary Lou Manizer from theBalm.

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  82. Wow that is very shimmery indeed! I think i will pass on buying this highlighter, which is a shame as i can't find a good one anywhere.

    P.xx

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  83. Such a pitty it does not work for you!

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  84. Looks nice but it's a pity it didn't work well.

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  85. It's a shame this product was disappointing :( I'm really looking forward to the Naked 3 palette too.. it looks gorgeous!

    Kimberley x

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  86. Wow that does look like a very shimmery highlighter!!!
    So excited to get the Naked3 Palette.

    xx

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  87. Good post, I just IMd the link to a buddy who was doing a little research on this. Thanks again.
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  88. It looks really chalky and whitey, not what you want for a highlight. I'm not very familiar with Urban Decay, they used to sell it in my country, but never took a closer look at it. This product makes me want to not try UD, to be honest!

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  89. Just some criticism, you have too many comments open on each post, makes scrolling on your phone a nightmare. You have no blog menu, so difficult to find a past post and the pop up loud ad is really annoying. Love the blog otherwise, just these points I think should be looked at xo

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  90. You know what I like the look of it, I feel I could get away with it because I am so pale.

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  91. Thankyou for being refreshingly honest!
    xxx

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  92. I never liked the look of this product! The packaging looks such cheap I would never spend £20 on something.. even if the product was really good! Rachel x

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  93. yes i agree it seems abit tacky and is way to sparkly for my taste!

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