Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated Trio Highlighters

Ok, let's talk about one of my all time favorite beauty items, highlighters.

I was so excited when I received this Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated Trio because my expectations were really high for it, but the real question is, is it really worth investing in?

The first baked highlighters I ever tried were made by E.L.F, and for the price, they weren't bad. Since this obviously is a way higher price point, I had higher expectations.

They look beautiful in the packaging, but if I'm going to be completely honest, my first impression was quite disappointing.

Even after layering them on, I felt like there wasn't much payoff or "wow" factor.

I've also noticed the same thing with the new Urban Decay eyeshadows as well. When I bought my first NAKED eyeshadow palette years ago, I was quite pleased with it, but lately it seems as if Urban Decay might have reformulated their products, and they just don't seem as good as they once used to be.

Anyways, back to the highlighters. Here are swatches of all three shades on my pale skin. I applied quite a few layers on with my finger.

I though I would also try getting my finger wet, to see if it would intensify the colors a bit more, and here's how that turned out:

That looks a lot better in my opinion.

What do you think?

After doing a bit more research, I realized that these illuminators are meant to be used on both face AND body. Well, I guess that explains why they're not crazy pigmented.

To sum it up, if you want to use them to highlight your face, get the applicator wet for better pay off. If you want to just apply a shimmer on certain body parts without looking like a disco ball, just use it as is with a dry brush.

If you'd like to purchase your own Urban Decay Illuminator Palette, you can do so HERE

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