I have a crazy soft spot in my heart for shimmering translucent powder and Urban Decay Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder ($34) fits the bill perfectly. This new pressed powder gives skin a subtle radiance without being too over the top.
You know me, I’m a hot mess with highlighting, strobing, and all these crazy glow-y powders that launch every single day. But a soft, silky translucent powder with a hint of shimmer? I can get on board with that. Several years ago, Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder Jasmin was totally my thing. I hit pan on that which is a rare occurrence. It was such a delightful powder with the faintest golden shimmer in the mix. As much as I love shimmer, I’m not keen on having a face full of it. But I do so love just a hint of it and that’s exactly what powders like Urban Decay Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder give us.
Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder comes house din the same square double compartment compact that Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder is housed in. The first levels holds the powder as well as a mirror and beneath it is another compartment that holds the sponge. Unlike the rose gold beige-y shade of the Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder compact this comes in an iridescent pearl compact. This will make it easy to tell the powders apart if you happen to be storing them together.
This shade is a light beige with a hint of refined golden shimmer. The formula is a inely milled powder but it does cling to drier areas so prep well if you have drier skin as it will accentuate dryness and you’ll want the smoothest canvas possible to apply on top of. It’s not completely translucent in my opinion as it does even out skin tone every so slightly while brightening up the entire face. If you want it to go on completely sheer I recommend application with a bushier powder brush versus the included sponge. I typically dust it on my face with a brush which allows it to apply sheer and also prevents it from clinging to any dry areas on my face. I actually love applying it on fresh primers skin without foundation and just the barest amount of cheek stain for a really fresh, pretty look. It gives a very, very subtle glow in the sunlight that’s barely noticeable unless you’re standing right in front of me. I also like using it after foundation and before blush just to brighten up my complexion and set my foundation. I’m not one that likes using setting powder but I make an exception for powders like this as I like that they give me that slight radiance but nothing to disco ball-like.
Urban Decay Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder is a lovely addition to the Urban Decay Naked family. If you want a subtle glow but simply can’t keep up with all the hardcore shimmering highlighters on the market at the moment I think you’ll like this formula. It’s very subtle, pretty, and acts to freshen up and brighten your complexion.