May 23, 2017

Urban Decay Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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.

Urban Decay Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder is available now at ulta.com and will be available soon at sephora.com.

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This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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    • Isabella Muse

      Yeah but you might want something a little more yellow based for under eyes!

  • kjh

    This sounds wonderful! Def worth a trial. Know exactly what you mean about slight all over shimmer in lieu of highlighting. Never has the trying too hard effect that more lit looks have on old broads (me.)

  • Chris

    I spoke to an Urban Decay salesclerk who told me that UD was redesigning these type of compacts in the future due to customer complaints. The finishing powder compact has trouble closing properly and product could spill out because of this. Have you heard anything about a design change? I’m surprised that UD went with a similar design with this illuminating powder compact.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m surprised, I never had a prob with it closing properly. Interesting they decided to go with the same compact with complaints on the rise. Hm!

  • Maayza

    Hi, I wanted to ask if this has visible shimmer or glitter in it. Most aid Products are usually guilty of that.

    • Isabella Muse

      there is visible shimmer but it isn’t as visible on your face as it is in the pan πŸ™‚

  • Christyn

    I just love your reviews! You are so through! I just have a quick question. Could this be a dupe for one of the hourglass ambient lighting powders?

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thank you! No, not really! Hourglass has a completely different consistency and the glow is much nicer and refined with a truer candlelit glow in comparison to Urban Decay’s more subtle luminosity.

  • Beth

    I just knew Muse would have the scoop πŸ™‚
    Have you tried the new Loreal infallible Pro Glow powder, is this similar?
    I’ve been searching for something that’s more illuminating for under my eyes ….pale girl problems…sigh……it’s not working so far, everything is shimmer city …
    I want a illuminating / brightening effect without looking like my highlighter brush slipped …lol

    • Isabella Muse

      Haha I try Beth πŸ˜€ I haven’t, if I do will let ya know. I typically go for a yellow based one for brightening up! Gives that nice baked look without looking dry Vincent Longo Banana Powder is great for this or Ben Nye Banana Powder!

  • lala758

    how much coverage will this provide if i use it alone without foundation? im looking for something simple to apply just to make my skin look smoother and less oily. (if that makes sense)