Urban Decay Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder

by Lisa Heath

Purchased by Me

I recently went a little nuts on the Sephora website, so you’ll be seeing my haul over the next few weeks. How nuts did I go? Well, let’s just say I’m now VIB Rouge through to December of 2018. I splurged on palettes, lip glosses, highlighters (they had duochrome ones!) and the Urban Decay Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder.

If we’re being totally honest, I saw the holographic case and that sold me. I’m easy and I’ll buy things on a whim over packaging.

So what is it? The Urban Decay Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder is a pressed beauty powder that can be worn all over as a setting powder or in targeted areas on your face as a sheer wash of highlight. I say ‘sheer wash’ because it doesn’t have the super glowy highlight look. It does brighten the area though. The powder is infused with synthetic white sapphires for a multidimensional, radiant finish.

The powder is finely milled and has the soft, velvety feel and is incredibly lightweight on.  When worn on bare skin, it feels almost nonexistent.

I did wear it all over just to see how it worked on me for an all over beauty powder, and the sparkles were a little much for my personal tastes. It wasn’t like Twilight vampire sparkles, but in the sunlight there were some definite obvious sparks going. My unobservant coworker noticed them, so that was enough for me.

Instead I’ve been wearing it in areas I would generally apply highlighter. I actually found I really like this for the “minimal makeup days” better so I can downplay all my makeup and add some highlight that isn’t super obvious, but gives a nice healthy glow. In targeted areas, the sparkle isn’t as obvious as it is when applied all over.

The Urban Decay The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder only comes in 1 shade, which is named ‘Radiant Finish’. It’s not entirely translucent though, so I honestly don’t know how it would look on deeper skin tones. I’m more on the pale side (usually fair to light in powders) and it’s actually a touch darker than my skin.

There  is also a sponge applicator under the powder from what I read, but I honestly can’t get my pan to lift to access it. I tried and don’t want to break my nail over a sponge I’ll never use. I prefer fluffy brushes for face powders anyway.

It does still bug me that it’s stuck though.

I know it’s kind of hard to see, but you can catch the sparkles above. and that the powder isn’t completely translucent. It’s a peachy nude shade with itty bitty synthetic white sapphires.

Urban Decay The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder Overview

Ok, so full thoughts on the Urban Decay The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder… I like it. I don’t love it though. Will I repurchase? Probably not. For me personally this doesn’t fall under a “must have” category. If it had less sparkles it would be more viable as an all over face powder for me which would help justify the cost. On the bright side, since I don’t use it as an all over face powder it should last me awhile.

That packaging though, I do love it.

Price: $34.00

Where To Buy: Sephora | Urban Decay | Ulta 

I have a lot more of my Sephora Haul to show you including the new BECCA Light Chaser Highlighters, BECCA Liquid Crystal Glow Glosses, Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit, Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow palette, Smashbox Create & Transform palette, and much much more.

I told you I went a little nuts.

Any preference on what you’d wanna see next?

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Never Say Die Beauty June 16, 2017 - 11:11 am

You’re right, the packaging is gorgeous. This reminds me of Hourglass Luminous/Dim Light etc. I like it but don’t love it, and I don’t use it very often. I prefer a regular pressed powder

Judy June 16, 2017 - 11:22 am

The packaging is awesome. Their highlighter palette is light holo, too, I’m here for this!!! Lol

Erika June 16, 2017 - 1:33 pm

I have this on my list but after reading your review and seeing your pics, I think I’ll pass. I don’t think it will work for me, after all.

CosmetopiaDigest June 16, 2017 - 4:42 pm

A beautifully subtle shade – too bad they don’t have more shade choices in this range, for deeper skintones.

Cindy Ingalls June 16, 2017 - 6:56 pm

I don’t like anything with sparkles so this would be a no for me too.

Kathryne June 16, 2017 - 9:32 pm

Thanks for your honest thoughts. I’ll skip this

Phyrra June 17, 2017 - 6:43 am

I love the shimmer in it.

Leelo June 17, 2017 - 6:57 am

That holographic case looks gorgeous, but too bad the powder is bit too sparkly.

Polarbelle June 17, 2017 - 8:31 pm

I’m so glad to read your review. In all the paid online magazines, they said people were just dying over the finish of this powder. I couldn’t wait to read it on a blog with an honest review. Thank you. I’m dying to find out what else was in your haul, tho!!!!

Jess Scull June 18, 2017 - 7:42 am

Still need to give this a try – I hope I like it!

Anastasia June 19, 2017 - 4:48 am

Hm, I don’t know how I feel about this. It kinda reminds me of MAC skinfinishes, and some of them have visible sparkle too.


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