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The Naked Skin Highlighting Fluids from Urban Decay came out on VIB ROUGE early sale for 24 hours, and nothing gets a highlighter addict like myself to buy anything like the illusion of getting anything earlier than anyone, the feeling of exclusivity that Sephora manages well and makes me forget I already have tons of products of this sort and quite possibly, better.
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First let me say that I LOVE Urban Decay for the most part: their bronze BB balm is my go to in the summer, god knows I have most of their palettes and single shadows, even as I seldom use them (Ive become a custom palette hoe during the last few years, Ang’s influence in my life probably), when they released their powder highlighters I was quick to get SIN and Fireball and loved them – I have been using Sin only recently replacing its use with Jouer Citrine or Colourpop Flexitarian when I want other worldly glow. The liquid version came out so I must have it because I have now made my peace that I don’t buy clothes or shoes, I buy makeup and wear the same black concert tees and kicks/docs for everything. (side note: literally my mother asked if years from now when she dies, if I will be wearing the same thing to her funeral… I answered yes.)
I think I go harder on a brand when there has been previous love.
Sin which is a bright champagne gold shade took about 5 layers to even take any hint on my skin, and don’t get me wrong: not everyone likes stepping out their house as a small beacon of light – but these are being marketed as highlighters when in reality they are more like illuminating primers. They come with a wand applicator (Angela already reviewed hers here) suggesting targeted application to the high points (as a highlighter) but the formula is very light and has only slight pigmentation so if you truly want the shade FIREBALL is known to be (Pink/Peach shift) you might as well layer it with its homologue powder highlighter.
One layer of it only allows for a wash of shimmer – which is not what SIN was known for in my kingdom.
Here I compared it with the powder version – ONE SWIPE of powder only gave me what the fluid took about 5 layers to achieve. I recommend these for more subtle highlighting effects and def to layer your powder with. The formula itself is not viscous enough to make for easy application or layering with itself , it tends to look streaky if you reapply. I am probably returning them since I have better – not so shimmery highlighting primers and illuminators.
More pictures on the same swatches