It took Urban Decay quite some time to present their own single highlighters. Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighters joined the line of Afterglow Blushes this spring and instantly became one of the most hyped up highlighters. With three shades available I went for the most unordinary one – Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Fireball.
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00) – Afterglow isn’t your average highlighter, it has a lightweight (yet luxurious) feel and a super-soft, creamy texture. Afterglow Highlighter goes on sheer and blends easily. Use a little or a lot; our wearable formula always applies beautifully, no matter how much you build it. Available in a range of shades suitable for any skin tone, Afterglow creates a glowy, strobed effect that lasts all day.
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter comes in the compact that is designed the exact same way as the Afterglow Blushes, though it is not gun-metal but more of a silvery gray color that is officially described as ‘iridescent white‘. The amount of product you get is 6.8 g or 0.23 oz – the same amount that you get with the blushes. It also has a ‘fishnet “UD” cutout on the lid‘ and no built-in mirror as a result.
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Fireball is a duo chrome with the yellow-toned orange base and tons of pink shimmer so it has a very distinctive blue-ish pink shift with orangey undertones. It is not shimmery and the finish is more on the metallic side compared to the Naked Illuminated Powders. As it is stated on the official website, the inspiration behind this highlighter was the Urban Decay mono eyeshadow with the same name – Fireball.
The powder is very finely milled with buildable coverage. If you apply it lightly you get a very sheer coverage with a delicate glow but you can easily layer it up to full opacity. It is not powdery and applies evenly with a brush. It lasts for 8+ hours on my skin and is advertised to last all day (that I think might be almost possible though I never have my makeup on for that long). As for the color itself – it is not an actual highlighter for me because it’s a duo chrome with a strong yellow-orange base. It reminds me quite a lot of The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer (reviewed here). Both look nice as blushes or blush toppers but not as highlighters. And I do actually enjoy using the Urban Decay Fireball together with other blushes to add luminosity and make the look glowy but I do not see myself using Fireball as a highlighter on the nose bridge, under the brow bone or on the forehead and chin – it looks strange this way. But at the same time, the formula of this highlighter is beautiful that makes the use and application quite comfortable. And the color shift it has is quite unique as well!
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