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Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Afterglow

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette ($34.00 for 0.64 oz.) is a four-pan highlighter palette exclusively available at Ulta. It features four new shades in the brand’s Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter formula, which is supposed to be buildable, lightweight, and will give the “perfect glow.” A full-size Afterglow Highlighter retails for $26 and contains 0.23 oz. or costs $113.04/oz. The palette contains $72.35 worth of product (or comparatively, the palette costs $53.13/oz.).

I really enjoyed the quality of the products in the palette: the only “downside” was that they were more pigmented so if you’re someone who really hoped for sheer highlighters, these might be too much for you.

Bliss

Bliss is a light gold with strong warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It swatched and applied much lighter than it appeared in the pan (where it looked more like a peachy orange). The highlighter was richly pigmented, though the soft, blendable formula was forgiving and easy to sheer and diffuse for less coverage if desired. You would need a very light hand to get semi-sheer coverage, though. The highlighter lasted for eight hours on me.

Peroxide

Peroxide is a light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. The texture was smooth, slightly looser than the average shade in the formula, but it applied easily and was more buildable (as it was supposed to be). It had buildable pigmentation from medium to mostly opaque (two to three layers, depending on how heavy handed you are or whether you use a dense brush). The highlighter blended out easily on my skin and did not seem to emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It started to fade on me after eight and a half hours of wear.

NSFW

NSFW is a light-medium, peachy coral with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color coverage–semi-opaque and buildable to opaque coverage in two layers–that applied evenly to bare skin. The powder was smooth, finely-milled, and almost cream-like as it was soft but still a bit denser (so no powderiness!). It had a very strong, reflective sheen, but it seemed to smooth out my skin rather than accentuate imperfections and pores. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading.

Side Piece

Side Piece is a medium gold with strong, warm orange undertones and a pearly sheen. The shimmer was finer in this shade compared to the other three highlighters in the palette. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, though the soft, blendable texture made it possible to use a lighter hand or blend and diffuse the product across a wider surface area for sheer to medium coverage. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Bliss Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Bliss Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Bliss Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Peroxide Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Peroxide Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Peroxide Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Peroxide Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay NSFW Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay NSFW Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay NSFW Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Side Piece Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Side Piece Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Side Piece Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Dior Star Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • ColourPop Party Favors Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop Heavy Glam Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop Vivacious Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop Lit Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop Razy Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop Cake Walk Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop Distressed Eyeshadow
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Jazz(berry) Highliner Gel Crayon
On lips:
  • ColourPop Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip

Product Availability

Urban Decay Highlighter Palette $34.00/0.45 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I’m a little torn on this… I do like the colors (it seems more like a light, shimmery blush palette (which is perfectly fine for me!), but sets like this are definitely getting a bit redundant. And I hate the cardboard packaging!! I don’t think I’ll jump on this yet, but I’ll be watching the sale section 🙂

I hear ya, Julia — the shades themselves are not particularly unique if you have a lot of highlighters already.

Mostly because they are LE and I’m trying to buy more permanent products but also most of these palettes come with a few shades that don’t work with my fair skin.

This ones not so bad, but Side Piece would be very orange on me. 😉

The only one I’m iffy on is side piece. But even so, I still would use it.

I’m liking the lower price as well, it won’t be too much more in CAD!

I’ll have to pick this up next time im in the US. as I refuse to pay ULTA’s shipping!

They are! I feel like it’s a bit dupable all in all, given the highlighter craze, but it’s a nice set for those who need it!

As if I need another cheek palette, I’m crazy about this one! Especially, as it has dupes of full-size highlighters that are either on my wishlist, or ones that I would at least love to try. And NO weird chalky, white bases on any of them!

Unless you get a palette like mine in which case they’re all sheer! Wow, like totally different palettes! I’ve already given mine away. It was so dry and poorly pigmented I couldn’t use it for anything.

I thought this was a blush palette when I saw the photo. And for me it would be highlighting blushes. I don’t need this palette, but I do like it.

Really like this especially NSFW which I don’t have a dupe for. Not too keen on Side Piece which is a little too yellowy orange for me though. It is a pretty colour but not on me!

This looks gorgeous. Sadly I’m on a low buy until September when I will be visiting the US. who knows. If I see it IRL here in the U.K. I may be tempted.

How did you manage to get 7 eyeshadows in that look!!!? Well it’s gorgeous and I love it! Would love to see a break down.

I need this like a hole in the head but I do love the colors and finishes. I actually like that its a cardboard packaging because it would be light and good for travel. I am concerned about excessive pigmenting though, I do not like to struggle to get a light application, hopefully I can test at a store.

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