Urban Decay Aura Afterglow Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as an “iridescent light pink.” It’s a light, icy pink with a luminous shimmer-sheen finish and cooler undertones. Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #19 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). NYX State of Flux (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Ciate Solstice (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Milk Makeup Pink (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Worthy (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Peroxide (LE, $26.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Highlight) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Twilight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush I (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The new Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter formula is supposed to be “finely-milled” with “sheer,” buildable payoff that “blends in easily” and eight-hour wear. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture, even when more heavily applied, so it is pretty easy to use and doesn’t require a light hand or any finagling to get it to look just right. The texture was soft, smooth, and lightly dusty–a looser press than the blushes, I would say–but a cinch to blend out on the skin. It wore for eight hours exactly on me, as described. I’m so thrilled that there’s a reasonably priced, permanent, cooler-pink highlighter on the market!

Aura
Aura
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
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Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter