Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked IlluminatedUrban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze shimmer with golden bronze sparkle.” It’s a muted, medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and gold sparkle. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Awesome Blossom (P, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Afternoon Snack (PiP, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (PiP, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is a baked formula that is supposed to have “microfine shimmer” and the “color payoff of a loose powder, with the convenience of a pressed powder.” Urban Decay’s idea of “microfine” and “just-perfect shimmer” is much larger in particle size than what I think of when I think of finely-milled shimmer–these are more like sparkle; visible as individual particles on the skin. You can buff and brush away much of the more obvious particles, which gives the skin more of a luminous sheen, but there are still some sparkles that I can detect on the skin. The texture is thin, lightweight, and very blendable on the cheeks. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

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Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On lips:
  • Giorgio Armani #200 Ecstasy Lacquer
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I’m not a big fan of obvious sparkles, but the powder looks stunning on you , really gives your face warmth and healthy glow. I’m also liking that Armani lipstick/gloss you have on

Oh don’t you loo just smashing Christine! You look so happy and gorgeous in this photo! I The short wear time and the “sparkle” is probably going to kill this one for me. I was thinking “nope” when I read the review. But, I like the swatch and your photo alone could sell this! I think I am going to have to check this out once it hit stores.

As much as I love sparkle and glitter, this looks way too glittery for me! It could be ok to wear during holiday season or out for a New Year’s Eve party but other than that I don’t think I’d get a lot of use out of it.

I wonder if this is somehow similar to MAC’s warm soul. Since that mineralize blush is $27 I think I would rather buy this one.

This is my issue with the Urban Decay Illuminated products too much glitter/sparkle…I don’t want to be lit up, I want to glow…LOL…thanks for the review..

While it does look lovely applied to the cheeks, I can definitely see the sparkles in the skin swatches. Pretty shade, but sparkles in HE cheek or face products are no bueno for me!

Hmmm. Would you consider this more of a highlighter or bronzer? I was curious about this but with summer winding down, I really only wear bronzer in the fall/winter

I agree with you on the “sparkle size”. Their highlighters seem too sparkly for me. I prefer a more finely-milled sheen. Too bad, too, because this color is pretty. Oh well, keep my money in my wallet for now.

It looks really beautiful on you Christine – suits your complexion so well. I am not sure how it would go on mine. And I love that lipstick you are wearing. Just gorgeous.

I think this is too warm and by far too glittery for me. Looks good on you, also you managed to brush away some of the glitter particles, you wrote. I’d never have the patience to do that.

Christine, thank you for doing these reviews! With all these highlighters coming out, what would you say would be some of your favorites and best quality for NC42 – 45 skin tones? (even including LE ones like BB Bronze Glow)

I think it depends on what you like? Some people want a highlighter with some color, others just want the sheen, and then there are really shimmery ones, hardly shimmery at all ones. There are a lot of personal preferences that come into play for a good highlighter!

Hi, did this emphasize skins texture at all? It looks beautiful, I’m not sure if I would use this on the cheeks and temples to warm up the skin or to highlight. Can it be used for your body as well?

Sorry one more question, but what’s better for slightly textured skin? Urban decays Lit or Bobbi brown bronze glow? 🙂 I’ll get them both if neither of them make the skin look worse or emphasize texture/pores 🙂

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