Urban Decay Sin Afterglow Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

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

Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. Persona Laguna (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Affection (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Skylight (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Freeze (LE, $37.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). ColourPop Glad You Came (PiP, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Craze (-, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Maybelline Nikkie Tutorials (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Star Brite (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Gleam Sheen (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Wonder Who (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fort de France (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Gold FX (LE, $31.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Kaja Gold Drip (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Rainbow Strobe (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm Highlight (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Gorgeous Glowing Beauty #7 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Dreamscape (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% 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. This was the most pigmented–more semi-opaque to opaque–shade in the range and most shimmery. I found that the texture could emphasize pores depending on application style/coverage, so it’s not as foolproof as the other shades. I recommend using a lighter touch and a buffing brush to get the best finish out of the product. It is also significantly different in color to Sin eyeshadow, which is more pink-based (I compared to a split-pan I have of Sin as well as one in the Naked palette). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the highlighter wore for eight hours on me before fading.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aqua Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette
On lips
  • Too Faced Honey Bear La Creme Lipstick
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That fact that the dupes I have are darker make me super excited to get my hands on this one. I’ve honestly never like any of UD’s highlighter products before so I’m happy about the quality and shade of this one.

It’s my favorite that they’ve done – it is similar to their blushes, so if you like those, I think you’ll like the highlighters. They are just more shimmery overall.

It looks like a super shimmery, amped up version of Laura Mercier Matte Highlight 01! Or at least how LM MH looks on me. I like this one,but I also love Colourpop Lunch Money for a far less expensive way to get that light, bright glow. Seriously getting Lunch Money…. eventually.?

I’m not sure if I like this one. it’s really metallic and that can make me look old-ish as much as I hate that . I’m going to need to see this one in person. Are these going to stores?

Thanks for the review! Sin is one of my favorite eyeshadow colors, but this doesnt look like the eyeshadow at all… As you said, sin is more pink based. I dont know why they name the same if its not the same color! Still pretty though! Thanks!! xoxo

It was bizarre to me as well, Mariana! I swatched it and immediately went, “This doesn’t look like Sin… am I remembering wrong?” but it’s quite different.

Do you have Fireball yet? I think it’s pretty but I’m worried it will be really orange on my cheeks and make me look sallow/sick.

It looks absolutely gorgeous-like the perfect white-gold! I have my eyes on all three of th enew UD highlighters as a birthday present to myself :S

This is one of those gorgeous quintessential champagne shades. Looks beautiful on you!
I was wondering have you tried any of the Artist Couture Diamond Glow powders? They have some really unique highlighting colors. Double Take-golden peach pink shift highlight, Mermaid Fantasy-blue/green highlight. etc.
I would love to see some reviews on them!

I really like that one, I tend to leave that level of shimmer for the eyes or lips but I might be able to pull it off. A huge emphasis on might.

This is my fav. highlighter, and I have a lot! This gives me a natural brightening shimmer, and I can always pull this off. Looking forward to trying the new glow kit from Anastasia, but this one is gonna be hard to beat.

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