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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio Shimmering Powder For Face And Body [Swatches + Review] by Victoria Huynh on Mar 31, 2017

Urban Decay's Naked Illuminated Trio palette is like pixie dust for your face. In its packaging, it definitely looks and feels magical, but how well does it do its job in creating that desirable glow? Read on to find out:

Product information from Urban Decay:

"Our smooth, silky powder contains a sophisticated, microfine shimmer. Dust it on wherever you want to create an instant Naked glow! Get Naked from head to toe. This smooth, silky powder contains a sophisticated, microfine shimmer and light-reflecting particles that give skin a luminous, radiant look. You really have to see it to appreciate how insanely beautiful it is!

This lightweight, shimmering powder is baked on a terra cotta disc for 24 hours and then hand-finished, just like our popular Baked Bronzer. Baking the formula gives Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder a high level of just-perfect shimmer (without the metallic look of cheaper formulas). It also provides the color payoff of a loose powder, with the convenience of a pressed powder.

The perfect way to get (or give) Naked, this shimmering powder comes in a gorgeous rose-gold box and makes the perfect gift for any Naked fan. Includes a generous mirror and a brush (housed in a separate compartment underneath the powder)."



The Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio (3 x 2.5 g / 3 x 0.08 oz) comes in a bulky, rectangular cardboard packaging. It could have had a slimmer design, in my opinion. There's a decent small mirror on the back of the magnetic lid and space for a flat dual-ended brush. I liked the size of the brush holder because it keeps the brush secure and decreases the chances of me losing it. The brush itself is amazing too!

A Closer Look:


Pyrite- gold-champagne
Oasis - marbled frosted taupe
Twilight - iridescent pink

The powder is extremely fine, silky, and soft. It feels very comfortable and natural to wear. The colors blend well together for a nice highlight. Alone, pyrite is slightly dark on me, oasis doesn't show up too well, and so, my favorite is the twilight shade for a soft, rosy highlight or blush! I could see it work well as a sheer shimmery eye shadow as well.

In Action
I applied twilight on my cheeks and pyrite on my jawline since it was a bit dark on me.


I didn't find this palette extremely illuminating, and the colors were not very pigmented either, nor are the shades too different from one another. The site description says if you want longer wear and a more intense look, you can spray your brush with UD’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray before applying. Without it though, you really have to build it up for it to show up well. However, once you apply enough, you'll get a really natural glow and shimmer. I adore the subtle microfine glitter and the texture for this palette is amazing!

My favorite part about this palette is the brush, though. It's super soft and the shape works so well for applying a highlight. I could see myself using this brush for various other products too. Overall, if you're looking for a sheer, soft highlight, this may be for you, but if you want something that truly pops, you might want to continue your search.

Availability: Urban Decay, $36

Disclaimer: The Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio was provided to me for review purposes only. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

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