Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Urbanglow Cream Highlight in Moonshine

Hi All!

I just showed you Urban Decay's cream blush, the Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint, in Quickie; I mentioned in the look that I was wearing an Urbanglow Cream Highlight in Moonshine with it, so I thought I'd show that to you next! These are cream highlighters that come in a cute purple compact with a foil skull on the lid; Moonshine  is an iridescent white and hot-pink shimmer. These are very easy to wear, since they are buildable (though layering does work best if you let each layer dry before adding another) and not so densely pigmented that you have to put in a lot of elbow grease blending them out. I don't find these to dry as quickly as Urban Decay's cream blushes, but after a couple of minutes they are perfectly dry. They aren't sticky, but have a faintly oily consistency until they dry. These run $24 for .17 ounces. The color is unusual and beautiful, and looks great layered on top of makeup; even on top of powder or foundation, it still melts into skin and keeps a natural texture- well, as natural as iridescent shimmer can be! Also, these don't look frosty, just glowy, which is great! I've used Benefit's High Beam for years, and it's a great product, but it can be difficult to work with because of how frosty it can look if you use too much; relatively speaking, this product is fool-proof!

This product was particularly difficult to photograph on the face because it is a sheer, iridescent color; apologies in advance for the fact that it's difficult to see on my face because of this!

Here are some pictures of the packaging and the compact:

Urban Decay Urbanglow

The blurb on the back of the package:

And here's the label:

And the cruelty-free, vegan, recycle seals

And here's the compact itself...

Urbanglow Cream HIghlight in Moonshine
 Here's the product swatched fairly heavily on my arm; you can't see the bright pink flash that this color has.

Urbanglow Cream Highlight in Moonshine
 And here's the product on my cheek; I have it under my eyebrown, swooping down my temple and onto the top of my cheekbone, blended into the apple of my cheek. It's on top of my foundation and my blush (which is the Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in Quickie, reviewed here.)

Moonshine, with flash
 Here's a close-up:

No flash!
Rating: 7 out of 10

I'm giving this highlighter a 7/10; it's beautiful and easy to use, and I love that you can put it on top of powder and foundation. It's also a really unique shade. However, it takes a few minutes to dry down, and the greasy texture is a little off-putting at first, even though there aren't really any practical issues associated with this. And although it is a buildable shade, you have to wait for each layer to dry for the best effect, which can be time-consuming. However, these are relatively mild complaints, and I think that Urbanglow is a great addition to the pantheon of highlighters; I look forward to trying more of these unique shades and breaking out of the frosty white-pink rut that so many of us have gotten stuck in. These are also a great way to change the effect of blushes you already own!


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