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Urban Decay - Afterglow 8 Hour Highlighter

22 June 2016

Urban Decay's new Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Highlights finally hit our shores and the hype behind these was real. Popular YouTubers received them and promptly raved about how amazing they are.

When I went to pick these up I was completely torn, these didn't look all that special when I was swatching them in store but the hype had me in pieces, I needed them. I needed them because everyone said they were amazing. I opted to purchase Aura and Fireball since Sin felt way too run of the mill and boring. As I left Mecca I was having major regret for not buying the whole set, I was actually worried that after using them I would realise that the hype was real and I'd made a mistake.
Turns out the regret I had was spending $84AUD on two basic highlights. The packaging on these highlights looks great when the compact is closed but once you open them they look and feel really cheap, the plastic mesh on the inside is designed to allow you to see the colour of the shade in the pan, this works when you have brilliant lighting but in a normal situation, applying my makeup at my desk with natural lighting I can barely tell the difference between Aura and Fireball, I have taken to storing them upside down in my makeup drawers so I can easily see which is which. The fact that the plastic mesh on the inside is imperfect and not well aligned shits me off, it looks rushed, it looks like the company making the packaging didn't give a shit and Urban Decay let it slide because they just wanted to get the product out.

When it comes to the highlight formula they are nice and soft without being powdery, they go on the skin smoothly, blend well and layer like a dream, you will never get a metallic highlight with Aura and Fireball but you can build up the colour intensity, they can be applied wet if that's the kind of thing you like and they don't show up bad skin texture.

These highlights are really nothing special, Aura is just a frosty pink while Fireball has a peach tone that pops with a pink shift but it really just looks like nothing on the skin or a bright pink shimmer depending on how the light is catching it. Personally I think they are pretty but damned expensive for what they are.

I like these highlights but I don't $42AUD like them, they are pretty, apply well and wear for a long time but they just don't grab me as a favourite. If you love a subtle highlight that can be built up and you have the money to burn, go ahead, you probably won't be disappointed but if you're on the fence I would highly suggest having these applied in Mecca and wearing them for a little while before committing to the purchase.

Before I wrap this review up I want to discuss the similarities between Fireball and OC from the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette. These shades are similar in the fact that they have a peach base and pink shift but looking at the swatches below you will see that Fireball is more apparent with it's highlighting abilities and the colours are slightly different.

The peach tones in OC are more apparent while the pink pops more in Fireball, when applied Fireball reflects more light but OC has a true colour shift, going from almost invisible depending on your skin tone to a magical soft pink glow.

Do you need both? Well if you don't already have OC you're shit out of luck because the palette was limited edition and it seems to be sold out Australia wide, if you do have it then I would say that I personally think OC is more interesting whereas Fireball pretty much just goes on pink with a peach hint, it's not doing anything magical.

The Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Highlights are available at or in Mecca Maxima stores.

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..
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