Urban Decay’s Urbanglow Cream Highlighters Deserve the Spotlight, Don’t Keep It for Long

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Urban Decay Urbanglow review swatch pictures photos

I suppose if I really wanted an authentic candlelit glow I could walk around with a candle up next to my face, but talk about a big pain in the @ss, right? πŸ™‚ And dangerous too!


No problem. The new Urban Decay Urbanglow Cream Highlighters ($24 each) are safer than open flames but just as illuminating.

UD packed these four cute compacts in Wicked, Sin, Brown Sugar and Moonshine with pearly glows and pigment to spare.

They kinda work like spotlights for the skin. Just pat on cheeks, at your temples, down the bridge of your nose or at the inner corners of your eyes for an instantly brighter outlook and a luminescent glow. They apply smoothly to bare skin, or on top of liquid foundations or tinted moisturizer, but I don’t recommend them for use atop powder foundations. When I tried, they looked kinda cakey.

I’ve been wearing Wicked (the shimmery pink) and Sin (the shimmery champagne) on particularly rough days when I haven’t gotten enough sleep the night before because they’re pretty good at quickly faking wide-awake eyes.

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Sin (left) and Wicked (right)

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From the left on NC35 skin: Wicked and Sin

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog Wearing Urban Decay Urbanglow review swatch pictures photos
Wicked on my cheeks and Sin on my eyes


MAC makes something similar with their Cream Colour Base, which I love for its long wear time. I think Urbanglow’s thinner texture makes it a little easier to blend, but it also likes to migrate into my fine lines (boo!).

The Urbanglows deliver a strong look I like to call my “party glow,” LOL! It’s super shimmery, bold and true to Urban Decay’s style — a strong highlighted look with lots of sparkle and shine (ideal for parties or nights out with your girls); however, if you prefer a softer, subtler glow, the lovely MAC CCBs might be a better choice.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: LOVE these Urbanglows for a strong, shimmery highlighted look, but their thin texture might lead to migration issues, especially on babes with oily skin. Available at Urban Decay counters and online at Urbandecay.com. Grade: B

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  1. Jess says:

    Wow Karen, you look fab in that pic – your skin looks AMAZING!!

    The packaging on these are cute πŸ™‚
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  2. amy says:

    These are pretty and I really like the floral skulls and cross bones.
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  3. gio says:

    Sin looks very pretty and I like the packaging too.
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  4. Kayann says:

    I like them all! I love the compact. It’s kind of piratey! πŸ™‚

  5. Maria says:

    “I suppose if I really wanted an authentic candlelit glow I could walk around with a candle up next to my face, but talk about a big pain in the @ss, right?’

    Hahaha! That had me cracking up!
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  6. antithesis says:

    i want brown sugar!
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  7. Nina says:

    Youre glowing! πŸ™‚

    Sni & Wicked are beautfil shades AND the packaging is to die for – so sumptuous and luxe! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Good morning!

      I’ve always liked Urban Decay’s funky pirate vibe. πŸ™‚

      How are you today? And are you wearing any Venomous Villains?

      • Nina says:

        Urbay Decay is such a fun, vibrant brand and thats what I <3 about `em!

        I am wearing Bite of an Apple (again!) and Wicked Ways lipglass. Yep, im rockin' a red lip today!

        Never since Hello Kitty have I been so enamored of a MAC collection!

  8. Stephanie says:

    That looks beautiful, but Mark has a new highlighter that I have my eye on, Touch and glow shimmer cream cubes…..decisions, decisions : )

    Thanks for the MAC suggestion; I may have to look into that, too!

  9. Anna says:

    They look gorgeous in the pan but I think I’ll stick with more subtle things.

  10. Phyrra says:

    I’m interested in checking out Moonshine πŸ™‚ Good to know about their textures.

  11. knownever says:

    Sin reminds me of this product that i believe smashbox used to have (like 10+ years ago) that was an all-over cream highlighter. might have to pick it up to replace that long ago, but still remembered, beauty favorite.
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  12. Gina says:

    I loveee Sin! Most of their products in Sin are beautiful. I don’t understand why Midnight Cowboy is their best seller; sooo much glitter! I always saw Sin as their super flattering, super wearable shade.

  13. Jenna says:

    Thank you for the Review Karen!
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  14. I’m bummed about the shimmer! I like a lot of glow, but the shimmer (especially of the Urban Decay variety) tends to migrate, which ruins the illusion that it’s my beautiful (ha!) skin glowing…I’ll keep searching I guess!

  15. Marisa Roper says:

    This looks awesome! And I really love Urban Decay so I might have to look into it. Although it does seem a little expensive. I usually just add shimmer to my powders for a glow but we’ll see what happens when I come across it in the store!
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  16. Kim says:

    You *do* look sparkly and fresh! πŸ™‚

    You lost me at “migrates to fine lines” though. I had a gasping moment. Not really, but my lines don’t need to stand out any more than they do. Loved the candle comment though. Between the “creeping through dark places with a candle” visual and the floral skull packaging, this is definitely in the Halloween spirit. I know we have a month, but I like to look ahead. πŸ™‚

    Speaking of… have you seen Resident Evil Afterlife? It’s what’s to be expected, but I loved Alice’s Russian Army jacket. I’m not really a fashion person but I totally want one (for Halloween). Of course, it would be nice to look like Milla too, but there’s not much chance of that!

  17. Trisha says:

    Yep. Totally in love with the packaging.
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  18. Megan says:

    Love it! I’m very interested in Moonshine!

  19. saku says:

    Cute packaging. Moonshine and brownsugar looks interesting.

  20. Hyzenthlay says:

    Doh! I got the email yesterday afternoon that I could order the Naked Palette, and so I did right away . . . Now, of course, I wish I could add these to the order. Oh well, it’s probably better that you didn’t publish this until today! Better for my checking account, at least!

  21. Danielle F. says:

    Hey Karen! Thanks for the swatches! I will probably end up hauling both of these! I love the colors of those and am interested to see what Moonshine looks like! How would you compare this to Benefit’s new highlighter- Girl Meets Pearl?
    Sephora makes a similar product called luminous glow, sold on Sephora.com. It only comes in one color though. I have enjoyed that product thus far (warning for those who don’t want sparkle though!). It also retails for half the price as the UD ones for the budget gals out there. The color is a pinky-nude base with gold sparkle.

  22. Shayamli Mehrotra says:

    What tools do you use to apply these?

  23. Jasmine says:

    Which shade do you think will work on African American skin (NW46), if any?

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