Urban Decay – Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body (Luminous)


Online Description:

What it is:
A lightweight, baked powder for face and body with a sophisticated, microfine shimmer that instantly leaves skin with an iridescent shimmer.

What it does:
Dust on Urban Decay’s Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body to give you a sexy, just-finished flush. Naked Illuminated powder is first baked on a terra cotta disc for 24 hours, and then it is finished by hand. Baking the powder gives it a high level of just-perfect shimmer, without the metallic look of cheaper formulas. This lightweight, baked powder has a sophisticated microfine shimmer that’s smooth and silky, with light-reflecting particles that leave a luminous, radiant look.

Formulated to give the color payoff of a loose powder and the convenience of a pressed powder, this shimmering powder comes in a gorgeous box that makes the perfect gift. It features a generous mirror and a brush—housed in a separate compartment underneath the powder. This smooth, silky powder contains light-reflecting particles that create a luminous, radiant look. Simply brush on this powder wherever you want to create an instant glow.


My Thoughts:

This was one of the first luminizing products I purchased when I wanted to start playing with the product in my looks. The first one of these I purchased broke when I was traveling (Thanks, reckless TSA agents -_-) so I had to buy a new one after the company released more color options. Good news for people who have headaches or migraines that are easily triggered by smells because this doesn’t have one.

I love using this for my bridal and prom clients to give them an extra pop of shimmer without making them look like the Tin Man. A great benefit to this is you can wear it on your face or body which works great for using this for days I don’t feel like wearing makeup. I’ll simply dust this on places that sunlight would naturally hit to give my skin a gorgeous glow to my face and body.

Packaging:                                                ★★★★★/5

The overall packaging is quite bulky in my opinion which is not ideal for traveling because it takes up way more space than my other luminizing palettes, but not without its added benefits. For example, the mirror inside is a huge plus, and the separate compartment for the cute little brush that’s included is great since it keeps the convex shape of the pressed powder from getting beat up and broken.

The mirror inside is small and kind of pointless, but I’m a huge fan of brands that include them in their packaging, nonetheless. This product is something that wouldn’t need touching up throughout the day, so that’s why I said it seems unnecessary, but you never know what kind of situation you might be in where it could come in handy. For example, it may be the only product you brought on a roadtrip that has a mirror inside so you have to rely on it for putting your makeup on in your car.

The brush is a huge win for a few reasons because it not only works seamlessly with the product, but you can reuse it once you’re out of this powder on many other products like bronzers or face powder. The fibers are so soft and gentle on my skin and I always admire that about Urban Decay makeup brushes and that’s one of the reasons they’re one of my favorite brands. Unfortunately, Urban Decay doesn’t sell the brush included in this compact on its own, but the contour shifter brush is similar in its effect.

Performance/Wear:                               ★★★★★/5

This color in particular provides a sheer pale nude color w/iridescent shimmer in comparison to the other colors that are brown toned (Lit) or pink toned (Aura). If I’m being honest, I’m partial to the Aura option just because I think that word is prettier than ‘Luminous,’ but this color works better for a wider spectrum of skin tones that are in my clientele compared to the other colors, I would be limited to complexions and the overall color theme of their looks.

I like that this formula is incredibly finely milled that it honestly feels like I’m not dusting anything on my skin, but it also is a setback because it causes a bit of kickback in the compact. For my clients, I love to dust this on their shoulders and clavicles to enhance their look. For me, I use this not only on those areas that I use for my clients, but also above my cheekbones to further enhance whatever luminizer I applied when I want a really dramatic look.

I’ve dusted this on top of my cheekbones on my minimal makeup days and it looks gorgeous and adds a more natural glow in comparison to my Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits. I’ve even played with using this to set my liquid eyeliner to prevent imprinting on my upper lid and it adds such an elegant pop to my eye looks without looking chunky or metallic, just as the company promises. The powder doesn’t oxidize in the compact or after it’s applied so you can rest easy knowing you don’t have to use this product every day for a couple months so it doesn’t go to waste. There is a TON of product in this compact so using this up has taken quite some work and I have still yet to make a dent in it. I was not exaggerating when I said this is finely milled and with that, the pigment and shimmer is powerful and you don’t need much for each application, whether you’re using it on your shoulders, legs, or face.

Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention, this enhances the tan for those of us who are very pale and when I do self-tan, I prefer a lighter, natural-looking tan in comparison to a super dark tan that doesn’t look natural. For those who are blessed with more melanin in their skin, the color Lit would be a better option to enhance that gorgeous sunny glow of yours.

Between using this for luminizing my face and body, this works a multitude of ways like adding a ‘pop’ to eyeshadow looks or as I mentioned before, setting liquid eyeliner for added shimmer. No matter what creative ways you can come up with to use this, I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I and all my clients do.

Price:                                                          ★★★★★/5

Is the price steep? Sure, but for as much as I’ve used this and I still have plenty left, I’d say you definitely get your money’s worth. Not only does the packaging fall in my favor with the mirror, separate compartments, and awesome brush included, but the pigment and fine texture make this product last what feels like forever because I never need much for each application. All I can do is recommend you get one for yourself from Sephora and if you don’t like it (which I doubt because it’s pretty amazing.), Sephora is pretty great about their return policy and they’ll let you swap it for something you love instead.


Talc, Zea Mays (Corn/maïs) Starch, Hectorite, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Silica, Octyldodecanol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Tin Oxide.

May Contain: CI77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides).


  • Finely-milled texture feels like nothing is on my skin
  • No scent
  • Universally flattering color
  • Enhances light tans
  • Brush included
  • Mirror inside compact
  • Doesn’t oxidize
  • Doesn’t enhance fine lines or pores
  • Multi-purpose
  • Doesn’t settle in lines
  • Doesn’t enhance dryness
  • Doesn’t break up during wear
  • Mostly-sturdy packaging
  • Safe in all climates


  • A bit of kickback in compact

Texture:                                       Pressed powder

Scent:                                           None

Recommend?                             Sure

Repurchase?                               Sure

Retail:                                           $32.00

Size:                                              0.2 oz.

Want to try this for yourself?

I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊

2 Comments on “Urban Decay – Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body (Luminous)

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