Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighters Sin and Aura

Hello there! I have a review of the new highlighters from Urban Decay, or at least two of the three! I picked up Sin and Aura and you can check out my thoughts and some swatches after the jump! Or if you’re not into reading, hit play above and listen to me talk instead. 


So here is a pretty glamour shot of the highlighters. I swear I’m working on making my product shots prettier!

The two shades I picked up are Sin and Aura. Sin is a champagne color, while Aura is a nice pink frosty shade. The third shade in the release is Fireball, which is a fairly pigmented orange based highlighter. I saw some preliminary swatches of it and realized that it’d be more of a blush on me, so I decided to pass on it.

Let’s look at a swatch!


These were one hard pass across the back of my hand. Both are rather stiff in the pan and it’s hard to pick up this much pigment on a brush, but I wanted the colors and undertones to show for you guys.

Few things I’ve noticed with these that I enjoy is that they are a stiff product in the pan and they don’t kick up a ton of excess powder. They also aren’t chunky glitter like the swatches seem to want to look like. When used with a brush, they give a gorgeous sheen that is very light and can be built up to alien skin levels if you so desire. I prefer a highlight that starts out sheer and builds up, it allows it to be more versatile.

I also prefer the stiffer product because when you start to hit pan, it’s not as likely to crumble all over the place and get hard to work with. I’m looking at you Kat Von D Thunderstruck.

These claim to last 8 hours and on every occasion I’ve tested them, they’ve lasted well past that 8 hour mark with no migration down my face. You can foil these if you want, but I’ve noticed it cuts the wear time down a bit.

Aura comes across much more frosty and cooler than Sin, so it’s one I find I need to use a light hand with. On those with olive undertones, this will probably not look the greatest. If you have deeper skin, the frostiness of it could cause it to lean on the ashier side.

Sin is warmer, but not so warm that someone with cooler undertones can’t pull it off. This is a shade that would look lovely on olive undertones, as well as deeper skin. Personally, if you have warm and deep undertones, Fireball would be absolutely gorgeous. If the formula on that is anything like these two, I’d suggest that one.

Overall, I’m quite happy with these highlighters, though I prefer Sin over Aura in terms of how well it pairs with looks. Both work great as inner corner highlights if that is your jam.

I paid $26 for these and purchased them through the Urban Decay website, but they’re also available at Sephora and Ulta. These are part of the permanent line, so no rush to get it!

Hope this review is helpful! If you want to see a “live” look at them, check out my last few instagram posts. They’re literally the only highlighters I’ve used for the past month or so.

Stay beautiful folks!


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