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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio Review & Swatches

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend the Urban Decay Summer Bash where they announced the opening of their new store in Eastgate. The venue was chic, the pool was decorated with fun summer inflatables and we got served a light yet scrumptious and refreshing lunch. The most thrilling part for me was finally getting to meet some of my favourite South African bloggers and makeup artists. I legit felt like I was rubbing shoulders with celebrities. I’m such a geek I know. After having such an awesome day, we got to play with some of the new and limited edition products and got a generous goodie bag filled with loads of exciting products to take home. The Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio was one of them and that’s what I’ll be chatting about today. So grab a cuppa and get comfy.

The Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio is a limited edition palette that contains three shimmering powders. Said to give the skin a luminous, radiant glow, I put it to the test.

The Packaging

Housed in a thick cardboard box, the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio is a sight for sore eyes. The graphic design is eye-catching and very different from the glitter-boxed single illuminators. It has a large mirror and each powder is domed shaped with lots of excess space in between. I find this handy so any kick-up of powder doesn’t automatically land in the shade beside it.

Urban Decay Naked Illluminated Trio - https://belleblushh.com

It also comes with a soft, fluffy dual ended brush, perfectly sized to pick up product. Whilst I do think the brush is practical, I find the fact that it is quite short a bit annoying. I prefer long handled brushes when applying powders because then I don’t press as hard.

Urban Decay Naked Illluminated Trio - https://belleblushh.com

Shade Selection

As far as colours go, I think this palette would suit both fair and dark skin tones. All the shades are more warm and can be mixed to create your custom shade.

Urban Decay Naked Illluminated Trio - https://belleblushh.com

Pyrite – Gold champagne with frosted sheen
Oasis – Light beige with silver sparkle
Twilight – Iridescent pink sparkle

The Formula

The powders in the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio are baked and thus on the drier side. I found all three very different in texture so I’ll break it down further. Pyrite is the only one I would wear often in this palette. It is soft, very pigmented and breathtakingly gorgeous when applied to the skin. It compliments my NC42 (you can check my other foundation shades here) complexion beautifully and I’ve gotten many compliments wearing it. It’s not subtle nor is it an in-your-face kinda highlight. It truly gives the skin a healthy, radiant glow. Oasis is the grittiest one of them all. It has larger chunks of glitter with almost no base colour. It looks very ashy on me and fades to nothing when applied to the cheekbones. Twilight can be used as a blush topper for fairer skin tones. It has micro-fine gold glitter particles again with almost no base pigmentation. When dusted on it is very powdery, kicks up a ton of product and just leaves behind noticeable glitter on the skin. Again not very complimentary to my complexion and looks better swatched than on the face itself.

Urban Decay Naked Illluminated Trio - https://belleblushh.com


Pyrite lasted 7-8 hours on the skin and still looked good when I took it off at the end of the day. Oasis and Twilight lost its pigment upon application but the glitter particles stayed on the entire day. I was glad I didn’t have to struggle to get it off. It removed easily using a makeup wipe and some micellar water.


The Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio retails for R650 ($36*) for the 3 shades. That’s pretty decent for a limited edition palette given the variety.

Urban Decay Naked Illluminated Trio - https://belleblushh.com

Overall Thoughts

Whilst I love the concept/packaging/price of the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio palette, the fact that 2 of the illuminators didn’t perform is definitely a negative. Unfortunately all of the shades in the palette are limited edition or else I would tell you to go out and just add Pyrite to your collection. This palette is definitely a skip and I would not recommend it unless you are a serious glitter junkie. Even then maybe not so much. I’ll just be holding thumbs and praying that they add Pyrite to their permanent range. I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows so if you want to check out my other reviews just click here. SPOILER ALERT: I received something else in my goodie bag which is pretty darn fantastic so keep an eye out for that one at the end of the week.

Urban Decay Naked Illluminated Trio - https://belleblushh.com

Where to Buy

The Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio is available from Urban Decay Sandton and Eastgate but as it is limited edition, once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. If you are out of South Africa (*) you can purchase it directly from the Urban Decay website or from Sephora.com.

Would you pick up the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio?

* Product was given to me for consideration