MUA is a cruelty-free brand based in the UK. Their line is budget-friendly and I have found some really awesome products from this company including their Skin Highlighting Powders. I own the Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powders in two colours: Iridescent Gold and Pink Shimmer and directly from the MUA website they retail for GBP3 (approximately AU$6). The packaging of these highlighters looks a little cheap to me – I think because it is white plastic – but they are sturdy and close securely. The product itself is beautifully presented though, with a delicious swirl pattern on the top which looks so luxurious. Love it.
As you can see above, I have pale, freckled skin with yellow undertones, but I still like both of these colours with my complexion. They are a shimmer without chunks of glitter and the pigmentation is buildable and blends nicely. These are not a powdery product so you can swirl your brush in the pan without getting any kick-up.
I feel like the Iridescent Gold is more of a POW kind of a highlight – it is brightening and glowy and gorgeous. The Pink Shimmer, while very beautiful, seems to be a little more natural on my skin, which I also love. On the MUA website they suggest that these can be applied all over the face for an added radiance, or with more specificity to just highlight key points of the face. I would contest that by saying that these products are much too shimmery in my opinion to be applied all of the face like a finishing powder. I suspect your face would become a bit ‘disco ball’ if you were to attempt that. However, I wear both of these highlights for everyday purposes applied to the cheek bones, a little down the bridge of the nose and on the cupid’s bow, and I think they look lovely.
If you are reading this review while considering whether these products are suitable for your everyday makeup, I would say YES – go for it! I have a large collections of highlighters and I think these perform just as well, if not better, than anything else that I own on the ‘cruelty-free, budget-friendly’ market. Highlighter is one of my favourite makeup products and I love the radiant glow they give my, often very tired, face. I think these Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighters are very good quality, they last well throughout the day and look so pretty. I would absolutely recommend them.
MUA has recently released a third colour in this range called ‘Opalescent Amber’ which looks like a darker, warmer, rose gold colour. I am quite sure it was designed for people with richer, darker skin tones than mine, but I can’t wait to try it out for myself!
If you have tried Opalescent Amber I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!