MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

MUA are a brand that I've had hit-and-miss experiences with. My first foray into the Superdrug exclusive brand was a couple of years ago, when I bought (and loved) their popular Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette. Since then I've tried out a myriad of their other items, keen to find more amazing products at ridiculously cheap prices (seriously, most of their items are a pound!), but to no avail. The nail varnishes were runny, the lipsticks disappointing and the two blushes I bought cracked within a few days of ownership. Yet I persevered, and a couple of months ago I hit the jackpot when I stumbled upon the Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

Honestly, it was love at first sight wear. As you can see, this is a baked highlighter with a pretty wave effect on the surface (quite similar in appearance to a certain MAC offering) and it is the most beautiful colour - a light champagne with a hint of silvery pink luminescence running through. It's a somewhat similar shade to Benefit High Beam, though obviously in powder form. I mainly use this on my cheekbones, but if I'm going all out I dust it over my nose, brow bone, cupids bow, chin and temples too. The result? A gorgeous, fresh-faced glow with a subtle sheen thanks to the shimmer effect. It's definitely noticeable on my skin (something that I tend to have trouble with when it comes to powder highlighters, as they have a tendency to blend in with my pale complexion) but it's not too over the top. Wear time is impressive, too - this lasts all day on my skin without budging or fading. 

Downsides? Erm, well... The packaging seems a little bit cheap, but it is cheap so I think I might have to let that one slide. The hinge on my compact has broken and while I can still kiiinda snap it back into place, it keeps falling apart in my makeup drawer - although honestly, even that hasn't put me off. Instead, this highlighter now lives safe and sound on the top of my dressing table! The consistency of the powder is a little more dense than I usually like in a powder highlighter, so it can sometimes feel as though the brush isn't picking up quite enough product, but that's just a tiny niggle. Really, I just adore this stuff. It gives a really beautiful finish and for just £3, it is definitely one of my favourite bargain beauty products of all time. 

(Sold out online at the moment but do keep checking back online/in store. It's worth it, I promise!)


  1. Looks gorgeous ! And the price is definitely right !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  2. I didn't have much luck with MUA either except eyeshadows, this looks promising, need to pick it up :)

  3. hello lovely :) great post! I never got to try MUA :( your blog is absolutely gorgeous :) I'm definetely going to follow you now! please remind me on doing it on GFC it doesn't work right now :( but I'm following you on bloglovin :)))

    Andrea xx

  4. I have this very highlighter, and I really love it! I didn't expect to like it as much as I did but for the price, it's amazing xx

    Gemma ♥ | MissMakeupMagpie

  5. I bought this highlighter the other day!! I've also had the heaven and earth palette for ages although I should buy another one as the lid has been broken on mine for months. It's great to read a review of it :) I've been planning on doing one myself very soon - i'd love you to check it out :)

    Emilia Grace / Beauty Blog

  6. love a bit of shimmer x

  7. Lovely post :)

    Charlotte xx

  8. Definitely need to give this a go after seeing so much about it. Just discovered your blog and I love it, great name ;). X

  9. Oooh been looking for a cheap-ish shimmer. But I hate that frosty look on my skin since it highlights your pores and imperfections! Is this more shimmery or frosty looking would you say?

    1. I find it quite shimmery and subtle on me, but it's very cool toned and I think on anything darker than a medium skin tone it might look a little light/frosty. It's definitely worth a swatch in store though, if you can!

  10. love your blog

  11. I love how you did this review in such a way that I still wanna give this a try. MUA is a must try for me.

  12. this looks so pretty! and at £3 even better!

  13. I've never tried MUA before but I'm quite curious about it, think I might order something soon. And that highlighter looks really pretty and for that price...!
    Just discovered your blog and I love it :)



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