If there is one piece of makeup that I love more than anything, it’s a good highlight. Having your cheek bones glowing for the gods is the perfect finishing touch to almost any makeup look.
Previously, when I started out my makeup journey, I was set on going down the natural ‘no makeup’ makeup look. I just wanted to perfect my existing features, but I didn’t want it to look like I had anything on. But before I knew it, I was wanting to explore bolder, brighter colours; and have a look that says BAM! I’m here.
It won’t take you long to realise, but I am a huge fan of anything Urban Decay (especially as it’s been the main brand that’s been helping me discover my new glam self). I wasn’t familiar with the work of the vlogger Kristen Leanne, but give me some credit; I’ve only been in this crazy world of beauty gurus for the last 7 months. I’m still trying to get through everyone! However, when I saw her collaboration with Urban Decay unveiled, I was like YES. I need this in my life. My aim is too try out all of the collaboration, but my local Urban decay counter only had the Highlighter palette, one of the eyeshadow palettes and some of the lipsticks. But so far, the highlighter palette has been one of the best things I’ve added to my collection…
A Beautiful Daydream
The packaging for the collection is simply stunning. The Beauty Beam Powder Highlight Palette is packaged in a neon pink plastic case. It’s simple, but effective. I’m a sucker for packaging that feels luxurious or exciting; and I do firmly believe it adds to the overall experience of the product. When you remove the palette, it features a strobed effect, creating the visual effect of bright lights, neon and all things glowing.
There are three shades inside the palette; a soft warm rose gold, a white gold pearl and a warmer golden pearl. The range of shades is designed to work with almost all skin tones, and the three shades can be layered up, if you wish, to create a truly custom glow. Across the three shades, there is a grand total of just under 11g of product, and it retails for £22. I managed to pick my palette up with 15% off during a beauty event in Debenhams.
The formula of most Urban Decay highlights are very creamy. I’ve tried the After Glow palette, and thoroughly enjoyed the rich pigments, and the interesting shades. But none of those have offered me the glow that has left me truly going ‘WOW’. That all changed when I swatched the Beauty Beam palette for the first time. The middle ‘White Gold Pearl’ shade had me clutching my pearls (well, if I wore pearls, they would be thoroughly clutched). It was bright, smooth and blended into the skin beautifully.
I often steered clear of shades that were more on the frosty/white side, just because sometimes, on my skin, they can often look a little patchy or chalky. But that was not the case here. The highlight buffed into the skin like a dream, and gave a beautiful ‘lit from within’ kind of glow. For a slightly warmer look, you can mix the two golden pearl shades together for an even brighter glow, but with a bit more depth. The warm rose gold is really nice for buffing lightly into my bronzer, especially if you want that all over glow.
Limited Edition? Boo…
Sadly, this highlight palette is limited edition, so it’s not going to be around forever. Thankfully, it still appears to be in stores and available online, so if you want a brilliantly blinding highlight, grab it now, while you can! For the past few weeks, I have not reached for any other highlight; I’m almost tempted to go and get myself another one… I know I will regret it if I don’t!
So what do I think of this palette? I love it. I am obsessed with it. I think it’s a nice, versatile palette with a trio of shades that I truly believe will complement almost any skin tone. I tend to steer clear of the darker shades on their own, because on my skin, they do give a slight golden cast which just looks, odd. But if I lightly blend all three together, I do get a fully blinding highlight that’s certain to capture attention. The formula is beautiful, and blends into the skin with out looking ashy, or really over-emphasising any texture (it’s not perfect, but I have yet to find any highlighter that doesn’t at least show up your natural skin texture).
Where to Buy
You can pick up the Kristen Leanne X Urban Decay Beauty Beam Palette in stores or online now!