MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter: A MAC alternative?

Following on from my previous lip contouring post, I thought I’d tell you about one of my favourite highlighters.

No, I’m not talking neon coloured pens and plenty of ‘i’m revising, not procrastinating honest!’. I’m talking shimmery pearlescent powders or creams which catch the light and bring a touch of radiance to the skin.

I’ve used liquid highlighters before like Benefit Highbeam and YSL Touche Eclat but I prefer a powder like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish as I have combination/oily skin and a tendency to freak out over anything that will potentially block my skin.

The MAC Mineralize Skinfinish retails at £22 though – which may be outside some budgets I know – so FEAR NOT. 

Here’s a fabulous alternative which (in my opinion) works just as well.

mua makeup highlighter beauty blog review

This fabulous Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter from MakeUp Academy (MUA) was given me to the equally fabulous Miff from Blot & Reapply as part of a blog swap. Please do check out her blog!

I’d always wanted to try it. A lot of bloggers have been raving about it and it’s only £3!

 But does it work as well as the more expensive highlighters our there?

mua highlighter beauty blog review

Let’s take a closer look.

Doesn’t it look gorgeous? Like a palette of whipped cream.

It’s a really lightweight baked powder, pale rose gold in colour but it comes out as a light pearl on the skin.

More importantly, I can’t believe it’s only £3.

What a bargain!

How to apply?

mua undress your skin highlighter demonstrationYou can apply it all over the skin with a big fluffy brush for a soft-focus glow.

However, I like to concentrate it with a smaller brush and dust it over cheekbones and under the brow arch.

For serious contour fans, run a light strip down the centre of the nose to slim the face.

The overall impact is a lovely light-reflecting effect which can be achieved in just one sweep of the brush. Wide awake perkiness in a matter of seconds and … only a matter of pounds!

make up highlighter beauty blog review

So what do you think? Do dupe products work as well as the higher priced ones? 

What are your favourite highlighters? Do you prefer powder or liquid?


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Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. Helen Gray
    August 7, 2013 / 9:55 am

    Want. Need. End of xx

    • Zoe Dubs
      August 7, 2013 / 10:23 am

      hahah – that's all i really needed to write in my review wasnt it? Anything other than that is just a waste of words! x

  2. LaaLaa Monroe
    August 7, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    *writes on wishist*I love how subtle the glow is and how it doesn't make you look like a disco ball, gorge xo

  3. Zoe Dubs
    August 7, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    Thanks LaaLaa! I agree, its glowy without being too sparkly x

  4. natalie edwards
    August 11, 2013 / 9:53 pm

    i have this too! i absolutely love this stuff <

  5. Vickie Stone
    August 18, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    Been in love with this stuff for so long now but can never get my hands on the review. :)

    • Zoe Dubs
      August 31, 2013 / 5:32 pm

      I could never find it – but Miff brought the goods! Def do a blogswap, i recommend 🙂 x