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Pure Nude Highlighter by essence

Pure Nude Highlighter

blends well(62)
pigmentation: pigmented

Top Reviews



its vegan friendly, cruelty free, lightweight and soft

- Ulta User

the pigmentation is pretty light on my skin and doesn't show as a "blinding" highlight, but it brings on a natural and beautiful glow to my face that i have never seen before

- Ulta User


blends well

im impressed by the blendability, and wear

- Ulta User

i loved how smooth the product was, so easy to blend and adds such a natural glow to the face

- Ulta User


does not have fallout

this highlighter is much more powdery and dusty than the original, the original has barely any kickup and this is very powdery, and it translates more powdery than the original on the skin (but it still looks natural) so i would suggest using a setting spray or applying with a damp beautyblender

- Essencemakeup User

it doesn't feel powdery and doesn't have glitter

- Ulta User



this highlight makes my skin look so healthy and smooth

- Ulta User

this one is very smooth and makes my skin look smooth

- Ulta User

staying power


absolutely beautiful, never looks chunky or glittery and lasts all day

- Ulta User

stays on for a while and is a good value

- Ulta User



the texture is soft and buttery and is not chunky

- Essencemakeup User

the texture is very smooth and buttery and it's definitely build-able

- Ulta User



i swatched this product and wasn't impressed, but when i actually put it on i was so shocked on how well it went on and how pigmented it was on the cheek bone

- Ulta User

it's soft and so smooth as well as highly pigmented

- Ulta User
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ulta.com userOctober 10, 2018

Truly Orange

I originally purchased this particular highlighter because A.) it is a truly affordable price B.) I heard really great things about it. The highlighter is beautiful, buildable, and buttery. It comes in a pretty decent size pan for the price. The reason why I gave it two stars is because what is actually available in store is not the same as pictured on Ulta's website. I was really hoping this would be a true natural, glowy highlight that would be undetectable on my skin, like it appears in the picture used. I am fair/light so I don't like wearing a highlight that has color especially when wearing blush and contour; it just looks overdone in my opinion. The highlight is actually a peachy/orange color that does not disappear after blending. I don't have dry skin so I can't comment on whether or not it would accentuate dry patches. If you are somebody who does not mind a highlight with color then this is definitely for you. Less

- ulta.com
mira userAugust 23, 2019

I love this highlighter. The price is unbeatable! It goes on beautifully and leaves a nice glow on the cheeks. It isn’t chunky or glittery! If you want a more natural glow this is awesome

- mira
ulta userOctober 10, 2018

Best highlighter ever!

I saw rave reviews on YouTube for this product and just had to try it. It's very pigmented but can be blended out for a more subtle glow. I love that there is no glitter so it is not chunky at all. The size is very generous and will probably last forever. Highly recommended over any other drugstore or high end highlighter that I've tried!

- ulta
essencemakeup.ca userJuly 19, 2018


This highlighter is so beautiful! At first I thought it would be way too light for my skin tone, but it isn't, because the base is a very translucent white, not opaque white, so it doesn't really look like anything at all until you turn your head and you get a beautiful warm purple/pink glow! However, the slight white base does make my skin look grey or ashy if i build up the highlighter too much.The formula is slightly different from the original. This highlighter is MUCH more powdery and dusty than the original, the original has barely any kickup and this is very powdery, and it translates more powdery than the original on the skin (but it still looks natural) so I would suggest using a setting spray or applying with a damp beautyblender. This formula has even less shimmer than the original, so it doesn't enhance any texture and is basically just solid sheen.The color is very unique, it leans more purple, but its not quite purple. I would describe this as a warm purple borderline pink rather than a blue toned purple. This makes it quite wearable since it's less stark on the skin and compliments warm skintones nicely. BUY THIS HIGHLIGHT|||insta-worthy|||travel-ready|||easy to use|||must-have « less

- essencemakeup.ca
ulta.com userAugust 5, 2017

Absolutely beautiful

I love love love this highlight. It has such a smooth and buttery texture and such a delicious glow. There's no glitter at all, and even in the bright sun it just looks glowy and soft. Super easy to use and blend, and such a pretty golden shade. Looks fantastic with no other face makeup at all, if you just want to put on something to make your skin look fresh. Don't think I'll ever be without this.

- ulta.com


Overall safe Ingredients

Magnesium stearateacne
Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oilacneirritant
Hexylene Glycolacneirritant
Isopropyl Isostearateacne
Benzyl Alcoholhazard

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This highlighter is bomb!! The consistency is so easy to work with. Looks awesome and natural. But you can build it up.
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Love this for an everyday highlight
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Such a natural looking highlight but if you wanted to build it up you could !
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Looking for a highlighter that is relatively cheap and NOT blinding, any recommendations?
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This highlight is my go to!! Not blinding at all unless you won’t to build it up. It’s very easy to built and looks so natural on the skin. You can use it on your no makeup makeup days or even all glammed up. Overall great product
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Does anyone know any good highlighter for fair skin? I’m struggling to find one that’s not ridiculously overpriced :(
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Literally my favorite!!
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