For my birthday, back in June, my sister gifted me the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette, and it was then that I understood what love is. Kind of.
The palette contains a blush, bronzer, and highlighter. All three are in powder form. It is now available in 4 different shade ranges, though the one I have is the original version, Naked.
Urban Decay claims:
Let’s get to the review.
The shades in this palette are very pigmented, especially the blush and the highlighter. A small bit of the highlighter goes a long way, as does the blush. The bronzer appears as though it has been formulated to give more of a bronzed glow rather than a proper contour.
Overall, the shades are warm-toned and work well together to give a glowy, slightly dewy (if you count the highlighter alone) and radiant look to the face.
The shades in this palette would suit all skin-tones IMO, though very fair skinned people should be careful to use it with a light hand. Actually, due to the pigmentation, anyone who uses it should do so with a light hand.
I wore these shades for around 6 hours straight without any touch-ups and when I came home, they hadn’t budged.
The palette itself is beautiful, feels great, and has a mirror which is a big *yay*. It snaps shut with
one of those magnetic thingies a magnetic open/close mechanism. Tré chic.
If you don’t like shimmer in your products you probably won’t like this. There is visible shimmer in the highlighter and also a tiny bit of it in the blush and bronzer. To me, it looks sexy, especially when worn at night, even though I detest visible shimmer in my makeup.
The highlighter has a bit of a pink undertone to it which may make darker-skinned ladies appear ashy. However, on my medium toned skin this doesn’t appear to be the case, if I wear it over translucent loose powder.
Also, at $32, this is an expensive palette.
I apply these over translucent loose powder. I apply the bronzer first with a dense angled brush by Kryolan (1711). Then with the same brush I lightly apply the blush slightly on the apples of my cheeks and I take it out to my temples. I use an MUA kabuki brush (F5) in small round motions to blend these two together and then apply the highlighter to my cheekbones with an Inglot brush (24SS).
Side Note: I think my Kryolan brush is a fake one. *gasp*
Forgive the scratches on my arm in the swatch photo; this is what happens when your pet rabbit is in a mood. Sigh.
Do I recommend this product?
If you’re looking for a good cheek palette which will last you quite a while and one that suits your skin-tone, you should check out the shades available for the Naked Flushed palette. If you think it is too pricey, you can skip this as drugstore brands have begun offering similar palettes at half the price. I love this palette and the glowy, radiant look it offers, though I’m not quite sure I’ll get another when this one finishes.