Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer/Highlighter/Blush – Swatch and Review

Naked Flushed

Naked Flushed

I’ve found my blogging mojo thanks to all you lovely readers! I had been struggling for inspiration and the pressure wasn’t helping, but after so many lovely comments from you all, I am feeling a lot more relaxed and less stressed about the pressure of posting every day. So tonight I am going to focus on this palette I picked up in November from Urban Decay. I have been on the hunt for the ‘perfect ‘ blush for work and you may remember I bought Benefit Fine One One and Benefit Bella Bamba, but neither of those had everything I wanted. After buying the Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palete, this caught my eye and I picked it up hoping it could deliver all I wanted for an every day work blush. I was left feeling a little disappointed and here is why:

What Urban Decay Say

‘ Go ahead, get Naked…and FLUSHED…with our super silky bronzer, highlighter and blush. Use one or mix them all. Then bask in the radiant glow and let people wonder what you’ve been up to.’ – Urban Decay

Back of the Box

Back of the Box

Packaging

This comes in a little card box, so is great for gifting. I quite liked the description on the box, but as you can see the blush, highlighter and bronzer have no names! This disappointed me a little as urban decay are known for their quirky and less than appropriate names. The palette in itself is housed in a sturdy plastic case with a powerful magnetic closure and an excellent large mirror. I prefer this case to the Naked Basics because the writing it not rubbery feeling, so doesn’t attract dirt. The size is not much bigger than the Naked Basics (about the same size as a modern smart phone), making it great for travel. A little brush to apply would have been nice, but I guess this would make it bulkier. I would have preferred if the three shades were in separate pans, as the blush and highlighter are quite difficult to use separate.

Urban Decay Naked Basics and Flushed compared for size

Urban Decay Naked Basics and Flushed compared for size

Texture and Application

All of the shades are very soft and apply easily, gliding onto the skin. I would like to point out that they are quite dry, so be careful not to pick up to much product onto the brush. The blush blends out fairly well, as does the bronzer, but the highlighter is pretty difficult to blend. I was not impressed with it. The glitter seemed to get everywhere and my face ended up looking a mess.

Wear Time

The blush wore on my skin for a good 6-8 hours without budging, which I was pretty pleased with. I don’t know what happened, but the bronzer disappeared after 4-5 hours and the highlighter just did not budge, exceeding 10 hours wear. Overall, not the longest wearing products ever, but I’ve definitely used worse.

In the Pan

In the Pan

Colour Payoff and Swatches

These are all pretty pigmented as you would expect from Urban Decay, so a light hand is needed when applying.

Blush

Blush

The blush is a murky rose colour, with a satin like finish. I can’t quite work out if the shimmer is in the blush, or comes as a consequence of sharing the pan with the highlighter. I think it is the former and the blush actually has a slight shimmer, which was not what I wanted. The palette is aimed at all skin tones, but this didn’t really suit my medium skin, it made me look like I had just run ten miles. Not cool.

Highlighter

Highlighter

This is a pretty standard champagne highlighter, but it is packed with shimmer. The shimmer is over powering and just gets everywhere. The finish is very frosty and the shimmer sinks into any lines or pores, making them look bad. This is why I dislike this palette so much.

Bronzer

Bronzer

The bronzer is quite dark and again a bit murky, but very wearable and need I say it, maybe good for contouring? It looks fairly orange in the pan, but once blended out creates a healthy glow. I actually quite liked this. Be warned though, you only need a little unless you favour the ‘I’m an Oompa Loompa’ look.

Artificial Light

Artificial Light

Natural Light

Natural Light

Blended

Blended

Price and Where to Buy

I got mine from Debenhams for £20 for the 14g palette.

Final Thoughts

I am not really too impressed with this and think it was a waste of £20. I wish I had put that £20 towards another Benefit blush or a few of Sleeks offerings, or maybe, just maybe a blush from Nars. Although this is probably a nice palette, I don’t think it worked with my skin type or tone and as I mentioned in previous posts, I wanted something with no shimmer. If you like shimmery and pigmented products, this is worth a try, but for the purpose I bought it for it just wasn’t right.

Can you recommend a shimmer free blush for me with good staying power? I am thinking about getting some of Sleek’s offerings: has anyone tried these?

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24 thoughts on “Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer/Highlighter/Blush – Swatch and Review

  1. I’ve only tried the rose gold blush from sleek, which is great but does have shimmer. I love Boots’ Natural Collection blush in peach Melba. It’s a matte bronzer and a gorgeous colour. They do do other colours, but I’m unsure if they are all matte. They are also only £1.99 and are amazingly pigmented! Xx

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    • Oh really? For 1.99 its worth a try then. Have you tried anything from mua, I’ve heard they do great blush for 1! I really need something with no shimmer as in my line of work I want to look as natural as possible. X

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      • Oh yes, forgot about MUA. Yes I have three blushes from there and they are great, really good pigmentation – it’s easy to go over board! Haha xx

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  2. I only like matte blushes and 3 sleek ones. The ones I have are “suede” – a rosey brown (really natural), “lifes a peach” – a straight up peachy blush , and the last one I have is “flamingo” which is a warm pink I’ve only worn it once and it’s quite easy to look clownish with it so a little goes a long way. They can look scary in the oan but that’s because they’re really pigmented, really easy to blend and really easy to build as well.

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  3. Have you tried cream blushes? Those are the prettiest and last for a good long time. I love Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rogues. You would probably look good in Raspberry; it’s a scary deep red in the pot but blends out beautifully and is easily layered on.

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    • Thanks for the suggestion. I have tried a cream blush in the past but didn’t really like it because it didn’t seem to last too long on me. I think it might have been the oil in my skin or something.

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  4. Aw that’s a shame. I know L’oreal & Sleek have great blushers! I use MUA or an NYC Mineral blush, which is incredible! By the way, I tagged you in the blogger made me buy it tag! I can’t wait to see you do it 🙂 xx

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  5. Great review! I agree with you! I hardly ever grab for mine. I love my Benefit blush, best blush I own! It was expensive, but I love it! I’ve never tried any Nars blushes. I do love my The Balm highlighter and I hardly use bronzer, so it sucks that the bronzer is the biggest part of that palette.

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    • Yeah I want another benefit blush minus the shimmer. I am going to stick to drug store for now though as that’s three high end blush in as many months. For me this palette was so disappointing, I honestly can’t see me ever reaching for it. The balm is a brand I really want to try, but it’s only online here, so I can’t really justify the postage

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  6. I really enjoyed this post! Disappointed to hear that the highlighter is so glittery and the staying power is so varied though. If they all stayed for the same amount of time it would make much more sense! Still, the blush and bronzer look very nice. Someone above suggested cream blushers if you like a matte blush and I agree, that might work well. Bourjois do some nice ones at good prices xx

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    • I just don’t find creamy works well on my skin at all, they don’t seem to stay. Maybe I need to try a different brand. Yeah it’s a very disappointing little palette, I wish I had read reviews before as its got quite a few negative ones. Xx

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      • Oh that’s a shame. In that case definitely sleek for the blushes 🙂 sad that you’re disappointed with your purchase, but maybe now your review can protect somebody else from the same fate. Which is always nice xx

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