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
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.
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.
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.
Colour Payoff and Swatches
These are all pretty pigmented as you would expect from Urban Decay, so a light hand is needed when applying.
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.
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.
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.
Price and Where to Buy
I got mine from Debenhams for £20 for the 14g palette.
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?