08 April 2013

Review: Urban Decay Naked Flushed

As I use up the last of my data allowance for my mobile broadband stick to write this review, I'm crossing my fingers and toes that TPG will come today and fix up my internet! I'm so over this whole lack-of-internet situation!

Anyway, I thought I should get off my bottom and put up a review on the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette that I promised to do a few weeks ago.


If you haven't heard about the Naked Flushed palette, it is a 3-in-1 palette that is perfect for travelling.


It has a bronzer (medium bronze satin), a highlighter (soft pink champagne shimmer), and a blush (dusty rose satin with a hint of shimmer).

According to urbandecay.com:
"Use these pressed powders individually or blend them together to create just the right effect—and let this seemingly straight-laced trio morph into a tangled color love-fest. Then bask in the radiant glow and let people wonder what you’ve been up to. Urban Decay’s micronized, jet-milled formula has a luxe, featherlight texture that feels amazing on your skin. And the finish? Flawless. Light-diffusing particles enhance and perfect to give your skin a fresh, glowy look…even when your late-night antics have you feeling anything but. The color is intensely pigmented yet blends beautifully—and the universal shades are versatile enough for any skintone. 

Our micronized, jet-milled formula has a luxe, featherlight texture that feels amazing on your skin. And the finish? Flawless. Light-diffusing particles enhance and perfect to give your skin a fresh, glowy look (even when your late-night antics have you feeling anything but). The color is intensely pigmented yet blends beautifully – and the universal shades are versatile enough for any skin tone.

It all comes in a sleek case with an easy-open magnetic closure and a big mirror. It's compact enough for travel or mid-date touch-ups, but don’t let that fool you. With a much larger fill weight than similar products on the market, this trio gives you a lot of bang for your buck."


My thoughts:
  • Bronzer - I'm actually not impressed with this bronzer because it doesn't show up very well on my NC20-25 skin. It's extremely sheer, and took quite a lot of "swatching" for the heavy swatch in the picture above. I do not have a lot of time in the mornings to brush my bronzer on like 15 times to get it to show. On the other hand, it is buildable, and its extremely hard to go overboard with this bronzer since it's so sheer. 
  • Highlighter - I'm on the fence with this highlighter. It is a tat too shimmery for my liking but it doesn't make me look like a disco ball. Also, a little bit went a long way for me because of its shimmer, which is fantastic. It takes me all of 2 seconds to apply this highlighter down my nose, and top of my cheekbones. 
  • Blush - My favourite part of the palette! I love how naturally rosy it makes my cheeks look. It's also quite pigmented (although not as pigmented as my beloved tarte blushes), and I've found that it lasted all day with a spritz of makeup finishing spray over the top.
I'm wearing all three components of the palette in this picture. I've used the bronzer just under my blush, temples, on either side of my nose, as well as a bit on the jawline. The highlighter was applied on the top bits of my nose, and top of my cheeks. The blush was applied on my cheeks. You may not be able to see the bronzer because it was THAT sheer. The highlighter was fantastic at reflecting the light in the picture, which is what a good highlighter should do, and the blush looks so natural on me.

I am not overly impressed with this palette, as the bronzer is a let down and the highlighter is a tat too shimmery (as mentioned before). I can't imagine this palette suiting someone with a darker skin tone. Although perhaps the bronzer could be used as a face powder? I do however love the blush, but I prefer my Tarte blushes over this. At USD$30, I would not repurchase and I can't say that I would highly recommend this palette to everyone.

31 comments:

  1. it sucks that the bronzer is so sheer! i was hoping this palette would be a good all in one palette, but the bronzer! *sigh*
    the blush looks great on you and maybe the highlighter can be used as an eyeshadow.... :P

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    1. Thank you! Great idea about the highlighter being used as an eyeshadow!

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  2. That's crap the bronzer is sheer! The blush sounds so nice though.

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree! Would be great if they sold the blush separately.

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  3. It's a shame you weren't too impressed with this palette! I do like the colour of the blush though :)

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    1. The blush saved the palette (and my $30 + shipping).

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  4. I haven't heard great things about this palette.... such a shame because Urban Decay's other products are great!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who wasn't all too impressed!

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  5. i've heard good things about the naked flushed. it looks good anyway!

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    1. I haven't read much on the naked flushed because I didn't want those reviews to affect my opinion on it. It does look quite good, if you took the bronzer out of the palette!

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  6. A shame it didn't do a lot for you... I have very pale skin so it would probably be okay for me! (Except maybe the highlighter.. I think no matter your skintone, you'll end up a ball of glitter!)

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    1. HAHAHA Some people like looking like a disco ball... :P

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  7. The blush sounds nice but shame about the bronzer and highlighter!

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    1. The bronzer might work for you though! I think I read somewhere that you're actually lighter than me (NC20-25)?

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  8. love the look of this but sadly i think the bronzer looks too orange for me xx

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    1. I didn't even notice it on my skin for it to be too orange lol

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  9. That's a bummer! Although I'm secretly happy that you've now saved me $30 :P

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    1. Hahahaha! I love reading reviews on crap products for that exact reason lol

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  10. Aww such shame about this palette! I was actually thinking of picking it up, but after reading this and seeing how sheer the bronzer is, I will definitely be staying away. The bronzer would definitely not show up on my tanned skin! The blush is stunning though :) x

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    1. The crap thing about it all is that the bronzer bit is a massive part of the palette compared to the blush and highlighter! You might be able to use it as a face powder though! I'm neither here nor there, as I think it's still a tat too dark as a face powder for my skin tone.

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  11. I love how natural the blush looks on you! It's a shame that the bronzer is sheer though I don't use bronzer.

    dreamdustx | Urban Decay Giveaway

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    1. Thank you! I don't normally use bronzer either, but since I was doing this review, I figured I should at least try it before making judgement lol

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  12. I love the look of this palette but have vowed to use up some of my other blushes and highlighters before I invest in it. So jealous ;)

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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    1. Is it even possible to finish a blush or highlighter? I haven't even hit the pan on a blush... ever!

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  13. Hmm, I'm not sold on this either! I expect more from UD products.

    You look stunning though, your skin is so glowy and flawless!

    xx

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    1. Me too!

      Thanks! I think it's the camera setting I used though... makes everything look pretty lol

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  14. Wow,looks very good and you are so pretty.;-)
    I like your blog. Maybe follow each other on bloglovin???
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

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  15. Ahhhh! I want to try this so badly! It just seems so convenient to me because it's three products in one. Where did you purchase it, if you don't mind me asking?

    Beauty Challenged

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  16. The pigmentation doesn't look that good, but it looks really good on you!!

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  17. Around here Benefit is really expensive, but this is on my wihlist :)

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  18. I have a similar skin to you so that sucks about the bronzer...but gosh, everything else looks lovely! :) I want this too!

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