Urban Decay's new Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tints are lightweight, non-greasy tints designed to provide a flush of colour which can be built up from sheer to striking. Encased in a pretty purple compact with silver snake design, they're available in seven shades - this is Fetish, described as rose pink.
In the compact, you get a dinky mirror (always useful) and a pan of meltingly slippy tint. The texture of these really does glide onto the skin - rubbing a fingertip across the pan warms the solid product, transferring easily to the fingertips and then onto the skin. It feels more like a high end lip balm than it does a cream blush - once warm, the product is extremely emollient. With this kind of texture, you might imagine that it would leave the skin feeling a little tacky or greasy. Not so - the product melts into the skin, leaving a sheer flush of colour with a gentle sheen, and no obvious residue.
Swatched directly from pan to fingertip to hand, the colour is a pretty, rosy pink with a slight golden shimmer. A single layer, blended out, is very subtle indeed.
Perfect for a light, natural look. The cheek tint layers well, too, so if this kind of light flush is too subtle for you, it can be built up to a more intense look.
For me, I'd probably prefer these to be a bit more pigmented, as I like my blush to be quite noticeable - but on days when I'm going subtle and pretty, this works a treat. The sheerness makes it easy to regulate the colour on pale skin, and if you find yourself overapplying blush, these tints will certainly help you to keep it natural.
Available from BeautyBay.com amongst other sites, each Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tint costs £18 - not cheap, but for such an easy to use and versatile product, a price I'd be happy to pay again. What do you think? Tempting? Do you like your blush light or strong? Let us know in the comments!
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