Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

Naked Flushed is the latest addition to Urban Decay's very successful Naked line.  Unlike the two iconic eyeshadow palettes, this one is for cheeks.

The solid, beige, mirrored compact contains a satin finish bronzer, a shimmering highlighter, and a pink blush.  The idea is that you use the bronzer to sculpt the cheekbones, the blush to add a pop of colour blended from the apples of the cheek upwards, and the highlighter on top of the cheekbones.  Or, you could use the products separately if you don't fancy going for the whole three-product cheek look.

The powders are all very, very soft.  As you can see, the highlighter has been damaged in transit.  The first palette I received had completely smashed in the post.  Smashed makeup makes me cry.  So if you're planning on picking this up, transport it oh-so-gently back home.  And it's probably not the best thing to carry around in an overcrowded handbag either.

Swatches.  The bronzer leans a little bit orange, so be careful not to overapply.  These swatches are actually quite heavy - the blush and bronzer are both semi-sheer, so they can be built up slowly.  Not so the highlighter - it's got far more pigment to it.

Finally, a squinty-faced application photo.  My cheeks look beautifully defined.  I really like this palette paired with a subtle eye and neutral lip - it makes for a polished, sculpted look which is very ladylike and not at all over the top.  Of course, you can choose to play up whatever product most tickles your fancy and go heavier, but I kinda think that the sculpted look is the best use of the palette.

At £20, it's not the cheapest palette in the world, but given that it contains three products you'd end up paying close to £20 a piece for, I think it's pretty decent value, particularly given the Urban Decay quality.  Find it at BeautyBay now.

Disclosure: PR sample

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  1. This looks so lovely! I adore the sleek.contour pallette but its handy to have the blush in there too.

    1. It's pretty good for travel thanks to the three in one effect! I haven't tried the Sleek Contour palette but will have to check it out!


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