January 16, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette ($30) is a newly launched bronzer, blush, and highlighter compact for Spring 2013. It’s been such a long time since Urban Decay had a powder blush I was ecstatic about this launch! For me, I’d be fine if they just did a blush and skipped the bronzer and highlighter but hey at 0.49 oz it weights in at quite a nice value and covers all your facial basics.

Take a look!

This lovely little compact is currently my fav product of the moment. I’ve read some negative reviews about it but I have to say I simply adore it.

I wouldn’t say this creates a “Naked” look as the colors inside are quite pigmented. The bronzer is a sheer shade of orange brown which I thought I’d dislike at first. I’m really not one for bronzing powder at all and orange and brown def make me want to avoid. But in conjunction with the blush included in the compact you can get a very nice glow on cheeks. The texture is a little dry and difficult to pick up with a brush so you do need to swirl your blush around a fair bit. This texture isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it allows you to apply a very sheer layer of the product, all you’ll need anyway, onto your cheeks.

The highlighter shade is a pink almost bronze-y champagne. This has a frosty, almost metallic finish. The texture has a velvety feel and it applies fairly easily but you’ll want to use a very light hand as the finish is not only super frosty (which translates to shimmery) but also has a knack for emphasizing imperfections on skin such as pores.

NOW for my favorite product in the compact…the blush! This is a desert rose with a satiny finish. Color pay off was incredible on this shade so use a lighter hand during application. It does seem a little drier but it picks up color fine on my brush and applies smoothly and evenly without any patchy issues. It lends a certain warmth to my skin with a hint of rose, a little pink, and some coral. It’s just a stunning shade that I can’t say I readily have a dupe of.

The shades can be used individually or blended together should you like. I prefer using a touch of the bronzer first followed up with the blush and a TOUCH of the highlighter after. This creates a warm glow on my skin.

Urban Decay does market it to work with all skin tones however, fairer/paler skin especially those with redness in their cheeks might find the desert rose shade of blush a tad difficult to work with. A lighter hand might be your best friend in this case so you aren’t left with a ruddy or clown-cheek finish.

I know there are a few negative reviews around but I actually loved it. I’d prefer just the blush to be honest as I’m the type that probably won’t make much use out of the highlighter and bronzer but hey, together they really do create a warm glow on my skin.

I’m going to Muse Approve it.

Do check it out, don’t write it off, the blush is quite unique!

Available now at Sephora, Ulta, as well as online at UrbanDecay.com

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Steph

    Looks great on you, Muse! I think the bronzer will be too orange on me. Pass.

  • Nina

    This looks great on you. I’m debating between this and Too Faced’s heart shaped blush.. have you tried that one? Which is better?

    • the Muse

      i haven’t tried the too faced heart blusher yet nina, hope to test it next week 🙂

  • Robin

    Hmmm,. May take a peek at it, but Too Faced heart shaped blush is calling my name. Oh ,another book rec: anything by Robin Carr! Fluff but great stories. 20book in the Virgin River series. Start with the State of Grace trilogy. kindle has some of her earlier books on special every now and then.

  • Christal

    This looks nice! I am particularly interested in the blush and highlighter. Great review!

    xx Christal xx

  • Heather N King

    I have this and I LOVE it! Great selection of shades for the bronzer, highlighter and blush. My only complaint? It is a bit powdery.

    • the Muse

      the highlighter was powdery for me but the bronzer/blush wasn’t too bad. I love it too, the blush color is very unique!

  • Ashley

    I thought the same thing about the bronzer! I thought it was too big and wished that the blush was the bigger part instead of the bronzer. I really wanted to get this but since I have no idea how to use bronzer, I guess I should pass. What a shame because the blush and the highlighter make me squee. 🙁

    • the Muse

      i really wish the blush was larger too as I’ll prob not use the h/b as much :-/

  • Lauren

    I really want this palette. I know another well known blogger gave a bad review, but based on her complaints, I suspected that she was overly harsh (it seemed to be maybe a B or B+, but definitely not a C or whatever she gave). The color of the blush looks PERFECT for my skin. I also like to contour, so I would use the bronzer and highlighter. I do wish the blush were the same size as or slightly larger than the bronzer.

    • the Muse

      I read a few negative reviews Lauren from a variety of different bloggers and sites :-/ But I guess it really depends, some folks have an entirely different experience with a product due to their skin type, or what sort of makeup formula they like, etc….:-D I’m sure she wasn’t overly harsh perhaps she just wasn’t loving the texture/formula. for what it’s worth I really liked it ;-D if you contour this is great! you’ll make plenty of use out of the bronzer ;-D

  • yelena

    the blush looks lovely on you! i like these natural looks on you best with nudey pink lips! very pretty!

  • Majick

    I think this looks great bur I’m sticking with my IT cosmetics Vitality Disk. It’s the same concept but the colors in that disk just really work for me.

    Trick to application: Use a fluffy bronzer brush and put the bronze color kind of under your cheekbone, on your temples, a touch on the jawline (think of an E on one side of the face and a 3 on the other).

    THen use a smaller blush brush and put the blush on the apples of your cheeks, blending it lightly up and back,sort of on the cheekbone.

    The highlighter should go on the top of the cheekbone, but don’t take it under your eye. Also put a dash in the middle of your forehead, and a touch down the middle of your nose.

    YOu really shouldn’t be able to see the highlighter – if you look really shiny you have used too much. It really just creates a glow and the bronzer adds definition.

    I hope this helps a few and I think the size of this might be better than the vitality disk. JMHO

  • Hazel

    So Muse, I was wondering: What do you do with all your make-up? :-)) Lol. I feel like I have too much myself and I don’t think I can possibly use it all in this lifetime.
    But I just can’t seem to stop myself from buying more when they get released..

  • Cindy Ramirez

    I have read varying reviews on this product but I’ll have to pass. As pretty as the blush is, anything with shimmer just doesn’t work out for me! Glad you liked the product though. 😀


    Thx for the swatches. Whats the size of the palette and of each individual color? The blush is a lovely color. Pity the bronzer’s taking up for room.

    • the Muse

      I don’t know the size of each shade dear but the total palette is 0.49oz