Is Urban Decay’s New Naked Flushed Palette Poised to Take the Throne?

Published in: Face, Makeup, Product Reviews, Urban Decay

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Wearing the bronzer, blush and highlighter from the new Urban Decay Naked Flushed Face palette ($30)

Absolutely not! The new Urban Decay Naked Flushed face palette ($30) has nothing to do with the loo…or with sitting naked on the toilet and flushing, although dirtier minds than mine would probably put those things together. :)

Now that I think about it, in Naked Flushed, Urban Decay might have been trying to evoke that whole afterglow effect…ya know, where you’re… Nevermind.

Gees, I hope my mom isn’t reading this.

Just released, the new Naked Flushed face palette combines three products — a sheer, matte golden brown bronzer; a dark reddish pink blush with a matte finish (so super, SUPER dark that it takes some buffing to appear natural); and a shimmery, peachy beige highlighter (this one’s a tad grainy).

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urban decay naked flushed swatches

Swatches from the left on my NC42 skin: bronzer, highlighter and blush



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urban decay naked flushed packaging

I like this palette, but I keep wanting the pieces to be more consistent. I like two of them well enough, but the third…Kanye shrug.

I feel like the bronzer has good game; it’s super sheer, so sheer that I really have to layer and layer, but I do like the silky texture. I think the blush is also pretty good, but because of how dark it is, it’s gonna be tricky for a lot of people to wear. It’s tricky for me, and I can usually pull off dark blushes.

And the highlighter gets the job done, but I can see the grains.

Overall, I don’t think it’s a bad palette at all. I do get that flushed, “afterglow” effect when I wear all three of the products together on my skin, and that’s pretty cool. :)

PRICE: $30
AVAILABILITY: Coming to Urban Decay counters, Sephora, Macy’s and Ulta stores this spring, but it’s available now online at urbandecay.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Teri says:

    I was a bit worried about the bronzer shade being too orange but it actually looks very good on your skintone. Too bad about the highlighter being a bit grainy, it does look very pigmented tho! I really love the intense blush colour too! Wished UD would come out with more powder blushers :).
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  2. I love the blush shade, but the bronzer & highlighter don’t really look that good to me. Thanks for the review!
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  3. Monica P says:

    I like the concept very much! But did notice that the blush is pretty dark. I suppose with a light hand you could sweep this on with a brush and look perfectly fine :-)

    Monica.
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  4. Chelsea says:

    Definitely not for me, but it looks good on you!

  5. Kim says:

    Wow – that blush *is* bold in your swatch. It looks great on your face, though. Nice work with the blending. :)

  6. sillylilacs says:

    UD is genius to continue with the Naked series. Especially with the new natural beauty craze.

    And of course Tabs…<3 That picture made me smile :D
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  7. I love the look of that blush — but the bronzer and highlighter, not so much. I can deal with super-pigmented blushes (by which I mean I adore them; sheering things out takes a bit of effort, but I find the wear & amount of product used more than makes up for it), but gritty highlighters are one thing I absolutely cannot stand.

    Thanks for the review, Karen! :) I think I’m good to skip this one.
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  8. hahaha Kanye shrug, sounds about right. I like my highlighters super finely milled, so the grainy thing is a dealbreaker….but this does look great on you! I suspect that has much to do with your blending skillz though :)

  9. Lorraine V says:

    I would rather have the Nars blush kit. I only ever used one blush that was that dark and heavy- CK One. too much work for pale faces like me. what is the rest of the makeup in your look? LOVE this FOTD. so pretty and fresh to beckon spring!

  10. Oooh yeah…not sure this palette will work for me. I like the colors a lot but I am notoriously bad at working with very pigmented blushes, so I think I would have trouble using this one. :/
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  11. Phyrra says:

    I’m not a fan of how the highlighter shade works on me, but the other two are nice. They look good on you!
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  12. Sarah says:

    The blush looks like a really nice shade, so does the highlighter.

    Sarah

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  13. Sandra says:

    Meh, I will most likely pass on this one. Perhaps they will do another updated version of this one that will be more user friendly. If it doesn’t knock my socks off, then I shall not purchase (it’s my motto for 2013!).
    Thank you for the review.
    ~Sandra

  14. I have been debating as to whether I should get this product, as it is quite expensive, thanks for the review!

  15. your makeup karen! i wish i was dat perfect

  16. Thanks for the review!! I’m thinking of getting it!!

  17. cozette says:

    I just got this from sephora yesterday but also purchased Nars casino & sin duo, so that’s what I used today. The bronzer is too light! :( not good for contouring .. :( I have a pretty fair skin tone, but having rosacea sucks by the way. Since my cheeks redness is so briny and gross, I tend to cover it up then put a blush on lol. I’m only 15 and it sucks to have rosacea so young! :(

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