In a pan.
But without the sweat and potentially awkward conversation.
And/or nakedness. 🙂
Yes! — Urban Decay’s new line of powder blush singles joins the permanent line on April 15 with the rest of the Urban Decay Summer 2015 Collection. The brand does already have a line of blush trios (which are called Naked Flushed), but these represent their first foray into The Land of Blush Singles in a while.
They’re $26 each and available in 12 shades, with the idea being that you put one of them on, and boom! — you look like you’ve been boomchickawawa-ing all day long, which would certainly burn a lot of calories, but I digress…
There are some neutrals here, as well as some crazy colors, but I think they’ll all be fairly wearable by beginners and full-on makeup divas with a capital “D.” And even the brighter colors, like bright purple Bittersweet and reddish orange Bang, are easy to blend out on my cheeks.
Unfortunately, there is a catch… They kick up a lot of powder, because the formula is super soft and airy, and very light. When I run a brush across one of the pan, the brush picks up and scoots around a lot of powder — more than when I use denser blushes by MAC or NARS.
So, on the one hand, you might make a little mess with these while you’re applying ’em, but on the other hand, they’re easy to blend. There are some things you can do to minimize the messiness factor, too, like, after swirling my brush in the pan, I’ll tap, tap, tap it firmly against the edge of the compact to unload every ounce of excess, and if that still isn’t enough, I’ll lightly blow on the brush head before bringing it to my cheeks.
Urban Decay Summer 2015 Collection Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush: Product pictures
I’m also glad these are called 8-Hour Blushes and not something ridiculous, like 16- or 17.5-Hour blushes, because seriously, who’s gonna be wearing blush for 16 hours?? I don’t want to be wearing blush that long under any circumstances…unless something truly epic is happening, like I run into Ryan Gosling on a train in Vienna and we hang out for 17 hours.
But these are called 8-Hour Blushes, and they do last that long.
Urban Decay Summer 2015 Collection Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush: Swatches (for reference, I’m an NC 42 in MAC)
My favorites are soft matte nude Video, which Urban Decay refers to as universally flattering, although I haven’t had anyone else to test it on yet… El Hub wouldn’t let me test it on his cheeks. 🙂 But yeah, I think Video is super pretty and very natural-looking. I bet it’ll go well with a lot of different lip colors, both nudes and brights.
I also love matte pinkish nude Fetish, which is sort of a pinker version of Video. Same easygoing nature, where it goes well with basically any lip color.
I thought I was going to fall for Score, the medium pinkish peach with subtle golden shimmer, which on paper sounds like a total Karen blush, but I don’t think it looks right on me… It might be a tad too light for this tan gal.
While easy to blend, these new blushes are also a bit messy, but on the flip side, you get wonderfully wearable, beautiful colors that look natural and last a realistically long time.
AVAILABILITY: Coming to Urban Decay counters and online April 15
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,