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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet

In a bid to step out of my comfort zone I purchased a purple blush, yes really. The Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes are fairly newly launched and as most can't get enough of the well pigmented formula I thought I'd treat myself to one, and in the boldest shade at that. Let me share my thoughts and experiences with Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet

What I love about Urban Decay is that their packaging style is unlike others; as a brand they don't tend to cutesy, rather they have a toughed, almost industrial feel when it comes to packaging. The new-ish Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes are no different, they come presented within compact, plastic, chrome effect casing that is both unusual and robust. The dinky size is ideal for travel and yet it is not so small that you feel like you have been short changed. As you can see there is no mirror inside the compact, rather it features a cut out Urban Decay logo with a fishnet design - this is to allow to see what shade is inside at a glance. The fishnet grating inside is also ideal for running your brush over to ensure there isn't too much product on it - clever huh?

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet

The Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes come in 12 shades - from bright pops of colour, to muted pinks and bronzes. I kid you not when I say there truly is something for every taste and complexion - I wouldn't expect anything less from Urban Decay, would you? As mentioned, I purchased the shade Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet, a non too typical shade and one I think will be neigh impossible to dupe. In the pan Urban Decay Bittersweet is a bright shocking purple, it has a strong pink undertone and yet once swatched and applied it takes on a different appearance again. On the skin and depending on the light source and level of product applied, I find Bittersweet to appear either as a milky lilac or a mauve tinged purple. It is confusing but equally flattering and is not at all as tricky to apply as I had imagined - I worried that overkill may result in a bruised effect which isn't the case. As a bonus this shade can also double up as an eyeshadow.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet

If you have experienced an Urban Decay eyeshadow in the past, you will know that the brand do one thing very, very well and that is pigmentation and let's just say that the blushes don't disappoint. A soft, almost satin like texture that is beyond colour saturated (approach with a light hand) and easy to pick up, apply and blend, all with next to no fall out. The texture is light, not prone to settling into enlarged pores nor fine lines and wears well with or without a primer - I typically achieve 8 hours of true wear per application on my oily complexion. There is no over sell, the Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes deliver all they promise - nothing more, nothing less and I fully recommend trying out at least one shade, I know I will be collecting a few more.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet £19 via House of Fraser - link.
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23 comments:

  1. I honestly don't now how I used to live without my Naked palette from UD as I use it every single day, so definitely know what you mean in terms of their amazing pigmentation! I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to purchase such a bright blush but this does look like a great option for the winter months. Think I might be swatching a subtler colour of this blush though as the formula sounds great :) x
    Charlotte's Road // Beauty, Fashion + Lifestyle

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  2. This blush looks like such a fun colour. Love the packaging design details too.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  3. I'd love to try it but I don't think I'd be brave enough to try that shade! x
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  4. I'm in love with UD at the moment and am also super tempted to grab one of these blushes. This purple shade would look stunning on darker skin tones. I think I'd go for Fetish. x

    Renata | Diorshow Mascara Giveaway

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  5. I need this shade! It looks so pretty x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  6. This blush looks so perfect for the fall! I've tried brands that has blushes that were not pigmented and were patchy. But looking at the swatches it looks pigmented and you even said that all urban decay products were. I'm excited to try their blushes.
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  7. This colour is stunning! It looks amazing, and UD products are great most of the time. However I have to say that when I saw your swatches, I couldn't see myself wearing such a vibrant purple on my cheeks! It is so pigmented, I thought it would fade into a lighter colour - but that must be a nice one to try anyways!

    Julia xx
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  8. The colour is so pretty! Urban Decay's products always have such great pigment. I'm not sure if I could be brave enough for purple blush, but it looks great!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  9. Oh my gosh this blush is stunning. I love how you did the different swatches! Great review! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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  10. Beautiful swatches!

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  11. A very interesting colour, I can see it working with autumnal shades for a bit of pop - definitely one for Halloween too!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  12. This is such an unique color. I don't think I could ever pull it off, but its so pretty!

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  13. I love the formula of these blushes! And the shade you have is beautiful!

    Brunette-ish

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  14. What a beautiful color!
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  15. Gorgeous shade! I really want to try the blush in Fetish, a much more wearable color that I think would be great for everyday. I'm glad they're long wearing -- I have super oily skin as well, and blush (along with other products, haha) tend to disappear very quickly!

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  16. Oh wow, not sure if I could ever have the confidence to rock a blush color like this but it looks so awesome!

    xoxo
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  17. Such a pretty shade but maybe too much for a blush! lol I'll use t as an eyeshadow.

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  18. I love this colour, but I don't think I could pull it off as a blush, particularly as I'm so pale!

    Lucy x
    http://shebearacharmedlife.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. hmm, that colour is very different - but so beautiful blended out!

    Rachel Marie
    Glamourae

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  20. ooh this looks a little scary in pan but i think it would be so gorgeous on the cheeks!! sometimes it pays to be a little adventurous (:

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

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  21. This looks AMAZING. I think it would go perfectly with my dark skin tone, this is def going on my list!!

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  22. I just bought Fetish and I did look at this one and did think about purchasing this as it would be a great shade for Autumn.

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