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Round-up: Urban Decay Afterglow Blushes Overview & Thoughts

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a new (well, sort of a re-release, but not quite) and permanent formula that features twelve shades that range from peach to purple to plum. The majority of the range have a satin-matte finish–not really shimmery, but they’re not fully matte, and instead, they have a light luminosity to them–and a few shades had more noticeable shimmer when swatched. However, these shimmery shades were less impressive (with the exception of Rapture) as often the shimmer didn’t bind with the powder so you didn’t see the effect of the shimmer on the skin. The pigmentation is typically semi-sheer to semi-opaque, with some of the richer shades being semi-opaque to fully opaque, which is about what you’d expect, given they’re supposed to have “buildable color.” The powder is thinner with a very silky, smooth consistency that can sometimes kick up some excess powder in the pan, but they look and perform better buffed and blended into the skin. Most of the shades wore for the eight hours as promised. I would love to see more cool-toned neutral shades in the range, and I think the shimmer-based formula could use some improvement.

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Round-up: Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss Overview & Thoughts

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new, permanent formula just in time for summer. The range includes fourteen shades to choose from with the majority leaning brighter and bolder. The formula is supposed to give “high coverage” in “one coat” with a “creamy” texture that is also hydrating. Some shades are less opaque (nowhere near one coat pigmentation!) and a few could have applied more evenly. The glosses feel creamy, almost gel-like, as they’re so smooth, initially, but all of them developed tackiness over time, which helped them to wear longer than the average gloss with a range of four to six hours of wear. The formula was hydrating for me, and it is comfortable to wear as long as tackiness isn’t a deal-breaker for you. I didn’t notice any taste, and there is a very subtle sweet, vanilla scent that I can only detect when I open the tube and have my nose right at the opening.

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Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “light peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium, peach-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is pinker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is more shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is similar. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is similar. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is darker. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is pinker. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay’s describes their powder blush formula as having “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture that will wear for “eight long hours.” This shade had semi-sheer to opaque color coverage possible, depending on how many layers you applied or whether you used a more densely-packed brush. It was easily built-up or diffused if you felt like you over-applied. The texture had a silky, smooth feeling to it that kicked up a little bit of excess powder in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin. As you buff and blend the color, the satiny finish comes through–just enough sheen to give it a natural, skin-like finish that doesn’t get too matte but is never shimmery. As it is a very light color, it will tend to be a better pick for lighter complexions, as even though it buildable to fuller coverage, it may not give a lot of visible color to darker complexions–it is subtle on me (light-medium). It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush Indecent
Indecent
Indecent
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink nude.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is lighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is brighter. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture and “eight long hours” of wear. The texture is, indeed, finely-milled with a very silky, smooth consistency that can get a little powdery. This particular shade seemed thinner and dustier, where it was prone to sheering out and didn’t stick to the skin as well as the other shades I’ve tried in the range. The coverage was sheer to semi-opaque, but it’ll take a few layers for medium or darker skin tones to see visible color on their skin tone. Luckily, despite the powderiness, it doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and as it is blended on the skin, it takes on that satin-matte finish that’s natural without flattening the skin. On me, it stayed on well for seven and a half hours before it faded noticeably.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush Fetish
Fetish
Fetish
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Urban Decay 69, Assassin, Brickhouse Revolution High-Color Lipglosses

Urban Decay 69 Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
Urban Decay 69 Revolution High-Color Lipgloss

Urban Decay 69 Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. The consistency was light-medium in weight with a smooth, almost gel-like feel that spread easily across the lips. It developed tackiness as it wore on, and it was moderately tacky by the end of wear. The color had semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly overall, and it lasted for five and a half hours with some hydration. Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Victoriana (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Assassin Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink with glitter.” It’s a brightened, pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and pink and gold shimmer. It had somewhat opaque coverage, where there was noticeable color, but a lot of the lip color still came through. It wasn’t as pigmented as expected, and the opacity didn’t seem to be offset by an increase in shimmer (which can sometimes create the illusion of coverage). It sank into lip lines just slightly after a few hours of wear, but the texture is forgiving enough where you can smooth out the color by pressing your lips together. On me, it wore well for five hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn. Bite Beauty Seven (Watercolor) (LE) is lighter, no shimmer. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Kinky (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. Sephora Collection Red Glow (P, $13.00) is less glossy. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. NYX Sunrise (P, $4.99) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Brickhouse Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark brick-red.” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and wore well for six hours. The formula was comfortable to wear, though sticky, and hydrating over time. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is more muted, lighter. MAC Viva Glam I (LE, $15.00) is browner. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss 69
69
69
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss Assassin
Assassin
Assassin
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss Brickhouse
Brickhouse
Brickhouse
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Urban Decay Kinky Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Kinky Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Kinky Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Kinky Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “light peach with light shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, peach-orange with lighter golden orange shimmer over a satiny finish. Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is darker, browner, less shimmery. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is lighter, peachier, less shimmery. NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery. NARS Craving (Right) (P) ius darker, more shimmery. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker, browner, less shimmery. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is brighter. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is lighter. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is warmer, lighter. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As the brand promises, the coverage is buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Unfortunately, like Score, the performance fell somewhat short. The texture shares the same soft, smooth, and silky consistency as a lot of the other blushes, but the shimmer and sparkle don’t seem to bind with the powder, so it doesn’t translate onto skin and gives it a slightly drier overall feel. Aside from the sparkle, the powder was still easily blended on the skin and had a soft, satin-matte finish applied (with almost no visible shimmer). On me, the color wore well for seven hours before fading slightly. The other thing I noticed is that applied, it tended to look a lot like Video, just a bit warmer, and I think they could have created a more differentiated shade.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush Kinky
Kinky
Kinky
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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