Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned medium pink with a satin-matte finish. MAC P.S. I Like You (LE, $22.00) is a cream product, warmer. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, cream. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, cream. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more luminous, darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is similar. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Crush had buildable pigmentation that ranged from sheer to semi-sheer, while semi-opaque coverage was still achievable through three (light) layers. It didn’t feel like I had to pack it on over and over again to get visible color on my medium complexion, but it’s not an intensely pigmented formula (and it’s not supposed to be) right off the bat, so deeper skin tones may need to apply multiple layers. The powder had a silky, smooth consistency that ran thin and could kick up excess powder, because it seemed quite delicate, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin at all and was easy to blend out. The finish is mostly matte, but as the blush is worked and blended into the skin, there’s an ever-so-subtle sheen. It wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone lavender in a matte finish.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged, medium lavender with subtle, cooler undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is a cream-based formula that is billed as having buildable coverage with the greatest coverage achieved by applying with fingertips and the least by using a stippling brush. It was sheer to semi-opaque, depending on your application and how much you layered, but it always appeared slightly lighter applied than it did in the pan–I think the pink tone comes through more. The texture was lightly creamy, fairly blendable, and sat well on the skin, while it lasted for almost nine hours on me. This one wasn’t quite as blendable as other shades I’ve tried in the formula, but it wasn’t too difficult to use. It is a good option for someone wanting to try purple blush but doesn’t want to break the bank!

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright red-orange.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a very subtle golden satin sheen. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter, less red, cream. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is lighter. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is lighter, cream. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is redder, darker. Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more orange, cream. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is more shimmery. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is similar. NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is redder. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is lighter, less red. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This particular shade is one of the deeper, brighter, and more intensely pigmented ones out of the twelve-deep line-up. It had more semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, which remained blendable, so you can apply less or blend down for sheerer color, but I wouldn’t consider it sheer coverage. The brand’s positioned the formulas a both sheer and buildable, so the richer pigmentation may be good or bad, depending on what you were looking for, but this is a shade that will work really well across skin tones as it is vibrant and pigmented enough to show up across the spectrum. It had a really lovely finish that was not quite matte but not quite satin; the more it was buffed and worked into the skin, the more luminous the finish became. On me, it actually ended up wearing nine hours, which is better than advertised.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “soft nude.” It’s a softened, medium brown with warm, lightly rosy undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is slightly more orange and shimmery. Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is cooler-toned, cream. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer. MAC Liberating (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter, yellower. Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is rosier, more shimmery. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is darker. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is rosier, darker. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is rosier, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to offer “sheer … wearable, buildable color” that’s “extremely blendable” and wear for “eight long hours.” It’s buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that builds to true-to-pan color overall. The texture is soft, silky, and smooth without being too powdery–there is some excess powder kicked up along the edge of the pan–that sits well on the skin and doesn’t accentuate pores or the skin’s natural texture (I’m currently a little dry on my cheeks). It was blendable on the skin, and the color lasted for exactly eight hours before it started to fade away.

As an aside, I had hoped that this would appear cooler-toned (this has no impact on the rating)! I thought it might be able to double as a contour, but it’s still rather warm-toned, so it isn’t the most natural contour on a lot of skin tones. I think Urban Decay’s new color range could have really benefited from a cooler, rosier brown blush (and they’re so hard to find!), especially since Kinky is fairly similar applied. Maybe next time! :)

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Monday, April 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “deep mauve with a hint of shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium-dark plummy purple with cooler undertones with a warmer, golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is very fine so that it creates more of a sheen on the skin than visible shimmer. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is warmer, redder. NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is warmer, less purple. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is pinker. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. NARS Sin (P, $30.00) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The upcoming Afterglow blushes are supposed to have sheer, buildable coverage with a “soft, creamy texture” that is “extremely blendable.” I can see this one becoming a popular shade, as it seems like a shade that will be very wearable on cool and warm-toned skin tones. The coverage is buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque, with the overall color having a muted quality to it, so it is hard to overdo. I don’t know that the color is rich enough to show up as well on deeper skin tones, but it may be worth a look (I lean towards steering you to check out NARS Sin (P, $30.00), as it starts off more pigmented and is richer overall, making it a better pick for deeper skin tones). It has a very silky, finely-milled texture that sits well on the skin without looking powdery, and it blends and diffuses without a lot of effort. The powder has a thinness to it, which gave me pause when I was swatching, but it seems to shine in practice (when you actually apply it and start blending it out). The shimmer in this gives it an exceptionally satiny, lightly luminous effect that is great if you like the idea of shimmer but don’t want to see it. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2015

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

Urban Decay Bittersweet Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright purple.” It’s a softened, medium purple with subtle, pink undertones and a mostly matte finish. It seems to run slightly cool in undertone, but I think it may depend on what you pair it with whether it will read genuinely cool-toned or not. Make Up For Ever S924 Purple (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler-toned. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE, $16.00) is warmer (also an eyeshadow). NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $24.00) is similar (also an eyeshadow). MAC Evening Stroll (LE, $22.00) is a cream product. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

According to Urban Decay, the Afterglow formula is supposed to be an “extremely blendable, finely milled formula [that] goes on sheer that provides eight long hours of wearable, buildable color.” The texture is very, very finely-milled and silky-feeling, and it goes on smoothly, though it is a thinner texture that is prone to kicking up excess powder–it reminded me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes to a degree, but I would say Urban Decay’s formula is a bit thinner still. It never looked powdery on the skin, and as I worked the color into the skin, the finish seemed more satin-to-matte than a true, flat matte. The formula of Bittersweet is best described as buildable; the color goes on noticeably in one go on my medium skin tone, but it can be built-up to richer, truer-to-pan color if desired, or it can be blended (or applied with a lighter hand) for even softer color. I would say this is semi-sheer to semi-opaque in color payoff, and then buildable from there. This shade was fairly blendable, but it seemed to take a little extra effort compared to the average blush (as well as compared to other blushes in the range). On me, it lasted for eight hours and started to fade.

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