Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints

Urban Decay Spring 2011: Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tints

Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tints ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) are a new way to get a hint of color with the “glow of a cream without any greasy feel.” The shades have “lightweight, sheer, buildable color” that can be used on bare skin or over foundation. There are seven shades: Bang (sheer coral red), Crush (sheer hot pink), Fetish (sheer mauve with fine pearlized finish), Greedy (sheer blackberry), Indecent (sheer apricot with pearly gold shimmer), Quickie (sheer bubble-pop-electric pink), and Score (sheer pink lemonade with fine pearlized finish).

  • Bang is a sheer darkened orange–almost like a burnt orange but not burnt in a bad way. I think this is a shade suitable for medium to dark skin tones, likely with yellower undertones.
  • Crush is a semi-bright Barbie pink. It seems to blend seamlessly against my warmer complexion in a way that makes it look natural, and I think it’s due to the very subtle blue undertone.
  • Fetish is a pinked mauve with soft white shimmer. It looks more like a soft rose on my cheeks, and the shimmer is detectable but not overpowering.
  • Greedy is a cool-toned purple-berry. It looks intimidating in the pan, but like all of the shades, it is sheer, so it is more workable. I think this is a shade that suits cooler skin tones in particular.
  • Indecent is a shimmering peach-orange with soft gold shimmer. On me, it kind of disappears, but it gives a natural glow/flush that I do like. Lighter skin tones will see more color pay off, though.
  • Quickie is a cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a light white shimmer. Despite the bluer undertones, it doesn’t look too cool or pale on my skin tone.
  • Score is a rosy pink-brown with pale champagne shimmer. I’m not sure what about this is really “pink lemonade.” On my medium skin tone, this gives a slight rosiness to cheeks, but it would work better on lighter skin tones.

I always find that cheek stains/tints always do better on bare skin than on foundation-covered skin, and it held true (for me) when I was testing out these new tints. They are touted as a tint, and there is nothing in the marketing materials that speaks on expected wear time. With shimmering shades, wear definitely seemed reduced with three to four hours of nice wear, but then some fading as the day worn on. For the shimmer-less shades, wear was better and gave four to six hours of color and began fading thereafter. I could extend the wear (for either finish) by another hour or so by applying it directly on bare skin. (I, unfortunately, do not have perfect or anywhere close to perfect skin, so I don’t see myself wearing the tints on their own very often.)

They are very easy to use, and Urban Decay is right when they say they are difficult to mess up. These blend into the skin very well, just with fingertips alone, but they also worked well with a small stippling brush (I used MAC’s 188). My preferred method of application is to use a brush to deposit the color on the cheeks and a (clean) fingertip to blend out the edges.

These can be used on the lips, but they work best on freshly exfoliated lips. I also felt like I needed several swipes of product to get enough to give my lips a boost in color. I don’t feel like it works much like a stain, because it easily wipes off (napkins, coffee cups). The consistency is also thin, so it does not seem to lock moisture in. It has a slightly creamy, but more gel-like consistency and texture–I would say they are a cross between MAC’s Cremeblends (that were limited edition) and Tarte’s Cheek Stains. They would also be comparable to Stila’s Convertible Color.

When compared to Tarte’s Cheek Stains, these are a lot less for your money, but against other high-end brands (like NARS, Stila, etc.) for cream or gel blushes, Urban Decay’s pricing/quantity seems to be right there on average.

All seven shades looked natural, and all but Indecent gave my medium skin tone noticeable color. I see Crush, Fetish, and Quickie being popular amongst most skin tones. Indecent is lovely for fairer skin tones or as a highlighter on medium to dark skin tones. I like Bang and Quickie for cooler skin tones, while Bang and Indecent seem best for warmer skin tones.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you are a fan of Tarte’s Cheek Stains, I think you will like these. They have a similar consistency, but they come in pot form.

AVAILABILITY: January 2011 @, early February 2011 @, Macy’s, Sephora, ULTA

See more photos & swatches!

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Bang Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Bang Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Bang Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Crush Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Crush Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Crush Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Greedy Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Greedy Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Greedy Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Score Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Score Afterglow Cheek Tint

Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tints
Urban Decay Score Afterglow Cheek Tint

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase a Cheek Tint? How much is it?

January 2011 @, early February 2011 @, Macy's, Sephora, ULTA. They are $24 each.

Is it limited edition?

I don't think so -- the information I have does not indicate these are limited edition.

Any dupes?

Bang is similar to MAC's Optimistic Orange Cremeblend (but MAC's is more of a cream consistency). Quickie is similar to MAC's So Sweet, So Easy Cremeblend Blush (seems cooler toned). There may be dupes within Tarte's Cheek Stain line, but I do not own many so I can't offer any comparisons myself.

What foundation are you wearing?

Kiehl's Tinted Moisturizer.

What lipstick are you wearing?

Guerlain Giny Rouge G.

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73 thoughts on “Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tints Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I can’t wait for these! I think I want them all!

  2. Marina

    Oooh! I like Indecent, Quickie, and Score!

  3. Maeve

    Afterglow looks amazing on you!

  4. Moni

    They look lovely on you! I have similar skintone like you, Christine and I agree with you that for warmer skintone Indecent and Bang are the best. I like Fetish too. Did you put setting/loose powder after? If I have to go out barefaced, at least I have to put powder on.

  5. i love how you look the same in every picture!

  6. Sarah

    Fetish looks amazing on you

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    They are beautiful colors. Christine were you able to feel them on your face or were they very lightweight? I’ve gotten blisters from cream blushes but haven’t tried gels.

    • No, they’re definitely very lightweight – but I haven’t had issues wearing any cream blushes (no blisters – that sucks, so owwie!) myself.

  8. lauraaaa

    I want indicent!

  9. Hilary♥

    Too bright for my skin tone. =(

  10. Amanda

    I love the Bang one! I just wish the packaging looked less tacky.

    • elisabeth

      i agree. i like fun packaging, but some of their stuff borders on just looking cheap and way too juvenile, and i’m even still in my 20s.

  11. Alexandra

    I like Score and Innocent, but i’m worried that these colors will be too bright for my NW20 skin:/

  12. Anya

    indecent and score look lovely on you, but i don’t think i’ll be buying these.

  13. I am loving these! They look perfect especially for those low maintenance days when you just want to swipe and head out the door. My fave is “Bang.”

  14. hmm, crush and quickie look pretty similar? I love bang and indecent on you :)

  15. Mina

    Christine! Are you wearing any foundation in these photos, and if you are, what kind? Your skin looks beautiful!

    And these are really pretty, but I wish they were lower in price for the wear time. :(

    • Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer – I need something that’s cheap and easy, since I’m removing it from my cheeks for each swatch, LOL.

      • Mina

        Bahaha, that’s understandable! I actually thought of that scrolling through the pictures; my cheeks would have turned red from wiping off the product so many times!

        You did a wonderful job with these swatches and photos, and you look beautiful in all of them. :) Thank you!

  16. liz

    thank you for being so intensive.

    pictures are better than descriptions, and arm swatches are even better, but omg swatches on lips/cheeks/etc are amazing!

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Etaoin baby in a corner

    dunno why but these don’t appeal to me. The pink ones all look so similar! If i’d to pick one i think greedy is a cool shade. I use the powder version of quickie blush all the time and quite like it.

  18. I can’t even wait for these!
    I’m so in love with Urbanglow that I can’t see myself not loving Afterglow.
    I plan to start with Bang, Indecent, and Quickie. <3

  19. These look really pretty! Unfortunately my skin is horrible so I always have to wear foundation so they wouldn’t work on me but they look awesome :)

  20. Catherine

    These are so lovely on you! I just can’t use Cheek Tints – my skin is way too oily as it is.

  21. You mentioned they work best on bare skin–in the photos, is it just the tint then, with no foundation?

  22. Marcela

    Bang is sooooo pretty, the others are okay, can totally pass. Will check it out for sure, but I think when it comes to cream blushes MAC wins for sure.

  23. I was hoping these would be comparable to the MAC in Lillyland blushes. :( I really hate the consistency of the tarte cheek stains. What a bummer.

    • elisabeth

      same here! i want powder blushes from UD! they only have 2 shades in powder form. i’m just not a fan of tints, they would slide right off my face. :( i’m sad, i had high hopes for these.

  24. Jessica

    I love Score! It looks the most natural.

  25. Esther

    It’s official…I’ve fallen in love with the Indecent one!!! *-*

  26. Carrie Ann

    I like the compact design and the colors all look lovely. They’re kind of expensive, though. I’ve got a couple of MAC’s Cremeblend blushes and several Tarte Cheek Stains, so I might just skip these.

  27. elisabeth

    i am obsessed with UD, but i won’t be getting any of these. i like stains, but tints wouldn’t last on my skin for more than a couple hours. sometimes i feel that their packaging pigeon-holes them, and not in a good way. it just looks sorta adolescent. i like some of the unique packaging (the subway token shadow cases for example), but purple plastic? if i’m spending that kind of money, i’d like more sophisticated packaging. maybe that’s just me, though. i do loooove UD though, just wish some of their stuff came in more normal packaging.

  28. Lala

    Not into creme blushes:( do you like them?

  29. Kat

    I love Indecent! It’s so nice and I’m a little paler than you, so it should be perfect for me :)

  30. Elysia

    I can’t decide which to get-Quickie blush or NARS Angelika

  31. Rengirl

    These remind of me NYX Creme Rouge.

  32. OOh! I can’t wait for these! I like Score, Indecent and Greedy. The packaging is really cute, too. How do you think these tints will do on dry skin (which I have)?

  33. Steph

    I love these, and they look great on you. But I never go bare-faced and I love a matte face, so these won’t work for me.

  34. Taba

    I’m so glad I subscribe to your blog, because I was just about to order another cream blush online when I saw this post. You look gorgeous in these colors. It seems like it’s not yet available at Sephora. Do you know when it will be released? Also, which lipstick are you wearing in these pictures? I love it!

  35. vivian

    what foundation are you wearing?

  36. They all look amazing! My fav is Greedy:)

  37. Cristina

    omg fetish and afterglow = love!

  38. Savannah

    Wow, these all look amazing on you! Very pretty.

  39. Alyssa

    Christine, Indecent and Sore look absolutely stunning on you!!

  40. Lizz M.

    Um, I think i’m excited for these. I haven’t been really excited about a beauty product in a while, especially not from Urban Decay, but these look fantastic! Bang and Greedy are most definitely going on my wish-list… but damn, the others look gorgeous too!
    Thank god they’re permanent because I think these will be one of those products I buy each color of gradually overtime, every time i’ve got a little extra spending cash on me, ha.

  41. Okay I like the product itself but why did they make the packaging so ugly? Is that a frickin’ snake?

  42. Almost all of them look the same on you. I wish the color was more pigmented :( Don’t think I’ll be buying.

  43. I have them, I was very happy tha UD makes cream blushers because I love this texture for winter time, but I’m disappointed by the very light pigmentation…

  44. Not a product I would buy because I am rubbish with these cheek tints!!!!
    However, Indecent looks the best on you. In fact, all those with a more orange base look good on you. The pinks are just too pink.

  45. lexi

    Indecent looks gorg on you :) I want that one!

  46. Dana

    I think I have to have one of each! lol

  47. Erica

    Indecent and score look beautiful on you Christine! I’ve never tried a creme blush, any tips on applying them? Thanks!

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    I really, really preferred the powdered blushes. I have Score and Fetish and they’re GORGEOUS. The cheek tints look…. I don’t know, greasy? Not like anything I’d like to use, personally. And the powders seem much more pigmented by comparison. Oh well; I’m sure lots of people will adore these.

  49. Ery

    you look like retarded with those things on, I think that’s not the right place to wear them.

    • xMissxAndristx

      actually, cream blushes are generally meant to be worn on the apple of the cheek… so, um.. she is wearing them in the proper place. cheek tints are meant to mimic a natural blush, not as much for contouring like powder blush.

  50. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of stephanie stephanie

    indecent and score look perfect on you!

  51. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of stephanie stephanie

    color-wise, how do you think quickie compares to mac’s so sweet, so easy? i missed out on that one :/

  52. On really oily cheeks, probably not so great!

  53. They are pretty sheer!

  54. Liz C.

    I bought indecent yesterday! It look amazing on my light skintone, and lasted a 14 hours day and didn’t sweat off my face(which is a problem I had with Mac’s creme blushes). I’m going to go buy another one very soon!

  55. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Angela Angela

    Does anyone know if these are the same colors but cream versions of the discontinued powder blush? I prefer powder blush & was thinking of ordering “score” in the powder form from if they are in fact the same colors.

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