Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a new trio that features a bronzer, highlighter, and blush. It is a follow up to Naked Flushed. This one seems to [attempt to] match the blush to the colors of Native Lipstick and Native Lip Pencil, which are both light-medium pinks. I don’t think it’s a great match for either the lipstick or pencil, as it is distinctly cool-toned, whereas the lipstick is warm-toned and the pencil more neutral-to-warm-toned. To me, the color is a better match for Obsessed Lipstick. I didn’t like the original Naked Flushed palette, as I felt like the texture was firm and drier, but I didn’t love this one either, as it was powdery–makes me feel a bit like Goldilocks. Though you’ll see excess powder as you grab product onto your applicator, it doesn’t seem to look powdery on the skin, so that’s definitely a plus. It’s not ideal to have so much excess sitting on the surface of the pan when there are three shades that sit next to each other. The highlighter emphasizes pores/skin texture, which is a drawback. If used lightly, that effect can be lessened, but some care is required–it’s not foolproof.

Bronzer is described as a “medium bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and smooth, but it was powdery. When I applied it to cheeks, it was easy to do so–it blended easily, and it didn’t look powdery on. The bronzer wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is yellower. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, yellower. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Highlighter is described as a “pale pink shimmer.” It is a light, pink-tinged peach with light, warm undertones and a champagne shimmer-sheen. The finish is fairly frosted, and the pigmentation was really true-to-pan and rich, so a little of the highlighter goes a long way! I thought it applied best with feathery, sweeping motions and a less dense brush onto the high planes of the face. It did emphasize pores slightly, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to look patchy. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is very similar. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is lighter, more sparkly. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is pinker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Blush is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft and finely-milled but powdery, so the color was somewhat buildable but easily sheered out as it was applied so I wouldn’t describe it as richly pigmented. This shade didn’t adhere as well to bare, normal-to-dry skin, but if you typically wear a liquid or cream foundation and apply over that, it should apply more readily. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is warmer, darker. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is darker, brighter. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

A word about names: there have been a few more recently released products with names that have stirred readers’ feelings. I want to reiterate that discussion is encouraged on Temptalia, and it is good to have open, honest, and civil conversations about things that are important to each of us. Please take great care in appreciating the diversity in opinions within the community without invalidating the other person’s feelings. While a name may not bother one person or someone interprets it differently than someone else, just because one person is not offended doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t be or can’t feel the way that they do. There are a million names to choose from, so if and when brands choose one over another, it’s okay to question that choice. You can read why the name of this product hasn’t been well-received by some readers here.

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Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette – Bronzer

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette – Bronzer

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette – Bronzer

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette – Highlighter

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette – Highlighter

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette – Highlighter (with Bronzer)

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette – Highlighter (with Blush)

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette – Blush

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette – Blush

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette – Blush

The Makeup Look

On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Pressed Powder. On lips: Sephora Fuchsia Rouge Infusion.

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71 thoughts on “Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ehhh, not too interested, tbh.
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  2. I love the blush and the highlighter, but the bronzer is a little too warm for my liking. I love what’s on your lips Christine!

  3. Ammara

    The blush is so beautiful, is it really that bad in application? :/

  4. Avatar of liz liz

    ACK! OH NO, I LIKE IT SO MUCH. I don’t even like bronzer that much but I like THIS bronzer!! and the blush is the blush of my dreams.

    GOODBYE SPENDING MONEY.

  5. I swatched the original Naked Flush and it felt chalky. I don’t think I’ve tried any Naked face products except for the foundation; kinda wished that the blush colour isn’t so cool-toned!
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    • The first one felt stiff… like dry and firm and stiff. This one felt more powdery, so that seems like an improvement, because better to get product out than barely get any out, but I wasn’t happy with the texture overall!

  6. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    I love the idea of all-in-one face pace palettes, but inevitably there is *always* one product that is completely the wrong shade… I like the highlighter, the blush is really pretty, but I don’t think the bronzer shade coordinates well with the blush. I’d love to see UD sell each separately, and allow consumers to build their own, and have the bronzers all be significantly different from one another. Or, make the refillable, and allow one mix & match.

  7. This just seems okay to me. I’m not a huge fan of my products touching haha.

    • I don’t mind usually, as long as they’re not too different – like I wouldn’t want a black eyeshadow and a pink eyeshadow touching because that just sounds like a mess!

      • I have a Bare Minerals palette that has a bright, magenta blush right next to a white eyeshadow/highlighter… the white turned pink pretty much the first time I used it.

  8. The highlighter is pretty. Overall, this is meh.
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  9. Not mad on this :/. Only sort of like the blusher.

  10. Avatar of Rae Rae

    Christine, thank you so much for bringing up the discussion around product names. With literally thousands of other words they could have gone with, I think it was poor form for Urban Decay to choose the word “native” — both for this palette and for their other products of the same name. Honestly, I’m surprised more people haven’t complained about the name so far.

    I know Urban Decay shade names have toed the line in the past, but drug slang is on a different level from this, in my opinion. I’m not sure what it’s like in the US, but in the part of Canada that I live in, the word “native” tends to carry a highly derogatory connotation. And, yes, I know UD is based in America, but they sell in the Canadian market, too — they should be just as mindful and respectful of their consumers above the 49th parallel.

    Do I think that they meant for these products to be racist? No, I really hope not — but I also hope Urban Decay is listening, and that they’ll change the name of these shades. If not because it was poor form to begin with, then out of respect for the people who have to deal with discrimination on a daily basis (and shouldn’t have to see it in their makeup, too.)
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    • Thanks, Rae, for expressing yourself so eloquently and sharing how it’s usage is like in Canada. I also hope Urban Decay is listening, and at the very least, will be a little more careful in the future–if people raise the issue and do so in a respectful manner, brands are more likely to listen.

      • Avatar of Amy xamyx

        Not only is Urban Decay an American company, but it’s also L.A.-based (although *technically* HQ is in Orange County), and the term “native” in these parts refers to those born & bred in SoCal. The term has nothing to do with race, and is simply a colloquialism, IMO. It’s no different from when the term “local” was used by surfers.

        • Avatar of Rae Rae

          Thank you for bringing up this point, Xamyx! I was absolutely boggled by how Urban Decay could have thought Native was an appropriate choice for a shade name, but I guess if you think of it in a “native to ____” context, it begins to make a little more sense.

          That said, I would still really like to see UD issue an apology and re-name the shade, you know? At this point, I think it would be really great to see them say, “hey, we didn’t mean to offend anyone, this term has a totally neutral meaning here — but we’re going to change the name out of respect and care for the thousands of people who it’s really hurtful to.”
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          • In the English language native usually means where a person was born and raised, not just in US, or LA or even Orange County (I’m in Europe and that’s exactly how I perceive it). Which is probably why not a lot of people are mentioning it, like you said, or are even a bit confused by the name controversy. Can and is it used as a derogatory term in some places/contexts? I totally believe you when you say it is. Sensitivity to these issues is important, but these are big companies and they are not making products in your backyard. They are not knowledgeable of what your local (or even native) slang is, no more than they are of mine (or I am of theirs). They are making them for worldwide distribution. Apologize and re-name products for using the word Native? I think that would probably boggle 90% of their clients and cost them a lot of money.

            • Avatar of Rae Rae

              Thanks so much for adding another international voice to this discussion, Carolina. I feel like I’ve already voiced most of what I have to say, but I did want to clarify — the word “native” being used as a pejorative isn’t a limited incident. It’s used by bigots and white supremacists as an ethnic slur throughout the entirety of Canada (34 million people!), and while I definitely agree that the word itself isn’t inherently bad (even just within a racial context), it can also be a very hostile term — much like how the word “fag” can refer to a cigarette in Britain, but exists only as a homosexual slur in North America.

              I see now why everyone in other countries may not find this term offensive (cultural appropriation aside), though, and I did really want to thank you for making me aware of this.

              Many brands change shade names depending on the country (L’Oreal is notorious for this!), so maybe that would be an option for Urban Decay. I know it probably seems (understandably!) unnecessary to you, as the idiosyncrasies of language change so much with distance, but I just can’t stop thinking about how terrible and hopeless I myself would feel, as a Canadian whose grandparents came over from China so many years ago, if I walked into a Sephora and picked up a lipstick named “chink” or “coolie.”
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          • Avatar of Amy xamyx

            I don’t even think I can recall a single time in my 40 years when I heard/read the term “native” used tondescribe any race/culture; I’ve only heard it referred to where someone was born & raised, and always in a positive sense!

            I remember reading a few months back when Sephora/Kat von D had to pull a lipstick shade called “Celebutard” because a mother of a special needs child called them out, saying it was offensive to children like hers. As a parent of a child with autism, it *never* occurred to me that was a point of reference. If anything, I think those that shouldnbe offended by that term are the Kardashian’s, Paris Hilton, and the like (although I do believe they are all very savvy/intelligent in their own ways!), as society as a whole simply views them as being famous for their names. Sephora did issue an apology, which was nice, but I don’t feel they should have taken a financial loss pulling all the stock from the shelves… A simple explanation/definition along with the apology should have been enough.

          • I couldn’t reply to your other message (below) so I’m putting it here: thank you for your reply. I was obviously being very cynical and thinking of the brand point of view, but your last example really brought home, if that is indeed the use of “native” in Canada, how horrible it must be to see in writing. Does the fact that it’s in a makeup context somehow remove it a bit from the pejorative sense, or is it too ingrained in popular culture to do so, you think?
            Whatever our experiences or point of views, I really appreciate this discussion, and whether I agree the brand should or should not removed/rename products, they should definitely be made aware of the problem. So thank you for speaking out.

    • I value and respect your opinion and beliefs, and I happen to agree with you. However, just because I didn’t mention it in my comment before you, doesn’t mean I don’t care. Maybe I misunderstood your comment, and you weren’t talking about the rest of the comments..I’m not sure.

    • Avatar of Stephanie N8iveBeauT

      I’m Native American and I did not find the name that UD gave to this palette offensive at all!!! I knew right away with looking at the blush why they called it Native. It had nothing to do with the bronzer. I feel like if they come out with more of these palettes it’s always going to have your bronzer, highlight and they’re going to name the palette whatever color blush they’re going to incorporate. Like the first one: Flushed. Named after the blush, and they came out with the lipstick which is a beautiful color. I love the lipstick called Native as well as the lipliner. I feel great that they would name their product color Native. Wherever I go and people find out I’m Native or ask me what my nationality is and I tell them I always hear, “Someone in my family a couple of generations ago was Native American.” The fact is: Being Native is cool. And like someone mentioned in a different comment on this page, “In the English language native usually means where a person was born and raised…” by Carolina.

      • Avatar of Rae Rae

        Thank you so, so much for this comment, N8ivebeaut — I have spent all day feeling so horrible about this situation, and this feels like a little ball of sunshine, just for me :) I am incredibly happy to hear that this palette (and the associated lip products!) makes you feel proud to represent your race.

        My experiences have been a little different from yours, and I think it left me too ready to find flaws in the industry. The first time I encountered race and culture in makeup, it was in a collection where a white model was given “slant eyes” and unnaturally white skin, and products were given names like “white rice” and “samurai”. Even as a proud Chinese Canadian, it made me feel absolutely horrible; hopeless and sad and dirty, that someone would reduce an entire race of people to nothing more than false stereotypes and a desire to be Caucasian.

        But, back to the lighter note I was making: your comment really made my day. I am still wary of the name, as it’s used in a derogatory sense very frequently up here, but — this makes me so happy, you have no idea. The idea that makeup could help you reaffirm your cultural identity had never even occurred to me (every single time I have gone to get my foundation matched, the sales associate has suggested we “correct my yellowness”), but it is so incredibly, unspeakably beautiful.

        I cannot thank you enough.
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  11. Avatar of Joanna Joanna

    If anyone is interested in learning more about why this type of product name may be offensive, I recommend you visit http://www.nativeappropriations.com.

    It’s a website that discusses representations of Native peoples, including stereotypes and cultural appropriation.

  12. I love the highlighter/blush combo on you! I need to start thinking about doing something more complex like that.
    Also, I appreciate the note on product names – it is incredibly fair and responsible (of this blog and us all) to acknowledge the possible controversy.
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  13. The highlighter is very highlighty! :-D

    I kind of wish the bronzes wasn’t the majority of the compact…the blush is pretty, though.
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  14. It reminds me a bit of the new Dr. Hauschka Shimmer trio. The colors and finishes seem a bit similar.

  15. Martyisblue

    Hi everyone! Since i’m italian and i have studied just British English, i know a personal interpretation of the word “native” which is not that offensive.. So i’d be happy if someone of you would like to explain what is the meaning in your slang..

  16. Love the pink blush. It looks lovely on you, Christine, and I’d maybe buy the blush (though I have those 3 Down Boys to get through!) but I don’t really need either the bronzer or highlighter – they’re not things I’d be likely to use much at all.

  17. Avatar of Carrie Carrie

    I think the plus side in all of this is that at least they sort of realized that Naked Flushed wasn’t going to work for everyone. Not really feeling this one either (the pains of having neutral skin) as Flushed was too warm and from the swatches this looks too cool, but I appreciate the effort! As always you’re looking amazing, Christine!

  18. Looks like a decent idea for a beginner or for travel!
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  19. Have you tried wearing all three together? It would be interesting to see how they would look.

  20. Zainab

    Urban Decay has an unusual idea of universally flattering. I accept that it’s impossible to make a product that suits everyone’s *tastes* but making one that’s visible on everyone’s skin tone is a bit less subjective. Also saying something’s universally flattering is a bit weird when you decide to make four shades of it. Like MAC has 30+ blushes which all could be flattering across all skin tones, though some are probably too cool or warm or shimmery or more/less pigmented to really fit that definition. As for the name it’s surprising how often companies unintentionally use a name that’s offensive or ridiculous in the place(s) they’re marketing their products.

    • Even “universally flattering” is subject to what each person finds actually flattering on themselves–even if you or I would think it’s beautiful on them, they might not like it!

      • Zainab

        I always think it’s tempting fate to say something is ‘universally this or that’, because there will always be someone who won’t like it for whatever reason. Particularly with cosmetics though it seems like an unnecessary description- I wouldn’t seek out a product if I didn’t at least hope it would flatter me in some way.

        I wish they’d release all their ‘Flushed’ palettes in one go, the leaked pictures of ‘Strip’ that I saw piqued my curiosity and for a bronzing product that’s saying something. I do kinda wish they’d have released the blushes, highlights and bronzers seperately like brands like NARS do.

  21. Avatar of karen kjhemeon

    Interesting posts about the names, specifically ‘native.’ Being from Mass, we don’t have too many native americans for that term to have that connotation or be derogatory. We’re not sensitized to the word’s use in that fashion. I know a handful of First Nations folk, who trace ancestry to Canada, but very few who can claim any Wampanoag (the predominant indigenous people in my area.) Of course, the settlers marginalized and destroyed their culture early on, and there are only a few pockets of Wampanoags on the Cape and around the Plymouth area. So, I resonated with Xamyx’s ‘native to SoCal.” Native, to me, means the place any individual originated. I live on the south shore of Boston, but I’m a Newton native. If anyone wants to be REEEEAAALLLY offended, look at the sign on East Bridgewater (MA) High School. They had the sensitivity to rename the mascot, from a ‘Wamp’ (probably too dumb to spell Wampanoag) to a pirate. “Home of the Pirates!” But the drawing on the school identification sign is still……you guessed it. The problem with the Washington Redskins is the exact same thing, only more overt. And in the nation’s capital, no less! First the settlers destroyed the People and stole their land. Then failed to treat the land with the respect, dignity, and stewardship that the traditional People always espoused and LIVED. Look where we are now. Arguably, the indigenous People had a better approach. Colonists relocated entire tribes to areas of the country that were ‘inhospitable’ and not at all like the tribes’ traditional lands. The Trail of Tears is as unconscionable as the Holocaust. Oh, let’s not forget that you get a reservation, until the government finds oil or minerals under your sovereign soil. And this country claims to be the standard bearer for human rights! OMG. It’s no wonder that persons of that ancestry object to the use of the word ‘native.’ I just never thought about it that way in UD until this post. Change the name to ‘SoCal flushed’ or Pacifica flushed, or whatever.

    As to the product: not so hot either, in person. I have only one old single UD blush, Lounge, and a few in the old silver face cases. My impression is that their face products fall well short of their eye products.

    There is one problem, Christine. You are so beautiful + skilled that dreckola would look lovely on you. It is much harder to love it or leave it, on the swatch gallery, with your picture. Compare on an arm swatch: easy. But on you, everything looks great. As I said to someone else, you’d look good rolled in an ashtray.

    • Thank you for sharing! A lot of information and great points raised as always.

      I really wish Urban Decay would put out a blush formula a little like their eyeshadows, just with less frost! Thank you for the compliment ;)

  22. Avatar of Chloe Chloe

    Hi Christine, how do you think this would work out for someone of NC15 skin tone? I have been after a cheek palette like this! Thanks :D

  23. Avatar of Amanda Amanda

    Being métis myself I have to wonder how this would be considered as an offensive name choice? Especially to those who are not native? It’s certainly not a derogatory term. I would love to be filled in on this subject.

  24. Avatar of kimberly Kica

    I gotta say this doesn’t interest me in any way, shape or form. It’s just kinda blah.

    • I wonder if the idea of adding a bronzer is something that makes it less interesting (especially because it can be harder to get one that works on a lot of skin tones), and since it takes up more space, less appealing in general.

  25. I’m glad I’m not the only one that felt chafed by the name. it’s pretty startling to see my race get used as a marketing tool.

  26. Avatar of Melody Melody

    I was unsire about this one, I have naked flush the original and I dont love it I got it for traveling.
    I put this one on and it gave a great natural flush look.
    I love the naked line, this native flush is a huge improvement compared to last.

  27. Avatar of Malia Malia

    It really looks like a lovely product! I don’t live in North America but here they don’t use the term native in any negative connotation…. Only to describes someone’s first language or country of descent… I’m white so I’d be a native european…I’m fine with that 

  28. Avatar of Malia Malia

    So sorry if my comment was insensitive…. I clicked on the link and gained a lot of information and perspective. Thank you! But back to the palette I don’t have the previous one (just the eye palettes) so it looks to match well with them for travel

  29. Amanda

    You think Native is warm toned? It’s bubble gum pink on me… Definitely blue based.

    • The blush is blue-based: “Blush is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish.”

  30. I wonder why they decided to make a native one. You dont hear much buzz about it and it really doesnt stand out to me and isnt one of the first i would jump at, it seems kinda odd dont you think?