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.” A lot of the shades have semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation but a few have been more pigmented than buildable, though a lighter hand is always one route to take to get sheerer coverage if that's a must-have.
The texture of the blushes is smooth, silky, and finely-milled with a thinness that gave me pause initially, but it translated to a beautiful, satiny finish on my skin that was natural and lightly luminous. The majority of shades I've tried in the range are blendable, easy to use, and wear for eight hours.
The average rating based on all reviewed shade(s) in this formula is shown below.
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Based on 6 Reviews, 22 Quick Reviews
The Good: Blendable (19), Long-wearing (19), Smooth (18), Easy To Apply (18), Great Value (12), Buttery (10), Travel-friendly (9), Creamy (2)
The In-Between: Buildable (13), Highly Pigmented (13), Natural (12), Luminous (9), Sheer (3)
The Bad: Powdery (6), Hard To Blend (2), Chalky (1), Fades (1)
6 Written Reviews
By Tsarah 2 years ago.
I really like this blush not only because the color is beautiful, but the pigment is also not overpowering where I can actually build the color while still looking natural. I find it actually stays true to its claim which is "8-hours long" because I notice that the color always fades when it hits the 8-hour mark. Overall, this is a great staple of a high-end blush for those who still want that flush but natural looking ones.
By Elizabeth 3 years ago.
I have pretty light skin (NC20) and this hardly showed up on me. Be aware that it's a very light color, suitable for the fairest skintones. Layering it on heavily, it showed up as a light flush. It was blendable with a natural finish but had a powdery/chalky texture. This is a decent (no pun intended) color, but quite sheer.
By Rachel 3 years ago.
I love the formula and color of this blush. Applied lightly it gave my cheeks a beautiful and noticeable pop of color, but not dramatic at all. This blush feels very soft in the pan and looks very much like my skin when applied, as if it's a stain. It was looking good for longer than 8 hours.
By Mariella 4 years ago.
Rapture was my first purchase of the new UD blush formula. I was torn between this and NARS Sin, which I've craved for years but which never really looked "right" on me. Rapture seems very similar in colour but it just looks better once applied and seems to have a better texture. This may have been my first purchase but it sure won't be my last.