Naked. Flushed. Strip. Oh I see what you did there Urban Decay, so naughty. Now fortunately for you, your blush and bronzer shades reeled me in and allowed me to overlook your cheeky innuendos… but only just this once. Actually who am I kidding, you could name a line of lip glosses “Lube Tubes” and I’d still buy them.
The Urban Decay Naked Flushed Pallet in Strip ($30) contains a trio of “silky” pressed powder blush, highlighter, and bronzer in a travel-friendly compact. While I love the convenience of 3-in-1 compacts, sometimes they make dipping your brush in a single shade nearly impossible, and the Naked Flushed Pallet is no exception. It’s even more of a pain when you’re dealing with messy, powdery products! The bronzer and highlighter are incredibly silky smooth and creamy, but sadly the blush is quite powdery. I don’t have any experience with other Urban Decay cheek products, so I’m not sure if this is the norm.
The bronzer is a shimmery deep bronze with a frosty finish and perfect for medium to tan skin tones. The texture of the Strip bronzer is phenomenal and it blends beautifully on the skin with excellent color payoff. I find that with other bronzers (Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil and NARS Laguna) I have to apply layer after layer to build any visible color on my face, but this bronzer is rich and intense with one swipe. However, the texture makes it really easy to pick up too much product on your brush, so be sure to have a light touch. I happen to like dramatic contouring so it’s a non-issue for me.
I have very mixed feelings about the Strip blush. From far away the warm golden shimmer adds a rather dewy looking glow to the skin, but the closer you’ll see straight up gold sparkles. Ironic for a product with “Naked” in its name. On top of that, it is difficult to keep the highlighter’s placement on the skin – it traveled down my cheeks as I blended though that might be user error. Either way, I’d recommend a light hand. I don’t think this highlighter does anything beyond subtle-use well unless you’re into sparkle.
The Strip blush is everything I want in a blush just looking at in the pan – rosy mauve (though they describe it as a “deep mauve”) and matte, check and check. Unfortunately the powdery (but soft!) texture ruins everything and the blush seems to just blend away into nothing on your face. I found it really difficult to build intensity and while you can work with the color, you get shot in the foot by the lack of staying power. The Strip blush just doesn’t seem to stick to the skin! The color is so pretty though, I want to like it.
If you can find shades that work for you, I think the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palettes are a worthwhile investment. Three products for $30 dollars, everything you need all together. The bronzer is so great that’d I’d pay $30 for it by itself.
Totally unrelated to the Naked Flushed Palette, but I am absolutely loving Givenchy Le Rouge in Brun Vintage right now. I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise since it’s a dusty rose shade.
Have you tried any of the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palettes? Did it work out the same for you?