When I first heard about the original Urban Decay Flushed Palette that first launched around a year ago – before I saw it, I was envisioning a palette in a style like the Naked Eyeshadow Palettes but with a series of blushers. Perhaps each pan would be around 1-3 of the size of each eyeshadow pan was? But when they launched they were of the style of bronzer/highlighter/blusher trios. A neat idea – but I couldn’t help but wish there was a palette out there with a selection of blushers. Basically I want them to crawl inside my head and design my perfect palette – is that too much to ask!? Well, whilst they might not have been able to crawl inside my head and do that, they have launched three new shades of the Urban Decay Flushed Palettes and two out of three could have quite easily come straight out of my ‘dream make-up’ compartment in my head.
The three shades are Strip – with a more terracotta shade of blush, champagne shimmer highlighter and berry toned pink blush. Native – with a bright pop of pink blush, a cooler toned highlighter and paler bronzer/contour shade. Then there’s Streak – with a coral pink blush, pinky champagne highlighter and paler bronzer/contour. Streak is the one I suspect is going to be the most ‘hyped’ and sough after of the three…but let’s take a little closer look at them .
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette: Strip
This is the trio that is mostly similar to the original ‘Naked’ trio – a warm berry toned pink blusher shade that will be pretty flattering for many a skin tone, a champagne shimmering highlight thats slightly more on the shimmer side than the other two new launches and a bronzer that’s slightly deeper than the other two. It has a bit of the ‘NARS Laguna’ about it. Whilst this is a pretty trio of shades – of the three new ones, it’s the one that leaves me a little less excited than the other two. Which leads me on to…
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette: Native
This is the brightest of the three with a bright pink blusher that almost looks scary – but really isn’t. Personally, I’m a huge fan of this sort of pink blusher as find that a simple/subtle sweep of a super-bright pink like this is such an easy way to perk up a complexion. You do have to go a little easy though just to keep things pink and perky…rather than 80’s blusher stripe… The highlighter in this one is the similar champagne sort of shade, but cooler toned – with more of a baby pink & silvery undertone to it. It has a sheen, but not as much fine glitter as Strip. The bronzer/contour is also a softer shade than for Strip – very middle of the road bronze – not too orange, not too muddy, overall a very lovely trio and definitely one I can see myself reaching for a lot.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette: Streak
Finally we have Streak – which I think is my favourite of the three (it’s a tough call between this and Native…but I think my weakness for a peachy pink blush wins it for Streak). This is the one I think will be most ‘pale girl’ friendly (*raises hand*). With the paler shade of bronzer/contour – the shade leans more towards to cooler/ashier in the palette – but warms up when on the skin, whilst staying pale enough to look flattering on paler skin tones. Then there’s the pretty pinky shimmer highlight – again, like Native this is pure shimmer rather than any touch of glitter. Then there’s the gorgeous blush – this is the star of the show for me. It manages to be that perfect peachy/pinky shade – so adds a flattering pop of colour. But what I like most is that it’s matte (all the blushers are in the Urban Decay Flushed Palettes) – so not unique amongst the shades, but overall I don’t find it all that easy to find a blusher of this shade that’s matte without it leaning towards chalky. But this one is lovely and silky smooth.
Overall – I have a feeling that these palettes will cause a bit more buzz than they did with the first launch. With Streak being the one I expect to be popping up on many a wish list. For me, Streak is definitely a love that will be staying in pride of place in my collection. No doubt expect it to be seen popping up frequently in ‘every day face’ posts soon.
What are your thoughts on these new Urban Decay Flushed Palettes? Fancy then… I’m thinking that they will come in handy for travelling light… three cheek products in one compact palette. Holiday packing heaven (I hate packing).
Price wise, at £22 they’re pretty reasonable for a trio of key shades (if you think of how much might be spent on a single NARS bronzer for instance).