I’ve really been into blush lately and I haven’t tried many Utban Decay products so I figured I would give this palette a try. The packaging is so pretty too that I just couldn’t say no.
I haven’t tried a lot of Urban Decay products because for some reason they just don’t excite me the way they do everyone else. I know people love the Naked Palettrs but I just haven’t had any big want to try them. I’ve swatched them in the store before and the quality feels nice but they just don’t excite me. That being said this palette excited me! I was pumped to want to try and own something from Urban Decay because I really know I should I just hadn’t made the commitment. Besides setting spray that is. Now I am committed!!
Let’s start with the packaging. How cute are these little white circles with the gold? They’re very true to Gwen Stefani and her style. It is plastic packaging and pretty heavy. It clasps nice and tight, and has a higher end feel to it overall. Inside are the six blushes and a mirror. In the bottom right hand corner of the mirror there is a quote “Magic’s in the makeup.” All very cute. The packaging gets an A+.
Gwen said that she created this as palette with shades that would be her go-to’s. So shades for a fair person, and I would say she nailed the fair to medium range. The majority of these shades work on my skin tone but if you have a deeper skin tone than medium they’re probably not going to be great. That is definitely going to lose this palette some points with people. Also the majority of these shades are shimmery. I would have liked at least one more matte shade, as I’m not huge on the shade that is matte and mattes are my preferred blush finish.
The formula is very creamy and smooth. I’ve never owned a blush that feels as nice as these. I would say that they’re pigmentation is somewhere in the mid range. They look really pigmented when they’re swatched but they thin out when applied with a brush. They do layer really well though so if you’re looking for a deeper blush than just toss a couple layers on and you should get what you’re looking for.
The blushes are supposed to last over 8 hours. I can say they definitely do this. They even lasted through my dance class. When they do start to wear off though they don’t do it in a weird, patchy way. Rather they seem to come off fairly even and at once. Something I’ve never experienced with a blush before.
Cherry is a pale pink shimmery shade. This is a fairly opaque shade and it didn’t take much for me to get my blush where I wanted it. Of the colors in the palette this is one of my least favorites but just because I have a lot of other shades like it.
This is definitely one of the shades I reach for the most. It is a dusty rose shade with gold shimmer/glitter. It is weird I reach for this often given it has the chunkier glitters and I am not a fan of glittery blushes. I do feel that on my face it looks more shimmery and less glittery. I also like how deep it is. You don’t need much of this shade, it is also on the more opaque side.
This may work on other skin tones but to me this is more of a highlight. It is a gold glitter shade. I can’t tell you much about it because it is one of two I have only swatched and haven’t worn.
Of all of the shades this is my least favorite. It is a warm orange matte. I believe this is supposed to be used as a contour shade but this is much much to warm for me. I highly doubt I’ll dip into this unless I use it as an eyeshadow.
This is another one of my favorites. At first glance it is a shimmery orange but it also has this weird dusty pink color, yet I wouldn’t say it is a duochrome or color shifting shade. It’s just very strange. This one is less opaque than some of the others like Cherry or Easy but it only takes a little bit to build it up. Maybe three or for layers.
This is my favorite shade. It’s a pink/gold/orange shimmer with a shift. It is least opaque and the shade that needs the most love when applying it to your face. In order to get it to really work for me I needed to layer almost double the amount I did with Hush but once I built it up it was worth it. It definitely won’t be my go to when I’m in a hurry though.
Overall I am really liking this palette and think if you are on the fairer side of things you will too. It could use a bit more diversity in colors and finishes but what it does have works really well.