Friday, 20 March 2015

URBAN DECAY: NAKED FLUSHED PALETTE IN "STREAK"




 

After hearing and reading so much about the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes since last June/July, at the end of January I decided to pick up the 'Streak' palette while doing a Beauty Bay order.  I decided to give it a good while of use before putting it on the blog, and getting to see how I have/haven't been using this palette. 

I didn't own anything like this already, despite all the dupes popping up from Sleek - and my blusher collection looks a bit sad compared to my collections of nail polishes & eyeshadows in particular!
Looking to the spring/summer ahead, I picked this up in the optimism that this could be the perfect product for brightening up my look for the hopefully brighter, and sunnier weather to come! Despite this, to be honest it was a bit of an impulse purchase too, even if I had my eye on them for a while.

I do wish I'd picked this up in store rather than online. With 4 different colour ways available of this palette, getting it right for your skin tone is paramount, as with any product. But when it comes to bronzer products particularly, it is so much easier to be a miss - rather than a hit...



 One swipe swatches in natural daylight. 

 Slightly heavier swatches, also in natural daylight.


From the swatches and pictures above, you can see how beautiful colour wise this palette is. I think it's such a great idea to create a compact with bronzer, highlight & blush, such essential beauty products & even better when they're formulated to compliment each other and easily fit in your makeup bag. 
I chose the 'Streak' palette, which has the most Coral toned blush - as I say, I didn't already own a coral toned blush in my existing collection.  And this I cannot fault
Urban Decay claim that their "micronized, jet-milled formula has a luxe, featherlight texture that feels amazing on your skin.And this I cannot fault, it really has a brilliant smooth finish that is a dream to apply as it's so silky on the skin. Perfect for a natural, easy to wear makeup look with a fresh feel. 

Pigmentation is also great, my favourite is definitely the highlighter in this palette. IT IS BEAUTIFUL. The gorgeous champagne colour is so complimentary to my pale skin, but beware that it can be a bit unforgiving and will show up any pores - much like many highlighting products. I must say, I don't find the pigmentation in the blush on par to that of the bronzer and the highlighter - to achieve the swatches above I needed to go back to the palette a couple of times. I would never want such drastic blush on my face, but it's worth noting all the same. With a light fluffy blush brush though, it looks amazing on the skin.

With the bronzer, for me I don't feel the colour just isn't quite so for my pale skin tone. And that's no major fault of the product, I still feel it's a bit too orange toned for me. I have however been using it with an extremely right hand just to add a final definition in the very hollows of my cheeks - and it does make a difference. But for me, my favourite is definitely the highlighter.


So for me, although I like this palette - I don't think I could re-purchase it. The highlighter is such a winner, packaging feels secure with a fantastic big mirror! With the mismatching of the bronzer for me, this is a holdback from future purchasing.
If they went down the road of the NARS Virtual Domination palette, this lovely highlighter with a selection of blushes - they could be onto something here! Urban Decay are a brand that do colour very well.
These palettes RRP at £22.50, and are available at Urban Decay in-store counters, and also online at Urban Decay, Beauty Bay, or Feel Unique.




Is this a palette you own? And if so, what are your thoughts on it?


Much love!



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