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March 29, 2019

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush Review

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush is a soft, lightweight powder blush. For some people, this will be their dream blush, but this formula isn’t for everyone. Let me give you the rundown on why this blush may or may not be something you want to add to your collection. Today I’m reviewing the shades Crush, Kinky, Score, and Video.

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Urban Decay Afterglow Blush

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush is available in 16 shades, including four which are exclusive to Urban Decay’s website: X-Rated, Paranoid, Satisfy, and TMI. Sephora and Ulta used to sell the other 12 shades, but it looks like Sephora only has a few shades left and Ulta has stopped selling Urban Decay Afterglow Blush completely. This makes me suspect that Urban Decay is reformulating their blush line, so if you decide you want any of the Afterglow Blushes, I suggest you purchase them sooner rather than later.

Packaging

urban decay afterglow blush review

 

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush is packaged in a metallic plastic compact with a fishnet cutout in the shape of the brand’s initials on the lid. The cutout makes it easier to see the color of the blush, but it’s not so apparent that I’m able to tell which shade I’m grabbing without checking the label on the back. Ultimately, it’s just a beautiful design choice. Although the exterior is plastic, I suspect there’s some metal beneath the blush pan because there’s some weight to the compact that makes it feel more luxurious.  A magnetic closure keeps the compact secure.

I love the look and feel of the packaging, but I do have to warn you that the exterior shows fingerprints very easily. Additionally, the fishnet cutout takes the place of a mirror in the compact, so unfortunately if you’re someone who applies blush on-the-go or uses the mirror in the compact to apply your makeup on a regular basis, this might be a  downside for you.

Ingredients in Urban Decay Afterglow Blush

SCORE:
Isoeicosane, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Zinc Stearate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Polyisobutene, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Methicone, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet).

VIDEO:
Isoeicosane, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Zinc Stearate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Polyisobutene, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methicone, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77007 (Ultramarines).

KINKY:
Isoeicosane, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Zinc Stearate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Polyisobutene, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Methicone, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6).

CRUSH:
IIsoeicosane, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Zinc Stearate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Polyisobutene, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Methicone, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake).

Formula

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush has a very soft, finely-milled formula. If you’re familiar with the Marc Jacobs Air Blush formula, the Urban Decay Afterglow formula is very similar. Some shades in this range are completely matte, while others have very tiny micro glitter. I’ve noticed that the shades with micro glitter tend to feel a bit drier to the touch than the shades without micro glitter, but it doesn’t seem to impact the application or longevity of the blush. All of the blushes in the Afterglow range are a little dry, and they have quite a bit of powder kickup when you dip a brush into the powder. Despite the texture, I don’t think Urban Decay Afterglow Blush actually looks dry on the skin. Even the matte shades have a very subtle luminosity that looks very skin-like and healthy without being actually being a glowy or shimmery blush.

Application

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Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Crush

Although the Urban Decay Afterglow Blushes have a lot of pigmentation, there’s a translucency to them that makes them a lot more wearable and user-friendly than they might initially appear. It’s a very buildable blush, so it’s possible to make the color more impactful. The blush blends out incredibly easily and evenly, so if you typically struggle to blend your blush, the Urban Decay Afterglow Blush range might be a good option for you. However, you do have to make sure you don’t overload your brush with powder, which is a potential problem you might have because of the amount of kickup this formula creates. I’ve never noticed Urban Decay Afterglow Blush emphasizing my pores or dry skin, but for what it’s worth I don’t have very large pores on my cheeks, so your experience may be different if your cheeks are a problem area for you.

Longevity

On my skin, Urban Decay Afterglow Blush lasts between six and eight hours depending on the weather. In the summer, this blush fades as my face starts to sweat so it’s pretty much gone by the six hour mark. In the winter, it takes much longer to start fading, but I do notice that it’s faded by the eight hour mark. Definitely still visible, but not as vibrant. I have several other blushes I would reach for before any of the Urban Decay Afterglow Blushes if I needed something to last through a long day, but for an average day, they’re acceptable.

Final Thoughts

urban decay afterglow blush swatches review video score crush kinky

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush swatched heavily over bare skin.

 

Originally, I was going to review these four shades separately, but the formula is so consistent between them that it’s really not necessary. With the exception of the micro glitter shades, the blushes all have the same texture, same application, and same longevity. Longevity is the biggest flaw this product has, in my opinion. It applies beautifully, the formula is great, but it doesn’t last as long as I would like it to. The lack of mirror and the powder kickup really don’t bother me, but they might be a dealbreaker for some of you.

As I mentioned before, it’s not a blush that’s going to please everyone. The lack of mirror, the powder kickup, and the wear time are the biggest factors that might sway your opinion of this blush. The dry texture of this blush might also be off-putting, especially if you’re someone who gravitates toward cream blushes normally. This is something I’ve noticed about my own feelings toward this blush. I like these blushes, I think they’re a good product, but they’re not the first blush I reach for. Purely personal preference. I think there are a lot of people out there who will absolutely love this buildable, blendable, user-friendly blush.

$26 at UrbanDecay.com

You might like this if…

  • You’re looking for a blush that’s pigmented but buildable.
  • A matte or semi-matte finish is your ideal.
  • You prefer a strictly powder blush, not a cream or a formula that’s somewhere in between like the ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks.
  • You don’t want to have to fight to blend your blush. As long as you don’t put too much product on your brush, this blush will blend out with minimal effort.

Skip this if…

  • Fingerprints on the exterior of the compact will drive you crazy.
  • You need a blush that can be applied on-the-go. Not having a mirror in the compact might impede that.
  • Your blush needs to last longer than 8 hours. Maybe you’ll get a longer wear time out of this blush than I do, but based on my own experience I can’t recommend this as a long-wearing formula.

Thanks for reading!

xx

Cristine

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2 Comments

  • Alyssa Thomas

    I’ve always been intrigued by these blushes, but the wear time turns me off. I just can’t have my blush fading after 6 hours. The packaging is beautiful though!

    March 29, 2019 at 11:00 am Reply
    • Cristine

      Yeah, I agree. The wear time on these is super disappointing. Judging by a few other reviews I’ve read, other people seem to have better luck with getting them to stay, but I’ve worn these blushes with several different combinations of foundation and primer and it just doesn’t seem to matter. I typically don’t have issues with my blush fading, so for these to fade the way they do is out of the ordinary for me.

      March 30, 2019 at 9:43 pm Reply

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