Sephora kindly sent me a promo code for $15 off any $50 purchase – how could I refuse? Part of my purchase was the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Naked. I know this has been around for quite some time and I’ve seen/read pretty decent reviews on it so I decided to take a chance on it myself!
Can we first talk about the packaging? Lovely. A demi-matte, sleek gold compact that looks and feels high-end. Good size for travel and in your hand. And that sturdy sound of “snap!” when it shuts is like music to my ears!
The palette I chose was the original colour combo in Naked. The UD palettes come in four different shades in total. There were a couple that I thought would suit my complexion, but for my first taste, I went for the original. Like all the palettes, this comes with a bronzer, highlight and blush — all conveniently packed into this cute little container.
I’ve never been one to use bronzer although I have a few choices in my makeup collection, but for some reason this palette makes me want to experiment with it (I blame it on me being a sucker for marketing/packaging). I’ve used this now a few times — mostly on my temples and worked down on the hollows of my cheeks — not sure if my technique is down, but this shade seems to give my skintone a bit of warmth and shading around my face.
The bronzer is quite powdery in texture — swirling my brush in it gives off a bit of dust but at the same time, it feels very smooth and silky when swatched. It blends very well and provides good colour which is buildable — great for bronzer/contouring newbies like me. This is a fairly matte finish that doesn’t leave any apparent shimmer or sparkle to my skin.
Next to the bronzer is the highlight shade. This highlighter is a very pretty pinky champagne shade that is typical of some of the few highlighters I already own. Nothing too extraordinary about it, but compared to the ones in my collection, this one probably feels the most silky to apply. Very easy to blend and I only need a couple light taps with my highlighter brush to pick up enough product for both my cheeks. Usually I’ll apply this at the very tops of my cheek bones; sometimes I’ll swirl a tiny bit with the blush in the palette to create more of a sheeny-dewy cheek colour. This highlighter is quite shimmery, so it’s very important to go in with a light hand.
And lastly, the blush! Like the highlighter, this blush is quite pigmented so only a couple light-handed taps with my blush brush gives me just the right amount of product for a natural flush. I would describe the shade of this blush as a classic deep rose colour — definitely buildable — when I swatched a few times, I get almost a red hue. This has tiny gold flecks, but I don’t see them transfer onto my skin. The texture of this blush is very smooth and easy to blend. I really like this colour as it seems close to my own natural flush and a great colour for the winter months. But I can see myself wearing this blush all year round.
I’m very happy with the UD Naked Flushed palette in Naked. I am curious to know if the other palette shades would be a good match (or better) for my skintone. Would I repurchase this? Maybe. I like how the colours seem to go well with my skintone; I like the compact itself — looks and feels nice; and the quality of the powders are great.
I purchased this from Sephora; retail price is $35 Cdn.
I give the UD Naked Flushed palette in Naked: a HIGH FIVE
Have you tried this palette? Like or dislike? What about the other colours in the collection?
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