I feel that Orgasm gets so much hype and fanfare it overshadows all the other wonderful colours NARS has in its blush range. I’m currently trying out this NARS Blush in Gina.
By all means, if you’re looking to try out NARS blushers and don’t know what colour will suit you, Orgasm is a great all-rounder and is pretty universal in terms of suitability, but if you’ve got the time, then pop over to a NARS counter and have a chat with the SA to see if there’s a colour which might suit you better.
The shade recommended for me was Gina. It’s a lovely orangey coral – perfect for my skin, which has warm undertones, and tans easily in Summer, but also great for the transition into Autumn, matching the lovely russet tones of falling leaves.
It’s a matte colour, so there’s no shimmer/sparkle like with Orgasm. Sometimes that’s a good thing; sometimes it’s not. It depends on the day. Where Orgasm gives you a more dewy, glistening look, Gina adds depth and warmth, almost like a bronzer (but not quite).
It’s not going to be for everybody, but I think it’s a great shade for those with warm undertones, or maybe those who want to add a little warmth.
Lasting Power: All day.
Consistency: Matt powder. Very pigmented and easily applied – use a light hand!
Overall Rating: 8/10. It’s a great blusher, but I don’t think it’ll suit me through Winter when my skin has lost some of its glow. It’s still a great Summer/Autumn choice, but a shame I can’t wear it year-round.
I was so shocked when the sales assistant at Urban Decay told me this was just £22, I probably peed a little. Not really of course, because that’s disgusting and it’s a figure of speech, but you understand.
Generally, I’d grimace a little at paying £22 for one makeup product (though there are some I’d willingly pay that price for), but when it comes to high-end brands, that’s what you’re looking at paying for one blush, or one highlighter, one tube of concealer or whatever. But this handy little palette is 3 products in one, all for that price. Take a look at Benefit: their Brozner “Hoola“, and their “Sugarbomb” blush both cost £23.50. That’s £47 for just two of the three products you’d get in Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palette. Say what you will, but this is excellent value for money.
I love that they’re all on one handy palette, making it easier to transport and carry with you from A to B. In theory, this is handy for travel, minimising the space 3 products should take up, but I’m not sure that this is all that practical. I’m sure the increased surface area you get from combining the three products in one palette makes it much easier for it to shatter because science and stuff – BUT I may be wrong. This actually survived a few trips in my makeup bag; it only shattered because I’m cack-handed and managed to drop it. I’d still be careful, but as long as you don’t throw it at your nan or something it should be fine.
I’m going to review the three products individually, then give my verdict on the palette as a whole.
This is hands down the best bronzer I’ve ever used – although I’ve only used about 2 bronzers in my life, so I’m probably not the best judge. I love that it’s not sparkly, making it great for contouring (which is what I use it for), but you can always add a little highlighter over the top to give it some shimmer, if you’re that way inclined. The pigmentation is good, but what makes it great is that It’s so finely milled it makes it hard to use too much product, which can be a nightmare when using bronzer – you want to go for the sun-kissed look, not the “just rolled in dirt” look. Pigmented, finely milled, and buildable. A winner in my books!
This one feels slightly less finely milled, so unless you want to look like Edward Cullen, I’d use a light hand when applying it. I guess this is a good thing – there’s so much of this product, but you need just a little, and it’s probably best used in the night, so this will definitely last me ages. It’s a lovely pink-toned highlighter, so it won’t make you look like a lightbulb.
This one is the most pigmented of the lot, and not that easily blended, so again, it’s best to use your gentlest touch. Like the bronzer, there’s no sparkle here, which makes it great for that “no makeup” makeup look. Wearing this alone will look beautifully natural, but you can always vamp it up with a little of the highlighter layered over the top. As it’s so pigmented, this one should also last a long time.
All three products in the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette are absolutely great – much better than all the drugstore brands I’ve tried (granted, I haven’t tried a lot of bronzers or highlighters), making it exceptionally good value for money. If you’re investing in some new makeup and need all three of these products, it makes a great all-rounder. The blush is my least favourite of the three because I’m a NARS Orgasm devotee, but I’d probably buy this again even if just for the bronzer and highlighter.
Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette?
Consistency: The bronzer is very finely milled but buildable; the highlighter feels a little more creamy; the blush is finely milled. All 3 are well pigmented.
Overall Rating: 9/10. You can’t argue with the value for money, but be careful with it as the design could leave it prone to breakage. I barely use the blush as I prefer a different brand, but I’d definitely buy the Naked Flushed Palette again and would absolutely recommend it!
I got this as part of a free gift when buying some other stuff from Estee Lauder. How cool is the packaging? It looks awesome in my makeup bag. And it’s such a lovely little blush. It’s the perfect shade for all year round – a lovely, slightly coraly pink, which is warm enough for summer skin, but pink enough for winter when I’m rocking the pale and interesting look. It’s pretty pigmented, so you only need a light hand, but it’s not as pigmented as some other blushes (NARS, I’m looking at you), so you don’t need to worry about it being hard to blend if you put a little too much on your brush. No sign of clown cheeks here!
It came with a teeny tiny little brush (not pictured – it’s wandered off somewhere), which was cute, but kind of shit, tbh. But it was basically free, so I didn’t care. After looking at how much the full product costs, I’d be a little pissed at the quality of the brush, ’cause it was quite cheap-feeling. Maybe the brushes in the full size, non-free products are of better quality? I don’t know. Blush brushes that come with the product are never good though, are they? So I’m not going to knock Estee Lauder too much for that. If you want a good blush brush, buy one yourself, that’s what I say!
The packaging of this is quite annoying ’cause it’s like a strip instead of a square – kind of like what you’d expect in an eyeshadow palette, rather than a blush….shit, maybe it’s an eyeshadow? *checks* okay, it’s not, we’re good. Anyway, the full size product is a square, so panic not, sweet child of mine.
That’s about it, really. It’s a nice, year round, baby-bear’s-porridge blush – just right.
For some reason, I never really try Estee Lauder’s cosmetics ’cause they seem…I don’t know, boring I guess? Apart from their Double Wear foundation, which I love, I’ve only ever tried their free gift stuff. I find the brand a bit bland and mature, but it’s one of the biggest cosmetics houses, with so many brands under its umbrella including Bobbi Brown, Clinique and Smashbox, so this blush experience has inspired me to try more of their stuff.
Consistency: Very nicely pigmented, but not too much so that it’s hard to blend.
Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5
Price: I had this as part of a free gift, but the full size product is £27.
Overall Rating: 9/10. A very good blush, suitable for year round wear, but I think it’s a little overpriced, and I’m not sure I’d buy the full size.