Wooooah, it's been a long time since I was this excited about a new product release. You guys already know I'm the biggest sucker for blush and Urban Decay's brand new Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush is a huge reason for me to pinch myself (no need to pinch the cheeks because dang, these guys are full of dramatic color already).
Here are the 12 shades of Afterglow which have a variety of everyday wearable neutrals as well as some really vibrant pops of bold color in both matte and shimmer finishes.
Video / Indecent / Kinky / Rapture / Fetish / Bittersweet
Obsessed / Quickie / Crush / Bang / Quiver / Score
Matte, everyday dusty nude leaning tan. The rosier tones come out in natural light.
Matte, light peach. Best for someone with a light complexion because it sat on top of my skin or disappeared when blended in.
This shade is quite natural and foolproof. Peach with noticeable shimmer.
Neutral mauve with very light shimmer. It reminds of Tarte's Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed but slightly deeper. This would be a gorgeous Fall cheek color.
Matte, warm medium pink. I could see this being an everyday blush for medium skintones.
This is a VERY bright purple that looks like an eyeshadow. Not for the faint of heart!
Pale, cool light pink. It's another shade that sits on top of my medium skintone. Best for light complexions.
Bright, blue-based barbie pink! Very loud, very pigmented.
Warm medium pink. This one would be perfect for a spring-summer flush.
Again, this one is bright as an eyeshadow and should be used with a light hand. I can see it looking amazing on very deep complexions but it could easily overwhelm medium-to-light skintones.
Bright, blue-based barbie pink! Very loud, very pigmented. Another one that would be beautiful on deeper ladies, but used with a light hand for everyone else.
Peachy-pink with shimmer. This reminds me of the infamous NARS Orgasm-type blushes that will flatter a lot of people.
Overall the blushes are all extremely finely milled and did not take much pressure to give a ton of pigment. I'm glad they included about half neutral, everyday shades but still have plenty of the shocking brights that UD loves. It makes me really happy to know that they are looking out for every skintone and ethnicity with this lineup because there truly is something that will look nice on anyone. Oh, and they are completely non-scented.
My immediate favorites include Score (peachy pink with shimmer), Crush (warm matte pink), Kinky (peach with shimmer) and Video (matte soft nude) but I'm also looking forward to testing out the more intense shades to see how wearable they can be as well.
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush will be available starting April 14th at Sephora, Ulta, Macys, Beauty.com, and Urbandecay.com for $28.
Readers, what's your favorite Afterglow shade? Will you be picking one up? Let me know in the comments!