Review of the Day: Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes (Rapture and Bitter Sweet)

I believe this was one of the most exciting launches of Urban Decay this year. Previously you barely had any choice of blushes by the brand and now you have the whole range to pick up your favorite blush color from. I decided to go for the most unconventional and unusual blush shades – for something rare!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($26.00) is blendable, finely milled powder blush that sweeps on beautifully and delivers eight hours of streak-free color.

These blushes come in a plastic square and slim packaging of a gun-metal color and beautifully designed lid – it has the UD monogram with the fishnet behind it that makes it almost see-trough for you to identify the shade you are looking for right away. With these blushes you get 6.8 g or 0.23 oz of product which is an average amount for blushes in comparison with Nars (4.8 g or 0.16 oz) or MAC (standard round blush blush has 6 g or 0.21 oz) or Benefit (7 g or 0.25 oz).

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Rapture Review
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Rapture

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Rapture is a officially described as ‘deep mauve with a hint of shimmer‘ and is actually cool-toned darkened reddish mauve shade with a hint of plum in it and finely milled gold shimmer that adds a lot of glow to it once on the skin.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Rapture (swatches) Review
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Rapture (swatches)

It is a very beautiful shade and it is very unique at the same time. It is definitely more of the purple-mauve color and is on a darker side that makes it quite universal as it shows up on different skin tones. You can easily vary the intensity of color from a sheer wash of color (for fair complexions) to a very deep flush on the cheeks. It has a very soft and blendable texture that makes it easy to work with. And it stays on my skin  for more than 8 hours. I have also featured this blush in my June Monthly Favorites!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bitter Sweet Review
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bitter Sweet

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bitter Sweet is described by Urban Decay as a ‘bright purple‘ and it is a cool-toned matte purple shade with very strong fuchsia pink undertones and a hint of sheen.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bitter Sweet (swatches) Review
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bitter Sweet (swatches)

This one is definitely a gem in my collection as I don’t have anything even a bit close to it. It is a gorgeous intensely pigmented purple blush and you do have to apply it light-handedly in order not to overdo it. It is very cool-toned but still works for warmer complexions if applied moderately and blended properly. It has the same soft and blendable texture as Rapture and is quite easy to apply. Even though it is matte it does not look flat on the skin at all as it has more of a satiny finish. Very unique and interesting product!

If you have always wanted to get a blush from Urban Decay – these two are a must for consideration. Those blushes are of a really good quality and Urban Decay has ten more shades to offer. Some of the blushes are very wearable and quite common, the other are a burst of color and fantasy so everyone can find something to one’s liking. I personally love the Rapture blush and use it very often and I also like to add Bittersweet to amp up the look from time to time.

Let me know if you have already tried these blushes. Leave any questions, thought and ideas in the comments down below!

Thank you very much for your attention.

Have an amazing day!

Hugs and kisses,

Dorothea

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Author: dorotheabeauty

INSPIRATION | MAKEUP | LIFESTYLE

9 thoughts

  1. Rapture is gorgeous! I bet you could use that as an eye shadow too. I have a couple of UD’s old blushes in the round pans (they were also called Afterglow blushes) and I quite like the quality, this is what they looked like:

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