Sunday, July 6, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palettes - Native and Streak


Earlier in the spring, Urban Decay released some new shades of their Naked Flushed Palettes ($30 each for 14g/0.49 oz). These are well-packaged face trio compacts with a bronzer, highlighter and blush. I'm a huge fan of their Naked Eyeshadow Palettes (#3 is my fav) and thought these had a lot of promise. I purchased Native (pink) and Streak (peach) in store at Sephora after reading an overwhelming number of rave reviews (4.5 stars out of 5 average rating with 600+ reviews).  
  • Native is a pink option with a medium-dark bronzer with a soft shimmer, a opal pinkish champagne highlighter and a matte pink blush
  • Streak is a warmer option with a lighter shimmery bronzer, a pale peachy shimmer highlighter and a stunning coral matte blush 
Swatching them in store on my hands revealed a soft well pigmented texture that seemed easy to blend. Testing at home with a variety of brushes has me less than pleased. I purchased these late May/early June and have been desperately trying to make these work for me.

The texture is finely milled and soft which is easy to pick up with brushes but the bronzer and blush are both very powdery resulting in a lot of debris/powder kick-up. They don't show up well on lightly powdered skin. Right over foundation the color picks up more but the colors look muddy and look like they just sit on top of the skin. The highlighters are creamier in texture (although they are powders) and blends easily but the frost factor highlights imperfections and after softly applying on the cheeks, I suddenly have large visible pores. I've tried both with a large variety of brushes, cream highlighters, foundations, dewy cheek products as a base even. With the right amount of creamy base underneath I can get the bronzer and blush to apply ok sometimes (I like Tom Ford Fire Lust and Armani Fluid Sheer #3 or #10 the best), but I cannot wear the highlighter on the cheeks at all. That being said, the highlighters are pretty on the eyes. Half of the times I've applied these I ended up taking them off immediately after putting them on the face.

Photos and swatches:


Swatches side by side:


Closeups of each palette, up first is Native:




Streak




One last view, Streak (left) and Native (right):


I'm overall disappointed. I've tried numerous times to make these work, and with extra tweaking I can only make them work 1/2 the time. They look so beautiful in the compacts and when swatched on the hands or arms. On the face the pigment and texture don't quite translate the same. Given the overwhelming number of rave reviews, I suspect I'm in the minority with my thoughts. I've mentioned in recent posts I've had skin issues and breakouts - my skin issues aren't on the cheek area in case you're wondering if it's skin problems causing the issue in application. For additional reference, Temptalia has detailed thoughts on Native, Streak and Strip, my experiences are similar to hers.

Based on the price, packaging and convenience, if you're at a Sephora or Urban Decay counter I think you should still give these a try. If there are clean brushes available, ask a makeup artist or sales associate to apply it on you.

If you've tried these, I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you have these which shade do you have and who do you apply them?

The Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palettes retail for $30 each. I found mine at Sephora. They come in four options, Naked, Native, Streak and Strip.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for showcasing them!
    The Native looks very attractive. I was looking for a blush/bronzer combo with cooler undertones and this seems to fit the bill. :)

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  2. Wow, yours is probably the only negative review I've seen of these (so far) and it's honestly kind of a relief. I'd been getting a serious case of the lemmings, heh, esp. for Streak! Thank you so much for reviewing despite the subpar performance.

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  3. I am the complete opposite of Lena, I love blushes with warmer undertones and Streak is gorgeous!

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  4. I want to get Streak - thanks for your reviews, they are always so helpful! I have only heard positive reviews, so it's interesting that it didn't work for you. They do look so pretty in the packaging, but looks are sometimes deceiving...

    huge fan of your blog xx
    Laurie (laurieamedina.blogspot.com)

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  5. Thank you for your honest opinion! These products are on my wishlist and I've heard 50% good and 50% bad reviews about these items. I'm going to wait until they improve these palettes.

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  6. Hi Sabrina,

    These palettes seem great for traveling (or for those looking to build collections!) Of the two featured here, Urban Decay Naked strikes my fancy - the opal highlight is gorgeous :)

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  7. Thanks for this review. I was swatching these on the back of my hand this weekend and almost bought one. I actually looked at the slight frosty factor and although I love it, I was worried it would emphasize my pores. I think I'm going to pass.....

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  8. Both are gorgeous and I am thinking of trying out Steak :)

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  9. They look great on your arm so the obvious solution is to wear them there :-)

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  10. I love the way this post is laid out with the swatch pictures in natural light. I wasn't interested in these palettes at the store - they looked kind of boring to me, but now that I've seen the gorgeous swatches, I realize I underestimated them and now I'm thinking about buying Streak. Nice work!

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  11. I TOTALLY agree with you. I bought one a week ago to take for a trip and discovered that the bronzer looks incredibly muddy, the highlighter is garishly blingy, and all the shades had huge amounts of fallout. I didn't end up taking it and will be returning it to Sephora. It's a bummer, because otherwise, the shades are pretty and the packaging is nice and sleek.

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