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June 27, 2016

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Blush In Score

Urban Decay has always been the last brand for me to look when I am on the hunt to find a new blush. Recently I casually walked by their display at Ulta when out of the corner of my eye their Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26 / 0.23 oz) in the shade Score caught my attention. A gorgeous warm-toned medium pink-peach with golden shimmer, I could not resist. Urban Decay’s line of these powder blush singles was released for the Summer of 2015 and became a permanent chapter available in 12 sumptuous shades and represented the brand’s first foray into actual single blush compacts. Encased in a gun-metallic gray square compact with mesh bedding revealing the color, to be quite truthful the modern design aesthetic alone did it for me.

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Score is described as a medium pink-peach with a touch of shimmer, but to me reads as a warm medium pinky peach with golden shimmers. The powder-based formula promises 8-hour wear with buildable coverage. The color layers really nicely and blends smoothly into the skin. Unfortunately, due to the texture being super soft, there’s quite a bit of powder kick-up in the pan when swirling a brush over it. Normally this is not a big deal, but still you lose a little product every time. Texture is soft and consistent, blended pretty well into the skin using my Real Techniques Blush Brush. I would say that the overall coverage is sheer and can only be built up to about a semi-sheer. There is pigment but once you apply it to the skin it simply sheers out. For those who love a little more color impact from their blushes, this specific shade may not be the suitable candidate to add to your collection. Another thing I noticed is that depending from day to day, this blush can act up rather temperamental. One day the shimmer will completely separate from the color and you’re either left with a semi-matte finish color, or a good dose of golden sparkle. On me I am usually able to get a hint of color with a subtle flurry of gold shimmer out of it, which kind of goes hand-in-hand with the dewy / natural look I try to achieve.

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In terms of performance, I rate Score at about a half thumbs up. The color is not exactly unique but it would have been nice if the overall quality and pigment perhaps was reformulated since its release so it could’ve been that much more. After thoroughly researching the internet, it turned out that Score is one of the lower ranking blushes from their Afterglow 8-Hour Blush line – but not all shades compare to Score and are in fact better performing. If you like more visible pigment for your cheek products, you may want to look into the other shades UD has to offer since this one is on the very sheer side. The only positive or promise this blush delivered on was the longevity aspect, it wears for a little over 7 hours on me before it starts fading and what I am left with is a small scattered mess of gold specks.

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Swatch on the arm

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Photographed closeup of the color

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I had high hopes for this blush since this was my first venture into another category besides concealers and eyeshadows by Urban Decay – unfortunately it did not blow my mind but I would definitely not write the blush off all-together since I am able to incorporate into quick 10-minute looks for when I need a flush of something on my cheeks.

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Have you tried any other colors from the Afterglow 8-hour Blush collection? What are your experiences/recommendations?

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