1 Jul 2014

Beauty: new from Urban Decay - Naked Skin illuminating beauty balm and flushed blush palettes

Urban Decay have recently released some new additions to their Naked line for summer.  Joining the original Naked Flushed palette and three new colourways, and in addition to their Naked skin beauty balm there's now an illuminating and a bronzing version to choose from.

This is one of the new Urban Decay Naked flushed blush palettes in the shade Native - it's the more pinky addition the the Flushed palette range.  The original Naked flushed is made up of more neutral bronze shades - Native adds more pink tones to the mix, streak is the more coral toned palette and strip is a deeper and darker almost plummy bronze.  

Native is my favourite of the three and I love a really pinky blush and the highlighter in this palette is the paler and more shimmery of the three.  At £22 I think it's quite a good value palette as you can use all three colours separately for their own intended purposes, as well as using all three for that full on glow.  This is the sort of palette I'd definitely take away with me to save space when packing as it's three products in one and the colours are in line with the sort of every day look I tend to go for.  

Swatched you can see that all three colours are really good quality and can be built to a really strong colour.  The pink is not quite as bright on the skin as it appears in the pan, so don't be afraid to give it a try. 

I've also been trying out the new Urban Decay Naked Skin illuminating beauty balm.  I own Urban Decay's original Naked skin beauty balm and I really like it underneath the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundations - it's oil free which is perfect for my combination skin, it blends well and leaves a really nice finish.  Now I know a beauty balm is designed to be worn alone as a lighter base that evens out the skin, but I need more coverage than that.   I tend to like to wear beauty balms like primers, and that works for me.  The Naked skin illuminating beauty balm has some subtle shimmer to it, and that would probably be lost underneath my foundation, so I have been wearing it mixed with my Naked foundation in the shade 3.0 and it gives me both coverage and a little bit of luminosity at the same time.

The product looks a little bit on the orange side on application, but when blended out it gives a lovely warm glowy coverage which I think would suit any fair to medium skin tones.  The shimmer is fine and subtle with no obvious 'bits'.  It costs £23 for a 35ml tube.

Here I'm wearing the Naked skin illuminating beauty balm mixed with Naked skin foundation, and all three colours from the Native Naked flushed palette as bronzer, blush and highlight.  I think it gives a really soft and glowy look perfect for summer.  

The new Urban Decay flushed palettes and beauty balms are available at Debenhams, House of Fraser, Selfridges and feelunique.



  1. Ooh both are so pretty! I really need to get my hands on the illuminating balm!

    The Sunday Chapter
    Angela xo

    1. The palette is one of those things you just want to stare at isn't it?!

  2. Replies
    1. I want to get some of the other colours now, they're gorgeous!

  3. I really want to get the Flushed Palette in Streak - it looks gorgeous!

    Mia xx

    1. Oooh yes the coral one, that looks lovely x

  4. I like the palette and the coverage looks nice on you.


  5. The palette has beautiful shades!

  6. Wow, that palette is really cool, because the bronzer, highlighter, and blush are very complementary.


  7. Lovely Urban Decay products! The Naked Flushed palette has been on my wishlist for quite some time now - heard many good things about it! You mentioned you love a good bb to site well under foundation, I've got a personal favourite for that matter: the YSL BB creme. I reviewed it for you if you want to have a look: Laura London - YSL BB Creme

  8. I love the illuminating effect!! The palette is lovely.



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