Urban Decay Afterglow Blush: Score, Quickie, X

March 9, 2010

Urban Decay’s Afterglow Blush in X is among my oldest blushes. I used this on a regular basis when I was an undergrad and it’s one of the few blushes that I hit pan on and used up. It never failed to give me a natural pretty glow (a less frosty version of NARS Orgasm) and generated endless compliments whenever I wore it. Unfortunately, it’s since been discontinued, but luckily I repurchased it before they pulled the plug on the color.

I recently ventured to my local Sephora to check out the other shades. Score is a peachy shimmer and Quickie is a bright cool pink shimmer. Here are the colors compared to X. Each retail for $17.

Label/Packaging – Seems similar to the original, but the weight went down a bit:

Overall thoughts: I think these are highly underrated, but I believe this is due to the price and size. $17 for 3.8 g is a bit pricey (compared to MAC $18.50 but for 6g/.21oz). I’m not usually one to nit-pick on price-per-gram, but when I saw the actual product, my first instinct was “eek, tiny!”

That being said, the pigment is excellent/easily blendable and formula seems to be of high quality. The texture makes it easy to layer. Being that they do seem to have high pigment, I would recommend applying with a lighter hand and then proceed by layering/blending so you don’t get a dark spot on one part of your cheek. I do believe they formulas justify the higher price, but unfortunately, I know I’ve passed by these numerous times just because of the price-to-size ratio.

I personally like a lot of Urban Decay products, particularly their shimmer eyeshadows. I’ve tested a number of their other products and have found a lot of great items but they’ve discontinued almost all my favorites, including their Lip Gunk (original wand lipgloss), Nail Polishes, Original Surreal Skin Powder Foundation, and a number of their Lip Liners that were fabulous.

I would expand my UD collection in a heartbeat if it weren’t for their bizarre packaging and neverending glitter supply. Then again, I don’t think I am exactly their target market. I do like that they are unique, edgy and very rocker-chic. There are some staples I have from the collection including Toasted, Blaze, Stray Dog, YDK, and Sellout Eyeshadows. Their eyeshadows have amazing pigments/texture. Zero Deluxe Eyeshadow is the one of the prettiest black shimmers ever.

I am still keeping my fingers crossed that they will release the exclusive colors in their Book of Shadow Series into individual shadows, in particular Mushroom, Nylon, Sidecar, Gridlock.

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  • X was one of the few UD products that actually works well for me, if not mistaken. it's in a couple of old palettes before right?

    i like what i see in Score!

  • These are all beautiful!! I don't pay much attention to UD, so I guess I didn't realize they discontinue their stuff that fast =/

  • keep up the good work. i love your blog! πŸ™‚

  • I LOVE UD – I have the Get Baked/Ammo palette and I love pretty much all the colors. I do agree with the chunky glitter fallout issues. You have to be careful and not apply those e/s while on a moving vehicle. I have never tried their blush but if it's worth the money then I'm listening.

    YES, PLEASE SELL MUSHROOM AS A SINGLE SHADOW!!!! I don't have that shadow and I have been dying for it. I just don't want to buy a palette with colors I already own just for that single shade.

  • I think those colors are beautiful!

  • Hi Sabrina! New commenter, but I've been reading a while. Love how you feature products and talk about them in a focused way – your blog is one of my favorites πŸ™‚ (And has caused me to spend more money than just about any except Temptalia, haha!)

    It's a shame X blush is discontinued, but I wonder if X eyeshadow would substitute for it? I have that and use it as a blush about as often as I do an eyeshadow. It's a bit shimmery, but I love it as a soft glow color.

    With regards to the brand in general…yeah, their packaging is funky and their names sometimes annoy me (Baked? Roach? really, are they all stoners?), but I do LOVE a lot of their products. I imagine them in sleek black MAC packaging and suddenly I realize that aside from the glitter, they are such a classy, quality brand. Their 24/7 eyeliners in particular are unbeatable, and I love how moisturizing the lipsticks are, and the Deluxe shadows (especially Ruthless and Scratch) are staples for me. I figure I'm not wearing the packaging, and I don't carry my makeup around much except for lipstick/gloss, so I don't hesitate to purchase UD.

  • Hmmm, interesting! I think there's so much focus on UD's eye products that everything else in the line gets ignored a little. I have actually tried on one of UD's blushes once, but it was for a makeover at Ulta which went horribly wrong and the foundation they used on me oxidized so in retrospect it probably wasn't the most fair assessment of the blush. I'll have to take another look!

  • Oh wow, Score is gorgeous!!

  • They are selling these blushes on Hautelook.com for $5 today!