Urban Decay Flushed…Was a Flush…

Urban Decay Flushed...

In two words: not impressed!!! I was so sad when I swatched the Urban Decay Flushed pallette at Ulta this week. What a disappointment. None of the colors in the pallete showed up on me and I mean none. The pallette has a bronzer, highlighter, and blush. Going in, I expected tthat I wouldn’t be able to use the bronzer for it’s intended purpose. However, I wanted to try the pallette anyway because Urban Decay is well-known and renowned because it’s very pigmented shadows. As such, I expected no different from their new Flushed pallete. Boy was I delusional.

I’m a dark-skinned woman of color, but hardly the darkest on the color spectrum.  Likewise, I don’t expect all makeup to be universally flattering. However,  I was unprepared for anything Urban Decay to be a complete failure on me. I love all of their eyeshadow palletes and their setting sprays. Even though the colors may not have worked for my complexion, I at least expected them to be visible. Sadly, this might be the only Urban Decay product that is a complete bust for me and any other sistah that has a deeper tone than light beige. Even for those sistahs in the ivory range, I think they too would have to take a heavy handed approach to getting anything in the Flushed pallete to show up. Ultimately, my problem with the Flushed pallete is not that it does not suit my complexion, but the fact that it lacks overall pigmentation.

My universal test for a blush and highlighter is the one swirl rule (I’ve been spoiled by MAC products). I should be able to get a visible pick up of color in one swirl of a brush or finger swatch. Unfortunately, I had to continually rub the pallete using my index finger to even get a hint of color–even for the blush. I was appalled.

I’ve seen lots of rave reviews about the Flushed pallete, even from sistahs with darker complexions, but I’m confused. While I know what works for me may not work for someone else and vice versa–the hype is mystifying. For $30.00, I wouldn’t expect a high end brand to have so little color payoff. Sadly, the value isn’t there if one has to have such a heavy hand to get decent color.

Did anyone else have this same problem or is it just me? I’d love to hear your experiences. 😦


4 thoughts on “Urban Decay Flushed…Was a Flush…

  1. Glad I read this! I’ve been tempted by this for a while but the fact that nearly half of it is bronzer and I rarely use bronzer (unless I have a tan, which is rare lol) put me off a bit. I nearly ordered it online in a moment of weakness last night, happy I resisted now 🙂


    • You’re very fair so it may work for you. However, I wouldn’t buy this for a kit. It is not universal. I was so shocked this was an Urban Decay product. Definitely not their usual standard. Have you visited a store to swatch it? That would be what I recommend prior to purchasing should you change you mind.


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