Brightest & Boldest | Urban Decay Afterglow 8HR Blush | Review & Swatches

Brightest & Boldest | Urban Decay Afterglow 8HR Blush Review & Swatches

Hey Beauties! 

If there is one brand that isn’t afraid to play with bright, bold pops of colour then it is without a doubt Urban Decay. They are known for their extensive range of vibrant shades in their eyeshadows like the Electric and Vice palettes. As well as in their lipsticks, eyeliners, glitters and well practically every product they make. So it’s no surprise that they carried that love of bold colour to their Afterglow blushes. 

The Details

The Urban Decay Afterglow 8hr Blushes retail for $32 CAD/$26 USD (o.23oz) and come in 12 show stopping, in your face shades. They are packaged in seriously stunning gunmetal squares with clean, modern lines and an edgy laser cut logo with a fishnet grid so you can see the shade inside. 

Brightest & Boldest | Urban Decay Afterglow 8HR Blush Review & Swatches

The Formulation

Inside each square is a beautiful lightweight, finely milled powder blush. The powder has a very silky, smooth consistency that feels almost creamy to the touch. It is very soft and fine giving it an ultra blendable quality that makes it incredibly easy to buff into the skin without streaks or patchiness so it’s impossible to mess up or apply too much. The softness gives way to a lot of excess powder being kicked up so tapping your brush before application is key. 

Brightest & Boldest | Urban Decay Afterglow 8HR Blush Review & Swatches

The blushes come in both a satin matte finish as well a slight shimmer finish and the shades range from warm neutrals to bold out of the box shades. They are all infused with light diffusing properties to help fake a perfect flush and perfect the skin’s appearance. 

This infusion means that even the matte shades give a subtle radiant glow so you won’t be left with a dull, flat looking cheek but a multidimensional one. The matte nude shades give a gorgeous luminosity that brings life and light to the face and completely changes a more neutral look. 

The bold shades are nothing to be afraid of as the blushes offer a sheer payoff that can be built up or buffed away for the perfect customized flush. Even a bright orange can be rocked by someone with fair skin like me. 

Brightest & Boldest | Urban Decay Afterglow 8HR Blush Review & Swatches

The three shades I have here are Fetish (a medium toned pink nude), Quickie (a bright blue pink), and Bang (a bright red orange). 

All three are beautiful bright shades that apply lightly and build up to full saturation. They blend seamlessly on the skin and last all day without any touch ups. 

I love the Afterglow blushes for their unique shades and long lasting formula, they give a gorgeous luminous glow to the skin and can be customized to be as strong or delicate as you want them to be. I have even added two more shades to my collection recently! 

You can buy the Urban Decay Afterglow Blushes at Sephora or on the Urban Decay website. 



  1. Sam Smethurst
    March 16, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    These are surprisingly wearable when they're swatched – I've always been a little frightened of them but Fetish is absolutely gorgeous.Sammy

  2. Shane Prather
    March 16, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    I am loving that bright pink hue!

  3. Krista Williams
    March 16, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Wow! They all look so beautiful on your skin! It's amazing how different.I love the bright one đŸ™‚ gorgeous!

  4. Sammi Penni
    March 16, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    These blushes look gorgeous! I don't think I've ever tried a product from UD that I didn't like. I'm especially drawn to Quickie. I'm fair, but looking at your swatch, I think I might be able to pull it of since it can be sheered outf!

  5. Seersucker Sass
    March 16, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    I am really intrigued by the hot pink "Quickie" shade! I am definitely in the market for a new blush. I need to make a trip to Sephora soon, so I'll put these on my list :)XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  6. Megan Chronicles
    March 16, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Wow I was a little concerned when I saw these in the pan but they swatch super wearable! My concern though, is that they might not show up on tanner skin tones. Do you think that would be a problem?

  7. Michelle Mink
    March 16, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    we have very similar skin tone so i am pleased to see how this would look on me. i haven't tried urban decay before but i've heard great things about it

  8. ColorMeSoCrazy
    March 16, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    I'm in love with these colors… So hard! I'm super pale so they would work on me… Lol

  9. Mistle Petrey
    March 16, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands. They really aren't afraid of experimenting with colors, which I love. I have not purchased the electric palette because i was not sure how I would work those colors into something I could wear. I really want the palette now! I recently purchased one of these blushes but have yet to use it. When I was swatching it in Ulta I was extremely impressed with the formula.

  10. jill oliver
    March 16, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Wow these are so pretty. I love how bold they look in the pan but don't freak you out when on the skin. So pretty…I now want them .

  11. Lindsay Rutland
    March 16, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    These are gorgeous! I used to always be afraid of blushes that were so bright but now love how build able the color is!

  12. Breakfast at Lillys
    March 16, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    These blushes are absolutely gorgeous!xoxo, Jenny

  13. alexandria waning
    March 17, 2016 / 1:07 am

    That is super bright blush! They look so pretty though! I have never tried that brand; makeup isnt my thing!

  14. Ashley
    March 17, 2016 / 2:28 am

    All three colors are gorgeous! I am always looking for a great, bright blush…I might have to pick up one of these!xo Ashley

  15. J.R Luna
    March 17, 2016 / 4:06 am

    Oh these I definitely need to check out! They're lovely.

  16. XO Kerry
    March 17, 2016 / 4:52 am

    Ooh I love the color of fetish! I'm going to check these out.

  17. Fairy Princess Jord
    March 17, 2016 / 5:21 am

    I need a new blush for Spring and these look so bright and perfect! I have loved all of the Urban Decay products I have used in the past so I should really give these a try.

  18. Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    March 17, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    They seemed so bright, but then on your skin looked perfect! Thanks for sharing, I've never bought Urban decay before so it's nice to read a thorough review.

  19. Erica Ligenza
    March 17, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    These look SO SO gorgeous…I love even more how they are on your skin than in the package! That super bright fuschia looks so fun and turned out so nicely. <3Coming Up Roses

  20. Shaylee Anne
    March 17, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    I've been lusting over that purple one forever! I think it's about time I went and picked it up!

  21. Jiawun -
    March 18, 2016 / 8:41 am

    I have this blush in the shade Obsessed, and I love it! I really want to get that Bang shade now! x

  22. Katie Brown
    March 18, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    Wow, I definitely need some new blush and I'm loving the look of these!

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