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I am what some people would conservatively describe as a cream blush aficionado. Others may call me an obsessive blush whore. Okay, that’s usually how I describe myself. I love the stuff. The first blush I ever owned was a cream blush because that’s what my mother used and because she said it was harder to mess up. Being as pale as I am, blush is a necessity and one product I just shouldn’t go without.
I am constantly on the look out for the latest cream blush formulations and whenever I find a new one to add to my arsenal, I am like a kid on Christmas morning. New to my cream blush radar is Urban Decay’s Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint. Now, we at wht are no strangers to this fabulous brand and we have made our love of them known time and time again. I’m adding this product to the list of lust-worthy cosmetics from Urban Decay.
The Afterglow Cheek Tint ($24) is packaged in a sleek, clear plastic compact with a golden snake on the lid (Look closely, the “snake” is actually a flower chain!) Tucked inside is a generously sized mirror that is perfect for touch-ups. But it’s the Afterglow formula that’s worthy of a big “oh”!
Urban Decay’s Afterglow Glide-on Cheek Tint does just that…it glides. It applies smoothly, the consistency of a thin balm with zero stickiness. It feels like weightless silk on your cheeks. I know that sounds slightly melodramatic, but I kid you not. After the color set on my face, I ran my hand over my cheek and couldn’t feel the product at all, just soft skin.
The color applies more sheer than the pan would imply, so for those of you fearful of looking like an employee of the Ringling Brothers Circus, I dare say this cream blush is for you. Not only do these cream blushes look lovely and natural on, but they contain nourishing ingredients such as Vitamins E, C, and A and several shades offer vegan formulations.
These blushes come in seven face-brightening shades and the wht team had the chance to check out six Afterglow hues:
Bang – bright orange (vegan formula); Quickie – light pink (vegan formula)
Score – pink-peach with gold shift; Fetish – rose pink
Greedy – berry (vegan formula); Indecent – peach
I received the shade Greedy, which is a deep plum berry shade in the pan. It applies as a light wash of plum with a hint of red. It took about three swipes per cheek to get a good flush going.
Bonus! I even slicked some on my lips and was happy to discover that it felt like a light balm and lasted for a couple of hours (no food or drink during this time). Alone, on my oily skin, the cheek tint lasted between one to two hours before I needed to reapply. Once I set it with a translucent loose powder, it lasted about five hours, however, it still started to fade after about two hours and at five there was nothing left.
• Nearly impossible to over-apply
• Closely resembles a natural flush
• Blends flawlessly
• Can be used on lips
• Vitamins in the formulation
• Some shades are vegan
• No breakouts for this tester (I have sensitive/oily skin and if a product will make someone break out, that person will be me.)
• Shades apply very sheer as opposed to how they look in pan, so keep that in mind when viewing swatches online. (I checked out some of these at my local Sephora and noted that in person, they almost didn’t resemble the computer swatches due to how very sheer they were.)
• Lasts longer than some, but fades a little faster than I’d prefer. I don’t mind re-applying cream blush, but since most require the use of your fingers to accomplish this, you really need to sanitize your hands before you can do this or else you contaminate the product.
• I can’t help but wish they had more shades. Most are of the pink or peach variety. I would love to see a cherry red shade and a deep brown/bronze shade in this blush.
Overall, I think the Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint is a welcome addition to my cream blush collection and I’m giving it 4 stars, one point deducted because the color didn’t last as long as I would have liked. I definitely feel that those of you who have been afraid to try cream formulas in the past will be pleasantly surprised with this Urban Decay newbie.
we heartsters – Am I the only person who is slightly biased towards cream blush? Testers – How did the other shades of this cheek tint pan out? (Ha! Puns!)
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