This pressed powder compact includes a semi-matte bronzer, a satin blush, and a shiny highlighter nestled in between. There are no dividers between the powders, so some of the shine from the highlighter will inevitably migrate to the blush and matte-finish bronzer in the compact. However, if shine isn't a concern, this versatile bronzing palette is worth checking out and can be considered a beauty value.
The texture of these powders is enviably smooth and the shades are workable for light to medium-deep skin tones. The blush is a universally flattering rose shade that wears well alone, or layered with the believable tan-colored bronzer which is neither orange nor too dark (we're surprised how many bronzers come off as too orange, but not this one).
- All three shades in the compact are universally flattering.
- Bronzer is neither too orange nor too dark.
- Enviably smooth powder texture.
- Shine from highlighter migrates into the blush and bronzer.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.