Way back in May I introduced the Urban Decay Summer 2015 Collection which not only featured a gorgeous array of new products and shades to fall in love with, but products which would be sticking around as permanent new additions to the Urban Decay range. Not only did I adore each of the new products, excited by the new ideas Urban Decay had come up with, but I found myself a little head-over-heels in love with one of the products in particular, which turned out to be my most used blush of the summer; Besotted from the stunning new Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush line. Everything from the packaging to the formula, colour pay-off and longevity ticked all my beauty obsessive boxes, and I knew it wouldn't be long until I added another shade to my ever-growing blush collection.
For those of you new to the Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush range, they are absolutely heavenly! Formulated to create an effortlessly radiant look, they're presented in a unique gunmetal compact that has a mesh top and magnetic close. The formula is beautifully soft and smooth with incredible colour pay-off and no fallout whatsoever, providing stunning colour to the cheeks for at least 8 hours wear. The shades in the range go from neutral nudes and soft pinks to warm berry shades and even intense purples. There's a variety of finishes depending on shade, with my favourite finish being matte; easily one of the most wearable matte finishes you'll ever come across for a blush.
I have to admit, I am a bit of a sucker for a neutral blush. Although I love my soft flushes of colour in spring and the bright pinks in summer, not forgetting the more warming plum shades I turn to in autumn and winter, a shade I can always turn to no matter what time of year is a neutral blush that adds just a touch of colour to my cheeks without being over-powering or too intense. It was the Bobbi Brown Almond Blush which set me off on my love for neutral blushes, and years later they are still one of my favourite shades to gravitate towards.
On a recent shopping trip to Leicester with a friend we decided to check out the Urban Decay counter in Debenhams to see if anything caught our fancy. Instantly I swooped over to the blush stand, finally being able to check out the other shades in the range in person. As soon as I saw Video I knew it had to be mine; a medium nude brown with the most subtle warming undertones and a touch of rose makes Video an incredibly flattering neutral blush. It has a perfect matte finish and adds just the right amount of colour to my cheeks to complete a look, day or night. I'm completely and utterly in love, and Video may just be my new favourite neutral blush.
Available at www.urbandecay.co.uk, £19.