I think red blush tends to alarm most people, they think they'll end up looking like a rag doll with red circles on their cheeks, or maybe like a seventeenth century prostitute - which is quite a tough look to pull off. As someone with skin so pale they need to invent SPF 200 for me, you'd think I'd steer well clear of such a vibrant shade and leave it to those with medium to dark skin tones. Well, guess again - no blush scares me. The Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Blush in Bang is not actually the reddest blusher I've worn; ages ago I had a deeper red with blue undertones from Shu Uemura but it became a casualty of one of my many house moves and is lost forever. I was super excited to try Bang though, and this blush range in general. I've heard amazing things about it's quality and staying power, and after falling for Urban Decay's latest eye palette (which I reviewed last week) I am totally jonesing for this brand right now.
There are 12 shades of Afterglow available to buy in the UK (only 11 on the Urban Decay UK website, but an extra one at Debenhams). As the name suggests they are formulated to create a sexy lit-from-within glow, and are finely milled powders - highly pigmented and easy to blend. The packaging is really cute; each shadow comes in a metal compact with a mesh front through which you can see the powder within (above). What I also find really handy is that there's a sticker on the back with the colour and shade - complete genius because often when packaging for a makeup brand is plain, and you have a lot of that product (I'm looking at you, MAC lipsticks) then it can take ages to find the colour you want.
As you can see (above), Bang is more like an intense orangey-peach than a true red. It might look bright and tropical from the pan (left finger) but it blends out into a soft-focus dreamy flush (right finger), and a little goes a long way. It looks like I've come in from the cold, and instantly makes my pale boat race appear radiant and healthy. It lasts all day, I haven't had to top it up at all, and it works well with powder highlighters. I do prefer cream blushers, but I'm loving Afterglow for it's intense colour payoff and long-lasting quality. I'd definitely like to try more shades from the range, especially Video - a completely other end of the colour spectrum light tan colour, which is supposed to work well as a bronzer for fair skin.