Went in for Cheek Pops, Left with a Different Blush!

New Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

New Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

I’ve been in Ottawa for work this past week, and while I was there, visited the Sephora in the Rideau Centre. I totally went in to check out the Clinique Cheek Pop blushes with the super cute flower design. I’d been hearing several other YouTubers & bloggers mention them and was especially interested in the shade Nude Pop.

I have to say, in person, I was so disappointed. After swatching them, I found them to be way too shimmery for me (think lots of little individual flecks of shimmer). All the shades seemed to have the exact same finish. I’m just not a shimmery blush kind of gal. Feeling bummed, I wandered forlornly around Sephora till a SA asked if I needed any help. I told her my tale of Cheek Pop woe and she immediately suggested I check out the new Urban Decay blushes. I’m so glad I did. The “Afterglow” (named in typical UD fashion) 8-hour powder blushes are beautiful!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Fetish

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Fetish

I think this is the coolest blush packaging I’ve ever seen. Several of the blushes were matte and had the softest, buttery texture, much like the UD eye shadows. I chose the shade Fetish, described as a β€œmedium pink nude,” which I would say is a pale, neutral pinky-nude blush with a matte finish. UD describes the Afterglow blushes as “extremely blendable”, “sheer”, and “finely milled”, which I would completely agree with.

swatch Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Fetish


Look at the subtle, pale loveliness of this blush! Such a perfect blush for fair skin I think.

The Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blushes are $31 CAD.

What do you think? Clinique Cheek Pop VS Urban Decay Afterglow? Are you loving the shimmery Cheek Pops or do you prefer a matte blush? I’d love to hear from you.

Thank for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❀


Filed under Cheeks, Face, Reviews

29 responses to “Went in for Cheek Pops, Left with a Different Blush!

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  3. gooooorgeous pale peachy shade! I really dig the new packaging designs Urban Decay has been coming out with this year! Definitely going to try these out


  4. I completely forgot about the Cheek Pops when I was stateside this weekend! There was only really one I wanted (the Posy Pop) which isn’t carried here (for some reason our local Department Store only carries 4 of the blushes). Anyway, sad story aside, I haven’t swatched them all so I can’t say anything regarding the finish based on personal experience. I was really impressed with the new UD Naked Powder Foundation though and came home with one. πŸ™‚ I should have checked out the blushes as well! xo


  5. Oh that’s too bad you didn’t like the Cheek Pop – I have 2 of the original ones which aren’t that shimmery, maybe the newer colours (which Nude is part of) are more shimmery?
    I have Fetish from the old original Urban Decay blushes and it’s got shimmer! It’s also a deeper rose shade, bordering on wine… why would they relaunch the blushes. They’re even called the same thing – Afterglow blushes!
    This version of Fetish looks a lot like one of my favourites from Illamasqua, called Naked Rose. It’s a shade that would go with a lot of different eye looks since it’s so neutral. Great choice!
    I prefer matte blushes usually – my thought is, if I want shimmer on my cheeks, I can ALWAYS add a highlighter.


  6. It’s a pretty shade and I totally agree that the packaging is the coolest ever! Do you feel that they last a long time!?


  7. Ive never been a fan of anything clinique but this UD blush looks pretty.
    Hajara | Chocolatefrosst Xx


  8. I have Clinique Berry Pop and find it a little underwhelming. Was eyeing the UD blushes just last week – thanks for the review! It looks super pretty.


  9. I have been eyeing the UD blush in bittersweet for a while now ..its this gorgeous looking purple blush shade and I have nothing like it in my collection. The packaging is stellar too! πŸ™‚


  10. I’m not the biggest fan of shimmery blushers too! Can’t wait for the new blushers to arrive here! Festish is incredibly pretty!


  11. I’d say go for both! Why stop at 1? πŸ˜›


  12. Melissa

    I have Nude Pop and Pansy Pop and I haven’t noticed them to be especially shimmering. But I do want the new Urban Decay blushes. They are so gorgeous and I love the packaging!


  13. That blush looks beautiful!!!


  14. plus+beauty27

    I love both finishes but the UD blush looks amazing!! Though I just ordered one of the Clinique Cheek Pop blushes in Melon. Luckily I don’t mind shimmer lol. πŸ™‚ xo


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