Ulta 21 Days of Beauty | September 2016

Ulta just revealed the beauty steals they’ll have available during their 21 Days of Beauty event! 🙂 You can see a full calendar of deals and events here. I’ve highlighted some of the better deals each day below, and you can click on any of the featured deals to learn more about the product:

The Sakura Collection 2016 by Chikuhodo x Beautylish

The Sakura Collection 2016 by Chikuhodo x Beautylish
The Sakura Collection 2016 by Chikuhodo x Beautylish


Six exquisite limited edition brushes – designed by us and handcrafted by Japan’s master brushmakers. Each set includes a specially designed travel case.

Availability

Now available for pre-order

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The Details

The Sakura Collection 2016 | $245.00 | Limited Edition

  • Powder Brush Perfect for your favorite loose powders and ideal for any skin type.Handcrafted of Saikoho goat hair.
  • Cheek Brush Designed to bring out the best with your blush, bronzer and highlighters. Handcrafted of Saikoho goat hair.
  • Foundation Brush Developed specifically to deliver flawless coverage with any liquid or cream foundation. This brush is also ideally suited to work with cream contour. Handcrafted of Saikoho goat hair.
  • Blending Brush The flat edge lays down color while allowing you to blend product with a soft touch. Handcrafted of Sokoho goat hair.
  • Lip Brush The crisp edges delivers full coverage and precise lines. Also suitable for applying concealer. Handcrafted of synthetic fiber.
  • Brow Brush This dense, flat brush is ideal to blend powder or pomade brow products. Handcrafted of Water Badger hair.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.48 oz. ) is a new, permanent neutral-hued palette that features 12 shades with one shade that’s shimmery and 11 that are touted as matte (a few have faint sparkle/shimmer in the pan but none of them looked shimmery on the skin to my eye). I don’t have an exact release date, just that it will be debuting in September and will be available at all retailers that sell Urban Decay (but I’d expect it to launch on Urban Decay’s website first).

If you’re unfamiliar with Urban Decay’s eyeshadow formula, it is described as having a “velvety texture,” “rich color,” “serious staying power and blendability.” Some the brand’s best mattes are ones like Riff, which really did combine high color payoff with a silky, smooth, and blendable texture that applies well on bare skin as well as with traditional eye primer, but other times, their matte formula has left something to be desired, where the texture has been thin, chalky, dusty, and/or less pigmented.

Naked Ultimate Basics sits somewhere in-between for me overall; the texture is nowhere near as smooth or as finely-milled as I have seen from the brand, but it isn’t as dusty nor as dry as the shades in Naked Smoky. The press was firm enough that the majority of shades didn’t kick up too much excess product in the pan, had decent pigmentation, wear, and blendability, but there were some troublemakers (Instinct, Lethal, Magnet) that were harder to work with, even over primer. Most of the matte shades darkened slightly when I applied them to my skin compared to how they appeared in their pans.

Blow is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had good pigmentation paired with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. The color lasted for eight hours. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Lucius (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Puppy Love (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Preferred Blonde (LE, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Joy to the Pearl (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Serendipitous (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #3 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette Naked Ultimate Basics
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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MAC x Star Trek Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark copper-brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Ready to Go (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to add “sheer luminosity” to the skin with a “creamy” texture that “blends easily.” The powder felt very flat and smooth, but there was a dryness that made it feel a little chalky to the touch–the curiosity was that it didn’t look dry or chalky when applied to the skin, but it was a noisy powder if I rubbed my finger against the surface (that’s unusual). It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that yielded a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. This particular shade added noticeable color to my skin, so those fairer or slightly darker may find this works as a highlighting blush/bronzer as well. On my normal-to-dry skin, the powder highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

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MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Highly Illogical
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%

MAC Live Long and Prosper & The Enemy Within Lipsticks

MAC Live Long and Prosper Lipstick

MAC Live Long and Prosper Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “icy rosy champagne [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium copper rose with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, so this one is likely to look different from person to person, as I find it looks like a pinker color on my lips due to the way color layers over my natural lip color. As a result, I do think it’s rather wearable on its own, but the sheerness would also make it work as a layering shade. I just wish it was described as a sheer product. The color wore well for three and a half hours and had a slight amount of settling into my lip lines. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC All I Want (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC You've Got It (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC No Interruptions (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Gel (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty David (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Lights Out (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Whip (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tanarama (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC The Enemy Within Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral gold shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, though I had some color slip into my lip lines after an hour of wear. The lipstick lasted for four hours on me and was lightly drying. MAC Playland (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Mischievous (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lipstick Live Long and Prosper
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
83%
MAC Lipstick The Enemy Within
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%