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Urban Decay Snare Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Snare Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Snare Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Snare Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “smoky olive green shimmer.” It’s a smoky olive green with subtle brown undertones and a gray cast. It has a shimmery, frosted finish. MAC Enviable is lighter. Giorgio Armani #25 has a deeper base. bareMinerals Speaker Box is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #84 is less frosted.

It’s a new (and permanent!) shade that launches February 1st at Urban Decay as well as in Sephora in JCP stores. The pigmentation level was nice, being very true-to-pan, and the resulting finish was shimmering and sparkling without resulting in fall out.  The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled; it had a very dense, buttery feel that you’d expect from Urban Decay’s formula. I found it looked greener as I blended out the color on the lid, so depending on how you apply it, the color can look smokier and grayer or warmer and greener.  Snare wore well for a full nine hours (no primer), as I didn’t see any signs of fading or creasing.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Snare
Snare
Snare
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Urban Decay Heartless Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Heartless Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Heartless Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Heartless Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale pink satin.” It’s a light-medium pink with a satiny finish and subtle, warm undertones. NARS Bouthan #1 is lighter and matte. MAC Love Power is darker and metallic. bareMinerals Giddy is matte and a touch warmer. Urban Decay SWF is pinker and more frosted/metallic.

It’s a new (and permanent!) shade that launches on February 1st at Urban Decay as well as in Sephora in JCP stores.  It had good color payoff, and there’s enough color that it doesn’t look chalky against my medium skin tone, so it should be appropriate as a lighter pink for a variety of skin tones.  The texture was soft, finely-milled, but it was very slightly powdery. The softness gave it a nice, blendable texture during application, though. When I test-drove it for wear, it lasted eight hours well, and it was just slightly faded after nine hours (no primer).

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Heartless
Heartless
Heartless
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Win It! Make Up For Ever x Christina Ricci Limited Edition Makeup Bag!


Win It! Make Up For Ever x Christina Ricci Limited Edition Makeup Bag!

Make Up For Ever and Christina Ricci have collaborated by creating a limited-edition Remix Make Up Bag that will debut on February 1st at Make Up For Ever’s Make Up Bag Remix tour–first stop, Los Angeles–the tour will travel to nine cities across North America through April 2013. Top industry artists will be educating customers with their mobile Make Up School and teaching them how to use the products they already own–no matter the brand(s) they own. The idea is to make your make up bag work harder for you. To book an appointment, head on over to Make Up For Ever. The limited-edition bag designed by Christina Ricci will also be available at Sephora. Two (2) lucky readers will each win one limited-edition makeup bag, courtesy of Make Up For Ever.

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Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss
Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, warm, orange-toned red with a matte finish. Chanel Coromandel is more orange. Guerlain Callipgrahy Eye & Lip Palette #6 is very similar. Guerlain Genna is a bit more orange. CoverGirl Hot is less orange.

It has mostly opaque color coverage (you can see just a shadow of my lip freckle coming through), and of the three shades I picked up of this formula, this one was the best-performing and had the better texture, though it was still a little off to me. The scent of this was very waxy, while the others had a kind of fruity scent. It was creamy enough to apply, but not so creamy that it was prone to bleeding or feathering while worn or that it would slip around. This shade wore for five and a half hours, and then it left behind a stain, so while I did experience a slight ring of color on the outer portion of my lips, it wasn’t as noticeable because of the residual stain.

I only bought three shades of this formula, but because there’s an odd graininess in the formula and an uncomfortable feel on the lips, I don’t anticipate buying more for review.  At the price point, if a shade catches your eye, it may be worth trying, and you do get more than the average lipstick (0.14 oz.).  The graininess combined with the drying formula is such a shame, because the shade range, thus far, has been spectacular.

Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

B
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss
Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, medium-dark pink with a creamy, matte finish. MAC Sunny Seoul is a bit warmer and shimmery. MAC Pink Pearl Pop is closer, but it is also shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is a touch lighter.

It is incredibly pigmented, and it has even, opaque color coverage when initially applied. I wish I could say the texture was different from #107, but this shade had an odd graininess to the texture that made it not-quite-comfortable to wear. It has enough creaminess that you can apply the color to the lips in full, but it feels like it’s just sitting on lips as a layer of product. As it fades away, it fades from the center first, leaving behind a ring of color along the outer edges of the lips. #103 lasted five hours, and it was somewhat dehydrating during that time. On the upside, it contains 0.14 oz. of product, which is more than most lipsticks. I grabbed mine from Walgreens, but I haven’t seen them online yet.

Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

B-
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

5 Shades of Spring for Nails

Do you break out the pastels come springtime?  I picked five of my favorite shades for spring, some punchier than others, and nothing too light/pale.  I’d love to hear yours!

What’s your favorite polish for spring?

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