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Urban Decay & Oz: Theodora Palette

Urban Decay Theodora Palette
Urban Decay Theodora Palette

Urban Decay & Oz: The Theodora Palette

Urban Decay Theodora Palette ($49.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes Broken (pale cream satin), Beware (warm brown matte), Bewitch (dark charcoal brown satin), West (deep metallic brown shimmer), Spell (black satin with green and gold shimmer/gold metallic with tonal glitter), Jealous (pale green pearl/dark green pearl), Theodora Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color (bright red cream), and Zero 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil (black).

The eyeliner is 0.03 oz. ($14.25 value), while the lip pencil is 0.10 oz. ($19.00 value). There are six eyeshadow pans containing 0.05 oz. each ($108.00 value), though two of the six are split-pans, meaning they contain two eyeshadows in a single pan. The total value is $141.25. The eyeliner and six eyeshadow pans are housed within Urban Decay’s “Build Your Own Palette” interface, so all six pans can be popped out and you can insert another Urban Decay eyeshadow instead. The “empty” 6-pan palettes retail for $18.00 but include a travel-sized shadow brush and Walk of Shame eyeshadow (so it’s a wash, since you are getting an eyeshadow and an eyeliner instead, but I’ve already accounted for the value of those items).

Broken is a soft, pale beige with a satiny finish. It had good color payoff, and it was soft, smooth, and applied well. Urban Decay Illusion is warmer, darker, and has a stronger sheen. Cinderella A Wish is similar. Urban Decay Anonymous is more matte and slightly pink in comparison.Urban Decay Kinky is lighter, less warm-toned, and matte. MAC Dazzlelight is more shimmery. Urban Decay Skimp has a stronger sheen and is more peach-tinted.

Beware is a medium caramel brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was spot-on, and the texture was soft enough to allow for easy blending and application but not so soft it became powdery or prone to fading. theBalm Allegro is browner. MAC One to Watch is slightly shimmery. MAC Moleskin is browner. MAC Tete-a-tint is just a touch lighter.

Bewitch is a dark brown with subtle reddish undertones, but it almost looks cool-toned against my warmer complexion. The texture of this one was slightly powdery, and I thought it wasn’t quite true-to-pan in color initially, but when I applied it to the lid, I had no problem getting color to show. Chanel Variation #3 is a bit darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #8 is richer. Urban Decay Muse is a bit darker, cooler-toned. MAC Buckwheat is a touch warmer.

West is a rich, deep red-toned brown–almost burgundy-brown–with a metallic sheen. It had very intense pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly and evenly. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #8 is browner, less red-toned. theBalm Presto is matte. Urban Decay Barlust is less red-toned and warm-toned. MAC Sable is browner, warmer.

Spell contains two shades. The first half of the pan is a rich, metallic yellow gold with a strong, dirty brown base–it’s not quite antique gold, but it’s not an orange-y gold. The color payoff was fantastic, but there are stray bits of micro-glitter that get lost when swatched as well as when applied on the lid. When I used it, the fall off seemed to occur primarily during application, as next to no glitter transferred onto the lid. Urban Decay Blitz is lighter. MAC Old Gold is warmer. NARS Paramaribo #1 is a bit darker, less metallic. The other half of the pan is a deep bluish-black with multi-colored shimmer. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was buttery and smooth. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome is less intense. Tarnia Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 is similar.

Jealous is another duo shade. The first half is a yellowed green with an olive brown base and softly frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. Urban Decay Mildew is very similar to this shade–perhaps a touch warmer. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here #1 is more muted. MAC Sumptuous Olive is slightly browner. The other half is a lightened, not-quite-pastel green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden sheen. It had good pigmentation and applied evenly. bareMinerals Wicked is a touch lighter. MAC Juxt has more of a satiny finish. Inglot #412 is more metallic.

Theodora is a cherry red with ruby red shimmer. I think it leans just a smidgen warm. It’s extremely rich in color and has a glossy shine. I thought Urban Decay F-Bomb was darker/bluer-based, but when I swatched the two side-by-side, they were actually the same! Chanel Coromandel is more orange. MAC Eden Rouge is a touch cooler-toned. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is a bit darker. MAC Ruffian Red is less glossy.  I’ve worn it for four hours so far, and it’s going strong, so I’m expecting six hours or so of wear.

Zero is a black with a mostly matte finish. It’s a classic black; not super, deep dark black, but not too soft that it looks gray. I have no problems with the wear–a solid eight hours without fading, migrating, or smudging.

Again, Urban Decay packs their palette with pigment; there were no weak performers in the pigmentation department within this palette.  Like Glinda, the only problem I really had was with respect to the micro-glitter found in half of Spell, but it contained far less micro-glitter than Oz (from Glinda), so the impact of it was much, much less both during application as well as when worn.  I found the majority of fall out occurred during application, but I only found one or two stray glittery bits beneath my eye (on that side of the face) after wearing it for the past eight hours.  All of the shades I wore (all but West and the black shade in Spell) lasted for a full eight hours without creasing or fading (no primer).  The textures found in this palette were easy to blend and apply, with the exception of dealing with some of the glittery fall out of Spell.

Urban Decay & Oz: Theodora Palette

A-
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay & Oz: The Glinda Palette

Urban Decay Glinda Palette
Urban Decay Glinda Palette

Urban Decay & Oz: The Glinda Palette

Urban Decay Glinda Palette ($49.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes Tornado (vibrant deep purple shimmer), Aura (iridescent white with blue shift/Iridescent white with red shift), Magic (pinkish purple with a golden shimmer), Illusion (pale peach satin), Oz (gold with gold glitter/silver with silver glitter), South (warm pale gray shimmer with silver micro-glitter), Glinda Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color (light sheer nude), and Rockstar 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil (deep eggplant).

The eyeliner is 0.03 oz. ($14.25 value), while the lip pencil is 0.10 oz. ($19.00 value). There are six eyeshadow pans containing 0.05 oz. each ($108.00 value), though two of the six are split-pans, meaning they contain two eyeshadows in a single pan. The total value is $141.25. The eyeliner and six eyeshadow pans are housed within Urban Decay’s “Build Your Own Palette” interface, so all six pans can be popped out and you can insert another Urban Decay eyeshadow instead. The “empty” 6-pan palettes retail for $18.00 but include a travel-sized shadow brush and Walk of Shame eyeshadow.

Tornado is a rich, dark purple with pink-red undertones and a shimmered, frosted finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, dense, and buttery which made for a very smooth, even application. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 is lighter. Urban Decay Vice is lighter. Urban Decay Gravity is lighter and less red-toned. Urban Decay Freakshow is similar but still a bit lighter–the undertones are comparable.

Aura actually contains two shades. The first is a pale white with an iridescent pink duochrome finish.  Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #1 is purpler. I suspect something like MAC Pink Opal would also be comparable (but more frosted). The other half is a pale white with an iridescent blue-violet duochrome. MAC Vellum is similar but a bit lighter. The pigmentation on both of these was good, but they weren’t as dense/buttery as other Urban Decay eyeshadows.

Magic is a pink-lavender with a golden shimmer and satiny finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled–but a wee bit powdery. MAC Supersweet is similar but more frosted/metallic. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #3 is pinker and doesn’t have a golden shimmer.

Illusion is a soft champagne with warm, golden undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had a really smooth, soft feel and had great pigmentation. Estee Lauder Halo is warmer and a cream product. MAC Dew is a touch darker. MAC Baby, It’s Cold… is less metallic, more frosted. MAC Dazzlelight is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is similar but less metallic.

Oz also contains two shades. The first is a rich, metallic gold with soft yellow undertones and a brown base (giving it a deeper look) along with a ton of silver micro-glitter. The micro-glitter absolutely gets everywhere; it is so packed with it. It was also a pain to remove with just a brush, so I had to use makeup remover to get the majority off. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is really similar, though it has less glitter (but still has some) and is perhaps a touch lighter but not by much. It is paired with a bright medium silver with a frosted, metallic finish and silver micro-glitter. The glitter in this shade was less noticeable, but it was still there.
L’Oreal Primped & Precious is very similar. MAC Silver Sleet is comparable. Inglot #448 is a touch less metallic.

South is a dark taupe with a frosted, metallic finish; it’s a mix of gray and brown with cool undertones. theBalm Selfish is less metallic. Urban Decay Mushroom is grayer. Urban Decay Pistol is similar but less frosted/metallic.

Glinda is a soft, rosy beige with gold and pink shimmer. It’s semi-opaque, and it has nice, even coverage and didn’t take a lot of product to get there for it. The texture is very lightly tacky but not something I’d describe as sticky. It lasted four hours on me. It is actually the same color as Urban Decay Naked, when I swatched them side-by-side. MAC Supreme is slightly pinker. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes is darker.

Rockstar is a dark eggplant with subtle burgundy undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single pass. I’ve used this shade quite a bit, and it’s definitely one of my favorite Urban Decay eyeliners. It wears eight hours on my lash line without fading or smudging.

Overall, the pigmentation of the products was good, while some were excellent and others were nice but not 100% perfect.  The biggest problem I’ve thus far encountered (I still need another four hours to fully test for wear, so I will update the longevity rating if anything falls above or below my typical wear time with Urban Decay’s eyeshadows) is in regards to the glitter fall out from the two shades with micro-glitter.

I had no problems applying, blending, or (so far) with the wear of the other shades.  The micro-glitter was frustrating to deal with while I applied the eyeshadow, but the few bits that did manage to get onto the lid, later made their way to places like my upper lip, nose, and chin.  Otherwise, the color themselves (including the ones with micro-glitter) have worn beautifully for the past four hours, and based on previous experience with Urban Decay’s formula, should wear for another four hours fairly well.  Again, I will update later tonight to reflect a full eight-hours of testing!

Urban Decay & Oz: The Glinda Palette

A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Estee Lauder Halo Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Halo Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Halo Shadow Paint

A New Long-Wearing Eyeshadow from Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Halo Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm champagne beige with a shimmered, frost finish. Tarina Tarantino Elektron is lighter and a powder product. Urban Decay Booty Call is more peach-colored and a powder product. Benefit Tattle Tale is less beige, more golden. Maybelline Barely Branded is lighter, more white-based, less yellow.  This color would work well as an all-over shade, wash of color, or as an eyeshadow base.

The new Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint formula is supposed to wear for 12-hours crease-free, fade-proof, and have “maximized color impact … magnified vibrancy.” Halo applied smoothly, evenly, and opaquely without having to load the brush with product or layer a ton of product on. The dry down time seemed about average; not so quick that you have no time to work with the product, but not so slow that it gathers in the crease if you don’t give it enough time to set. Once it dries down, it’s set for the whole day. It didn’t crease or fade over a 12-hour period.  The texture was really nice, too, because it has a thin but very creamy feel.

P.S. — I have a few more shades to review, and I haven’t tested all of them yet, and while Halo is one of the best of the bunch, some of the others I did have some issues with. The line has seemed inconsistent to me so far, so I wanted to give readers a heads up that if you’re waffling over other shades, I have more reviews to come!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint Halo
Halo

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Urban Decay Oz Palettes: Glinda and Theodora Palettes


Urban Decay Glinda Palette

Urban Decay Oz Palettes: Glinda and Theodora Palettes

Urban Decay launches two insanely gorgeous limited-edition palettes that tie in with the live-action film release of Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful, in theaters March 8, 2013. The film precedes L. Frank Baum’s beloved book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and tells the backstory of the wizard and the witches. Inspired by the movie’s enduring theme of good witch vs. bad witch (and the good witch/bad witch dichotomy in all of us), we created two collectible palettes loaded with beautiful, never-before-seen shades you’ll want to own. The
Glinda Palette and The Theodora Palette will enable fans to recreate makeup looks from the film step by step. We spent HOURS obsessively staring at images from the film (and not just the ones featuring its hot male lead, James Franco) to carefully craft the perfect mix of shades for these palettes. Get Michelle Williams’ ethereal, spellbinding look from Oz The Great and Powerful with The Glinda Palette or copy Mila Kunis’ captivating, edgy onscreen look with The Theodora Palette.

Our Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows was so huge, it sold out in a matter of hours—and we’re ecstatic to collaborate with Disney again on Oz The Great and Powerful. Directed by Sam Raimi (the man behind the original Spider-Man trilogy), this spring powerhouse is a visual feast, filled with stunning cinematography, richly hued sets and gorgeous costumes. With all of that to inspire us—not to mention the bewitchingly beautifully Michelle Williams and the wickedly cool Mila Kunis—how could we go wrong?

Each palette comes in a sleek tin adorned with gorgeous Oz The Great and Powerful-inspired artwork, with “Urban Decay” and the name of the film in foil lettering. The Glinda Palette features a dreamy, celestial design awash in a sheer backdrop of pink, gold and peach, while The Theodora Palette features a moody, colorful skyscape flanked by Rorschach-like patterns. Both versions incorporate our Build Your Own Palette format for total versatility. When you finish the original shades (or whenever you get the urge to experiment), just pop them out and pop your favorite UD shadows into the cool collectible tin.

Both palettes have six pans and EIGHT ALL-NEW and exclusive Eyeshadows. Confused? We’ve included two “duo-shades” in each palette that are split in half, with a different color on each side of the pan. Of course, every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

The Glinda Palette ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tornado Vibrant deep purple shimmer
  • Aura Iridescent white with blue shift/Iridescent white with red shift
  • Magic Pinkish purple with a golden shimmer
  • Illusion Pale peach satin
  • Oz Gold with gold glitter/Silver with silver glitter
  • South Warm pale gray shimmer with silver micro-glitter
  • Glinda Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Light sheer nude
  • Rockstar 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil Deep eggplant (Travel-sized)

The Theodora Palette ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Broken Pale cream satin
  • Beware Warm brown matte
  • BewitchDark charcoal brown satin
  • West Deep metallic brown shimmer
  • Spell Black satin with green and gold shimmer/Gold metallic with tonal glitter
  • Jealous Pale green pearl/Dark green pearl
  • Theodora Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Bright red cream
  • Zero 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Black (Travel-sized)

Availability: Now @ UrbanDecay.com, coming soon to Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s stores. Or, online at Sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com.

P.S. — I will review these palettes as soon as I have them. Thank you for your patience.

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Dark Green Eyeliners: Swatches, Dupes, and Comparisons

Dark Green Eyeliners
Dark Green Eyeliners: MUFE #19L, NARS Rue de Rivoli, MAC Forever Green,
UD Mildew, shu uemura ME Green 07, Korres #4, D&G Green Almond

Dark Green Eyeliners: Your Guide

These are some of the dark greens that I had that didn’t seem like they fit in well elsewhere–a couple of these turned out more olive green than I anticipated!

  1. Make Up For Ever #19L is a muted, dark green.
  2. NARS Rue de Rivoli is a dirty green with hints of brown and bronze shimmer. It is a touch darker compared to Dolce & Gabbana Green Almond.
  3. MAC Forever Green is a warm, olive-toned brown with hints of green sheen.
  4. Urban Decay Mildew is a darkened green with subtle brown undertones.
  5. shu uemura ME Green 07 is a minted green.
  6. Korres #4 is a muted, mossy green with a matte finish. (DC)
  7. Dolce & Gabbana Green Almond is a darkened green with a brow base. It is lighter than NARS Rue de Rovli.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #4 (pigmentation, longevity)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

What’s your favorite Dark Green Eyeliner? How do you like to use it?

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New Product Alert! Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Ready to cast your complexion in a flattering new light? Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, launching next spring, is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on your skin. The powders brighten the appearance and conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles, so that skin appears younger, even-toned and radiant. With six universal shades available, the wearer can choose the lighting effect they desire – it’s the equivalent of having a personal lighting technician.

“I learned early on how different types of light can truly flatter the complexion,” says Carisa Janes, Hourglass CEO & Founder. “Growing up, my mother had pink light bulbs in all of the lamps throughout the house. She loved pink light because it was the softest and most flattering, and she always wanted to look good.” Janes was inspired to create a new generation of powders that can be customized according to the desired lighting effect.

Unlike traditional finishing powders, Ambient Lighting Powder alters the perceived appearance of the complexion by manipulating and filtering out harsh light. As we age, skin loses its natural luminosity, and Ambient addresses this deficiency with ‘photoluminescent technology’. These transparent micron-size, color-correcting particles emulate the appearance of young, healthy-looking skin.

Ambient Lighting Powder is free of parabens, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten. There are 6 unique lighting powders, and each is suitable for all skin tones. Choose your powder according to your most flattering light.

Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00)

  • Diffused Light A soft, warm, pale yellow powder. Light your skin with DIFFUSED LIGHT to reduce redness and give skin clarity – like a soft ray of morning light.
  • Ethereal Light An opalescent sheer, cool white powder. Light your skin with ETHEREAL LIGHT to mimic a moonlit glow – even in broad daylight.
  • Radiant Light A sun-kissed golden beige powder. Light your skin with RADIANT LIGHT to extend a summer glow, or enhance the overall complexion with believable, subtle, warmth.
  • Mood Light A soft, sheer lavender pink powder. Light your skin with MOOD LIGHT to mimic the softest most forgiving light and reveal your brightest complexion.
  • Dim Light A neutral peach beige powder. Light your skin with DIM LIGHT to blur imperfections and highlight a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.
  • Luminous Light A champagne pearl powder. Light your skin with LUMINOUS LIGHT to create a soft, incandescent candlelit glow – day or night.

Ambient Powder Brush ($35.00)

Pair your powder with Ambient Powder Brush. This densely packed brush is ideal for evenly dispersing the powder onto every contour of the complexion. The brush is equipped with extra soft, high-grade taklon bristles and packaged with a protective travel pouch.

Availability: Now @ Sephora, February 2013 for in-store, also at Barney’s, Space NK

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