Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new-for-fall product, which is exclusive to Sephora. This product claims to deliver long-wearing opaque color without feathering and all with a glossy shine–oh, and they’re supposed to be moisturizing, too. There are currently five shades: F-Bomb (bright red cream), Punch Drunk (bright orange cream), Adrenaline (bright fuchsia sparkle), Crush (hot pink), and Big Bang (bright pink with sparkle).

  • F-Bomb is a bright, medium-dark red with subtle ruby shimmer. It’s opaque, and it does stain a little (but surprisingly, not as much as some reds). It does have a subtly glossy shine. Overall, it leans a touch blue, but it’s not strongly blue-based. Make Up For Ever #44 is similar but not quite as dark. Guerlain Gwen is less vibrant. NYX Hero is not as opaque, slightly darker. Burberry Hibiscus seems a touch lighter. Chanel Dragon is a bit darker and has more shimmer.
  • Punch Drunk is a vibrant, darkened orange with creamy finish and subtle shine. It’s completely opaque. MAC Strut Your Stuff ius similar, perhaps not as dark. Giorgio Armani #405 is similar in vibrancy, but it is brighter, less red-based. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer is very similar.
  • Adrenaline is a darkened raspberry red with ruby and pink shimmer and glitter. I did not find that this was really glossy at all–it felt a little dry when I applied it, and it looked more like a regular lipstick than a gloss. MAC Quite the Thing is similar, more iridescent. Estee Lauder Wild Violet is slightly redder. NYX Chloe is similar in base color but has more iridescence.
  • Crush is a creamy blue-based fuchsia pink with a glossy shine. It’s nearly opaque in color. NARS Schiap is pinker, not quite as blue-based. MAC Florida is similar in color but lighter.
  • Big Bang is medium-dark raspberry pink with fuchsia glitter. It is lighter, less opaque, and not nearly as red as Adrenaline. This is cooler-toned as well. MAC Pink Burst is very similar, while MAC Quite the Thing is darker.

The majority of these shades are vibrant and rich in color, which means they definitely wear longer rather than shorter. Shades like F-Bomb wear three to four hours with a subtle shine, but the color itself lasts through a meal and still looks presentable six hours later. I only tested the wear on F-Bomb and Big Bang, so I could test out different finishes. Both Adrenaline and Big Bang have a fair amount of glitter (“sparkle”) in their finishes, and as a result, they have a slightly gritty texture, which becomes more noticeable over time, as the creaminess of the product wears away. It doesn’t travel too much, but as fun as the sparkling glitter might be, it is more troublesome than the creamier finishes. I did get four hours of wear with Big Bang.

Crush was the only shade that had a high gloss shine–the kind expected from these–while the others fell a little flat. Adrenaline was the only shade that I felt really missed the shine. F-Bomb, Punch Drunk, and Big Bang all had a subtle shine. After I wore them, I’m pleased to report my lips did not dry out, so they delivered on their ability to moisturize while worn. I also did not experience any bleeding while wearing F-Bomb, which is the most likely to bleed as it is a rich red.

This product is easy to sharpen, but you’ll waste doing so (from what I can tell, 1-2 uses), and you won’t particularly enjoy cleaning out your sharpener afterward. It shaves off the actual product, while it sharpens, and because of the creaminess of the formula, it smears easily when you attempt to clean. I tested it twice by removing the entire sharpened portion (so initially, the entire tip, then I sharpened until about 3mm of product was exposed, removed that, repeated).

Aside from the sharpening issue, the new pencils are rather good–as long as you don’t mind the lack of glossy shine. They look more like lipsticks than glosses (except for Crush). It falls short of that particular claim, which is reflected in the product rating, but it is certainly something that may be easily overlooked.

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Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
It's long-wearing, moisturizing, and four of the five deliver mostly opaque color coverage. Depending on how often you expect to use the lip pencil, the amount you lose from sharpening may be concerning.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Giorgio Armani Pulp Fiction (4) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Pulp Fiction (4) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Pulp Fiction (4) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted gray with a hint of brown and burgundy shimmer. theBalm’s Come Hither was the closest shade I could think of that was similar. It’s less brown, more obviously purple. It’s a complex mix of brown, gray, burgundy. When used wet, it appears browner, less gray, so it looks a touch darker.  The color payoff is good but not fully opaque when dry or wet, and it doesn’t apply quite as evenly as other shades in the range.

The texture of the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows is interesting; it’s a really compacted loose powder, but it’s so finely milled that it almost feels like a hybrid cream-powder. Each pot contains 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a good amount, given that most pressed eyeshadows average around 0.05 oz. I have worn around half of the range alone on lids with 12+ hours of wear without creasing, smudging, or fading.

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B+
I like the complexity of the color, because you can see the different shades coming together and creating something with curves and secrets, but it could be a touch more pigmented and even in application.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Chanel Rouge Byzantin Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Byzance: Rouge Byzantin Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Byzantin Rouge Allure Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “an iridescent ruby red with a hint of sapphire, for a rich, jewel-toned lip look.” On me, it’s a rich, pinked red with ruby micro-shimmer. It delivers nearly opaque color and even coverage. There is subtle iridescent sheen–looks almost fuchsia to me–that pops at a distance. It’s a very holiday-esque red to me. It’s bright and joyous, but the depth of the color gives it a luxurious richness.

Rouge Allure is a lovely formula–rich in color, moisturizing, and longer-wearing. I typically get five to six hours of wear, but with an intense shade of red like this, it tends to wear just past six. The color didn’t bleed or fade unevenly, either, which is excellent when you wear a high maintenance color like red.

It’s pinker and bluer than Chanel Lover, and similar but deeper than Dior Technicolor Red. You can see side-by-side comparisons here.

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Rouge Byzantin

A+
Blue-based reds are best on cooler skin tones, but the underlying pinkness to this red will make it wearable on warmer skin tones as well.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Chanel Or Joues Contraste

Chanel Byzance: Or Joues Contraste

Chanel Or Joues Contraste / Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a yellowed gold with a subtle, satin sheen. Chanel describes it as a “sheer, lightly shimmering shade of gold to bring a subtle new luminosity to the face.” It looks more shimmery in the pot than it does on–it’s not glittery or heavy. On my skin tone, I don’t find that it really adds much–it’s a touch of warmth, at best, accompanied by a glowy reflection. As a highlighting product, it’s good but not the best on the market. It’s a blush that would work well for layering over other shades to add golden shimmer. I liked that it delivered a sheen without an abundance of shimmer, and as far as golds go, it’s surprisingly demure.

Joues Contrastes don’t wear superbly on my skin–they last six to eight hours but rarely past that–but they tend to easy to blend and look natural applied.  I might have had some blending issues with Rouge, but Or was a cinch to apply to high planes of the face and cheeks.

Chanel Shimmering Tweed is similar but a little more bronzed, and it has a chunkier glitter/shimmer in its finish. MAC Sun Rush is more of an orange-gold, but on, I think they’re very similar. Chanel’s Or is going to be subtler, because it has less of a sheen.

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A-
I like it more as a layering product, particularly over the accompanying Rouge blush from Byzance. I wish it had more of a glowy look when worn on its lonesome.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliners: Woodstock, Eldorado, Siren, Radium,
Sabbath, Retrograde, Smog, Demolition, Bobby Dazzle, Revolver, Perversion

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliners

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner ($18.00 for 0.058 fl. oz.) is new for fall, and it claims to be waterproof, long-lasting, high-pigmented, and have “an ultra-fine brush tip that’s short and easy enough to control.” There are eleven shades:  Woodstock (hot pink with iridescent sparkle), Eldorado (yellow gold with gold sparkle), Siren (teal with blue shift), Radium (bright blue with silver sparkle), Sabbath (deep matte navy), Retrograde (dark purple with purple sparkle), Smog (deep brown with golden shimmer & iridescent sparkle), Demolition (deep matte brown), Bobby Dazzle (white silver with iridescent sparkle), Revolver (dark grey with iridescent sparkle), and Perversion (carbon black).

There are many, many variations of this liquid eyeliner, which tells you a lot about the efficacy of the formula if so many brands have brought it into their lines. I find the formula, on the major points, to be largely the same and consistent across the different brands, but there are subtle differences in the consistency of the liquid liner itself as well as the applicator. The outer packaging only differs in labeling, color, and branding, but the caps are the same length and the ends have the same design. There are some similarities in color across the brands, but there are several shades that you will only find in one brand–the ones that overlap tend to be more basic shades like black.

  • Woodstock is a brightened, medium-dark pink with gold and pink shimmer. Make Up For Ever #9 is bluer-based, more neon, less hot pink and more fuchsia.
  • Eldorado is a yellow gold with light and dark gold shimmer. It is similar to Illamasqua Alchemy, MAC Pure Show, and MUFE #1.
  • Siren is a blue-based, darkened teal with teal shimmer. I couldn’t think of anything similar to this shade in other brands.
  • Radium is a brightened, medium-dark blue with subtle sparkle. It is similar to Stila Curacao.
  • Sabbath is a blackened navy blue with a near matte finish. Most brands have, thus far, put out mostly shimmery shades (other than blacks), so I couldn’t think of a dupe for this. MUFE #6 would be the closest but has shimmer and looks more purple.
  • Retrograde is a blackened purple with purple and violet shimmer. MUFE #7 is similar.
  • Smog is a khaki brown with gold shimmer. This, too, didn’t seem as easily duped, because it doesn’t lean green like the other khaki liners do (like MAC Desires & Devices and Stila Flash).
  • Demolition is a blackened brown with a near matte finish. MUFE #12 seems similar.
  • Bobby Dazzle is a bright, metallic silver. It is similar to MAC Nocturnal.
  • Revolver is a medium-dark gray with multi-colored shimmer. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one, just because it has a strong gray color base to it. The shimmer in it reminded me of MUFE #14 and Stila Starry but those appear black with a hint of purple.
  • Perversion is an inky black with a near matte finish. It is similar to Illamasqua Abyss, MAC On the Hunt, and MUFE #13.

The applicator on these is where they deviate from other brands. It is a thin, narrow brush–it’s not a foam applicator that’s been tapered. I think the brush, overall, may yield a more precise line–for those more experienced with liquid eyeliner, though. The applicator is similar to many traditional liquid eyeliner applicators. To me, the brush felt a little too flexible. I wouldn’t describe it as floppy, and of course, flexibility is good as you want to curve around the lid with ease, but it could use a touch more stiffness.

Like Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners, these need to be shaken before application. If you don’t do so, you’ll find the formula seems almost watery, which gives you sheerer color. Once shaken (only a few seconds), the color is much more concentrated and less watery. After testing several shades yesterday with a hot shower, I didn’t experience any bleeding, fading, or smudging. I’ve had some on my hand for several hours, and I couldn’t get them to rub off at all. They did remove easily with a makeup removing wipe or remover like Lancome Bi-Facil.

I made several swatch comparisons previously in this post.

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24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

A+
The most unique shades are Siren, Sabbath, Smog, and Revolver. Shades like Eldorado and Perversion are the most common shades brands have put out, so you may have already picked something similar up in the past year. The formula itself is great--long-wearing, waterproof, and applies smoothly and evenly.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Video Review: Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

And you can see how the palette pops open to reveal the compartment beneath the eyeshadows :)

Available online at urbandecay.com now.