Sunday, March 15th, 2015

If you tend to gravitate towards deeper shades in the spring, how about a few gorgeous berry-hued options? Here are five that are well-worth considering!

  1. NARS Fanny — a lighter, purpled-berry with a satin finish
  2. Bite Beauty Aubergine — a satiny berry-red
  3. MAC Rebel — a cool-toned berry with faint shimmer
  4. Urban Decay Venom — a cool-toned berry with pearl
  5. YSL Forbidden Burgundy — a glossy berry

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

A tried and true favorite of mine, coral lipstick is a shade I reach for throughout the year. If you’ve been looking for a way to warm-up your spring, consider these five beautiful shades:

  1. YSL Peach Passion — a glossy, peachy-coral
  2. NARS Julie — a soft, pink-coral
  3. Estee Lauder Eccentric — a light-medium pink-coral
  4. Urban Decay Streak — a medium coral-pink
  5. Maybelline Coral Burst — a luminous pink-coral

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette

ULTA has the Vice LTD palette in stock! :) For those who have been hunting, hope you can finally get what you wanted. You can also check out my review here.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a mix of neutrals with a few pops of color, but the contents aren’t nearly as bright as the exterior packaging, which is a vibrant chartreuse. The packaging is very much the same as Vice3. I thought the formula felt different in Vice LTD compared to Vice3 but also compared to Urban Decay’s formula (since reformulation) in general. The eyeshadows felt a bit firmer in their pans (not in a bad way), less powdery in general. The more colorful shades seemed weaker in color payoff, and I didn’t have as much luck with some shades applying to bare skin as I have in the past with the brand’s formula, so wear time was shorter on average. I liked it more than Vice3, though, by a bit. Disco, Heat, Floss, Hoodoo, and Roadstripe are shades new-to-me (I believe Roadstripe existed many, many moons ago), while the other shades have been released in various palettes over the years (noted by the shade itself).

It will be re-releasing exclusively on ULTA on January 25th.

Nameless is described as a “medium taupe satin.” It’s a golden brown with a hint of gray on top with a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to blend and work with. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade was in the Shattered palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Backdoor is described as a “cool dark brown matte. It’s a dark, charcoal brown with cool, gray undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a soft but thin consistency, which could have blended more readily. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade was in the Smoked palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deeper is described as a “medium metallic bronze.” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frost finish. It had great pigmentation that went on easily and blended well, which lasted for eight hours on me. It was in the 15th Anniversary palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Disco is described as a “pale metallic gold with iridescent glitter.” It’s a slightly muted, light-medium gold with warm undertones and silver micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t adhere with the base color, so most of it gets lost or trapped in a brush, rather than applied. What few glittery bits make it to the lid do fall off later (I didn’t see any glitter by the end of the day). The base color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heat is described as a “bright metallic copper.” It’s a bright, gold-shimmered copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was excellent, while the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay did have a Heat eyeshadow in their deluxe range once upon a time, but it was a red-based shade, so this is different. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crystal is described as a “icy metallic blue shimmer.” It’s a silvery, light-medium silvery-blue with a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, but the texture was drier and thinner, which made it somewhat powdery and prone to fading on the lid after seven hours of wear. It was in Book of Shadows Vol. 4. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Goddess is described as a “deep smoky blue with micro-glitter.” It’s a slightly brightened, navy blue with fine blue shimmer and larger micro-glitter. It was sheer, patchy, and a generally difficult eyeshadow to use in practice, as it was harder to blend or achieve decent payoff on the skin. It was faded after six hours. It was previously available in their original eyeshadow range but didn’t make the cut when they reformulated. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vaporize is described as a “medium metallic gray-taupe.” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish with micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t bind with the eyeshadow, so it is mostly metallic, and the underlying color was nicely pigmented. The texture was a little dry, but it seemed improved from when it was in the Anarchy palette. It wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Floss is described as a “deep metallic emerald with micro-glitter.” It’s a very rich, intense emerald green with a blackened-brown base and a metallic finish and silver micro-glitter. I wanted to fall in love with this one, but the texture was so soft that it was almost crumbly and a little dry to work with. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “soft black matte.” It’s a softened, medium black with a mostly matte finish. The texture was thin, a little dry, but fairly blendable on the skin. It had decent to good pigmentation, though it was buildable. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. It was in the Book of Shadows Vol. 3. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Provocateur is described as a “icy metallic pink with micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, pink with warm undertones and coppery-pink micro-glitter. It was semi-sheer with a lot of glittery bits, which made it harder to work with. This shade really needs an adhesive base to work decently. The underlying color lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was some fall out. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hoodoo is described as a “medium metallic violet with pink shift.” It’s a muted, medium purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff that seemed to be hurt by the drier, slightly powdery consistency of the shadow itself. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freakshow is described as a “bright purple satin.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, fairly blendable texture that wore well for seven and a half hours. It was previously available in the deluxe eyeshadow formula but was not included in the reformulated eyeshadow range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Junkshow is described as a “bright pink satin.” it’s a vibrant, fuchsia-pink with cool undertones and iridescent micro-shimmer. It was a thinner, somewhat powdery shade that had signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. It was in the 15th Anniversary palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blitz is described as a “bright metallic gold.” It’s a bright, metallic gold with warm, yellow undertones. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, blendable consistency (one of the best shades in the palette). This shade wore well for eight hours on me. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chase is described as a “soft metallic bronze.” It’s a golden bronze with warm undertones and a very metallic finish. This shade had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that I had no issues using on bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last Sin is described as a “pale champagne shimmer.” It’s a peachy beige with a hint of pink and a frosted finish. It was drier and more crumbly, which made it harder to apply (lots of fall out during application). On me, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. This shade was also in Vice3. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roadstripe is described as a “iridescent white with blue-violet shift.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned white with an iridescent blue sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery consistency. I had to really layer and pack it on to get the intensity on bare skin. It also showed signs of fading after six and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Anonymous is described as a “pale peachy cream matte.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great color payoff with a very silky, soft texture that made it easy to apply to the skin. This sahde wore well for seven and a half hours. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Laced is described as a “soft pink-nude matte.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that was blendable, smooth, and silky. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. This is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette

Now that Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.60 oz.) will be re-releasing exclusively on ULTA on January 25th, it made sense to photograph & swatch the palette I bought!

May you finally get yours if you’ve been wanting one! Full review to come. :)

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

For spring, there are four new shades of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to a “brilliantly reflective look” that can be applied wet or dry (the brand recommends applying with fingertips). It’s supposed to have “sophisticated” sparkle and not “chunky glitter.” They’re really pretty and dazzling, and they’re certainly going to be more reflective and sparkly in person or as they move than in a still shot. That being said, there is a fair amount of fall out applying these, and there is some fall out over time (it is surprisingly less than you’d expect, given just how packed these are with sparkle!). The sparkle is finer than true glitter, and the flecks love to adhere to my under eye area. It seems like only full makeup remover and a cotton pad or tape will remove the majority. The texture feels fairly smooth in the pan and almost has a wet consistency. They tend to work best with a dampened brush (wetter than I’d normally use for a regular eyeshadow as well).

Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic white with iridescent 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a sparkly, bright white with flecks of white sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry, and it was semi-opaque applied with a damp brush. I had a noticeable amount of fall out during wear, though the color didn’t crease for eight hours. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is sheerer. Chanel Fantasme (P, $36.00) is not as bright. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light purple with pink-blue 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a muted, blackened purple with a hint of gray and pink and blue sparkle (the pink almost looks copper at times). It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied damp. The texture was finer, and the sparkle seemed to bind better with this shade (perhaps because the base was more pigmented). While the color itself lasted for eight hours, there was fall out during wear. Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte black with gold 3D sparkle.” It is a muted, dark black with warm undertones with more of a satin-matte finish topped off with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle doesn’t translate as well on the lid compared to other shades, which may be due to the more matte (and more opaque) base color, but it also seemed less sparkly in general. It was easier to work with, and it had less fall out, but it looked more like a satiny black applied (it darkened with little sparkle). It lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is less golden. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic pink-red with green 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper-brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a bluish-teal duochrome. The duochrome was more present on the lid than swatched, but it will perform best when layered over a darker base (the reddish tones will work in the background and let the duochrome sparkle come to the foreground). The color payoff was semi-opaque both wet and dry, but the dry application made the product apply more smoothly. This particular shade seemed chunkier, not as smooth as the other shades. It lasted for eight hours without creasing, but there was a fair amount of fall out that went on throughout wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE) is less sparkly. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is greener, less sparkly. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is less sparkly, stronger teal tone to it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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