Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

I love purple eyeshadow!  It’s such a great shade to use on the outer lid or crease when paired with golds, pinks, corals, and aquas.  These are five of my current top picks for anyone on the hunt for a fun purple eyeshadow to try!  (You can see them all here in the Swatch Gallery.)  What are your favorites? What would you recommend to other readers?

  1. Sugarpill Hysteric — a sparkling, medium purple with warm undertones
  2. Urban Decay Flash — a light-medium, cool-toned purple
  3. Inglot #439 — a medium-dark, rich purple with a frosted finish
  4. Make Up For Ever #92 — a deep, vibrant purple with a matte finish
  5. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted, cool-toned purple with a satin finish
Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Urban Decay Summer 2014 Collection
Urban Decay Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive

Urban Decay Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive ($14.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “clear, water-based adhesive [that] sets and holds glitter.” It’s supposed to help the brand’s new Heavy Metal Loose Glitter apply “for a full-on jewel-encrusted effect that lasts all day (with very little fallout).” It’s a good thing they added that little bit “with very little fallout,” because I tried two different shades of the new glitters on top of the adhesive, and there was still some fall out. It seemed like one or two glitter particles fell per hour, but in general, the glitter adhered well and was comfortable to wear over the adhesive. The consistency is very much weightless, and it doesn’t feel tacky or thick, so it’s easy to spread across the lid, but I found you needed a fair amount of it on the skin if you wanted a solid glitter effect. If I spread out the adhesive, the glitter tended to apply in a sheer, sparse layer. The adhesive definitely breaks down easily with water, though getting all the bits of glitter off is a different story (more on that below).

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Loose Glitter ($12.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “easy-to-use loose glitter.” Each shade had the same instructions included on a separate pamphlet in the box, which said to lay down a layer of their adhesive first, then with fingertips or brushes, apply the glitter. I didn’t like using fingertips, because the majority of the glitter stuck to my finger and only a smattering adhered to the lid.

The jar has a plastic sifter that is level with the top of the jar, so you have to tap out the glitter into the lid, which makes closing it a glittery mess. I wish the sifter was dropped, so that there was a couple millimeters of space for the glitter to sit on top of the sifter but still inside the jar. When I used a brush, a lot of the glitter didn’t stick to my brush–there is a very small window of how you make the journey from jar to eyelid and keeping your brush just so, and then patting it on the lid and hoping that most of it sticks to the lid. I had three or four times the amount of glitter underneath my lid as on it unless I really slathered on the adhesive, and I had to put adhesive straight onto the brush, too.

The included instructions said to brush away any excess during application, and while those glitters might not stay on the lid on their own, they weren’t easy to remove them from the skin. I tried several different methods, but I ended up resorting to tape. Urban Decay’s loose glitters aren’t really any more difficult or easier to use than most loose glitters available–they’re simply not an improvement on the status quo. With the particle size of these, I prefer using something like Lit Cosmetics’ adhesive base, because I can easily apply it to the lid and my brush to really minimize the fall out during application and get a much more glitter to adhere at once.

ACDC is described as a “bright purple glitter.” It’s a medium, cool-toned purple glitter.

Catfight is described as a “pink glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-red glitter. MAC Pink (P, $21.00) is finer. See comparison swatches.

Goldmine is described as a “yellow-gold glitter.” It’s a medium-dark yellow-toned gold glitter.

Loaded is described as a “bright, deep green glitter.” It’s an emerald green with cool undertones glitter. Lit Cosmetics Yoda (P, $12.95) is lighter, finer. See comparison swatches.

Pyrotechnics is described as an “iridescent glitter.” It’s a multi-colored mix of iridescent pink, lilac, and gold glitter.

Reverb is described as a “bright, deep blue glitter.” It’s a medium-dark blue glitter. Lit Cosmetics Bar Star (P, $12.95) is finer, more multi-dimensional. See comparison swatches.

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It seemed like one or two glitter particles fell per hour, but in general, the glitter adhered well and was comfortable to wear over the adhesive. The consistency is very much weightless, and it doesn't feel tacky or thick, so it's easy to spread across the lid, but I found you needed a fair amount of it on the skin if you wanted a solid glitter effect. If I spread out the adhesive, the glitter tended to apply in a sheer, sparse layer.
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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Urban Decay Chaos Nail Color
Urban Decay Chaos & Bang Nail Colors

Urban Decay Chaos Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant cobalt blue with floating tonal pearl.” It’s a brightened, medum-dark blue with a purple tint–just enough to make it a cobalt blue–with lighter blue micro-shimmer. It had a glossy finish when it dried down, and it was mostly opaque after two coats–there was a shadow of visible nail line that sometimes was apparent depending on the angle/light. Formula X Beacon (P, $12.50) is darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, slightly darker. China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve (LE, $7.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay Bang Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange with subtle floating iridescent pearl.” It’s a bright, medium orange with warm, orange-red undertones and molten gold micro-shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied evenly without visible brush strokes. Zoya Amy (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery. NARS TV Party (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Gamma (P, $17.00) is brighter, less shimmery. China Glaze Riveting (LE, $7.50) has larger shimmer. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick
Urban Decay Gash Lipstick

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0..09 oz.) is described as a “deep red with tonal shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with ruby red micro-shimmer and a luminous shine. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is less cool-toned, matte. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Liu (P, $35.00) is similar. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker, less glossy, brighter. See comparison swatches.

It’s exclusive, limited edition shade to Urban Decay’s website, so you won’t find it as the usual suspects like Sephora. When I compared this shade to the previously released Gash (in the older formula), the color was spot-on. The shade was nicely pigmented and yielded mostly opaque color coverage. The texture of the new formula doesn’t feel quite the same as the rest of the Revolution lipsticks, though; it’s slightly stiffer in comparison, though it doesn’t tug or pull at lips while being applied–it’s just not as noticeably creamy or as emollient as the other shades in the range. It was also somewhat tacky, but it adheres well, applies smoothly, and pretty much wears for hours on end. It was still going strong after eight hours (including a meal) with the color being even, bold, and the only component missing was that it wasn’t as shiny (but it wasn’t fully matte either). The formula was moderately hydrating over time as well; I never felt like I needed lip balm, even after eight hours of wearing this shade.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette Look
Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette Look

The new Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (review) went up for sale this morning, and here are two looks featuring the new palette with quick step-by-step instructions.  Just to reiterate, as per the back of the palette: “Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area.”.  Here’s Urban Decay’s response (per Facebook): “A few shades contain a colorant that has not yet been approved for the use around the immediate eye area. However, this restriction only applies in the U.S.; in every other country where Urban Decay is sold, these shades are approved for use around the eyes. Bottom line? We didn’t want to limit the Electric Palette to eyeshadow. It’s an artistry palette with unlimited possibilities! How you use these shades is up to you. (And no matter where you use them, you’ll get insane color payout.).”

Look #1

  1. Apply Urban Eyeshadow to the lower third of the lid going horizontally across the upper lash line.
  2. Apply Savage Eyeshadow to the upper third to half of the lid (right before the crease), lightly overlaying Urban Eyeshadow to blend.
  3. Apply Slowburn Eyeshadow into the crease and blending above, towards the brow bone.
  4. Apply X Eyeshadow above the crease and along the inner tearduct to soften and blend out Slowburn Eyeshadow.
  5. Apply ABC Gum Eyeshadow on the brow bone and layer over the edge of Chaos Eyeshadow to bring everything together.
  6. Apply darkest shade in Brown Sugar Brow Box with an angled brush to define brows.
  7. Apply Scorch 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil to lower lash line.
  8. Apply two coats of Supercurl Mascara to upper and lower lashes.
  9. Apply Naked Skin Liquid Foundation (3.0 and 4.0) and buff into skin.
  10. Apply Naked Flushed Bronzer to cheeks to add subtle warmth, and then lightly dust Naked Flushed Highlighter to cheek bones to highlight.
  11. Apply Jilted Revolution Lipstick to lips and pat on Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss for a bolder look or apply Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss and mix in Streak Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss for a subtler lip color.

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  1. Apply Thrash Eyeshadow to the inner third of the lid by patting shadow into place.
  2. Apply Freak Eyeshadow to the middle of the lid and blend into Thrash.
  3. Apply Fringe Eyeshadow to the outer third of the lid and blend into the outer corner/crease.
  4. Apply Chaos Eyeshadow into the crease and blend above the crease.
  5. Apply ABC Gum Eyeshadow on the brow bone and layer over the edge of Chaos Eyeshadow to bring everything together.
  6. Apply darkest shade in Brown Sugar Brow Box with an angled brush to define brows.
  7. Apply Chaos 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil to lower lash line, and then smudge Freak Eyeshadow underneath the eyeliner to brighten.
  8. Apply two coats of Supercurl Mascara to upper and lower lashes.
  9. Apply Naked Skin Liquid Foundation (3.0 and 4.0) and buff into skin.
  10. Apply Naked Flushed Bronzer to cheeks to add subtle warmth, and then lightly dust Naked Flushed Highlighter to cheek bones to highlight.
  11. Apply Streak Revolution Lipstick to lips.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Urban Decay Summer 2014 Launches
Urban Decay Summer 2014 Launches

Electric Pressed Pigment Palette ($49.00)

Every shade in our Electric Pressed Pigment Palette features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

  • Revolt Bright metallic silver shimmer with silver glitter
  • Gonzo Bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl
  • Slowburn Bright red-orange matte with floating pearl
  • Savage Bright hot pink matte
  • Fringe Bright metallic teal
  • Chaos Bright blue matte with floating tonal pearl
  • Jilted Bright metallic fuchsia with blue shift
  • Urban Bright metallic purple
  • Freak Bright green with gold shift
  • Thrash Bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl

Heavy Metal Loose Glitter ($12.00)

Apply these amazing, easy-to-use loose glitters on top of Bondage Makeup Adhesive for a jewel-encrusted effect that LASTS all day (with very little fallout). Glitter is like the cilantro of the beauty world. You either dig it, mess factor and all (like we do), or you don’t. For those of you who are firmly planted in the glitter camp, there’s Heavy Metal Loose Glitter. Brush on our Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive, then pack Heavy Metal Loose Glitter on top of it—for a full-on jewel-encrusted effect that LASTS all day (with very little fallout). When you’re ready to take it all off, just rinse with water.
Heavy Metal Loose Glitter comes in a clear jar (so you can see all the gorgeous glitter inside) topped with a highly metalized gunmetal cap.

  • Pyrotechnics Iridescent glitter
  • Goldmine Yellow gold glitter
  • Reverb Bright, deep blue glitter
  • Loaded Bright, deep green glitter
  • ACDC Bright purple glitter
  • Catfight Pink glitter

Electric Nail Color Trio ($12.00)

This white-hot set includes two exclusive, never-before-seen shades: Deep End (peacock blue) and Goldmine (glittery gold). The perfect way to complete this foxy threesome? A revamped version of everybody’s favorite shade, Woodstock (neon pink).

  • Deep End Peacock blue
  • Goldmine Glittery gold
  • Woodstock Neon pink

Perversion Angled Brush ($16.00)

Use this angled brush to draw razor-thin lines or bold, thick lines. Like all of our brushes, it’s artist-quality AND cruelty-free! We needed the ultimate brush to go with our Super-Saturated Eyeliner, so we meticulously designed this small, angled brush until it had the perfect angled shape and thickness. Even thinner than our Good Karma Liner Brush, this brush is extra precise and extremely versatile. Use it to draw razor-thin lines or bold, thick lines. The Perversion Angled Brush is super precise and gives you a ton of control. While we designed it specifically for use with Super-Saturated Eyeliner, it works equally well with our other liners or our Brow Box. Or get it wet and dip it into one of our iconic Eyeshadows to turn any shade into liquid eyeliner! Diameter variation in the brush hairs provides more surface area—for optimal pickup and laydown. Like all of our brushes, the Perversion Angled Brush is cruelty-free, vegan and ecofriendly. The brush hair (made from a material derived from recycled PBT plastic bottles) is super soft. Plus, synthetic brush hair doesn’t hold on to gross bacteria the way porous animal hair can (yuck!). And because the surface of the bristles is more regular than brushes made from real hair, synthetic brushes are easier to clean and more hygienic.

Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive ($14.00)

This clear, water-based adhesive sets and holds glitter amazingly well. Try it with our Heavy Metal Loose Glitter! Use Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive with Heavy Metal Loose Glitter for a full-on jewel-encrusted effect that LASTS all day (with very little fallout). Just brush on this clear adhesive, quick and easy, then pack Heavy Metal Loose Glitter on top of it. When you’re ready to take it all off, just rinse with water. This gentle, comfortable, water-based formula stays put until you take it off (using only water!). Bondage has a light, thin feel, and doesn’t get sticky or gummy after dry-down like some makeup adhesives can. It’s surprisingly versatile, and you can use it ANYWHERE. (Just imagine the possibilities.) When you’re ready to take it all off, simply rinse with water. No need to hassle with makeup removers! (And when you take the Bondage off, the glitter comes off easily too.) Bonus: Bondage is free of alcohol and parabens. Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive comes in a sleek tube with a luxe, highly metalized gunmetal finish and features the perfect nylon brush for a precise application every time.

Ink for Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen ($20.00)

Create envy-inducing cat eyes with ease. Ultra-waterproof and crazy-precise, our fine-tipped pen creates glossy, sharply defined lines that last all day. Draw intense, shiny, blacker-than-black lines with absolute precision. Ink for Eyes has an ultra-fine tip for a smooth, controlled application every time. Whether you want razor-thin lines, winged cat eyes or bold, dramatic lines, Ink for Eyes does it all. Our long-wearing formula glides on smoothly (without skipping or pulling) and dries down to an ultra-waterproof finish that won’t smudge, run or feather. And the color payoff is insane! The best part? Ink for Eyes is really forgiving and so EASY to use (just like a marker)—perfect for everyone from beginners all the way to experts. Use Ink for Eyes to create a bold, super-precise cat-eye or anytime you want a really dramatic look. The precise tip lays down ultra-precise, intensely black lines that LAST.

  • Perversion Black

Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner ($22.00)

Our long-lasting, waterproof cream liner features triple black pigments—for the purest, deepest, most intense black color imaginable. An all-in-one weapon for super-precise or smudged, smoky lines, our long-lasting, waterproof cream liner features triple black pigments—for the purest, deepest, most intense black color imaginable. Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner lays down tons of intense, lasting color in one stroke. The soft, creamy formula is easy to use, dries down quickly and gives you a controlled, precise application every time. Super-Saturated Eyeliner gives you tons of control (particularly when you use it with our Perversion Angled Brush). And the cream formula is insanely versatile! Use it to add a little definition to your lash line or smudge it to create bold, thick lines. Women who haven’t mastered the cat eye yet will have an easier time perfecting their technique with this formula. Just glide it on, creating a line that extends a little past the outer corner, then flick it slightly upward. You can also use Super-Saturated Eyeliner to create the outline for a cat eye and then fill it in with a pencil or liquid liner. Super-Saturated Eyeliner contains nourishing jojoba oil, which provides moisture and gives the formula its creamy glide. And it’s paraben-free.

  • Perversion Black

All Night Eyeliner ($20.00)

Draw ultra-shiny, intense lines that are blacker-than-black. Our creamy formula twists up, glides on and dries down to a long-lasting waterproof finish. When you need your eyeliner to really perform, you’ve got to bring in the big guns—and All Nighter Eyeliner delivers. This twist-up liner lays down intense, ultra-shiny, blacker-than-black lines that REALLY last. Like our award-winning 24/7 Eye Pencils, this soft, CREAMY formula glides on smoothly. And true to its name, once All Nighter Eyeliner dries down, it’s not going anywhere! The waterproof formula won’t smudge or budge. Added bonus: All Nighter Eyeliner contains moisturizing vitamin E and it’s vegan. All Nighter Eyeliner is great for travel, because it’s easy to apply on the run. (No need to carry around a sharpener or deal with messy pencil shavings!)

  • Perversion Black

24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20.00)

A must for smoky-eye fanatics: an ultra-velvety, plush version of our creamy, waterproof 24/7 formula. Create perfectly blended-out or rich, defined lines. Looking for the perfect liner to complement the ever-popular UD smoky eye? This is it: an ultra-velvety, PLUSH version of our legendary 24/7 Eye Pencil. 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil is the ultimate tool for smudging. And it has the same long-lasting benefits as our 24/7 Eye Pencils. More powdery than our original 24/7 Eye Pencils, 24/7 Velvet blends easier to create soft, smoky edges. Use this pencil to get perfectly blended-out or rich, defined lines. 24/7 Velvet is the ultimate liner for doing a smoky, rimmed eye (or whenever you want a look that’s more matte and soft). 24/7 Velvet contains moisturizing jojoba oil. And it’s paraben-free. To make 24/7 Velvet easier to spot in your bag, we gave it a shade-matched barrel and matte gunmetal accents on the cap and base (instead of silver accents like our traditional 24/7 Pencils).

  • Black Velvet Black

Availability: Now @ Urban Decay, April 2014 at other retailers

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