Sunday, March 16th, 2014

With St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th, there was no way I could miss an opportunity to feature a few of my favorite green eyeshadows! Last week, I featured some bright greens, so this time around, I went for darker, smokier greens.  What are your favorite green eyeshadows?

  1. Urban Decay Bender — a smoky green with a frosted finish
  2. Make Up For Ever #80 — a deep, dark emerald green
  3. Inglot #333 — a medium-dark, warm-toned green with a matte finish
  4. L’Oreal Golden Emerald — a gold-shimmered, forest green
  5. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini — a murky, olive green with a matte finish
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Reader Dilyana wanted to see more top picks for corals… so here’s my current top ten list of coral lipsticks, lipglosses, and blushes! (See them in the Swatch Gallery here.) What are your favorites right now?

  1. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — a warm-toned, pinky-coral with a satin finish
  2. Too Faced Bon Bon — a bright, warm-toned coral
  3. Chanel Reflexion — a shimmering, coral-red gloss
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a muted, coral-orange with a luminous finish
  5. Maybelline Caramel Infused — a soft, pink-coral gloss
  6. Urban Decay Streak — a glossy coral-pink
  7. Tom Ford Love Lust –a shimmering, dark coral
  8. Burberry Camel Pink — a peachy-gold shimmered coral-pink gloss
  9. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) — a vibrant, pink-coral
  10. MAC Be a Lady –a brightened, pink-coral
Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette ($49.00 for 0.40 oz.) consists of ten shades in the theme of all that is bold and colorful–you know, electric. It includes two previously-seen shades, Revolt and Chaos, while the other eight are new to the palette. Each shade is 0.04 oz., which is a little shy of full-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz.), and it also includes a dual-ended brush.

In fine print on the back of the palette, which I didn’t even see until I was grabbing size information, is the following: “Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area.” It’s not surprising to see such a warning, given that neon pigments, generally, have not been tested or approved by FDA for use on the “immediate eye area.” If you are already sensitive to red or pink eyeshadows, you should definitely heed the warning, as they all have a pink/red tinge. Neon pigments are often approved in the EU and Canada but not in the U.S., though it could be another ingredient that isn’t approved for usage on the eye (will be curious if UK/Canadian palettes have the same warning on the back). As always, use at your own discretion and risk. I am not a cosmetic scientist or medical professional. I have shown all four of those shades applied as blushes–be careful with shades like Jilted and Urban, as that frosted finish coupled with the intense pigmentation means a little goes a long, long way.

Overall, the palette had good color payoff, soft and smooth textures, and long-wear. I liked the there were more matte shades paired with rather frosted/metallic shades, though I think one or two of the metallic finishes could have been softer frosts. The high frost/metallic finishes take more patience to blend with some of the matte shades, as the frostier shades have a denser, thicker feel, while the mattes are softer and thinner, so having a satin would work well in-between. The more matte shades perform fairly well even over bare skin, adhering for the most part and applying evenly without blending away, but they do perform their best over a primer for maximum vibrancy. The frosts did not need a primer (they were the same either way for me). I also wished there was a yellow or coral shade in the palette, as the majority of the colors are medium or dark, and it would have made for a better variety of colors.  All four shades indicated as not eye safe were prone to staining, with or without a primer underneath. The mattes lasted just over eight and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading, while the frosts/metallics lasted almost ten hours on me (they wore like iron). The brush seemed good – soft, easy to wash, didn’t take a long time to dry, no shedding.

Revolt is described as a “bright metallic silver shimmer with silver glitter.” It’s a brightened, light-medium silver with a metallic finish and silver micro-glitter. The pigmentation was slightly improved compared to when this was in the Anarchy palette, but it’s still not fully pigmented and has a fair amount of glitter. The problem with the glitter is that it just doesn’t bind with the rest of the powder, so it tends to fall out during application and whatever does end up on the lid does fall out later on. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is warmer. MAC Bleuluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gonzo is described as a “bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium blue with soft, silver micro-shimmer over a matte base–it appears mostly matte applied. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft, just a little powdery. NARS Solomon Islands (P, $25.00) is darker, cream. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Crease (LE, $2.29) is darker, cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Royal (LE) is a smidgen darker. NARS Mad Mad World #1 (P, $24.00) is totally matte. Milani Olympian Blue (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Electric Eel (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Blue Candy (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #322 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Slowburn is described as a “bright red-orange matte with floating pearl.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange with strong, red tones and a mostly matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. NARS Persia (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, less red. MAC Orange (P, $15.00) is more orange. Inglot #123R Bottom (P, $6.00) is more muted, more orange. Sugarpill Love+ (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned, redder. Inglot #366 (P, $6.00) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

Savage is described as a “bright hot pink matte.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned, medium-dark magenta pink with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, but it did sheer out a little when applied, so it needs to be gently patted on to maximize color payoff.  Milani Shocking Pink (P, $5.99) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Magenta Madness (LE, $21.00) is similar. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is a touch darker and less cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #75 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Fringe is described as a “bright metallic teal.” It’s a medium-dark, bluish-teal with a frosted, metallic finish. It had a really dense, buttery texture that was smooth and richly pigmented. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is bluer. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker, greener. Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $6.80) is darker. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is brighter, bluer. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is bluer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Chaos is described as a “bright blue matte with floating tonal pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark cobalt blue with fine, iridescent shimmer over a matte base. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker, more muted. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is darker, purpler. MAC Cobalt (P, $15.00) is darker. Illamasqua Sadist (P) is more muted. Sugarpill Royal Sugar (P, $12.00) is very similar. Sugarpill Velocity (P, $12.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Jilted is described as a “bright metallic fuchsia with blue shift.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with a soft, frosted finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is a little lighter. Urban Decay Junkshow (LE, $18.00) is slightly more muted. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Urban is described as a “bright metallic purple.” It’s a vibrant, medium purple with pinky-red undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, while the texture was buttery and smooth. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is warmer, darker. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Push the Edge (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, warmer. Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Freak is described as a “bright green with gold shift.” It’s a vibrant, light-medium, cool-toned green with a golden sheen, which gives it a mostly warm tone to it overall. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99) is darker, more muted. Fyrinnae Dragon’s Wing (P, $6.80) is darker. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is lighter. Illamasqua Possession (LE) is a cream product, less metallic. MAC Wondergrass (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Thrash is described as a “bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-leaning chartreuse with a satin shimmer over a matte finish. It had fairly good colr payoff, but the texture is slightly powdery, even though it’s quite soft and finely-milled. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is very similar. NARS Celebrate (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bitter (P, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #343 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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

As much as we love Naked, we’re serious color junkies at heart. When we launched The Vice Palette andsaw how CRAZY everyone went over Chaos (a brilliant matte blue), we realized our fans craved bright shades as much as us. Inspired by Chaos, Urban Decay launches Electric Pressed Pigment Palette. The ultimate fix for color addicts, this gorgeous palette is packed with ten of the brightest, most amazing shades you’ve ever laid eyes on. In addition to Chaos (yes, it’s back!), this palette marks the return of Revolt (a silver standout from our Anarchy Face Case). All the other shades are NEW! From ultrasmooth mattes to highly dimensional shimmers, each VELVETY shade delivers insane color payout. Why do a Pressed Pigment Palette? Using pressed pigments was the only way to create heavily saturated brights with the intense pigment load we craved. Traditional eyeshadow formulas just wouldn’t cut it.

If you’ve tried seemingly bright shades like these before, you know that a lot of them appear brilliant in the pan, but in reality look chalky, lack smooth application and don’t look anywhere near as vibrant on your eye. Not so with Electric. We carefully crafted the formula on every shade to make sure each one would apply with a soft and creamy texture and deliver serious color payout. Wende can’t get enough of Jilted (an unbelievable bright metallic fuchsia with a blue shift). And our Product Development team is really into Fringe (a gorgeous, bright metallic teal), Urban (the most amazing bright metallic purple) and Freak (a bright green with a gold shift, inspired by our 24/7 Eye Pencil shade).

The case is as cool as the shades inside. Emblazoned with “ELECTRIC,” this slim, sleek palette features a vivid, dimensional, multilayered smoke-screen print reminiscent of the shades inside. And the mirror is huge! Electric Pressed Pigment Palette also includes our NEW cruelty-free, double-ended pressed pigment brush (an all-black brush with bright purple synthetic brush fibers). On one end: a compact precision brush that’s perfect for applying color with amazing control. Use it to line, blend and smudge. On the other end: a small pigment brush. Use it to apply color all over the lid or in the crease.

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

Availability: $49.00, March 18th, 2014 at Urban Decay; Spring 2014 at Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a new trio that features a bronzer, highlighter, and blush. It is a follow up to Naked Flushed. This one seems to [attempt to] match the blush to the colors of Native Lipstick and Native Lip Pencil, which are both light-medium pinks. I don’t think it’s a great match for either the lipstick or pencil, as it is distinctly cool-toned, whereas the lipstick is warm-toned and the pencil more neutral-to-warm-toned. To me, the color is a better match for Obsessed Lipstick. I didn’t like the original Naked Flushed palette, as I felt like the texture was firm and drier, but I didn’t love this one either, as it was powdery–makes me feel a bit like Goldilocks. Though you’ll see excess powder as you grab product onto your applicator, it doesn’t seem to look powdery on the skin, so that’s definitely a plus. It’s not ideal to have so much excess sitting on the surface of the pan when there are three shades that sit next to each other. The highlighter emphasizes pores/skin texture, which is a drawback. If used lightly, that effect can be lessened, but some care is required–it’s not foolproof.

Bronzer is described as a “medium bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and smooth, but it was powdery. When I applied it to cheeks, it was easy to do so–it blended easily, and it didn’t look powdery on. The bronzer wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is yellower. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, yellower. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Highlighter is described as a “pale pink shimmer.” It is a light, pink-tinged peach with light, warm undertones and a champagne shimmer-sheen. The finish is fairly frosted, and the pigmentation was really true-to-pan and rich, so a little of the highlighter goes a long way! I thought it applied best with feathery, sweeping motions and a less dense brush onto the high planes of the face. It did emphasize pores slightly, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to look patchy. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is very similar. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is lighter, more sparkly. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is pinker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Blush is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft and finely-milled but powdery, so the color was somewhat buildable but easily sheered out as it was applied so I wouldn’t describe it as richly pigmented. This shade didn’t adhere as well to bare, normal-to-dry skin, but if you typically wear a liquid or cream foundation and apply over that, it should apply more readily. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is warmer, darker. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is darker, brighter. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

A word about names: there have been a few more recently released products with names that have stirred readers’ feelings. I want to reiterate that discussion is encouraged on Temptalia, and it is good to have open, honest, and civil conversations about things that are important to each of us. Please take great care in appreciating the diversity in opinions within the community without invalidating the other person’s feelings. While a name may not bother one person or someone interprets it differently than someone else, just because one person is not offended doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t be or can’t feel the way that they do. There are a million names to choose from, so if and when brands choose one over another, it’s okay to question that choice. You can read why the name of this product hasn’t been well-received by some readers here.

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Friday, February 21st, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Flushed - Native
Urban Decay Naked Flushed – Native

Native Naked Flushed ($30.00)

Use these pressed powders individually or blend them together to create just the right effect—and let this seemingly straight-laced trio morph into a tangled color love-fest. Then bask in the radiant glow and let people wonder what you’ve been up to. Urban Decay’s micronized, jet-milled formula has a luxe, featherlight texture that feels amazing on your skin. And the finish? Flawless. Light-diffusing particles enhance and perfect to give your skin a fresh, glowy look…even when your late-night antics have you feeling anything but. The color is intensely pigmented yet blends beautifully—and the universal shades are versatile enough for any skintone.

  • Bronzer Medium bronze
  • Highlighter Pale pink shimmer
  • Blush Bright pink

Availability: Now at @ Sephora (Exclusive to Sephora until 3/15)

A word about names: there have been a few more recently released products with names that have stirred readers’ feelings. I want to reiterate that discussion is encouraged on Temptalia, and it is good to have open, honest, and civil conversations about things that are important to each of us. Please take great care in appreciating the diversity in opinions within the community without invalidating the other person’s feelings. While a name may not bother one person or someone interprets it differently than someone else, just because one person is not offended doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t be or can’t feel the way that they do. There are a million names to choose from, so if and when brands choose one over another, it’s okay to question that choice.