Monday, December 30th, 2013

I have to admit: this was a complete challenge. In fact, it felt unfair trying to narrow down favorites to a mere ten when I was considering around 300 different shades from the past year. As what tends to happen when I start to feel indecisive, I went for favorites across brands and weighted uniqueness slightly more heavily than other factors. But there were some really outstanding formulas released this year! At year-end, I have to give major props to Cult Nails and OCC, both of which had a lot of contenders.

What were your favorite polishes you tried this past year?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Choosing my top ten favorite palettes from the ones I tested and reviewed in 2013 was a lot more difficult than I anticipated! To give you an idea on how stiff the competition was, there were 128 reviews filed under “makeup palettes,” so you can see there were plenty to choose from! (And if you were curious, I have 1,261 posts filed under “reviews,” and the majority of those posts feature more than one shade, for the past year.) I considered which ones gave me warm, fuzzy feelings, that were high quality, and that I could really reach for over and over again. With those things in mind, here are my favorites…

What were your favorite palettes that you tried this past year?

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

If gold isn’t quite your style when it comes to the holidays, how about silver? I personally love wearing silver as an eyeliner or as an eyeshadow base for a smoky eye.

  1. Lit Tinsel Town — a glittering, holographic silver perfect for adding sparkle and dazzle to any look
  2. Maybelline Silver Strike — a bright, metallic silver that’s easy to use as an eyeliner or as a cream eyeshadow
  3. Urban Decay Cuff — a bright, silver eyeliner with a soft metallic sheen
  4. NYX Ice Glitter — silver and holographic glitter top coat to add just that touch of wintry dazzle to your nails
  5. Inglot #447 — a bright, light metallic silver powder eyeshadow that opens and brightens the eye

What are your favorite silver-hued beauty products?

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay’s Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette now has an official online launch date of December 6th, 2013 for retailers (U.S./Canada). The in-store launch date for Sephora is December 12th (U.S./Canada/Mexico). You can read my review and see comparison swatches. The official information regarding this palette can be found here.  This date has been confirmed via Urban Decay through their Facebook page.  Urban Decay is currently listing December 16th for Europe, December 20th for UK.  February 2014 for Brazil.

Updated @ 12/5 at 8:50PM PST:  Sephora and Ulta have Naked3 available for purchase NOW!

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, each 0.05 oz. (equivalent of a full-sized eyeshadow), in hues of pink and brown. It also includes a dual-ended eye brush, and a week’s worth of samples of each of their primers. The case is a rose gold metal with “waves” indented across the exterior.  Overall, it’s a really lovely palette filled with eyeshadows that are highly pigmented, soft, blendable, and easy to use.  With ten of the twelve, they wore well for just over eight hours without fading or creasing.  Darkside was my favorite shade, as it was somewhat unusual, and it wasn’t too frosted.  Dust was the worst performer, which isn’t unexpected, as it has a fair amount of glitter, which makes the texture less smooth and results in fall out during wear.  Trick had minor fall out during wear, but it applied better and had more color payoff.

It is now available at urbandecay.com! :)

Comparisons to Naked 1 and Naked 2 can be found here!

Strange is described as a “pale neutral pink matte-satin.” It’s a pale, neutral-to-warm white-pink with a satin matte finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled–a very, very smidgen powdery if I’m being nitpicky as a little goes a long way. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is similar. LORAC Light Pink (P) is pinker. MAC Pen ‘n’ Pink (P, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Variation #1 (P) is cooler-toned. Chanel Premier Regard #2 (P) is pinker. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is darker. bareMinerals Giddy (P) is darker. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Dust is described as a “pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a white and gold micro-glitter. The texture is a little powdery and glittery, so it feels looser; it’s a shade I would apply with a dampened brush to minimize fall out and to help it apply more smoothly. I had noticeable fall out with this shade. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is darker. Chanel Pink Lagoon (LE, $34.00) is warmer, cream product. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more metallic. bareMinerals Page Six (P) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Burnout is described as a “light pinky-peach satin.” It’s a rosy, medium peach with a pearly finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and not at all powdery. Laura Mercier Primrose (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Guava (P) is pinker, less frosted. Tarina Tarantino Tiny Pansie (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Ringleader (LE) is similar. theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Limit is described as a “light dusty rose matte.” It’s a mauve-y, medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and smooth. It was slightly powdery. NARS Douce France #2 (LE, $24.00) is rosier. Le Metier de Beaute Icon (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Buzz is described as a “metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a warm, coppered rose with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is less metallic, slightly less warm-toned. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Inglot #399 (P, $6.00) is darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Trick is described as a “light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium copper with brownish tones and a gold sparkles over a frost finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture though sparkly, was soft and buttery and applied smoothly overall. Dior Meteore (661) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. LORAC Garnet (P) is less frosted, darker. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is more orange. theBalm Racy Kacy (P, $16.00) is darker. NARS California (P, $24.00) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is similar, less sparkly. MAC Mythical (LE, $15.00) is rosier. bareMinerals Imagine (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Nooner is described as a “medium pinky-brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It was very, very lightly powdery. LORAC Mauve (P) is purpler. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $28.50) is grayer. NARS Charade #1 (P, $24.00) is shimmery. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is darker, redder. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Icon (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Inglot #344 (P, $6.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Liar is described as a “medium metallic mauve shimmer.” It’s a medium brown with subtle warm undertones and a slightly gray-ish cast on top. It had a very frosted, almost metallic, finish. The texture was incredibly soft, leaning towards a little powdery, but very pigmented. Laura Mercier Bamboo (P) is less frosted, yellower in tone. Too Faced Crisp Apple Strudel (LE) is more golden. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Pewter (P) is darker.MAC Smokeluxe #3 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Factory is described as a “pinky-brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a soft, pearled finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. Dior Golden Flower #5 (LE) is warmer. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is redder-toned. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is darker. NARS Flowers 3 #4 (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Mugshot is described as a “metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. Illamasqua Acute (P) is a cream product. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is less metallic.Urban Decay Lost (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Rehab (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. Chanel Raffinement #1 (P) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Darkside is described as a “deep taupe-mauve satin.” It’s a cool-toned, purpled taupe with a pearled finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the lid. Too Faced Bluff (LE) is lighter, more metallic. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is grayer. Clinique Lavish Lilac (P, $16.00) is a cream product, lighter. MAC Black Slip (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is grayer. MAC Round Midnight (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Blackheart is described as a “smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle.” It’s a deep, blackened burgundy with warm, reddish-brown undertones and ruby red micro-shimmer. MAC Magic Moor (LE, $15.00) is more frosted, lighter. Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate (LE, $29.00) is totally matte. MAC Brownluxe #5 (P) is browner. MAC Graphology (P, $15.00) is totally matte. Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

By the by, I also thought that three shades in this replicated Tom Ford’s In the Pink trio surprisingly well — Strange, Burnout, and Trick (mix in Dust with Trick to get even closer).

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Overall, it's a really lovely palette filled with eyeshadows that are highly pigmented, soft, blendable, and easy to use. With ten of the twelve, they wore well for just over eight hours without fading or creasing. Darkside was my favorite shade, as it was somewhat unusual, and it wasn't too frosted.

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil

Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “smoky black matte with rosy red micro-glitter + purple-taupe satin.”

  • Blackheart is a deep, dark purpled black with burgundy sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, but it is buildable to more opaque color in two to three layers. It wore well for eight hours on me with slight thinning apparent after nine hours. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Dark Diversion (LE, $16.00) has no sparkle.Bobbi Brown Black Plum (P, $24.00) is lighter, less sparkle.See comparison swatches.
  • Darkside medium-dark plum with warm, brown tones and a satin shimmer. It was semi-sheer when applied in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two to three layers. It wore well for eight hours and was slightly faded after that. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is purpler. MAC Raven (LE, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is slightly more plum. See comparison swatches.

Crave + Venus 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “deepest, darkest brown-black matte + soft, off-white shimmer.”

Perversion + Pistol 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “blackest-black matte + light gray-brown shimmer.”

  • Perversion is a deep, dark black with a matte finish. It’s incredibly pigmented, very creamy, and wears eight to nine hours on me. This is part of the permanent range and has been reviewed previously. See comparison swatches.
  • Pistol is a golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable in two layers to fully opaque color. It lasted eight hours on me before starting to show signs of fading. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more golden/brown. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $19.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches.

Zero + Whiskey 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “Zealous black cream + rich brown matte.”

  • Zero is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range. It has so-so color payoff in a single pass, but it is buildable to mostly opaque color. It wears eight hours on me without signs of fading. See comparison swatches.
  • Whiskey is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with a mostly matte finish and warm, orange-red undertones. It’s part of the permanent range as well. It has decent color payoff and builds to opaque color in two layers. It wears just over eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is darker. NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Roach (P, $19.00) is shimmery. MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Rich Ground (P, $16.00) is metallic. See comparison swatches.

Now, the one bummer is that currently, the Zero + Whiskey pencil on Urban Decay’s website (that’s been there for awhile) is $12, and these are listed as $16 in the press release–same amount of product.

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