As a coral fiend, summer is often one of my favorite times of the year for new products, because brands tend to release corals, but there are plenty of corals to choose from year-round. Here is my current list of favorites! What are yours?
The new eyeshadows, blushes, and lipglosses are now available at Sephora! I know a lot of readers were anxious for the launch, so I thought I’d pass along the update! Last day for VIB/VIB Rouges to save 15% off with codes VIBLOVE/ROUGELOVE. (You could say I just made my eighth order……)
Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadows ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) include eight shades that will be permanent. These are a vast improvement than some of the holiday eyeshadows that came out last year, which I was less enthused about (they were often dry and/or powdery). The six shimmery shades had a really soft, almost cream-like smoothness to them that made them extremely blendable on the skin, while they wore well and had good pigmentation across the board. The two mattes were silky and soft, though Beware didn’t blend as easily as I expected given how nice the texture felt swatched. My favorite was Dive Bar, which was also one of the more unique shades in the range, followed by Fireball.
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a new (well, sort of a re-release, but not quite) and permanent formula that features twelve shades that range from peach to purple to plum. The majority of the range have a satin-matte finish–not really shimmery, but they’re not fully matte, and instead, they have a light luminosity to them–and a few shades had more noticeable shimmer when swatched. However, these shimmery shades were less impressive (with the exception of Rapture) as often the shimmer didn’t bind with the powder so you didn’t see the effect of the shimmer on the skin. The pigmentation is typically semi-sheer to semi-opaque, with some of the richer shades being semi-opaque to fully opaque, which is about what you’d expect, given they’re supposed to have “buildable color.” The powder is thinner with a very silky, smooth consistency that can sometimes kick up some excess powder in the pan, but they look and perform better buffed and blended into the skin. Most of the shades wore for the eight hours as promised. I would love to see more cool-toned neutral shades in the range, and I think the shimmer-based formula could use some improvement.
Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new, permanent formula just in time for summer. The range includes fourteen shades to choose from with the majority leaning brighter and bolder. The formula is supposed to give “high coverage” in “one coat” with a “creamy” texture that is also hydrating. Some shades are less opaque (nowhere near one coat pigmentation!) and a few could have applied more evenly. The glosses feel creamy, almost gel-like, as they’re so smooth, initially, but all of them developed tackiness over time, which helped them to wear longer than the average gloss with a range of four to six hours of wear. The formula was hydrating for me, and it is comfortable to wear as long as tackiness isn’t a deal-breaker for you. I didn’t notice any taste, and there is a very subtle sweet, vanilla scent that I can only detect when I open the tube and have my nose right at the opening.
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Urban Decay’s describes their powder blush formula as having “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture that will wear for “eight long hours.” This shade had semi-sheer to opaque color coverage possible, depending on how many layers you applied or whether you used a more densely-packed brush. It was easily built-up or diffused if you felt like you over-applied. The texture had a silky, smooth feeling to it that kicked up a little bit of excess powder in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin. As you buff and blend the color, the satiny finish comes through–just enough sheen to give it a natural, skin-like finish that doesn’t get too matte but is never shimmery. As it is a very light color, it will tend to be a better pick for lighter complexions, as even though it buildable to fuller coverage, it may not give a lot of visible color to darker complexions–it is subtle on me (light-medium). It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.
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