Thursday, September 25th, 2014

NORDSTROM - Shop Urban Decay - Now Available!

Nordstrom is now carrying Urban Decay! :) I wonder what Nordstrom exclusives we’ll see in the future!  I was kind of hoping for some right now, ha!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash
Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash ($39.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six, miniature-sized Revolution lipsticks with three new, limited edition, exclusive shades to the set paired with three previously released shades (Gash, which was limited edition when it released, and Liar and F-Bomb, both of which are part of the permanent range). I think the set is a great idea, as you can try multiple shades without spending the full-priced equivalent to do so. The only downside is that mini lipsticks can be frustrating to use, because they’re less comfortable to hold (so much smaller!) and are more fragile (two of the six broke at the base while applying). The lipsticks themselves are consistent with the Revolution formula, which is one of my favorites, and I really hope these new shades get added to the permanent range.

Ladyflower is described as a “bright rose-pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-plum with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It was intensely pigmented and yielded opaque color coverage that wore well for five hours and was nicely hydrating over time. There’s a slightly muted quality to the color that makes it less your typical fuchsia but not quite a plum. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Vigne (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is lighter. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is brighter. MAC Dish It Up (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Illicit is described as a “sheer baby pink.” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a lightly glossy finish. I’m really glad Urban Decay made mention that this is sheer, because the Revolution formula is known for its pigmentation. This shade lasted for two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat streaky/uneven applied. If I pressed my lips together, there would be “lines.” Laura Mercier Heartbreaker (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crush is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones. It’s so bright that it’s not even photographing right for me–it kept giving this golden-orange tinge as a reflection, which I can’t remember ever seeing before! I didn’t see any shimmer or orange-tinge to it in real life–just neon fuchsia. It’s richly pigmented, creamy, easy to apply, and lasts five and a half hours on me while being hydrating. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker, more matte. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is a smidgen cooler-toned (but they’re very similar). Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is cooler-toned. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is similar. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Please see my previous reviews for Gash, Liar, and F-Bomb as well as Ozone Lip Pencil. :)

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Gray can be a very versatile shade to have in one’s stash, as it can be used to darken (without overwhelming, like a black eyeshadow might) any shade, but it can also be used to add depth and dimension. What are your favorite grays?

  1. Makeup Geek Galaxy — a medium-dark, shimmery gray
  2. Urban Decay Desperation — a medium-dark, lightly shimmered gray with warm undertones
  3. MAC Typographic — a matte, medium gray
  4. MAC Nehru — a matte, medium-dark gray with cooler undertones
  5. Inglot #451 — a shimmery, cool-toned gray

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

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set
Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set ($39.00 for 0.08 oz.) includes four, double-ended eyeliners. Each side is 0.01 oz., so it’s really the equivalent of 2 full-sized eyeliners, though you’re getting eight shades for the price of two. These are all previously released shades with two being brought back in this set (Black Market and Tornado) and the others are permanent. Urban Decay’s formula is long-wearing on me (eight to ten hours), and it is a waxy, glide-on formula that doesn’t tug at the lash line, but some shades require two to three passes for full color coverage.

Black Market is described as a “charcoal black satin.” It’s a soft, gray-ish black with subtle shimmer and a pearly sheen. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage but was semi-sheer in a single stroke. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (P, $15.00) Urban Decay Black Market (LE, $19.00) Urban Decay Uzi (P, $19.00) MAC Black Swan (P, $15.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornado is described as a “dark eggplant pearl.” It’s a deepened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had sheer color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It wore well for nine hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Velvet is described as a “rich, smoky black matte.” It’s a rich, deep dark matte black with subtle, warm undertones. It has a very dry, matte finish–more flatter than Perversion. The texture is dry, powder-like, and it applies best in short strokes. It wears nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smoke is described as a “deepest gray matte.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-opaque. The color wore well for eight and a half hours, and the pencil itself was lightly creamy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zero is described as a “zealous black cream.” It’s a medium black with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Demolition is described as a “deep brown matte.” It’s a dark brown with wwarm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque pigmentation with two layers. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black. This is part of the permanent range. It is one of the creamier pencils by Urban Decay, so it has really good color payoff that goes on smoothly and evenly. It wears nine to ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

LSD is described as a “navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter blue sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one stroke that was buildable to more opaque color in two layers. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash
Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash

Full Frontal Lipstick Stash ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

This limited-edition set contains minis of three exclusive NEW shades—Ladyflower (bright rose-pink), Crush (inspired by one of our most-coveted Super-Saturated Lip Color shades) and Illicit (sheer baby pink)—plus three mini bestsellers (including Gash!). It even includes a full-size 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone, our bestselling clear shade. Ozone holds color in place, prevents feathering, and fixes mistakes—yet it’s totally invisible on your lips. (Editor’s Note: Each lipstick is 0.035 oz. and six of them, so there are 0.21 oz. of lipstick. Lip pencil is full-sized at 0.04 oz. There are $46.20 worth of lipsticks, plus $20 Lip Pencil for a total value of $66.20. I do not have this, so I cannot show you swatches of the new shades, sorry!)

  • Ladyflower Bright rose-pink
  • Crush Bright hot pink
  • Illicit Sheer baby pink
  • Gash Deep red with tonal shimmer
  • Liar Pinky-brown nude
  • F-Bomb Classic red
  • Ozone (Lip Pencil) Clear

Availability: Now at Urban Decay; TBA on whether it will be available at other retailers

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Friday, September 12th, 2014

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set
Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($52.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes ten (obviously!) eyeliners–one full-sized Perversion and then nine travel-sized (0.03 oz. vs. 0.04 oz., so it’s 25% smaller than full-sized) shades. Though nine of the shades are new and exclusive to this limited edition set, a few of them feel like, “Haven’t I seen you before?” There is definitely some overlap with past shades released in the 24/7 line-up. Though I am a fan of the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil formula, and I love how wide the shade range is, there are too many under-performers in this set. I’m disappointed, and I wish Urban Decay would increase the pigmentation behind their more sparkly shades, as they consistently apply much sheerer and more unevenly than their less shimmery/sparkly shades.

The price point on the set might seem high (it did to me initially), given that Urban Decay has released Ocho Loco and Ocho Loco 2 over the past two years around the holidays, and each had eight, full-sized eyeliners for $59 (0.32 oz.) while here, nine of the eyeliners aren’t full-sized, but if you actually look at the amount, it’s only 0.01 oz. less and you’re paying $7 less as well. The eyeliners were $184/oz. in Ocho Loco, and they are $168/oz. in Ten.

Stargazer is described as a “soft metallic gold with dimensional sparkle.” It’s a muted, yellow gold with darker gold sparkle and a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it didn’t build to opaque color as it didn’t seem to layer well. I found it needed to be smudged into place with a brush to look more even on the lash line. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mugshot is described as a “light metallic taupe with slight pink shift.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke with a smooth, creamy consistency that glided on easily. It wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glitter Rock is described as a “metallic pink with pink multidimensional sparkle.” It’s a muted, pinky-brown with warm undertones and pink sparkle. It was sheer when applied in one go, and it just wouldn’t build up much more than semi-sheer, and it tended to apply unevenly, despite the pencil gliding on. What color applied lasted for eight hours before gradually fading. Unfortunately, I don’t have any great dupes for this, only one other shade I could think of had a similar tone/coloring but was much darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Faint is described as a “warm taupe matte.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque color after two layers. It wore well for eight and a half hours and was lightly creamy in texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonspoon is described as a “metallic gray with silver sparkle.” It’s a blackened gray with lighter silver sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation one pass, and it was only buildable to semi-sheer color coverage, which was also uneven. The pencil glided on without tugging, but you could feel the sparkle/glitter. It wore well for seven and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gonzo is described as a “electric blue matte with tonal shimmer.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with subtle silver sparkle over a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two layers. The color wore well for eight and a half hours, while the consistency was lightly creamy and glided on well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vacancy is described as a “bright metallic teal.” It’s a brightened, blue-teal with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one layer, and it was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. It wore well for nine hours before thinning. The pencil was creamy and required a lighter pressure initially, until the tip softened slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Voodoo is described as a “bright metallic purple with dimensional sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned purple with a multi-colored sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color at best, which was somewhat uneven. The consistency felt a little waxy, though it didn’t tug on the lash line. The color wore well for eight hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokeout is described as a “rich taupe-black satin.” It’a dark, subtly warm-toned taupe with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one pass, which was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage in two layers. The consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without dragging. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black. This is part of the permanent range. It is one of the creamier pencils by Urban Decay, so it has really good color payoff that goes on smoothly and evenly. It wears nine to ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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