Friday, September 12th, 2014

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains twenty new, limited edition, and exclusive shades. Overall, the palette had good color payoff with the majority of the shades, and most wore for around seven to eight hours before fading/creasing on me. I had some issues with the texture of shades within this palette, but it definitely wasn’t on the same level as Shadow Box. I felt like the eyeshadows–across the board–were less plush, not as buttery or as dense as many other Urban Decay eyeshadows, though. None of the textures were stiff (where you’d have trouble getting color payoff), but they were thinner, sometimes a little drier, and the eyeshadows felt more pressed (firmer) into the pan. The matte finishes were soft and finely-milled, but a few of them were also quite powdery so you’ll want to be careful applying (or apply before your base).

I also wish that Urban Decay would make their mattes… matte in their palettes, because even with these, most of the mattes also have shimmer in them (but it doesn’t translate on the lid, so why not just make them pure matte?). This is also a more warm-toned palette with a lot of mid-tone and dark shades, and as I worked through the palette, I felt like I needed a couple of lighter/light-medium shades so that not every eye was dark and smoky. There are six shades with “micro-glitter,” which tended to have some fall out, though it varied from shade to shade.

The palette is slightly slimmer than Vice and Vice 2, and it includes a thin, zippered bag that you can store the palette in (or, as they also suggest, whatever you’d like). The bag could be about half an inch wider, because the fit could be looser around the palette (just to make easier to take in and out of the bag). It is metallic, so it holds fingerprints very easily. The included double-ended brush seems to be of the same quality as other Urban Decay brushes, which is all right, but I’m not in love with the shape or density of the brush (seems to increase fall out during application).

Urban Decay’s eyeshadow retails for $18.00 for 0.05 oz. normally, so the palette contains a total of $216 worth of eyeshadow, plus the dual-ended brush (maybe $16 or so in value) for a total value of ~$232. It’s less than the cost of four, full-sized single eyeshadows (though none of these are available individually, just to be clear).

Truth is described as a “pale pink-nude matte.” It’s a light, neutral-to-warm-toned pink with a matte finish. The more I used this, the more powdery and loose the eyeshadow became over time. It is really pigmented, but so much of the powder just falls everywhere when using it. This was one of the shades I used frequently as a brow bone highlighter (usually mixed with something else, as my skin tone doesn’t play well with the white base in this shade), and it was a very finicky eyeshadow: touch the brush very, very lightly to the pan, tap off excess, then apply, and then you may still need dust away excess. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dragon is described as a “bright metallic green shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth, though thinner. It’s a shade that doesn’t work as well over bare skin and really benefits from a primer, as the thinner texture made it go on unevenly over bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vanity is described as a “smoky metallic eggplant with multidimensional micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and only a little powdery. I didn’t notice the micro-glitter in this much when I applied, though it is visible in the pan. There was a tiny amount of fall out from what I could determine, while the color itself lasted for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alien is described as a “pink-peach with golden shift.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a soft, golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation, but the more powdery texture made it harder to apply. It really wasn’t worth using over bare skin–it needs a primer or else it looks uneven and faded no matter how much you pack on. I think at some point, while trying to use it over bare skin, I had more eyeshadow underneath my eye than on the eyelid. It wasn’t great over primer, but it was better. Over bare skin, it lasted six and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last Sin is described as a “champagne shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a metallic sheen. The glitter is most noticeable in the pan, but the majority had dropped while I was applying it or got trapped between my brush’s bristles. It had a drier, crumbly texture that made it more prone to fall out during application and quicker to fade (seven hours) on the lid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undone is described as a “pink-beige matte-satin with subtle floating tonal pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peach-beige with warm undertones and a very fine shimmer over a matte finish. It really just looks matte once you apply it to the lid. It had decent color payoff with a very soft, silky texture, but it was somewhat powdery so you’ll want to be sure to tap off excess product before applying to the lid. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freeze is described as a “metallic medium blue with multidimensional micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, medium blue with a golden, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was slightly dry/powdery. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. There was a bit of fall out as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucky is described as a “metallic bronze.” It’s a brightened, frosted copper with warm, orange undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery–it was one of the few shades that really felt like Urban Decay’s regular formula to me. This shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alchemy is described as a “deep fuchsia satin.” It’s a darker, pink-berry with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and blendable, though it doesn’t have the richness you might be used to from Urban Decay’s formula (it has a thinner feel–here it is not a good or bad thing, just a preference, as it didn’t interfere with the quality overall). It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. It was also a more unique shade, which is always a nice touch! See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Angel is described as a “light taupe with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a light-medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but it had a drier, firmer texture that made it harder to get color out; it builds decently, though. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. I didn’t notice any micro-glitter in this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Downfall is described as a “warm light brown matte.” It’s a medium, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery to work with, but it blended well on the skin. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heroine is described as a “deep navy blue with subtle floating tonal pearl.” It’s a blackened navy blue with silver and navy blue micro-shimmer over a matte finish. It’s more pigmented than it appears, but it doesn’t stick well to bare skin and blends away easily, so it’s a shade that performs better over a primer. The texture is a little dry and fairly powdery. You’ll definitely want to hold a tissue underneath the eye or apply this shade prior to base, because it’s hard to contain the excess powder from dropping, even when patting it on. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Reign is described as a “rich brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a frosted, golden sheen and warm, yellow undertones. It had good color payoff with a softer, smoother texture that was easy to work with. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bondage is described as a “deep, smoky burgundy shimmer.” It’s a rich, dark purple-burgundy with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was smooth, buttery, and blendable. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Defy is described as a “smoky taupe satin.” It’s a dark, cool-toned taupe that leans more gray than brown with a matte finish. In the pan, there are very tiny micro-shimmers, but it appears matte on the skin. This was the worst performer in the entire palette with respect to the pigmentation: it was a drier, powdery shade with semi-sheer color payoff. It was a total pain to work with, as it looked splotchy and uneven applied. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

DTF is described as a “taupe matte with subtle floating pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-toned taupe with a satin-matte finish. It looked mostly matte applied on the skin, but the shimmer in this shade was more noticeable than in other shades with a similar finish. It had good color payoff, was slightly powdery, and lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brokedown is described as a “metallic golden brown shimmer with gold micro-glitter.” It’s a golden, olive brown with hints of green and warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was soft and dense, but it was a smidgen powdery, while it had intense color payoff and didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobby Dazzle is described as a “metallic white with pale gold micro-glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, white gold with a metallic sheen and fine micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t seem noticeable applied so much as it seems to give the powder a grittier, drier texture that doesn’t feel as smooth. It had fairly good color payoff at least, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sonic is described as a “metallic red-copper.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, so it applied beautifully on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revolver is described as a “soft black satin with subtle floating iridescent pearl.” It’s deepened, charcoal gray with cool, bluish undertones and a silver shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth while applying well to the eye. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder
Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder ($29.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft pink shimmer with golden iridescent sparkle.” It’s a pink-peach with a golden shimmer-sheen with larger gold sparkle and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker, finre shimmer. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is darker swatched but looks similar applied. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Like the original (now called Luminous, this has an abundance of sparkle and a more metallic finish. I’m always surprised that it doesn’t create hyper-awareness of pores, just because it looks like a glitter-fest in the pan and when swatched, but I think that a lot of the sparkle gets trapped between the bristles of the brush (both the included one, hidden underneath the powder that Urban Decay created as well as any brush I use from my own stash) so less makes it onto the face. It does slightly emphasize pores even with a light application. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a very finely-milled and silky texture, but it was powder, so despite seeming to have a lot of payoff, only some of it adheres to the skin (the rest blends away, you could even just blow it away). There is a lot of excess powder that gets kicked up the moment anything touches the surface of the powder. You may want to use a stippling or less dense brush with this, as a brush picks up more product than most will probably want applied, given how metallic the finish runs. The sparkle is mostly visible in the sunlight, where the light reflects and catches on it, but it’s more of a frosted sheen under most lighting conditions. It wore well for seven hours on me before it started to fade. It has the same suede-like exterior packaging as the original release.

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Thursday, September 11th, 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. These nine are all new, limited edition, and exclusive shades to this holiday set. I’m testing them right now and will have a full review for you soon! Here are swatches in the meanwhile…

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 20 x 0.03 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows that are all new and (at least, presently!) exclusive to this limited edition, holiday palette. I’ll have a full review for you soon, but for now, take a look at this sneak peek! The palette will launch on Urban Decay on the 13th with a full release to other retailers around October.

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Urban Decay Holiday 2014 Launches
Urban Decay Holiday 2014 Launches

Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

Vices are all consuming, insatiably addictive and always leave us wanting MORE! Something tells us we’re not the only ones who feel that way—especially when it comes to our palettes. Enough with the “will they or won’t they?” speculation; Urban Decay launches Vice3. Satisfy your eyeshadow cravings with 20 velvety, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades—from an amazing soft black and a stunning burgundy to a rich, smoky red-black. Even MORE covetable than our previous Vice palettes, the mesmerizing, jewel-inlaid case includes a huge mirror and a double-ended brush. The perfect finishing touch? A gorgeous matching bag. (See, we thought of everything!)

Wende LOVES the Vice palettes—from developing 20 all-new shades to brainstorming design concepts. With Vice3, she wanted to create a beautiful, functional component even sleeker than our previous Vice palettes. It’s the perfect go-to palette you’ll want to use all the time! Every shade has a metallic finish that echoes the iced-out metallic look of the palette itself (more on that in a minute). Where we really geeked out was developing 50 shades to get to the perfect 20 in the perfect order. You wouldn’t believe how many iterations we went through to make sure that the shade layout really communicated the whole story. We arranged the shades in columns: neutrals on the left, jewel tones in the middle and smoky shades on the right. Pair up the vertically color-coordinated quads or go wild and mix them up.

  • Truth Pale pink-nude matte
  • Dragon Bright metallic green shimmer
  • Vanity Smoky metallic eggplant with multidimensional micro-glitter
  • Alien Pink-peach with golden shift
  • Last Sin Champagne shimmer with silver micro-glitter
  • Undone Pink-beige matte-satin with subtle floating tonal pearl
  • Freeze Metallic medium blue with multidimensional micro-glitter
  • Lucky Metallic bronze
  • Alchemy Deep fuchsia satin
  • Angel Light taupe with silver micro-glitter
  • Downfall Warm light brown matte
  • Heroine Deep navy blue with subtle floating tonal pearl
  • Reign Rich brown satin
  • Bondage Deep, smoky burgundy shimmer
  • Defy Smoky taupe satin
  • DTF Taupe matte with subtle floating pearl
  • Brokedown Metallic golden brown shimmer with gold micro-glitter
  • Bobby Dazzle Metallic white with pale gold micro-glitter
  • Sonic Metallic red-copper
  • Revolver Soft black satin with subtle floating iridescent pearl

Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

Like most women, we’re obsessed with black liner. But we’re also serious color addicts. Enter Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set from Urban Decay. It’s the ultimate pairing set for black liner junkies: four of our DOUBLE-ENDED Eye Pencils—for a total of eight habit-forming hues—all in our award-winning, waterproof 24/7 formula. The best part? Each pencil includes a black shade AND a rich, colorful shade. So whether you’re in the mood to go black or you’re craving a little color, you always have the perfect weapon at the ready. Experiment with every black shade we make (including our 24/7 Velvet formula in Black Velvet), plus other iconic UD shades like
Demolition and LSD. We even brought back two in-demand shades you won’t find anywhere else: Black Market (charcoal-black) and Tornado (dark eggplant).

  • Zero + Demolition Zealous black cream/Deep brown matte
  • Black Velvet + Smoke Rich, smoky black matte/Deepest gray matte
  • Black Market + Tornado Charcoal black satin/Dark eggplant pearl
  • Perversion + LSD Blackest black matte/Navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle

Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder ($29.00)

  • Aura Soft pink shimmer with golden iridescent sparkle

Ten 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Set ($52.00) (Limited Edition)

It’s no surprise our pencil sets have a cult following. Ask any UD junkie to name her favorite Urban Decay products, and nine times out of ten our award-winning 24/7 Eye Pencil makes the cut. Always one-upping ourselves, Urban Decay launches Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set. The follow-up to last year’s Ocho Loco 2, this set contains TEN of our creamy, waterproof 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (one full-size, nine travel-size) and a Grindhouse Double Barrel Sharpener in one loaded, limited-edition set. First up, our highly coveted, blacker-than-black shade, Perversion. To go along with it: nine NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades from neutrals to intensely sparkly shades to bold brights. This set has it all!

  • Perversion Blackest black matte
  • Glitter Rock Metallic pink with pink multidimensional sparkle
  • Moonspoon Metallic gray with silver sparkle
  • Vacancy Bright metallic teal
  • Faint Warm taupe matte
  • Gonzo Electric blue matte with tonal shimmer
  • Smokeout Rich taupe-black satin
  • Stargazer Soft metallic gold with dimensional sparkle
  • Mugshot Light metallic taupe with slight pink shift
  • Voodoo Bright metallic purple with dimensional sparkle
  • Grindhouse Double Barrel Sharpener

Availability: September 13th at urbandecay.com; October 2014 at all other retailers

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of the more disappointing palettes I’ve come across from the brand for one simple reason: these eyeshadows aren’t like the originals/individual/permanent versions. There is something distinctly different in the texture and application in just about all the shades; they’re drier, thinner, and more powdery–they don’t adhere as well to bare skin (which isn’t usually an issue I have with Urban Decay’s formula), lack some depth/intensity compared to the original or standalone version, and are just… off. There’s a soft, dense, buttery feeling that is present with the majority of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows that is missing in action in this palette. The palette is also in dire need of more variety in finishes–it is primarily frosted–and two of the three “new” shades are quite similar to existing/previously released shades.

Usually, Urban Decay’s palettes offer tremendous value, but this one isn’t much of a deal–the best value is just that you’re getting twelve shades for less than the price of two singles, but you’re getting a mere 0.12 oz. The revamped Ammo palette contains 10 x 0.03 oz. eyeshadows for $34–that’s 0.30 oz., over double the size of this one for the same price, plus it also includes a small Primer Potion and mini shadow brush. Urban Decay eyeshadow is $360/oz., so this palette contains $43.20 worth of eyeshadow. The Ammo palette contains $108 worth of eyeshadow ($34, ten shades), while Naked Basics contains $108 worth of eyeshadow ($29, six shades).

Sin is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink. It has warm undertones and a frosted finish. This shade felt most like its original, though it still has a bit of a drier feeling overall. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indo is described as an “emerald.” It’s a cool-toned, green-teal with a frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture had a dryness that made it hard to blend with other shades and gave it a more uneven appearance applied. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bordello is described as a “pale mauve with gold micro-sparkle.” It’s a pinky-plum with copper glitter. It had a powdery, dry texture with chunky glitter that didn’t really bind with the actual color, so a lot of it was trapped in the brush or fell underneath the eye during application. The few remaining sparkles seemed to fall out over time. The color faded after seven hours of wear. It was also warmer than past versions of Bordello. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornado is described as a “vibrant deep purple.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it lacked the intensity and depth of the original Tornado. The consistency was thinner and drier, while the color lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smog is described as a “deep coppery bronze.” It’s a coppery brown with warm, red0orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only slightly thinner and less dense compared to the full-sized version, but it did translate into giving it a lighter appearance slightly. It lasted for eight hours applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackout is described as a “blackest black.” It’s a deep dark black with a matte finish. The texture is slightly thin and powdery, so it doesn’t adhere well to bare skin, but it is more pigmented than the swatch lets on if it actually stayed on the skin (it kind of blends away). The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flash is described as a “bright iridescent purple.” It’s a cool-toned, lavender purple with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a drier, thinner consistency that felt a little powdery. It was prone to fading, and it only wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mushroom is described as a “warm pale grey.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a reddish-brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, but that same drier, thinner consistency that made it harder to get that true-to-pan color intensity on the lid was present. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lost is described as a “medium metallic brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t too dry, though it felt different than the other version I have of it. The color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freelove is described as a “golden vibrant peach.” It’s a brightened, coral-orange with golden shimmer. It had a drier, somewhat powdery consistency that was thin and difficult to apply, as it would look faded shortly after patting it onto the lid. The color lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonshadow is described as a “bright navy blue.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but the drier consistency made it look somewhat uneven when blended/applied to the skin as it didn’t diffuse as smoothly along the edges. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Baked Cowboy is described as a “golden bronze.” It’s a brightened, golden orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was only slightly powdery and dry. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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