Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy metallic brown.” It’s a burgundy-tinted brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. I want to call it burgundy, but there is a lot of brown present. bareMinerals Euphoria is very similar in color; it is less metallic in finish, though. Cinderella Rococo is purpler. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is less frosted but similar in color. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is warmer, redder.

Roach had fantastic color payoff, and it applied very smoothly and evenly.  I felt like I hardly needed to pass the brush across the pan to get the full color coverage I expected from the shade.  The texture was so soft and buttery, but it was a smidgen powdery–like the tiniest bit but still felt it was worth mentioning. I didn’t see any fall out during application or later on during wear, though.  The color was easy to blend out and mix with other eyeshadows.  It lasted eight hours quite well, and after nine, there was a hint of fading.

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Roach is easy to use and incredibly pigmented, so it is a good pick for anyone on the hunt for a warm-toned, dark brown eyeshadow with a frosted finish.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rose gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned rosy pink with yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Urban Decay Freebird is lighter and has a golden sheen. bareMinerals Page Six is a touch lighter. MAC Rose Light is cooler-toned. MAC Da Bling is pinker. MAC Rose is darker, pinker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #4 is more satiny in finish but close in color.

This eyeshadow had excellent color payoff–fully opaque with little product required. Scratch had a soft, buttery texture that was dense and finely-milled, but it was so soft that it was powdery–almost crumbly in a way, but incredibly fine crumbles, not large or chunky ones.  I didn’t experience fall out during wear, but it’s an eyeshadow that requires some clean-up after you initially apply it, so I recommend applying it prior to laying down any base makeup.  It applied with good color payoff to the lid, and it was very easy to blend out the edges.  Scratch lasted for eight hours well, and after nine, there was a hint of fading present.

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The major downside to this particular shade was the powdery nature of the texture. Otherwise, it had good pigmentation, wore well for eight hours, and was easy to blend.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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

Several shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) have been discontinued. Urban Decay made suggestions for what to use instead, and these are my thoughts on them along with comparison swatches.

1999 is a reddish plum with gold, plum, and bronze shimmer. It is much redder and browner compared to Vice; and then too red compared to Underground. Neither is comparable.

Binge is a cool-toned, navy blue with a pearly sheen. Sabbath is darker, cooler-toned, and matte, so it has a completely different effect when worn, as Sabbath is so much more intense.

Covet is a deepened green-based teal with a pearly sheen. It is much greener compared to Junkie, which has larger sparkle (gold, at that) and a stronger blue base.

Crash is a darkened, plummy eggplant with plum pearl. It is closest to Rockstar, as Rockstar is just slightly darker. Delinquent is purpler, less plum.

Deviant is a medium blue with silver sparkle. It is just slightly more subdued compared to Abyss, but the two are rather similar. Chaos is nothing like either, and I would not even consider it in the same family!

Eldorado is medium gold with strong orange undertones and a slightly metallic finish. Goldmine is yellower and less metallic. Honey (which has long been discontinued) is nothing like either gold.

Flipside is a medium blue with a hint of teal and a pearly sheen. Deep End is noticeably bluer.

Graffiti is a springy, grass green with silver sparkle. I find that it’s hard to dupe this shade, and Freak is lighter and significantyl warmer, more yellowy in comparison.

Gunmetal is a darkened gray with neutral undertones and a pearly sheen. Uzi is much, much darker (closer to black), while Mushroom is so much browner. Neither is at all similar!

Lucky is a darkened copper with a slightly metallic finish. Scorch is lighter, more golden–it’s not really that orange-copper kind of color.

Lust is a cool-toned, dark purple with slight pearl. Chaos is by no means a dupe; as it is lighter, brighter, and has a lot of blue in it.

Ransom is a medium-dark, pink-ish purple with a slight pearl to its finish. Psychedelic Sister is pinker, so it appears a bit warmer and brighter, while layering Asphyxia over it helps it appear closer, it is still brighter.

Generally speaking, I don’t think most of them are really dupes. They eliminated cool-toned purples in place of pink and plum-based ones, and I think now there’s a hole in the color range as a result. Graffiti is a more unusual shade, and Freak is no replacement; it’s a nice addition, but it’s not a replacement.  I also think Lust and Lucky have no real comparable shades in the range.   Products and shades get discontinued, so it’s not a surprise to see some of these make an exit to accommodate new shades.  I recommend checking our eyeliner comparison series to see if maybe another brand has something closer to a shade you’ll be missing (or stock up on it before it’s gone).

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Hustle (metallic brown shimmer), Desperation (rich gray matte), Mushroom (metallic taupe-pewter shimmer), Uzi (dark gunmetal shimmer with silver micro-sparkle), and Cuff (metallic silver shimmer with silver micro-sparkle). Out of these five Desperation and Cuff are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Hustle is a medium-dark brown with subtle copper shimmer and a neutral-warm undertone. It had decent payoff in one go, and it was buidlable to mostly opaque color. Chanel Brun-Cuivre is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer, richer. Urban Decay Underground is lighter, less warm-toned.

Desperation is a medium-dark gray with a matte finish. I almost thought it was going to be taupe, but it’s really rather gray (not a bad thing, just an observation). It really needed to be applied back-and-forth to yield decent opacity. Urban Decay Stray Dog is warmer (more taupe) and pearly. NARS Madison Ave. is a darker, bluer-based gray.

Mushroom is a pearly taupe with a nice balance of gray and brown. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was buildable and easy to use. Urban Decay Stray Dog is a touch grayer, perhaps, and less metallic.

Uzi is a soft black with a silver shimmer and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was nicely buildable. The original Uzi seemed lighter and grayer; more gray than black.

Cuff is a light-medium silver-gray with silver sparkle. It had decent to good payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color. Urban Decay Dime had a more metallic finish, so it also appeared brighter (and I wish they had brought back Dime instead). Guerlain Silver is similar.

Some excellent reading: Silver Eyeliner Comparisons, Brown Eyeliner Comparisons

Uzi was the most pigmented shade out of the five highlighted in this post, as it had solid color payoff in one stroke and could be layered without trouble.  The weakest shade was Desperation, which was weak in one pass and never quite made it to full, rich color despite layering and building up the color.  Hustle, Mushroom, and Cuff were all moderately pigmented in one stroke and were mostly buildable to fuller color coverage.  Urban Decay’s 24/7 formula has a slightly waxy, slightly creamy consistency that makes these very easy to apply across the skin, as there is no skipping, tugging, or pulling.  I will be testing the new shades over the upcoming weeks–I have found the wear across the formula to be fairly consistent in general.  I usually see the shades last between eight and ten hours with little to no fading, and then no smudging or migration.  If any of these acts contrary, I’ll be sure to update the post and rating to reflect that.

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Cuff

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Uzi was the most pigmented shade out of the five highlighted in this post, as it had solid color payoff in one stroke and could be layered without trouble. The weakest shade was Desperation, which was weak in one pass and never quite made it to full, rich color despite layering and building up the color.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Urban Decay Corrupt 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Corrupt 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Corrupt (dark metallic reddish brown shimmer with silver micro-sparkle), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Roach (deep copper brown shimmer), Smog (copper shimmer), and Scorch (bronze shimmer with silver micro-sparkle). Out of these five Roach and Scorch are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Corrupt is a dark brown with a subtle cool undertone and multi-colored sparkle. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and then it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer, more brown, whereas Corrupt has a slightly blackened/gray coloring. CoverGirl Brown is more matte, slightly darker, while CoverGirl Brown is similar in color but matte in finish.

Whiskey is a medium-dark, slightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. The color payoff was quite nice in a single stroke, and it’s very easy to apply it with full opacity. MAC Brownborder is similar. Chanel Brun-Teak is slightly less warm-toned. MAC Lord It Up compares best in terms of color with this shade but has a sparkly finish.

Roach is a warm-toned, bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with copper and gold shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it built up to opaque color when done a second time. Urban Decay Lucky is brighter, more metallic, and more copper-colored (less brown). Tokidoki Savana is slightly more muted.

Smog is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent color in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. Urban Decay Lucky is darker and more copper-hued.

Scorch is a warm-toned, bronze-brown with a pearly sheen. It had decent payoff in one pass, and it built up to opaque color coverage when I went back-and-forth. Urban Decay Baked is a bit darker but slightly brighter/more metallic. Make Up For Ever #10L is more golden.

Some excellent reading: Bronze/Copper Eyeliner Comparisons, Brown Eyeliner Comparisons

Whiskey was the top-performing shade from the five featured in this post; it is nicely pigmented whether you use one stroke or go back-and-forth over it. Smog was the least impressive, as it didn’t quite build to full color coverage, even when layered, but it gets close. The other three had decent to good color in a single pass but were more buildable to opacity. The consistency was slightly waxy and creamy, so the color would glide across the skin without tugging, pulling, or skipping. I typically get eight to ten hours of wear with little to no fading, and I haven’t had trouble with smudging or migration with the formula previously. I will be testing the newer shades over the next few weeks, so if I notice any differences, I will be sure to update this post to reflect them!

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24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

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Whiskey was the top-performing shade from the five featured in this post; it is nicely pigmented whether you use one stroke or go back-and-forth over it. Smog was the least impressive, as it didn't quite build to full color coverage, even when layered, but it gets close.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Urban Decay Smoke 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Smoke 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Smoke (deepest grey matte), Empire (dark eggplant matte), Delinquent (dark purple shimmer with light purple micro-sparkle), Vice (pearly red eggplant shimmer), Psychedelic Sister (bright purple cream), Ether (pale smoky gray shimmer with violet and fuchsia micro-sparkle) and Asphyxia (vibrant pink/purple duotone with tonal and blue micro-sparkle). Out of these seven, Smoke, Vice, and Ether are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Smoke is a brown-based, dark gray with a mostly matte finish. This one looked very faded and more brown than gray when applied in one stroke. I had some trouble building up the color, though–it didn’t want to apply evenly.

Empire is a red-toned violet purple with a pearly sheen. When applied in one pass, it looks more eggplant-y with stronger red tones, but when layered, it builds up and looks like a violet purple. It could be slightly creamier. MAC Rich Purple is more matte, less red-toned. MAC Permaplum is darker, less violet.

Delinquent has a blackened brown base with light and dark purple sparkle that shimmers on top. It does best when layered, as in a single stroke, it looks a bit patchy. MAC Designer Purple is much brighter and lighter. I thought there was another purple Pearlglide, but I could not recall it.

Vice is a medium-dark plummy purple with multi-colored sparkle/shimmer. It had so-so color in a single stroke, and it was buildable to about semi-opaque color coverage. MAC Designer Purple is less red-toned.

Psychedelic Sister is a lightly red-toned violet purple with a pearly sheen. It didn’t have good payoff in one pass, but it was more buildable. Urban Decay Ransom is bluer-based.

Ether has a gray-ish brown base with an assortment of shimmer and micro-glitter–it’s a cool-toned purple and coppery gold that seems to dominate. It was a very interesting and complex shade but had incredibly weak pigmentation, even when I attempted to layer it. I could not think of a dupe for it in pencil form, but Stila Starry was somewhat similar (liquid).

Asphyxia is a fuchsia pink with iridescent violet and fuchsia shimmer. It has sheerer color payoff, and it’s not a very buildable shade. I find it too waxy so while it doesn’t pull or tug, it is hard to itensify the color. I don’t think I have anything that is comparable to this in eyeliner form (but there are several eyeshadows that are similar).

Some excellent reading: Gray Eyeliner Comparisons, Purple Eyeliner Comparisons, Pink Eyeliner Comparisons

I was, sadly, disappointed by a few shades featured here.  Smoke was rather faded in appearance and wasn’t buildable, while Ether and Asphyxia were particularly weak in color payoff.  The other four shades (Empire, Delinquent, Vice, and Psychedelic Sister) didn’t have rich payoff in one stroke–so-so and slightly better but not great.  Psychedelic Sister was the best out of the seven, as it had decent pigmentation in a single pass and was buildable.  I usually get between eight and ten hours of wear with Urban Decay’s formula with no migration or smudging and little to no fading.  I will be testing the newer shades over the next few weeks and will amend this review if any of them wear differently.

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24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

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I was, sadly, disappointed by a few shades featured here. The color payoff was just lacking across the board, with a few shades being really sheer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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