Friday, August 31st, 2012


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

Can’t Decide Between Brown and Black?

Urban Decay Whiskey/Zero 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($12.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “rich brown” and “zealous black.” It costs less than a full-sized eyeliner ($19), because it’s half the size–but you do get to try two shades. Unfortunately, Whiskey is not available individually, though Zero is, in case that’s the side you would use most often!

Whiskey is a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a faint sheen. It has good color payoff in a snigle pass, and it’s a nice alternative to black, because it’s lighter and brighter. Urban Decay Bourbon has bronze sparkle and has less orange undertones. MAC Brownborder is darker.

Zero is a soft black. The pigmentation in one pass is decent but I recommend going back and forth at least once to get truly opaque color. MAC Engraved and MAC Graphblack are similar. Urban Decay Perversion is much darker.

I’m a fan of the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil formula, because it’s long-wearing, pigmented, creamy, and easy to apply.  It was my very favorite formula for several years!  I still reach for shades from the range often.  Both shades wear just around eight hours on the lower lash line for me, with no fading or smudging.  Whiskey is creamier and more pigmented than Zero, which feels a smidgen dry in comparison, though I would not go so far as to describe it as such.

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Whiskey/Zero

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Depending on your eyeliner needs, this might be a great travel item or staple. In the long run, if you use a lot of black, it's not the most ideal way to purchase, since you're paying more than if you bought a full-sized black eyeliner.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, August 26th, 2012


Urban Decay Holiday 2012 Launches

24/7 Double-Ended Glide-On Eye Pencil ($12.00)

Urban Decay launches the 24/7 Double-Ended Glide-On Eye Pencil. If you’re already a fan of our Eye Pencils, this is one little gem you won’t want to miss. It packs the amazing staying power and unbeatable glide of our creamy 24/7 Glide-On formula into a compact, two-in-one format. A master of convenience, this travel-friendly duo features the two most convenient shades ever to share a pencil barrel—a rich brown and our award-winning black. (After all, who doesn’t need these super versatile basics in their beauty arsenal?) Available at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s stores. Or, online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.

  • Zero / Whiskey Zealous black / Rich brown

Feminine Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00)

Available at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s. Or, online at Sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.

  • AC/DC Smoky greyish purple (Permanent)
  • Bordello Pale mauve with gold micro-glitter (Permanent)
  • Gunmetal Dark metallic grey with silver micro-glitter (Permanent)
  • Hijack Deep metallic teal (Permanent)
  • Lost Medium metallic brown (Permanent)
  • Skimp Light peachy pearl (Mariposa, BoS IV)
  • Wallflower Lip Junkie Lip Gloss Nude creamy pink (Permanent)

Dangerous Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00)

Available at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s. Or, online at Sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.

  • Ace Deep grey/blue shimmer (15th)
  • Deeper Metallic dark brown with bronze pearl (15th)
  • Evidence Deep navy blue (Permanent)
  • Gravity Deep violet with multi-colored micro-glitter (Permanent)
  • Loaded Deep metallic emerald (Permanent)
  • Mushroom Warm pale grey (Permanent)
  • Naked Lip Junkie Lipgloss Pinky neutral (Permanent)

Fun Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00)

Available at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s. Or, online at Sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.

  • Deep End Bright teal shimmer (15th)
  • Fishnet Bright pink with purple shift (Permanent)
  • Freakshow Deep royal purple pearl (Discontinued)
  • Maui Wowie Metallic golden beige with silver glitter (Permanent)
  • Stray Dog Cool metallic ash brown (Permanent)
  • Sellout Pinky champagne (Permanent)
  • Midnight Cowboy Lip Junkie Lip Gloss Sheer nude sparkle (Permanent)

Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($59.00)

Introducing Ocho Loco, a rainbow collection of eight FULL-SIZED 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils by Urban Decay. The set mixes FOUR new and EXCLUSIVE brights and shimmers with some of our best-selling, sexy shades. We also included a Grind House Double Barrel Sharpener, for the ultimate 24/7 set! The craziest thing might be the price: $59 for eight full-sized pencils – that’s a value of $152! Available ONLINE ONLY at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.

  • Mushroom Grey taupe/brown metallic (New and Exclusive)
  • Hustle Medium metallic brown (New and Exclusive)
  • Rockstar Dark purple metallic
  • Psychedelic Sister Bright eggplant (New and Exclusive)
  • Perversion Blackest black matte
  • LSD Navy with bright turquoise shimmer (New and Exclusive)
  • Junkie Dark teal pearl with golden shimmer
  • Stash Deep green with gold shimmer

Availability: September 2012

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Urban Decay Naked Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
Urban Decay Naked Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Is Naked the New Nude?

Urban Decay Naked Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “nude pink sheen.” It’s a rosy pink with hints of a reddish-brown, which give it more muted coloring and make it easier to wear. There’s a very fine white micro-shimmer that’s barely visible to the eye but adds a noticeable reflective effect. On me, the brown tones came out more than the rosy ones, but if you have more natural pink hues to your lip color, you’ll likely see it going pinker on you. Revlon Pink Truffle has a less reflective sheen and is pinker. MAC Shanghai Spice is lighter. CoverGirl Romance has more plum. CoverGirl Rush is darker. NARS Montego is a bit lighter and pinker. MAC Gem of Roses is a bit pinker. Bobbi Brown Heather Pink is a bit more mauve.

It’s a new-for-fall shade, but it’s joining the permanent range of other Super-Saturated Lip Colors. This pencil is supposed to be creamy, “sumptuously pigmented,” and have a “high-gloss finish.” The color coverage is very nearly opaque, and the consistency is creamy, lightly tacky, and feels like a lipstick that’s melted in the car.  Naked was comfortable to wear, lasted a full four hours, and didn’t dry out my lips.

The only downside is something most lip pencils like these share:  you will lose some product when you sharpen it, especially given how soft and creamy this particular pencil is.  Readers have recommended freezing these types of pencils prior to sharpening, which should help minimize some of the product loss.  At least in this pencil, you’re getting a good amount of product (about as much as most lipsticks).

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Naked

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I'm pleasantly surprised that Naked wasn't the more typical interpretation of nude (pale beige) -- it's different than its lipstick counterpart, but it's still in the natural, neutral, naked camp so it's wearable by a variety of skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, July 13th, 2012


Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows: Kinky (soft ivory peach with a matte finish), Freestyle (light pantyhose nude with matte finish), Mushroom (warm grey with shimmery finish), Back Door (true dark brown with matte finish), Blackout (blackest black with matte finish), Barlust (dark golden brown with metallic finish), Rockstar (deep aubergine with shimmery finish), Evidence (deep navy blue with shimmery finish), Loaded (deep emerald shimmer with metallic base), and Asphalt (deep gunmetal with silver micro glitter and metallic base); one eyeliner in Perversion (blackest black); and a mini Primer Potion (in Original).

Overall, it’s a good palette; the best performing shades were Mushroom, Barlust, Rockstar, and Loaded. The “worst” (which weren’t bad!) performing shades were Evidence and Asphalt, which were both a little dry.  Kinky and Freestyle were a marginally powdery but applied well and had good color payoff, despite being lighter in hue, which was impressive.  Three of top Urban Decay eyeshadows are in the palette, too (Mushroom, Rockstar, and Loaded) along with the lovely rich black Perversion eyeliner.  I tried a few different combinations (none of which I ended up liking, but for testing purposes, still worked), and I averaged around eight hours of wear with minimal fading but no creasing over bare lids. With a primer, the wear was perfectly intact after eight hours of wear.

One thing I disliked about the palette was the composition. This has no impact on the rating at all, because it’s very subjective and doesn’t affect the quality of the product. Like The Black Palette, it has lots of dark, smoky colors–totally appropriate for the palette–but it seems like this is a palette you’d tote around with you, as if it was an all-in-one palette for great smoky looks. There are too many dark shades to build more diverse looks. I would have loved to have seen one or two more shades (perhaps something cool-toned–maybe a silver, silver-blue–hey, Strip would have been a great addition to the palette).

Kinky and Freestyle are the lighter shades in the palette, but it’s missing a genuinely cool-toned one, and perhaps one with some shimmer/satin in it, rather than matte. I tried layering Kinky over a few shades, but it seemed to make more of a mess than lightened the underlying color. Freestyle read a bit too warm against most of the colors when I tried playing with it. If you want a one-and-done palette, maybe this isn’t it. If you want lots of Urban Decay eyeshadows, it could be a great choice.

Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz. (compared to 0.05 oz.), which means the palette contains $108 in eyeshadow, plus a full-sized eyeliner, which normally retails for $19, and then a small primer potion containing 0.13 fl. oz., which is worth $7. The palette contains $134 worth of products for the $49 price tag. It’s still a great deal–it’s just not as good as previous palettes, such as Naked and Naked 2, which both contained 12 full-sized (as in 0.05 oz. each, so 0.60 oz. worth of eyeshadow–double this palette) eyeshadows, plus two comparable extras (brush and primer).

Honestly, I don’t mind that the eyeshadows aren’t full-sized; it’s hard to get through a full-sized eyeshadow, especially some of the darker shades, of which there are plenty of in this palette, but at this price tag, it’s a little tougher to swallow, given that they’ve done much more value-packed palettes.  It’s something to pay attention to in case this a trend of things to come, but the palette on its own is still a good value and well worth the price tag–assuming you want more than 3 shades!

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Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you want a one-and-done palette, maybe this isn't it. If you want lots of Urban Decay eyeshadows, it could be a great choice. The palette on its own is still a good value (but not as good as palettes have been in the past) and well worth the price tag--assuming you want more than 3 shades!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 7th, 2012


Urban Decay Fall 2012 Launches

Smoked Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00)

Where there’s smoke…there’s fire! The most-sought after look across the globe is the illustrious, elusive smoky eye. Whether you’re an old pro, or a smoky novice, Urban Decay’s Smoked Eyeshadow Palette makes sultry eyes not just possible, but easily doable for everyone! Look smokin’ hot, red carpet and paparazzi ready, using your own mad skillz’! Smoked is packed with everything needed to smoke out like a pro.

  • Asphalt Deep gunmetal with silver micro glitter and metallic base
  • Backdoor True dark brown with matte finish
  • Barlust Dark golden brown with metallic finish
  • Blackout Blackest black with matte finish
  • Evidence Deep navy blue with shimmery finish
  • Freestyle Light pantyhose nude with matte finish
  • Kinky Soft ivory peach with matte finish
  • Loaded Deep emerald shimmer with metallic base
  • Mushroom Warm grey with shimmery finish
  • Rockstar Deep aubergine with shimmery finish
  • Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
  • Primer Potion (Original)

Naked Skin Liquid Foundation ($38.00)

It feels like wearing nothing at all, yet Naked Skin transforms complexions. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright: like the beautiful skin you were born with. Weightless and virtually invisible, this revolutionary, paraben-free formula creates a flawless, demi-matte finish; light-diffusing spheres make you look professionally retouched. It’s the ultimate in ultra definition. With a broad, universal range of 18 meticulously calibrated shades, Naked Skin is a buildable liquid foundation that provides medium to full coverage with an unrivaled, weightless texture. It feels different as soon as you touch it.

Naked Skin’s revolutionary, oil-free, fragrance-free, and paraben-free formula diffuses light, blurring fine lines and wrinkles. Ultra-forgiving, the weightless, never-before-seen texture allows you to apply more wherever you need extra complexion perfection. No matter how much or how little you build, your skin is left neither matte nor dewy, but with a totally natural, luminous finish.

For the ultimate in ease of color matching, Naked Skin shades are numbered. Shades ending in .5 are more neutral/cool in tone, while shades ending in .0 are more golden/warm in tone.

Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush ($24.00)

Longing to have perfect skin like celebs Michelle Williams, Thandie Newton, or Ziyi Zhang? You’d be surprised how far a little good karma can get you! Blur the lines of reality (and your foundation) like a pro, one stroke and circular buff at a time, with the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush by Urban Decay. Specially designed to use with Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush smoothes away lines and imperfections with either liquid or powder foundations. Unlike sponges or a typical thin, flat foundation brush, the round, densely-packed strands of the Optical Blurring Brush distribute makeup evenly.

Buffing skin into a flawless, soft-focus finish, the Optical Blurring Brush creates the look of complexion perfection by diminishing fine lines, pores, and other areas makeup tends to settle in. Like the rest of the Good Karma Brush collection, the super-soft synthetic brush hair of the Optical Blurring Brush is made from recycled PET bottles, while its sleek gunmetal handle is fashioned from recycled aluminum.

Availability: July 9th, 2012 for Smoked Palette; July 24th, 2012 for brush and Naked foundation @ Urban Decay

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Friday, July 6th, 2012

Urban Decay Decides Not to Sell in China

After careful consideration of many issues, we have decided not to start selling Urban Decay products in China. While several factors were important in reaching this decision, ultimately we did not feel we could comply with current regulations in China and remain true to our core principles. We know there are many progressive consumers in China who would embrace an opportunity to purchase non-animal tested products – our hope remains that we have the chance to offer Urban Decay products to these consumers someday in the future.

Following our initial announcement, we realized that we needed to step back, carefully review our original plan, and talk to a number of individuals and organizations that were interested in our decision. We regret that we were unable to respond immediately to many of the questions we received, and appreciate the patience our customers have shown as we worked through this difficult issue.

Since our founding in 1996, we have been committed to ending animal testing in the cosmetics industry. As demonstrated by the renewed support we have received from organizations like PETA and the CCIC, this principle remains at our core. Urban Decay does not test its finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf, and we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals. Urban Decay is proud to be100% cruelty-free.

If you have additional questions, please email us at [email protected]

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