Saturday, September 6th, 2014

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

Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 12 x 0.01 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows–three are new and exclusive to the palette and nine are previously released shades. I’m working my way through testing these, so I hope to have a review up soon. Two things I noticed were that Bordello is noticeably warmer in this palette, and Tornado lacks some of the intensity of the original, though the colors are similar (it’s just like one has more depth). Full review to come! :)

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Saturday, September 6th, 2014

I have a very soft spot in my beauty-lovin’ heart for all things teal, and I thought this would be a good weekend to share with you some of my favorites! :) I’d love to hear about your favorites!

  1. Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue — a bold, satiny teal
  2. Fyrinnae Gender Bent — a shimmery, bluish-teal
  3. Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue — a bold, bright, sparkling teal
  4. Urban Decay Deep End — a muted, shimmery blue-teal
  5. Inglot #338 — a matte blue-teal

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

Urban Decay has confirmed we’ll be seeing a Vice 3 Eyeshadow palette soon, which based on previous releases, is likely part of their holiday launch.  When I have more details regarding the contents, price, release date, etc. from Urban Decay, I’ll be sure to update!  :)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Urban Decay Shadow Box
Urban Decay Shadow Box

Shadow Box ($34.00) (ULTA Exclusive)

Don’t let the size of this palette fool you. It’s loaded with a DOZEN of Urban Decay’s most amazing shades – from pale to deep, matte to sparkly. The lineup? Nine bestsellers and three never-before-seen shades you’ll reach for again and again. Experiment with a diverse range of looks. Whether you want to do a purple eye, a green eye, a smoky eye or a shimmery eye, it’s all here! Inspired by Urban Decay’s long-running Ammo Palette, with a completely updated (and even bigger) shade range, Shadow Box is the perfect all-in-one palette. Whether you’re new to Urban Decay or you’ve got a whole stash of UD products on your vanity, the Shadow Box is one palette you need in your arsenal.

  • Sin Champagne (Shimmer)
  • Indo Emerald (Shimmer)
  • Bordello Pale mauve with gold micro-glitter (Sparkle)
  • Tornado Vibrant deep purple (Shimmer)
  • Smog Deep coppery bronze (Shimmer)
  • Blackout Blackest black (Matte)
  • Flash Bright iridescent purple (Shimmer)
  • Mushroom Warm pale grey (Shimmer)
  • Lost Medium metallic brown (Shimmer)
  • Freelove Golden vibrant peach (Shimmer)
  • Moonshadow Bright navy blue (Shimmer)
  • Baked Cowboy Golden bronze (Shimmer)

Availability: Exclusively at ULTA

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains six eyeshadows; five have matte finishes, one has a more satiny finish. The palette leans cool-toned, but I didn’t find it to be strongly cool-toned across the board. The palette is the same size as the previous Naked Basics palette, though this one has a slightly different color and has lighter lettering. The quality is good overall, but the darkest shade is under-pigmented and a little harder to blend, and most of the matte shades were a little powdery, though they’re soft and didn’t look dry or powdery on the lid.

It will launch on Urban Decay’s website on August 19th, but it will be available at the usual suspects like Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, Beauty.com on August 28th.

Skimp is described as a “pale nude satin.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with a satin finish. It is warmer and has a peach tone to it that wasn’t present when this was released in the Feminine palette (which looks pink-ish). The difference is subtle, and once applied to the skin, blended out, and so forth, it isn’t noticeably different–but it may be more noticeable if you are very cool or very warm-toned. It had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable but thinner than is typical for Urban Decay (and less dense/buttery compared to the previous version I have). It lasted for eight hours before fading on me. LORAC Navy #1 (LE) is darker. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is similar. Divergent Serene Vanilla (LE) is lighter. MAC Warm Breeze (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. Clarins The Essentials #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Magnate (LE) is lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stark is described as a “nude-pink matte.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with a matte finish and soft, warm undertones. It may be hard to see against my skin tone, as it is very similar to it, but it had good pigmentation, though it was slightly powdery. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Peach for the Stars (LE) Bobbi Brown Truffle (LE, $22.00) is darker. Anastasia Cream (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Habit (LE, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Malt (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frisk is described as a “warm gray matte.” It’s a light-medium taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation had potential, but the somewhat powdery consistent made it so a lot of the pigment didn’t adhere to the skin, which resulted in decent color payoff but not great. If you normally use a primer, you should be okay. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker, cream. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cover is described as a “muted red-brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a matte finish. This shade was excellent: great pigmentation, a beautifully soft but buttery and blendable texture, and lasted for just over eight hours before fading. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker, cream. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker, less matte. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Primal is described as a “muted brown matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. LORAC Navy #3 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is similar. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is warmer. theBalm Sultry (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Namaste (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undone is described as a “deep, smoky brown matte.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had poorer color payoff, and it had a thinner, more powdery consistency that just didn’t apply well. I had trouble blending this shade with the others when I used it in the crease. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE) is darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is darker. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is darker. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Here’s a sneak peek of Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.30 oz.). I received it at lunch time, so I’m testing out the wear of the eyeshadows and working on my review. Check back tomorrow for a full post :)

It will launch on Urban Decay’s website on August 19th, but it will be available at the usual suspects like Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, Beauty.com.

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