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Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

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.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder Aura
Aura
Aura
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set Photos & Swatches

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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Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

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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Urban Decay Holiday 2014 Launches: Vice3, Ten & Black Magic Pencil Sets

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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Urban Decay Shadow Box Review, Photos & Swatches

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.

Urban Decay Shadow Box Review, Photos & Swatches

B-
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Sin
Sin
Sin
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Freelove
Freelove
Freelove
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Moonshadow
Moonshadow
Moonshadow
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Baked Cowboy
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Indo
Indo
Indo
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Bordello
Bordello
Bordello
6
Product
8
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Tornado
Tornado
Tornado
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Smog
Smog
Smog
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Blackout
Blackout
Blackout
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Flash
Flash
Flash
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Mushroom
Mushroom
Mushroom
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Lost
Lost
Lost
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Shadow Box Photos & Swatches

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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