Thursday, August 11th, 2011


Urban Decay Sneak Peek of the Book of Shadows Volume IV

Mark your calendars, makeup junkies! Urban Decay is celebrating the holidays a little early this year, and Sephora’s got the scoop first…

  • Where: Sephora’s Times Square locale (1500 Broadway, New York, NY)
  • When: Saturday, August 20th from 1pm – 7pm
  • What: Urban Decay’s Eric Jimenez, Worldwide Retail Sales Director & International Make-Up Artist, is conducting makeovers and also introducing the highly coveted Book of Shadows Volume IV for an exclusive sneak peek before its holiday 2011 launch. A limited quantity of this ultra-luxe collection palette will be available for purchase ONLY at this store on Saturday on a first come first served basis. Clients will have the opportunity to sit down for a makeover consultation with Eric and his team of artists to learn tips and tricks to get the looks created especially for this palette by Creative Director and Founder, Wende Zomnir. Clients will also get an inside look at Urban Decay’s newest fall launches as Eric and his team recreate fall’s hottest runway trends. Learn a few artist tips including how to create a bright lip with Sephora’s exclusive Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, and the perfect winged cat-eye using the Revolution Lash Curler, Lush Lash Mascara and the newest edition to the 24/7 family, 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. Also not to be forgotten is the coveted 15 Year Anniversary limited edition eyeshadow palette, a true collector’s item for any bona-fide makeup junkie.
  • How: Get ready to camp out and secure your place in line to get Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Volume IV before anyone else. PLUS, receive a free Urban Decay t-shirt or Meltdown Makeup Remover with a purchase of the Book of Shadows IV palette.

Book of Shadows Vol. IV ($64.00) (Limited Edition)

We can’t wait to turn up the volume with the highly anticipated Book of Shadows Volume IV. Complete with our smart-phone-ready ‘Get the Look’ tutorials and a pocket-sized speaker, get your beauty on to your favorite beats. Book of Shadows Vol. IV features more than ever before: a pull-out drawer showcasing 16 phenomenal shadows (10 of which are brand-new, exclusive to this collection), a full-sized version of our new 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion (blackest black), travel-sized Supercurl Curling Mascara, travel-sized Eyeshadow Primer Potion and a mirror. But it’s more than just makeup…Cross over into the virtual dimension of beauty with a portable speaker, a USB cord, audio cable, and ‘Get the Look’ QR card. A veritable Willy Wonka experience for makeup enthusiasts, BOS IV actually provides you with five strut-worthy looks via video tutorial to boot. A gift that will be sure please the eyes in more ways than one, we’ve adorned this palette with a mesmerizing, feminine laser light show and filled it with translucent, multi-colored, pop-up butterflies. This sleek little device makes the impromptu dance party a reality for all!

I’m waiting on better images & more information (shades, dates, etc.) – when I have more to share, I will!

THIS IS A SNEAK PEEK. THIS IS NOT THE FULL LAUNCH.  IT WILL LAUNCH AT THE USUAL RETAILERS.

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Friday, August 5th, 2011

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue with lots of electric blue micro-glitter.” It’s a dark, navy blue with lots of blue micro-glitter (more shimmer-like than glitter-like). It has a subtle sheen in its finish.

This is one of the less impressive shades I’ve tried by Urban Decay–it lacks all the hallmarks of why Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are famous. It’s not buttery, soft, or smooth–it’s gritty and stiff to work with. It’s not richly pigmented; instead, it’s patchy, dry, and applies unevenly. The micro-glitter is the least concerning characteristic, even though there is some fall out, it’s not too troublesome–it’s really the poor texture and color payoff that make this shade worth passing on. Try Make Up For Ever #81 is a much better alternative!

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Goddess

D+
Between poor color payoff, patchy, uneven color, and an overall disappointing texture, it's a shade I'd skip. Urban Decay has many great shades to choose from, but this one was a miss for me.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “very metallic bluish-silver.”  The color itself is a silvered, gray-blue with a bright metallic sheen and shine. It’s like an overcast sky with blue and silver shot through it. It is less blue than Urban Decay Mary Jane but lighter and less gray compared to Bare Escentuals Vapor.  Strip has nice color payoff, too, and when you combine that with a stellar texture, you get an eyeshadow that impresses.

WHY DOESN’T ANYONE EVER TALK ABOUT THIS EYESHADOW? I cannot remember ever hearing anyone proclaim the awesomeness that is Strip! This is one of those eyeshadows that makes you go, “OOHH!!” as soon as you swatch it. The texture is phenomenal–dense, buttery, and so, so smooth. It slides across the skin like the finest silk. The texture (and color, to an extent) reminded me of my much-loved Hourglass Prism Eyeshadow Duo.

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Strip

A+
I'm truly surprised this isn't a more popular eyeshadow--it's one of those just-off-the-beaten-path kind of colors, because it's not silver, blue, or gray, yet it's an amalgamation of the three.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette @ Sephora!

It’s now available Sephora.com! :)   Happy shopping!

 

Thanks to readers Lindsay & Emi for the heads up!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011


Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette – Now @ ULTA!

It is BACK online at ULTA! :)   Looks like it’s sold out again.  I know many of you weren’t able to snag it when it first launched on urbandecay.com, and so I wanted to notify you. And some good news for anyone worried about eBay scalpers–Ulta is limiting it to one per customer.

P.S. — In more news, you can now sign up to be notified about the restocking of MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions collection. The skeptic in me still says that email will go out after it is purchasable. 

Sunday, July 17th, 2011


Urban Decay Baked Bronzer

Quick Review: Urban Decay Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Toasted Baked Bronzer ($26.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “bronze shimmer.” It is a warm, medium tan with a champagne shimmer and sheen. This shade completes Urban Decay’s trifecta of bronzers (the other two are Gilded and Toasted). It has a very smooth texture, but the shimmer and sheen may be too much for those who prefer a subtler or semi-matte bronzer. I’m only able to get an average of six hours of wear with this shade, though, which is below average.

Baked looks like a slightly lighter, more red-based version of Gilded. Gilded appears more orange-y, but the finishes are similar. I didn’t think they would be, given Gilded seems to have a rougher texture. MAC Golden is similar, a little more muted.

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Baked

B-
If you don't need a bronzer to wear longer than six hours, then you'll have less issues with this bronzer than I did. It has good color payoff without being difficult to apply and blend out. It's not more red-toned than the orange-toned Gilded, which makes it more suitable for cooler skin tones, but I still think it may be a bit too warm.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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