Saturday, July 16th, 2011


Urban Decay Gash Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Gash Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Gash Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep brick red.” It’s a coppered red with a soft, frosted finish. The texture is dense and buttery, and it applies smoothly with excellent color payoff. There is subtle shimmer coupled with a muted metallic sheen. It’s a lovely example of why Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are popular.

Milani I Heart You is a little more orange but similar. MAC Coppering is closer but still pulls more orange in comparison.  Gash ends up being noticeably redder–more like a reddened copper, as opposed to a coppery orange.

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Gash

A+
I can't think of any way this eyeshadow could improve--the quality is excellent: great color payoff, soft, smooth texture, and applies beautifully.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new-for-fall product, which is exclusive to Sephora. This product claims to deliver long-wearing opaque color without feathering and all with a glossy shine–oh, and they’re supposed to be moisturizing, too. There are currently five shades: F-Bomb (bright red cream), Punch Drunk (bright orange cream), Adrenaline (bright fuchsia sparkle), Crush (hot pink), and Big Bang (bright pink with sparkle).

  • F-Bomb is a bright, medium-dark red with subtle ruby shimmer. It’s opaque, and it does stain a little (but surprisingly, not as much as some reds). It does have a subtly glossy shine. Overall, it leans a touch blue, but it’s not strongly blue-based. Make Up For Ever #44 is similar but not quite as dark. Guerlain Gwen is less vibrant. NYX Hero is not as opaque, slightly darker. Burberry Hibiscus seems a touch lighter. Chanel Dragon is a bit darker and has more shimmer.
  • Punch Drunk is a vibrant, darkened orange with creamy finish and subtle shine. It’s completely opaque. MAC Strut Your Stuff ius similar, perhaps not as dark. Giorgio Armani #405 is similar in vibrancy, but it is brighter, less red-based. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer is very similar.
  • Adrenaline is a darkened raspberry red with ruby and pink shimmer and glitter. I did not find that this was really glossy at all–it felt a little dry when I applied it, and it looked more like a regular lipstick than a gloss. MAC Quite the Thing is similar, more iridescent. Estee Lauder Wild Violet is slightly redder. NYX Chloe is similar in base color but has more iridescence.
  • Crush is a creamy blue-based fuchsia pink with a glossy shine. It’s nearly opaque in color. NARS Schiap is pinker, not quite as blue-based. MAC Florida is similar in color but lighter.
  • Big Bang is medium-dark raspberry pink with fuchsia glitter. It is lighter, less opaque, and not nearly as red as Adrenaline. This is cooler-toned as well. MAC Pink Burst is very similar, while MAC Quite the Thing is darker.

The majority of these shades are vibrant and rich in color, which means they definitely wear longer rather than shorter. Shades like F-Bomb wear three to four hours with a subtle shine, but the color itself lasts through a meal and still looks presentable six hours later. I only tested the wear on F-Bomb and Big Bang, so I could test out different finishes. Both Adrenaline and Big Bang have a fair amount of glitter (“sparkle”) in their finishes, and as a result, they have a slightly gritty texture, which becomes more noticeable over time, as the creaminess of the product wears away. It doesn’t travel too much, but as fun as the sparkling glitter might be, it is more troublesome than the creamier finishes. I did get four hours of wear with Big Bang.

Crush was the only shade that had a high gloss shine–the kind expected from these–while the others fell a little flat. Adrenaline was the only shade that I felt really missed the shine. F-Bomb, Punch Drunk, and Big Bang all had a subtle shine. After I wore them, I’m pleased to report my lips did not dry out, so they delivered on their ability to moisturize while worn. I also did not experience any bleeding while wearing F-Bomb, which is the most likely to bleed as it is a rich red.

This product is easy to sharpen, but you’ll waste doing so (from what I can tell, 1-2 uses), and you won’t particularly enjoy cleaning out your sharpener afterward. It shaves off the actual product, while it sharpens, and because of the creaminess of the formula, it smears easily when you attempt to clean. I tested it twice by removing the entire sharpened portion (so initially, the entire tip, then I sharpened until about 3mm of product was exposed, removed that, repeated).

Aside from the sharpening issue, the new pencils are rather good–as long as you don’t mind the lack of glossy shine. They look more like lipsticks than glosses (except for Crush). It falls short of that particular claim, which is reflected in the product rating, but it is certainly something that may be easily overlooked.

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Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
It's long-wearing, moisturizing, and four of the five deliver mostly opaque color coverage. Depending on how often you expect to use the lip pencil, the amount you lose from sharpening may be concerning.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliners: Woodstock, Eldorado, Siren, Radium,
Sabbath, Retrograde, Smog, Demolition, Bobby Dazzle, Revolver, Perversion

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliners

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner ($18.00 for 0.058 fl. oz.) is new for fall, and it claims to be waterproof, long-lasting, high-pigmented, and have “an ultra-fine brush tip that’s short and easy enough to control.” There are eleven shades:  Woodstock (hot pink with iridescent sparkle), Eldorado (yellow gold with gold sparkle), Siren (teal with blue shift), Radium (bright blue with silver sparkle), Sabbath (deep matte navy), Retrograde (dark purple with purple sparkle), Smog (deep brown with golden shimmer & iridescent sparkle), Demolition (deep matte brown), Bobby Dazzle (white silver with iridescent sparkle), Revolver (dark grey with iridescent sparkle), and Perversion (carbon black).

There are many, many variations of this liquid eyeliner, which tells you a lot about the efficacy of the formula if so many brands have brought it into their lines. I find the formula, on the major points, to be largely the same and consistent across the different brands, but there are subtle differences in the consistency of the liquid liner itself as well as the applicator. The outer packaging only differs in labeling, color, and branding, but the caps are the same length and the ends have the same design. There are some similarities in color across the brands, but there are several shades that you will only find in one brand–the ones that overlap tend to be more basic shades like black.

  • Woodstock is a brightened, medium-dark pink with gold and pink shimmer. Make Up For Ever #9 is bluer-based, more neon, less hot pink and more fuchsia.
  • Eldorado is a yellow gold with light and dark gold shimmer. It is similar to Illamasqua Alchemy, MAC Pure Show, and MUFE #1.
  • Siren is a blue-based, darkened teal with teal shimmer. I couldn’t think of anything similar to this shade in other brands.
  • Radium is a brightened, medium-dark blue with subtle sparkle. It is similar to Stila Curacao.
  • Sabbath is a blackened navy blue with a near matte finish. Most brands have, thus far, put out mostly shimmery shades (other than blacks), so I couldn’t think of a dupe for this. MUFE #6 would be the closest but has shimmer and looks more purple.
  • Retrograde is a blackened purple with purple and violet shimmer. MUFE #7 is similar.
  • Smog is a khaki brown with gold shimmer. This, too, didn’t seem as easily duped, because it doesn’t lean green like the other khaki liners do (like MAC Desires & Devices and Stila Flash).
  • Demolition is a blackened brown with a near matte finish. MUFE #12 seems similar.
  • Bobby Dazzle is a bright, metallic silver. It is similar to MAC Nocturnal.
  • Revolver is a medium-dark gray with multi-colored shimmer. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one, just because it has a strong gray color base to it. The shimmer in it reminded me of MUFE #14 and Stila Starry but those appear black with a hint of purple.
  • Perversion is an inky black with a near matte finish. It is similar to Illamasqua Abyss, MAC On the Hunt, and MUFE #13.

The applicator on these is where they deviate from other brands. It is a thin, narrow brush–it’s not a foam applicator that’s been tapered. I think the brush, overall, may yield a more precise line–for those more experienced with liquid eyeliner, though. The applicator is similar to many traditional liquid eyeliner applicators. To me, the brush felt a little too flexible. I wouldn’t describe it as floppy, and of course, flexibility is good as you want to curve around the lid with ease, but it could use a touch more stiffness.

Like Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners, these need to be shaken before application. If you don’t do so, you’ll find the formula seems almost watery, which gives you sheerer color. Once shaken (only a few seconds), the color is much more concentrated and less watery. After testing several shades yesterday with a hot shower, I didn’t experience any bleeding, fading, or smudging. I’ve had some on my hand for several hours, and I couldn’t get them to rub off at all. They did remove easily with a makeup removing wipe or remover like Lancome Bi-Facil.

I made several swatch comparisons previously in this post.

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24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

A+
The most unique shades are Siren, Sabbath, Smog, and Revolver. Shades like Eldorado and Perversion are the most common shades brands have put out, so you may have already picked something similar up in the past year. The formula itself is great--long-wearing, waterproof, and applies smoothly and evenly.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Video Review: Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

And you can see how the palette pops open to reveal the compartment beneath the eyeshadows :)

Available online at urbandecay.com now.

Monday, July 11th, 2011


Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

Here are the other nine shades from Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 15 x 0.05 oz.).

  • Vanilla is a pale white gold with yellow tones. It’s very shimmery and so smooth. It is extremely similar in color to MAC Nylon but has a less metallic finish.
  • Omen is a blue-based purple with a subtle pink layer. It’s a little pinker compared to Urban Decay Ecstasy. Initially, I was thinking it was more like Ransom, but not at all–Ranso is very blue-based and cool-toned. Inglot #441 is somewhat similar, but it’s quite a bit darker.
  • Ace is a darkened gray with a subtle silver sheen. It looks more interesting in the pan–like this mix of blue and green and gray, but it turns out rather gray when swatched. Urban Decay Gunmetal has a much blacker base, which gives it a darker, more intense look. It is very similar to theBalm Sexy Stacey.
  • Flow is a soft peach with a frosty finish. The color is similar to Inglot #330 but the finishes are different. theBalm Luscious Lani is less orange.
  • Evidence is a dark navy blue with a subtle sheen. This is a shade that most brands have–we’ve seen it often–and it’s similar to MAC Deep Truth (less intense), MAC Blue Sheen (less intense), Inglot #428, Make Up For Ever #308.
  • Blackout is a really deep, dark black with a matte finish. Make Up For Ever #57 is similar.  It seems darker than Perversion and has such a smooth texture with great color payoff.
  • Chase is a golden bronze with a frosted finish. It’s kind of like a much lighter version of Deeper (in this palette). Inglot #406 has much more copper in it. Urban Decay Smog is much darker, but the feel is the same.
  • Deep End is teal with a frosted finish; it seems to lean green in the pan but blue when swatched, which leads me to think it’s right there in the middle. It is a bit bluer than MAC Surf USA, but it is very similar (just more pigmented) to Milani Teal the Truth. Urban Decay Minx is greener, as is Flipside.
  • Half Truth is a smoky purple. As soon as I saw it, I was reminded of Urban Decay Rockstar, because it’s the cool-toned sister of it–there is the same muted, smoky color, but Rockstar is more of an eggplant purple with strong, red undertones. theBalm All the Way Annie is similar but still redder–which is also how Giorgio Armani #3 compares.

Please read Part 1, which has detailed information about the color payoff, quality, texture, packaging, etc. for the entire palette.

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15th Anniversary

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There is a good variety of colors in this palette, though it does have a surprising amount of neutrals, with good color payoff and soft and smooth textures. You might find you have too many similar shades already, but for those who don't, it's a great way to snag high-end eyeshadows without breaking the bank.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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4.5/5

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Monday, July 11th, 2011


Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

This post is going to look at six of the fifteen eyeshadows (and the second post will look at the other nine). With the server issues we have had today, it’s even more essential than normal that I split the photos (50!) over two posts to make things more manageable. The review (and rating), however, encompasses the entire palette.

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 15 x 0.05 oz.) includes fifteen brand new, never-before-seen shades in a limited edition palette. These shades are: Midnight Rodeo (brown pearl with silver), Tainted (pale matte purple with golden shimmer), Deeper (deep shimmery golden brown), Midnight 15 (oyster pearl with silver glitter), Junkshow (metallic bright pink with slight blue shift), MIA (dark velvet brown), Vanilla (creamy white gold), Omen (metallic bright purple with blue shift), Ace (dark gunmetal), Flow (soft peach shimmer), Evidence (deep metallic blue), Blackout (darkest, must saturated black), Chase (bright bronze), Deep End (bright teal), and Half Truth (deep greyish purple). It will be available on urbandecay.com beginning July 12th, and it will make its way to other retailers like beauty.com, Macy’s, Sephora, and Ulta in July/August. I do not have any specific dates for other retailers at this time.

  • Midnight Rodeo is a sparkly taupe brown. It does have glitter, but it’s subtle and doesn’t seem as large as Urban Decay’s other glitter-finished eyeshadows. I thought Toasted might be similar, but it’s not–much browner, less of a taupe. theBalm Insane Jane is grayer (more cool-toned), while Inglot #402 is nearly indistinguishable from Midnight Rodeo.
  • Tainted is a pinked lavender with a subtle golden sheen. I found this one a little powdery–almost too blendable (where it sheers out when you make any move to blend it)–and the sheen and lavender color don’t bind together entirely. It’s ridiculously more pigmented and leans more on the purple side compared to MAC Boy Crazy. Lancome Amethyst Glam palette has a shade that’s similar but purpler. MAC Lotusland is similar but seems a bit lighter.
  • Deeper is a chocolate bronze with a subtle golden sheen. It is a warmer, lighter version of Urban Decay Darkhorse, darker and less warm Urban Decay Smog–almost like the two had a baby.
  • Midnight 15 is a soft champagne with a hint of gray and frosted finish. There is a subtle amount of glitter which has a touch of fall out. Initially, I thought it might be similar to Urban Decay Virgin, but it’s grayer–looks taupe in comparison. It’s a little darker compared to the beige in Chanel Prelude and less yellow compared to Urban Decay Ruthless (this is the closest).
  • Junkshow is a brightened fuchsia-purple with a fuchsia sheen. It’s similar (but brighter) than MAC Double Feature 7, while Urban Decay Woodstock is pinker, less blue-based, and has no purple. It has a more vibrant and obvious pink base compared to Urban Decay Fishnet, however the iridescent sheen is less apparent in Junkshow.
  • MIA is a dark brown with a soft copper base and light sheen. It is lighter and doesn’t have the gold shimmer of Urban Decay Darkhorse.

Of the fifteen shades in the palette, Tainted and Midnight Rodeo were the ones I wasn’t sold on. Midnight Rodeo has subtle glitter, so there was just the tiniest amount of fall out (I tested all shades I thought might be problematic as soon as I finished swatching the palette!)–like two or three specks of sparkle, so nothing like the fall out from other glitter eyeshadows from Urban Decay. Tainted is easily sheered out; the matte lavender base doesn’t seem to bind with the golden sheen, and the result is that neither comes together to stand out. It is a shade that works better packed on and lightly blended around the edges. We are not talking about a terrible eyeshadow in either instance–those are just the two that I was like, “Hm, there’s room for improvement.”

The color payoff for nearly all of the shades was nice. Tainted sheers out easily but applies well initially, and Evidence (surprisingly!) felt a little stiff–it didn’t have the same buttery, dense texture that most Urban Decay eyeshadows have. Evidence works much better applied, and it still has decent color payoff when swatched, but the stiffer texture stood out immediately to me. The other thirteen shades were nicely pigmented and applied smoothly.

It’s possible to have too many similar shades to make the palette worth picking up, but overall, I think it’s an excellent palette that offers so much value. There are fifteen full-sized eyeshadows here, and Urban Decay’s full-sized eyeshadows retail for $17 each–that’s $255 worth of eyeshadow for $55. This is what I want to see when a brand puts out a value palette, set, kit, or what-have-you. It doesn’t feel like Urban Decay skimped on the quality, either, as some brands do when they put together a value palette. These eyeshadows feel just like singles and past palettes Urban Decay has put out.

The packaging is true-to-form for Urban Decay with the filigree edging and metallic finishes. Inside the cover of the palette is a full-sized mirror (spans the entire area of the lid), and the portion that holds the eyeshadows actually pops out to reveal a compartment below. You won’t be able to put much (maybe a few photos or something!) underneath, because it’s a rather narrow space with the insert on top. Urban Decay described it more as a way to make the entire box useful after you have used up all your eyeshadows, and once you recycle the eyeshadow insert portion, you’ll definitely have more room. It does hold fingerprints like crime scene, though!

Remember, you can compare all of these eyeshadows side-by-side in the Swatch Gallery!

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Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Photos, Review (Part 1)

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There is a good variety of colors in this palette, though it does have a surprising amount of neutrals, with good color payoff and soft and smooth textures. You might find you have too many similar shades already, but for those who don't, it's a great way to snag high-end eyeshadows without breaking the bank.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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