Saturday, September 3rd, 2011


Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Eye Pencils Set

Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Eye Pencils Set

Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Eye Pencils Set ($32.00) includes five travel-sized versions of: Perversion (matte darkest black), Ransom (deep shimmery purple with blue shift), Woodstock (shimmery hot pink), Radium (shimmery bright blue), and Junkie (bright green with gold sparkle).

I’m a long-time fan of the 24/7 Eye Pencils, because they have just enough creaminess for easy gliding across the lash line but not so much that it results in smudging or running. It has a large color range, and they last quite awhile. When I’m doing a look, I often reach for this formula, because it wears all day for me.

  • Perversion is a really deep, dark black with a matte finish. It’s very creamy (more so than the majority of the 24/7 Pencils) but still works well.
  • Ransom is a violet purple with a subtle red undertone and a satiny sheen. The pigmentation is hit or miss; over the years, I’ve had great color from Ransom pencils, but some pencils yield less (the one I received in this set was more of a dud).  The most comparable liner would be Woodstock (the liquid eyeliner).
  • Woodstock is a fuchsia-red pink with a satiny sheen. The pigmentation was decent but not fully opaque in a single pass. It is buildable (see the larger swatch).
  • Radium is a brightened medium blue with a subtle, silvery sheen. It’s nicely pigmented in a single pass.
  • Junkie is a bluish-teal color base with green and gold sparkle. It is similar to MAC Undercurrent — but it seems to have a slightly darker, blue base.

I probably gripe about this each year, but it’s always frustrating as long-time Urban Decay buyer to see these kits, because Urban Decay loves to include a few never-before-seen shades into each kit among shades you might already own.  The Electric Set is the best set to fight against that trend, as Woodstock, Radium, and Junkie are all new and exclusive to the set, and Perversion was only available in the 15th Anniversary set.  I also like how they made one set dominated by bold shades and the other more neutral.  Nevertheless, each shade is 0.03 oz. and a full-sized version is 0.04 oz. and costs $18 a pop–so this kit has $67.50 worth of eyeliner for $32.

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Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Eye Pencils Set Review, Photos, Swatches

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Urban Decay's holiday eyeliner kits are always a good buy if you've been wanting to try the formula or you like the formula and want additional shades. I usually pick up a few to give as gifts/stocking stuffers myself.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil Set

Urban Decay Holiday 2011 Swatches – Midnight Emergency, Nail Kit, Stardust Lipgloss (Sneak Peek)

Full review, photos, and swatches coming soon — please hold all questions until then. Thank you in advance for your patience!

Urban Decay Stardust Sparkling Lipgloss ($19.00) will be available in-stores at ULTA and select Macy’s as well as online at ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com, and urbandecay.com (no Sephora). I do not believe these are limited edition. This gloss is supposed to be multi-faceted with microscopic, ultra-reflective sparkle for a luminous effect on lips without the glitter grit. It includes vitamin E and jojoba oil. The texture is supposed to be buttery, non-sticky, and have a transparent but scintillating texture with a cushiony formula to give lips a fuller look without the bee-stung feeling. There will be three shades available.

Urban Decay Holiday Nail Kit ($28.00) will only be available at select Macy’s in-store and online at urbandecay.com. It is limited edition and contains six miniature-sized nail polishes.

Midnight Emergency Kit ($39.00) is a limited edition kit that features four eyeshadows, one Lip Junkie Lipgloss, and a small eyeshadow brush. It will be available at ULTA and select Macy’s in-stores as well as online at ulta.com and urbandecay.com.

I do not have specific launch dates at this time but imagine these products should arrive at retailers around October.

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Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil Set
Perversion, Ransom, Woodstock, Radium, Junkie

Urban Decay Holiday 2011 24/7 Pencil Sets & 24/7 Shadow Stash Swatches (Sneak Peek)

Full review, photos, and swatches coming soon — please hold all questions until then. Thank you in advance for your patience! Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil Sets ($32.00 each) come in two varieties: Electric and Naked. Each set contains five travel-sized eyeliners (0.03 oz. vs. 0.04 oz. for full-sized eyeliners) and will be available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s, as well as online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com, and urbandecay.com around October 2011. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Stash ($34.00) includes five travel-sized pencils and will be available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s, as well as online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com, and urbandecay.com around October 2011. All three sets are limited edition.

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Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Sneak Peek)

Full review, photos, and swatches coming soon — please hold all questions until then. Thank you in advance for your patience! Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00) is a Sephora exclusive (available both in-store and online), and while I don’t have an exact date for launch, I would expect late September or early October. It is limited edition.

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


Urban Decay Holiday 2011 Launches

Sephora.com has an early preview of Urban Decay’s holiday offerings–they’re not yet available for purchase, but at least we know what’s coming!

Mariposa Palette ($39.00) (Sephora Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

This palette mixes never-boring neutrals with sexy hits of shimmer and sparkle, and signature UD brights that truly explode. Just sweep them on, fast and easy, with the enclosed travel-size cruelty-free eye shadow brush. These shadows are laid out in color-coordinated quadrants (sets of four) that look amazing when worn together and can also be used as a starting point for creating your own color combinations. Housed in a gunmetal tin that displays a striking butterfly and an embossed UD icon, this assortment is perfect for everyone. 10×0.03 oz. eyeshadows plus travel-sized eyeshadow brush.

  • Rockstar Deep purple
  • Gunmetal Gunmetal gray with silver glitter
  • Skimp Ivory peach sheen
  • Infamous Magenta sheen
  • Wreckage Taupe shimmer
  • Haight Dark teal with shimmer
  • Money Pale silvery green shimmer
  • Mushroom Steel gray shimmer
  • Spotlight Golden tan shimmer
  • Limelight Gold shimmer

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Size Set ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

Each set contain 5 x 0.03 oz. pencils.

  • Naked Includes Zero, Demolition, Bourbon, Underground, and Stray Dog
  • Electric Includes Perversion, Ransom, Woodstock, Radium, and Junkie

24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil Stash ($34.00)

  • Includes Delinquent, Rehab, Juju, Sin, and Clash.

availability: Holiday 2011

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

Here is the review for the second half of the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 ($64.00) limited edition makeup palette. For an overall review of the product, along with packaging, please see part one. Because there are differences in quality for each shade, I have listed a pigmentation and texture score for each (both scores are out of 10), which I then averaged across all sixteen shades to give the scores found in The Glossover below.

Midnight Cowgirl is a warm, pale, peach-gold with a frosted finish. The color payoff is really lovely, as it is rich and buttery, though it does have flecks of gold micro-glitter. This shade is part of the permanent range. I find the majority disappears before you even apply it, but you may find that some fall out underneath the eye. It is a bit lighter than Bobbi Brown Desert Sand. It’s similar in color but lighter compared to Urban Decay Blunt. It’s also a lighter, less brown version of MAC Retrospeck. (9, 8.5)

Sin is a pink-tinged champagne with a frosted finish and rather metallic sheen. This shade is part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Scratch is much pinker. Giorgio Armani #8 is similar but more metallic in finish. Inglot #397 is similar in color, less pink-tinged. (9.5, 9)

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 but may still have some fall out. The color payoff is good, and the texture is fairly smooth. I thought Urban Decay 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. This shade is a repromote from the 15th Anniversary Palette. (9, 8.5)

Crystal is a bluish-purple gray with a silvered sheen. It lacks pigmentation, and the texture is dry and stiff to work with–you’ll have to pack it on to achieve the color you see in the pan. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. Inglot #420 is similar but darker and lacks the bluish tones. Urban Decay Stripped has less purple and is much, much darker. (5, 7)

Bust is a softened, gray-tinged taupe brown with a soft, frosted finish. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. It has a really smooth application with a buttery texture, while the shade itself has excellent color payoff. NARS Grand Palais is slightly browner, MAC Street Cool is darker and browner, MAC Satin Taupe is much, much darker, and Inglot #402 is warmer and less gray. It’s like a frosted version of Urban Decay Shakedown. (9.5, 9)

Missionary is a soft, beige-taupe with a frosted finish. It’s like a lighter version of Sin. It has good color payoff, but it’s not fully opaque. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. It is pinker than MAC Butternutty. It’s a little lighter and has more of a sheen compared to Urban Decay Virgin. (9, 9)

Skimp is a beige-peach with a pearled sheen. The color payoff here was a bit sheer, and the texture surprisingly dry. This shade is a repromote. It is similar to Bare Escentuals Serendipitous. It is a little lighter than MAC Brule. (8, 8.5)

Zephyr is a warm white with a golden sheen. It has good color payoff, but it is a bit powdery. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. It less yellow compared to Urban Decay Vanilla and MAC Nylon, but it is comparable to Bare Escentuals Breathtaking. (9, 8.5)

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Book of Shadows Vol. 4

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If one wants a neutral palette, Urban Decay's Naked palette does it better. If one wants pops of color, the 15th Anniversary Palette does it better. This palette lacks the quality level of previous Book of Shadows--it's not the colors but the color payoffs and textures that make this palette less than stellar.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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