Sunday, August 10th, 2014

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

Thanks to reader Rafaela! Urban Decay already has Naked2 Basics on their website! It’s listed as coming soon, and you can sign up to get notified for when it is in stock.

When UD junkies cried out for a palette of matte neutrals, Naked Basics delivered—and left them begging for MORE shades. (And we couldn’t deny them!)

Cooler in tone than the original, Naked2 Basics complements Naked2 perfectly. We loaded this indispensable palette with six TAUPE-hued matte neutrals, including five never-before-seen shades. These shadows are neutral enough for anyone, from cool skin tones to olive complexions to darker skin.

So versatile you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it, Naked2 Basics is the kind of palette you’ll reach for again and again.

Every shade in Naked2 Basics features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

While many brands’ matte shadows tend to be chalky or powdery, EVERY shade in Naked2 Basics has a rich, buttery feel for the perfect application. It even includes one shade with a slight satin finish, Skimp, that’s ideal for highlighting and adding dimension.

Like the original, Naked2 Basics comes in a sleek, soft-touch case that has a suede-like feel and a slight sheen. It’s small and compact so it travels well, yet we still packed it with six FULL-size shadows.

What You Get: Skimp (pale nude satin), Stark (nude-pink matte), Frisk (warm gray matte), Cover (muted red-brown matte), Primal (muted brown matte) and Undone (deep, smoky brown matte).

Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00)

  • Skimp Pale nude satin
  • Stark Nude-pink matte
  • Frisk Warm gray matte
  • Cover Muted red-brown matte
  • Primal Muted brown matte
  • Undone Deep, smoky brown matte

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Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Yesterday, I shared my favorite cool-toned purple eyeshadows, so I wanted to feature my favorite warm-toned purples, too! I’d love to hear your favorites.

  1. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry — a shimmery, frosted medium purple
  2. Sugarpill Hysteric — an ultra-shimmery warm violet
  3. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister — a warm, medium purple
  4. NARS Phoebe — a shimmering, plummy purple
  5. Makeup Geek Drama Queen — a deepened, warm-toned purple burgundy

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Purple eyeshadow may be a harder color for brands to excel at, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t beautiful, readily available ones available! Here are five of my current favorite cool-toned purple eyeshadows… Share yours in the comments! :)

  1. Urban Decay Flash — a brightened, medium purple
  2. Inglot #439 — a rich, violet purple
  3. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted purple
  4. Fyrinnae Because Cats — a frosted, bluish-purple
  5. L’Oreal Purple Priority — a deep, frosted purple

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil

Recently, there have been five new shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) released. The Velvet formula is “more powdery” than the regular formula, which is supposed to make it easier to blend and smudge out the eyeliner, if desired, for a smoky eye. Otherwise, it’s supposed to have all the long-wearing benefits of the original formula. The consistency definitely has that drier, more powdery feel that the brand talks about, and as a result, it doesn’t apply as evenly as the original pencils do. It just doesn’t glide-on as effortlessly. I find these apply best in short, small strokes and apply better as they warm up against the skin. Due to their dryness, getting really crisp, defined lines seems to be harder, so a smudging brush or tool helps to soften that edge so it looks better and more even. They wear fairly well on me, lasting at least eight hours, and either fade lightly or show some signs of smudging.

Urban Decay Cult 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep, smoky matte green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle, warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque color in a single stroke and was easily layered. The consistency was soft and glided on fairly well, but I still find that this formula is best applied in short strokes, rather than in fluid motions. It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to thin slightly. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is the only shade that is even remotely similar, but it is brighter and shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lure 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “smoky matte charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque in one stroke, and it was buildable to rich, opaque color after two layers. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before lightly smudging. bareMinerals Mesmerized (LE, $14.00) is warmer. NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lush 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich smoky matte brown.” It’s a deepened, dark brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The consistency is drier (you can definitely feel what they mean by “more powdery”), so it had a tendency to skip/drag in coverage, though it didn’t really feel stiff or stubborn when I used it on my lower lash line. It wore well for nine hours before it started to smudge along the lower edge. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is less matte. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Mahogany (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Minx 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte navy.” It’s a cool-toned, deep, dark purpled-blue with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. Again, it had that drier, powdery-like consistency that made it harder to get really crisp, defined edges and even color coverage. The color wore well for nine hours before it had slight smudging. Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $19.00) is bluer, glossier. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $29.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire (LE, $20.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Plum (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Plushie 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte purple.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged purple with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in one go, but it wasn’t very buildable as the consistency of this shade was drier than the rest, so it tended to skip and apply unevenly, which made layering the color difficult. Once on, the color did stay on well for eight and a half hours before starting to show signs of fading. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, less matte. MAC Snow Shadow (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection launches on July 16th (per Urban Decay’s Twitter account)–most likely appearing on their website first, then releasing elsewhere–and will be launched at Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, beauty.com and urbandecay.com. It’s a small, edited collection, and in general, it is dupable, though the quality is there in the majority of the products.

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Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette ($34.00 for 4 x 0.06 oz.) is designed to help you recreate the look Mia Wallace’s look from the movie. Urban Decay says there are three new shades (so two are repromotes), but these were all new to me (at least, by these names). When I first saw the palette, it reminded me of Naked Basics, and there is overlap. Righteous is closest to Foxy, though it is lighter and brighter than Foxy. None seemed similar to Tyranny. Vengeance is darker and more shimmery, with a stronger red tone (versus yellow) than Faint. Furious is very similar to Venus, though Venus’ texture is quite different. Anger is more shimmery, less warm-toned compared to Crave. They are similar enough, however, that if you rarely use the Naked Basics palette, I’m not sure that this one would be much more useful. The Pulp FIction palette leans warmer overall. I found the eyeshadows to be very blendable, easy to use, and fairly pigmented across the board. I wish the palette itself was more compact, because then it would be travel-friendly, and though the colors are dupable, they work well together for a mostly matte neutral eye.

Righteous is described as a “light cream matte.” It’s a very light and bright, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had a very soft, finely-milled texture, but it was powdery, and it had decent to good pigmentation. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is darker. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is similar. Kat Von D Lifelike (P) is less warm-toned. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Vanilla (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Blanc Type (P, $15.00) is less yellow. Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tyranny is described as a “warm brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before I saw signs of fading. LORAC Unspoken (P) is darker. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is similar. Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (P, $5.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is very similar–a touch darker at most. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vengeance is described as a “deep taupe-brown matte-satin.” It’s a medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a satin shimmer. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, dense, and buttery while being extremely easy to apply. On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade along the edges. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cream. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is darker. Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Furious is described as a “white satin.” It’s a warm, bright white with subtle yellow tint and a pearly sheen. It was slightly powdery, and though it had decent pigmentation, it could have been more opaque. I didn’t notice it start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Purr (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Ivory (01) (P, $3.99) is similar. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is a touch darker. MAC This or That #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Venus (P, $18.00) is very similar. MAC Mylar (P, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Anger is described as a “black satin with slight tonal sparkle.” It’s a dark black with a satiny sheen. It had so-so colorpayoff, due to its slightly dry, powdery texture. It wasn’t as blendable as I expected, and when you have a richer black eyeshadow like this, it’s important to have that blendability. On me, the color stayed true for eight and a half hours before fading. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Anastasia Black Diamond (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Lovesick (LE, $18.00) has more sparkle. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Lights Down (P) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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