Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($18.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a glitter eyeliner with colored glitter suspended in a clear base. Uncapped and you’ll find a thin eyeliner brush attached (much like the typical liquid liner). There are currently eleven shades available–from fuchsia to blue to iridescent.
Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
- Catfight is a deep fuchsia-pink.
- Groupie is a pale, muted pink–very muted.
- Baked is a deep golden-toned brown.
- Midnight Cowboy is a silvery taupe brown.
- Spandex is a multi-colored array of blue and gold and brown glitter. (Looks absolutely nothing like it does in the tube–the rest do.)
- Air Guitar is a slightly lightened medium blue.
- Stagedive is a blue-based teal.
- Mullet is a slightly olive-toned green.
- Metalhead is a medium dark violet purple.
- Glam Rock is a medium silvery-gray.
- Distortion is a whitish, iridescent mix of multi-colored and pink glitter.
What I like using these glitter eyeliners for is to layer over Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liners (or any liner, really–they just coordinate well with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liners). Alone, they’re just so-so, because the clear base makes them apply kind of sketchy. They can also be used over eyeshadow, too, for the same kind of effect.
In the swatches, you’ll see how it’s not a very clear, even or defined line of glitter. When you use it over a liner, it works much better, because you get the sparkle of the glitter, but the colored liner fills in any gaps so the glitter actually pops.
I think I’d love these more if they had colored bases as well, just because it’d be more of a two-in-one and require a little less effort on my part. They just may make excellent, super glittery bases if they were in a colored base, too… Hm! Nevertheless, they were designed to have a clear base, so I won’t knock the product because my preference is different. It’s much like Urban Decay describes, and I love the range of shades they have.
Oh! One more idea, Urban Decay, how about a holiday set of miniature sized versions of these? Would be awesome methinks!
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Roach, Gash, Lucky, Shattered, Acid Rain
Urban Decay Liquid Liner ($18.00) is available in a slew of shades in a cute inkwell-like pot. There are fourteen shades to choose from, from purple to black to red.
- Roach is a reddish-toned dark brown with a metallic finish.
- Gash is a deep red with just a touch of brown.
- Lucky is a coppery medium-dark brown.
- Shattered is a medium-dark grassy green with some antique gold thrown in.
- Acid Rain is a bright pop of chartreuse green.
Urban Decay’s Liquid Liners are incredibly long-wearing, smudge-proof, budge-proof, and nearly waterproof. Once dry (takes a few seconds, but it doesn’t take long), the liner doesn’t budge at all. You can move it around before it dries, but once it sets, good luck with that! All of the ones I have give off a bit of a metallic sheen even when dry, which is something I personally like. The formula is really great for those who need their liner to stay in place without a lot of fuss. I love that these don’t fade even a little bit after twelve hours of wear. I also love the shade variety — you can’t always find red or bright green liquid liners!
The packaging is so-so; the inkwell design is cute, but it’s not space-saving. It also doesn’t make these as portable as they could be if they were in the more traditional liquid liner tube packaging (I heard that it used to be, actually!). The brush included could probably be a little finer, a little tighter, but it gets the job done with some practice. If you’re not planning to take these on-the-go, a separate eyeliner brush is a better bet. I like either 208 or 209 by MAC myself for these. I will say that the included brush does feel quite comfortable in my hand, even if the brush itself could be improved upon.
- Product: 9/10
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 7/10
- Packaging: 7/10
Recommendation: If you’re looking for richly pigmented liquid liners, Urban Decay has you covered!
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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II Review, Photos, Swatches
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II ($48.00) is the second installation in the Book of Shadows eyeshadow palette series. It is also part of Urban Decay’s holiday offerings. You can view my review on last year’s Book of Shadows for comparison, as well.
First, the palette includes sixteen eyeshadows. The new and exclusive shades are AC/DC, Nylon, Mushroom, Sphynx, Jinx, Homegrown, Misdemeanor, and Perversion. The existing shades are Sellout, Gunmetal, Ecstasy, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Twice Baked, Half Baked, Flipside, and YDK. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., compared to single eyeshadows that are 0.05 oz. and retail for $16.00 and the deluxe eyeshadows that are 0.09 oz. for $18.00. All of the existing shades are single eyeshadows (not deluxe), so it’s best to compare to that. Just to put it in perspective, by the ounce, these are about half the price (by ounce!) as the full-sized versions.
- Perversion is a nearly matte charcoal black with just a tiny dust of silver sparkle. (I know Urban Decay says it’s matte, but it seemed like it had some sparkle to it every time I looked at it.) This shade was also included in last year’s palette.
- Gunmetal is a frosty, silvery-gray with lighter silver sparkle.
- Ecstasy is a shimmery cool-toned medium purple with lighter pinky-purple shimmer.
- AC/DC is a burgundyish-plum with a dirty silver sheen.
- Nylon is a medium bronzy-brown with softer bronze shimmer and has a frosty finish.
- Sellout is a frosty, intensely pigmented champagne-nude. I really liked the color pigmentation of this shade in particular, and it felt very, very smooth.
- Mushroom is a dark, cool-toned taupe-y brown with cool bronze shimmer. This is sort of similar to the cream eyeshadow of the same name.
- Sphynx is a lightly brightened cotton candy pink with an icier pink sheen.
- Half Baked is a coppery bronze with a golden bronze metallic sheen and shimmer.
- Twice Baked is a dark, semi-matte chocolate brown with just a light dusting of bronze.
- Midnight Cowboy Rides Again is a glittery confection of light taupe brown and champagne. This eyeshadow had the worst texture of the bunch — very gritty, very glittery.
- YDK is a medium-toned cool-toned brown with a reddish tone and a frost finish.
- Jinx is a bright, medium freshwater blue that goes on very pigmented and smooth.
- Flipside is a green-teal, mermaid-esque shade with a frost finish.
- Homegrown is a bright, grassy green with a golden-green sheen.
- Misdemeanor is a dark, blue-green shade that is reminiscent of peacock feathers with a soft, green micro-shimmer.
At first glance, I thought the two palettes were too similar for my liking, but after comparing them side-by-side, that was definitely not the case. The only repeated shade is Perversion, but otherwise, the shades are different. Some of the shades themselves are similar, but there are no obvious repeats. I always like Urban Decay’s palettes, because they are always high on value and variety. I like being able to try out a bunch of shades without having to actually purchase all of those individual shades (particularly since it’s very hard for me to finish an eyeshadow, so I don’t actually need a whole pot of it!).
I also like that Urban Decay mixes about half in new shades and half in existing shades. With sixteen shades in total, there are many different eyeshadow combinations one could come up with within this palette. I will say I wish Urban Decay had a better highlighter shade included in this palette or found elsewhere in this, because the closest we come is Sellout, which has a very high metallic/frost finish so it can be garish on the brow bone at times. I could also go with seeing a few matte or semi-matte shades for more texture variety.
These are all minor complaints, mind you, because for the price, it’s a great deal whether you want to travel with it or just use it at home. (If you’re using it at home, the highlight and matte complaints are worthless — just mix it with products you already have.)
The shades are well-pigmented, smooth, and nearly all of them have a frost/shimmer finish. (If you don’t dig that, you won’t dig this.) The only shade I had any real issue with was Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, because it is extremely glittery, so it has fall out issues. Otherwise, the shades were impressive, and clearly there is a lot of color to play around with in this palette. This makes a great gift for yourself or a friend, too.
The packaging is just so-so; I found last year’s packaging prettier and more cohesive. I found both palettes to be a little bulky, and I wouldn’t mind something that just open and shut, rather than pulling out a drawer of eyeshadows. The inclusion of a miniature sized UDPP as well as Zero and Bourbon eyeliners is just icing on the cake–all three are handy in application and for travel.
- Product: 8/10
- Value: 9/10
- Ease of Use: 8/10
- Packaging: 7/10
Recommendation: If you’ve always wanted to try Urban Decay eyeshadows, their palettes are always a choice way to do so. You get great value and good variety!
Availability: Urban Decay
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A smattering of Urban Decay Pocket Rockets…
From left to right: James, Eric, Doug, Jesse, Julio, Kirk, Timothy
(In case you’re wondering, there is one missing — David, which is a “milky mauve.”)
Urban Decay Holiday 2009 Collection/Offerings
As per usual, Urban Decay doesn’t disappoint with an early release of some very delectable holiday offerings!
24/7 Super Stash ($36.00)
- Five Existing Shades: Zero, Graffiti, Ransom, Rockstar, Stash
- Four New Shades: Corrupt (chocolate-brown with sparkle), Binge (navy), Eldorado (golden), and Oil Slick (black with glitter)
Book of Shadows Vol. 2 ($48.00)
- Seven New Shades: AC/DC (dark purple), Nylon (brown sparkle), Mushroom (gunmetal with taupe shift), Sphynx (pink w/glitter), Jinx (bright blue), Homegrown (bright green), Misdemeanor (dark teal)
- Nine Existing Shades: Perversion, Sellout, Gunmetal, Ecstasy, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Twice Baked, Half Baked, Flipside, YDK
- Also included are must-have travel size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in best-sellers Zero and Bourbon, AND a travel size Eyeshadow Primer Potion in a new curvy bottle!
Apocalyptic Nail Kit ($26.00)
- White Widow (white sparkle)
- Gunmetal (gunmetal sparkle)
- Apocalypse (black-purple)
- Grunge (metallic peacock)
- Meltdown (royal purple)
- Big Bang (sparkling hot pink)
- Fbomb (true red)
Show Pony Shadow Box ($30.00)
- Snatch (peachy-pink with glitter) (NEW)
- Mildew (deep green)
- Flash (electric purple)
- Painkiller (turquoise shimmer) (NEW)
- Smog (deep bronze)
- Toasted (copper)
- 24/7 Eye Pencil Zero (black)
- Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Smoke Out Kit ($34.00)
- Sweet Lucy Blacks/greys
Yerba Deep greens
Urban Decay Rocks ($18.00)
More sophisticated than “body bling”, these resplendent crystals come in a variety of 24 silver, gold, and iridescent stones. Use just one in the inner or outer corner of your eyes, try a smattering of different stones on one cheek, or ghetto-fabu-lize your nails. Get creative!
Availability: Secret Stash, Book of Shadows Vol. 2, Show Pony Shadow Box can be purchased at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s West locations. Or, online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com. Apocalyptic Nail Kit can be purchased at Sephora and select Macy’s. Or, online at sephora.com, macys.com and urbandecay.com. Urban Decay Rocks! Available for $18 at select Macy’s West locations. Or, online at macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.
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Introducing… Urban Decay Minx & Ecstasy Eyeshadows!
Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($16.00) recently had two new additions added to the line-up: Minx, described as a blue-green shift with glitter; and Ecstasy, described as a bright purple with slight pink tint.
Minx is a beautiful shade of aqua-green with a little taste of mint and lots of silvery sheen and shimmer. It has decent pigmentation, though it could have a bit more color pay off for my taste. I’d love to see it go on a little richer and deeper. It does, however, go on smoothly and blends easily with other shadows. Ecstasy is a vibrant shade of cool-toned medium purple with soft silver sheen. It doesn’t have a lot of shimmer/glitter either. I found the pigmentation on this shade to be better than Minx, which made me happy. It has the same smooth, blendable texture as Minx (as well as the rest Urban Decay’s eyeshadow range overall).
Each shadow is packaged in a silver, flip-top container. The shadows are the same size as MAC from what I know, so yes, you could depot these if you desired. (I also believe the depotting methodology is about the same with these.)
- Product: 8/10
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 8/10
- Packaging: 8/10
- Overall: 8/10
Recommendation: If you like smooth, easy-to-use eyeshadows and like color, these two shadows are for you. Ecstasy earns slightly more of a recommendation over Minx, just because Minx lacks the intensity of pigmentation I prefer. Both are soft, shimmery/frosty shades that are easy to work with. I prefer all my eyeshadows in pan/palette form, so the packaging is functional, but it doesn’t inspire me to purchase solely on that criterion.
Availability: UrbanDecay.com, Sephora.com
Have you picked up these two new shades yet?
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