Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright red-orange.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a very subtle golden satin sheen. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter, less red, cream. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is lighter. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is lighter, cream. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is redder, darker. Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more orange, cream. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is more shimmery. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is similar. NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is redder. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is lighter, less red. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This particular shade is one of the deeper, brighter, and more intensely pigmented ones out of the twelve-deep line-up. It had more semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, which remained blendable, so you can apply less or blend down for sheerer color, but I wouldn’t consider it sheer coverage. The brand’s positioned the formulas a both sheer and buildable, so the richer pigmentation may be good or bad, depending on what you were looking for, but this is a shade that will work really well across skin tones as it is vibrant and pigmented enough to show up across the spectrum. It had a really lovely finish that was not quite matte but not quite satin; the more it was buffed and worked into the skin, the more luminous the finish became. On me, it actually ended up wearing nine hours, which is better than advertised.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “soft nude.” It’s a softened, medium brown with warm, lightly rosy undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is slightly more orange and shimmery. Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is cooler-toned, cream. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer. MAC Liberating (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter, yellower. Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is rosier, more shimmery. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is darker. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is rosier, darker. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is rosier, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to offer “sheer … wearable, buildable color” that’s “extremely blendable” and wear for “eight long hours.” It’s buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that builds to true-to-pan color overall. The texture is soft, silky, and smooth without being too powdery–there is some excess powder kicked up along the edge of the pan–that sits well on the skin and doesn’t accentuate pores or the skin’s natural texture (I’m currently a little dry on my cheeks). It was blendable on the skin, and the color lasted for exactly eight hours before it started to fade away.

As an aside, I had hoped that this would appear cooler-toned (this has no impact on the rating)! I thought it might be able to double as a contour, but it’s still rather warm-toned, so it isn’t the most natural contour on a lot of skin tones. I think Urban Decay’s new color range could have really benefited from a cooler, rosier brown blush (and they’re so hard to find!), especially since Kinky is fairly similar applied. Maybe next time! :)

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Monday, April 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss — Scandal, Savage, Big Bang, Vice, Bittersweet

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new formula for summer that will be available in fourteen shades. The gloss is supposed to have “high coverage” with “all the color you crave in one coat” with a “creamy” texture and is hydrating. I’m about halfway through testing the shades, and this grouping represented a good mix of my results.

The majority are fairly pigmented, though I don’t think they’re “one coat” color as most shades have some visible translucency so the natural lip color will still come through. All of the shades have a really smooth, almost gel-like consistency that feels creamy but light-medium in thickness. For the most part, they don’t slide around, and initially, they feel smooth and non-sticky, but the formula gradually gets stickier as it wears. If you do nothing, it takes about two hours for some of that tackiness to develop, but if you blot or take a sip from a cup, it starts to get tacky right after. I consider most of the wear to have moderate tackiness but the texture isn’t thick or goopy, so it doesn’t catch stray hairs as much as a thicker gloss.

However, as they are tacky, they wear longer than the average gloss; I’ve routinely been getting four to six hours of wear. It’s also hydrating over time and comfortable to wear overall (so long as tackiness doesn’t bother you!). Some shades do not apply evenly and look streaky or blotch on, while others go on really nicely and look fantastic. I was surprised to see that some of the more problematic shades are ones like Savage and Bittersweet (to-be-reviewed), while lighter shades like Liar (to-be-reviewed) go on quite well. There seems to be a very faint scent of buttery vanilla, but I can barely detect it even with my nose right at the tube as I twist it open, so it’s not a strong scent and not one I notice when I’m applying or wearing the gloss, and there is no discernible taste.

Urban Decay Big Bang Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink with glitter.” It’s a medium-dark pink-red with fuchsia shimmer. It appears redder on the lips and loses some of that bright fuchsia applied. The shimmer is fine enough that it doesn’t add a noticeable texture to the gloss, even as it wears away. The consistency seems slightly thinner compared to the cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly well, while the color stayed on for six hours and was hydrating over time. I noticed a smidgen of color that settled into lip lines, but with the gloss formula, it was easy to press lips together and even it back out. Urban Decay Vice (P, $22.00) is slightly darker and less bright but surprisingly similar. Chanel Crazy Fuchsia (194) (LE, $29.50) is more shimmery, warmer. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is brighter, more shimmery. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50)is lighter. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Savage Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric pink.” It’s a brightened, cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that didn’t apply evenly. The gloss tended to look streaky and uneven. It wore well for five hours and was moderately hydrating while worn. Urban Decay Scandal (P, $22.00) is much darker. Estee Lauder Rosy Future (LE, $26.00) is darker. Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) (P, $8.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Unlimited Style (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Fearless (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is is more opaque. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Scandal Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a bold, brightened medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, but there was very subtle streaking that you can see in the close-up that wasn’t noticeable in person. It lasted for six hours on me and hydrating while worn. Estee Lauder Rosy Future (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is lighter. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is slightlyw armer. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is less glossy, cooler-toned. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “deep mauve with a hint of shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium-dark plummy purple with cooler undertones with a warmer, golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is very fine so that it creates more of a sheen on the skin than visible shimmer. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is warmer, redder. NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is warmer, less purple. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is pinker. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. NARS Sin (P, $30.00) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The upcoming Afterglow blushes are supposed to have sheer, buildable coverage with a “soft, creamy texture” that is “extremely blendable.” I can see this one becoming a popular shade, as it seems like a shade that will be very wearable on cool and warm-toned skin tones. The coverage is buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque, with the overall color having a muted quality to it, so it is hard to overdo. I don’t know that the color is rich enough to show up as well on deeper skin tones, but it may be worth a look (I lean towards steering you to check out NARS Sin (P, $30.00), as it starts off more pigmented and is richer overall, making it a better pick for deeper skin tones). It has a very silky, finely-milled texture that sits well on the skin without looking powdery, and it blends and diffuses without a lot of effort. The powder has a thinness to it, which gave me pause when I was swatching, but it seems to shine in practice (when you actually apply it and start blending it out). The shimmer in this gives it an exceptionally satiny, lightly luminous effect that is great if you like the idea of shimmer but don’t want to see it. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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Monday, April 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Lounge Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “brick red with green shift.” It’s a rich, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a green-teal flash of shimmer on top that gives it a more metallic finish overall. It had good color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that worked well on bare skin and was easy to blend out. This shade felt slightly softer and not quite as dense as the other duochromes from Urban Decay in this launch. This shade was released previously in their older formula. Once upon a time, this shade may have been more unique, but now it is one of the most replicated duochrome shades. Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Partridge (P, $5.00) is a cream product, weaker duochrome. Ardency Inn Peacock (P, $21.00) is exactly the same. Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is slightly greener. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is the same. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is the same. Too Faced Girly (LE, $16.00) is the same. MAC Double Feature #5 #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is the same. Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) has a stronger shimmer, so it appears greener, less brown. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Sideline Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “gold with green shift.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed gold with a green sheen–the gold gets lighter and darker (more orange-gold) as you angle the shade. The shift is definitely visible on the lid, but I would describe it as a moderate duochrome effect. It had excellent color payoff with a creamy, smooth consistency that applied well and blended out beautifully. The color lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Hourglass Color Field #2 (P) is cooler-toned, less shift. MAC Vicuna (LE, $16.00) is darker, no shift. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is lighter, no shift. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is darker, no shift. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #3 (LE) is darker, no shift. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is darker. MAC Old Gold (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Unwind (P, $16.00) is darker, no shift. MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $16.00) has less shift. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) has no shift. bareMinerals Standing O (P) has less of a shift. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Beware Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “warm brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. The texture is very silky and finely-milled and has really good pigmentation. It doesn’t get powdery, but it wasn’t quite as blendable as anticipated. On me, it wore well for eight hours before creasing. This shade was previously released as a limited edition product. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is lighter, sparkly. Hourglass Infinity #4 (P) is darker. LORAC Undeniable (P) is lighter. Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is similar. MAC Terre (Right) (LE) is darker. Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P) is similar. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is lighter. LORAC Unspoken (P) is slightly redder. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE) is redder. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is cooler-toned. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Riff Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle.” It’s a brightened, orange-brown with warm undertones and a dusting of gold micro-sparkle. A few of the sparkles will land on the lid, but you’ll need a primer if you want to really keep them/see them on the lid as they tended to disappear as I blended the color on the skin. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, silky texture that was very blendable and easy to use. It stayed put for eight hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Selfie (P, $5.00) is a cream product, lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE) is darker. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter. Makeup Geek Chickadee (P, $5.99) is lighter, brighter. Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is darker. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever M664 Fawn (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #3 (LE) Inglot #122R Middle (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is darker, redder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “burgundy with purple shift.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, warmer undertones and a cooler purple overtone. The duochrome seemed weak here; it’s hard to even tell when angling one’s arm in the light to find it. It had great pigmentation with a soft, creamy, and very dense texture that applied easily and blended well. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $18.00) is darker. theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Remix (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Tornado (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “medium blue with pink-purple shift.” It’s a muted, medium-dark, periwinkle blue with lighter violet shimmer and sheen. There’s a definite shift with this one that you can see with ease. It had semi-opaque color payoff, though it was very buildable and applied well to bare skin. The texture is so dense that it feels almost like a cream product, and there is no fall out or powdery excess–it feels unlike the majority of the brand’s current eyeshadow range as a result. It goes on well but also blends beautifully and takes little time to diffuse. It lasted for eight hours on me. I really liked this one, even though it could have been more pigmented right off the bat, and it was a more unique shade within my stash. Giorgio Armani #19 (P, $32.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is darker, less of a duochrome. Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is a cream product, warmer. Dior Atlantique #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is brighter, bluer. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “peach with pink shift.” It’s a darkened, yellow gold that flashes to peachy-pink to warmer, pink-peach with a metallic sheen. The duochrome is very strong with this one, which is fantastic, as you can really see it even applied on the eyelid. The texture was smooth and almost cream-like as it had a very dense feel. It applied with good color payoff and blended well. The color stayed put for eight hours before creasing. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $24.00) lacks the pink shift. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) isn’t a duochrome. bareMinerals Shazam (LE) is darker, less shimmery, not a duochrome. LORAC Apricot (LE) is darker, no shift. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is more orange, no shift. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P) doesn’t have the pink shift. Chanel Pink Lagoon (LE, $34.00) is pinker, less golden. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is more orange. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is pinker; it is more like a mix of the two layers but the effect on the lid is more comparable. NARS Outer Limits (LE, $24.00) doesn’t have the pink shift, but it has pink sparkle. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “lilac with blue shift.” It’s a brightened, lavender purple with warmer, pink tones and a bluish-violet iridescent sheen. The texture was incredibly smooth and creamy–again, it almost feel like a cream product–with zero powderiness or excess. It was so dreamy to work with as it was easy to blend, had good color payoff, and lasted for eight hours. This shade is a bit different than the other purples Urban Decay has, but it is rather close to a few of them that I don’t think you need all the variations unless you wear this type of shade all the time–but I think this may be the best one to-date with respect to quality. Kat Von D Astrological (LE) is lighter. Colour Pop Eye Candy (P, $5.00) is warmer, less duochrome-like. Kat Von D Violator (LE) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I916 Frosted Mauve (P, $21.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Arcadia (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is lighter. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is darker. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Asphyxia (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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