Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick
Urban Decay Gash Lipstick

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0..09 oz.) is described as a “deep red with tonal shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with ruby red micro-shimmer and a luminous shine. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is less cool-toned, matte. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Liu (P, $35.00) is similar. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker, less glossy, brighter. See comparison swatches.

It’s exclusive, limited edition shade to Urban Decay’s website, so you won’t find it as the usual suspects like Sephora. When I compared this shade to the previously released Gash (in the older formula), the color was spot-on. The shade was nicely pigmented and yielded mostly opaque color coverage. The texture of the new formula doesn’t feel quite the same as the rest of the Revolution lipsticks, though; it’s slightly stiffer in comparison, though it doesn’t tug or pull at lips while being applied–it’s just not as noticeably creamy or as emollient as the other shades in the range. It was also somewhat tacky, but it adheres well, applies smoothly, and pretty much wears for hours on end. It was still going strong after eight hours (including a meal) with the color being even, bold, and the only component missing was that it wasn’t as shiny (but it wasn’t fully matte either). The formula was moderately hydrating over time as well; I never felt like I needed lip balm, even after eight hours of wearing this shade.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette Look
Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette Look

The new Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (review) went up for sale this morning, and here are two looks featuring the new palette with quick step-by-step instructions.  Just to reiterate, as per the back of the palette: “Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area.”.  Here’s Urban Decay’s response (per Facebook): “A few shades contain a colorant that has not yet been approved for the use around the immediate eye area. However, this restriction only applies in the U.S.; in every other country where Urban Decay is sold, these shades are approved for use around the eyes. Bottom line? We didn’t want to limit the Electric Palette to eyeshadow. It’s an artistry palette with unlimited possibilities! How you use these shades is up to you. (And no matter where you use them, you’ll get insane color payout.).”

Look #1

  1. Apply Urban Eyeshadow to the lower third of the lid going horizontally across the upper lash line.
  2. Apply Savage Eyeshadow to the upper third to half of the lid (right before the crease), lightly overlaying Urban Eyeshadow to blend.
  3. Apply Slowburn Eyeshadow into the crease and blending above, towards the brow bone.
  4. Apply X Eyeshadow above the crease and along the inner tearduct to soften and blend out Slowburn Eyeshadow.
  5. Apply ABC Gum Eyeshadow on the brow bone and layer over the edge of Chaos Eyeshadow to bring everything together.
  6. Apply darkest shade in Brown Sugar Brow Box with an angled brush to define brows.
  7. Apply Scorch 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil to lower lash line.
  8. Apply two coats of Supercurl Mascara to upper and lower lashes.
  9. Apply Naked Skin Liquid Foundation (3.0 and 4.0) and buff into skin.
  10. Apply Naked Flushed Bronzer to cheeks to add subtle warmth, and then lightly dust Naked Flushed Highlighter to cheek bones to highlight.
  11. Apply Jilted Revolution Lipstick to lips and pat on Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss for a bolder look or apply Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss and mix in Streak Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss for a subtler lip color.

Look #2

  1. Apply Thrash Eyeshadow to the inner third of the lid by patting shadow into place.
  2. Apply Freak Eyeshadow to the middle of the lid and blend into Thrash.
  3. Apply Fringe Eyeshadow to the outer third of the lid and blend into the outer corner/crease.
  4. Apply Chaos Eyeshadow into the crease and blend above the crease.
  5. Apply ABC Gum Eyeshadow on the brow bone and layer over the edge of Chaos Eyeshadow to bring everything together.
  6. Apply darkest shade in Brown Sugar Brow Box with an angled brush to define brows.
  7. Apply Chaos 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil to lower lash line, and then smudge Freak Eyeshadow underneath the eyeliner to brighten.
  8. Apply two coats of Supercurl Mascara to upper and lower lashes.
  9. Apply Naked Skin Liquid Foundation (3.0 and 4.0) and buff into skin.
  10. Apply Naked Flushed Bronzer to cheeks to add subtle warmth, and then lightly dust Naked Flushed Highlighter to cheek bones to highlight.
  11. Apply Streak Revolution Lipstick to lips.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Urban Decay Summer 2014 Launches
Urban Decay Summer 2014 Launches

Electric Pressed Pigment Palette ($49.00)

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

  • Revolt Bright metallic silver shimmer with silver glitter
  • Gonzo Bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl
  • Slowburn Bright red-orange matte with floating pearl
  • Savage Bright hot pink matte
  • Fringe Bright metallic teal
  • Chaos Bright blue matte with floating tonal pearl
  • Jilted Bright metallic fuchsia with blue shift
  • Urban Bright metallic purple
  • Freak Bright green with gold shift
  • Thrash Bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl

Heavy Metal Loose Glitter ($12.00)

Apply these amazing, easy-to-use loose glitters on top of Bondage Makeup Adhesive for a jewel-encrusted effect that LASTS all day (with very little fallout). Glitter is like the cilantro of the beauty world. You either dig it, mess factor and all (like we do), or you don’t. For those of you who are firmly planted in the glitter camp, there’s Heavy Metal Loose Glitter. Brush on our Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive, then pack Heavy Metal Loose Glitter on top of it—for a full-on jewel-encrusted effect that LASTS all day (with very little fallout). When you’re ready to take it all off, just rinse with water.
Heavy Metal Loose Glitter comes in a clear jar (so you can see all the gorgeous glitter inside) topped with a highly metalized gunmetal cap.

  • Pyrotechnics Iridescent glitter
  • Goldmine Yellow gold glitter
  • Reverb Bright, deep blue glitter
  • Loaded Bright, deep green glitter
  • ACDC Bright purple glitter
  • Catfight Pink glitter

Electric Nail Color Trio ($12.00)

This white-hot set includes two exclusive, never-before-seen shades: Deep End (peacock blue) and Goldmine (glittery gold). The perfect way to complete this foxy threesome? A revamped version of everybody’s favorite shade, Woodstock (neon pink).

  • Deep End Peacock blue
  • Goldmine Glittery gold
  • Woodstock Neon pink

Perversion Angled Brush ($16.00)

Use this angled brush to draw razor-thin lines or bold, thick lines. Like all of our brushes, it’s artist-quality AND cruelty-free! We needed the ultimate brush to go with our Super-Saturated Eyeliner, so we meticulously designed this small, angled brush until it had the perfect angled shape and thickness. Even thinner than our Good Karma Liner Brush, this brush is extra precise and extremely versatile. Use it to draw razor-thin lines or bold, thick lines. The Perversion Angled Brush is super precise and gives you a ton of control. While we designed it specifically for use with Super-Saturated Eyeliner, it works equally well with our other liners or our Brow Box. Or get it wet and dip it into one of our iconic Eyeshadows to turn any shade into liquid eyeliner! Diameter variation in the brush hairs provides more surface area—for optimal pickup and laydown. Like all of our brushes, the Perversion Angled Brush is cruelty-free, vegan and ecofriendly. The brush hair (made from a material derived from recycled PBT plastic bottles) is super soft. Plus, synthetic brush hair doesn’t hold on to gross bacteria the way porous animal hair can (yuck!). And because the surface of the bristles is more regular than brushes made from real hair, synthetic brushes are easier to clean and more hygienic.

Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive ($14.00)

This clear, water-based adhesive sets and holds glitter amazingly well. Try it with our Heavy Metal Loose Glitter! Use Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive with Heavy Metal Loose Glitter for a full-on jewel-encrusted effect that LASTS all day (with very little fallout). Just brush on this clear adhesive, quick and easy, then pack Heavy Metal Loose Glitter on top of it. When you’re ready to take it all off, just rinse with water. This gentle, comfortable, water-based formula stays put until you take it off (using only water!). Bondage has a light, thin feel, and doesn’t get sticky or gummy after dry-down like some makeup adhesives can. It’s surprisingly versatile, and you can use it ANYWHERE. (Just imagine the possibilities.) When you’re ready to take it all off, simply rinse with water. No need to hassle with makeup removers! (And when you take the Bondage off, the glitter comes off easily too.) Bonus: Bondage is free of alcohol and parabens. Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive comes in a sleek tube with a luxe, highly metalized gunmetal finish and features the perfect nylon brush for a precise application every time.

Ink for Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen ($20.00)

Create envy-inducing cat eyes with ease. Ultra-waterproof and crazy-precise, our fine-tipped pen creates glossy, sharply defined lines that last all day. Draw intense, shiny, blacker-than-black lines with absolute precision. Ink for Eyes has an ultra-fine tip for a smooth, controlled application every time. Whether you want razor-thin lines, winged cat eyes or bold, dramatic lines, Ink for Eyes does it all. Our long-wearing formula glides on smoothly (without skipping or pulling) and dries down to an ultra-waterproof finish that won’t smudge, run or feather. And the color payoff is insane! The best part? Ink for Eyes is really forgiving and so EASY to use (just like a marker)—perfect for everyone from beginners all the way to experts. Use Ink for Eyes to create a bold, super-precise cat-eye or anytime you want a really dramatic look. The precise tip lays down ultra-precise, intensely black lines that LAST.

  • Perversion Black

Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner ($22.00)

Our long-lasting, waterproof cream liner features triple black pigments—for the purest, deepest, most intense black color imaginable. An all-in-one weapon for super-precise or smudged, smoky lines, our long-lasting, waterproof cream liner features triple black pigments—for the purest, deepest, most intense black color imaginable. Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner lays down tons of intense, lasting color in one stroke. The soft, creamy formula is easy to use, dries down quickly and gives you a controlled, precise application every time. Super-Saturated Eyeliner gives you tons of control (particularly when you use it with our Perversion Angled Brush). And the cream formula is insanely versatile! Use it to add a little definition to your lash line or smudge it to create bold, thick lines. Women who haven’t mastered the cat eye yet will have an easier time perfecting their technique with this formula. Just glide it on, creating a line that extends a little past the outer corner, then flick it slightly upward. You can also use Super-Saturated Eyeliner to create the outline for a cat eye and then fill it in with a pencil or liquid liner. Super-Saturated Eyeliner contains nourishing jojoba oil, which provides moisture and gives the formula its creamy glide. And it’s paraben-free.

  • Perversion Black

All Night Eyeliner ($20.00)

Draw ultra-shiny, intense lines that are blacker-than-black. Our creamy formula twists up, glides on and dries down to a long-lasting waterproof finish. When you need your eyeliner to really perform, you’ve got to bring in the big guns—and All Nighter Eyeliner delivers. This twist-up liner lays down intense, ultra-shiny, blacker-than-black lines that REALLY last. Like our award-winning 24/7 Eye Pencils, this soft, CREAMY formula glides on smoothly. And true to its name, once All Nighter Eyeliner dries down, it’s not going anywhere! The waterproof formula won’t smudge or budge. Added bonus: All Nighter Eyeliner contains moisturizing vitamin E and it’s vegan. All Nighter Eyeliner is great for travel, because it’s easy to apply on the run. (No need to carry around a sharpener or deal with messy pencil shavings!)

  • Perversion Black

24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20.00)

A must for smoky-eye fanatics: an ultra-velvety, plush version of our creamy, waterproof 24/7 formula. Create perfectly blended-out or rich, defined lines. Looking for the perfect liner to complement the ever-popular UD smoky eye? This is it: an ultra-velvety, PLUSH version of our legendary 24/7 Eye Pencil. 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil is the ultimate tool for smudging. And it has the same long-lasting benefits as our 24/7 Eye Pencils. More powdery than our original 24/7 Eye Pencils, 24/7 Velvet blends easier to create soft, smoky edges. Use this pencil to get perfectly blended-out or rich, defined lines. 24/7 Velvet is the ultimate liner for doing a smoky, rimmed eye (or whenever you want a look that’s more matte and soft). 24/7 Velvet contains moisturizing jojoba oil. And it’s paraben-free. To make 24/7 Velvet easier to spot in your bag, we gave it a shade-matched barrel and matte gunmetal accents on the cap and base (instead of silver accents like our traditional 24/7 Pencils).

  • Black Velvet Black

Availability: Now @ Urban Decay, April 2014 at other retailers

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Sunday, March 16th, 2014

With St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th, there was no way I could miss an opportunity to feature a few of my favorite green eyeshadows! Last week, I featured some bright greens, so this time around, I went for darker, smokier greens.  What are your favorite green eyeshadows?

  1. Urban Decay Bender — a smoky green with a frosted finish
  2. Make Up For Ever #80 — a deep, dark emerald green
  3. Inglot #333 — a medium-dark, warm-toned green with a matte finish
  4. L’Oreal Golden Emerald — a gold-shimmered, forest green
  5. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini — a murky, olive green with a matte finish
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Reader Dilyana wanted to see more top picks for corals… so here’s my current top ten list of coral lipsticks, lipglosses, and blushes! (See them in the Swatch Gallery here.) What are your favorites right now?

  1. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — a warm-toned, pinky-coral with a satin finish
  2. Too Faced Bon Bon — a bright, warm-toned coral
  3. Chanel Reflexion — a shimmering, coral-red gloss
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a muted, coral-orange with a luminous finish
  5. Maybelline Caramel Infused — a soft, pink-coral gloss
  6. Urban Decay Streak — a glossy coral-pink
  7. Tom Ford Love Lust –a shimmering, dark coral
  8. Burberry Camel Pink — a peachy-gold shimmered coral-pink gloss
  9. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) — a vibrant, pink-coral
  10. MAC Be a Lady –a brightened, pink-coral
Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette
Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette ($49.00 for 0.40 oz.) consists of ten shades in the theme of all that is bold and colorful–you know, electric. It includes two previously-seen shades, Revolt and Chaos, while the other eight are new to the palette. Each shade is 0.04 oz., which is a little shy of full-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz.), and it also includes a dual-ended brush.

In fine print on the back of the palette, which I didn’t even see until I was grabbing size information, is the following: “Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area.” It’s not surprising to see such a warning, given that neon pigments, generally, have not been tested or approved by FDA for use on the “immediate eye area.” If you are already sensitive to red or pink eyeshadows, you should definitely heed the warning, as they all have a pink/red tinge. Neon pigments are often approved in the EU and Canada but not in the U.S., though it could be another ingredient that isn’t approved for usage on the eye (will be curious if UK/Canadian palettes have the same warning on the back). As always, use at your own discretion and risk. I am not a cosmetic scientist or medical professional. I have shown all four of those shades applied as blushes–be careful with shades like Jilted and Urban, as that frosted finish coupled with the intense pigmentation means a little goes a long, long way.

Overall, the palette had good color payoff, soft and smooth textures, and long-wear. I liked the there were more matte shades paired with rather frosted/metallic shades, though I think one or two of the metallic finishes could have been softer frosts. The high frost/metallic finishes take more patience to blend with some of the matte shades, as the frostier shades have a denser, thicker feel, while the mattes are softer and thinner, so having a satin would work well in-between. The more matte shades perform fairly well even over bare skin, adhering for the most part and applying evenly without blending away, but they do perform their best over a primer for maximum vibrancy. The frosts did not need a primer (they were the same either way for me). I also wished there was a yellow or coral shade in the palette, as the majority of the colors are medium or dark, and it would have made for a better variety of colors.  All four shades indicated as not eye safe were prone to staining, with or without a primer underneath. The mattes lasted just over eight and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading, while the frosts/metallics lasted almost ten hours on me (they wore like iron). The brush seemed good – soft, easy to wash, didn’t take a long time to dry, no shedding.

Revolt is described as a “bright metallic silver shimmer with silver glitter.” It’s a brightened, light-medium silver with a metallic finish and silver micro-glitter. The pigmentation was slightly improved compared to when this was in the Anarchy palette, but it’s still not fully pigmented and has a fair amount of glitter. The problem with the glitter is that it just doesn’t bind with the rest of the powder, so it tends to fall out during application and whatever does end up on the lid does fall out later on. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is warmer. MAC Bleuluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gonzo is described as a “bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium blue with soft, silver micro-shimmer over a matte base–it appears mostly matte applied. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft, just a little powdery. NARS Solomon Islands (P, $25.00) is darker, cream. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Crease (LE, $2.29) is darker, cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Royal (LE) is a smidgen darker. NARS Mad Mad World #1 (P, $24.00) is totally matte. Milani Olympian Blue (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Electric Eel (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Blue Candy (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #322 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Slowburn is described as a “bright red-orange matte with floating pearl.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange with strong, red tones and a mostly matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. NARS Persia (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, less red. MAC Orange (P, $15.00) is more orange. Inglot #123R Bottom (P, $6.00) is more muted, more orange. Sugarpill Love+ (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned, redder. Inglot #366 (P, $6.00) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

Savage is described as a “bright hot pink matte.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned, medium-dark magenta pink with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, but it did sheer out a little when applied, so it needs to be gently patted on to maximize color payoff.  Milani Shocking Pink (P, $5.99) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Magenta Madness (LE, $21.00) is similar. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is a touch darker and less cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #75 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Fringe is described as a “bright metallic teal.” It’s a medium-dark, bluish-teal with a frosted, metallic finish. It had a really dense, buttery texture that was smooth and richly pigmented. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is bluer. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker, greener. Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $6.80) is darker. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is brighter, bluer. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is bluer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Chaos is described as a “bright blue matte with floating tonal pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark cobalt blue with fine, iridescent shimmer over a matte base. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker, more muted. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is darker, purpler. MAC Cobalt (P, $15.00) is darker. Illamasqua Sadist (P) is more muted. Sugarpill Royal Sugar (P, $12.00) is very similar. Sugarpill Velocity (P, $12.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Jilted is described as a “bright metallic fuchsia with blue shift.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with a soft, frosted finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is a little lighter. Urban Decay Junkshow (LE, $18.00) is slightly more muted. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Urban is described as a “bright metallic purple.” It’s a vibrant, medium purple with pinky-red undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, while the texture was buttery and smooth. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is warmer, darker. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Push the Edge (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, warmer. Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Freak is described as a “bright green with gold shift.” It’s a vibrant, light-medium, cool-toned green with a golden sheen, which gives it a mostly warm tone to it overall. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99) is darker, more muted. Fyrinnae Dragon’s Wing (P, $6.80) is darker. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is lighter. Illamasqua Possession (LE) is a cream product, less metallic. MAC Wondergrass (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Thrash is described as a “bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-leaning chartreuse with a satin shimmer over a matte finish. It had fairly good colr payoff, but the texture is slightly powdery, even though it’s quite soft and finely-milled. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is very similar. NARS Celebrate (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bitter (P, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #343 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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