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5 Shades of Earthy Green

Autumn makes me think of the changing colors of the leaves, rain, and a lingering dampness and crispness in the air–which always makes me think of earthiness. One of my favorite earth tones is greens, and this post is inspired by them; murky, mossy, and dirty greens that are beautiful to wear.

  1. Inglot #419 — a subtly warm-toned, dirty green with a frosted finish
  2. OCC Ripley — a gorgeous, gold-sparkled mossy green with threads of metallic shimmer for your nails
  3. Urban Decay Stash — a classic olive-green eyeliner that’s richly pigmented and glides on easily
  4. Make Up For Ever #84 — a muted, darkened green with neutral-cool undertones
  5. L’Oreal Golden Emerald — a richly pigmented, slightly warm-toned gold-shimmered forest green

What are your top favorites?

5 Shades of Weathered Blue

I love weathered blues; which I interpret as blues that are dusty, muted, gray-tinged, stormy, and such. There’s just a faded quality to them, but there’s still depth and interest in the color. My very favorite of all-time is Urban Decay Strip, which was discontinued quite awhile ago.

  1. Urban Decay Shattered — a shimmering, muted blue with green and gold shimmer
  2. L’Oreal Infinite Sky — a gorgeous, glimmering stormy blue with a hint of gray
  3. Zoya Skylar — a muted, gray-tinged blue with gold sparkle
  4. Inglot #336 — slightly brightened and richer, but still a rather muted, navy blue with a matte finish
  5. Zoya Sunshine — a sparkling, muted navy blue polish

What’s your favorite shade of a weathered blue?

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Round-up: Urban Decay Holiday 2013 Collection


In case you missed it, Urban Decay’s Holiday 2013 Collection features various kits, palettes, sets, and a few new products to round out the upcoming holiday season. Everything launches officially tomorrow at urbandecay.com. The Anarchy Face Case is exclusive to Sephora, while the Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder is exclusive to ULTA. All other products will be sold at online and in-stores (as applicable) at urbandecay.com, ULTA, Sephora, Macy’s, and Beauty.com.

Here are reviews, photos, and swatches for everything…

Anything strike your fancy?

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners (2013 Relaunch)

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners ($19.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) have relaunched in new packaging–but the formula is the same as before–and two new shades. The brand describes the formula as a “water-based, buildable liner [that] contains super-fine glitter in a clear base that dries down quickly and really stays put … without any fall out.” Worth noting is the brand recommends removing the wiper (or the little black piece that fits in the opening of the tube) if you want more product on the brush.

ACDC is described as a “bright purple glitter.” It’s a medium-dark purple glitter with reddish tones.

Amp is described as a “light blue with iridescent glitter.” It’s a mix of lighter blue, darker blue, green, and teal glitter.

Distortion is described as a “iridescent glitter.” It’s an iridescent mix of glitter, so it flashes greenish-gold, fuchsia, pink, and blue.

Glamrock is described as a “silver glitter.” It is silver glitter and nothing but!

Junkshow is described as a “bright pink with iridescent glitter.” It’s a mix of fuchsia, dark pink, and a few bits of gold glitter.

Midnight Cowboy is described as a “beige glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, golden beige glitter.

Spandex is described as a “deep blue-black with iridescent glitter.” It’s a mix of black, fuchsia, bluish-teal, and navy blue sparkle and glitter (seems like multi-sized to me).

I haven’t reviewed that many glitter eyeliners, so I wasn’t able to come up with dupes, unfortunately!  The formula is very long-wearing and does dry down fairly quickly, but the time it takes to set really depends on how much product is applied–if you go for a fully opaque coat, it takes about thirty seconds.  Once it dries, though, it stays put.  If you scratch or rub at them, clumps will come off, but if you don’t fuss with your eyes, I only saw a few stray sparkles underneath my eye after eight hours for each shade when I wore them.

If you actually want a really bling-tastic glitter eyeliner, you absolutely have to remove the wiper. This results in the brush and wand getting totally loaded in glitter, and like you might apply nail polish, you’ll want to run the plastic wand (not the brush) along the inside of the opening so it’s not also coated in glitter. Sometimes you can get too much this way, though, but it is a lot more efficient and effective at applying more opaque color. It is most practical to pick your method: either live with a few sparkles and keep the wiper in, or remove it and have free access to it. You might use a separate eyeliner brush to apply a sheerer layer, as the brush itself does get completely loaded with product. The wiper takes me about a minute to remove (I just squeezed my nails underneath the wiper’s edge and the opening of the tube), because it fits tightly into the opening (as it should)–but it may not be practical to remove it each time. For reference, I used two pulls (and everything on each pull) to create a 1.5 inch line for the swatches.

If you keep the wiper in, it can be difficult to achieve a nice even line of glitter, because the glitter applies initially as you sweep the brush across the area, but it doesn’t pull all of the initial bits across, so you get uneven coverage. I would say you need five or so pulls of the product to get a semi-sheer to semi-opaque covergae for layering that is also even. Overall, I wish that the wiper had a larger opening so there could be more product on it but not quite as much as the brush gets when there is no wiper in place. I think this would enable the best of both worlds: the ability to layer, and then ability to build-up to more opaque coverage with two layers.

Urban Decay   Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
3
Application
87%
Total

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case
Urban Decay Shattered Face Case

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case ($44.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes five eyeshadows, one lip color, one eyeliner, two blushes, and one highlighter. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., each blush is 0.05 oz., the highlighter is 0.05 oz., Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color is 0.10 oz., and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is 0.03 oz. There is $54 worth of eyeshadows, $9 worth of blush (Urban Decay doesn’t currently sell powder blushes, so I took the price-per-ounce for the Naked Flush palette, which is the most comparable product I could think of), $19 worth of lip color, and $14 worth of eyeliner. The kit is at least $96 in value (the blush/highlighter could make the value higher if they were actually sold separately).

The Shattered Face Case is much better than the Anarchy Face Case, as the overall quality is higher.  None of the products are outright bad here; Temper and Bleach are a smidgen powdery, while Remix and Nameless are slightly dry (not as buttery/creamy as the best Urban Decay eyeshadows are!).  Shakedown was the best powder product as it had the nicest texture and payoff.  The blushes performed better here, though Glint did emphasize pores slightly.

Lovechild is described as a “cool pink cream.” It’s a medium pink with subtle, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had opaque color coverage and wore well for four hours. MAC Steady Going is cooler-toned, matte. MAC Next Fad is shimmery. MAC Please Me is similar, more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is darker. L’Oreal Florid Pink is sheerer. Urban Decay Obsessed is a bit lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Overexposed is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a muted rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and not powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours and showed slight signs of fading after nine hours. theBalm Houndstooth is a bit richer in color, so it is a bolder pick. MAC Rosy Outlook is less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Peony is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Temper is described as a “soft baby pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, and the texture was finely-milled but a little dry, so it didn’t blend as easily as I would have liked to have seen. It wore well for seven and a half hours and showed some signs of fading after eight and a half hours. MAC Pure Femininity is similar. Chanel Inspiration is warmer, lighter, cream. theBalm Argyle is similar. MAC Stay Pretty is a bit cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Glint is described as a “soft pink-champagne shimmer.” It is a muted, champagne beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. It lasted just over eight hours well on my skin, and it was noticeably faded after eight and a half hours. It does slightly emphasize pores. Tom Ford Guilt is a cream product. bareMinerals The Love Affair is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Shakedown is described as a “medium gray-brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe. It’s a mix of gray and brown where the top is gray while the undertone is a strong, orange-toned brown. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. Urban Decay Lost is warmer. MAC Satin Taupe is similar. Urban Decay Barlust is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Muse is also darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Remix is described as a “rich purple shimmer with tonal micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff but the texture was slightly dry. MAC Pinkluxe #3 is pinker. Urban Decay Last Call is warmer. MAC Pink Union #1 is very similar. MAC Universal Appeal is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Nameless is described as a “rich brown-gunmetal satin.” It’s a medium brown with warm, golden sheen and warm, orange-y undertones. It had a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, and the color payoff was fantastic. CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame is a cream product, lighter. Urban decay Nevermind is less metallic. Buxom Mutt is a cream product, warmer. bareMinerals A-Ha is less metallic. Inglot #402 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Minor Sin is described as a “champagne-pink satin.” It’s a light pink with warm undertones and a pale golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Cheryl Chic is slightly pinker. MAC Love Power is a cream product. MAC Rose Light is similar but more frosted, less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleach is described as a “yellow-beige matte.” It’s a light beige with creamy yellow tones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture–just a tiny bit powdery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl #3 is darker. MAC Greenluxe #1 is more shimmery. Disney Ali Ababwa is similar. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Foxy is a smidgen yellower. NARS Biarritz is less yellow. MAC Brule is similar. L’Oreal Endless Pearl is less yellow. Inglot #353 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Zero is described as a “zealous black cream.” It’s a medium-dark black with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it’s a good basic black. It wears eight and a half hours well on me. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay Face Case Shattered
Shattered
Shattered
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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