Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Urban Decay Perversion Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner
Urban Decay Perversion Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner

Urban Decay Perversion Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, dark, blacker-than-black eyeliner with a satin-to-matte finish. It’s extremely intense in color payoff, and the texture is quite creamy, so it smooths over the skin easily and doesn’t drag or really skip. Because it’s so creamy, it can also be used as a black eyeshadow base if desired. The only downside is that it takes a couple of minutes for it to fully set and dry down, which makes it great for a smudgy look, but if you’re pressed for time, it might not be the first go-to for a two-minute look. I didn’t feel like it really moved while setting, but if you go to curl your lashes, you might disturb it. The texture is definitely lighter and creamier, wetter too, than a gel formula–sometimes gel and cream can feel the same, but this definitely feels and behaves like a true cream eyeliner. On me, it wore well and lasted ten hours without smudging or fading.

There are a ton of intense black eyeliners on the market in a variety of formulas, so there’s no shortage these days.  I’ve included swatch comparisons below of how this shade stacks up to the rest of the Perversion range, but if you’re looking to compare against other rich black eyeliners, here’s the official Dupe List / Swatch Comparisons for Perversion (cream).

Urban Decay Perversion Angled Brush ($16.00) is a medium-thick, angled brush made out of synthetic fibers. It worked well for applying the cream eyeliner just launched, and it is best for medium-thin to medium-thick lines, but if you really want something very thin and precise, I would go for a thinner or more pointed brush.

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

I love purple eyeshadow!  It’s such a great shade to use on the outer lid or crease when paired with golds, pinks, corals, and aquas.  These are five of my current top picks for anyone on the hunt for a fun purple eyeshadow to try!  (You can see them all here in the Swatch Gallery.)  What are your favorites? What would you recommend to other readers?

  1. Sugarpill Hysteric — a sparkling, medium purple with warm undertones
  2. Urban Decay Flash — a light-medium, cool-toned purple
  3. Inglot #439 — a medium-dark, rich purple with a frosted finish
  4. Make Up For Ever #92 — a deep, vibrant purple with a matte finish
  5. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted, cool-toned purple with a satin finish
Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Urban Decay Summer 2014 Collection
Urban Decay Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive

Urban Decay Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive ($14.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “clear, water-based adhesive [that] sets and holds glitter.” It’s supposed to help the brand’s new Heavy Metal Loose Glitter apply “for a full-on jewel-encrusted effect that lasts all day (with very little fallout).” It’s a good thing they added that little bit “with very little fallout,” because I tried two different shades of the new glitters on top of the adhesive, and there was still some fall out. It seemed like one or two glitter particles fell per hour, but in general, the glitter adhered well and was comfortable to wear over the adhesive. The consistency is very much weightless, and it doesn’t feel tacky or thick, so it’s easy to spread across the lid, but I found you needed a fair amount of it on the skin if you wanted a solid glitter effect. If I spread out the adhesive, the glitter tended to apply in a sheer, sparse layer. The adhesive definitely breaks down easily with water, though getting all the bits of glitter off is a different story (more on that below).

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Loose Glitter ($12.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “easy-to-use loose glitter.” Each shade had the same instructions included on a separate pamphlet in the box, which said to lay down a layer of their adhesive first, then with fingertips or brushes, apply the glitter. I didn’t like using fingertips, because the majority of the glitter stuck to my finger and only a smattering adhered to the lid.

The jar has a plastic sifter that is level with the top of the jar, so you have to tap out the glitter into the lid, which makes closing it a glittery mess. I wish the sifter was dropped, so that there was a couple millimeters of space for the glitter to sit on top of the sifter but still inside the jar. When I used a brush, a lot of the glitter didn’t stick to my brush–there is a very small window of how you make the journey from jar to eyelid and keeping your brush just so, and then patting it on the lid and hoping that most of it sticks to the lid. I had three or four times the amount of glitter underneath my lid as on it unless I really slathered on the adhesive, and I had to put adhesive straight onto the brush, too.

The included instructions said to brush away any excess during application, and while those glitters might not stay on the lid on their own, they weren’t easy to remove them from the skin. I tried several different methods, but I ended up resorting to tape. Urban Decay’s loose glitters aren’t really any more difficult or easier to use than most loose glitters available–they’re simply not an improvement on the status quo. With the particle size of these, I prefer using something like Lit Cosmetics’ adhesive base, because I can easily apply it to the lid and my brush to really minimize the fall out during application and get a much more glitter to adhere at once.

ACDC is described as a “bright purple glitter.” It’s a medium, cool-toned purple glitter.

Catfight is described as a “pink glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-red glitter. MAC Pink (P, $21.00) is finer. See comparison swatches.

Goldmine is described as a “yellow-gold glitter.” It’s a medium-dark yellow-toned gold glitter.

Loaded is described as a “bright, deep green glitter.” It’s an emerald green with cool undertones glitter. Lit Cosmetics Yoda (P, $12.95) is lighter, finer. See comparison swatches.

Pyrotechnics is described as an “iridescent glitter.” It’s a multi-colored mix of iridescent pink, lilac, and gold glitter.

Reverb is described as a “bright, deep blue glitter.” It’s a medium-dark blue glitter. Lit Cosmetics Bar Star (P, $12.95) is finer, more multi-dimensional. See comparison swatches.

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It seemed like one or two glitter particles fell per hour, but in general, the glitter adhered well and was comfortable to wear over the adhesive. The consistency is very much weightless, and it doesn't feel tacky or thick, so it's easy to spread across the lid, but I found you needed a fair amount of it on the skin if you wanted a solid glitter effect. If I spread out the adhesive, the glitter tended to apply in a sheer, sparse layer.
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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Urban Decay Chaos Nail Color
Urban Decay Chaos & Bang Nail Colors

Urban Decay Chaos Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant cobalt blue with floating tonal pearl.” It’s a brightened, medum-dark blue with a purple tint–just enough to make it a cobalt blue–with lighter blue micro-shimmer. It had a glossy finish when it dried down, and it was mostly opaque after two coats–there was a shadow of visible nail line that sometimes was apparent depending on the angle/light. Formula X Beacon (P, $12.50) is darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, slightly darker. China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve (LE, $7.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay Bang Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange with subtle floating iridescent pearl.” It’s a bright, medium orange with warm, orange-red undertones and molten gold micro-shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied evenly without visible brush strokes. Zoya Amy (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery. NARS TV Party (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Gamma (P, $17.00) is brighter, less shimmery. China Glaze Riveting (LE, $7.50) has larger shimmer. See comparison swatches.

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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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