Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Urban Decay Corrupt 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Corrupt 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Corrupt (dark metallic reddish brown shimmer with silver micro-sparkle), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Roach (deep copper brown shimmer), Smog (copper shimmer), and Scorch (bronze shimmer with silver micro-sparkle). Out of these five Roach and Scorch are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Corrupt is a dark brown with a subtle cool undertone and multi-colored sparkle. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and then it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer, more brown, whereas Corrupt has a slightly blackened/gray coloring. CoverGirl Brown is more matte, slightly darker, while CoverGirl Brown is similar in color but matte in finish.

Whiskey is a medium-dark, slightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. The color payoff was quite nice in a single stroke, and it’s very easy to apply it with full opacity. MAC Brownborder is similar. Chanel Brun-Teak is slightly less warm-toned. MAC Lord It Up compares best in terms of color with this shade but has a sparkly finish.

Roach is a warm-toned, bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with copper and gold shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it built up to opaque color when done a second time. Urban Decay Lucky is brighter, more metallic, and more copper-colored (less brown). Tokidoki Savana is slightly more muted.

Smog is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent color in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. Urban Decay Lucky is darker and more copper-hued.

Scorch is a warm-toned, bronze-brown with a pearly sheen. It had decent payoff in one pass, and it built up to opaque color coverage when I went back-and-forth. Urban Decay Baked is a bit darker but slightly brighter/more metallic. Make Up For Ever #10L is more golden.

Some excellent reading: Bronze/Copper Eyeliner Comparisons, Brown Eyeliner Comparisons

Whiskey was the top-performing shade from the five featured in this post; it is nicely pigmented whether you use one stroke or go back-and-forth over it. Smog was the least impressive, as it didn’t quite build to full color coverage, even when layered, but it gets close. The other three had decent to good color in a single pass but were more buildable to opacity. The consistency was slightly waxy and creamy, so the color would glide across the skin without tugging, pulling, or skipping. I typically get eight to ten hours of wear with little to no fading, and I haven’t had trouble with smudging or migration with the formula previously. I will be testing the newer shades over the next few weeks, so if I notice any differences, I will be sure to update this post to reflect them!

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24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

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Whiskey was the top-performing shade from the five featured in this post; it is nicely pigmented whether you use one stroke or go back-and-forth over it. Smog was the least impressive, as it didn't quite build to full color coverage, even when layered, but it gets close.

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9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Urban Decay Smoke 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Smoke 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Smoke (deepest grey matte), Empire (dark eggplant matte), Delinquent (dark purple shimmer with light purple micro-sparkle), Vice (pearly red eggplant shimmer), Psychedelic Sister (bright purple cream), Ether (pale smoky gray shimmer with violet and fuchsia micro-sparkle) and Asphyxia (vibrant pink/purple duotone with tonal and blue micro-sparkle). Out of these seven, Smoke, Vice, and Ether are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Smoke is a brown-based, dark gray with a mostly matte finish. This one looked very faded and more brown than gray when applied in one stroke. I had some trouble building up the color, though–it didn’t want to apply evenly.

Empire is a red-toned violet purple with a pearly sheen. When applied in one pass, it looks more eggplant-y with stronger red tones, but when layered, it builds up and looks like a violet purple. It could be slightly creamier. MAC Rich Purple is more matte, less red-toned. MAC Permaplum is darker, less violet.

Delinquent has a blackened brown base with light and dark purple sparkle that shimmers on top. It does best when layered, as in a single stroke, it looks a bit patchy. MAC Designer Purple is much brighter and lighter. I thought there was another purple Pearlglide, but I could not recall it.

Vice is a medium-dark plummy purple with multi-colored sparkle/shimmer. It had so-so color in a single stroke, and it was buildable to about semi-opaque color coverage. MAC Designer Purple is less red-toned.

Psychedelic Sister is a lightly red-toned violet purple with a pearly sheen. It didn’t have good payoff in one pass, but it was more buildable. Urban Decay Ransom is bluer-based.

Ether has a gray-ish brown base with an assortment of shimmer and micro-glitter–it’s a cool-toned purple and coppery gold that seems to dominate. It was a very interesting and complex shade but had incredibly weak pigmentation, even when I attempted to layer it. I could not think of a dupe for it in pencil form, but Stila Starry was somewhat similar (liquid).

Asphyxia is a fuchsia pink with iridescent violet and fuchsia shimmer. It has sheerer color payoff, and it’s not a very buildable shade. I find it too waxy so while it doesn’t pull or tug, it is hard to itensify the color. I don’t think I have anything that is comparable to this in eyeliner form (but there are several eyeshadows that are similar).

Some excellent reading: Gray Eyeliner Comparisons, Purple Eyeliner Comparisons, Pink Eyeliner Comparisons

I was, sadly, disappointed by a few shades featured here.  Smoke was rather faded in appearance and wasn’t buildable, while Ether and Asphyxia were particularly weak in color payoff.  The other four shades (Empire, Delinquent, Vice, and Psychedelic Sister) didn’t have rich payoff in one stroke–so-so and slightly better but not great.  Psychedelic Sister was the best out of the seven, as it had decent pigmentation in a single pass and was buildable.  I usually get between eight and ten hours of wear with Urban Decay’s formula with no migration or smudging and little to no fading.  I will be testing the newer shades over the next few weeks and will amend this review if any of them wear differently.

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24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

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I was, sadly, disappointed by a few shades featured here. The color payoff was just lacking across the board, with a few shades being really sheer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Urban Decay Loaded 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Loaded 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Loaded (dark green shimmer), Mainline (deep green/blue matte), Invasion (deepest dark green matte), Sabbath (deep navy matte), Abyss (bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-sparkle), and Chaos (vibrant cobalt blue matte with slight floating pearl). Out of these six, Loaded, Invasion, Abyss, and Chaos are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Loaded is a blackened green with very subtle micro-shimmer. It looked a bit faded in a single stroke, but it looks greener and more intense with built up. I don’t think it’s as intense as the eyeshadow, though! Make Up For Ever #20L is lighter.

Mainline is a subdued, medium-dark blue with a hint of teal and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke and layers well. MAC Practice Makes Perfect is similar but has a touch of shimmer. bareMinerals 1PM is slightly tealer.

Invasion is a blackened, cool-tone green with a mostly matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in a single stroke, but it layered to mostly opaque color. Prescriptives Blue Grotto is lighter. Make Up For Ever #4K is greener.

Sabbath is a bluish-purple with a mostly matte finish. It is very creamy–more so than other shades–and always looks a bit more satiny when layered. It had good color payoff in one stroke. La Prairie Midnight Blue is bluer. Chanel Marine is slightly bluer and pearly.

Abyss is a medium blue with silver sparkle. It had fantastic color payoff in a single pass, and it was easily layered (though it wasn’t necessary). Urban Decay Deviant is slightly darker but similar. Urban Decay Radium is just a touch darker. Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief is slightly darker.

Chaos is a brightened periwinkle blue with a mostly matte finish. This looks startling neon in the pencil, but it appears more subdued applied. It had so-so color payoff when applied in one pass but layered to mostly opaque color. Korres #13 is lighter, bluer. I couldn’t think of any other similar shades.

Some excellent reading: Green-Teal Eyeliner Comparisons, Blue-Teal Eyeliner Comparisons, Navy Blue Eyeliner Comparisons.

I’m testing Invasion and Chaos today, so for longevity, the rating is based off of my prior overall experience with Urban Decay’s formula.  If there are any significant problems, I’ll be sure to update this post to reflect them.  I generally see wear around eight hours, sometimes as long as ten, with little to no fading and no migration/smudging.  The consistency of Urban Decay’s formula is a combination of waxy and creamy, so the pencils definitely glide on without pulling or tugging on the skin, but some require one back-and-forth pass for more opaque color payoff. These six were actually rather pigmented and only Loaded and Chaos needed more than one pass for good color.

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24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

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These six were actually rather pigmented and only Loaded and Chaos needed more than one pass for good color. I prefer the intensity of Loaded eyeshadow, though, and you might try using it as an eyeliner instead.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Urban Decay Goldmine 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Goldmine 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Goldmine (gold shimmer with gold micro-sparkle), Freak (bright green shimmer), Junkie (metallic team shimmer with gold micro-sparkle), Deep End (bright metallic peacock shimmer), and LSD (navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle). Out of these five, Goldmine and Freak are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Goldmine is a medium gold with moderate orange undertones and a soft sheen and light sprinkling of darker gold sparkle. It had good pigmentation in a single pass and layered to mostly opaque color. Make Up For Ever #9L is slightly lighter. Urban Decay Eldorado is darker, more orange-toned. Urban Decay Honey is much darker, more molten, and browner. It’s closer to Eldorado than it is to Honey, but those who love both will easily see the difference.

Freak is a light-medium green with a subtle golden sheen and an almost cool-toned base color. It had so-so color in a single pass, and it didn’t quite build up to fully opaque color. Urban Decay Graffiti is much darker and cooler-toned. I couldn’t think of a shade that was really similar to this.

Junkie is a bluish-teal with teal and gold sparkle. It has so-so pigmentation in a single stroke, but it is more buildable. MAC Undercurrent is darker, more green-based. MAC Blue Noon is brighter.

Deep End is a brightened blue-teal with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff in one stroke, but it is best layered as it builds up to mostly opaque color. MAC Float on By is darker but similar. Urban Decay Electric is brighter and bluer (as are Make Up For Ever #7L and Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi). Milani Aqua is a touch darker. Urban Decay Flipside is slightly more subdued but similar.

LSD is a blackened navy blue base with a ton of lighter blue sparkle and shimmer. It is a weaker shade in a single pass, but it builds up well. MAC Fly-by-Blu is similar.

Some excellent reading: Gold Eyeliner Comparisons, Green Eyeliner Comparisons, Navy Blue Eyeliner Comparisons, Blue Eyeliner Comparisons, Teal Eyeliner Comparisons.

Goldmine and Freak were the first two shades I tested for wear after swatching them; I wore one on each eye and on the lower lash line.  Both shades lasted for eight hours well without smudging though there was slight fading.  I typically get between eight and ten hours of wear with Urban Decay’s eyeliners with little to no fading and definitely no smudging/migration.  They have a slightly creamy, slightly waxy consistency that enables easy glide across the lid and lash line (no tugging or pulling) but usually requires two or three passes of the liner to achieve full color coverage.

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Of these, Deep End was my favorite because it had the best pigmentation and smoothest texture. LSD has a very interesting look on the eye, because of how sparkly it is. I wish Freak popped more; it's slightly brightening but kind of pale.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, March 25th, 2013

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) have seen the recent addition of several new shades to the permanent range, and this is a quick preview that includes photos and swatches of them.  More in-depth photos and reviews to come! :)

P.S. — Urban Decay has confirmed that the eyeliners are still $19.00 and it was a misprint in the press release. Yay!

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Archie’s Girls Pearlglide Eyeliners ($16.50 for 0.04 oz.) includes four shades: Black Swan (black with gold pearl), Designer Purple (violet with pearl), Lord It Up (bronze with pearl), and Petrol Blue (deep navy with pearl).  Also, all of these shades are part of the permanent range, so if you don’t care about special packaging, you can grab the permanent version (standard black packaging) for $15.00–$1.50 less.

There are (at present) some stocking issues, as both Black Swan and Lord It Up are missing-in-action. They were up briefly, and I was able to add them to my cart, but by the time the Pearlmattes were purchasable  the two eyeliners were removed from my cart. I wasn’t able to actually purchase them, and they have since been fully removed from the listing (not even as “coming soon!” or “sold out.” It might be a stocking or manufacturing issue, but if other retailers and counters/stores have them available, then hopefully online will eventually have them, too.

Black Swan is a dark black with subtle brown undertones and blue/silver shimmer–it looks silver straight no, then flashes a little to blue at an angle. It has great color payoff in a single pass and is buildable–it doesn’t bunch up or skip if you go back and forth. (Part of Betty’s products.)

Designer Purple is a violet purple with subtle red undertones and silver sparkle. This had decent pigmentation in one stroke, but it was less buildable than the other shades. For a purple eyeliner, it is pretty good. The sparkle in this shade is particularly chunky. Urban Decay Delinquent is more muted. (Part of Veronica’s products.)

Lord It Up is a medium-dark brown with yellow-brown undertones and a gold/copper shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff in a single pass, and it was also rather buildable. It is similar to Urban Decay Corrupt. (Part of Betty’s products.)

Petrol Blue is a rich, navy blue with lighter navy blue shimmer. It had fairly good color in a single go, and it was also buildable. For dupes, you can see comparisons to other navy blues here. (Part of Veronica’s products.)

Pearlglides are soft and very creamy, but in my experience, they wear well.  I get a full eight hours with all of these shades without the colors migrating, smudging, or fading.  They’re rather pigmented in a single stroke, but one pass back and forth is usually enough for full opacity and the texture isn’t very waxy, so they build up color well.  One word of caution: be careful if you wear them on your lower lash line not to get them on the water line, because the sparkles in the eyeliner can be very irritating to the eye.  (This, of course, will depend on your sensitivity.) As far as I know, these are not waterline safe, which makes sense, given the sparkly nature of the pencils.

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MAC Archie's Girls Pearlglide Eyeliners Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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If you love really soft, creamy eyeliners, this is a formula worth checking out. These are very intense, rich shades, and it's easy to get the color you see in the pencil onto the eye.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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