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Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set
Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set

Make Smoky Eyes Pop with Colored Eyeliner

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set ($38.00 for 6 x 0.03 oz.) contains six travel-sized pencil eyeliners, including two set-exclusive shades: Uzi (gunmetal taupe with silver micro-glitter), Zero (zealous black), Demolition (deep brown matte), Smog (copper), Empire (dark eggplant satin), and Mainline (dark green/blue matte).

  • Uzi is a brown-tinged gray with a silver sparkle. It looks more silver-like when applied, but the sheerer or more smudged it is, the browner it looks. It has so-so color payoff in a single pass.
  • Zero is a medium-dark black with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it’s a good basic black.
  • Demolition is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. Like Zero, it’s a good basic shade of brown. The color payoff is decent in a single pass, but it layers well. MAC Brownborder is warmer, redder-toned. Milani Brown is similar; a touch cooler-toned.
  • Smog is a coppered-bronze with a pearly sheen. It had decent to good payoff in one go.
  • Empire is a violet purple with very, very fine blue micro-shimmer–the shimmer isn’t noticeable on, and it looks mostly matte when applied. It didn’t have great color payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable. MAC Permaplum is similar but more shimmery.
  • Mainline is a blue-teal with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation in a single go, and it layered fairly well. Estee Lauder Electric Teal is more turquoise and lighter.

For many years, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eye Pencils were my favorite eyeliners, and while they’re not my absolute favorites, I still love them and use them regularly.  They wear eight hours on me without migrating or disappearing, and they come in a variety of colors, making the range versatile and easy to go to.  Urban Decay’s eyeliner sets are an excellent way to get multiple colors for a fraction of the price of them full-sized.  Keep in mind, full-size is 0.04 oz., and these are 0.03 oz. a pop–25% less but each liner costs $6.33 (compared to $19.00).  This set contains $85.50 worth of eyeliner, so it’s a great deal.  Urban Decay eyeliners are buildable, and they’ll look opaque when layered (go back-and-forth once or twice).

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set

A
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC Divine Desire Quite Coral Kit

MAC Divine Desire Quite Coral Kit
MAC Divine Desire Quite Coral Kit

More Peach Awaits You!

MAC Divine Desire Quite Coral Kit ($70.00) contains Born to Love (blush, coral), In a Heartbeat (Lipstick, pale clean coral), and Pure Flattery (Lipglass, soft coral cream), and Photogravure (Technakohl Liner, deep chocolate brown).

The blush is 0.09 oz. (not full-size, it is about the size of the larger MAC eyeshadow pots), lipglass is 0.17 oz. (full-sized), lipstick is 0.10 oz. (full-sized), and eyeliner is 0.012 oz. (full-sized). The kit contains $53.00 worth of product, excluding the brush. The full-sized 129 retails for $35, but MAC does not sell SE brushes on their own (SE brushes are machine-made, while full-sized or SH brushes are handmade). The whole set is housed in a peach satin container with a glossy black trim and bow at the enclosure. You could use it as a very small clutch later on, as the plastic insert is removable. If it’s packaging you would reuse, then this set has more value to you than the products alone.

Born to Love is a coral-pink with a brown-ish tinge that is what gives it a subdued quality. There’s a delicate champagne-gold shimmer-sheen. The way this blush applies yields a very ethereal finish–a little glow but not a lot of frost, even it does have a frost finish officially. It is on the sheer side, though; it doesn’t add a lot of color to my medium complexion, and I layered three passes of color for swatches. For light to light-medium complexions, this will be lovely. MAC Legendary is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Peach Boy is very similar. Tom Ford Lovelust has a warmer, slightly pinker sheen, but they are similar.

In a Heartbeat is a soft, warm peach with a hint of pink–but it’s mostly peach. It has opaque color coverage, and it has Cremesheen finish. MAC Reel Sexy is a bit more coral. YSL Peach Passion is a touch darker. Illamasqua Brink is similar–more matte. is lighter.

Pure Flattery is a warm peach with multi-colored micro-shimmer (looks mostly white/champagne). On lips, it’s a soft, medium peach with semi-opaque color coverage. Guerlain Sable Show is lighter, more beige. MAC Naked Space is creamier, lighter. MAC Poetic License has less shimmer.

Photogravure is a dark chocolate brown with warm undertones. It has good payoff in a single pass and can be layered. Chanel Brun-Teak is similar. MAC Brownborder is also similar.

Born to Love is a shade I could see a lot of people wanting, and it’s a bummer that it’s part of this pricey kit and not a standalone item!  I wasn’t able to get true-to-pan color, though, so darker complexions will find it acts more as a highlighter than a blusher.  When I tested the wear, it lasted six hours but was noticeably faded by the seventh hour.  In a Heartbeat wore for four hours, and it was just a bit drying.  Pure Flattery lasted three and a half hours.  Photogravure is similar to other warm brown eyeliners on the market, but it lasted for eight hours without fading.

As stated before, the included 129SE brush is similar to the full-sized version, which is already a somewhat scratchy brush.  It is a little scratchier than the full-sized version, but I found it was more prone to shedding after two or three washes.  It also seemed to get scratchier after washing, too, than it was when I initially opened up the kit.

MAC Divine Desire Quite Coral Kit

B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

MAC Decadently Pink Eye Look Bag

MAC Decadently Pink Eye Look Bag
MAC Decadently Pink Eye Look Bag

A Bag of Holiday Tricks

MAC Decadently Pink Eye Look Bag ($46.50) contains an eyeshadow duo that features Radial Pink (powder pink with silver sheen pearl) and Shadowy Lady (blackened plum). Shadowy Lady is permanent. It also includes a 275SE brush, Opulash Mascara, and Bordeauxline (deep rich brown) eyeliner. The eyeshadow duo is 0.09 oz (full-sized), Powerpoint Eye Pencil is 0.04 oz. (full-sized), Opulash Mascara is .38 oz. (full-sized). The total value of the kit is $58.50 for the cosmetics in it; this doesn’t include the value of the brush and bag.

Radial Pink is pale white with a hint of pink and a frosted, metallic sheen. The finish is officially a frost. It has so-so pigmentation. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is pinker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful is similar, slightly cooler-toned. Bare Escentuals Muse is less frosty. MAC Defiance is more iridescent.

Shadowy Lady is a blackened purple with a matte finish. It’s dry, stubborn in texture, and the color is a bit uneven. When I applied it to the lid, it wasn’t as blendable as a really good matte eyeshadow is. This shade is part of the permanent range, and it’s an often-included shade in holiday palettes. MAC Spellcaster is more purple. MAC Indian Ink is more purple, richer.

Bordeauxline is eggplant purple with a matte finish. It has decent color payoff, but it doesn’t build well, so it always look a bit faded and uneven. Make Up For Ever #4L is similar but has a sheen. CoverGirl Violet Voltage is comparable.

To reiterate:  the bag that this comes with is small, and the mascara and eyeliner barely fit in it.  You have to make sure to push them to the bottom and wiggle them in at an angle. I was surprised to see the bag that they came with wasn’t an easy fit.  It’s a clear vinyl bag with leopard and lace printing on the exterior/interior with a minty green satin beneath it.

The best product in the set is actually the mascara, which wears well and lengthens nicely.  The three color products are okay but none of them are top notch, excellent products.  Shadowy Lady is difficult to work with and needs patience to use, while Radial Pink had a tendency to fade–it was noticeably patchy after six hours over a primer.  Bordeauxline looks uneven and faded, never looking as rich on as it does in the pencil itself.  The eyeliner lasted seven hours but was noticeably faded after eight.

MAC Decadently Pink Eye Look Bag

C+
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

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MAC Sensual Peach Eye Look Bag

MAC Sensual Peach Eye Look Bag
MAC Sensual Peach Eye Look Bag

A Bag of Holiday Tricks

MAC Sensual Peach Eye Look Bag ($46.50) contains an eyeshadow duo that features Dazzle Me (light peach with gold pearl) and Mulch (red-brown with bronze pearl). Mulch is permanent. It also includes a 275SE brush, Opulash Mascara, and Stubborn Brown (deep rich brown) eyeliner, which is also part of the permanent range. The eyeshadow duo is 0.09 oz (full-sized), Powerpoint Eye Pencil is 0.04 oz. (full-sized), Opulash Mascara is .38 oz. (full-sized). The total value of the kit is $58.50 for the cosmetics in it; this doesn’t include the value of the brush and bag.

Dazzle Me is a golden peach with a frosted sheen. It has a frost finish. The color payoff was poor–it was rather sheer–and the texture stiff. theBalm Iron Maid-in is similar. MAC Sweet & Sour is yellower. Dior Couture Gold is more orange. Urban Decay Blunt is similar.

Mulch is a warm medium-dark brown with red undertones and a bronze shimmer. It has a velvet finish. This shade is part of the permanent range, and I’m happy to report that is as lovely to work with in the duo as it is on its own. The pigmentation is excellent, and the texture is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly. Urban Decay Deeper is darker. Giorgio Armani #28 is not as warm. Dior Golden Savannah is lighter. MAC Electric Coil is a bit redder.

Stubborn Brown is a dark brown with a matte finish. It had pretty good payoff in a single pass, and it layered well with only two passes. It is similar to Chanel Brun-Teak and MAC Brownborder.

My biggest complaint about the set is actually that the eyeliner and mascara barely fit in the bag! You have to make sure to push the mascara down to the bottom and kind of wiggle in it, then put the pencil on top of that. I just found it odd that it would come with products that don’t fit easily into it (the way it arrives is that the items are in a plastic bag, outside of the vinyl bag). The bag itself is clear vinyl with leopard print and lace print over a bluish-aqua satin.

Dazzle Me just doesn’t work well.  The texture is stiff and difficult to work with, so it doesn’t yield much color.  It really needs to be packed on, and even then, it didn’t appear as it did in the pan.  Mulch is great; if you really like it, you can pick up for $15 in a pot and $12 in a pan.  Though I’ve done the math, the price point of this set seems high.  I think, perhaps, the mascara is not going to be the real draw here, and if you don’t use it, then you lose a lot of value there.  The bag is best for holding lipsticks, glosses, or loose eyeshadows.  It’s fairly small.

The mascara worked well for blackening and lengthening lashes, and I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking during the day. Stubborn wore well for eight hours with very minor fading.

MAC Sensual Peach Eye Look Bag

B-
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
82%
Total

MAC Glamour Daze Fluidline

MAC Feminine Edge Fluidline
MAC Feminine Edge Fluidline

Paint Pots Dressed Up as Fluidlines

MAC Glamour Daze Fluidlines ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes three new (and limited!) shades: Catch My Eye (cool taupe grey with dazzle pearl), Feminine Edge (pink mauve with dazzle pearl), and Little Black Bow (charcoal with dazzle pearl).

These were an odd bunch of Fluidlines. I don’t like them as Fluidlines at all; I don’t think they work well for lining–I tried using all three by applying them with MAC’s 208 brush (which is what I typically use for Fluidlines), and so little product gets dispersed. The line is uneven, and these were really, really creamy, so they tended to smudge easily while you were trying to line. All three looked significantly different when used as an eyeliner than how they appeared in the pot, and a lot of it is because they’re not very pigmented from the get-go. They’re buildable, and the Fluidline formula is very conducive to layering, but to get an opaque line, I had to re-line two to four times.

Ultimately, they felt more like Paint Pots in Fluidline clothing! They would work better as Paint Pots, too, because as a sheer wash of sparkly cream eyeshadow, they work. The Fluidline formula is great here: it’s creamy but stubbornly long-lasting, so it dries down in thirty seconds or so, and then it stays on for eight hours or longer. There is almost no fall out during the wear; I saw a couple stray sparkles but it was very, very minimal.

Catch My Eye is a gray-ish taupe with champagne sparkle. When layered heavily, it has a metallic finish and looks very taupe, but when used as an eyeliner, it looks almost mauve and is quite light and sheer. Sheered out, as kind of a base or wash of eyeshadow, it is more taupe but still mauve-y. The metallic finish is a lot less apparent unless it is layered.

Feminine Edge is a sparkly sheer medium pink with chunky sparkle. This one was the sheerest and most difficult shade to work with, because it was very sparkly and gritty. It doesn’t really show up as pink unless you use several layers of product, as it shows up as a sheer, warm-ish pink tinge as an eyeliner and mostly just sparkles.

Little Black Bow is a soft brown-black with sparkle. When it is layered heavily, you’ll see the brown tones come out, but when it is sheered out as a wash, it looks more like a soft black with mere brown tones. As an eyeliner, it looks like a faded almost taupe-like brown.

As Fluidlines, they’re disappointing, because while you can always use a Fluidline as an eyeshadow base or cream eyeshadow, that’s not really its primary purpose.  These don’t line well; they’re the kind of product that is better layered over your favorite eyeliner, because then these can add sparkle but you wouldn’t have to rely on it for providing color, too.  As more of a wash of sparkly eyeshadow, they’re better, and they are buildable to fairly opaque coverage, but it will take some layering.

For a particular type of use and for the right person, I could see some of these shades being must-haves, but for someone who’s looking for Blacktrack with sparkle, you won’t find that kind of payoff here.  They were more reminiscent of last year’s Glitter & Ice Paint Pots than the Fluidline range.

MAC Glamour Daze Fluidline

C
6.5
Product
5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total

MAC Glamour Daze Kohl Powers

MAC Kohl Power
MAC Kohl Powers

Power That Builds

MAC Glamour Daze Kohl Powers ($16.50 for 0.04 oz.) are available in four shades: Feline (intense black with black pearl), Mystery (intense black with green pearl), Orpheus (intense black with gold pearl), and Raven (intense black with red pearl).

Feline has been reviewed previously here. As of the last one I purchased (back in 2010), it was still a lovely rich, intensely pigmented black eyeliner with a smooth, creamy texture that stayed put.

I purchased the recently released versions of the other three eyeliners, even though all of them are repromotes. The colors are all exactly the same, but the texture seemed a little drier with the new versions. Not a lot drier, just somewhat, and they’re not as creamy as Feline (so if you hated how creamy Feline was, you may prefer these). It is interesting to see your own evolution, because I remember loving the Kohl Power formula in general (being particularly taken with Feline), but I’m not really into these. They require a lot more building to yield good color payoff. They also have a tendency to look uneven if you don’t, because it’s like the color isn’t actually mixed–it’s black and then pearl, and it mixes as you move the pencil back and forth.

  • Mystery is a blackened teal. I couldn’t think of a possible dupe for this one. I imagine you could try to apply a black eyeliner and then apply a brighter teal eyeliner over it to yield something similar.
  • Orpheus is a dirty gray-brown with antique gold. MAC Uniform is a bit greener–more olive than brown/gray. MAC Black Line is blacker.
  • Raven is a dark burgundy-brown. Urban Decay Rockstar has more purple, less red in it.

Mystery was the least impressive; it was a bit drier than the other two, and it required some pressure and several passes to build up the color. It’s definitely possible, but after being exposed to a number of more impressive formulas, it could use greater intensity in a single go.  The formula remains smudgeable for a few minutes after applying, but set down and on me, they wear good to great.  They make it to eight hours, though with Mystery I could see some had disappeared after eight hours.  Raven and Orpheus lasted a full eight hours.

MAC Glamour Daze Kohl Powers

B
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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