Sunday, September 16th, 2012


Will Urban Decay Be Your New Vice?

A look at Urban Decay’s new Vice eyeshadow palette! If you missed yesterday’s written reviews, you can check out part one and part two :)

Makeup Breakdown

On eyes: Urban Decay Provocateur Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Rapture Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Occupy Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Echo Beach Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Anonymous Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD (125), Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites, Milani Bellissimo Bronze Blush. On lips: Chanel Pimpante Rouge Allure Lipstick.

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette

Variety is the Spice of Vice

This post takes a look at the second half of Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.), which includes: Provocateur (light metallic mauve with multi-dimensional sparkle and shimmer finish), Rapture (dark greyish purple with multi-dimensional shimmer finish), Vice (deep eggplant purple with shimmer finish), Noise (electric punch pink with gold sparkle and shimmer finish), Armor (metallic dove grey with silver micro-glitter shimmer finish), Nevermind (metallic cork with shimmer finish), Echo Beach (pale wheat with shimmer finish), Anonymous (opaque almond with matte finish), Freebird (pink champagne with silver micro-sparkle shimmer finish), and Laced (opaque pinky taupe with matte finish).

Provocateur is a pale pink with a hint of mauve–and super chunky pink and white sparkle. The color payoff is so-so, because it’s very loose; it just kind of falls apart when you apply it, as a result of all the glitter. This one had a lot of fall out both during and after application. Urban Decay Bordello is a bit darker and doesn’t have the sparkle. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy is a little pinker and lighter. Inglot #399 is slightly darker and pinker. Giorgio Armani #7 is more metallic, no sparkle.

Rapture is a subdued medium-dark purple with subtle burgundy undertones and a frosted finish with slight sparkle. It had decent to good pigmentation, though it had a slightly dry texture. Urban Decay AC?DC is less subdued, more violet. Urban Decay Gravity ism ore purple. Urban Decay Rockstar is a little darker. Bare Escentuals Romp is less purple.

Vice is a medium violet purple with subtle red undertones and soft, frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation and applied smoothly. urban Decay Freakshow is just slightly darker. Urban Decay Gravity is more subdued. Urban Decay Delinquent is similar. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is darker and less red-toned.

Noise is a bright pop of medium pink with subtle blue undertones and a satiny finish. There is faint sparkle, but the sparkle doesn’t seem to translate. It had good color payoff, but it did look brighter in the pan than applied. Milani Shocking Pink is brighter and more blue-based. MAC Tease with Ease is darker. Urban Decay Junkshow is purpler. Urban Decay Woodstock is darker.

Armor is a grayish-brown–taupe–with a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation and was fairly smooth. Urban Decay Mushroom is fairly similar, perhaps a touch browner. Make Up For Ever #2 is similar. MAC Keep Your Cool is close but appears darker, as it has a more matte finish.

Nevermind is a light-medium bronzy brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had nice color payoff and a very soft, smooth texture. Urban Decay Chase is warmer, more golden. Buxom Mutt is less golden. MAC Aloha is more red-toned. Urban Decay Suspect is lighter.

Echo Beach is a pale, muted gold with subtle warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and applied evenly. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is a smidgen darker and has sparkle. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is very similar in color. MAC Retrospeck is similar, perhaps less warm. Urban Decay Blunt is yellower.

Anonymous is a pale ivory with a subtle warmth and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was soft but not powdery. MAC Brule is a bit more beige. Urban Decay Kinky is less warm. theBalm Adagio is a bit darker. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is pinker. theBalm Matt Smith is a hair darker. Urban Decay Booty Call is a touch more peach-toned and has a soft sheen. MAC Vanilla is similar.

Freebird is a pale pink with yellow undertones and pale gold sparkle along with a metallic finish. This shade was on the sheer side and had some fall out. Bare Escentuals Page Six is slightly darker. Lancom Kitten Heel has a stronger golden sheen. MAC Pink Frontier is less metallic. Urban Decay Scratch is similar.

Laced is a pink-tinged beige with a hint of gray and has a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft without being powdery. Inglot #344 is a few shades darker. MAC Bloom On is similar but inferior in payoff.

Out of these shades, the most unique was Laced.  The other nine were actually, more or less, common enough that they didn’t feel hard to duplicate.  Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor, Anonymous, and Freebird all had very comparable dupes. It doesn’t take away from the quality or rating of the palette at all, but it’s something to take into consideration if you already own a few of Urban Decay’s past palettes.

I didn’t like Provocateur or Freebird, as they were both very sparkly and sheer. It was hard to build up the color, and there was a lot of fall out during and after application, which made both shades frustrating to wear.  Armor, Nevermind, and Echo Beach were the best performers out of the ten, as they were rich in pigmentation and smooth and even to work with.

I’m still working through the shades for wear, so this most might be updated later this afternoon if I find the wear deviates from my past experience with the new Urban Decay formula.  So far, I have only fully tested Echo Beach, Nevermind, Jagged, and Anonymous, which wore for eight hours without fading or creasing (tested over primer and over bare lids with the same results).

The Glossover

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Vice

A-
Overall, it's a good palette for the price if you like a variety of colors/neutrals and shimmery shades. There are a few matte finishes here, but it's definitely dominated by frosts and more metallic textures.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette

What’s Your #1 Vice?

This post takes a look at the first half of Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.), which includes: Desperation (taupe brown with satin finish), Muse (deep sepia brown with multi-dimensional sparkle finish), Jagged (metallic black gold with shimmer finish), Blitz (metallic yellowg old with shimmer finish), Penny Lane (metallic peachy bronze pearl with golden shimmer finish), Junkie (dark green/blue pearl with golden shimmer), Chaos (bright blue matte), Occupy (metallic steel grey with multidimensional sparkle and shimmer finish), Unhinged (metallic electric turquoise with shimmer finish), and Black Market (jet black satin).

Desperation is a brown-tinged medium-dark gray with a soft frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was finely-milled and applied smoothly. MAC Moody is similar, perhaps a touch darker. Maybelline Tough as Taupe is a smidgen lighter and grayer. MAC Howzat is grayer. MAC Moth Brown is a smidgen more purple. MAC Interior Life is similar but matte. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 is comparable, slightly purple. Urban Decay Mushroom is a bit browner, less gray. Chanel Illusoire is more frosted.

Muse is dark brown with multi-colored sparkle. The color payoff was decent, but it wasn’t fully opaque. It does have noticeable sparkle, which has a tendency to fall out during application. I’ve experienced less fall out with the new formulation during wear, but there is still some. Urban Decay Barlust is more metallic. Urban Decay Busted is very similar–just lacks the sparkle (which might be a good thing!). theBalm Silly is similar in color. theBalm Mahna-Mahna is richer, more red-toned, no sparkle.

Jagged is a sheer, olive-tinted, medium-dark brown with chunky gold and bronze sparkle/glitter. It had really dismal pigmentation–super sheer and very, very gritty. This had a ton of fall out during application, and it was a pain to clean up. It continued to have some fall out post-application. The color applied better with a brush, but it did need to be packed on a bit. This was the worst performing shade out of all 20 shades. It’s hard to dupe this shade, because I can’t quite tell what it’s supposed to be. Bobbi Brown Black Cocoa is darker. Urban Decay Cobra is similar, I’d say–has the olive/brown coloring. theBalm Sophisticated is similar to how it looks applied.

Blitz is a yellow gold with a bright, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly overall. Urban Decay Honey is darker, more molten. OCC Acacia is a bit darker. Maybelline Bold Gold is a touch darker. Urban Decay Eldorado is lighter. Make Up For Ever #101 is a bit yellower.

Penny Lane is a warm, light-medium orange with a peachy-gold metallic sheen. It was mostly opaque when swatched and went on smoothly. Milani Gold Dust is a smidgen yellower. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is very close in color but less metallic. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is similar.

Junkie is a bluish teal with a soft, frosted finish. I know it’s supposed to have gold shimmer, but I really couldn’t see it. MAC Rain Drop is more muted. urban Decay Deep End is a smidgen lighter but very similar. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is a touch lighter. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is lighter.

Chaos is a rich royal blue with hints of violet and blue micro-shimmer over a matte base. It had excellent color payoff, though it was a touch powdery. Bare Escentuals On the Rocks is purpler. Sugarpill Velocity is a touch bluer. NARS Rated R is bluer and lighter. MAC Cobalt is similar but inferior in quality. Inglot #388 is a bit darker.

Occupy is a dark gray with a bluish cast and silver and blue shimmer and sparkle. It had good color payoff, and it had a bit of sparkle, but it wasn’t too heavy to be particularly problematic. Make Up For Ever #147 is bluer. Revlon Neptune Star has chunkier sparkle. Illamasqua Android is darker and more teal-tinged.

Unhinged is a medium-dark teal with a soft, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. Inglot #413 is tealer. theBalm Open to offers Olwen is greener. Maybelline Tenacious Teal is similar when blended out. It’s kind of like a cross between Urban Decay Haight and Dashiki.

Black Market is a brownish-black with a satiny finish. It had good color payoff and applied evenly. MAC Nebula is not quite as dark and has a stronger brown coloring. Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate is darker, matte.

If you have, say, three or four of Urban Decay’s major palette releases, you likely have shades that are somewhat similar to these (not all but some).  Of course, if you have this many palettes, you’re also nearing 50+ eyeshadows!  There is some overlap, so on that note, the most unique shades were BlitzChaos, and Black Market.  The shades that have cousins or siblings would be Desperation, Muse, Junkie, and Unhinged.

The only disappointing shade out of this half of the palette was Jagged, which was a sheer, gritty mess of a color. It definitely was better when I used it on the lid, but it was still a pain to work with because of all the fall out during and after application.  The majority of the shades had really nice pigmentation, though Chaos was exceptionally lovely, while Muse was a little below the rest (but not as bad as Jagged).

Because I received this palette late in the afternoon, I have only been able to test four shades for wear (Echo Beach, Nevermind, Jagged, and Anonymous).  I will be testing more shades today, so this review might be updated should the results fall below what my typical experience with Urban Decay’s eyeshadows is.  The four that I tested wore for eight hours without creasing or fading both over bare lids and primer.

It’s packaged in a dark purple, rubberized plastic case with a raised jeweled “UD” on top.  The bummer about the logo is that because it’s raised, you can’t easily stack anything on top of this, so it has to be on top or set aside on its own. There’s $216 worth of eyeshadows in here, and the double-ended brush would likely be around $20 or so. It absolutely is a value-packed palette at $59, when you’re getting ~$236 worth of products. For reference, BoS IV was ~$200 value, BoS III was ~$195, 15th Anniversary was ~$255, Naked Palette was ~$230, Naked 2 Palette was ~$234.

The Glossover

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Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

A-
Overall, it's a good palette for the price if you like a variety of colors/neutrals and shimmery shades. There are a few matte finishes here, but it's definitely dominated by frosts and more metallic textures.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Wants to Put a Vice Grip on Your Wallet

Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains 20 never-before-seen shades of eyeshadow for the holidays. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz. (a full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadow is 0.05 oz.), and the palette also includes a double-ended eyeshadow brush (about a $20 value). Readers have reported seeing it at select Macy’s stores already, but it will be available officially on September 27th and on Urban Decay’s website mid-September.

I’m still working on writing up the review for this (and figuring out dupes), but I didn’t want to delay the swatches, so here you go :)

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Milani Just Perfect Eyeshadow
Milani Just Perfect Eyeshadow

Not Quite Perfect

Milani Just Perfect Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.11 oz.) is described as smoky, muted bluish-teal with a gray cast and a frosted finish. It’s one of those fun colors to review, because it’s blue, it’s teal, it’s green, it’s gray! MAC Rain Drop is more teal colored, less gray. Urban Decay Hijack has a blacker base color, so it appears darker. MAC Emerald Dusk is darker and bluer. L’Oreal Endless Sea is a smidgen bluer. MAC Sky has gold shimmer. Urban Decay Shattered is very similar, but it also has gold shimmer.

Milani describes their latest powder eyeshadow formula as “super pigmented, easily blendable, crease-proof, [and] silk-like.”  I’ve been loving their new powder eyeshadows lately, but Just Perfect is a little less than that.  The texture is on the drier, stiffer side, so the color payoff is decent to good, but it’s definitely not super pigmented.  I worried it was going to be difficult to apply and blend, but it performed better on the lid.I did have to build up the color, but I did not have trouble blending the color and softening the edges.  It wore for eight hours without creasing both over a primer and just on bare lids–there was a smidgen of fading.

The Glossover

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coming-soon

Gold Dust

B+
I wish this shade was a bit softer and more pigmented, then it would really be Just Perfect (ha!) -- the wear is still good, and I was able to build up the color enough on the lid.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, September 9th, 2012

MAC Bloom On Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Bloom On Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

Three Pinks to Think Twice About

This review focuses on three new shades of MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) from the latest launch, Office Hours: Bloom On (light burnt rose), Endless Passion (mid-tone rose), and More Amour (mid-tone red).

Bloom On is a pale rose-beige with neutral undertones and a matte finish. The color applies rather sheer; I had to layer it just so the swatch would show up. It requires a lot of product on the lid, and I had to use it over a primer to boost the impact (or else it wasn’t visible). It was very dusty. MAC Pink Frontier has a stronger yellow undertone and a shimmery finish. MAC Hush is lighter.

Endless Passion is a pinky-mauve with a soft, satiny finish. It had so-so color payoff when layered, but it was on the softer side, so it was prone to disappearing if you made any sweeping motions. It just didn’t sit well on the lid–imagine a “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging off your lid when you wear this. This shade also darkened when it was applied (compared to how it looked in the pan). NARS Douce France is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea is more shimmery. MAC Rose is a smidgen lighter and more shimmery.

More Amour is a muted pink-red with a matte finish. This was the most pigmented shade out of all the ones I’ve seen so far. It was also the least powdery, though it still had a fair amount of dustiness. MAC Passionate is a bit brighter. MAC Sushi Flower is quite similar.

Here’s how MAC describes these: “A unique longwearing Eye Shadow with a silky, creamy texture formulated for maximum colour impact. Easily blendable and buildable; lids are visibly smooth no matter how intense the application. Lasts 8 hours.” These should have a great texture, be nicely pigmented and blendable, while wearing for eight hours.

Out of these three shades, More Amour was the only one that was visible after six hours of wear (both over a primer and directly on bare lids); Bloom On and Endless Passion both looked faded after three hours and were missing in action after six hours.  These three had the same dusty, powdery texture that makes them difficult to use.  When you apply the color, it’s barely there, and when you attempt to layer or build the color up, it disappears very easily. The more you attempt to build the color, the more powdery it looks, which resulted in lids looking kind of dry.  More Amour may have been the best out of a bad hand, but it’s still just a so-so eyeshadow. It was somewhat powdery, and it faded substantially after six hours.

To reiterate:  when MAC released this formula originally (about a year ago), it was a lovely formula that was nicely pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing (seriously, they lasted 12-hours without a primer). The texture of these doesn’t feel like the ones from last year. They feel like different formulas entirely.

The Glossover

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MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eyeshadow Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

F
If you like sheer eyeshadow, you might consider purchasing some feathery brushes--most eyeshadows can be used sheerly, with the right tool. Because these disappear after six hours (as in, nothing remains), even as sheer eyeshadow, I could not recommend them.

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3/5

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