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Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette (Part 1)

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.

Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette (Part 1)

A-
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

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 🙂

Milani Just Perfect Eyeshadow

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.

Milani Eyeshadow Gold Dust
Gold Dust
Gold Dust
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eyeshadow (Part 2)

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.

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eyeshadow (Part 2)

F
4
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5
Longevity
3
Application
53%
Total

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eyeshadows (Part 1)

MAC Always Sunny Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Always Sunny Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

What a Difference a Year Makes

This review focuses on four new shades of MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) from the latest launch, Office Hours: Always Sunny (light yellow brown), Ever Ivory (pale ivory), Fashion Fix (dark cool slate grey), and Linger Softly (light frosted grey blue).

Always Sunny is a muted orange with a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation an felt soft to the touch, but it was on the powdery side. This was one of the “best” performing shades out of the four. Chanel Tigerlily is brighter, more tangerine. Inglot #368 is a bit lighter. MAC Samoa Silk is a smidgen lighter.

Ever Ivory is a pale white with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but it disappears if you attempt to blend it out. It was very powdery. MAC Laundry Daze is darker, less ivory. Bobbi Brown White is cooler-toned. Inglot #351 is similar, slightly less beige.

Fashion Fix is a gray-tinged brown–taupe–with a mostly matte finish. It had some powderiness, but the color payoff was the best out of the four. Chanel Premier Regard is browner. MAC Satin Taupe is darker and frostier. Inglot #363 is darker and more pigmented–if used lightly, I think you would get rather close.

Linger Softly is a pale medium-dark blue with silver micro-shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, and it was rather dusty. This shade had a tendency to disappear when you applied and blended it. MAC Bright Moon is similar. MAC Frozen Blue has a more frosted finish.

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.

These shades are not very pigmented, and they’re barely buildable. Trying to layer the color on doesn’t intensify the color, but it does add a layer of powdery dust to your lid that serves to make the lid look drier and drier. I couldn’t yield visible color with the majority of shades without some sort of eyeshadow base/primer underneath, which is really a shame. To show you the products in action, I had to use them over a primer. When I tested the wear, I wore them without and with a primer. Funny enough, you wouldn’t even believe I had applied eyeshadow–after six hours, it looked like I had bare lids–so the reality is they wear for about three to four hours in sum. It was the same wear for alone or over primer.

I actually quite enjoyed MAC’s Pro Longwear Eyeshadow formula! Most of the shades from Styledriven were excellent–rich color payoffs, soft, blendable textures, and long-wearing. The previous shades lasted a full 12-hours (without primer!). I don’t know what MAC did here. The texture feels different; these have a very thin, dusty texture that kicks up so much powder. They’re prone to fall out during application (because it’s so powdery), and often with powdery eyeshadows, they fade once applied–and these do that. Entirely, completely. I’m so puzzled, because I thought I could count on these being pretty good, as they were a surprise to see last year.

At least, because of how soft and powdery the shades are, they are blendable. It could be worse; they could yield patchy payoff with a stiff, dry texture that didn’t want to budge (a la Carbon from Carine Roitfeld). But these are a poor showing after MAC seemed to do so well when they introduced the formula last year. The finishes of all of these is nearly matte, whereas last year’s were more satin to frost. I don’t know if they had to muck around with the formula to accomplish the finish, but something was lost in the translation. At this price point, you can grab top notch matte eyeshadows by brands like Make Up For Ever and Illamasqua (not to mention, at a lower price point, Inglot and Sugarpill).

Sheer eyeshadow has its place, and the most important thing that a brand has to do is make sure to let buyers know that it’s sheer. Then, they still need to deliver color that applies evenly, easily, blends well, and stays in place. Sheer eyeshadow doesn’t have to be bad eyeshadow–these just leave so much to be desired (but of course, these aren’t described as sheer). I’m devestated that what was once a great formula was manipulated into something very different. I don’t think these feel, look, or perform at all like the ones released last year (which are permanent, so you can still grab ’em).

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eyeshadows (Part 1)

F
4
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
4
Longevity
3
Application
51%
Total

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow (£15.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich black.” It’s a medium-dark black with brown undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Dark Dare is comparable. theBalm Serious is a smidgen lighter. MAC Carbon has a similar intensity though it tends to be sheerer.

The texture is soft but not powdery, and it blends easily on the lid.  I think with black eyeshadow blendability is even more important, because you may just want to darken an existing color and other times, you’ll want the color to play a central role in the look.  It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It’s not the blackest black eyeshadow I have seen, but it has a nice level of darkness that can also be used without looking dramatic right off the bat.  When I wore this shade, it managed to stay on for eight hours (without a base) with no creasing or fading.

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

A
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

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