Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case
Urban Decay Shattered Face Case

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case ($44.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes five eyeshadows, one lip color, one eyeliner, two blushes, and one highlighter. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., each blush is 0.05 oz., the highlighter is 0.05 oz., Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color is 0.10 oz., and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is 0.03 oz. There is $54 worth of eyeshadows, $9 worth of blush (Urban Decay doesn’t currently sell powder blushes, so I took the price-per-ounce for the Naked Flush palette, which is the most comparable product I could think of), $19 worth of lip color, and $14 worth of eyeliner. The kit is at least $96 in value (the blush/highlighter could make the value higher if they were actually sold separately).

The Shattered Face Case is much better than the Anarchy Face Case, as the overall quality is higher.  None of the products are outright bad here; Temper and Bleach are a smidgen powdery, while Remix and Nameless are slightly dry (not as buttery/creamy as the best Urban Decay eyeshadows are!).  Shakedown was the best powder product as it had the nicest texture and payoff.  The blushes performed better here, though Glint did emphasize pores slightly.

Lovechild is described as a “cool pink cream.” It’s a medium pink with subtle, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had opaque color coverage and wore well for four hours. MAC Steady Going is cooler-toned, matte. MAC Next Fad is shimmery. MAC Please Me is similar, more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is darker. L’Oreal Florid Pink is sheerer. Urban Decay Obsessed is a bit lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Overexposed is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a muted rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and not powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours and showed slight signs of fading after nine hours. theBalm Houndstooth is a bit richer in color, so it is a bolder pick. MAC Rosy Outlook is less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Peony is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Temper is described as a “soft baby pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, and the texture was finely-milled but a little dry, so it didn’t blend as easily as I would have liked to have seen. It wore well for seven and a half hours and showed some signs of fading after eight and a half hours. MAC Pure Femininity is similar. Chanel Inspiration is warmer, lighter, cream. theBalm Argyle is similar. MAC Stay Pretty is a bit cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Glint is described as a “soft pink-champagne shimmer.” It is a muted, champagne beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. It lasted just over eight hours well on my skin, and it was noticeably faded after eight and a half hours. It does slightly emphasize pores. Tom Ford Guilt is a cream product. bareMinerals The Love Affair is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Shakedown is described as a “medium gray-brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe. It’s a mix of gray and brown where the top is gray while the undertone is a strong, orange-toned brown. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. Urban Decay Lost is warmer. MAC Satin Taupe is similar. Urban Decay Barlust is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Muse is also darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Remix is described as a “rich purple shimmer with tonal micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff but the texture was slightly dry. MAC Pinkluxe #3 is pinker. Urban Decay Last Call is warmer. MAC Pink Union #1 is very similar. MAC Universal Appeal is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Nameless is described as a “rich brown-gunmetal satin.” It’s a medium brown with warm, golden sheen and warm, orange-y undertones. It had a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, and the color payoff was fantastic. CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame is a cream product, lighter. Urban decay Nevermind is less metallic. Buxom Mutt is a cream product, warmer. bareMinerals A-Ha is less metallic. Inglot #402 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Minor Sin is described as a “champagne-pink satin.” It’s a light pink with warm undertones and a pale golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Cheryl Chic is slightly pinker. MAC Love Power is a cream product. MAC Rose Light is similar but more frosted, less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleach is described as a “yellow-beige matte.” It’s a light beige with creamy yellow tones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture–just a tiny bit powdery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl #3 is darker. MAC Greenluxe #1 is more shimmery. Disney Ali Ababwa is similar. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Foxy is a smidgen yellower. NARS Biarritz is less yellow. MAC Brule is similar. L’Oreal Endless Pearl is less yellow. Inglot #353 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Zero is described as a “zealous black cream.” It’s a medium-dark black with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it’s a good basic black. It wears eight and a half hours well on me. See comparison swatches.

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Shattered

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The Shattered Face Case is much better than the Anarchy Face Case, as the overall quality is higher. None of the products are outright bad here; Temper and Bleach are a smidgen powdery, while Remix and Nameless are slightly dry (not as buttery/creamy as the best Urban Decay eyeshadows are!). Shakedown was the best powder product as it had the nicest texture and payoff. The blushes performed better here, though Glint did emphasize pores slightly.

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case
Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case ($44.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes five eyeshadows, one lip color, one eyeliner, two blushes, and one highlighter. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., each blush is 0.05 oz., the highlighter is 0.05 oz., Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color is 0.10 oz., and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is 0.03 oz. There is $54 worth of eyeshadows, $9 worth of blush (Urban Decay doesn’t currently sell powder blushes, so I took the price-per-ounce for the Naked Flush palette, which is the most comparable product I could think of), $19 worth of lip color, and $14 worth of eyeliner. The kit is at least $96 in value (the blush/highlighter could make the value higher if they were actually sold separately).

Two of the eyeshadows are quite glittery, so if you don’t like glitter eyeshadows, you may want to stay away. A third eyeshadow is sparkly but not as glittery as the other two. Provocateur hurts me on the inside, because it’s not just a glittery mess, but it’s poorly pigmented and gets everywhere and then some. It’s actually worse than it was last year. Scandal is amazing, and it’s a total bummer that the rest of the palette isn’t as good as the lip color. I hope Urban Decay will add Scandal to its permanent line-up of Super Saturated pencils in the future.

I also wish this palette was slimmer. It’s bulky to hold and handle; it just seems unnecessarily large. I just don’t see myself taking this to travel. I feel Urban Decay does everything bulky–it is rare that anything feels rightly-sized.

Scandal is described as a “bright metallic raspberry shimmer.” It’s a rich, vibrant pinky-red with metallic ruby shimmer and a glossy finish. This color knocked my socks off from the MOMENT I applied it to my lips. It is utterly spectacular in the coverage, consistency, and wear–it glides on with rich, even color that lasts five hours, plus a residual stain for another hour and a half or so. Milani Photo Flash is similar, not as red. Guerlain Pour Troubler is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Fetish is described as a “mauve-pink.” It’s a pinky-plum with a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was a little stiff/dry, so it wasn’t as easy to blend as I would have liked to see. It wore well for seven and a half hours, and then it started looking faded after eight hours of wear. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is darker. MAC Sweet Samba is more shimmery. NARS Oasis is more plum. Illamasqua Allure is bolder, deeper. See comparison swatches.

Quickie is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a bright, blue-based, light-medium pink with a matte finish. This had excellent color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was so soft that it was somewhat powdery. It did not look powdery on the skin, though, and it wore well for just under eight hours and started looking somewhat faded after eight and a half hours of wear. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One is similar. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is similar. See comparison swatches.

Craze is described as a “pale gold shimmer.” It’s a pale, yellow-y beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but it can be sheered out or built up, depending on your desired intensity and finish. It slightly emphasized pores when applied with about medium coverage; if I blended it out a lot and went for a lighter coverage, it did not, but there’s some give and take there. It wore well for eight hours and looked slightly faded after nine hours of wear. Becca Moonstone is slightly yellower. theBalm Solid Gold is also a bit yellower. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer is also yellower. Illamasqua Aurora is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Redemption is described as a “deep gunmetal satin.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. LORAC Slate is a touch lighter. Disney Jetsam is less blue. Disney Flotsam is less shimmery. theBalm Matt McDonald is lighter. Urban Decay Ace is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #1 is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is similar. See comparison swatches.

Fray is described as a “warm mauve matte.” It’s a neutral, pink-beige with a matte finish. It was soft, finely-milled, and just a tiny bit powdery. The color payoff was good, though, and it was easy to blend on the lid. Urban Decay Freestyle is warmer. Urban Decay Laced is a touch darker. MAC Bloom On is similar. Chanel Rose de Mai is darker, pinker. Inglot #341 is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Vaporize is described as a “deep metallic gray-taupe shimmer.” It’s a neutral-cool taupe–a mix of gray and brown–with a sparkly, almost glittery, finish. I had issues with fall out with this one, even though it was fairly pigmented. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #7 is similar, less glittery. Disney Kill Joy is lighter. theBalm Selfish is less sparkly. Urban Decay Armor is darker, grayer. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Satin Taupe is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Provocateur is described as a “light metallic mauve shimmer with multidimensional micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, rosy pink with darker pink glitter. This shade had really poor color payoff and really chunky, loose glitter that just got everywhere. It was fall out during application but throughout the wear. I ended up needing to re-test the shades in this without using this, because it was impossible to tell if any others were responsible! It’s actually worse than it was in last year’s Vice palette. Tom Ford Enchanted is similar but less glittery. MAC Heirloom is less pink, cream. Giorgio Armani #29 is pinker, less glittery. Bobbi Brown Pink Rose is similar. See comparison swatches.

Revolt is described as a “bright metallic silver shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a bright silver with silver micro-glitter. It had so-so pigmentation and was incredibly glittery–not as bad asd Provocateur but still frustrating to work with. Urban Decay Shellshock is more pigmented and less glittery. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer is more metallic, less glittery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #6 is less glittery. NARS Silver Factory is a cream product. MAC Extra Silver is more metallic, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black with a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range, and if you tend to buy Urban Decay products, you probably have this already. It wears long and well for at least eight hours and then starts to thin out for me after nine to ten hours of wear, but it doesn’t migrate or smudge. See comparison swatches.

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Two of the eyeshadows are quite glittery, so if you don't like glitter eyeshadows, you may want to stay away. A third eyeshadow is sparkly but not as glittery as the other two. Provocateur hurts me on the inside, because it's not just a glittery mess, but it's poorly pigmented and gets everywhere and then some. It's actually worse than it was last year. Scandal is amazing, and it's a total bummer that the rest of the palette isn't as good as the lip color. I hope Urban Decay will add Scandal to its permanent line-up of Super Saturated pencils in the future.

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette

This is part two of my review of the Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 20 x 0.03 oz. / 0.60 oz.).  Please see part one for the first ten shades.

Radar is described as a “metallic brown shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a golden bronze shimmer/sheen and warm, orange undertones. It has a frosted, metallic finish, and it had a really crazy texture. The texture felt creamy and more like a cream eyeshadow than a powder one. It really held together very well–like a cream–and I didn’t have any fall out with this shade, despite it being more sparkly. It had rich color payoff, too. Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze is less frosted. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #3 is darker. MAC Brownluxe #4 is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is less frosted. Bobbi Brown Bronze is more golden. Urban Decay Nevermind is less warm-toned. bareMinerals Cognac is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Damaged is described as a “bright metallic emerald shimmer.” It’s a deep forest green with cool undertones over a dirty khaki/olive base. It had a soft, frosted finish and a slightly metallic sheen. The color payoff was nice, and it applied very smoothly. Sephora Walk on the Wild Side is less frosted, lighter. MAC Dark Indulgence is darker. OCC Poison is darker, blacker. Make Up For Ever #80 is less frosted. Inglot #414 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Voodoo is described as a “metallic purple shimmer with iridescent purple micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark cool-toned purple with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was slightly dry and a smidgen powdery, so it didn’t apply as intensely as other shades did. Too Faced Badass is darker, cooler-toned. theBalm Lavish Latoya is warmer. Urban Decay Half Truth is darker. Urban Decay ACDC is warmer. Milani Purr-fect Purple is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Betrayal is described as a “bright purple satin with blue shift.” It’s a light-medium lavender with pink undertones and a bluish-violet sheen. It had more of a pearly, metallic finish. The color payoff was decent to good, but there was some sheerness, and the texture wasn’t as buttery or as smooth as other shades. L’Oreal With a Twist is darker. Make Up For Ever #54 is similar but a cream product. Urban Decay Grifter is slightly pinker and has glitter. NARS Marie-Galante #1 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Derailed is described as a “medium metallic taupey-brown shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe–a mix of brown and gray–with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had incredibly rich color payoff with a buttery, smooth, silky texture that made it a dream to apply. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #7 is similar, less metallic. theBalm Selfish is less metallic. Urban Decay Pistol is more satiny, darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is cooler-toned, grayer. See comparison swatches.

Dope is described as a “warm champagne satin.” It’s a pinky-peach with a satiny sheen and warm undertones. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery. I used this shade mixed with Habit for highlighting for each combination of eyeshadows I was testing for this palette. MAC Easy Gesture is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 is darker, less shimmery. MAC Orb is less shimmery. MAC A Natural FLirt is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is less pink. See comparison swatches.

Toxic is described as a “metallic copper-pink shimmer with tonal micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, coppery brown with subtle pink tones and copper micro-glitter. The texture was somewhat dry, though the color payoff was decent. I did have some fall out occur when wearing this shade. LORAC Garnet is darker, less shimmery. Disney Trust Me is more matte. NARS California is darker, less shimmery. MAC Magnetic Attraction is warmer. MAC Mythical is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Habit is described as a “light nude matte.” It’s a light beige with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It is very similar to my skin tone, so it doesn’t show up that well against my arm, unfortunately! The texture is soft, buttery, and very creamy (though it’s a powder). It blends well against the skin and didn’t look chalky. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl #3 is yellower. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #1 is lighter. Urban Decay Broken is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is lighter. NARS Biarritz is similar. MAC Bisque is also similar. Inglot #390 is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Ambush is described as a “metallic brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark bronze with warm, reddish-copper undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. Bobbi Brown Bronze is more golden. Urban Decay Deeper is darker. MAC Woodwinked is similar. Inglot #422 is darker. Make Up For Ever #12 is more copper-colored and is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Rewind is described as a “medium brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral brown with very subtle gray-ish tones with a matte finish. It had fantastic pigmentation and a soft, smooth, and buttery texture–but it wasn’t powdery. Urban Decay Secret Service is darker/ MAC Omega is similar, slightly yellower in tone. bareMinerals Namaste is warmer. Bobbi Brown Slate is slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, it's a nice palette with several really lovely shades with excellent pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and that wear well without fading or creasing over eight hours (without a primer). There are a few misses in regards to color payoff, and some shades have drier or powdery textures. Shades like Lovesick, Prank,and Toxic were misses for me, as they were dry, powdery, and not as pigmented or as easy to blend as other shades in the palette. Shades like Madness, Strike, Derailed, Dope, Habit, Ambush, and Rewind were easy to work with, nicely pigmented, and had great textures. A lot of shades had either micro-glitter (6) or micro-sparkle (3), and I didn't notice glitter/sparkle in half of them. I only saw noticeable fall out with a few shades but nothing was too problematic, actually (I was surprised).

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 20 x 0.03 oz. / 0.60 oz.) includes twenty new and exclusive eyeshadows, which means the palette contains $216 worth of eyeshadow, plus a dual-ended brush that we’ll value at $16 (using the lowest-priced brush they have, which is the Blending Brush, and this is one-half of the dual-ended brush, too). The total value of the palette is $232–so it’s a great deal as long as you love at least three to four of the eyeshadows. Individually, Urban Decay Eyeshadows retail for $18 (but are 0.05 oz. in size). The palette is housed in a large plastic palette where the lid releases with a push of a button. It has a mirror that spans the width and height of the lid inside. This is part one of two posts featuring the palette–there are so many shades that I wanted to split the two into more bite-sized (still a rather large gulp each, though!) pieces as well as keep the loading time down.

Overall, it’s a nice palette with several really lovely shades with excellent pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and that wear well without fading or creasing over eight hours (without a primer). There are a few misses in regards to color payoff, and some shades have drier or powdery textures.  Shades like Lovesick, Prank,and  Toxic were misses for me, as they were dry, powdery, and not as pigmented or as easy to blend as other shades in the palette.  Shades like Madness, Strike, Derailed, Dope, Habit, Ambush, and Rewind were easy to work with, nicely pigmented, and had great textures. A lot of shades had either micro-glitter (6) or micro-sparkle (3), and I didn’t notice glitter/sparkle in half of them.  I only saw noticeable fall out with a few shades but nothing was too problematic, actually (I was surprised).

Smokeout is described as a “dark taupey-black satin.” It’s a darkened, charcoal brown–it’s almost too sooty to be a taupe to me. It had a satiny sheen, nice color payoff, and a soft, smooth texture. It was very slightly powdery, and a little goes a long way–this is the kind of shade that seems almost fragile, because the powder just dances off the surface as soon as the brush touches it. Easy does it! MAC Deep Cravings is grayer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is browner, lighter. Urban Decay Spell #2 is darker. MAC Moody is slightly lighter. Inglot #434 is cooler-toned, less brown. See comparison swatches.

Lovesick is described as a “black matte with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a medium black with a matte finish and silver micro-glitter. It had so-so color payoff; the underlying matte color was a bit dry, so it went on somewhat faded and uneven, while the micro-glitter doesn’t really bind with the powder, so it tends to sit on top and can be dusted away (or prone to fall out). Marc Jacobs The Mod #2 is similar. Bobbi Brown Lava is darker. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is also darker. Chanel Mirifique and Buxom Black Lab are cream products. bareMinerals Penthouse is darker. See comparison swatches.

Shellshock is described as a “bright metallic silver.” It is, indeed, a bright, metallic silver with a very strong, frosted and metallic finish. The color payoff is intense, and the texture is so buttery that it’s almost creamy. I recommend applying less than you think you need, because this product binds together very well, but it also would stick and thicken over any creases/lines on my lid (so then it looked caked on). Marc Jacobs the Starlet is not as metallic. Maybelline Cool Crush is less frosted and a cream product. MAC Silver Sleet is darker. See comparison swatches.

Coax is described as a “medium metallic pink with golden iridescent micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium pink with slight cool undertones and pale gold sparkle. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery, though there was some stray sparkles that fell out while worn. MAC Feather Pink is less shimmery. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #3 is slightly darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

X-Rated is described as a “baby pink satin.” It is a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. NARS Bouthan #1 is lighter, matte. MAC Feather Pink is darker. Inglot #319 is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Prank is described as a “deep navy matte with turquoise floating pearl.” It’s a deep, dark navy blue with blue-teal shimmer. Like Lovesick, though, the shimmer floats (which Urban Decay mentions) and doesn’t really come through. I tried using this several times to get the teal shimmer to come through, but it never did–even when I layered over a white base. It ended up looking like a blackened navy. The texture is noticeably powdery, so it was prone to sheering out, which you can see in the swatch. I didn’t have any issues with it fading when worn, though. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much luck finding anything similar! Tom Ford Emerald Lust #4 is more of a shimmery blue. Giorgio Armani #20 is darker, less blue, more black. See comparison swatches.

Madness is described as a “bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-glitter.” It’s a medium blue with cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had excellent pigmentation and had a soft, buttery texture that applied very evenly and smoothly. Urban Decay Unhinged is slightly more muted, as is Urban Decay Haight. MAC Pure Creation is less frosted and a cream product. Guerlain Les Aquas #3 is darker. Sugarpill Starling is a slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

Strike is described as a “antique gold shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, medium yellow gold with a frosted finish. There are bits of silver micro-glitter that I saw in the pan, but I didn’t see any translate to the lid or even swatched. It had really nice color payoff with a soft, smooth texture. Too Faced Instigator is darker, more metallic. Sephora Girls Night Out is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Blitz is a touch cooler-toned. NARS Etrusque is slightly darker. Maybelline Bold Gold is a cream product. MAC Gaelic Gold is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour is more frosted. L’Oreal Gold Imperial is similar. Chanel Topkapi #4 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Stash is described as a “deep olive green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle.” It’s a dark, muted olive green with khaki and forest green shimmer. It had a soft, frosted finish. The texture was a little drier compared to the the average Urban Decay eyeshadow, so it didn’t apply as intensely or as smoothly as I expected. Dior Bonne Etoile #1 is less frosted. Urban Decay Mildew is a touch lighter. MAC Unsurpassable is lighter. MAC Vintage Coin is a cream product. MAC Greensmoke is cooler-toned. MAC Fiction is less green. Lancome Designer is similar. Guerlain COup de Foudre #1 is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Eureka is more frosted. Inglot #419 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Poison is described as a “charcoal satin with iridescent micro-sparkle.” It’s a dark gray with brown undertones and very, very fine teal shimmer. It had a drier consistency, so the payoff was somewhat prone to sheering out and looked faded when swatched. A lot of product actually comes off the pan when I was applying this to the lid, but if you try to blend it, then it gives off a rather faded appearance. Disney Jetsam is bluish. Urban Decay Ace is lighter, grayer. Urban Decay Desperation is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Do Not Disturb is a touch cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Vice 2

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Overall, it's a nice palette with several really lovely shades with excellent pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and that wear well without fading or creasing over eight hours (without a primer). There are a few misses in regards to color payoff, and some shades have drier or powdery textures. Shades like Lovesick, Prank,and Toxic were misses for me, as they were dry, powdery, and not as pigmented or as easy to blend as other shades in the palette. Shades like Madness, Strike, Derailed, Dope, Habit, Ambush, and Rewind were easy to work with, nicely pigmented, and had great textures. A lot of shades had either micro-glitter (6) or micro-sparkle (3), and I didn't notice glitter/sparkle in half of them. I only saw noticeable fall out with a few shades but nothing was too problematic, actually (I was surprised).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Smokeout

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Lovesick

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette ($52.00 for 0.28 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows with five matte eyeshadows, one Shimmer Wash eyeshadow, and one Sparkle eyeshadow, plus a dual-ended brush all held in a glossy black palette. The matte eyeshadows are nicely pigmented and have a soft, smooth feel to them, though all of them were so soft that they had a tendency to also be somewhat powdery. The two shimmery shades were much less pigmented and had a drier, stiffer texture that made it difficult to pick up color–I really had to jab at the pan to get anything to loosen. Luckily, despite being somewhat powdery, the matte eyeshadows still wore well on the lid–they were not prone to fading as powdery eyeshadows sometimes can be. They lasted well for eight hours with very minor fading along the edges but no creasing. Unfortunately, when two of the seven eyeshadows are disappointing, it may make the whole palette a no-go. If you really love warm neutrals, though, you may still be tempted.

Bone is described as an “off white.” It’s a light beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though the texture was incredibly soft and silky, it was powdery. I highly recommend applying in layers to minimize excess powder fall out. This shade is part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Broken is warmer, more shimmery. theBalm Adagio is similar. Urban Decay Kinky is similar, slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is more beige. MAC Vanilla is slightly warmer. L’Oreal Endless Pearl is yellower. bareMinerals Chance is cooler-toned. Inglot #355 has a slight sheen. See comparison swatches.

Stone is described as a “medium ash brown.” It’s a medium, neutral-toned brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation though the texture was slightly powdery but very soft. LORAC Taupe is similar. bareMinerals Get Ahead is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Faint is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Moleskin is lighter. Inglot #342 is slightlyd arker. See comparison swatches.

Frappe is described as a “medium ash beige.” It’s a light-medium brown with soft, yellow-peach undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture was powdery. MAC Layin’ Low is a cream product, warmer. Inglot #337 is darker, more red-toned. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #1 is lighter. MAC Arena is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Caramel is described as a “silvery brown sparkle.” It’s a silver-sparkled, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones. The color payoff was incredibly disappointing as the product was stiff and dry, so even to get something to show up, I really had to scrape the product out of the pan. The sparkle doesn’t bind with the underlying powder at all, so the end result is a very uneven amount of sparkles. Burberry Pale Nude #1 has no sparkle. Bobbi Brown Praline is more shimmery, less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Champagne Truffle is described as a “warm pink beige.” It’s a light-medium copper with warm, orange undertones. This was in a previous palette, and it looked much darker and was much more pigmented, so I don’t know why this iteration is so poor in comparison. It was semi-sheer, and the texture was stiff and hard to work with. Disney All Aglow is similar. Disney Wanderin’ Free is lighter. Urban Decay Moonflower is darker. bareMinerals Golden Iris is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Cocoa is described as a “warm ashy brown.” This shade is part of the permanent range. Bobbi Brown Bittersweet is a cream product and slightly shimmery. LORAC Sable is lighter. MAC Swiss Chocolate is yellower. Make Up For Ever #162 is darker, redder in tone. See comparison swatches.

Rich Chocolate is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a deep, dark, burgundy brown with a matte finish. It had really intense color payoff, but like the other mattes, though the powder was soft to the touch, it was powdery. theBalm Matt Batali is cooler-toned. MAC Set to Dance is darker. MAC Graphology is darker, cooler-toned.
MAC Embark is less red-toned. Make Up For Ever #162 is browner. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

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Rich Chocolate

B-
The matte eyeshadows are nicely pigmented and have a soft, smooth feel to them, though all of them were so soft that they had a tendency to also be somewhat powdery. The two shimmery shades were much less pigmented and had a drier, stiffer texture that made it difficult to pick up color--I really had to jab at the pan to get anything to loosen.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Bone

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Stone

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a light-medium pink, cobalt blue, and yellow-y beige, all with matte finishes. The eyeshadows suffer from a really poor texture that is very powdery (almost dusty!), somewhat chalky, and a pain to use. Through a lot of different attempts at using the trios from the summer collection, your best bet is applying the eyeshadows over a creamy, slightly tacky white base (whatever that may be for you), as regular primers (like Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced shadow Insurance, NARS Smudge Proof) do not work well with these–they only prolong wear by a few hours but don’t boost the color payoff enough. A tackier base will help minimize the powder sheering away or not adhering to the lid, while the white coloring will amplify the colors.

Wet ‘n’ Wild proclaims long-wear and high pigment with the Color Icon formula–which has proved to be true in the past–but is a miss here. Alone, these eyeshadows are nearly gone (with some settled into the creases) within three to five hours; with a primer, make it six to seven hours with half the product remaining and it always looking like a faded version of what you see in the palette.

Hard Being the It Girl #1 is a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was somewhat chalky and powdery. See comparison swatches.

Hard Being the It Girl #2 a medium-dark, cobalt blue with a matte finish. It had seemingly good color payoff, but the texture was still quite powdery so this proved for difficult application–it would sheer out and disappear almost instantly. You really need a sticky/creamy base to capture all the powder before it disappears. Pat on, avoid blending a lot, just lightly diffuse along the edges. See comparison swatches.

Hard Being the It Girl #3 is a light beige with slight yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It performed much like the other two: incredibly powdery which made for poor application. See comparison swatches.

If you think that maybe I’m expecting too much for the price tag, consider the previous palettes Wet ‘n’ Wild has released that have been much, much better like Comfort Zone and Blue Had Me at Hello.

* Please note: This is a quick review, but I’ve still pulled dupes, I just haven’t gone through them one-by-one and broken out how they differ.

The Glossover

palette

Hard Being the It Girl

D

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

5.5/10

Application

3/5

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Hard Being the It Girl #1

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Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

3/5

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Hard Being the It Girl #2

D-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

3/5

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