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.

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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 5th, 2012

theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette
theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette

Rock Out with Your Shadows Out

theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette ($39.50 for 0.76 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows (0.38 oz., which is just over 0.03 oz.), one highlighter (0.14 oz.), one blush (0.10 oz.), and two lip colors (0.14 oz.). It will launch today on theBalm’s website.

Metal-ica is a silvery-white with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was on the powdery side; very soft and dense. We’re definitely seeing a lot of these shades for the holidays; here are a few that compare favorably: MAC Crystal Avalanche, Buxom Sheepdog, NARS Flowers 1-3, and theBalm Sassy.

Adagio is a pale neutral beige with a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, and it was smooth and soft without being powdery. It works well layered over some of the more shimmery shades to tone down the finish if so desired. MAC Brule is very similar. theBalm Matt Smith is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is pinker. MAC Blanc Type is lighter. Inglot #390 is darker.

Blink 1982 is a muted burgundy with a hint of plum/mauve and a golden shimmer. The texture on this shade was a bit dry, so the color payoff was not quite opaque. Lancome Color du Jour is darker but similar. MAC Trax is more purple.

Iron Maid-in is a dirty gold with a metallic, frosted finish. It was not fully opaque, but it had good pigmentation overall. The texture wasn’t as buttery as other theBalm eyeshadows. Chanel Eclaire is more golden. MAC Sweet & Sour is darker. Giorgio Armani #1 is similar, less metallic. theBalm Snobby is more matte and yellow.

Allegro is a medium brown with yellowed undertones and a matte finish. It’s soft enough to be easy to blend, but not so soft as to be powdery. It had good color payoff. Dior golden Savvanah is a bit darker, slightly grayer, but similar. Urban Decay Naked is less yellow. These were the only two shades that really fit the bill out of all. these. browns.

The Stroke is a dark navy blue with a satiny finish. It had so-so color payoff, because it was on the drier side. It performed better on the lid, and it blended out easily. Bare Escentuals Shaken Not Stirred is similar but a bit darker. MAC Lunar is bluer. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx is similar. This is not an uncommon shade of blue.

Lead Zeppelin is an olive green with olive and green shimmer over a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and while very soft and smooth, it was a smidgen powdery. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion is greener, lighter. Bare Escentuals Speaker Box is darker, less olive. theBalm Wocka, Wocka is more metallic but similar in color. Inglot #419 is a bit greener.

Moderato is a purple-burgundy with a matte finish. The texture was a little dry, and the resulting pigmentation was so-so. It performed a lot better on the eye, and I didn’t have any trouble with the pigmentation there–I hardly had to use any to get deep color. theBalm Sexy is browner. MAC Real Drama is similar. MAC Rich Core is similar but frosted.

rem is a smoky medium purple with gold-copper shimmer-sheen. It’s an interesting, complex color. It had good color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is similar when sheered out. Bare Escentuals Romp is less pink.

Alice Copper is a rich burgundy-red with orange-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had really rich pigmentation and was somewhat powdery. Chanel Eclosino is less shimmery. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is more burgundy. Make Up For Ever #17 is more metallic. Inglot #452 has a more metallic finish but is very similar.

Presto is a dark brown with burgundy-ish undertones and a hint of warmth. It has a matte finish, and the color payoff is good. It’s just soft enough to be blendable and pigmented, but it’s not at all powdery. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry is similar. Bare Escentuals Foreshadow is a little darker. theBalm Mahna-Mahna has more of a sheen and less red in it.

Third Eye Blinded is a warm, light peach with a fairly frosted finish. The pigmentation was excellent, and the texture was so soft and easy to blend. This worked well as a highlighter. theBalm Swedish Pancakes is less frosted, more metallic, but fairly similar. MAC Naked Lunch has more beige in it. MAC Jest is less peach. Estee Lauder Violet Underground is darker. Chanel Complice is close.

Solid Gold is a slightly paled, warm gold with a shimmer-sheen finish and a hint of beige coloring. It has plenty o’ color, so it will show up on all skin tones. This shade wore for eight hours without fading or separating. MAC Chez Chez Lame is the closest I could think of, but it is a little lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer is a bit yellower.

Don’t You Want Me is a warm coral-pink with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and it is somewhat buildable. The texture was a little dry, but it seemed to blend out easily enough. It wore for eight hours with minor, but noticeable, fading at that point. MAC Supercontinental is more orange. MAC Fleet Fast has shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is more orange. MAC Immortal Flower is softer, just barely pinker.

Milly is a pale pink with a neutral-gray undertone. It had a matte finish and opaque color coverage. When I tested it, it lasted four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Pure Zen is less pink. MAC Lazy Day is grayer.

Vanilly is bright red with a mostly matte finish and a barely blue undertone. It was richly pigmented and had opaque color coverage. This shade lasted six and a half hours and left behind a soft stain. MAC Eden Rouge is similar. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is bluer and darker. MAC Ruffian Red is similar. It’s a fairly common shade of red lipstick.

Overall, it’s a good palette, and at the price point, worth checking out and potentially snagging. There were a few shades on the powdery side in the palette, and a couple were less pigmented initially, but when applied to the eye, I found them to apply much, much better (upgraded to fairly pigmented/opaque in color). There’s a good mix of textures–matte, frosts, shimmers–and very fall-appropriate colors.

The Glossover

palette

Balm Jovi

A-
Overall, it's a good palette, and at the price point, worth checking out and potentially snagging. There were a few shades on the powdery side in the palette, and a couple were less pigmented initially, but when applied to the eye, I found them to apply much, much better (upgraded to fairly pigmented/opaque in color). There's a good mix of textures--matte, frosts, shimmers--and very fall-appropriate colors.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012


NARS Self Portrait 3 Eyeshadow Palette

One Out of Three Isn’t So Bad, Right?

NARS Self Portrait 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.42 oz.) features a variation on Warhol’s Self Portrait (1967) painting. This palette is described as “dark brown with shimmer overspray, rose pink, and heather blue.” It is the second of three palettes, and it will be available at department and specialty stores, NARS’ boutiques, and narscosmetics.com on November 1st (so you have some time to think about it, to the say least!).

Each of the Self Portrait palettes has a black overspray, which will disappear quickly. I recommend taking a large powder brush (I used MAC’s 134) to brush back and forth, up and down, to get the majority off. Now, I say that with the expectation that you’d actually like to use the colors in the palette. Assuming you only intended to keep it as a collectible, then I’d recommend not using it much and would say to avoid the silver-white to maintain the facial structure/details.

The first shade is actually a matte medium-dark brown with warm undertones. It had a stiff, dry texture and, subsequently, poor color payoff. However, when applied to the lid, it was able to pack a bit more color, and at least, it was buildable to mostly true-to-pan color. It required some extra effort to blend. Dior Aurora is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry is darker. Benefit Dandy Brandy has more shimmer. Urban Decay YDK has a frosted finish. MAC Lie Low is similar but more pearly.

The second shade is a softened, burnt orange with a faint satin sheen. It’s a little terracotta-like. It was soft without being powdery, smooth, and had good pigmentation. MAC Hot Paprika is a bit brighter.

The third shade is a dusty gray-tinged purple with a hint of blue. It had a matte finish, and it was a bit powdery, but the color payoff was good–some sheerness. It was harder to use on the lid, though, as it was prone to fading and disappearing. Blendable, yes, but so blendable that trying to blend it resulted in most of it billowing off the lid in a little puff of powdery smoke. As a result, it tended to look faded from the get-go. theBalm Matt Horowitz is darker.

Of the three shades, the only one I experienced major issues while wearing them was the purple shade, which faded quickly. The brown shade takes some extra effort, but it’s do-able, and it wears well. This, of course, shouldn’t be necessary at this price point. It’s better than the other palettes, but I don’t think it’s a fantastic palette overall. The color combination can work, but it’s an unusual one, so some may not feel it’s versatile enough.

The Glossover

palette

Self Portrait 3

C+
It's better than the other palettes, but I don't think it's a fantastic palette overall. The color combination can work, but it's an unusual one, so some may not feel it's versatile enough.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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