Friday, March 9th, 2012

Urban Decay Underground Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Underground Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Underground Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Underground Deluxe Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “medium fawn.” It’s a medium-dark gray-tinted brown; it’s rather taupe to me, though not as cool-toned as some taupes can be. The finish has a frosted appearance with a hint of metallic sheen. MAC Caviar Dreams has a similar color but different finish. Benefit Dandy Brandy is much more of a red-toned brown than taupe. Tarina Tarantino Delightful has a warmer base. MAC Magical Mist is a bit lighter. Bare Escentuals A-Ha has a redder undertone. MAC Aloha has a redder undertone and a more metallic finish.

When I tested out the wear of Underground alone, it adhered really nicely to the lid, so I didn’t have any creasing or fading after eight hours, which is impressive for an eyeshadow without a primer! I love the texture of the Deluxe Eyeshadows, because it’s so soft, buttery, and dense. The color payoff is lovely with a smooth, even finish. These eyeshadows are also almost twice as big as the regular ones for just a buck more.

The plastic part of the lid tends to fall off, though, and it’s a problem I’ve had consistently with the Deluxe Eyeshadows, unfortunately. The lid itself consists of the actual lid mechanism and lid, but there’s a clear plastic lid that clicks over that to protect the design (which is printed on paper), and that is the piece that falls off–so your shadow stays intact, but it’s still frustrating.

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Urban Decay Underground Deluxe Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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Another beautiful taupe brown that will work well in a more dramatic, smoky eye as well as a neutral shade for easy, go-to looks.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Urban Decay Ransom Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Ransom Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ransom Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ransom Deluxe Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “vibrant iridescent purple.” It’s a medium-dark blue-based violet purple with a frosted finish. MAC Pink Union is warmer, less blue-based. Urban Decay Blue Bus is bluer. MAC Parfait Amour is comparable but has more of an iridescence. Inglot #379 is a matte version. Urban Decay Ecstasy is less blue-based.

The Deluxe Eyeshadow is one of my favorite formulas, because it’s dense, silky smooth, and feels like butter against the skin.  Ransom is not the best example of the formula, though, because it doesn’t have the really rich color payoff that comes with this range.  The pigmentation is good (and it may even be great for a purple shade, generally speaking), but it falls short of excellence.  It doesn’t apply quite as smoothly as the rest of the range either.  When I wear this shade alone, it holds on well, and there wasn’t any creasing or fading after eight hours.  One of my favorite things about the Deluxe Eyeshadow range is that they’re nearly double the size of Urban Decay’s regular Eyeshadows at only a dollar more.

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Urban Decay Ransom Deluxe Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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Purple eyeshadow has a tendency to under-performing when it comes to color payoff, and this is definitely a shade that it is better than many other purples I've come across, but it doesn't excel like other shades in the Deluxe Eyeshadow range.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Burberry Pale Barley Eyeshadow
Burberry Pale Barley Eyeshadow

Burberry Pale Barley Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a pale, almost cool-toned medium-dark brown with a wheaten gold shimmer and sheen. Think taupe meets gold–it’s warmer, less gray than a true taupe, but it’s the warmth comes from the shimmer rather than an undertone. Urban Decay Suspect is warmer, less gray. theBalm Sultry is similar but doesn’t have any shimmer. MAC Patina is grayer, less golden. MAC Era has less of a golden shimmer.

Pale Barley is an easy-to-wear shade; it’s flattering on warmer complexions in particular, but I think the lack of red undertones will make this a wearable warmer brown for cooler skin tones as well. It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly on the skin and adheres well without a base (lasts around eight hours without creasing, very subtle fading).  This is a shade that seems “boring” on the surface, but it’s something I could see myself reaching for a multitude of neutral looks. It’s not too shimmery or too dark, so it can be used for softer, daytime looks or combined with darker shades for an evening eye.

Burberry eyeshadows aren’t easy on the wallet, but at least they give you a fair amount of product (the average eyeshadow contains 0.05 oz., Burberry’s contains 0.088 oz.).  My go-to highlighter is Trench, and I’ve used that since Burberry debuted their beauty range–there’s only a small amount of pan showing in the middle, but the sides are still full.  The packaging is gunmetal gray with reflective packaging and the signature check logo on the outside (which does hold fingerprints).  Each compact comes with a velvet black-and-check patterned case.  There’s a sponge-tipped applicator and mirror inside as well.

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Pale Barley

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This is a shade that seems "boring" on the surface, but it's something I could see myself reaching for a multitude of neutral looks. It's not too shimmery or too dark, so it can be used for softer, daytime looks or combined with darker shades for an evening eye.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “glistening gold.” It’s a rich, luxurious yellowed gold with hints of antique gold and a softly frosted finish. NARS Paramaribo is darker, more burnished. Make Up For Ever #11 is cooler-toned, less yellowed. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is browner, less golden. Inglot #404 is more coppery. Inglot #430 is brighter but the closest.

It’s part of Urban Decay’s Deluxe Eyeshadow range, which has a denser, softer texture compared to their regular formula, so it feels very buttery. The pigmentation is excellent, and it requires very little product to achieve smooth, even results. When worn alone, it adheres well and lasts for eight hours without creasing or fading. Over a primer, I have no wear issues for as long as twelve hours. Bonus: this is almost double the size of Urban Decay’s regular formula but at almost the same price!  The only downside is I find the packaging of the Deluxe Eyeshadows to be flimsy–the plastic lid tends to pop off the top of the compact easily.

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Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's a beautiful color that will flatter hazel and green eyes immensely--it will also work other eye colors, too, but those two especially. It's a warm, almost dirty, gold, that pairs well with other browns, warm coppers, and olive greens.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Make Up For Ever Gypsy Aqua Eyes Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever Gypsy Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever Gypsy Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever Gypsy Aqua Eyes Eyeliner ($18.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “matte dark brown.” Unlike a lot of Make Up For Ever products, it’s limited edition–and it has a name, not a number! The Aqua Eyes formula is supposed to be waterproof, smudge-proof, fade-proof, and provide intense color. I like the range for its durability, as it really does last all day for me, and the large variety of colors available.

Gypsy is a warm, red-toned medium-dark brown with a matte finish. It’s fairly opaque in one pass. Chanel Brun-Teak is similar but less red-toned. MAC Brownborder is also similar. Urban Decay Corrupt is browner with less red. Tarina Tarantino Locket Book is warmer, more golden, less red. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer is closer but shimmery and not as dark.

The texture of Gypsy was soft, lightly creamy, and had a good waxiness that enabled it to glide across the lash line without tugging.  Those with oilier eyelids sometimes prefer Aqua Eyes because of the drier texture, which somehow manages to stay on that fine line between creamy and dry.  I’ve had excellent experiences with Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes formula; it doesn’t smudge, fade, or migrate during the day, and it wears a solid eight hours or longer on me.

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Gypsy

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This is a gorgeous, rich red-toned brown that's an excellent alternative to black eyeliner for everyday eyeliner. It works well on its own with a neutral eye or anchor a more intense look.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil ($27.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as it’s named: “copper.” It’s a muted copper with a gold sheen. The only shade I could think of that was similar was tokidoki Unicorno, which is more like an orange-gold. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is a bit like it, but it is an eyeshadow.  It delivers mostly opaque color coverage in a single pass, which is always a noteworthy feat for an eyeliner.  There’s a metallic sheen, but it’s not too reflective.

Giorgio Armani describes the formula as waterproof/water-resistant (they use both terms, even though they mean different things), soft, creamy, and intense.  The first thing you notice when you use it is how utterly soft and malleable the pencil tip is.  It’s so, so soft that it glides across the lash line with ease–no tugging or skipping.  Despite the creaminess of the formula, it doesn’t smudge throughout the day.  This shade wore better than #4 for me, actually, because it looked 95% as good after eight hours as it did when I first applied it.  I splashed my eye with water and lightly pressed, and I didn’t find that the eyeliner was disturbed, so it should make it through intact if your eyes water a bit.

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Copper (05)

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If you find that beige and champagne eyeliners don't look quite right, you may try this soft copper to wake up tired eyes. Or maybe as a new way to do so even if you do like a good champagne eyeliner! It's not dark like most copper eyeliners, which is what makes it more unique.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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