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Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette (Part 1)

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.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Vice 2
Vice 2
Vice 2
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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Urban Decay Black Market 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Black Market 24-7 Glide-On Pencil Set
Urban Decay Black Market 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Black Market 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($36.00 for 6 x 0.03 oz.) includes six eyeliners, five of them new and exclusive shades, with one that’s part of the permanent range. The pencils are 25% smaller than full-sized (0.03 oz. vs. 0.04 oz.), so the total value of the set is $85.50. This set is an easy way to try out Urban Decay’s eyeliner formula, if you haven’t previously, as for the price of less than two full-sized eyeliners, you can get six. And for many of us, we have far more eyeliners than eyes, so getting more colors in a slightly smaller size is really not an issue. 😉 Now, the only bummer is if you fall in love with one of the new shades, you won’t find it in the permanent range. (But Urban Decay does add previously exclusive shades into their permanent range from time to time, so maybe you’ll get lucky.) It’s available now at ULTA, but it officially launches tomorrow and is part of Urban Decay’s holiday collection!

Overall, the set includes six shades that all wore well on me (between eight and nine hours of good wear, then less stellar wear–such as thinner/faded but no issues with the eyeliners migrating or smudging). Some of the shades lacked really rich, intense pigmentation in one layer, so you will need to build the color up when applying, as most are quite buildable in two to three passes across the lash line.

West is described as “dark brown pearl.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a golden satin sheen and warm, slightly yellow-y undertones. It had nice color payoff in a single pass, and the color was fully opaque in one and a half passes across the lash line. It wore well for just over eight hours, and I saw some slight fading of the color after nine and a half hours. This shade is new and exclusive. Kat Von D Immortal Love is much darker. Urban Decay Whiskey is matte and more red-toned. Urban Decay Hustle is lighter, warmer. MAC Photogravure is darker. MAC Lord It Up is more sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Desperation is described as “deep taupe-gray matte.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-leaning taupe with soft brown undertones and a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range. It has decent color payoff in one pass, and it is buildable to more opaque color on the lash line. It lasted well for a full eight hours, and then it started to show signs of fading after nine hours–just a thinning of the color but no smudging or migrating. Laura Mercier Slate seems warmer. Urban Decay Stray Dog is lighter, shimmery. bareMinerals 11PM is darker. See comparison swatches.

Black Market is described as “charcoal black satin.” It’s a deep, gray-ish black with very, very subtle green/teal pearl. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke and was buildable to opaque color on the lash line. It lasted eight hours well, and then after nine hours, I saw some thinning of the eyeliner. This shade is new and exclusive. MAC Black Swan is more glittery. bareMinerals Midnight is warmer. bareMinerals 11PM is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Riot is described as “smoky gray matte with violet and fuchsia micro-sparkle.” It’s a dark purple with subtle warm undertones and flecks of violet, purple, silver shimmer. It had sheerer color payoff when I applied a single layer, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It lasted eight hours well on my lash line, but it was noticeably thinner after nine hours of wear. This shade is new and exclusive. Urban Decay Empire is similar–slightly brighter. Urban Decay Delinquent is warmer, darker. MAC Permaplum is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Apathy is described as “metallic olive green shimmer.” It’s a dark, forest green with olive and subtle brown undertones–while it is olive in tone, it is almost cool-toned because of the emerald green shimmer. It had weak color payoff in a single stroke, but it was more buildable with a few layers; on the lash line, it took three to four passes for mostly opaque color. It wore well for almost nine hours with some light fading (but no smudging/migrating) after ten hours. This shade is new and exclusive. MAC Devotion is similar, slightly darker. NARS Rue de Rivoli is lighter. Urban Decay Mildew is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Ink is described as “deep navy blue satin.” It’s a rich, navy blue with cool undertones and a subtle, pearly sheen. It had great color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable as well (if you desired). It wore well for eight and a half hours, and it started to thin after nine and a half hours. This shade is new and exclusive. Urban Decay Sabbath is less shimmery, darker. NARS Rue Saint-Honore is brighter. MAC Blue Stripe is more muted. MAC Petrol Blue is more sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set Black Market
Black Market
Black Market
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Bobbi Brown Bittersweet Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bittersweet Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Bittersweet Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bittersweet Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a dark brown with a satin finish and strong warm, orange undertones. Tom Ford Illicit is redder-toned and shimmery. MAC Life’s Luxury is darker, less warm-toned. MAC Eclair is lighter, more coppery. Chanel Ebloui is less orange. Make Up For Ever #14 is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of the pencil is creamy without being too thick or slick, so it glides on evenly and smoothly depositing rich color even in a single pass. It covers the lid well, but it sets quickly, so you’ll want to work equally quickly and better to do one eye at a time. Once it sets, it stays in place well for a full eight hours; after nine hours, I get very minor creasing towards my inner lid (where I have the most creases). Bobbi Brown only markets these with eight-hour wear (reasonable, one thing I appreciate!), but if you need them to go longer, you may want to layer your favorite primer underneath, which definitely helps extend the wear for me by an additional two to three hours.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Bittersweet
Bittersweet
Bittersweet
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette

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.

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Palette Rich Chocolate
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
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Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Quick

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.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Hard Being the It Girl
6.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3
Application
63%
Total
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Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Quick

Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a peachy-orange, medium-dark brown, and light-medium blue all with matte finishes. Everything was powdery, and two of the shades were also chalky. I had major wear issues with these, as the eyeshadows on their own (not to sound like a broken record, but Wet ‘n’ Wild advertises the Color Icon formula as long-wearing and highly-pigmented, which is why the poor wear is such a problem) disappear in their entirety after five hours of wear–they were half-gone after three hours. It was like my lids were hungry for eyeshadow. Over a primer (I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance), they were slightly better–six hours with a fair amount of fading. Over a creamy base (I used NYX Milk), they performed the best and wore fairly well for seven hours, but you’ll be packing on the eyeshadow to get the color payoff to be true-to-pan.

To Muse and Carouse #1 is a light-medium orange with a matte finish. It’s chalky and somewhat powdery, but it had so-so color payoff. See comparison swatches.

To Muse and Carouse #2 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish. It was very powdery. See comparison swatches.

To Muse and Carouse #3 is a light-medium blue with a matte finish. It was incredibly sheer, powdery, and chalky. See comparison swatches.

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

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio To Muse and Carouse
5
Product
6
Pigmentation
5
Texture
4.5
Longevity
3
Application
52%
Total
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