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MAC Brash & Bold Pigment

MAC Brash & Bold Pigment
MAC Brash & Bold Pigment

MAC Brash & Bold Pigment ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bright magenta.” It’s a rich, vibrant fuchsia-shimmered pink-red. MAC Passionate is matte and pinker. MAC Tease with Ease is pinker, less red, and not as vibrant. MAC Bright Fuchsia is darker, less red-toned. Brash & Bold is a repromote, so you might want to check your stash to see if you already own it.

It has a slightly powdery texture when used dry, as it has an almost semi-matte base (like Push the Edge), though I found Brash & Bold to be smoother and better-performing in comparison. When applied damp, it has a brighter shimmer-sheen finish and becomes a bit richer and darker in color. It applied smoothly and evenly, and it was easy to blend out–it does stain, though. I trialed this shade yesterday, and it clung on like grim death for a full nine hours; there was some very faint creasing at that point.

Also, worth noting, despite purchasing this directly from the Year of the Snake collection page, along with Push the Edge, this pigment did not come with the limited edition sleeve design–it was your standard black cardboard box. (You can see the specially-designed sleeves here.)

MAC Pigment Brash & Bold
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Altered State Eyeshadow

MAC Altered State Eyeshadow
MAC Altered State Eyeshadow

MAC Altered State Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep frosted blue purple” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a darkened purple with subtle burgundy-brown undertones and a dusting of micro-shimmer. OCC Overlook is lighter, redder. Buxom Schnauzer is slightly lighter and a cream product. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #5 is richer, darker.

If it sounds familiar, it has made a couple of appearances in MAC’s holiday palettes. The shade is good, but for a Veluxe Pearl, it’s drier and more powdery than you’d expect–it doesn’t have that dense, almost buttery, feel of a Veluxe Pearl. The color payoff was true-to-pan, and it was blendable and fairly easy to apply. I wore it (along with the other eyeshadows in the collection), and there was a smidgen of fading after wearing it for nine hours (no primer) but no fall out or creasing.  There was some minor fall out during application because of the drier texture.

MAC Eyeshadow Altered State
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

MAC Push the Edge Pigment

MAC Push the Edge Pigment
MAC Push the Edge Pigment

MAC Push the Edge Pigment ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep bright purple with pearl.” It’s a rich violet purple with strong fuchsia-red undertones and a frosted finish. NARS Trash is a bit darker and less shimmery, plus it is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #26 is also a cream product, but it is more similar in color.

There’s a slight chalkiness to the base of this color; it’s almost as if there’s a matte or semi-matte purple base along with lots of shimmer/frost, but they don’t quite blend and meld together perfectly. When applied dry, it tends to look and feel powdery, and it yields a sheer, washed out payoff. When applied damp (I used water), the intensity of the color increases, and it looks much smoother and more opaque–the shimmer content also becomes more pronounced. MAC actually markets pigments as a product that will adhere to skin that can be used sheerly or intensely, and that it is long-lasting. I applied it with water to dampen the color and smooth it out, and it lasted for eight hours without creasing or fading.

Like much of this collection, Push the Edge is a repromote, so you may already have it in your stash.

MAC Push the Edge Pigment

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Urban Decay Moonflower Eyeshadow and BYOP

Urban Decay Moonflower BYOP
Urban Decay Moonflower BYOP

Urban Decay Moonflower BYOP ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a new design of Urban Decay’s Build Your Own Palette concept, and this version includes one eyeshadow already–Moonflower–which is described as a “light copper/peach shimmer.” It’s a softened, orange-copper with a golden peach shimmer-sheen finish. Cinderella All Aglow is browner. Guerlain Les Fauves #4 is darker. bareMinerals Nirvana is lighter. Urban Decay Penny Lane is lighter and more golden. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is similar.

I like the 4-pan BYOPs more than the 6-pan ones, because they’re more compact and travel-friendly, but I still find the BYOP concept to be overly bulky. I’d also much rather purchase pans of eyeshadow rather than a pot that I can pop out the first layer out of (because you could always do that, you just didn’t have a palette that fit them). I would have loved to see Urban Decay make them magnetic with a pin-sized hole on the bottom, so you could push the pan out if you wanted. I still believe that one of the appeals of having freestyle palette systems is to save on space, save on money, and be able to travel with them more readily. If you drop one of the BYOPs, it does have more security from breaking, because it is more insulated. I do, personally, like the design they chose for the actual palette; very dark, mysterious, and pretty (to me).

Moonflower (the eyeshadow) has good color payoff, a soft, smooth texture that’s dense and goes on evenly. There were a few flecks of sparkle that I saw fall out during application, and after I cleaned up, I saw a couple stray sparkles after wearing it for eight hours. I had some very light fading after wearing it (without primer) for eight hours but no creasing.

Please note: the rating for this product is purely based on the performance and quality of the eyeshadow, not the palette.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Moonflower
Moonflower
Moonflower
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige sparkle.” It’s a medium caramel brown with warm undertones and a champagne-bronze sheen. Milani Caramel Brown is darker, more bronze. MAC Love Connection is also browner. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar is lighter, less caramel. Urban Decay Blaze is less brown, slightly more orange.

You can find Sidecar in the original Naked Palette. Though it has a sparkle finish, it doesn’t seem to have micro-gltiter, and the sparkle is fine and sparse–I didn’t have problems with it in the Naked Palette, and I didn’t have problems when I tried this shade (which is in the newer formulation). I didn’t see fall out during application or later on during wear. The color itself is fully pigmented, and it applies evenly and smoothly. It has a dense, buttery texture that is soft and easily blended on the skin. I wore it and had it last for full eight hours without fading or creasing, and there was some very light fading along the outer edge after nine hours.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Sidecar
Sidecar
Sidecar
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic bright purple with blue shift.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based violet purple with hints of fuchsia in its base. The finish has a high frost content and comes off a bit metallic. Tarte Touchdown in Londontown is a darker purple. MAC Stars ‘n Rockets is much more fuchsia. Inglot #441 is darker, purpler. It’s not similar to either Urban Decay Ecstasy (cooler-toned, no pink) or Fishnet (very fuchsia/pink, like MAC Stars ‘n Rockets).

Like Deep End, Omen was released in the 15th Anniversary Palette. When I first posted about the shades Urban Decay was adding to their permanent range, readers really seemed quite happy about Omen coming back, so I was eager to play around with it again.  I’m happy to report that it has a soft, buttery texture that applies smoothly and evenly.  The color payoff is good, and the pink base comes out more as you swatch and blend it out.  When I tested this on the lid, it wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing, and after nine hours there was a hint of fading along the outer edge.

Since a lot of you have been wearing Omen a lot, what are some of your favorite looks using it?

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow

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