Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set
Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set ($39.00 for 0.08 oz.) includes four, double-ended eyeliners. Each side is 0.01 oz., so it’s really the equivalent of 2 full-sized eyeliners, though you’re getting eight shades for the price of two. These are all previously released shades with two being brought back in this set (Black Market and Tornado) and the others are permanent. Urban Decay’s formula is long-wearing on me (eight to ten hours), and it is a waxy, glide-on formula that doesn’t tug at the lash line, but some shades require two to three passes for full color coverage.

Black Market is described as a “charcoal black satin.” It’s a soft, gray-ish black with subtle shimmer and a pearly sheen. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage but was semi-sheer in a single stroke. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (P, $15.00) Urban Decay Black Market (LE, $19.00) Urban Decay Uzi (P, $19.00) MAC Black Swan (P, $15.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornado is described as a “dark eggplant pearl.” It’s a deepened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had sheer color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It wore well for nine hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Velvet is described as a “rich, smoky black matte.” It’s a rich, deep dark matte black with subtle, warm undertones. It has a very dry, matte finish–more flatter than Perversion. The texture is dry, powder-like, and it applies best in short strokes. It wears nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smoke is described as a “deepest gray matte.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-opaque. The color wore well for eight and a half hours, and the pencil itself was lightly creamy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zero is described as a “zealous black cream.” It’s a medium black with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Demolition is described as a “deep brown matte.” It’s a dark brown with wwarm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque pigmentation with two layers. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black. This is part of the permanent range. It is one of the creamier pencils by Urban Decay, so it has really good color payoff that goes on smoothly and evenly. It wears nine to ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

LSD is described as a “navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter blue sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one stroke that was buildable to more opaque color in two layers. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre
Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre ($7.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright magenta with gold shimmer and highlight.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia pink with gold shimmer. The layer of gold shimmer seems to be a more defining characteristic of this shade, as it made it harder to dupe. Kat Von D Lullabye (P, $21.00) is more matte, no gold shimmer. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is a gloss, redder, less shimmery. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is less golden. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, lacks the gold shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lip Lustres are supposed to be “non-sticky lipcolour, nearly as solid as lipstick, leaving rich colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness.” It had intense color payoff that yielded full color coverage. The color went on evenly and smoothly for a forgiving finish that was lightly shiny but not glossy (indeed, more like a liquid lipstick). The consistency is more liquid-like, but it isn’t runny as it has a denser, drier texture that is more comfortable applied than it seems initially, but it isn’t drying (nor hydrating). It also non-sticky as described. On me, the color lasted for five and a half hours before fading, and it left behind a slight stain. There was no discernible taste or smell.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

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I’m working my way through reviewing Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadows ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.), so I thought that while I’m testing, you could at least check out swatches of all the shades with a Metallic finish that I hope to review soon (excluding shades from the 30th Anniversary Palette, click the link for swatches of those)!  :)

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Friday, September 12th, 2014

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set
Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($52.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes ten (obviously!) eyeliners–one full-sized Perversion and then nine travel-sized (0.03 oz. vs. 0.04 oz., so it’s 25% smaller than full-sized) shades. Though nine of the shades are new and exclusive to this limited edition set, a few of them feel like, “Haven’t I seen you before?” There is definitely some overlap with past shades released in the 24/7 line-up. Though I am a fan of the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil formula, and I love how wide the shade range is, there are too many under-performers in this set. I’m disappointed, and I wish Urban Decay would increase the pigmentation behind their more sparkly shades, as they consistently apply much sheerer and more unevenly than their less shimmery/sparkly shades.

The price point on the set might seem high (it did to me initially), given that Urban Decay has released Ocho Loco and Ocho Loco 2 over the past two years around the holidays, and each had eight, full-sized eyeliners for $59 (0.32 oz.) while here, nine of the eyeliners aren’t full-sized, but if you actually look at the amount, it’s only 0.01 oz. less and you’re paying $7 less as well. The eyeliners were $184/oz. in Ocho Loco, and they are $168/oz. in Ten.

Stargazer is described as a “soft metallic gold with dimensional sparkle.” It’s a muted, yellow gold with darker gold sparkle and a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it didn’t build to opaque color as it didn’t seem to layer well. I found it needed to be smudged into place with a brush to look more even on the lash line. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mugshot is described as a “light metallic taupe with slight pink shift.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke with a smooth, creamy consistency that glided on easily. It wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glitter Rock is described as a “metallic pink with pink multidimensional sparkle.” It’s a muted, pinky-brown with warm undertones and pink sparkle. It was sheer when applied in one go, and it just wouldn’t build up much more than semi-sheer, and it tended to apply unevenly, despite the pencil gliding on. What color applied lasted for eight hours before gradually fading. Unfortunately, I don’t have any great dupes for this, only one other shade I could think of had a similar tone/coloring but was much darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Faint is described as a “warm taupe matte.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque color after two layers. It wore well for eight and a half hours and was lightly creamy in texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonspoon is described as a “metallic gray with silver sparkle.” It’s a blackened gray with lighter silver sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation one pass, and it was only buildable to semi-sheer color coverage, which was also uneven. The pencil glided on without tugging, but you could feel the sparkle/glitter. It wore well for seven and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gonzo is described as a “electric blue matte with tonal shimmer.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with subtle silver sparkle over a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two layers. The color wore well for eight and a half hours, while the consistency was lightly creamy and glided on well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vacancy is described as a “bright metallic teal.” It’s a brightened, blue-teal with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one layer, and it was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. It wore well for nine hours before thinning. The pencil was creamy and required a lighter pressure initially, until the tip softened slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Voodoo is described as a “bright metallic purple with dimensional sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned purple with a multi-colored sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color at best, which was somewhat uneven. The consistency felt a little waxy, though it didn’t tug on the lash line. The color wore well for eight hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokeout is described as a “rich taupe-black satin.” It’a dark, subtly warm-toned taupe with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one pass, which was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage in two layers. The consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without dragging. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black. This is part of the permanent range. It is one of the creamier pencils by Urban Decay, so it has really good color payoff that goes on smoothly and evenly. It wears nine to ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, September 12th, 2014

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains twenty new, limited edition, and exclusive shades. Overall, the palette had good color payoff with the majority of the shades, and most wore for around seven to eight hours before fading/creasing on me. I had some issues with the texture of shades within this palette, but it definitely wasn’t on the same level as Shadow Box. I felt like the eyeshadows–across the board–were less plush, not as buttery or as dense as many other Urban Decay eyeshadows, though. None of the textures were stiff (where you’d have trouble getting color payoff), but they were thinner, sometimes a little drier, and the eyeshadows felt more pressed (firmer) into the pan. The matte finishes were soft and finely-milled, but a few of them were also quite powdery so you’ll want to be careful applying (or apply before your base).

I also wish that Urban Decay would make their mattes… matte in their palettes, because even with these, most of the mattes also have shimmer in them (but it doesn’t translate on the lid, so why not just make them pure matte?). This is also a more warm-toned palette with a lot of mid-tone and dark shades, and as I worked through the palette, I felt like I needed a couple of lighter/light-medium shades so that not every eye was dark and smoky. There are six shades with “micro-glitter,” which tended to have some fall out, though it varied from shade to shade.

The palette is slightly slimmer than Vice and Vice 2, and it includes a thin, zippered bag that you can store the palette in (or, as they also suggest, whatever you’d like). The bag could be about half an inch wider, because the fit could be looser around the palette (just to make easier to take in and out of the bag). It is metallic, so it holds fingerprints very easily. The included double-ended brush seems to be of the same quality as other Urban Decay brushes, which is all right, but I’m not in love with the shape or density of the brush (seems to increase fall out during application).

Urban Decay’s eyeshadow retails for $18.00 for 0.05 oz. normally, so the palette contains a total of $216 worth of eyeshadow, plus the dual-ended brush (maybe $16 or so in value) for a total value of ~$232. It’s less than the cost of four, full-sized single eyeshadows (though none of these are available individually, just to be clear).

Truth is described as a “pale pink-nude matte.” It’s a light, neutral-to-warm-toned pink with a matte finish. The more I used this, the more powdery and loose the eyeshadow became over time. It is really pigmented, but so much of the powder just falls everywhere when using it. This was one of the shades I used frequently as a brow bone highlighter (usually mixed with something else, as my skin tone doesn’t play well with the white base in this shade), and it was a very finicky eyeshadow: touch the brush very, very lightly to the pan, tap off excess, then apply, and then you may still need dust away excess. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dragon is described as a “bright metallic green shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth, though thinner. It’s a shade that doesn’t work as well over bare skin and really benefits from a primer, as the thinner texture made it go on unevenly over bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vanity is described as a “smoky metallic eggplant with multidimensional micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and only a little powdery. I didn’t notice the micro-glitter in this much when I applied, though it is visible in the pan. There was a tiny amount of fall out from what I could determine, while the color itself lasted for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alien is described as a “pink-peach with golden shift.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a soft, golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation, but the more powdery texture made it harder to apply. It really wasn’t worth using over bare skin–it needs a primer or else it looks uneven and faded no matter how much you pack on. I think at some point, while trying to use it over bare skin, I had more eyeshadow underneath my eye than on the eyelid. It wasn’t great over primer, but it was better. Over bare skin, it lasted six and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last Sin is described as a “champagne shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a metallic sheen. The glitter is most noticeable in the pan, but the majority had dropped while I was applying it or got trapped between my brush’s bristles. It had a drier, crumbly texture that made it more prone to fall out during application and quicker to fade (seven hours) on the lid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undone is described as a “pink-beige matte-satin with subtle floating tonal pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peach-beige with warm undertones and a very fine shimmer over a matte finish. It really just looks matte once you apply it to the lid. It had decent color payoff with a very soft, silky texture, but it was somewhat powdery so you’ll want to be sure to tap off excess product before applying to the lid. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freeze is described as a “metallic medium blue with multidimensional micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, medium blue with a golden, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was slightly dry/powdery. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. There was a bit of fall out as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucky is described as a “metallic bronze.” It’s a brightened, frosted copper with warm, orange undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery–it was one of the few shades that really felt like Urban Decay’s regular formula to me. This shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alchemy is described as a “deep fuchsia satin.” It’s a darker, pink-berry with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and blendable, though it doesn’t have the richness you might be used to from Urban Decay’s formula (it has a thinner feel–here it is not a good or bad thing, just a preference, as it didn’t interfere with the quality overall). It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. It was also a more unique shade, which is always a nice touch! See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Angel is described as a “light taupe with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a light-medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but it had a drier, firmer texture that made it harder to get color out; it builds decently, though. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. I didn’t notice any micro-glitter in this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Downfall is described as a “warm light brown matte.” It’s a medium, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery to work with, but it blended well on the skin. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heroine is described as a “deep navy blue with subtle floating tonal pearl.” It’s a blackened navy blue with silver and navy blue micro-shimmer over a matte finish. It’s more pigmented than it appears, but it doesn’t stick well to bare skin and blends away easily, so it’s a shade that performs better over a primer. The texture is a little dry and fairly powdery. You’ll definitely want to hold a tissue underneath the eye or apply this shade prior to base, because it’s hard to contain the excess powder from dropping, even when patting it on. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Reign is described as a “rich brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a frosted, golden sheen and warm, yellow undertones. It had good color payoff with a softer, smoother texture that was easy to work with. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bondage is described as a “deep, smoky burgundy shimmer.” It’s a rich, dark purple-burgundy with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was smooth, buttery, and blendable. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Defy is described as a “smoky taupe satin.” It’s a dark, cool-toned taupe that leans more gray than brown with a matte finish. In the pan, there are very tiny micro-shimmers, but it appears matte on the skin. This was the worst performer in the entire palette with respect to the pigmentation: it was a drier, powdery shade with semi-sheer color payoff. It was a total pain to work with, as it looked splotchy and uneven applied. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

DTF is described as a “taupe matte with subtle floating pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-toned taupe with a satin-matte finish. It looked mostly matte applied on the skin, but the shimmer in this shade was more noticeable than in other shades with a similar finish. It had good color payoff, was slightly powdery, and lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brokedown is described as a “metallic golden brown shimmer with gold micro-glitter.” It’s a golden, olive brown with hints of green and warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was soft and dense, but it was a smidgen powdery, while it had intense color payoff and didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobby Dazzle is described as a “metallic white with pale gold micro-glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, white gold with a metallic sheen and fine micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t seem noticeable applied so much as it seems to give the powder a grittier, drier texture that doesn’t feel as smooth. It had fairly good color payoff at least, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sonic is described as a “metallic red-copper.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, so it applied beautifully on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revolver is described as a “soft black satin with subtle floating iridescent pearl.” It’s deepened, charcoal gray with cool, bluish undertones and a silver shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth while applying well to the eye. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, September 12th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a golden copper, frosted sheen. Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine (P, $21.00) is brighter, more orange. LORAC Nude #5 (LE) is browner. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is browner. Makeup Geek Goddess (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, slightly browner. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more muted, browner. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is darker. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever #10 (P, $23.00) is more orange, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is intensely pigmented, and it’s a blush where a little goes a long way. The creamier, denser texture makes it easier to apply, blend, and diffuse for a softer application if so desired. It can also just as easily be applied at full color coverage for a more dramatic, richer look. Your choice in tools will make a world of difference with a blush as pigmented as this one; I highly recommend a less dense, stippling-type brush (I like MAC’s 159) for applying color, and if you feel like it’s still too bold, you can use a buffing brush to soften further or take a colored setting powder to tone it down (alternatively, I often use my foundation brush to diffuse edges). The finish has more shimmer in it than some of the other blushes in the range, but it didn’t emphasize pores and appears more pearly than shimmery on. As a blush, the color lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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