Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink-peach with a touch of shimmer.” It’s a softened, light-medium pink-peach with warm undertones and fine gold micro-sparkle. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is pinker, cream. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Colour Pop Trickery (P, $8.00) is lighter, cream. Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter. LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is darker, more shimmery Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is darker. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is brighter, warmer. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is similar. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is warmer. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This powder blush formula is supposed to offer buildable color with eight-hour wear and a blendable consistency. This was my least favorite of the Urban Decay blushes, as it was drier, almost dusty, with a tendency to sheer out on the skin. The sparkle seemed to separate from the base color, which may have contributed to that dusty feeling–and that there was almost no shimmer once applied to the face. The texture wasn’t as blendable, and I could only build it from sheer to semi-sheer color coverage, so I wouldn’t recommend it for deeper skin tones. It is also extremely dupable with many, many better-performing options out there. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60.00 for 0.31 oz.) contains a sparkling, bluish-teal powder eyeshadow paired with a smoky taupe-brown cream eyeshadow, which you may know has Spring 2015, as it was released previously. The performance of the powder eyeshadow was better in this duo than the other two, and the cream eyeshadow performed as well this time as it did previously–that is to say, excellently. Layered, the two create a dirty, blackened blue-teal with a very sparkly, metallic sheen.

Midnight Sea (Eye Color) is a light-medium, bluish-teal with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied very smoothly and evenly. The sparkle seemed more integrated and a bit finer in this eyeshadow compared to the ones in the other duos. The consistency was still thin, almost wet/cream-like, and blended well on the skin without losing its base color. I didn’t have issues with fall out during application, but I did have some noticeable fall out over time. It lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly on me. Colour Pop Ibiza (P, $5.00) is brighter, darker. Colour Pop Pop Rocks (P, $5.00) is darker, less metallic. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is darker. Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $18.00) is warmer, less sparkly. Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker. Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (P, $5.99) is lighter, less sparkly. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is less sparkly, darker. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is darker, less sparkly. Inglot #415 (P, $6.00) is brighter, less sparkly. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Spring 2015 is a blackened, smoky taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a silver-ish pearly shimmer. It’s one of the more complex shades that have been released in this formula, and I find it looks different depending on the opacity level and what you pair it with. It wore well for twelve hours without creasing or fading, and it applied with even, smooth, opaque color coverage with ease. Hourglass Atmosphere #5 (P) is a powder, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is a powder, less shimmery. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Pepper (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, powder. Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is powder, less shimmery, darker. Stila Substance (P) is lighter, powder. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is powder, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is powder, cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer, powder. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is grayer. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pinky-red with cool, bluish undertones and a satin-matte finish. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is slightly warmer, cream. NARS Panic (Left) (P) is more shimmery, pinker. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is darker, redder. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is brighter, cream. MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is lighter. MAC Magenta (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have buildable color coverage, wear for eight hours, and have a “blendable, finely milled” texture. The color coverage ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, depending on your brush and how heavy or light your hand is, and it is definitely buildable to fully opaque, true-to-pan color if desired. On my medium skin tone, I didn’t feel like I had to use the tiniest amount, but I still recommend using less than you think and building up, if necessary, because you don’t need much for medium coverage. The texture was very finely-milled and silky, on the thinner side, and a smidgen powdery, though it didn’t look powdery on the skin. It was fairly blendable, but it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades in the range. The finish looks matte initially but diffuses to a more satiny finish as it is blended and worked into the skin. On me, it wore well for almost nine hours.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss

Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, though there was still some translucency to it so the natural lip color will peek through (I could see it turning redder on some as a result). It went on smoothly and evenly, and the gloss wore well for almost six hours and was lightly hydrating over time. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is similar. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is similar. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is less red. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Quiver Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium rose-pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had nearly full color coverage with a very light translucency that could only be seen in some light. The color went on evenly, and though I could see a tiny bit in my lip lines, the depth and shine made it hard to notice from a normal viewing distance. The color stayed on well for almost six hours and was moderately hydrating. This shade was surprisingly difficult to dupe due to its opacity. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery. Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is redder, warmer. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is sheerer, less glossy. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Bittersweet Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a medium, magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is lighter, cream. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer, cream. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is darker, cream. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cream. LORAC Unashamed (LE) is darker. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is very similar. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is slightly less cool-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have “buildable color” and wear for “eight long hours.” It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two to three passes of product. I didn’t feel like I needed to pack it on for it to show up on my medium skin tone, so fairer and deeper complexions should be able to adjust their application to easily use this as they desire. It seems very versatile as a result of that buildability, combined with how blendable and silky the texture is. In the pan, it seemed almost powdery, but on the skin, it seems to almost melt into the skin and gives a natural matte finish, where skin still looks like skin and not totally flat. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours.

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

Tom Ford Naked Bronze Cream & Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Naked Bronze Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Naked Bronze Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a mix of glittering gold and warm, coppery bronze, which you may know as Spice (previously released on its own). When the gold eyeshadow is patted over the bronze cream eyeshadow, you get a lighter, more sparkly bronze that has a more subdued red undertone. They work well together as shades side-by-side or layered. The formula of the sparkly eyeshadow suffers from some fall out during wear, and it could be a bit more pigmented in its base color, while the cream eyeshadow is fantastic with rich color payoff and a smooth, blendable, long-wearing formula.

Naked Bronze (Eye Color) is a subdued, light-medium dirty gold with lighter champagne gold sparkle and flecks of glitter. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with plenty of sparkle that actually transferred to the lid with minimal fall out as the texture was thin, almost cream-like, and held together well. This type of texture really helps the sparkly bits to bind with the colored powder and then stick to the lid. I did see some fall out over time while I wore it, though. The color lasted well for nine hours before creasing slightly. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Disco (LE, $18.00) is less sparkly. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is less sparkly. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is darker, less sparkly. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #3 (LE) is less sparkly. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is very similar. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Spice is a medium-dark, copper bronze with warm, red undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented; a little goes quite a way, so I highly recommend using less than you think and then building if you end up needing more. If you want a sheerer wash of color, I would apply to the center of the area with a tiny amount, then blend and diffuse to a sheerer layer. I think it is easy to wear it totally opaque or sheer it out, but as it is quite pigmented, it is easier to wear it opaque. On me, it wears for nine and a half hours before creasing (actually, it wore a little longer than the last time I tested it–by a half hour). MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE) is powder, lighter. Colour Pop Deluxe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is less red-toned. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is a powder. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (P, $21.00) is a powder. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is a powder. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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