Sunday, March 27th, 2011


Urban Decay Summer 2011 Palette

Urban Decay Rollergirl Summer 2011 Palette

Urban Decay Rollergirl Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00) contains four eyeshadows, minature lipgloss, and miniature eyeliner. These include: Woodstock (bright pink with sligh shimmer), Verve (pearly oyster), Suspect (oyster with dimensional shift), Darkhorse (bronze patina), Crush (bright hot pink), and Whiskey (dark brown). Each eyeshadow contains 0.04 oz., while the lipgloss contains 0.12 fl. oz and the eyeliner is 0.03 oz. The palette contains $54.40 worth of eyeshadow, $6.70 worth of lipgloss, and $12.75 worth of eyeliner. The total value of the palette is $73.85.

  • Woodstock is a dark fuchsia pink with a soft frost finish. Very pigmented, super smooth. This is permanently available.
  • Verve is a pale, muted taupe brown–like a lighter Mushroom. This is an exclusive shade to this palette.
  • Suspect is a muted champagne bronze with a frost finish. This shade was in the Book of Shadows, Vol. III.
  • Darkhorse is a dark, sultry bronze shimmered brown. This shade was in the Naked and Feminine palettes.
  • Crush is a semi-sheer magenta pink. It’s almost like magenta met bubblegum pink, and then they had a lovechild. This is permanently available. For a full review of the formula, please see my original review.
  • Whiskey is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown. This shade was originally available with the Naked palette and is currently available as part of an eyeliner duo (with Flipside).

It is similar to last summer’s palette release called Summer of Love, which was in the same format, but instead of a lip gloss, had a miniature-sized primer. It retailed for $29, so I expect pricing to be around there. As soon as I have pricing/availability information, I’ll be sure to update this post!

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Urban Decay Rollergirl Summer 2011 Eyeshadow Palette

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Urban Decay always puts out really pretty palettes, from the color selection to the way they do the packaging. The palette has repeats as many of Urban Decay’s palettes often do, which is definitely a drawback for long-time fans. For those new to the brand, it’s a nice neutral palette with a hot pink kick. If you’re just into neutrals though, you may want to consider the Naked palette if you have $48 to spend.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, March 26th, 2011


Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer

Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer

For summer, it looks like Urban Decay listened to consumer feedback and repackaged their Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer! They initially launched it last year (and I reviewed it in full here), and I hated the packaging. It came with a pump dispenser, which inevitably dispensed far too much product, and the packaging itself seemed a bit cheap–the label appeared faded. This is such an upgrade!

From last year’s review:

  • Halo is the lightest and I think is neutral enough to work on both cool and warm toned skin, but it may not be light enough for our ultra pale friends. I think if you fit into MAC’s NC/NW15-20 range, this would be the best fit for you.
  • Bodyguard is the next lightest, described by Urban Decay as “medium light,” and it’s the shade I use. I’m NC25 in MAC, and I find Body Guard to be a decent match, if a little light. Ideally, I’d probably mix a bit of Bodyguard and Bulletproof together, but since the pump is such an issue, it’s not really possible.
  • Bulletproof is a medium shade, but it’s actually a big step from Bodyguard. It didn’t work for me as NC25, so I’d imagine it’s more around those at the NC/NW30-40 level.
  • Forcefield is described as medium dark, and it’s not too much darker than Bulletproof. It’s noticeably darker, but it doesn’t seem as big of a leap as from Bodyguard to Bulletproof. I would say this would suit shades around the NC/NW40-45 level.

For a full review for the formula and see how it wears, head on over here. I’m still waiting for official details from Urban Decay regarding availability, launch dates, and pricing, but I imagine it should be around $32 (which is what it is now).  From what I could tell, the formula felt the same, but again, I’m waiting to hear more :)

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Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Urban Decay Primer Potion Tubes
Urban Decay Primer Potion Tubes

Urban Decay Primer Potion Tubes

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tubes ($19.00 for 0.37 oz.) just launched at Sephora and will be exclusive to Sephora at this time. They’re available in all four varieties–Eden, Greed, Original, and Sin–and they’re actually a smidgen bigger than the bottles (0.37 oz. vs. 0.34 oz.) and cost a dollar more. I noticed that Sephora didn’t mark these as limited editoin and only stated that they would be exclusive to Sephora for a limited time–I presume they’ll roll out to the usual retailers later on.  Once I have more details, I’ll be sure to post.

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Friday, March 25th, 2011


Electric Pineapple, Blue Iguana, Senorita Bonita

China Glaze Island Escape Swatches, Photos, Reviews

For summer, China Glaze’s Island Escape presents six colorful shades perfect for the season. I’m actually quite in love with this launch–it’s gorgeous and the colors are fun. They may not be the most unique, but I think they’re well-done overall. The shades include: Papaya Punch (crème based vivid orange), 108 Degrees (flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter), Senorita Bonita (passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter), Blue Iguana (bold and daring sparkly blue), Cha Cha Cha (vivacious shimmer green), and Electric Pineapple (high intensity crème based lime green).

  • 108 Degrees is a deep raspberry red shimmered with white and fuchsia micro-shimmer. There is a touch of gold micro-shimmer, too, but it is less apparent when applied than it looks in the bottle. I needed two coats for this shade. It’s redder than Zoya Alegra.
  • Papaya Punch is a yellowed tangerine cream. I used two coats on this one. It’s more orange than China Glaze’s Sun Worshipper but it has a similar feel.
  • Cha Cha Cha is a bright, grassy green with chartreuse micro-shimmer. I used three coats with this shade and there is still some visible nail line. It’s brighter and greener than NARS Platoon. Zoya’s Midori looks most similar, perhaps a little darker.
  • Electric Pineapple is a really yellowed chartreuse–it’s not quite yellow but not a true chartreuse either–cream. It seems like Zoya’s Bekka but opaque and with a cream finish. I did use three coats here and impatience more than anything led to some unevenness.
  • Blue Iguana is a medium-dark blue with blue and fuchsia-violet micro-shimmer. I used three coats but found this shade to be rather sheer. It reminded me of a less intense version of Orly’s Lunar Eclipse.
  • Senorita Bonita is a magenta purple with red undertones and flecks of fuchsia and gold sparkle. It doesn’t feel like a glitter but the particles don’t quite look like shimmer either. I used two coats, but three would have been better. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one.

my thoughts on the formula: Overall, these were on the sheerer side and most required three coats. They apply really smoothly and evenly, though. I used Zoya’s Anchor and Armor on base/top coats on all swatches. China Glaze polish typically lasts a full week on me with minor tip wear.

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China Glaze Island Escape Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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These are classic summer shades–some a bit dupeable, but they’re still beautiful.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 25th, 2011


MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Give Me Sun! and Sun Power MSFN Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) have two new and permanent shades–for achieving that sunkissed glow, that is.  They will debut and stay in the range beginning April 7th with the Bronze Everyday Collection, which also features Bronzing Powders (most, if not all, already in the line), Skinsheen Leg Spray (now permanent), two Mineralize Skinfinishes (already permanent), and two new bronzing shades of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (now permanent).

Give Me Sun! is described as a “light summer peachy tan.” This is the shade I felt suited my medium skin tone (NC25/NC30) best, because it wasn’t too dark, too orange, and it was very natural. It blends out easily, so I would also recommend it for lighter skin tones as well as medium skin tones.

Sun Power is described as a “deep terracotta bronze.” It has a stronger earthy red undertone while being a deeper and darker tanned bronze overall. I would recommend it for medium-dark to deep skin tones.

The texture of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural works really well as a bronzer, too. The finely milled powder is lightweight, blends effortlessly, and the lack of sheen makes it look delightfully natural. It is a real shame that MAC didn’t also decide to make the 131 brush permanent, because I findit to be an excellent brush for bronzer–impossible to overdo! The next best brush I’ve found is tied between the 116 and 168.

P.S. — I’m only reviewing the Lustre Drops and new Mineralize Skinfinish Natural shades (the majority of the rest has been permanent or reviewed previously here on the blog).

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MAC Give Me Sun! and Sun Power MSFN Review, Photos, Swatches

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From the testing I've done so far, I actually like these more than MAC's Bronzing Powders, which are good, but these are so soft and silky smooth.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 25th, 2011


MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel and Sun Rush

MAC Lustre Drops Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Lustre Drops ($19.50 for 0.60 fl. oz.) are being welcomed into MAC’s permanent range this summer. They will debut and stay in the range beginning April 7th with the Bronze Everyday Collection, which also features Bronzing Powders (most, if not all, already in the line), Skinsheen Leg Spray (now permanent), two Mineralize Skinfinishes (already permanent), and two new bronzing shades of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (now permanent).

Pink Rebel is described as a “blue pink with gold pearl.” I really don’t see blue-pink when I swatch it (or even just looking at it). It’s a peached, pink champagne with a soft bronze metallic shimmer and sheen.  Sun Rush is described as a “peachy bronze with gold pearl.” This is a medium-dark golden bronze with warm undertones and rich gold shimmer and sheen.

Lustre Drops are packaged in small bottles that resemble puff paints that you’d find at any arts and crafts store. To dispense the product, you simply squeeze the bottle and it will push out through the narrow nozzle. In the past, Lustre drops have come in specially colored packaging but this time around, they have the classic black cap. A little goes a long way, especially if you intend to use it only on smaller areas, like the face, squeeze out as little as you can.

P.S. — I’m only reviewing the Lustre Drops and new Mineralize Skinfinish Natural shades (the rest has been permanent or reviewed previously).

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MAC Lustre Drops Review, Photos, Swatches

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Lustre Drops are, essentially, liquid highlighters. You can use them on your cheeks, brows, decolletage… whatever. You can mix it in with your foundation or moisturizer for an all-over sheen.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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