Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Urban Decay Summer 2014 Collection
Urban Decay Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive

Urban Decay Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive ($14.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “clear, water-based adhesive [that] sets and holds glitter.” It’s supposed to help the brand’s new Heavy Metal Loose Glitter apply “for a full-on jewel-encrusted effect that lasts all day (with very little fallout).” It’s a good thing they added that little bit “with very little fallout,” because I tried two different shades of the new glitters on top of the adhesive, and there was still some fall out. It seemed like one or two glitter particles fell per hour, but in general, the glitter adhered well and was comfortable to wear over the adhesive. The consistency is very much weightless, and it doesn’t feel tacky or thick, so it’s easy to spread across the lid, but I found you needed a fair amount of it on the skin if you wanted a solid glitter effect. If I spread out the adhesive, the glitter tended to apply in a sheer, sparse layer. The adhesive definitely breaks down easily with water, though getting all the bits of glitter off is a different story (more on that below).

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Loose Glitter ($12.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “easy-to-use loose glitter.” Each shade had the same instructions included on a separate pamphlet in the box, which said to lay down a layer of their adhesive first, then with fingertips or brushes, apply the glitter. I didn’t like using fingertips, because the majority of the glitter stuck to my finger and only a smattering adhered to the lid.

The jar has a plastic sifter that is level with the top of the jar, so you have to tap out the glitter into the lid, which makes closing it a glittery mess. I wish the sifter was dropped, so that there was a couple millimeters of space for the glitter to sit on top of the sifter but still inside the jar. When I used a brush, a lot of the glitter didn’t stick to my brush–there is a very small window of how you make the journey from jar to eyelid and keeping your brush just so, and then patting it on the lid and hoping that most of it sticks to the lid. I had three or four times the amount of glitter underneath my lid as on it unless I really slathered on the adhesive, and I had to put adhesive straight onto the brush, too.

The included instructions said to brush away any excess during application, and while those glitters might not stay on the lid on their own, they weren’t easy to remove them from the skin. I tried several different methods, but I ended up resorting to tape. Urban Decay’s loose glitters aren’t really any more difficult or easier to use than most loose glitters available–they’re simply not an improvement on the status quo. With the particle size of these, I prefer using something like Lit Cosmetics’ adhesive base, because I can easily apply it to the lid and my brush to really minimize the fall out during application and get a much more glitter to adhere at once.

ACDC is described as a “bright purple glitter.” It’s a medium, cool-toned purple glitter.

Catfight is described as a “pink glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-red glitter. MAC Pink (P, $21.00) is finer. See comparison swatches.

Goldmine is described as a “yellow-gold glitter.” It’s a medium-dark yellow-toned gold glitter.

Loaded is described as a “bright, deep green glitter.” It’s an emerald green with cool undertones glitter. Lit Cosmetics Yoda (P, $12.95) is lighter, finer. See comparison swatches.

Pyrotechnics is described as an “iridescent glitter.” It’s a multi-colored mix of iridescent pink, lilac, and gold glitter.

Reverb is described as a “bright, deep blue glitter.” It’s a medium-dark blue glitter. Lit Cosmetics Bar Star (P, $12.95) is finer, more multi-dimensional. See comparison swatches.

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Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive

It seemed like one or two glitter particles fell per hour, but in general, the glitter adhered well and was comfortable to wear over the adhesive. The consistency is very much weightless, and it doesn't feel tacky or thick, so it's easy to spread across the lid, but I found you needed a fair amount of it on the skin if you wanted a solid glitter effect. If I spread out the adhesive, the glitter tended to apply in a sheer, sparse layer.
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Friday, November 29th, 2013

Lit Cosmetics Disco Diva Glitter
Lit Cosmetics Disco Diva Glitter

Lit Cosmetics Disco Diva Glitter ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, vibrant violet purple glitter base with fuchsia-red, cyan blue, and tangerine multi-colored glitters. It is size S3, so it is a larger glitter.  I don’t have anything like this (not that I have a particularly extensive library of glitters).  This shade would work really well over violets, pinks, and golds for a festive look.  This shade is exclusive to Beautylish.

Rich & Famous Glitter ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a yellow gold with hints of brown glitter base with a multi-colored holographic glitter. It is size S2, which is the small-sized glitter–not super fine, but not chunky–and tends to look sparkly but not totally over-the-top like the larger sizes do (but in the best way, of course! it is glitter, after all!). MAC Gold (P, $21.00) lacks of the multi-faceted glitter, it’s just pure gold glitter. See comparison swatches.

Both shades worked well with Lit’s Clearly Liquid Glitter Base, which is an adhesive base that feels like water but keeps the glitter secured all day long.  Ilike how it dries quickly, sets all day, but it is a cinch to wash off–just rinse off with water.

P.S. — Lit Cosmetics is having a Black Friday sale, from 6AM to 1AM today (November 29th), where it’s buy one, get one free. To get the deal, add half of the glitters you want BUT the ones you want to get for free, list them in the “Comment/Promo” box. (For exact instructions, you can see the deal on their Facebook page.)  You can check out all of my Lit Cosmetics’ Glitter swatches here! :)

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Lit Cosmetics Bar Star Glitter
Lit Cosmetics Bar Star Glitter

Lit Cosmetics Glitter Daze Holographic Glitter Collection ($52.00 for 5 x 0.14 oz.) includes five holographic glitter shades, plus a 4ml bottle of Clearly Liquid Glitter Base and a small brush. This is less of a review and more of a, “ooh, look at the pretty glitters,” because the nice thing is there’s very little variance in quality from the glitters, as they’re all loose glitters, and they rely on the Clearly Liquid Glitter Base (which I’ve reviewed here and here!)–and that’s the same product, just being used with new-to-me shades.  It’s a very thin, water-like (in terms of consistency) adhesive base that keeps the glitter in place all day long but washes away with water when you’re ready to remove it.

Bar Star is a medium-dark, almost violet-tinged blue with holographic glitter. It is S3 in size, so it is bit larger than the others for particle size.

Glittergasm is a cool-toned, blue-based red and magenta glitter mix with holographic glitter–looks almost fiery when it catches the light. It is S2 in size.

Heartbreaker is an orange-red and purple mix of glitter that shifts to coppery-orange, fuchsia, and orange. It is S2 in size.

Superfly is a dark gray glitter with multi-colored holographic glitter. It reflects a rainbow of color as the light bounces off the glitter particles. It is S2 in size. MAC Grey (LE, $21.00) is gray but not holographic. See comparison swatches.

Rhinestone Cowboy is a mix of a whole assortment of glitter–it seems like a deep, golden brown base of glitter, and then an array of multi-color glitter that looks like a rainbow as the light catches it. It is S2 in size.

These shades are exclusive to Beautylish at the moment, and they can be purchased as a set for $52 or individually for $13, except Rhinestone Cowboy, which is part of the set only.

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Lit Champagne Wishes Glitter
Lit Champagne Wishes Glitter

Lit Lit Kits ($19.95 for 0.28 oz.) have launched at Sephora, and they come in two varieties–silver and gold–with each kit containing one full-sized glitter (0.14 oz.) and a miniature-sized Clearly Liquid Glitter Base (0.14 oz.), plus a miniature-sized brush for application. I reviewed Lit and its glitters and adhesive base a little over a year ago here, and I’m excited that they’re going to become more accessible as they roll out more fully on Sephora.

Lit’s glitters are available in four sizes (1 through 4) and four textures (shimmers, solids, metallics, and electrics). , so depending on the finish you want, you can select from an assortment. Their online catalog is quite extensive, though right now Sephora only has two Lit Kits available–but I know they’ll be adding more to Sephora over the next few months. These kits are a great way to try the brand, though. I really love both their adhesive base as well as their glitters. What I like about the adhesive base is that it’s thin, like water, a little goes a long way, it’s long-wearing, and it’s very easy to remove. It rinses off with water, and the glitter removes really, really cleanly if you splash or rinse your face with water. Otherwise, I would recommend a clean cotton pad to remove the majority, and then a second (clean) one to remove any residual bits left on the skin.

Champagne Wishes is described as a “light beige gold with floating translucent rainbow bubbles.” It’s a light, yellow-y gold glitter base with floating (who would have thought!) pastel glitters in lavender, pink, mint green, and aqua blue. The gold glitter seems very fine, while the more multi-colored glitter seems slightly larger. This is listed as a size 2 glitter.

Tinsel Town is described as a “pure silver sparkle highlighted by multi-halo reflections.” It’s a pale, metallic silver with floating pastel glitters in pink, lavender, aqua blue. It seemed like it has the same multi-colored floating effect as Champagne Wishes but with a silver glitter base. Again, the silver glitter seemed a bit finer than the multi-colored bits, but all in all, it’s a finer glitter. It is listed as a size 2 glitter.

I don’t have any dupes for either shade in my stash, but I don’t have an extensive collection of loose glitters to compare to :)

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It's a light, yellow-y gold glitter base with floating (who would have thought!) pastel glitters in lavender, pink, mint green, and aqua blue. The gold glitter seems very fine, while the more multi-colored glitter seems slightly larger. (Glitter is not currently rated as our Glossover characteristics do not readily apply to this type of product.)

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It's a pale, metallic silver with floating pastel glitters in pink, lavender, aqua blue. It seemed like it has the same multi-colored floating effect as Champagne Wishes but with a silver glitter base. Again, the silver glitter seemed a bit finer than the multi-colored bits, but all in all, it's a finer glitter. (Glitter is not currently rated as our Glossover characteristics do not readily apply to this type of product.)

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and these two glitters are listed as “not safe for the eye or lip area.” This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin. I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

Vanilla is described as a “soft ivory white.” It’s a pale, white gold with warm undertones and a golden yellow sheen. It had good color payoff both dry and damp, though it was more metallic in finish when applied damp. It wore well for seven and a half hours before I saw some faint creasing. It’s part of the permanent range. There’s no shortage of dupes for this shade, though Vanilla has been a long-time fan favorite for years, but you may already have something like it if you haven’t come across it before. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Illusion (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Carefree (P, $21.00) is less frosted. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #1 (LE) is less metallic. bareMinerals Carte Blanche (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Kitschmas is described as a “shimmering pink mauve pearl.” It’s a pinky-lavender with subtle cool undertones and a frosted finish. The texture of this is slightly chunky, so it is best applied with a damp brush as this will help it smooth out and apply with more color payoff (and less fall out!). It wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight hours, there was some slight creasing. It’s part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is similar–more metallic. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #1 (LE) is darker, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Push the Edge is described as a “deep bright purple with pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned violet purple with pink-ish-red tones and a pearly sheen. It was fairly pigmented applied dry, but it was more intense when applied with a dampened brush and tended to look a bit darker/richer. It lasted for eight hours on my lid without creasing, but it did stain. It’s limited edition but has been repromoted several times. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is more muted. NARS Trash (LE, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Grey is described as “sparkly chunky grey.” It’s a dark gray small-sized glitter that flashes to a gunmetal silver and gray as the light hits it. It is not lip or eye safe. I don’t have another glitter in this color that I can recall, though I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.).

Pink is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a medium pink glitter with small-sized particles that flash from light pink to coppery-pink. It’s not lip or eye safe. It’s part of the permanent range. I don’t have another glitter in this color that I can recall, though I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.).

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

MAC Nocturnals/Green & Teal Set
MAC Nocturnals/Green & Teal Set

MAC Nocturnals/Green & Teal Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and 3D Gold also not lip safe. This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin. I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

Reflects Gold is described as a “white glitter that flashes gold.” It looks like a silvery-white at one angle, then more of a golden champagne at another angle. It is one of the finer glitters that MAC has. It’s part of the permanent PRO range. I don’t have another glitter in this color that I can recall, though I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.).

Old Gold is described as a “high frosted tarnish gold.” It’s a medium-dark, green-ish gold over an olive brown base with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff applied both wet and dry, though it was more metallic when applied with a dampened brush. It wore well for seven and a half hours, and then it started to show signs of creasing. It’s part of the permanent range. Too Faced Twinkle (LE) is less olive. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is greener. See comparison swatches.

Deep Blue Green is described as a “rich deep bluish green.” It’s a bluish-teal over a blackened base with a frosted finish. It is a bit darker and only semi-opaque when applied dry, and when applied with a dampened brush, it’s more metallic, smoother, and opaque. It wore well for eight hours. It’s part of the permanent range. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #4 (LE) is lighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is less frosted. Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Just Before Dawn is described as “warm taupe frost.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-leaning taupe with subtle warm undertones and a soft, satin finish. Applied dry, it had fairly good color payoff but appeared browner and lighter. Applied damp, it was grayer and fully pigmented. It lasted for almost eight hours without fading or creasing. Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is warmer. MAC Romance Me (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Keep Your Cool (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Wanderlust (P) is similar.See comparison swatches.

3D Gold is described as a “sparkly chunky gold.” It’s more like a golden chartreuse glitter with a mix of iridescent glitter that gives a rainbow of color as it flashes around. It’s very, very pretty, and it’s such a shame it isn’t eye or lip safe. I know that many MAC artists use the glitters on the runways, and I’ve included a shot of using it on the lid, but I get too nervous using it myself.

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