First, the palette includes sixteen eyeshadows. The new and exclusive shades are AC/DC, Nylon, Mushroom, Sphynx, Jinx, Homegrown, Misdemeanor, and Perversion. The existing shades are Sellout, Gunmetal, Ecstasy, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Twice Baked, Half Baked, Flipside, and YDK. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., compared to single eyeshadows that are 0.05 oz. and retail for $16.00 and the deluxe eyeshadows that are 0.09 oz. for $18.00. All of the existing shades are single eyeshadows (not deluxe), so it’s best to compare to that. Just to put it in perspective, by the ounce, these are about half the price (by ounce!) as the full-sized versions.
Perversion is a nearly matte charcoal black with just a tiny dust of silver sparkle. (I know Urban Decay says it’s matte, but it seemed like it had some sparkle to it every time I looked at it.) This shade was also included in last year’s palette.
Gunmetal is a frosty, silvery-gray with lighter silver sparkle.
Ecstasy is a shimmery cool-toned medium purple with lighter pinky-purple shimmer.
AC/DC is a burgundyish-plum with a dirty silver sheen.
Nylon is a medium bronzy-brown with softer bronze shimmer and has a frosty finish.
Sellout is a frosty, intensely pigmented champagne-nude. I really liked the color pigmentation of this shade in particular, and it felt very, very smooth.
Mushroom is a dark, cool-toned taupe-y brown with cool bronze shimmer. This is sort of similar to the cream eyeshadow of the same name.
Sphynx is a lightly brightened cotton candy pink with an icier pink sheen.
Half Baked is a coppery bronze with a golden bronze metallic sheen and shimmer.
Twice Baked is a dark, semi-matte chocolate brown with just a light dusting of bronze.
Midnight Cowboy Rides Again is a glittery confection of light taupe brown and champagne. This eyeshadow had the worst texture of the bunch — very gritty, very glittery.
YDK is a medium-toned cool-toned brown with a reddish tone and a frost finish.
Jinx is a bright, medium freshwater blue that goes on very pigmented and smooth.
Flipside is a green-teal, mermaid-esque shade with a frost finish.
Homegrown is a bright, grassy green with a golden-green sheen.
Misdemeanor is a dark, blue-green shade that is reminiscent of peacock feathers with a soft, green micro-shimmer.
At first glance, I thought the two palettes were too similar for my liking, but after comparing them side-by-side, that was definitely not the case. The only repeated shade is Perversion, but otherwise, the shades are different. Some of the shades themselves are similar, but there are no obvious repeats. I always like Urban Decay’s palettes, because they are always high on value and variety. I like being able to try out a bunch of shades without having to actually purchase all of those individual shades (particularly since it’s very hard for me to finish an eyeshadow, so I don’t actually need a whole pot of it!).
I also like that Urban Decay mixes about half in new shades and half in existing shades. With sixteen shades in total, there are many different eyeshadow combinations one could come up with within this palette. I will say I wish Urban Decay had a better highlighter shade included in this palette or found elsewhere in this, because the closest we come is Sellout, which has a very high metallic/frost finish so it can be garish on the brow bone at times. I could also go with seeing a few matte or semi-matte shades for more texture variety.
These are all minor complaints, mind you, because for the price, it’s a great deal whether you want to travel with it or just use it at home. (If you’re using it at home, the highlight and matte complaints are worthless — just mix it with products you already have.)
The shades are well-pigmented, smooth, and nearly all of them have a frost/shimmer finish. (If you don’t dig that, you won’t dig this.) The only shade I had any real issue with was Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, because it is extremely glittery, so it has fall out issues. Otherwise, the shades were impressive, and clearly there is a lot of color to play around with in this palette. This makes a great gift for yourself or a friend, too.
The packaging is just so-so; I found last year’s packaging prettier and more cohesive. I found both palettes to be a little bulky, and I wouldn’t mind something that just open and shut, rather than pulling out a drawer of eyeshadows. The inclusion of a miniature sized UDPP as well as Zero and Bourbon eyeliners is just icing on the cake–all three are handy in application and for travel.
Ease of Use: 8/10
Recommendation: If you’ve always wanted to try Urban Decay eyeshadows, their palettes are always a choice way to do so. You get great value and good variety!
Guerlain Imperiale Holiday Collection for Holiday 2009
A new story and a new Christmas tale, illustrated – as before – by Princess Natalia. This time, she was proclaimed Empress!
A tribute to the femme-enfant, so wonderfully interpreted by Romy Schneider in Sissi: The Young Empress. A tribute also to history: Guerlain fondly remembers being distinguished as the very official and exclusive “Her Majesty Empress Eugenia’s patented Perfumer” in 1853. Seems like only yesterday!
In the 21st century, inspiration from the past and from all things exotic is the fuel of creation. We continue to like opulence, but in a more balanced way. Splendour is underlined with humour: while jewels bedazzle with their brilliance, the cascading rivers of diamonds may not come from Place Vendôme!
The nobility of precious stones and fabrics is enhanced with the elegance of luminous, delicately scintillating makeup. The ingredients used to achieve it are at the leading edge of sophistication, combining shades of gold with the finest powders and easy-to-apply textures, for the best possible results. Our Empress may thus apply her own makeup, without the help of a maid or… a makeup artist. A dreamy modern beauty who plays with makeup to feel sublime, an evening, a night… for a lifetime.
— Olivier Échaudemaison, Creative Director
Sublime Radiant Powder Face & Body ($85.00)
Silky and ultra-light in texture, this sparkling powder graces the skin with a gentle, sheer veil of “diamond” reflections. Like fine-spun muslin dappled with delicate sprays of glitter, it will subtly illuminate shoulders, arms, back, décolleté and hair and leave a deliciously light violet scent. You are invited to rediscover the timeless and most sensuous gesture of applying powder like perfume – and wearing a powder designed like a jewel. More than a luxurious accessory, this is a genuine secret to perfect complexion.
Météorites Perles Impériales ($53.00)
Easy to apply and almost magical, these famous multiple-effect pearls are as luminous as imperial silk and come in three formats – mini, medium and maxi – in order to optimize their evening-out and corrective action. They are also reinvented in three new shades intended to create a fresh, sublime complexion. Mauve and white illuminators, with pink for freshness and gold for light, brighten and smooth the skin to a sleek satin perfection. The famous Météorites compact features an opulent pouch in shiny black fabric, decorated with light-infused silver and rhinestones.
Météorites Voyage Impérial ($180.00)
Enjoy a perfect complexion, everywhere with Météorites Voyage pressed powder. This one-of-a-kind formulation ensures ultimate softness in a lightweight texture. Gently pearlescent, it is reinvented as a concentrate of light and radiance. The new size of the colour shades, presented as miniature “flecks”, makes blending colours easier for customized results. A stunning must-have accessory, its white gold metal compact case is covered with genuine black Swarovski crystals, delicately dotting the lid like a constellation of stars.
Ombre Eclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow ($58.00)
If eyes reveal a lot about personality, this palette will help express the full duality of your character. A combination of intensity and softness, dream and seduction, thanks to a blend of smoky, luminous and pearlescent shades. A luscious and iridescent formula that leaves a metallic effect over the eyelids in a play on light. With two taupe tones, a lingerie pink and a slightly gold-tinged white, eyes will take on a dazzling depth, both bewitching and disconcerting. Limited edition shade : #407 Bal de nuit.
Le 2 Mascara ($35.00)
The legendary two-brush mascara comes out with special evening colours. The larger brush is featured in ultra-black to intensify the beauty of your eyes. The smaller brush is used for top coat applications, offering touches of glittery gold on eyelash tips. Eyes have the sparkle of a starry night. Limited edition shade: #12 Reine de Nuit.
Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00)
A majestic lipstick, in its original case designed by the jeweler Lorenz Bäumer, Rouge G has become a classic in refinement and modernity. Elegant and unusual, its abstract and pure form is enhanced by a new jewel, black and strass-like in spirit that adds a subtle and refined holiday note. Two limited editions shades of Rouge G diffuse subtly sparkling golden reflections over elegant nude and gentle rosewood. It has the radiance of gold, just enough to bring out a glowing smile over an evening of celebrations. Limited edition shades: #11 Grace and #12 Gems.
KissKiss Gloss ($29.00)
Extreme shine and radiant colours mark this holiday season with lip gloss shades that are as scintillating on the lips as embroidered gems on a precious fabric. This clever gloss may be used on bare lips or as a top coat to boost the effects of Rouge G. KissKiss Gloss gets an extravagant boost by multiplying glitter effects with three limited shades: #807 Perle de Lune, #808 Ambre Précieuse and #809 Rubis Rose.
SHALIMAR LIMITED HOLIDAY EDITION — “Birds of Paradise” ($100.00)
With jealous secrecy the pair guards the fragrant essence of this eternal love story. Between floral and amber notes, it comes to life in the freshness of flowers, delicately powdered by iris and intoxicated with jasmine and rose, before giving into the suave softness of vanilla and the delectability of tonka bean.
Guerlain has imagined a legendary décor to accompany the new opus of Eau de Parfum Shalimar. The slender silhouette of the perfume’s two guardian angels throws a matte shadow outline against the night-blue backdrop of the box, illuminated by the gentle shimmer of the golden logo. The bottle’s feminine shoulders appear bathed in glossy moonlight, wearing a sophisticated silk feather draping around the neck, held in place by a blue satin ribbon. The Oiseau de Paradis signature is inscribed in golden ink with light, slender handwriting, resembling the creatures that have inspired it. A sort of invitation to a mirage, in which dreams could take flight into the evening light, rising towards other tales that Shalimar may soon whisper to us in our sleep…Shalimar Birds of Paradise
limited holiday edition
Availability: Guerlain’s Holiday Colour collection and Shalimar limited edition are available beginning October 2009 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman stores.
A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!
Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Recommend your favorite book, or tell us what you just started reading; share a great dessert recipe or a photo of your pet (which is sure to be the cutest, yeah?).
First, I’ll share mine!
My last haul was just yesterday! I purchased the four Chanel Rouge Allure Laques I was missing (Dynastie, Imperial, Santal, and Phoenix!). The artist helping me even said I scooped up the last Imperial & Santal! Their stock did look quite depleted, so if you were thinking about it…! The good news is she did confirm they are permanent! After Nordstrom, I skipped over to MAC freestanding, and my favorite artist Melissa R. had my bag ready of Style Black & Dazzleglass Cremes. One of each, please!
This week just FLEW by for me! What about you? I hope, good or bad, you’re excited for the weekend. It’s been a busy MAC-centric week with so many collections debuting in such a short span! (Don’t forget, DSquared launches on the 28th–Monday–now!)
What are your weekend plans?
My birthday’s on Monday, so I’ll be doing some celebrating with the boyfriend and family! The boy and I are actually going to one of my favorite restaurants tonight — can’t wait! Other than that… I gotta study for a midterm and do some dreaded homework!