The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.
For Spring, Urban Decay’s launched nine shades of a new eyeshadow formula: Stardust Eyeshadows. According to Urban Decay, these have a silky texture that has “40% more glitter than our most sparkly shadows,” and that this formula “delivers a sheer wash of color, topped with … sparkle that glistens like wet now.” The glitter ingredient is called “reflex” and these boast no fall out or chunky glitter. They can be used wet or dry, depending on what kind of color you want to achieve. Each Stardust eyeshadow retails for $20.00 for 0.12 oz. For reference, Deluxe Eyeshadows retail for $18.00 for 0.09 oz. and Deluxe Eyeshadows retail for $16.00 for 0.05 oz.
The packaging is a matte, slightly squish plastic (think NARS) shaped into a square. You squeeze the sides and it releases the plastic flip-top back. I’m not drooling over the packaging, but it’s functional. It’s particularly streamlined and “clean” for Urban Decay, actually.
The glitter in the Stardust eyeshadows is definitely not the typical chunky glitter a la Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, but I did encounter a decent amount of fall out when I used Atmosphere in this look earlier this week. It wasn’t the worst fall out I’ve encountered, but I did get enough to be able to say that these definitely are prone to fall out for me. I used it over Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and wet, for reference, and still had the fall out. I’d say the fall out is a little less than their typical glitter eyeshadows, certainly much less so than Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, as well. If you don’t mind a little clena-up, then these might be fun to play around with.
These are probably better over dark bases or else layered on top of more pigmented or vibrant shades of eyeshadow. I could definitely see these working well over a black base for a very smoky, glittering eye. Even though layering seems to the best way to use these, they weren’t quite as blendable as Urban Decay’s powder eyeshadows. When used wet, they have a bit of a tendency to “stick” in places, so you may find yourself using a similar-colored powder eyeshadow to help blend out the Stardust eyeshadow.
Paul & Joe Beaute Wild Flowers Collection for Spring 2010
This Spring, Paul & Joe Beaute sure have a lot up their sleeves… Lots of cute packaging and shades, including Alice in Wonderland-themed products! You can check out Paul & Joe Beaute on their Facebook for more details. Paul & Joe Beaute have a pretty limited availability in the states, primarily at Bergdorf Goodman and a few select retailers across the country (check for local availability at paul-joe-beaute.com). I spotted it online at Beautyhabit (not everything’s available, though). I remember drooling over the ultra cute packaging when I was visiting NYC last February–had to go to Bergdorf’s at least once in my life!
Face & Eye Color
- Honey Suckle (064) Off white/brown gold
- Lady’s Slipper (065) Fresh green/fresh pink
- Purple Clover (066) Light purple/dark purple
Lip Gloss Lacquer
- Baby’s Breath (001) Clear white/healthy beige
- Snapdragon (002) Clear orange/vibrant orange
- Primrose (003) Sweet pink/fuchsia pink
- Tutu Candy pink that glistens with juicy clear colour
- Mata Haria Enchanting, Oriental-style Mandarin orange
- Magnolia Milky white flower petals, sweet and decliate, that blossom on your fingertips
- Sequin Silver glitter with a vintage sparkle
- Stardust Scintillating gold glitter
Creamy Cheek Powder
Creamy solid cheek colour that’s smooth and delectable
- Marionette Adorable, pretty rose pink
- Kitten Baby pink that’s innocent like a young girl
- Peaches Peach orange that’s moist and sweet
- Butterfly Vibrant orange that’s healthy and colourful
- Dusk Chic, sophisticated copper
Self Select Eye Color
01-09 are satin finishes; 10 through 17 are silk; and 18-25 are suede
- Secret of Gold (01)
- Torch Song (02)
- Daisy (03)
- Pistachio (04)
- Waterlilies (05)
- Pussycat (06)
- Fable (07)
- Starry Night (08)
- Sterling (09)
- Spotlight (10)
- Nearly Nude (11)
- Paper Lantern (12)
- Little Sister (13)
- Chrysanthemum (14)
- Belladonna (15)
- Chateau (16)
- Museum (17)
- Tempest (21)
- Courtyard (22)
- Leatherbound (24)
Alice in Wonderland Collection
- Fantasy includes a decorated tin that features blotting paper, one blotting paper refill, and a Lip Treatment Stick.
- Daydream includes a decorated tin with Alice on it, blotting paper, one blotting paper refill, and a Lip Treatment Stick.
What’s the Best Loose Eyeshadow…?
What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?
Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick ($38.00 for 0.4 oz.) is new for spring–part of the Cabana Corals Collection–and is a coral lover’s dream. If you love Shimmerbricks and have an affinity for corals and bronzed golds, I think this just may be a new favorite for you. (Also releasing with Cabana Corals is Pink Quartz Shimmerbrick!)
When worn on cheeks, it works as a blusher and highlighter in one, because it packs plenty of color along with a soft frosty shimmer sheen. Although some Shimmerbricks are just a tad too frosty to me at times (at least on cheeks!), Nectar is just right. It hits that sweet spot of color, shimmer, and sheen. It can be applied with a light hand for a softer application or layered for an intense cheek for night time. Since I am an absolute fiend for all things coral, Nectar is most definitely my favorite Shimmerbrick to-date!
Shimmerbricks are a pricey investment, but they’ll last you a long time (or forever, in my case) — you get a whopping 0.4 oz., which makes the cost per ounce just a smidgen more than MAC blushes. Each of the five strips of color swatch beautifully; rich color, intense pigmentation, and smooth to the touch Shimmerbricks can be used on the eyes or cheeks, and you could get a very pretty sunset-esque kind of look out of these shades in addition to its usage of a very coral-bronzed blusher. I like that it can be a multi-tasker, at least. I have to admit, I haven’t worn any Shimmerbricks on my eyes yet but may have to give it try with Nectar.
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