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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What makeup brushes do you take with you when you travel? Do you take the same brushes you use normally at home? Or do you have a travel set?

Temptalia's AnswerI take the same brushes that I use at home, which are usually just the favorites I’ve been reaching for at the time – MAC 239s, Hakuhodo crease brushes (always forget the numbers!), Chikuhodo Z brushes for face, Real Techniques Expert Face, Tom Ford Blush.

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Products for Watery Eyes that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :) Thanks to Astrild for today’s question!

Marc Jacobs Beauty eyeliners are really, really budge-proof and long-wearing, even when my eyes water, they do not move at all! NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base helps to keep everything locked down and can take wateriness without ruining everything (at least for a couple of hours!).

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder
Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder ($29.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft pink shimmer with golden iridescent sparkle.” It’s a pink-peach with a golden shimmer-sheen with larger gold sparkle and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker, finre shimmer. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is darker swatched but looks similar applied. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Like the original (now called Luminous, this has an abundance of sparkle and a more metallic finish. I’m always surprised that it doesn’t create hyper-awareness of pores, just because it looks like a glitter-fest in the pan and when swatched, but I think that a lot of the sparkle gets trapped between the bristles of the brush (both the included one, hidden underneath the powder that Urban Decay created as well as any brush I use from my own stash) so less makes it onto the face. It does slightly emphasize pores even with a light application. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a very finely-milled and silky texture, but it was powder, so despite seeming to have a lot of payoff, only some of it adheres to the skin (the rest blends away, you could even just blow it away). There is a lot of excess powder that gets kicked up the moment anything touches the surface of the powder. You may want to use a stippling or less dense brush with this, as a brush picks up more product than most will probably want applied, given how metallic the finish runs. The sparkle is mostly visible in the sunlight, where the light reflects and catches on it, but it’s more of a frosted sheen under most lighting conditions. It wore well for seven hours on me before it started to fade. It has the same suede-like exterior packaging as the original release.

The Glossover

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Aura

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set
Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($52.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes ten (obviously!) eyeliners–one full-sized Perversion and then nine travel-sized (0.03 oz. vs. 0.04 oz., so it’s 25% smaller than full-sized) shades. These nine are all new, limited edition, and exclusive shades to this holiday set. I’m testing them right now and will have a full review for you soon! Here are swatches in the meanwhile…

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 20 x 0.03 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows that are all new and (at least, presently!) exclusive to this limited edition, holiday palette. I’ll have a full review for you soon, but for now, take a look at this sneak peek! The palette will launch on Urban Decay on the 13th with a full release to other retailers around October.

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Urban Decay Holiday 2014 Launches
Urban Decay Holiday 2014 Launches

Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

Vices are all consuming, insatiably addictive and always leave us wanting MORE! Something tells us we’re not the only ones who feel that way—especially when it comes to our palettes. Enough with the “will they or won’t they?” speculation; Urban Decay launches Vice3. Satisfy your eyeshadow cravings with 20 velvety, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades—from an amazing soft black and a stunning burgundy to a rich, smoky red-black. Even MORE covetable than our previous Vice palettes, the mesmerizing, jewel-inlaid case includes a huge mirror and a double-ended brush. The perfect finishing touch? A gorgeous matching bag. (See, we thought of everything!)

Wende LOVES the Vice palettes—from developing 20 all-new shades to brainstorming design concepts. With Vice3, she wanted to create a beautiful, functional component even sleeker than our previous Vice palettes. It’s the perfect go-to palette you’ll want to use all the time! Every shade has a metallic finish that echoes the iced-out metallic look of the palette itself (more on that in a minute). Where we really geeked out was developing 50 shades to get to the perfect 20 in the perfect order. You wouldn’t believe how many iterations we went through to make sure that the shade layout really communicated the whole story. We arranged the shades in columns: neutrals on the left, jewel tones in the middle and smoky shades on the right. Pair up the vertically color-coordinated quads or go wild and mix them up.

  • Truth Pale pink-nude matte
  • Dragon Bright metallic green shimmer
  • Vanity Smoky metallic eggplant with multidimensional micro-glitter
  • Alien Pink-peach with golden shift
  • Last Sin Champagne shimmer with silver micro-glitter
  • Undone Pink-beige matte-satin with subtle floating tonal pearl
  • Freeze Metallic medium blue with multidimensional micro-glitter
  • Lucky Metallic bronze
  • Alchemy Deep fuchsia satin
  • Angel Light taupe with silver micro-glitter
  • Downfall Warm light brown matte
  • Heroine Deep navy blue with subtle floating tonal pearl
  • Reign Rich brown satin
  • Bondage Deep, smoky burgundy shimmer
  • Defy Smoky taupe satin
  • DTF Taupe matte with subtle floating pearl
  • Brokedown Metallic golden brown shimmer with gold micro-glitter
  • Bobby Dazzle Metallic white with pale gold micro-glitter
  • Sonic Metallic red-copper
  • Revolver Soft black satin with subtle floating iridescent pearl

Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

Like most women, we’re obsessed with black liner. But we’re also serious color addicts. Enter Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set from Urban Decay. It’s the ultimate pairing set for black liner junkies: four of our DOUBLE-ENDED Eye Pencils—for a total of eight habit-forming hues—all in our award-winning, waterproof 24/7 formula. The best part? Each pencil includes a black shade AND a rich, colorful shade. So whether you’re in the mood to go black or you’re craving a little color, you always have the perfect weapon at the ready. Experiment with every black shade we make (including our 24/7 Velvet formula in Black Velvet), plus other iconic UD shades like
Demolition and LSD. We even brought back two in-demand shades you won’t find anywhere else: Black Market (charcoal-black) and Tornado (dark eggplant).

  • Zero + Demolition Zealous black cream/Deep brown matte
  • Black Velvet + Smoke Rich, smoky black matte/Deepest gray matte
  • Black Market + Tornado Charcoal black satin/Dark eggplant pearl
  • Perversion + LSD Blackest black matte/Navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle

Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder ($29.00)

  • Aura Soft pink shimmer with golden iridescent sparkle

Ten 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Set ($52.00) (Limited Edition)

It’s no surprise our pencil sets have a cult following. Ask any UD junkie to name her favorite Urban Decay products, and nine times out of ten our award-winning 24/7 Eye Pencil makes the cut. Always one-upping ourselves, Urban Decay launches Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set. The follow-up to last year’s Ocho Loco 2, this set contains TEN of our creamy, waterproof 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (one full-size, nine travel-size) and a Grindhouse Double Barrel Sharpener in one loaded, limited-edition set. First up, our highly coveted, blacker-than-black shade, Perversion. To go along with it: nine NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades from neutrals to intensely sparkly shades to bold brights. This set has it all!

  • Perversion Blackest black matte
  • Glitter Rock Metallic pink with pink multidimensional sparkle
  • Moonspoon Metallic gray with silver sparkle
  • Vacancy Bright metallic teal
  • Faint Warm taupe matte
  • Gonzo Electric blue matte with tonal shimmer
  • Smokeout Rich taupe-black satin
  • Stargazer Soft metallic gold with dimensional sparkle
  • Mugshot Light metallic taupe with slight pink shift
  • Voodoo Bright metallic purple with dimensional sparkle
  • Grindhouse Double Barrel Sharpener

Availability: September 13th at urbandecay.com; October 2014 at all other retailers

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