Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Hare Polish Neon Palm Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish The Tropics are Calling Collection

Hare Polish The Tropics are Calling Collection features five shades inspired by, you guessed it, the tropics. I received about a week ago, and I wanted to wait until today to share them with you, because Hare will be restocking their Etsy shop at 11AM PST today. They will also be launching their fall collection, The Coin Operation (I don’t have swatches, but the brand has shared theirs). Hare Polish retails for $10.00 and each bottle contains 0.50 fl. oz. I applied each shade as recommended by Hare (one of the benefits of indie brands!), which I’ve noted by each shade.

One of the reasons that I really enjoy Hare’s polishes is that they’re not top coats (or they don’t need to be used as such) and can be worn on their own. Most of them tend to have jelly bases, so two to three coats will get you where you need to be–but it depends on how opaque/translucent you want the polish to be. I typically get a week of wear out of Hare’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping. It is, of course, polish loaded with glitter, so removal will be more time-consuming than the average polish. The consistency of these made it easy to apply both thinner and light-medium (in thickness) coats, so three coats didn’t feel or look heavy and thick on (with the exception of Washed Ashore, which was a little thicker relative to the others, and Flight of the Flamingos was the tiniest bit thicker but less thick than Washed Ashore).

Neon Palm is described as a “dusty, muted green jelly base brimming with a mix of neon pink and copper glitter in several shapes/sizes.” It has a green-tinged gray jelly base with coppery-gold and fuchsia glitters in square and hexagon shapes in both medium, small, and micro sizes. There is a very faint dusting of copper shimmer in the background. I applied two light-medium thick coats (as recommended), and the coverage was semi-opaque with some faint translucency. The glitters dispersed somewhat evenly, but if you want a slightly more uniform look, it could use some minor adjustments from pulling some into place. I couldn’t think of anything similar to this shade in my stash.

Dancing Bird of Paradise is described as a “bright cherry red jelly base with a blend of various shapes/sizes of neon pink, satin white, gold glitter, flaky gold shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia-based red jelly base with larger fuchsia hexagon-shaped glitters, flecks of gold glitter in both smaller micro sizes as well as larger flakes. I applied two light-medium thick coats (as recommended) and had mostly opaque coverage with a faint translucency coming through. Each coat had a good amount of glitter, and I didn’t have to push or tug glitter into place, with the exception of one of the larger fuchsia hexagons. It has a lot of smaller-sized glitters, which spread easily across the nail. Hare Polish Leap Light Year has a similar base color (not quite as fuchsia), but the glitter composition is different–you have silver glitters as well as square-shaped glitters. Cult Nails Captivated has larger gold glitter and no large-sized glitter. Zoya Kimmy is more like a frost than a glitter, but it has a similar mix of red/gold, and the red is a bit warmer. See comparison swatches.

Mad Chill is described as a “royal blue jelly base with a mix of various shapes/sizes of neon blue, white and ice blue glitter.” It’s an icy, navy blue jelly base with brighter, almost cyan-hued, blue glitters in various hexagon (maybe square?) shapes), as well as silvery-white square-shaped glitters. The background is dusted in a fine silver-white micro-shimmer. I applied three thin coats (as recommended), which yielded semi-opaque coverage. The glitters spread evenly across the nail without having to be tugged into place. I couldn’t think of any similar shades.

Flight of the Flamingos is described as a “light grey jelly base with those striking neon pink glitters in various shapes/sizes, plus gold glitter and shimmer.” It has a cool-toned, beige jelly base with large square- and hexagon-shaped fuchsia glitters, as well as smaller fuchsia glitters, and a lot of paler gold glitter. It had mostly opaque coverage after applying two light-medium thick coats (as recommended). The larger fuchsia glitters could use some maneuvering to ensure they disperse evenly, though I did not find it necessary on all nails, but it did happen on two of the nails. I couldn’t think of any similar shades.

Washed Ashore is described as a “peachy pink jelly polish with an ethereal mix of ice blue glitter, purple/blue iridescent glitter and silver shimmer.” It’s a soft, light-medium peach with hints of pink jelly base with iridescent glitter in square and hexagon shapes (on the smaller side), along with bits of blue and silver glitters. I applied two light-medium thick coats (as recommended).   The consistency was just a bit thicker than the other shades.  Because of the glitter composition, I also wasn’t able to think of possible dupes for this shade!

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “gray.” It’s a dark gray with subtle brown undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in one layer, but it was very buildable in two layers to opaque color. It wore well for ten hours, and then was somewhat faded (thinner) after eleven hours of wear–it was still visible after the full twelve hours, but it was definitely not exactly as it looked when initially applied. Urban Decay Smoke is similar. bareMInerals 11PM has a slightly satin finish. Bobbi Brown Smoke is less warm-toned–cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Diving in Malaysia (18) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black green.” It’s a deep, dark brown with flecks of olive sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to more opaque color. It wore well for ten hours on me without fading, migrating, or smudging; but after twelve hours, it was noticeably thinner. Urban Decay Demolition has no shimmer. MAC Rich Experience is more matte. MAC Lord It Up is lighter, warmer. MAC Orpheus is lighter. See comparison swatches.

I really love these eyeliners, even though they don’t wear the full twelve hours that Sephora claims (wish they claimed something more reasonable!), as they do wear quite well for eight to ten hours, have great consistencies that aren’t too creamy, not too waxy, and come in a variety of shades.  Plus, they’re priced just right!

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case
Urban Decay Shattered Face Case

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case ($44.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes five eyeshadows, one lip color, one eyeliner, two blushes, and one highlighter. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., each blush is 0.05 oz., the highlighter is 0.05 oz., Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color is 0.10 oz., and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is 0.03 oz. There is $54 worth of eyeshadows, $9 worth of blush (Urban Decay doesn’t currently sell powder blushes, so I took the price-per-ounce for the Naked Flush palette, which is the most comparable product I could think of), $19 worth of lip color, and $14 worth of eyeliner. The kit is at least $96 in value (the blush/highlighter could make the value higher if they were actually sold separately).

The Shattered Face Case is much better than the Anarchy Face Case, as the overall quality is higher.  None of the products are outright bad here; Temper and Bleach are a smidgen powdery, while Remix and Nameless are slightly dry (not as buttery/creamy as the best Urban Decay eyeshadows are!).  Shakedown was the best powder product as it had the nicest texture and payoff.  The blushes performed better here, though Glint did emphasize pores slightly.

Lovechild is described as a “cool pink cream.” It’s a medium pink with subtle, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had opaque color coverage and wore well for four hours. MAC Steady Going is cooler-toned, matte. MAC Next Fad is shimmery. MAC Please Me is similar, more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is darker. L’Oreal Florid Pink is sheerer. Urban Decay Obsessed is a bit lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Overexposed is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a muted rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and not powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours and showed slight signs of fading after nine hours. theBalm Houndstooth is a bit richer in color, so it is a bolder pick. MAC Rosy Outlook is less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Peony is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Temper is described as a “soft baby pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, and the texture was finely-milled but a little dry, so it didn’t blend as easily as I would have liked to have seen. It wore well for seven and a half hours and showed some signs of fading after eight and a half hours. MAC Pure Femininity is similar. Chanel Inspiration is warmer, lighter, cream. theBalm Argyle is similar. MAC Stay Pretty is a bit cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Glint is described as a “soft pink-champagne shimmer.” It is a muted, champagne beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. It lasted just over eight hours well on my skin, and it was noticeably faded after eight and a half hours. It does slightly emphasize pores. Tom Ford Guilt is a cream product. bareMinerals The Love Affair is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Shakedown is described as a “medium gray-brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe. It’s a mix of gray and brown where the top is gray while the undertone is a strong, orange-toned brown. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. Urban Decay Lost is warmer. MAC Satin Taupe is similar. Urban Decay Barlust is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Muse is also darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Remix is described as a “rich purple shimmer with tonal micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff but the texture was slightly dry. MAC Pinkluxe #3 is pinker. Urban Decay Last Call is warmer. MAC Pink Union #1 is very similar. MAC Universal Appeal is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Nameless is described as a “rich brown-gunmetal satin.” It’s a medium brown with warm, golden sheen and warm, orange-y undertones. It had a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, and the color payoff was fantastic. CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame is a cream product, lighter. Urban decay Nevermind is less metallic. Buxom Mutt is a cream product, warmer. bareMinerals A-Ha is less metallic. Inglot #402 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Minor Sin is described as a “champagne-pink satin.” It’s a light pink with warm undertones and a pale golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Cheryl Chic is slightly pinker. MAC Love Power is a cream product. MAC Rose Light is similar but more frosted, less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleach is described as a “yellow-beige matte.” It’s a light beige with creamy yellow tones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture–just a tiny bit powdery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl #3 is darker. MAC Greenluxe #1 is more shimmery. Disney Ali Ababwa is similar. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Foxy is a smidgen yellower. NARS Biarritz is less yellow. MAC Brule is similar. L’Oreal Endless Pearl is less yellow. Inglot #353 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Zero is described as a “zealous black cream.” It’s a medium-dark black with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it’s a good basic black. It wears eight and a half hours well on me. See comparison swatches.

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The Shattered Face Case is much better than the Anarchy Face Case, as the overall quality is higher. None of the products are outright bad here; Temper and Bleach are a smidgen powdery, while Remix and Nameless are slightly dry (not as buttery/creamy as the best Urban Decay eyeshadows are!). Shakedown was the best powder product as it had the nicest texture and payoff. The blushes performed better here, though Glint did emphasize pores slightly.

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 24-7 Glide-On Pencil Set
Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Sets ($59.00 for 8 x 0.04 oz.) contains eight, full-sized eyeliners. There are five new (and exclusive) shades as well as three from permanent range included. The set has a total value of $162, as there are eight, full-sized eyeliners, and Urban Decay’s full-sized eyeliners retail for $19 each, plus Grindhouse, which retails for $10 separately. Urban Decay’s Grindhouse is one of my favorite eyeliner sharpeners, and it’s one that I’ve been using for years (though this is my first of the newer designed one). You know what else is awesome? The set is actually the same price as last year’s Ocho Loco set–no price increase. The set is limited edition.

Overall, the set is well worth the price of admission if you like Urban Decay’s eyeliner formula.  If it doesn’t work for you, then obviously this isn’t the right kit for you.  Otherwise, it’s an excellent value, comes in a variety of colors, and I didn’t have any wear issues with any of the shades.  Tornado was the weakest in pigment, but it was buildable with a few passes to more opaque color.  I noticed that these shades, while five are new, are not necessarily brand spankin’ new–you’ll see some similarities to past and/or existing shades.

Roach is described as a “deep copper brown shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine gold and copper shimmer. The overall finish was more pearly than frosted. It had decent color payoff in a single pass and was buildable to opaque color with two to three passes along the lash line. It wore without migrating or smudging for eight hours, and it had started to fade slightly after that (where it thins out). Bobbi Brown Bronze is similar. Urban Decay Hustle is less red-toned. See comparison swatches.

Twice Baked is described as a “rich brown satin with gold micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a neutral-warm undertone and fine champagne shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff in a single pass and was buildable to opaque color in two passes. It lasted eight and a half hours on my lash line, and after just over nine hours, it had thinned slightly but did not migrate or smudge. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Urban Decay Stray Dog is grayer. Urban Decay Underground is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Corrupt is darker. MAC Orpheus is slightly darker. Burberry Midnight Brown is similar. See comparison swatches.

Crave is described as a “deepest, darkest brown-black matte.” It’s a dark brown with neutral-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a slightly creamier consistency, so it took a bit longer to set. It had decent to good color payoff in one go, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two to three layers. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Urban Decay Demolition is similar. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa is more matte, darker. Make Up For Ever Gypsy is lighter, redder. Bobbi Brown Mahogany is similar. See comparison swatches.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black with a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range, and if you tend to buy Urban Decay products, you probably have this already. It wears long and well for at least eight hours and then starts to thin out for me after nine to ten hours of wear, but it doesn’t migrate or smudge. See comparison swatches.

Deep End is described as a “bright metallic peacock shimmer.” It’s a bold, bright medium aqua-blue with a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation in one stroke, and it was very buildable and was opaque in two layers on the lash line. It wore well for just over eight hours, and then by nine, it looked slightly thinner but did not migrate or smudge. Lancome Dress-Up Teal is less shimmery. MAC Float on By is slightly greener. Make Up For Ever #7L, Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi, and Urban Decay Electric are all a brighter blue. See comparison swatches.

Mars is described as a “bright metallic green shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned green with bluish undertones and an emerald green micro-shimmer. It had pretty good color payoff in one pass, and it was definitely buildable to rich, opaque color in two layers. It wore well for eight and a half hours, and after nine and a half hours, I noticed it was thinner but had not smudged or migrated. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Sephora Good Mood is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #52L is very similar. MAC Blue Noon is less shimmery. Urban Decay Covet is slightly darker, less green, but similar. MAC Minted is darker. See comparison swatches.

Ultraviolet is described as a “bright blue-violet shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, bluish-purple (almost royal blue but not quite) with a pearly sheen. In a single stroke, it was so-so in color, and it was somewhat buildable but takes three to four layers to get an opaque line. The consistency was slightly waxier than others in the formula. It wore without smudging or migrating for eight hours. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Marc Jacobs Th(ink) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Tornado is described as a “bark eggplant pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with violet and eggplant micro-shimmer. It had a more pearly/satiny finish, rather than full-on frost or metallic. It had poor payoff in a single pass, but it layers and builds well to opaque color with three to four passes. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Marc Jacobs Th(ink) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Empire is a touch lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Riot is also similar. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, the set is well worth the price of admission if you like Urban Decay's eyeliner formula. If it doesn't work for you, then obviously this isn't the right kit for you. Otherwise, it's an excellent value, comes in a variety of colors, and I didn't have any wear issues with any of the shades. Tornado was the weakest in pigment, but it was buildable with a few passes to more opaque color. I noticed that these shades, while five are new, are not necessarily brand spankin' new--you'll see some similarities to past and/or existing shades.

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette

This is part two of my review of the Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 20 x 0.03 oz. / 0.60 oz.).  Please see part one for the first ten shades.

Radar is described as a “metallic brown shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a golden bronze shimmer/sheen and warm, orange undertones. It has a frosted, metallic finish, and it had a really crazy texture. The texture felt creamy and more like a cream eyeshadow than a powder one. It really held together very well–like a cream–and I didn’t have any fall out with this shade, despite it being more sparkly. It had rich color payoff, too. Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze is less frosted. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #3 is darker. MAC Brownluxe #4 is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is less frosted. Bobbi Brown Bronze is more golden. Urban Decay Nevermind is less warm-toned. bareMinerals Cognac is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Damaged is described as a “bright metallic emerald shimmer.” It’s a deep forest green with cool undertones over a dirty khaki/olive base. It had a soft, frosted finish and a slightly metallic sheen. The color payoff was nice, and it applied very smoothly. Sephora Walk on the Wild Side is less frosted, lighter. MAC Dark Indulgence is darker. OCC Poison is darker, blacker. Make Up For Ever #80 is less frosted. Inglot #414 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Voodoo is described as a “metallic purple shimmer with iridescent purple micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark cool-toned purple with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was slightly dry and a smidgen powdery, so it didn’t apply as intensely as other shades did. Too Faced Badass is darker, cooler-toned. theBalm Lavish Latoya is warmer. Urban Decay Half Truth is darker. Urban Decay ACDC is warmer. Milani Purr-fect Purple is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Betrayal is described as a “bright purple satin with blue shift.” It’s a light-medium lavender with pink undertones and a bluish-violet sheen. It had more of a pearly, metallic finish. The color payoff was decent to good, but there was some sheerness, and the texture wasn’t as buttery or as smooth as other shades. L’Oreal With a Twist is darker. Make Up For Ever #54 is similar but a cream product. Urban Decay Grifter is slightly pinker and has glitter. NARS Marie-Galante #1 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Derailed is described as a “medium metallic taupey-brown shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe–a mix of brown and gray–with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had incredibly rich color payoff with a buttery, smooth, silky texture that made it a dream to apply. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #7 is similar, less metallic. theBalm Selfish is less metallic. Urban Decay Pistol is more satiny, darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is cooler-toned, grayer. See comparison swatches.

Dope is described as a “warm champagne satin.” It’s a pinky-peach with a satiny sheen and warm undertones. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery. I used this shade mixed with Habit for highlighting for each combination of eyeshadows I was testing for this palette. MAC Easy Gesture is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 is darker, less shimmery. MAC Orb is less shimmery. MAC A Natural FLirt is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is less pink. See comparison swatches.

Toxic is described as a “metallic copper-pink shimmer with tonal micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, coppery brown with subtle pink tones and copper micro-glitter. The texture was somewhat dry, though the color payoff was decent. I did have some fall out occur when wearing this shade. LORAC Garnet is darker, less shimmery. Disney Trust Me is more matte. NARS California is darker, less shimmery. MAC Magnetic Attraction is warmer. MAC Mythical is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Habit is described as a “light nude matte.” It’s a light beige with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It is very similar to my skin tone, so it doesn’t show up that well against my arm, unfortunately! The texture is soft, buttery, and very creamy (though it’s a powder). It blends well against the skin and didn’t look chalky. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl #3 is yellower. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #1 is lighter. Urban Decay Broken is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is lighter. NARS Biarritz is similar. MAC Bisque is also similar. Inglot #390 is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Ambush is described as a “metallic brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark bronze with warm, reddish-copper undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. Bobbi Brown Bronze is more golden. Urban Decay Deeper is darker. MAC Woodwinked is similar. Inglot #422 is darker. Make Up For Ever #12 is more copper-colored and is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Rewind is described as a “medium brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral brown with very subtle gray-ish tones with a matte finish. It had fantastic pigmentation and a soft, smooth, and buttery texture–but it wasn’t powdery. Urban Decay Secret Service is darker/ MAC Omega is similar, slightly yellower in tone. bareMinerals Namaste is warmer. Bobbi Brown Slate is slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, it's a nice palette with several really lovely shades with excellent pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and that wear well without fading or creasing over eight hours (without a primer). There are a few misses in regards to color payoff, and some shades have drier or powdery textures. Shades like Lovesick, Prank,and Toxic were misses for me, as they were dry, powdery, and not as pigmented or as easy to blend as other shades in the palette. Shades like Madness, Strike, Derailed, Dope, Habit, Ambush, and Rewind were easy to work with, nicely pigmented, and had great textures. A lot of shades had either micro-glitter (6) or micro-sparkle (3), and I didn't notice glitter/sparkle in half of them. I only saw noticeable fall out with a few shades but nothing was too problematic, actually (I was surprised).

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 20 x 0.03 oz. / 0.60 oz.) includes twenty new and exclusive eyeshadows, which means the palette contains $216 worth of eyeshadow, plus a dual-ended brush that we’ll value at $16 (using the lowest-priced brush they have, which is the Blending Brush, and this is one-half of the dual-ended brush, too). The total value of the palette is $232–so it’s a great deal as long as you love at least three to four of the eyeshadows. Individually, Urban Decay Eyeshadows retail for $18 (but are 0.05 oz. in size). The palette is housed in a large plastic palette where the lid releases with a push of a button. It has a mirror that spans the width and height of the lid inside. This is part one of two posts featuring the palette–there are so many shades that I wanted to split the two into more bite-sized (still a rather large gulp each, though!) pieces as well as keep the loading time down.

Overall, it’s a nice palette with several really lovely shades with excellent pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and that wear well without fading or creasing over eight hours (without a primer). There are a few misses in regards to color payoff, and some shades have drier or powdery textures.  Shades like Lovesick, Prank,and  Toxic were misses for me, as they were dry, powdery, and not as pigmented or as easy to blend as other shades in the palette.  Shades like Madness, Strike, Derailed, Dope, Habit, Ambush, and Rewind were easy to work with, nicely pigmented, and had great textures. A lot of shades had either micro-glitter (6) or micro-sparkle (3), and I didn’t notice glitter/sparkle in half of them.  I only saw noticeable fall out with a few shades but nothing was too problematic, actually (I was surprised).

Smokeout is described as a “dark taupey-black satin.” It’s a darkened, charcoal brown–it’s almost too sooty to be a taupe to me. It had a satiny sheen, nice color payoff, and a soft, smooth texture. It was very slightly powdery, and a little goes a long way–this is the kind of shade that seems almost fragile, because the powder just dances off the surface as soon as the brush touches it. Easy does it! MAC Deep Cravings is grayer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is browner, lighter. Urban Decay Spell #2 is darker. MAC Moody is slightly lighter. Inglot #434 is cooler-toned, less brown. See comparison swatches.

Lovesick is described as a “black matte with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a medium black with a matte finish and silver micro-glitter. It had so-so color payoff; the underlying matte color was a bit dry, so it went on somewhat faded and uneven, while the micro-glitter doesn’t really bind with the powder, so it tends to sit on top and can be dusted away (or prone to fall out). Marc Jacobs The Mod #2 is similar. Bobbi Brown Lava is darker. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is also darker. Chanel Mirifique and Buxom Black Lab are cream products. bareMinerals Penthouse is darker. See comparison swatches.

Shellshock is described as a “bright metallic silver.” It is, indeed, a bright, metallic silver with a very strong, frosted and metallic finish. The color payoff is intense, and the texture is so buttery that it’s almost creamy. I recommend applying less than you think you need, because this product binds together very well, but it also would stick and thicken over any creases/lines on my lid (so then it looked caked on). Marc Jacobs the Starlet is not as metallic. Maybelline Cool Crush is less frosted and a cream product. MAC Silver Sleet is darker. See comparison swatches.

Coax is described as a “medium metallic pink with golden iridescent micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium pink with slight cool undertones and pale gold sparkle. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery, though there was some stray sparkles that fell out while worn. MAC Feather Pink is less shimmery. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #3 is slightly darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

X-Rated is described as a “baby pink satin.” It is a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. NARS Bouthan #1 is lighter, matte. MAC Feather Pink is darker. Inglot #319 is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Prank is described as a “deep navy matte with turquoise floating pearl.” It’s a deep, dark navy blue with blue-teal shimmer. Like Lovesick, though, the shimmer floats (which Urban Decay mentions) and doesn’t really come through. I tried using this several times to get the teal shimmer to come through, but it never did–even when I layered over a white base. It ended up looking like a blackened navy. The texture is noticeably powdery, so it was prone to sheering out, which you can see in the swatch. I didn’t have any issues with it fading when worn, though. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much luck finding anything similar! Tom Ford Emerald Lust #4 is more of a shimmery blue. Giorgio Armani #20 is darker, less blue, more black. See comparison swatches.

Madness is described as a “bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-glitter.” It’s a medium blue with cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had excellent pigmentation and had a soft, buttery texture that applied very evenly and smoothly. Urban Decay Unhinged is slightly more muted, as is Urban Decay Haight. MAC Pure Creation is less frosted and a cream product. Guerlain Les Aquas #3 is darker. Sugarpill Starling is a slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

Strike is described as a “antique gold shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, medium yellow gold with a frosted finish. There are bits of silver micro-glitter that I saw in the pan, but I didn’t see any translate to the lid or even swatched. It had really nice color payoff with a soft, smooth texture. Too Faced Instigator is darker, more metallic. Sephora Girls Night Out is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Blitz is a touch cooler-toned. NARS Etrusque is slightly darker. Maybelline Bold Gold is a cream product. MAC Gaelic Gold is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour is more frosted. L’Oreal Gold Imperial is similar. Chanel Topkapi #4 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Stash is described as a “deep olive green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle.” It’s a dark, muted olive green with khaki and forest green shimmer. It had a soft, frosted finish. The texture was a little drier compared to the the average Urban Decay eyeshadow, so it didn’t apply as intensely or as smoothly as I expected. Dior Bonne Etoile #1 is less frosted. Urban Decay Mildew is a touch lighter. MAC Unsurpassable is lighter. MAC Vintage Coin is a cream product. MAC Greensmoke is cooler-toned. MAC Fiction is less green. Lancome Designer is similar. Guerlain COup de Foudre #1 is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Eureka is more frosted. Inglot #419 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Poison is described as a “charcoal satin with iridescent micro-sparkle.” It’s a dark gray with brown undertones and very, very fine teal shimmer. It had a drier consistency, so the payoff was somewhat prone to sheering out and looked faded when swatched. A lot of product actually comes off the pan when I was applying this to the lid, but if you try to blend it, then it gives off a rather faded appearance. Disney Jetsam is bluish. Urban Decay Ace is lighter, grayer. Urban Decay Desperation is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Do Not Disturb is a touch cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, it's a nice palette with several really lovely shades with excellent pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and that wear well without fading or creasing over eight hours (without a primer). There are a few misses in regards to color payoff, and some shades have drier or powdery textures. Shades like Lovesick, Prank,and Toxic were misses for me, as they were dry, powdery, and not as pigmented or as easy to blend as other shades in the palette. Shades like Madness, Strike, Derailed, Dope, Habit, Ambush, and Rewind were easy to work with, nicely pigmented, and had great textures. A lot of shades had either micro-glitter (6) or micro-sparkle (3), and I didn't notice glitter/sparkle in half of them. I only saw noticeable fall out with a few shades but nothing was too problematic, actually (I was surprised).

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