Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Hustle (metallic brown shimmer), Desperation (rich gray matte), Mushroom (metallic taupe-pewter shimmer), Uzi (dark gunmetal shimmer with silver micro-sparkle), and Cuff (metallic silver shimmer with silver micro-sparkle). Out of these five Desperation and Cuff are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Hustle is a medium-dark brown with subtle copper shimmer and a neutral-warm undertone. It had decent payoff in one go, and it was buidlable to mostly opaque color. Chanel Brun-Cuivre is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer, richer. Urban Decay Underground is lighter, less warm-toned.

Desperation is a medium-dark gray with a matte finish. I almost thought it was going to be taupe, but it’s really rather gray (not a bad thing, just an observation). It really needed to be applied back-and-forth to yield decent opacity. Urban Decay Stray Dog is warmer (more taupe) and pearly. NARS Madison Ave. is a darker, bluer-based gray.

Mushroom is a pearly taupe with a nice balance of gray and brown. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was buildable and easy to use. Urban Decay Stray Dog is a touch grayer, perhaps, and less metallic.

Uzi is a soft black with a silver shimmer and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was nicely buildable. The original Uzi seemed lighter and grayer; more gray than black.

Cuff is a light-medium silver-gray with silver sparkle. It had decent to good payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color. Urban Decay Dime had a more metallic finish, so it also appeared brighter (and I wish they had brought back Dime instead). Guerlain Silver is similar.

Some excellent reading: Silver Eyeliner Comparisons, Brown Eyeliner Comparisons

Uzi was the most pigmented shade out of the five highlighted in this post, as it had solid color payoff in one stroke and could be layered without trouble.  The weakest shade was Desperation, which was weak in one pass and never quite made it to full, rich color despite layering and building up the color.  Hustle, Mushroom, and Cuff were all moderately pigmented in one stroke and were mostly buildable to fuller color coverage.  Urban Decay’s 24/7 formula has a slightly waxy, slightly creamy consistency that makes these very easy to apply across the skin, as there is no skipping, tugging, or pulling.  I will be testing the new shades over the upcoming weeks–I have found the wear across the formula to be fairly consistent in general.  I usually see the shades last between eight and ten hours with little to no fading, and then no smudging or migration.  If any of these acts contrary, I’ll be sure to update the post and rating to reflect that.

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Uzi was the most pigmented shade out of the five highlighted in this post, as it had solid color payoff in one stroke and could be layered without trouble. The weakest shade was Desperation, which was weak in one pass and never quite made it to full, rich color despite layering and building up the color.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Urban Decay Corrupt 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Corrupt 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Corrupt (dark metallic reddish brown shimmer with silver micro-sparkle), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Roach (deep copper brown shimmer), Smog (copper shimmer), and Scorch (bronze shimmer with silver micro-sparkle). Out of these five Roach and Scorch are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Corrupt is a dark brown with a subtle cool undertone and multi-colored sparkle. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and then it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer, more brown, whereas Corrupt has a slightly blackened/gray coloring. CoverGirl Brown is more matte, slightly darker, while CoverGirl Brown is similar in color but matte in finish.

Whiskey is a medium-dark, slightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. The color payoff was quite nice in a single stroke, and it’s very easy to apply it with full opacity. MAC Brownborder is similar. Chanel Brun-Teak is slightly less warm-toned. MAC Lord It Up compares best in terms of color with this shade but has a sparkly finish.

Roach is a warm-toned, bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with copper and gold shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it built up to opaque color when done a second time. Urban Decay Lucky is brighter, more metallic, and more copper-colored (less brown). Tokidoki Savana is slightly more muted.

Smog is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent color in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. Urban Decay Lucky is darker and more copper-hued.

Scorch is a warm-toned, bronze-brown with a pearly sheen. It had decent payoff in one pass, and it built up to opaque color coverage when I went back-and-forth. Urban Decay Baked is a bit darker but slightly brighter/more metallic. Make Up For Ever #10L is more golden.

Some excellent reading: Bronze/Copper Eyeliner Comparisons, Brown Eyeliner Comparisons

Whiskey was the top-performing shade from the five featured in this post; it is nicely pigmented whether you use one stroke or go back-and-forth over it. Smog was the least impressive, as it didn’t quite build to full color coverage, even when layered, but it gets close. The other three had decent to good color in a single pass but were more buildable to opacity. The consistency was slightly waxy and creamy, so the color would glide across the skin without tugging, pulling, or skipping. I typically get eight to ten hours of wear with little to no fading, and I haven’t had trouble with smudging or migration with the formula previously. I will be testing the newer shades over the next few weeks, so if I notice any differences, I will be sure to update this post to reflect them!

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Whiskey was the top-performing shade from the five featured in this post; it is nicely pigmented whether you use one stroke or go back-and-forth over it. Smog was the least impressive, as it didn't quite build to full color coverage, even when layered, but it gets close.

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9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Urban Decay Goldmine 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Goldmine 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Goldmine (gold shimmer with gold micro-sparkle), Freak (bright green shimmer), Junkie (metallic team shimmer with gold micro-sparkle), Deep End (bright metallic peacock shimmer), and LSD (navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle). Out of these five, Goldmine and Freak are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Goldmine is a medium gold with moderate orange undertones and a soft sheen and light sprinkling of darker gold sparkle. It had good pigmentation in a single pass and layered to mostly opaque color. Make Up For Ever #9L is slightly lighter. Urban Decay Eldorado is darker, more orange-toned. Urban Decay Honey is much darker, more molten, and browner. It’s closer to Eldorado than it is to Honey, but those who love both will easily see the difference.

Freak is a light-medium green with a subtle golden sheen and an almost cool-toned base color. It had so-so color in a single pass, and it didn’t quite build up to fully opaque color. Urban Decay Graffiti is much darker and cooler-toned. I couldn’t think of a shade that was really similar to this.

Junkie is a bluish-teal with teal and gold sparkle. It has so-so pigmentation in a single stroke, but it is more buildable. MAC Undercurrent is darker, more green-based. MAC Blue Noon is brighter.

Deep End is a brightened blue-teal with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff in one stroke, but it is best layered as it builds up to mostly opaque color. MAC Float on By is darker but similar. Urban Decay Electric is brighter and bluer (as are Make Up For Ever #7L and Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi). Milani Aqua is a touch darker. Urban Decay Flipside is slightly more subdued but similar.

LSD is a blackened navy blue base with a ton of lighter blue sparkle and shimmer. It is a weaker shade in a single pass, but it builds up well. MAC Fly-by-Blu is similar.

Some excellent reading: Gold Eyeliner Comparisons, Green Eyeliner Comparisons, Navy Blue Eyeliner Comparisons, Blue Eyeliner Comparisons, Teal Eyeliner Comparisons.

Goldmine and Freak were the first two shades I tested for wear after swatching them; I wore one on each eye and on the lower lash line.  Both shades lasted for eight hours well without smudging though there was slight fading.  I typically get between eight and ten hours of wear with Urban Decay’s eyeliners with little to no fading and definitely no smudging/migration.  They have a slightly creamy, slightly waxy consistency that enables easy glide across the lid and lash line (no tugging or pulling) but usually requires two or three passes of the liner to achieve full color coverage.

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Of these, Deep End was my favorite because it had the best pigmentation and smoothest texture. LSD has a very interesting look on the eye, because of how sparkly it is. I wish Freak popped more; it's slightly brightening but kind of pale.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, March 18th, 2013

Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four eyeshadows. The Complete Eye Palettes are supposed to contain “an illuminating base, two blendable shades, and a liner to define.” Each palette comes in a velvet pouch along with three sponge-tip applicators.

Dark Spice #1 is a warm-toned black with a satin finish–just a touch of sheen, so it’s not quite matte. It had good color payoff, but it’s not the most intense black I’ve come across, and the texture was slightly dry. It’s a basic kind of shade, so it’s likely that you have something similar in your stash already. Shades like Make Up For Ever #04 and MAC Carbon are similar in color but more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Fin is similar but more intense.

Dark Spice #2 is a warm-toned, bronze-shimmered brown with a pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, but the texture was slightly dry. Chanel Pearl River #5 is a bit darker. MAC Bronze is more golden. Laura Mercier Cedar is very similar, slightly more matte. Inglot #421 is warmer, not as brown.

Dark Spice #3 is a warm-toned, chestnut brown with strong red undertones and has a soft, satiny finish. It had great color payoff, but like the other shades, there was a very slight dryness to the texture. Clinique Fuller Fudge is more coppery. MAC Ever Elegant is more metallic, so it appears lighter. Tom Ford Illicit is a cream product but close in color. MAC Antiqued is similar in color but more metallic in finish.

Dark Spice #4 is a soft orange with a satin finish–it’s almost like goldenrod but more orange. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery–it had the best feel of the four. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #4 is darker, more orange. Chanel Pearl River #4 is brighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 is more frosted and orange. MAC Chessa is brighter and shimmery. Chanel Tigerlily is a touch lighter.

The major drawback of this palette is the texture, which is slightly dry, though the dryness doesn’t inhibit the color payoff by much (it only seemed to come into play with the black eyeshadow) or the wear, as when I wore the palette, I had no trouble with the colors lasting a full nine hours without any creasing or fading.  Burberry’s single eyeshadows, though, have a very soft, buttery texture, and these all felt slightly less buttery, not quite as soft or as smooth. Good but not as fantastic as the singles tend to be, so from that perspective, I was disappointed.  The colors go well together, and for those with warmer complexions, this could be an easy, everyday kind of palette.  I just wish the feel was like the singles.

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The colors go well together, and for those with warmer complexions, this could be an easy, everyday kind of palette. I just wish the feel was like the singles.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, March 17th, 2013

NARS Sex Appeal Blush
NARS Sex Appeal Blush

NARS Sex Appeal Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a pale, subtly warm-toned peach with a satin finish. Buxom Swept Away is pinker. MAC Stay By Me is a touch darker. MAC Peaches is darker and more orange.

It is absolutely a color and product that will work better on very, very pale skin tones. On my medium complexion, it just barely shows up, and it may turn chalky/ashy on deeper skin tones because of the light base color. For lighter skin tones, though, especially those with natural redness occurring in their cheeks, this will work quite nicely. The importance here is that the pigmentation is still good, as it appears true-to-pan; it’s just that the color won’t show itself to its full potential on my complexion. (Pale readers who’ve tried this, speak out!)

From what I could tell, the color lasted around six to seven hours on me, but it was even harder to see after eight hours (it’s so much harder to see wear when it’s barely visible to begin with!).  The texture is very soft, finely-milled, and a smidgen on the powdery side but it lies nicely on the skin–it doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and if you buff it into the skin, it turns just slightly luminous from that satin finish.

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This is a blush that will work best on lighter complexions, and it can help to reduce the appearance of redness from the peachy coloring.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Tom Ford Abandon Lip Shine Color
Tom Ford Abandon Lip Shine Color

Tom Ford Abandon Lip Shine Color ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a peachy brown with warm undertones and a natural, slightly glossy finish. MAC Freckletone is very similar–more color coverage. MAC Posh Tone is a bit more beige but very similar in color. MAC Fashion City is lighter and less peach.

The formula wears well for something that is as hydrating as this is, but also for something that has a very high slip amount in its initial application. Within an hour or so, it feels and looks more like a lipstick than a lip balm or gloss, but initially, it starts off with some glossiness. I would say it’s more like a lipstick than a lip balm, though the amount of moisture it imparts and locks in is very nice and more like a lip balm. The color is semi-sheer with noticeable translucency, which is in line with the coverage the formula is supposed to provide.  Abandon lasted three and a half hours on me.  There was very slight settling of the color into lip lines, but it was only visible in close-up photos and not so much at a normal viewing distance.

For some, this new lip color range is going to be too pricey for sheer color while others will go through tubes of it as it is comfortable to wear, hydrating, and the shade range is very wearable. The more natural pigmentation you have in your lips, the less impact you’re going to see from these.

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For some, this new lip color range is going to be too pricey for sheer color while others will go through tubes of it as it is comfortable to wear, hydrating, and the shade range is very wearable. The more natural pigmentation you have in your lips, the less impact you're going to see from these.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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