Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rose gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned rosy pink with yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Urban Decay Freebird is lighter and has a golden sheen. bareMinerals Page Six is a touch lighter. MAC Rose Light is cooler-toned. MAC Da Bling is pinker. MAC Rose is darker, pinker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #4 is more satiny in finish but close in color.

This eyeshadow had excellent color payoff–fully opaque with little product required. Scratch had a soft, buttery texture that was dense and finely-milled, but it was so soft that it was powdery–almost crumbly in a way, but incredibly fine crumbles, not large or chunky ones.  I didn’t experience fall out during wear, but it’s an eyeshadow that requires some clean-up after you initially apply it, so I recommend applying it prior to laying down any base makeup.  It applied with good color payoff to the lid, and it was very easy to blend out the edges.  Scratch lasted for eight hours well, and after nine, there was a hint of fading present.

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The major downside to this particular shade was the powdery nature of the texture. Otherwise, it had good pigmentation, wore well for eight hours, and was easy to blend.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lipglass

MAC Ablaze Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with red undertones and golden orange shimmer. Illamasqua Mistress is more coral. NARS Hollywoodlawn is darker, redder. MAC Eclectic Edge is less red, more shimmery. MAC Morange is more orange. MAC Caqui is similar but doesn’t have shimmer. Illamasqua Temper is brighter and has no shimmer.

This is such a lovely gloss from MAC–it had mostly opaque color coverage, but more importantly, it applied beautifully. The color went on evenly and didn’t bunch up on itself or slide around too much. It also seemed glossier than the average Lipglass. It’s a darker, deeper orange, so it doesn’t look neon, but it is still a bolder shade selection. I’m testing this shade right now, and we’re almost at the three-hour mark; based on how it’s wearing, it looks like it will last around four hours (typical of MAC Lipglass).

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This is such a lovely gloss from MAC--it had mostly opaque color coverage, but more importantly, it applied beautifully. It is more orange than the lipstick, though!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer
MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright violet cream.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-purple with warm, pinky-red undertones and a cream finish. MAC In the Dark… Purple is darker, redder (better match for Heroine, actually). OCC Pansy is much pinker. Zoya Kieko is darker. Zoya Perrie is a bit lighter and more lavender.

While it’s not muted, it’s not a bold/bright shade either. It doesn’t match the Heroine lip products at all–it is purpler and lighter. Based on the collection, everything seems like it’s supposed to match (and the descriptions are fairly uniform across the products), but this one definitely stood out–and that may be to your liking (or not). It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly well. The consistency was on the thicker side, but it didn’t seem to cause problems during application other than being mindful of how much product is on the brush. I actually felt like this had a cream-jelly hybrid of a finish, because it had a slight squishy look to it after I applied the two coats.

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If you wanted the color to match the lipstick, you're out of luck. If you prefer lighter purples, you may still like it.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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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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24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

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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.

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 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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24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

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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.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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