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 Black Market 24-7 Glide-On Pencil Set
Urban Decay Black Market 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Black Market 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($36.00 for 6 x 0.03 oz.) includes six eyeliners, five of them new and exclusive shades, with one that’s part of the permanent range. The pencils are 25% smaller than full-sized (0.03 oz. vs. 0.04 oz.), so the total value of the set is $85.50. This set is an easy way to try out Urban Decay’s eyeliner formula, if you haven’t previously, as for the price of less than two full-sized eyeliners, you can get six. And for many of us, we have far more eyeliners than eyes, so getting more colors in a slightly smaller size is really not an issue. ;) Now, the only bummer is if you fall in love with one of the new shades, you won’t find it in the permanent range. (But Urban Decay does add previously exclusive shades into their permanent range from time to time, so maybe you’ll get lucky.) It’s available now at ULTA, but it officially launches tomorrow and is part of Urban Decay’s holiday collection!

Overall, the set includes six shades that all wore well on me (between eight and nine hours of good wear, then less stellar wear–such as thinner/faded but no issues with the eyeliners migrating or smudging). Some of the shades lacked really rich, intense pigmentation in one layer, so you will need to build the color up when applying, as most are quite buildable in two to three passes across the lash line.

West is described as “dark brown pearl.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a golden satin sheen and warm, slightly yellow-y undertones. It had nice color payoff in a single pass, and the color was fully opaque in one and a half passes across the lash line. It wore well for just over eight hours, and I saw some slight fading of the color after nine and a half hours. This shade is new and exclusive. Kat Von D Immortal Love is much darker. Urban Decay Whiskey is matte and more red-toned. Urban Decay Hustle is lighter, warmer. MAC Photogravure is darker. MAC Lord It Up is more sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Desperation is described as “deep taupe-gray matte.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-leaning taupe with soft brown undertones and a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range. It has decent color payoff in one pass, and it is buildable to more opaque color on the lash line. It lasted well for a full eight hours, and then it started to show signs of fading after nine hours–just a thinning of the color but no smudging or migrating. Laura Mercier Slate seems warmer. Urban Decay Stray Dog is lighter, shimmery. bareMinerals 11PM is darker. See comparison swatches.

Black Market is described as “charcoal black satin.” It’s a deep, gray-ish black with very, very subtle green/teal pearl. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke and was buildable to opaque color on the lash line. It lasted eight hours well, and then after nine hours, I saw some thinning of the eyeliner. This shade is new and exclusive. MAC Black Swan is more glittery. bareMinerals Midnight is warmer. bareMinerals 11PM is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Riot is described as “smoky gray matte with violet and fuchsia micro-sparkle.” It’s a dark purple with subtle warm undertones and flecks of violet, purple, silver shimmer. It had sheerer color payoff when I applied a single layer, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It lasted eight hours well on my lash line, but it was noticeably thinner after nine hours of wear. This shade is new and exclusive. Urban Decay Empire is similar–slightly brighter. Urban Decay Delinquent is warmer, darker. MAC Permaplum is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Apathy is described as “metallic olive green shimmer.” It’s a dark, forest green with olive and subtle brown undertones–while it is olive in tone, it is almost cool-toned because of the emerald green shimmer. It had weak color payoff in a single stroke, but it was more buildable with a few layers; on the lash line, it took three to four passes for mostly opaque color. It wore well for almost nine hours with some light fading (but no smudging/migrating) after ten hours. This shade is new and exclusive. MAC Devotion is similar, slightly darker. NARS Rue de Rivoli is lighter. Urban Decay Mildew is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Ink is described as “deep navy blue satin.” It’s a rich, navy blue with cool undertones and a subtle, pearly sheen. It had great color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable as well (if you desired). It wore well for eight and a half hours, and it started to thin after nine and a half hours. This shade is new and exclusive. Urban Decay Sabbath is less shimmery, darker. NARS Rue Saint-Honore is brighter. MAC Blue Stripe is more muted. MAC Petrol Blue is more sparkly. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, the set includes six shades that all wore well on me (between eight and nine hours of good wear, then less stellar wear--such as thinner/faded but no issues with the eyeliners migrating or smudging). Some of the shades lacked really rich, intense pigmentation in one layer, so you will need to build the color up when applying, as most are quite buildable in two to three passes across the lash line.

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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

MAC Rubenesque Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Rubenesque Pro Longwear Paint Pot

Here is the final set of three MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots ($20.00 for 0.17 oz.) that have been added to the permanent range of shades available. Shades I’ve covered previously can be found here: Antique Diamond, Blackground, and Let’s Skate. You can also view all of the Pro Longwear Paint Pots I’ve ever reviewed here (as well as read what readers are saying!).

Rubenesque is described as a “golden peach with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, gold-shimmered peachy-copper with a frosted, metallic finish. This shade was part of the permanent Paint Pot range for awhile, so you might already have it. It had semi-opaque color payoff but tends to want to apply more sheer than opaque on the lid. If you’re someone who likes wearing their cream eyeshadows as a sheer wash, this one works well for that. I recommend patting on a layer, letting it dry down a bit, then adding a second layer to get more opaque color if desired. I experienced very slight creasing after eight hours. LORAC Light Bronze is lighter, powder. Disney All Aglow is a powder product. bareMinerals Sundance is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

Layin’ Low is described as a “creamy beige.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark peachy-beige with a matte finish. This shade was previously released as a regular Paint Pot. It had nice, full color coverage and the texture wasn’t too thick or too thin. It blended out well on the lid and didn’t have any wear issues for twelve hours. Kat Von D Unrequited is similar but a powder. Bobbi Brown Terracotta is darker, powder. MAC Tete-a-tint is darker, powder. NARS Ramatuelle #3 is more orange, shimmery. Urban Decay Moonflower is warmer, more shimmery, powder. See comparison swatches.

Constructivist is described as a “metallic brown with red pearl.” It’s a dark, bronze-shimmered brown with subtle warm, red undertones and a pearly finish. This shade was part of the permanent Paint Pot range for awhile, so you might already have it. It has lovely, true-to-pot color payoff that applies with opaque color or can be blended out for a sheerer wash of color if desired. I didn’t have any wear issues with this shade over a twelve-hour period. Urban Decay West is darker, powder. MAC Life’s Luxury is slightly deeper. MAC Carbonized is similar, powder. MAC Roasted Chestnut is more shimmery, lighter, and powder. Chanel Ebloui is redder in tone, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

MAC Clearwater Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Clearwater Pro Longwear Paint Pot

For fall, MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots ($20.00 for 0.17 oz.) sees the addition of some new shades–permanently–to the range. Some of the shades added are repromotes of previous shades released as Paint Pots. The Pro Longwear Paint Pot formula is supposed to be “long-wearing,” “highly-pigmented,” and also “[blend] smoothly over lids.” I wore the shades in groups of three, so each post will feature the three I wore. Shades I’ve covered previously can be found here: Antique Diamond, Blackground, and Let’s Skate. You can also view all of the Pro Longwear Paint Pots I’ve ever reviewed here (as well as read what readers are saying!). I bought the other nine shades to review, and so onto the first three…

As a regular customer just using the product, I haven’t noticed any difference between the Pro Longwear and regular Paint Pot formulas, generally. When these originally launched last year, I compared ingredient lists between a few I happened to have in boxes, and they were the same (except for the limited edition Paint Pots from Posh Paradise, which were off by one ingredient). I’ve heard that the idea was to make Paint Pots in line with MAC’s Pro Longwear concept and that they were tested to ensure adherence to their PLW standards (or something like that). You’ll actually find all of the newly released shades under just “Paint Pot” on MAC’s e-commerce website.

Chrome Angel is described as a “platinum silver.” It is a brightened, light silver that isn’t too cool- or warm-toned. This shade started to show signs of creasing on me after six hours, which worsened for the twelve-hours I wore it. It did not apply with fully opaque color. Your best bet is to apply a single layer, move on to something else, then apply a second layer. Any more than two layers gave it a really thick, caked look that tended to give the lid a crepe-y look. Maybelline Cool Crush is cooler-toned. NARS Silver Factory is similar. MAC Virgin Silver is also similar. MAC White as Snow is similar but a powder product. Chanel Infini is also similar but powder. MAC Fancy Frosting has chunks of sparkle and is more white than silver. See comparison swatches.

Clearwater is described as a “sea foam.” It’s a muted, bluish aqua cream with a matte finish. When sheered out, it almost looks like it has an overcast of gray. I think it’s a rather interesting color, but it seemed extra creamy and had a thinner consistency than other Paint Pots, so it was harder to get really opaque color that didn’t naturally want to sheer out. I had some slight creasing that was visible after eight hours of wear. MAC Sky Blue is more shimmery, powder. Inglot #367 is lighter, powder. Dior Blue Lagoon #1 is slightly brighter, powder. bareMinerals Illusion is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches. It was also similar an old, limited edition Paint Pot called Rollickin‘, which had shimmer to it.

Tailor Grey is described as a “muted grey.” It’s a medium-dark taupe–a mix of gray and brown–that leans warm and has a mostly matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and it blended and applied well on the lid. On light to medium skin tones (with neutral to warm undertones), it would work well to contour the lid. It applied darker than it appeared in the pot. I didn’t have any issues with this shade wearing well for a full twelve hours. Maybelline Tough as Taupe is slightly darker but similar. MAC Fabulous Fit is a powder product and slightly grayer. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, August 26th, 2013

Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer
Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer

Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer ($71.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to “camouflage blemishes and discoloration” with “pearlescent extracts to capture and reflect light and blur the appearance of fine lines.” Guerlain says that it can be used under makeup or on its own (after moisturizer). It’s an illuminating or radiance-enhancing primer that gives skin a more luminous finish without being shiny (or even dewy).  It extends the wear of my foundation by an hour and a half to two hours, which just means everything looks better for longer.  The consistency is lightweight and so easy to spread and blend out on the skin, so it really does look good and feel good when worn over moisturizer without any foundation on top, and it can also be mixed in with tinted moisturizer easily.

After reviewing Les Ors, which was a limited edition primer for summer, many readers asked how it compared to the one of the permanent primers (there are two!), so here I am with a review! The biggest–and most obvious–difference is in the tint or color. This one is pink-based, so it’s more neutral and doesn’t really tint the skin, only adds very, very fine pearl all-over the skin. Les Ors is distinctly peachy, so on very fair skin, it could add a slight tint as well as radiance. The glow is slightly warmer, even on my medium complexion, as compared to the Meteorites primer. Both are lightweight with gel consistencies that absorb quickly and dry down without any shininess. The finish is decidedly luminous–not sparkly, glittery, or even shimmery–so it enhances the natural look of the skin rather than emphasizing pores or imperfections. They’re both the same price and size, and there was no visible difference on my skin tone, but on very fair or really cool/warm complexions, there might be a more perceptible difference.

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The finish is decidedly luminous--not sparkly, glittery, or even shimmery--so it enhances the natural look of the skin rather than emphasizing pores or imperfections. It extends the wear of my foundation by an hour and a half to two hours, which just means everything looks better for longer.

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Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Tom Ford Deeper (01) Eye Defining Pencil Pen
Tom Ford Deeper (01) Eye Defining Pencil Pen

Tom Ford Deeper (01) Eye Defining Pencil Pen ($55.00) is a double-ended liquid eyeliner with a calligraphy brush on one end and a squatter, thicker felt-tip on the other. It’s a very deep black (and frustratingly, I still can’t get my black liquid eyeliners to really photograph as black as they are–they always turn brown-ish), but I can assure it is an incredibly rich, deep dark black.

The calligraphy brush is amazing; it makes applying liquid eyeliner a breeze, and you can achieve such thin, precise lines with hardly any pressure. The brush is nicely saturated, so it doesn’t skip or drag while applying, so you can get crisp, opaque line. The calligraphy brush is capable of thicker lines, but it excels at the thin lines in particular.  The formula is very wet, and it takes a few seconds to dry down and set.

The felt-tip side can create thicker lines while still applying with continuous flow across the skin–no dragging or skipping. In the swatch, you can see the eyeliner bled outside the original line, compared with the calligraphy brush as an applicator, which delivered an equally thick line but no bleeding. Sometimes, this can occur when swatched, but the actual performance on the eyelid is better, which was the case here (same thing happened with Hourglass Jett).  The actual liquid eyeliner, regardless of which applicator is used, lasted ten hours on me without flaking or smudging. It removed easily with my shu uemura cleansing oil.

I haven’t tried it myself, but I have heard good things about Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner, which has an applicator that looks incredibly similar to the calligraphy brush end to this, so I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for that in stores and see how it compares, because I know that this price point is difficult to swallow. (And there are many stellar black liquid eyeliners on the market.)

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