Thursday, January 31st, 2013

MAC Aztec Brick Eyeshadow
MAC Aztec Brick Eyeshadow

MAC Aztec Brick Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “frosted true copper” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a rich copper with orange and brown undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #3 is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights is slightly lighter. Tarte Tuscan Sun is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #1 is a touch darker.

This shade was part of a quad in 2010, and it was as lovely then and as it is lovely now. The pigmentation is intense and true-to-pan, and the texture is that soft, dense, buttery delight that Veluxe Pearls are supposed to be. It applied smoothly and evenly, and it blended beautifully with little work. I didn’t experience any fall out during application or wear, and the shade itself wore for eight hours with no fading or creasing (no primer) but showed a faint sign of creasing after nine. The only real downside is that it’s a color that is popular across brands, and many of the versions available are really quite good.  It reminded me of how I felt the day Veluxe Pearls launched, and I remember standing at the counter swatching them going, “ooh! ahh!”

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It reminded me of how I felt the day Veluxe Pearls launched, and I remember standing at the counter swatching them going, "ooh! ahh!"

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Guerlain Romance (601) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Romance (601) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Romance (601) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, light-medium pink with very subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish comprised of pink and white shimmer. MAC Haute Altitude is similar on, but it has a creamy consistency without shimmer. MAC Peach Blossom is sheerer and darker. Chanel Flirt is pinker. Guerlain Rose Desir is darker.

This shade was mostly opaque on the lips with a touch of lingering translucency–there are just hints of my natural lip color coming through and altering the color slightly. I’d expect if you had more natural pigmentation in your lip color, you’d see it get darker/redder.  Romance lasted for five hours, and it was hydrating, lightweight, and comfortable to wear.  The consistency of the formula is slick, creamy, but not thick, and goes on evenly. The lipstick range is violet-scented but has no discernible taste, and it is packaged in a tube that opens with a slider.

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It's a pretty spring shade--not overly unique or special in color--but should be flattering and easy-to-wear on a variety of skin tones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige sparkle.” It’s a medium caramel brown with warm undertones and a champagne-bronze sheen. Milani Caramel Brown is darker, more bronze. MAC Love Connection is also browner. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar is lighter, less caramel. Urban Decay Blaze is less brown, slightly more orange.

You can find Sidecar in the original Naked Palette. Though it has a sparkle finish, it doesn’t seem to have micro-gltiter, and the sparkle is fine and sparse–I didn’t have problems with it in the Naked Palette, and I didn’t have problems when I tried this shade (which is in the newer formulation). I didn’t see fall out during application or later on during wear. The color itself is fully pigmented, and it applies evenly and smoothly. It has a dense, buttery texture that is soft and easily blended on the skin. I wore it and had it last for full eight hours without fading or creasing, and there was some very light fading along the outer edge after nine hours.

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Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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Sidecar is a very wearable, warm-toned brown that's not too dark, not too light. I didn't have any problems with fall out, even though it has a sparklier finish.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic bright purple with blue shift.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based violet purple with hints of fuchsia in its base. The finish has a high frost content and comes off a bit metallic. Tarte Touchdown in Londontown is a darker purple. MAC Stars ‘n Rockets is much more fuchsia. Inglot #441 is darker, purpler. It’s not similar to either Urban Decay Ecstasy (cooler-toned, no pink) or Fishnet (very fuchsia/pink, like MAC Stars ‘n Rockets).

Like Deep End, Omen was released in the 15th Anniversary Palette. When I first posted about the shades Urban Decay was adding to their permanent range, readers really seemed quite happy about Omen coming back, so I was eager to play around with it again.  I’m happy to report that it has a soft, buttery texture that applies smoothly and evenly.  The color payoff is good, and the pink base comes out more as you swatch and blend it out.  When I tested this on the lid, it wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing, and after nine hours there was a hint of fading along the outer edge.

Since a lot of you have been wearing Omen a lot, what are some of your favorite looks using it?

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Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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Solid color payoff, an interesting fuchsia base, and a smooth, even application make Omen a nice purple to work with.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Urban Decay Faint Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Faint Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Faint Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “warm, dusty brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle warm, tan undertones and a matte finish. bareMinerals Namaste is grayer. MAC Wedge is a bit warmer. theBalm Sultry is lighter.

It originally debuted in the Naked Basics Palette (so not that long ago), and if you fear running out of it or you loved it but not enough to pick up the palette, you can grab it as an individual color. Overall, Faint is a very versatile neutral, and it was definitely one of the best shades in the Basics palette, because it can work on a variety of skin tones.  I didn’t re-test this one, since it just came out two months ago, but when I originally tested it, the shade lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing (no primer).  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and had excellent color payoff–the individual pot did seem a smidgen powdery, though.  The blendability, however, is top notch, and I didn’t notice any fall out from the powderiness during application (I did try applying this pot of shadow, I just didn’t keep it on all day).

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Overall, Faint is a very versatile neutral, and it was definitely one of the best shades in the Basics palette, because it can work on a variety of skin tones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 28th, 2013

Urban Decay Snare Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Snare Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Snare Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “smoky olive green shimmer.” It’s a smoky olive green with subtle brown undertones and a gray cast. It has a shimmery, frosted finish. MAC Enviable is lighter. Giorgio Armani #25 has a deeper base. bareMinerals Speaker Box is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #84 is less frosted.

It’s a new (and permanent!) shade that launches February 1st at Urban Decay as well as in Sephora in JCP stores. The pigmentation level was nice, being very true-to-pan, and the resulting finish was shimmering and sparkling without resulting in fall out.  The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled; it had a very dense, buttery feel that you’d expect from Urban Decay’s formula. I found it looked greener as I blended out the color on the lid, so depending on how you apply it, the color can look smokier and grayer or warmer and greener.  Snare wore well for a full nine hours (no primer), as I didn’t see any signs of fading or creasing.

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I found it looked greener as I blended out the color on the lid, so depending on how you apply it, the color can look smokier and grayer or warmer and greener.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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