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Urban Decay Zodiac Nail Color
Urban Decay Zodiac Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “smoky green with gold, green and blue 3-D micro-glitter.” It’s a deep, dark forest green with flecks of blue, chartreuse, and emerald green shimmer and micro-glitter. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but you might do a third to get a really rich, inky color. The consistency was slightly on the thicker side, but it didn’t pool along the edges and dry down was average to slightly quicker than average. It dried to a nice, shiny finish and could be worn without a top coat if desired. Zoya Chita (P, $8.00) has a totally different texture and is lighter. NARS Night Porter (LE, $19.00) is a bit darker, but the composition is similar, though the sparkle seemed finer in it. China Glaze Glittering Garland (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer, with predominantly green micro-glitter. Zoya Logan (P, $8.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.
Blackheart Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “smoky greige with red and multicolored shimmer.” It’s a deepened, dark brown with warm, caramel undertones and shimmer that shifts from a warm, golden bronze to a coppery red. The shimmer was very, very fine. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was opaque after two coats. It dried down a bit faster than average, and the finish was moderately shiny without a top coat. Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is darker, has different color shimmer. Dior Exquis (LE, $24.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmer-shift. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is darker, more bronze. See comparison swatches.
Urban Decay Launches for Holiday 2013
24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00)
When we first introduced our original Naked palette, we created a Double-Ended Eye Pencil to go with it. Eventually, we loaded the palette with a brush instead, but people BEGGED us to sell the pencil on its own. It’s been so popular that we’re launching that original duo (Zero/Whiskey) as a regular part of our line AND adding three new color combos—one for each of our other Naked palettes. Looking for the perfect eye pencils to pair with all those gorgeous neutrals in our Naked palettes? You’re in luck. Urban Decay launches FOUR Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencils. Designed to pair perfectly with our Naked palettes, these pencils are the ideal go-to to complete any Naked eye look. Each pencil includes two versatile liner shades inspired by its namesake palette. Three of the eight shades in the lineup are all-time bestsellers, and the other five are NEW and exclusive!
- Zero + Whiskey Zealous black cream + rich brown matte coordinates with Naked
- Perversion + Pistol Blackest-black matte + light gray-brown shimmer coordinates with Naked2
- Blackheart + Darkside Smoky black matte with rosy red micro-glitter + purple-taupe satin coordinates with Naked3
- Crave + Venus Deepest, darkest brown-black matte + soft, off-white shimmer coordinates with Naked Basics
Nail Color ($15.00) (Limited Edition)
- Blackheart Smoky greige with red and multicolored shimmer
- Zodiac Smoky green with gold, green and blue 3-D micro-glitter
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder
Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder ($59.00 for 0.38 oz.) is described as a “multidimensional powder [that] flatters all skin tones by diffusing light and minimizing imperfections.” There are three colors within the palette, though you could certainly use them in any combination. Practically, it’s easier to use the highlighter on its own, and then using the two more contour-hued shades together, as an average-sized blush brush doesn’t fit well into a single stripe without getting a little of what was next to it as well. The palette comes with a gold overspray, which will last a use or less, so I brushed it off entirely before swatching or using the powder. I wore the lightest shade as more of a highlighter with the less shimmery, more brown-ish shades as a blush and contour, respectively, and the highlighter seemed to fade faster than the others–at around seven hours–while the other two lasted a bit longer but not for a full eight hours. The powder is quite generously-sized, though, at 0.38 oz., but the performance could be better across the board.
Close-Up #1 is a pale, shimmering white with a subtle, cool, almost gray-ish, undertone. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was a little powdery, and it may be chalky against deeper complexions. I applied this to the cheekbone (with the other shades below as more of a contour), and it was very reflective, almost metallic, and did somewhat emphasize pores. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly but the two are similar. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is warmer. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a stronger gold sheen/cast. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.
Close-Up #2 is a medium brown with soft, warm tan undertones and a satin finish. It had decent to good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled and not too powdery. This will be a better fit for lighter skin tones than mine as it really disappears on my medium complexion. Too Faced Spice (LE) is darker. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is darker. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is rosier, darker. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.
Close-Up #3 is a golden, medium brown with a pale, yellow gold sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was on the more powdery side. It’s soft, blendable, and easy-to-apply, though. Too Faced Spice (LE) is darker. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is redder in tone. Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is more matte, warmer. See comparison swatches.
For your reference, I also included swatches of the two brown shades blended together as well as all three shades together! The similarities in color with the two brown shades made them look almost like the same color, depending on the lighting, and the sizing of each component doesn’t lend itself to really individualized use.
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “classic red.” It’s a medium-dark, warmer red with brown-ish undertone and a glossy shine. It’s a warmer red that doesn’t go orange, as the warmth is coming from a brown undertone. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is darker, less brown. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is similar but more matte. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is metallic. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is more matte. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is brighter, less brown. See comparison swatches.
This is a new shade for the holidays, and it’s specially packaged in a shimmering, ruby red case. The case is plastic, but it had a lot of depth–it definitely caught my eye. If it had a little more heft, I could see it looking and feeling quite luxe. Showstopper is incredibly glossy; it seemed glossier than other shades in the range even. The color was richly pigmented and applied with opaque color coverage in a single stroke. The consistency was lightweight, emollient, and gel-like–it glides on like butter, as if the color was just melting onto the lips, but I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding with this shade. It wore well for five and a half hours and left behind a residual reddish stain. The formula was nicely hydrating while worn.
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