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Urban Decay Chaos & Bang Nail Colors

Urban Decay Chaos Nail Color
Urban Decay Chaos & Bang Nail Colors

Urban Decay Chaos Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant cobalt blue with floating tonal pearl.” It’s a brightened, medum-dark blue with a purple tint–just enough to make it a cobalt blue–with lighter blue micro-shimmer. It had a glossy finish when it dried down, and it was mostly opaque after two coats–there was a shadow of visible nail line that sometimes was apparent depending on the angle/light. Formula X Beacon (P, $12.50) is darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, slightly darker. China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve (LE, $7.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay Bang Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange with subtle floating iridescent pearl.” It’s a bright, medium orange with warm, orange-red undertones and molten gold micro-shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied evenly without visible brush strokes. Zoya Amy (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery. NARS TV Party (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Gamma (P, $17.00) is brighter, less shimmery. China Glaze Riveting (LE, $7.50) has larger shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Chaos
Chaos
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Bang
Bang
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set Review & Photos (Quick)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set ($68.00) is a limited edition, six-piece brush set with a “Radiant Orchid”-hued carrying case. It comes with two face brushes, three eye brushes, and one lip brush. The set has some limitations and, as tends to be the case with brush sets, you’ll want to see it in person to judge the sizes to see if they’re right for your features.  The handles of all six brushes were well-balanced and weighted; they didn’t feel too light or too heavy, and they fit well in my hands.  This is only a brief review (almost more of an overview), as I haven’t tested them for long and don’t intend to use them long-term to test wear and tear and the like.

The Stippling Brush was noticeably scratchy when I used it in a stippling motion; sweeping it lightly across the planes of the face to apply foundation, it didn’t seem as scratchy, but using the flat edge or stippling motions was unpleasant. The longest bristles were soft, but the shorter ones looked dry and felt that way. The other six brushes were very soft, and I didn’t have any issues with them from a softness/feel standpoint.

The Angled Blush Brush seemed a little larger than the average brush of this shape, but it worked well for blending and placing color, though it doesn’t pick up powder products perfectly (makes everything seem a little under-pigmented). The All-Over Shadow Brush was massive–it looks almost like a small face brush–and even seemed too large for under-eye concealing, blending, or setting (which is something I often use larger eye brushes for). The Shadow Brush was slightly larger than the average eyeshadow brush for patting and packing on eyeshadow, and it worked fairly well but did not deposit as much color in one go as some other brushes I have. I really liked the Crease Brush, as it was incredibly soft, not too dense or too sparse, and wasn’t floppy. If you have smaller eyes, I think that all three of the eye brushes are on the larger side.

Oddly enough, what I liked most about the set was the case. It’s slim, but fairly large (about ten inches tall and five inches wide) and easily accommodates the seven brushes from the kit and then some. It reminded me of a more freeform version of a brush roll or bag. It was actually designed to open and stand up on its own, which is does, and it was a nice feature–handy when traveling. The bag seemed sturdy with a pebbled “Radiant Orchid” exterior, silver zipper, and lined inside with a darker purple.

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick (2014)

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick
Urban Decay Gash Lipstick

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0..09 oz.) is described as a “deep red with tonal shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with ruby red micro-shimmer and a luminous shine. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is less cool-toned, matte. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Liu (P, $35.00) is similar. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker, less glossy, brighter. See comparison swatches.

It’s exclusive, limited edition shade to Urban Decay’s website, so you won’t find it as the usual suspects like Sephora. When I compared this shade to the previously released Gash (in the older formula), the color was spot-on. The shade was nicely pigmented and yielded mostly opaque color coverage. The texture of the new formula doesn’t feel quite the same as the rest of the Revolution lipsticks, though; it’s slightly stiffer in comparison, though it doesn’t tug or pull at lips while being applied–it’s just not as noticeably creamy or as emollient as the other shades in the range. It was also somewhat tacky, but it adheres well, applies smoothly, and pretty much wears for hours on end. It was still going strong after eight hours (including a meal) with the color being even, bold, and the only component missing was that it wasn’t as shiny (but it wasn’t fully matte either). The formula was moderately hydrating over time as well; I never felt like I needed lip balm, even after eight hours of wearing this shade.

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep
Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep ($26.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes two Luminizers and one blush. I loved the mix of colors in the palette, and I really appreciated that they went for a true, “Radiant Orchid” blush–it’s a shade that you just don’t see often as a genuine blush (but there are similar shades if you look at eyeshadow). I wish the two Luminizers were a bit less metallic, as they can slightly to somewhat emphasize skin imperfections/pores. Otherwise, all three shades had really good color payoff, and the textures were soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. You get plenty of product in the palette, and it’s an excellent price point, so I think it’s well worth checking out–especially if you’ve ever craved a purple-y blush!

Bridal Rose is a medium-dark, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and this shade, while called a Luminizer, is more of a blush than a traditional highlighter as it has quite a bit of color as well as sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It does emphasize pores somewhat, though, and it wore seven and a half hours on me before looking patchy. NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is darker, less metallic, cream. MAC Rose Quartz (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $25.00) is less metallic, darker. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Spanish Villa is a golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. This had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It has a lot of shimmer and sheen, so I saw slight emphasis of pores/skin texture with this hue. If I swept on the highlighter with a fan brush, I had a subtler sheen, but it didn’t emphasize pores, so that was a plus. It wore well for seven hours before it looked a bit patchy and faded. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is more golden. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is similar.Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Radiant Orchid is a cool-toned, pinky-purple with a pearly finish. It’s intensely pigmented, and the texture was soft and blendable. This is not a shy shade at all, and I was surprised to see just how purple it actually was. I don’t have anything quite like this as far as blush goes, so I turned to eyeshadows. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE, $16.00) is matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is darker, matte. See comparison swatches

Rush Luster
Rush Luster
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Spanish Villa

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Radiant Orchid

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Formula X Spectrum, Solar Flare, Astrolady Nail Lacquer

Formula X Spectrum Nail Lacquer
Formula X Spectrum Nail Lacquer

Formula X Spectrum Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “red + gold micro-glitter in sheer crimson.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pinky-red with flecks of gold sparkle. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency was a little thin but not enough to impact the application negatively. This has gold sparkle, as compared to the cooler-toned, pinky-white sparkle of Solar Flare, but they were still very close. Zoya Bobbi (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, more muted. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might (LE) is redder, warmer. China Glaze 108 Degrees (LE, $7.50) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Formula X Solar Flare Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink micro-glitter in sheer strawberry.” It’s a vibrant, pink-shimmered, pinky-red with a pearly, metallic finish and a glossy shine. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin and covered smoothly and evenly. Zoya Bobbi (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, pinker. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might (LE) is less shimmery. China Glaze 108 Degrees (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Formula X Astrolady Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink + gold textured glitter.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with warm, golden sparkle and glitter. The finish is mostly matte, textured, and glittery. It had opaque color coverage with two coats of polish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. It feels fairly bumpy/textured, so depending on your preference, you might want a couple of layers of top coat (which will also make it shiny). I don’t have anything like this in my stash that I can recall, due to that textured finish, so no dupes to recommend.

Spectrum
Spectrum
A

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Solar Flare
Solar Flare
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Astrolady
Astrolady
A-

Permanent

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a deepened, cool-toned burgundy with a subtle reddish tint mixed with purple. It had a satin-matte finish. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is more matte, slightly warmer. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Boyfriend Stealer (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

The Cashmere Lip Cream formula is supposed have rich pigmentation, feel lightweight, and yield a matte finish. For all those who eschew typical spring lip colors, here’s a review for you–a rich, vampy hue that’s intensely pigmented with full, opaque color coverage. The finish is more satin to natural for the first couple of hours of wear–it absolutely becomes matte at some point, but there was a noticeable sheen that powered on for longer than anticipated. To get a more matte finish right away, apply a lot less with a lip brush, blot, then apply a little more, then blot again. Bordeaux is very long-wearing, and it held strong for over six hours and still made it fairly intact through a meal. After six hours or so, it’s slightly faded but hardly noticeable by any one else. It was lightly hydrating over time, and the consistency was light-to-medium-weight, was comfortable to wear (particularly in the first four hours, where it is a little creamier), and applied evenly. I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering or bleeding. There is a slight scent to it that I can’t quite place–a little herbal-y? perhaps that’s subtle and I can only somewhat catch a whiff of it when I smell the applicator.

Bordeaux
Bordeaux
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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