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Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette


Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows: Kinky (soft ivory peach with a matte finish), Freestyle (light pantyhose nude with matte finish), Mushroom (warm grey with shimmery finish), Back Door (true dark brown with matte finish), Blackout (blackest black with matte finish), Barlust (dark golden brown with metallic finish), Rockstar (deep aubergine with shimmery finish), Evidence (deep navy blue with shimmery finish), Loaded (deep emerald shimmer with metallic base), and Asphalt (deep gunmetal with silver micro glitter and metallic base); one eyeliner in Perversion (blackest black); and a mini Primer Potion (in Original).

Overall, it’s a good palette; the best performing shades were Mushroom, Barlust, Rockstar, and Loaded. The “worst” (which weren’t bad!) performing shades were Evidence and Asphalt, which were both a little dry.  Kinky and Freestyle were a marginally powdery but applied well and had good color payoff, despite being lighter in hue, which was impressive.  Three of top Urban Decay eyeshadows are in the palette, too (Mushroom, Rockstar, and Loaded) along with the lovely rich black Perversion eyeliner.  I tried a few different combinations (none of which I ended up liking, but for testing purposes, still worked), and I averaged around eight hours of wear with minimal fading but no creasing over bare lids. With a primer, the wear was perfectly intact after eight hours of wear.

One thing I disliked about the palette was the composition. This has no impact on the rating at all, because it’s very subjective and doesn’t affect the quality of the product. Like The Black Palette, it has lots of dark, smoky colors–totally appropriate for the palette–but it seems like this is a palette you’d tote around with you, as if it was an all-in-one palette for great smoky looks. There are too many dark shades to build more diverse looks. I would have loved to have seen one or two more shades (perhaps something cool-toned–maybe a silver, silver-blue–hey, Strip would have been a great addition to the palette).

Kinky and Freestyle are the lighter shades in the palette, but it’s missing a genuinely cool-toned one, and perhaps one with some shimmer/satin in it, rather than matte. I tried layering Kinky over a few shades, but it seemed to make more of a mess than lightened the underlying color. Freestyle read a bit too warm against most of the colors when I tried playing with it. If you want a one-and-done palette, maybe this isn’t it. If you want lots of Urban Decay eyeshadows, it could be a great choice.

Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz. (compared to 0.05 oz.), which means the palette contains $108 in eyeshadow, plus a full-sized eyeliner, which normally retails for $19, and then a small primer potion containing 0.13 fl. oz., which is worth $7. The palette contains $134 worth of products for the $49 price tag. It’s still a great deal–it’s just not as good as previous palettes, such as Naked and Naked 2, which both contained 12 full-sized (as in 0.05 oz. each, so 0.60 oz. worth of eyeshadow–double this palette) eyeshadows, plus two comparable extras (brush and primer).

Honestly, I don’t mind that the eyeshadows aren’t full-sized; it’s hard to get through a full-sized eyeshadow, especially some of the darker shades, of which there are plenty of in this palette, but at this price tag, it’s a little tougher to swallow, given that they’ve done much more value-packed palettes.  It’s something to pay attention to in case this a trend of things to come, but the palette on its own is still a good value and well worth the price tag–assuming you want more than 3 shades!

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

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MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash Mascara Launches


MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash Mascara Launches

Introducing M·A·C Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash, with an intense new pigment for a shade that’s blacker than black for the deepest, darkest, richest lashes ever. The velvety formula coats from root to tip, silky soft with conditioning ingredients that prevent dryness, spikes and hardening. Just insert the wand through the small opening for high definition or through the large opening for loads of volume. Your lashes, your look, your call. Permanent.

Haute & Naughty ($20.00 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Too Black Deepest, darkest, richest black

Availability: July 12th, 2012 at Nordstrom; August 16th, 2012 online at maccosmetics.con; August 23rd, 2012 in stores

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MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Collection


MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Collection

Electrifying pigments fuse with high frost in 12 limited edition shades. From the moment your brush touches the lightweight formula, you’ll be wired into its sensational blending power. For a multi-dimensional pearly wash, try Superwatt—a shimmering taupe. Amp it up with Highly Charged’s vibrant purple, or shock with Fashion Circuit’s Kelly green. It’s luxe with a hue-rich colour charge…who wouldn’t want to be this Electric?

Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pure Flash Pale champagne
  • Love Power Soft shimmering rose
  • Dynamo Mid-tone coral
  • Coil Copper bronze
  • Superwatt Light shimmering taupe
  • Brilliantly Lit Bright acid yellow green
  • Fashion Circuit Bright kelly green
  • Infra-violet Mid-tone pink violet with blue pearl
  • Highly Charged Rich purple with pink pearl
  • Switch to Blue Rich cobalt
  • Blacklit Black with multi-dimensional pearl
  • Electroplate Cool gunmetal grey

Availability: July 19th, 2012 at Nordstrom; July 26th, 2012 at maccosmetics.com, August 2nd, 2012 at all MAC locations; August 2012 at select International MAC locations

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MAC Illustrated Collection + Nordstrom Exclusives


MAC Illustrated Collection + Nordstrom Exclusives

Three renowned illustrators transform classic M·A·C makeup bags into mini masterpieces. Julie Verhoeven’s bold colours and outright wit come alive, featuring an array of abstract faces swept with vibrant hues. François Berthoud’s intricate flowers convey pop art chic in fluoro-brights. Nikki Farquharson ’s design is a graphic, bold hand-drawn black-and-white pattern, hit with swirls of red and yellow. Available in two sizes—one scaled for just necessities, the other for total beauty. Limited Edition. M·A·C Store exclusive.

Illustrated Bags ($30.00 U.S.; $35.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN; $42.00 CDN)

  • Petite Bag by Nikki Farquharson Black, gray, yellow, orange, blue
  • Small Bag by Nikki Farquharson
  • Petite Bag by Francois Berthoud Flowers
  • Small Bag by Francois Berthoud Flowers
  • Petite Bag by Julie Verhoeven Faces
  • Small Bag by Julie Verhoeven Faces

The following products are exclusive to Nordstrom for their Anniversary Sale!

  • Smoky Eye Plum Kit by Julie Verhoeven ($49.50) Includes Creative Whim, Drawn to Drama, Moody eyeshadows; 275 and 212 brushes, Purple Dash Technakhol Eyeliner, Mini Zoomblack Zoom Lash Mascara
  • Smoky Eye Black Kit by Julie Verhoeven ($49.50) Includes Naked Lunch< Wedge, Carbon eyeshadows; 275 and 212 brushes; Graphblack Technakhol Eyeliner, Mini Zoomblack Zoom Lash Mascara
  • Peach Lip Color & Bag by Julie Verhoeven ($39.50) Includes Ravishing Lipstick, Sublime Shine Dazzleglass Creme, Creamkiss Cremestick Liner
  • Pink Lip Color & Bag by Julie Verhoeven ($39.50) Includes Vivid Imagination Lipstick, Julia Dazzleglass Creme, Pink Treat Cremestick Liner
  • Nude Lip Color & Bag by Julie Verhoeven ($39.50) Includes Creme d’Nude Lipstick, Natural Talent Dazzleglass Creme, Sublime Culture Cremestick Liner
  • Red Lip Color & Bag by Julie Verhoeven ($39.50) Includes Must Be Red! Lipstick, Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme, Freehand Cremestick Liner
  • All Over Brush Kit by Julie Verhoeven ($49.50) Includes 129, 227, 224, 219, 266 brushes
  • Face Canvas Brush Kit by Julie Verhoeven ($49.50) 187, 130, 282, 286 brushes

Availability: Illustrated Bags @ online at maccosmetics.com on August 16th and MAC Stores on August 23rd, 2012; September 2012 at select international MAC locations; July 12th, 2012 for Nordstrom Exclusives

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Cult Nails Spontaneous Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Spontaneous Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Spontaneous Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Spontaneous Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark, deep, dusty purple creme with vibrant purple glitter.” It’s dusty eggplant purple with red undertones and scattered violet micro-glitter. MAC Festive Finery is more muted, less purple, smokier, and has no shimmer. Cult Nails Enigmatic is much darker and browner, less purple. China Glaze Urban Night is redder, more wine-colored.

It’s opaque after two coats, and though the glitter is sparse, it disperses evenly–you don’t have to wobble around the brush just so in order to spread out the glitter. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, though it was on the thinner side. It dried down fairly quickly and has a naturally shiny finish, but I’d use a top coat for a smooth, ultra-shiny finish. I didn’t have any trouble during application; the polish didn’t bubble, streak, or pool to the sides. I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes.

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