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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil Stash Review, Swatches and Pictures

November 10th, 2011

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The annual Sephora Friends and Family event is always a great time to splurge on new makeup and this year, I picked up the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil Stash along with a few other items. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils Stash The 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil Stash contains a set of five […]

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

August 17th, 2011

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 ($64.00) is a limited edition makeup palette slated for a September launch. It contains 16 eyeshadows (0.03 oz. each), one Liquid Eyeliner (0.058 fl. oz.), Original Primer Potion (0.13 fl. oz.), and Supercurl Mascara (0.18 fl. oz.). The palette also contains a mini-speaker along with QR codes so that one can watch video tutorials designed for the palette. The value breakdown goes like this: $163.20 worth of eyeshadow, $18.00 worth of liquid eyeliner, $6.68 worth of Primer Potion, and $12.00 worth of mascara. Though you cannot purchase the items separately even if you wanted to, it amounts to the equivalent of $199.88.

Because of how photo-heavy this review is, and how long it is, the first eight eyeshadows are reviewed in this post, while the second set of eight will follow. The overall review for the palette along with packaging is included in this post. Because there are differences in quality for each shade, I have listed a pigmentation and texture score for each (both scores are out of 10), which I then averaged across all sixteen shades to give the scores found in The Glossover below.

Blue Bus is a cool-toned, blue-based purple with a soft, frosted finish. This is a new and exclusive shade. The payoff is disappointing–it’s dry, stiff, and applies unevenly. It lacks the density of other Urban Decay eyeshadows along with the smoothness that comes from a softer powder product. The color is very similar to MAC Parfait Amour. Inglot #379 is similar in color but matte, so it has a darker appearance. (7/5)

Gunmetal is a darkened blue-based gray with a silver shimmer and sheen. This is a permanent shade. The color payoff is good, though it feels a touch less soft compared to the pot version of Gunmetal. Inglot #451 is similar but slightly darker–has more of a black base. (9/8.5)

Cobra is a dark, cool-toned brown with a mostly matte finish that’s layered with green-gold shimmer. This shade is a repromote from the Black Palette. It doesn’t reflect very green when I swatched it–more like a brown with gold shimmer. The color payoff is decent but it has a drier texture. If you wanted more of the color in the pan, Laura Mercier’s Pine Bronze is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone has a shade that is similar in the pan but also swatches browner–they are surprisingly similar. Milani Melange is also similar but has a blacker color base. (9/8)

Baked is a bright copper with a high frost finish. The color payoff is excellent, and it has a dense, buttery texture that applies very smoothly. This is a permanent shade. It is similar to Giorgio Armani Gold Blitz, Inglot #405, and MAC Amber Lights. (10/10)

Bender is a dark, forest green with a subtle green-gold sheen. The finish is a softened frost. This is a new and exclusive shade. It is one of the best performing shades in the palette–very buttery and smooth, while the pigmentation is tops. It is more yellow-based compared to Make Up For Ever #310. It has less green and more olive compared to Inglot #418. It is very similar to MAC Humid. (10/10)

Gravity is a plum-tinged medium purple with a frosted finish. This is a new and exclusive shade. It has decent color payoff, but it applies unevenly and splotch in places (see the bottom half of the swatch). Make Up For Ever #142 is similar in color but has a matte finish. theBalm All the Way Annie is a touch plummier. It is more pigmented than Milani Purr-fect Purple. It is not as intense as Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister, but it is darker (and plummier) than Urban Decay Ecstasy. (7.5, 7.5)

Lost is a dark bronze brown with subtle red undertones. It has a frosted finish. This is a new and exclusive shade. The color payoff is beautiful here–like Bender, it is one of the better quality shades in the palette. The texture is soft, smooth, and buttery. It is darker and browner compared to MAC Sable. It has slightly cooler tones compared to Inglot #422. There is a darker quality and a more reflective finish compared to Milani Rich Java. (10/10)

Hijack is a bluish-teal with a silvered sheen–a part frost, part metallic finish. This is a new and exclusive shade. The pigmentation in this shade was good, and it applies smoothly overall. The color is very similar to Bare Escentuals Vapor. It is darker and less teal compared to Urban Decay Aquarius. (9/9)

I’m usually really impressed by Urban Decay’s palettes, because the majority of the eyeshadows are high-quality with excellent color payoff, even if a few textures may be more prone to fall out because of the inclusion of glittery shades. I found Blue Bus, Crystal, and Skimp to be difficult to use, while Cobra and Gravity have a few concerns The standout shades were Baked, Bender, Lost, and Zephyr in terms of pigmentation and texture. If one wants a neutral palette, Urban Decay’s Naked palette does it better. If one wants pops of color, the 15th Anniversary Palette does it better. Last year’s Book of Shadows Vol. 3 was much better (and still available at urbandecay.com).

The packaging is extremely bulky–it’s large and heavy. If you thought prior Book of Shadows editions were bulky, then you will loathe the size of this one, as it is 1 3/4″ wider (only marginally taller). I had issues sliding the drawer out, because the mini-speaker tends to get caught against the top. The drawer was not glued in, though, so it did pull out all the way for removal. The top flap opens up with pop-up butterflies, small-sized mirror, and a pocket for your phone along with instructions for using the QR codes. The upside of bulky cardboard packaging is that it will absorb impact better than a hard plastic case would if you were to drop it. I dropped mine a few times on the bathroom tile to no ill effects.

I didn’t play around with the technology too much myself, as I relegated that duty to our resident tech guy (I was busy cropping photographs). I did watch some and saw how it all came together. I think it’s an interesting concept, but in reality, it ends up more gimmicky than useful. The drawer is so large to accomodate a mini-speaker, which does enhance the sound of the videos, but your phone would likely do an adequate job with its own speakers. The QR codes are a bit close together, but it is a minor concern. We have iPhones here, so that is what we tested it out with, and if you have a case around yours, you’ll need to remove it or else the plug will not connect properly.

Where to Buy: September 2011 @ Urban Decay

THE GLOSSOVER
PRODUCT : 8/10
PIGMENTATION : 8.5/10
TEXTURE : 8.5/10
LONGEVITY : 9/10
APPLICATION : 4/5
PACKAGING : 2/5

FINAL THOUGHTS

This palette lacks the quality level of previous Book of Shadows–it’s not the colors but the color payoffs and textures that make this palette less than stellar.

OVERALL: B-

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Blue Bus Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Blue Bus Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Gunmetal Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Gunmetal Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Cobra Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Cobra Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Baked Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Baked Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Gravity Eyeshadow


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Urban Decay Lost Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Lost Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Hijack Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Hijack Eyeshadow


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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

August 17th, 2011

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

Here is the review for the second half of the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 ($64.00) limited edition makeup palette. For an overall review of the product, along with packaging, please see part one. Because there are differences in quality for each shade, I have listed a pigmentation and texture score for each (both scores are out of 10), which I then averaged across all sixteen shades to give the scores found in The Glossover below.

Midnight Cowgirl is a warm, pale, peach-gold with a frosted finish. The color payoff is really lovely, as it is rich and buttery, though it does have flecks of gold micro-glitter. This shade is part of the permanent range. I find the majority disappears before you even apply it, but you may find that some fall out underneath the eye. It is a bit lighter than Bobbi Brown Desert Sand. It’s similar in color but lighter compared to Urban Decay Blunt. It’s also a lighter, less brown version of MAC Retrospeck. (9, 8.5)

Sin is a pink-tinged champagne with a frosted finish and rather metallic sheen. This shade is part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Scratch is much pinker. Giorgio Armani #8 is similar but more metallic in finish. Inglot #397 is similar in color, less pink-tinged. (9.5, 9)

Midnight Rodeo is a sparkly taupe brown. It does have glitter, but it’s subtle and doesn’t seem as large as Urban Decay’s other glitter-finished eyeshadows but may still have some fall out. The color payoff is good, and the texture is fairly smooth. I thought Urban Decay Toasted might be similar, but it’s not–much browner, less of a taupe. theBalm Insane Jane is grayer (more cool-toned), while Inglot #402 is nearly indistinguishable from Midnight Rodeo. This shade is a repromote from the 15th Anniversary Palette. (9, 8.5)

Crystal is a bluish-purple gray with a silvered sheen. It lacks pigmentation, and the texture is dry and stiff to work with–you’ll have to pack it on to achieve the color you see in the pan. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. Inglot #420 is similar but darker and lacks the bluish tones. Urban Decay Stripped has less purple and is much, much darker. (5, 7)

Bust is a softened, gray-tinged taupe brown with a soft, frosted finish. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. It has a really smooth application with a buttery texture, while the shade itself has excellent color payoff. NARS Grand Palais is slightly browner, MAC Street Cool is darker and browner, MAC Satin Taupe is much, much darker, and Inglot #402 is warmer and less gray. It’s like a frosted version of Urban Decay Shakedown. (9.5, 9)

Missionary is a soft, beige-taupe with a frosted finish. It’s like a lighter version of Sin. It has good color payoff, but it’s not fully opaque. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. It is pinker than MAC Butternutty. It’s a little lighter and has more of a sheen compared to Urban Decay Virgin. (9, 9)

Skimp is a beige-peach with a pearled sheen. The color payoff here was a bit sheer, and the texture surprisingly dry. This shade is a repromote. It is similar to Bare Escentuals Serendipitous. It is a little lighter than MAC Brule. (8, 8.5)

Zephyr is a warm white with a golden sheen. It has good color payoff, but it is a bit powdery. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. It less yellow compared to Urban Decay Vanilla and MAC Nylon, but it is comparable to Bare Escentuals Breathtaking. (9, 8.5)

Where to Buy: September 2011 @ Urban Decay

THE GLOSSOVER
PRODUCT : 8/10
PIGMENTATION : 8.5/10
TEXTURE : 8.5/10
LONGEVITY : 9/10
APPLICATION : 4/5
PACKAGING : 2/5

FINAL THOUGHTS

If one wants a neutral palette, Urban Decay’s Naked palette does it better. If one wants pops of color, the 15th Anniversary Palette does it better. This palette lacks the quality level of previous Book of Shadows–it’s not the colors but the color payoffs and textures that make this palette less than stellar.

OVERALL: B-

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Crystal Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Crystal Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Bust Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Bust Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Missionary Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Missionary Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Skimp Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Skimp Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Zephyr Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Zephyr Eyeshadow


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Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Review & Photos

May 30th, 2011

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Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover

For Your Eyes Only: Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover ($24.00 for 2.5 fl. oz.) is a creamy, opaque white gel-based remover that works best applied onto a cotton round or toner sheet, then held against the skin for a few seconds and finally, wiped away. Initially, I thought this product was for the whole face, because it says makeup remover, not eye makeup remover. Even the online descriptions of this product don’t suspend that belief–they say it’s a makeup remover designed for removal of even the “longest-lasting products” that’s “good for your skin.” (I tend to associate skin care benefits more to the whole face than just the eyes!)

Though I recognize I’m a bit skeptical of much of the miracles promised by various skincare products, I’m even more skeptical of cleansers and removers that make promises, too. Products like cleansers and removers are not on skin very long, so it’s hard to believe they would be able to provide any long-term benefits. Urban Decay’s remover includes several ingredients, and one is noted to “revitalize collagen production” while others (various oils) will moisturize and replenish. When it comes to directions, I’m glad I waited for this product to go online, because the back of the tube left me clueless–did I use water, did I use it everywhere, how much, when, what!

Again, the best way to use this, based on my testing, has been on a cotton round or toner sheet, pressed against the eye for 10-15 seconds, and then wipe away the makeup. It does a good job of removing the bulk of my makeup, but I do feel like it leaves my eyes a little cloudy. There is no greasy residue or feel afterwards, but the cloudiness necessitates rinsing with water, so then there is definitely no product leftover to sink into my skin and revitalize or moisturize anything. I needed about a pea-sized dollop for each eye. It will remove face makeup, too, but you’ll end up going through this little tube rather quickly if you do so!

If it’s for eyes, it’ll last you a lot longer, and therefore the $24 price tag stretches out over a much longer time period. It does remove long-wearing products without much fuss, feels nice against the skin, and doesn’t leave behind any greasy residue–but it did make my eyes a bit cloudy and may require a second cotton round to remove a few streaks of makeup left behind (which just feels wasteful, so I rinsed off). Good, not great.

The bottom of the tube says “demaquillant yeux,” but as a U.S. brand – should I really have to know French to decipher what the product is supposed to do? Oddly enough, I did Google translate it last night, and I didn’t include the accented E – so it translated to just “makeup remover,” but when you include the accented E, it translates to “eye makeup remover.”

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Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover

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FOTD: Urban Decay Inspired Bridal Makeup Look

May 9th, 2011

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To celebrate the royal wedding and upcoming movie Bridesmaids, Urban Decay has launched the Urban Bride Kit, which contains six long-wearing makeup and prime/finishing products so those who are tying the knot or pretty much anyone can get a flawless look that will last day and night.

I fell in love with the promo picture the second I laid eyes on it. The gorgeous soft eye makeup paired with the pink cheeks and lips is not only great for brides but will work on any occasion. Read on to see how I duped the look!


What I Used

* Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Natural Tan 4.25
* Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Beige
* NYX Cosmetics HD Eyeshadow Base
* MAC Pollen Eyeshadow on eyelid
* MAC Botanical Eyeshadow on crease
* MAC Solar White Eyeshadow to highlight browbone
* Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
* Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black
* Makeup For Life Lashes in #Sweet Sixteen
* NARS Illuminator in Orgasm
* NARS Blush in Super Orgasm
* MAC Sculpt and Shape Powder Duo in Lightsweep/Shadester
* MAC Cremesheen Glass in Loud & Lovely

Urban Decay Products To Create The Look

* Diamond Dog Stardust Eyeshadow
* Space Cowboy Stardust Eyeshadow
* Zero 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
* Quickie Afterflow Glide-On Cheek Tint
* Midnight Cowboy Lip Junkie Lip Gloss

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