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Urban Decay ELECTRIC Pressed Pigment Palette Review & swatches!

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Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Today I am (finally!) reviewing Urban Decay’s Electric Pressed Pigment Palette.  Before I just right into it we do have to talk about the name itself — “Pressed Pigment Palette” — not “eyeshadow palette.”  Why?  Well, pigments used in Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban are not deemed safe to use on the eyes in the USA, Canada and Brazil.  But I’m a gal who likes to live dangerously.  While I certainly can’t tell you to use those particular shades on your eyes, I will say that I have with no problem at all — no itching or irritation etc. Ok, now that that’s out of the way…. LOOK AT IT:

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Urban Decay’s Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

It’s gorgeous, no?  Each color practically glows.  And it comes with a double-ended brush that is actually pretty darn good for applying the shadows.

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Top Row, from Left to Right:

REVOLT — a buttery-smooth burnished silver with some barely-there sparkles

GONZO — incredibly bright turquoise blue semi-satin

SLOWBURN — safety-orange, nearly matte with some barely-there shimmer

SAVAGE — day-glow pink, matte

FRINGE — deep, shimmery peacock-green

Bottom Row, from Left to right:

CHAOS — neon cobalt blue, nearly matte satin

JILTED — warm, pinky-purple, satin

URBAN — deeper, more blue-toned purple, nearly matte satin

FREAK — shimmery bright grassy green

THRASH — semi-matte, chartreuse

All of the colors are intensely pigmented and blend really well.  You barely have to touch your brush to them to pick up a ton of color.  You can use them on bare skin but using a normal eye shadow primer will make these colors really sing.  While I’d love if all the colors were matte, I think adding in some semi-matte and satins really helped the formula blend well.  The only problem I had was that I found the pinks and purples stained my eyelids a little — though not badly and not enough to put me off using them.

The only color I didn’t like that much was Revolt.  Not because it’s not a great eyeshadow — it is.  But in a palette of bright and bold colors, silver just seems so out of place and boring.  I have a ton of great silver shadows — I didn’t need this one taking up room in a palette like this.  I’d have rather have seen another green or a bright yellow.

I think this palette is surprisingly versatile.  Sure you can use only the colors in the palette to do a super bright and bold eye look — like the one below.  I used Slowburn in the inner corner, blending out to Savage on my lid.  I use Jilted across the crease and Urban to deepen the outer corner.  I used Chaos to line the upper lid and again used Jilted and Urban on the lower lid.

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But as you can see below, you can take some of the shades and use them with other palettes to create a more wearable look.  Below I’ve used Freak and Fringe alongside the Comfort Zone Palette by Wet N Wild to make something a little more subtle and work-friendly.

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And because I’m me, I did it them at the same time.

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I think if you’re drawn to bright colors, this palette is a great investment.  If you’ve always been curious about incorporating bright and bold colors into your look but have been hesitant — again, you can’t go far wrong here.  The pigments are all of the best quality — easy to use and blend.  And remember, you’re not limited to using ONLY the colors here.  Think about using them in unexpected ways, like using Gonzo as a liner in an otherwise neutral eye look.  Or a dab of Freak on the center of the lid to punch up some olive green shades.  Never be afraid of bright colors — it’s make up.  It washes off!

The Electric Pressed Pigment Palette can be found on the Urban Decay website and wherever Urban Decay products are sold.  Urban Decay is not only cruelty-free, but Leaping Bunny Certified.

Disclaimer: All products listed were purchased by me and my opinions are mine alone.

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FOTD: Aug 20, 2012 (Inspired by LetzMakeup)

I not sure how my google fu led me to Letz Makeup but I am so glad it did!  What a great makeup artist and blog!  Looking back over older entries like a stalker, I was really inspired by this one: Uplifting Cat Eye Liner.  When I was trying to take some pics of my new hair color, that’s the eyelook I was sporting.  Here’s my version:

Face:

Vapour Organic Atmosphere Luminous Foundation in 100

Kevyn Aucoin the Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX01

NYX blush in Mocha

Eyes:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance over lid

Urban Decay Kinky over whole lid

Urban Decay Barlust in crease and lower lashline

The Balm Mary Lou-manizer in inner corner and lower lashline

Revlon* Colorstay eyeliner in black

Urban Decay 24/7 liner in perversion in waterline

Bare Essentials Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara – upper lashes

Too Faced Lashgasm – lower lashes

Brows: Matte taupe from One Night in Morcocco palette (review of this coming soon b/c I love it)

Lips:

New York Color/NYC in Fashion Ave Fuchsia.

All in all I don’t think it came out half bad.  Next time I am going to be more bold with the liner, though and really get a crazy cat-eye going.

Yoshi says no one does a better cat-eye than he does!

* Revlon was bought before they lost their cruelty-free status

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette — review and swatches and OMG MARS CURIOSITY

I have been putting off writing this tonight because I’ve been obsessively watching NASA’s livestream of the Mars Curiosity Rover’s landing on Mars.  MARS, people. Frakking Mars!  It was hugely exciting and inspiring.

Science… It’s a beautiful thing.
Ok, ok, back on topic!  I recently picked up Urban Decay’s “Smoked” palette and let me tell you, it’s a winner.  I know their “Naked” palettes are hugely popular but I am just not really into earth tones.  But this? It’s… dare I say it….MARS TONES.  Ok, ok not really, I’m still just super excited. If it was based on Mars, it would be red, right?  But if I were to create a palette inspired by space, I think it would be pretty close to this one.

Pictures? I haz them:

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette.

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette.

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette.

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette.
top row: Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout
bottom row: Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded, Asphalt

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette, daylight:
top row: Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout
bottom row: Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded, Asphalt

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette, indoor with daylight bulb:
top row: Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout
bottom row: Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded, Asphalt

The colors are gorgeous and richly pigmented. It’s also nice to see several matte shades included (Kinky, Freestyle, Backdoor and Blackout).  The real standouts for me are Mushroom (a taupe-tinged silver with slightly warm undertones) and Asphalt (a lush metallic pewter.)  The only shadow that didn’t wow me was Blackout, which was a little patchy.  Another nice thing is that the non-matte shades are more metallic/shimmery than glittery.

It’s a really well balanced palette that has both warm and cool tones, which I think makes it extremely versatile no matter what your skin tone or skin undertone.  These colors are fierce.  Not only that, but it comes with a full sized 24/7 Pencil in “Perversion” which is amazingly smooth and inky-black.  It’s like the Spinal Tap album of black eyeliners:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Perversion

It also comes with a travel-size tube of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion which seems to be the gold standard of eyeshadow primers, though if I’m honest, it’s one that has never worked that great for me. (I prefer Too Faced Shadow Insurance though even that one will not stop the creasing of my unusually oily eyelids.)

But wait, that’s not all!  It also comes with a little booklet!  The booklet is pretty nice as it not only includes a variety of 12 different smokey eye looks, but also has a glossary of terms and techniques and examples of brushes you can use to get the best smokey eye.

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Urban Decay Smoked Lookbook

Pretty handy, right?  If you’re wanting to expand your Urban Decay eyeshadow collection, I don’t think you can go wrong here.  All the shadows are beautiful an great quality.  If you love a smokey eye, again, you can’t go far wrong here.  And if you love a smokey eye but have no idea how to do one, you might find this just the trick. (Pssstt… you can also buy the booklet separately!)

All in all, I’m going to give this 4.5/5 Kitty Skulls. (Um, my new rating system, ok?)  I took off one kitty eye because the Primer Potion is pretty meh for me.

The Smoked palette can be bought at Sephora, Urban Decay and wherever Urban Decay products are sold.

Bonus: Urban Decay is Cruelty Free!

 

PS: I keep changing my layout because I can’t settle on one!  I think this one will work for now though!  And now back to your regularly scheduled programming…

Sephora LashStash Part 3 — Urban Decay Supercurl mascara review mega-rant!

I’ve been a big fan of Urban Decay for years but in all that time, I haven’t tried any of their mascaras!  Thanks to my LashStash Favorites, I got to try their Supercurl Mascara.  Here are Urban Decay’s claims for this mascara:

What it is:
A sculpting, curling, long-wearing mascara.

What it does:
In addition to holding curl all day, this mascara boasts incredible conditioning ingredients in its formula. Packed with glycoprotein for lash thickening, Moringa seeds to help with curl definition, and Meadowfoam seed oil and Shea Butter for moisturizing and smoothing, lashes get an extra nourishing boost with just one swipe.

 

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I’m generally not a HUGE fan of curved mascara wands but I did like that this mascara had a plastic bristle wand — those seem to work really well for my lashes!  I also liked that this mascara was very inky-black and that the mascara wand wasn’t goopy with mascara, which would help prevent clumps.

 

Floating Eyeball Time!

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Urban Decay Supercurl mascara

 

Not bad, right?  WELL!  While it didn’t curl my lashes, it gave nice volume and length and didn’t make the curl droop out too badly… BUT — and this is a big but — this mascara did not dry.  Ever.  Even hours later, every time I blinked, my lashes would stick together.  I’d end up twitching and winking to get them unstuck.  I kept this mascara on for about 5 hours and in that time I didn’t have any real issues with flakes or smudging — however, even at 5 hours, it still felt tacky and sticky.  I ended up having to remove it after those 5 hours as I couldn’t stand it anymore.  I kept winking and rubbing my eyes which really irritated them, even though the mascara itself was not irritating.

I was worried that maybe it was the humidity or another makeup product I was using that was causing this weird non-drying issue so I tried this mascara on several different occasions — all with the same result.  Mind-boggling!

Another odd thing is that when I went to remove it — it was a STONE BUGGER to take off.  I’ve had waterproof mascaras that were easier to remove!  Most mascaras will come off with my usual cold cream (yes, even waterproof!) but for this, I had to follow it up with Clinique Take the Day off Makeup Remover.

If this mascara had adequately dried, I think I would have liked it!  It did give my lashes some volume and length and didn’t knock out the curl totally (though they did droop a little, especially the outer corners).  It didn’t clump or flake or smudge.  But it just never dried!  I’m not sure if I got a bad tube of it or what but I can’t believe any company would put out a mascara like this!

Really disappointing and annoying!   Have you ever had a mascara just NEVER dry??