Urban Decay Naked Palette - $44 at Ulta.com
I'm sure that the manic frenzy for this new Urban Decay palette hasn't escaped your attention if you shop for makeup online, read beauty blogs, or belong to any of the number of makeup forums out there, but in case you've managed to avoid the mental chaos, let me introduce Naked. Having been in stock several times on sephora.com, and selling out almost immediately each time, it's obviously well-loved. It's reported to be a permanent addition to the UD lineup, but that hasn't stopped people paying prices in excess of double retail on eBay (gack!). It's now in stock at Ulta.com, and if you're lucky you might find one at your local Sephora. As of right now, it's slightly difficult to get, but hopefully that won't last long as it's an amazing palette. I drove a 130 mile round-trip to a Sephora because after calling around they were the only Sephora even relatively close that had it. They had one left and held it, and I still counted myself lucky.
The deal with this palette is that it includes 12 full-size shadows, two mini liners in the form of a double-ended pencil, and a mini Urban Decay Primer Potion all for $44. Considering that UD shadows are $17 each for a single, this is a crazy deal. That's not all that makes this palette amazing... In every UD palette I've ever owned, there seems to be at least one or two glittery shades which I never use, but every one of these twelve are smooth and glitter free. There are mattes, satins, shimmers and frosts, but no glitter! With twelve shades of neutral shadows ranging from ecru to steel, you can create any number of flattering and varied looks that go from day to evening.
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Revolver Fragrance Oil - $26 at urbandecay.com
Over the years Urban Decay has given us a handful of great body products like flavored body powders (a couple of which I will review for you soon.) The newest addition to the UD stable of body products, Revolver, is a beautiful and diminutive gem that will appeal to UD diehards, fragrance lovers, and collectors of teeny-weeny bottles. You know you're out there...
This tiny glass bottle holds a lot of oomph, and while I'm far from a "nose," I'll let you know what I think. First off, here's how UD describes the scent:
"Our fragrance oil opens with electric top notes of lychee and pineapple leaf which create a bright and enticing aura, then mixes mysteriously with the free-spirited and tempting middle note of fig. Sheer, yet potent base notes of amber and Egyptian musk evoke an irresistible sensuality that makes you magnetic and alluring"
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Urban Decay Face Case - $14 at urbandecay.com
I can see the new Urban Decay Face Case taking up permanent residence in handbags everywhere. With three eyeshadows, three glosses, a blush and a mirror, this teeny palette has everything a girl would need to become presentable in a pinch. I actually already own the three shadows, but am still neurotically plotting a purchase for this palette. It would be a small and sleek insurance policy that would work in addition to the static part of my stash. I like it, especially for $14! Plus the Book of Shadows 2-esque design in the blush is adorable!!! The only potential downfall is that two of these eye shades are known for their copious glitter... What do you guys think of this little palette?
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Urban Decay Stardust in Diamond Dog - $20 at sephora.com and Ulta
I tried to ignore these shadows. I promise I did. After all, I'm no longer really a glitter girl. I pull out my MAC Reflects glitters once or twice a year to lightly pat over my eye makeup for the ultra-rare "Mommy & Daddy Night Out." Try though I might, I couldn't avoid these for long. I was drawn in by the shimmery taupe awesomeness in the pan, and the futuristic-looking packaging that requires just the convenient squeeze of a couple fingers to pop open. The straw that broke the blogger's back was that Ulta was offering 2 free mini 24/7 eyeliner pencils with a $20 Urban Decay purchase. I am a hopeless fan of 24/7 pencils and have or have had nearly all of them, so I couldn't resist, especially because the cashier let me choose which ones. But I digress... the eyeshadow.
Yes it's gorgeous in the pan, and it can be beautiful on the eye as well, you just have to figure out how to apply it. The draw of these shadows is that they are a sheer wash of color with loads of teeeeeensy glitter that will give a wet look to the lids. Keep in mind; they're not kidding, they're super sheer. If you attempt to brush these on, it will look like glittery smudges of dirt. Urban Decay recommends applying these with your finger, but this precision-lacking method will make the dirt-smudge look even more of a reality. I feel like the most success I had in applying this was with a spone-tip applicator. By packing a bit of shadow on the sponge, tapping or blowing off the excess glitter and then patting it on to the lid will give the best result. I also recommend applying a base shade similar to the shade you're using underneath to intensify the effect. The fallout while applying wasn't very bad using this method, but throughout the day I did get some random glitter landing in my lashes and hovering distractingly just inside my field of vision. The wet-look did stick around for a bit, but the base color sort of started to fade a bit. Overall, this is a cool idea for special occasions, and indeed I think they're really meant for that. Consider getting a neutral shade like Space Cowboy that you can tap lightly over any shadow at all for a little extra oomph.
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Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden - $18 at sephora.com
A few years ago, after battling creasy, smudgy, fading shadow on my oily lids for a decade, I discovered the cult classic Urban Decay Primer Potion. The original formula, which was all that was available at that time, saved my eye-shadow-loving life. Though it was a bit drying over a long period of time, it was the only thing that worked for me. I also really like Too Faced Shadow Insurance, for the record; it's a bit creamier in consistency. But I digress... The newest addition to the Primer Potion family is Eden. Urban Decay calls it "tawny", which says to me a burnished orange or sienna color, but in reality this is a yellowed light beige. Sounds gross but it's awesome. Fans of MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot will go nuts over it because it's similar in color but lighter and creamier than the MAC option.
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Urban Decay Ink for Eyes - Binge - $22 at UrbanDecay.com
I am a big fan of cream and gel liners because of the control and long wear they offer, and the little pots are so cute. Eyeliner-extraordinaire Urban Decay has made a foray into the world of cream liners with their Inks for Eyes. The packaging is completely different than any other company out there, so they do catch your attention. Past the initial, "oh cool!" I was left scratching my head at it's length and bulkiness. The length of this liner is approximately the same as one of their 24/7 liners, and I have included a photo of the two next to each other below. Ink for Eyes comes in black, brown, eggplant, green, midnight, and a glittery shade which is sort of like a topcoat for the others, or any other liner you might be using. This particular shade I am reviewing is the midnight shade called Binge, and while the color in the pan is an almost-black navy, the color is more of a royal blue to me.
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EDIT!! : Congrats to @MahoganyKnots on twitter, she's the winner of UDPP!
Keep watching for more giveaways, I have a few planned that you're not going to want to miss! Look for something fun on Mondays!
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Swatches of Book of Shadows 1 and 2, Deluxe Shadow Box and a few singles. Read on to see the swatches!
Apparently, Urban Decay and Alice is like *this*, son, because they've got the whole Wonderland gang on their newest palette; yet another installment to the Book of Shadows range of palette. This palette will have 16 bestselling shadows, renamed, along with a couple 24/7 pencils and a UDPP. Pretty standard BoS stuff. The shadows look pretty familliar; I think I see Perversion, Twice Baked, Absinthe or Vert (hard to tell but if it's Absinthe, that's good news for those who missed out on BoS1), Baked, AC/DC?, Ecstasy, X, Gunmetal and Last Call. Some others look familiar as well... Either way, if you're a die-hard Alice fan, or just don't want to miss out on another BoS, click above to sign up to find out when it will be available!