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Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked PaletteI like eyeshadow palettes. They provide a few (or many) colours to choose from while maintaining harmony between them either in the whole palette (if its small) or by a specific arrangement. Having a quality palette takes the worry away from application and wear – the colours will be easier to blend and will last longer.

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette is almost a standard. The colours are neutral and, while every colour may not be flattering on every skin tone individually, the palette as a whole works for everyone. Colours that are not flattering on the lid will still work well in the crease. All colours are easy to blend. Below are the specifics of each shade.

Virgin (nude satin) – will wash out darker complexions, will look native on fairer skins.

Sin (champagne shimmer) – pale pink. Festive and feminine. My favourite.

Naked (buff matte) – will look native with medium complexions. Neutral, great for blending or to gradient from light to dark.

Sidecar (beige sparkle) – watch out for fallout. Sparkles may end up all over the face. Otherwise, a beautiful shade.

Buck (brown matte) – will look native with dark complexions. Neutral, goes well with Naked for a natural look.

Half Baked (gold) – liquid gold, metallic, festive. Can be too yellow on cool skin.

Smog (golden brown shimmer) – Half Baked darkened, gold/bronze metal.

Darkhorse (bronze-plum shimmer) – looks dark-green.

Toasted (taupe-bronze) – Neutral. Sin, Toasted, and Hustle go well together.

Hustle (mocha shimmer) – not a good lid colour for pale skin, may be flattering on dark.

Creep (black with shimmer) – very little shimmer. Mostly matte black.

Gunmetal (blue grey metallic) – looks grey with light application. Although pretty, I can’t use this anywhere but the crease because it is unflattering on me. If I could, I would replace this with a neutral hue.

I found the Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush that comes with the palette to be too hard, making application difficult. A soft, but dense brush will make the shadows go on easier and will pack them well enough for good colour payoff.

Urban Decay Naked Palette: 12x 0.05oz (1.4g) for C$62.00 @ Sephora.ca.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On PencilI don’t see what all the fuss is about. There are thousands of reviews of this “miracle” pencil that doesn’t smudge, budge, or flake. It is a good pencil, but it certainly doesn’t last all day.

The pencil has a smooth consistency that allows for an application that won’t tug at skin. Being a pencil, this application is not precise. If it’s the waterline that needs to be lined or a thick line along the lash – then preciseness is not essential. However, for a winged look or something requiring more control, it’s best to transfer the pencil to an angled brush or a brush specifically designed for precise application. Although it claims to smudge only a short time after application, in my experience, it smudges all day. Less so after drying, but smudges nevertheless if touched and fades throughout the day. On top of eyeshadows, it lasts longer. Zero, a matte black, is great for most looks.

I imagine that this would be a great eyeliner for those who like to line the waterline due to its soft texture that won’t damage delicate skin. It will also last longer on primed and powdered eyes. However, for those of us who want liner and nothing else, this is not the marvel it is claimed to be. Large selection of shades and finishes.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: 0.04oz (1g) for C$23.00 @ Sephora.ca.

Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

I have a smooth (yay!) and shiny (no!) forehead. On camera, it’s obvious and glaring. Some powders cake because they are too thick, some have to be reapplied because they are inefficient. I am happy with Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder.

The powder applies either with an included puff for a heavier application (don’t worry, it won’t cake!) in problem areas or using a face brush for only a touch of matte. It will last for at least 4 hours on normal skin. It won’t dry the skin. It won’t colour. When purchasing De-Slick, I worried that the pale, lavender powder may make me ashen/ghastly. It does not. It is invisible on the skin. On heavier application, it may look like you have powder on, but it still won’t whiten or gray the face.

The powder comes with a puff that I do not recommend using often unless it will be washed and in a purple goth case. The case is flimsy. Mine broke at the hinge and now the two halves are being held together by a rubber band. Although the case is cheap and inelegant, the powder inside is very good.

Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder: 0.38oz (11g) for C$38.00 @ Sephora.ca.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube – Original

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - OriginalWhen I’m on the subway and it’s too crowded to sit down and read (I won’t read if I’m standing for fear of dropping my tablet), I sometimes see women after a long day with uneven or faded eyeshadow. The secret to long-lasting shadow is dry lids, which can be achieved by applying powder prior to colour. For a very short time  – this method will hold. For everything else, there is the Primer Potion.

The Primer Potion will hold shadow for at least 8 hours. It comes out as a thick cream that is spread over the lid in a thin layer. However, don’t be too sparing, as this will defeat the purpose of the potion. My suggestion is to apply it like a regular cream – enough to spread out easily and evenly. I had a bit of a problem with my tube when I bought it – the cream at the opening was drier than the rest. It was my first time using the Potion and I didn’t know how it was supposed to look… Your potion should be easy to spread, otherwise it is too dry and won’t do its job. The sheer nude colour matches the skin and doesn’t alter the colour of eyeshadow.

The only problem I have with this primer is that it can look caked. Make sure you spread the Potion out very well before applying shadow. Only a small bit is needed per eye, therefore the tube will last a long time.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube – Original: 0.37oz (11ml) for C$24.00, 0.2oz (6ml) mini for C$14.00 @ Sephora.ca.