Make Your Marc

 

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Isn’t she gorgeous? I’m swooning over here!

 

I love Marc Jacobs beauty, but when I saw this palette online, all I could really think was, “meh.” I think this was because I like to see palettes with clear color combinations that really appeal to me aesthetically.

 

However, the Internet can’t really show you the aesthetics that make this palette so beautiful. It’s the perfect, smooth, glossy packaging; the large mirror; the way the shadows seem to be arranged by texture – matte finish to satin, then shimmer, then glitter.

 

Each shade is ultra smooth and pigmented, and quite a generous size. A normal 7-pan palette from Marc Jacobs (called the Style Eye-Con) is $59, but this palette provides 20 colors for $99. I was lucky enough to snag mine for 20% off during Sephora’s friends and family sale.

 

If you love sleek, luxurious collections with wearable (but trendy) shades, you NEED to get this before it’s too late!

 

 

Where does this Urban palette fall on the Spectrum?

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This baby was a complete PAIN to track down! I knew I should’ve ordered it as soon as I saw it appear on Sephora’s website, but I thought I’d be okay to wait a couple weeks..

 

And I thought wrong!

 

By the time I went to purchase, it was already completely unavailable from any retailer I could find. Except, of course, eBay. I’m always wary of purchasing cosmetics from the site because of the abundance of fake cosmetics being sold, as well as hygienic issues. When I finally found a seller who had tons of positive feedback and had a product that was authentic and new, I snatched it up – at a hefty markup, unfortunately. The sad truth, I’m afraid, is that even though Urban Decay’s Spectrum palette was released less than a month ago, it is already gone for good unless you’re willing to try your luck from a private seller.

 

All that being said, it was so worth it! The packaging is very reminiscent of Urban’s 16th anniversary palette release, and sold out just as quickly. The difference here being that not all of these colors are exclusive to the palette.

 

I was really excited to see the inclusion of Junkie, one of my favorite shadows for its gorgeous jewel-toned depth. Voodoo is also a rich, complex shade, as are the rest of the colors, with all the pigmentation and blendability you’d expect from this brand. I think the packaging is very pretty, but for some reason, the lid to my palette seems a little on the loose side. I’m not sure if this is something unique to me, or if others have noticed it as well.

 

If you’re a collector, you’ll have to do some serious investigative work to get your hands on this one. For the casual Urban Decay fan, it may not be worth the effort, as some of the shades are repeats. Perhaps the Gwen Stefani collaboration will trump this palette anyway!

 

 

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette 1

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This week, posting has been a struggle. My son has been taken to urgent care for a spider bite, I went to urgent care myself, and I’m in the middle of a career change that means I’ll be starting a new job tomorrow. Talk about crazy! When life throws itself at you all at once, you crave a place of neutral territory. It can be your couch, a garden, the gym, or a man cave – anywhere that lets you unwind and take a break from the world.

 

For me, it’s my bed or my son’s nursery. They’re familiar settings with soothing colors and comfortable accommodations that allow me to calm and center myself.

 

Enter Make Up For Ever’s Artist Palette 1 – neutral territory in makeup form! The shades are easy to use, workable, and go with anything, but there’s still something special about them that sets them apart. The cushiony formula is just like your favorite arm chair: soft and low maintenance. A swipe of any of these colors yields brilliant color payoff without requiring much work.

 

Did I say ANY of these colors? Yes, any! That means even applying the deep black is a breeze, allowing you to cut a crease or smoke out the whole eye area with blendable ease.

 

Holy grail status – check!

 

 

Urban Decay Naked Smoky

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As the proud owner of Urban Decay’s Naked 1,2, and 3 palettes, I was just as excited as the rest of the world when this beauty came out! My excitement dampened upon reading some other bloggers’ reviews at the launch, but I decided to purchase it this weekend and give it a go anyway.

 

Can I just say, I’m glad I took that leap of faith!

 

For me, this palette is another hit from UD. The textures are smooth, the pigments are vibrant, and the blendability is on point as usual. Gorgeous packaging is just another plus for me, as I truly love the smoky design and sturdiness of it all. I played around with the shades this weekend and created several wearable, day-to-night looks that lasted for hours and hours with a little bit of primer.

 

If you’re an urban decay fan, you may remember a couple of other smoky shadow collections they’ve produced over the years – filled with beautiful jewel tones, but no blending shades and no highlighters. This version takes that feedback and makes a product allowing deviation from the standard smoky eye, while still providing the necessary tools to create a complete look.

 

Will you indulge?