Peering Through the Looking Glass

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You guys. I have a confession to make –

I haven’t even seen Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass yet! The namesake cosmetic collection came out May 1st on Urban Decay’s website, and the movie was released on May 27th, but with all the wedding craziness, I kind of ignored them both until very recently. Side note though: when researching the release dates, Google let me know that this movie is still showing at my local dollar theater! Maybe I’ll make it to a showing after all.

 

Even though these debuted in May, as of today, the collection is still available on the Sephora, Macy’s, and Nordstrom websites! Don’t worry, you haven’t missed out yet.

 

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Damn, Gwen! Back at it Again with the Urban Decay Lipsticks!

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Okay, I know I’m showing my age when I reference viral videos from a few months ago as if they’re still topical ?. I just couldn’t pass up that title!

 

It puts me in a good mood to get a great deal on makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of BOGO 50% off drugstore lipsticks, but it still gives me a thrill to find luxury beauty on a Maybelline budget.

 

With the fast-approaching arrival of Urban Decay’s new Alice in Wonderland launch (coming May 2nd), some of the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani products went on sale to clear shelf space for all the newness headed our way. Amongst the clearance were the lipsticks, liners, blush palette, and brow powder duo. As far as I’m aware, the eyeshadow palette will remain on shelves, at least for a while.

Since I had already purchased a couple of the products, I picked up the two lipsticks that I’d been eyeing since the second part of the Gwen Stefani collab launched.

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Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani – The Blush Palette


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The partnership continues! In case you missed it, I reviewed the Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette after its December launch, and this blush palette is my newest purchase from the Urban/Gwen collaboration.

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Live From Austin!

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Austin is one of my favorite places in the whole world! The food is great, the people are friendly, and the shopping is outstanding. I’ll take any excuse I can find to come up here for a day (or ten) to chill around the city.

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A Colorful Spectrum

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Ah. The Urban Decay Spectrum Palette.

 

I reviewed this one back in October after it briefly popped up online for the holidays. Unfortunately, even I wasn’t fast enough to grab it from Sephora, so I ended up purchasing it for a large mark-up off of eBay.. and now my tears of regret can be your tears of joy!

 

The good news for you guys is that Spectrum is coming back for Spring, AND it will be in stores this time! I don’t know of a launch date, but it should be very soon. That’s why I thought we could revisit it for a minute, and I’ve added swatches as well!

I’m actually really excited that this is re-launching, because it’s very pretty and deserves some more attention.

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Gwen X Urban Decay

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Who else is SO excited about this collaboration? Raise your hands!

 

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this palette ever since Wende and Gwen started releasing details. They really are a dream team – punk, alternative, and color-outside-the lines fun. Now, finally, here it is! The palette is heavier and more substantial than I imagined it’d be. The packaging itself is a modern piece of pop art, with black polka dots on a white face, surrounded by golden accents.

 

The color selection inside really surprised me, I have to say. I love a healthy mix of matte and shimmer finishes, so no complaints here about that. What I did find strange (along with pretty much everyone else) is the abundance of neutrals. Gwen Stefani is not exactly known for being muted! For the most part, they’re also really light neutrals.. Great for me, but not so much for anyone that has real life pigment in their skin. I respect Gwen for choosing colors that actually work for her, but come on – it’s easy for us to blend down a dark shade, but how is someone with medium-deep skin supposed to make these brighter?

 

That being said, there are a couple colors here I’m already obsessed with. Serious is SO pretty! I LOVE a cool grey with some glitter. Steady, Baby, and Pop are all right up my alley, too. Anything I can sweep on my lids to get out the door (without too much blending) is really always a go-to. But as much as I craved more color from this palette, I have to say that I don’t see Harajuku or 1987 getting much love from me in the future. They’re too crayola-bright, and lack the depth that make vibrant jewel-toned shades like Danger so wearable. However, 2/15 colors is nothing to cry about, and I’m sure the other colors will keep me reaching for this beauty quite often.

 

Another minor touch I loved was the inclusion of a card in the packaging. It included 4 samples of upcoming lip shades that will be released soon as part of Gwen and Urban’s continued collaboration. I thought it was a brilliant touch to ensure the continued success of the collection. There’s No Doubt that this partnership is a perfect pairing!

 

 

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!

 

 

What’s Your Vice?

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Mine is makeup, of course! And brushes, skin care, fragrance, polish, hair care.. It’d be easy to derail at this point, but let’s stay on track! As the proud owner of all the Vice palettes (and the Book of Shadows series before those) I still get truly excited to see each new release.

 

Never one to mind an excess of glitter, I think no one will be shocked that I love this palette! Flame is the real superstar here, and I don’t remember ever seeing a shade like it released from Urban. This golden-orange duo-chrome works best when applied wet as a lid color. I generally use Make Up For Ever’s Mist & Fix to spray a small, flat shadow brush, grab enough color to turn it into a paste, and apply in a patting motion to minimize glitter fallout.

 

I’m really loving the matte oranges in here as well, but Arctic and Deadbeat also stood out as unique. The inclusion of so many matte transition shades here is great too, but I do wish there were more deep and mid-tone mattes as well, instead of just the very light shades represented.

 

Enjoy, my friends! This limited edition release from Urban Decay is available for purchase on Urban Decay’s website and sephora.com.

 

 

Naked on the Run

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Sounds scandalous! The muted tones and extreme wearability of this palette tell a different story, though.

 

This collection from Urban Decay came out right before Christmas last year, but was definitely the least talked-about of all the Naked Family. Personally, I would call this an underrated hit with a couple of minor drawbacks. Apparently, I’m not the only one, as what was once labeled ‘limited-edition’ has now seemed to (hopefully) become a permanent piece!

 

Let’s go ahead and gloss over the Perversion mascara, as I think it deserves its own full review, but just note that it is a *WINNER*! The 24/7 liner pencil provides a smooth application, long wear, and is a very pretty, rich satiny brown. Both the liner and mascara are travel-sized, however a full sized Naked lipgloss is included in the shade Sesso. This gloss is definitely a hidden gem! It’s darker than I expected, but is a shimmery, complimentary garnet/berry color that works surprisingly well with the selection of eyeshadows. Speaking of which, the second shade from the left (called Fix) is the most perfect taupe-y grey matte shade I’ve ever used. I feel like I could blend out anything with this color! The other shades are soft and beautiful as well, but Fix is truly holy grail status. Such is always the case with limited editions – boo.

 

Now for the fails… I think what made this palette sort of a flop among consumers is the shockingly orange bronzer, paired with an in-your-face, bubble gummy, bright pink blush. In application, the soft consistency makes them easy to blend to achieve a warm radiance with a pop of color on the cheeks. These powders are very finely milled and sit on the skin just the way they should, but I think they’re aesthetically challenging and a major turn-off to many wearers. The luminizer is a gorgeous neutral pearl shade, but is so itty-bitty that I generally just find myself using a full-sized version of one of my favorites instead.

 

I’m one to travel with basically every cosmetic I own crammed into a train case and 46 makeup bags, but if you like to pack light, this is perfectly portable and gives a truly complete look- just add complexion! The beauty of the packaging makes it hard for me to take it anywhere, though. It comes with a hard, tortoise shell design that looks both chic and fragile, and is a bit bulky for every day, toss-it-in-your-makeup-bag use. Looking for a gorgeous, functional piece to leave atop your vanity? That’s the real ticket.

 

Be sure to check this out at Sephora or on urbandecay.com, and have a happy, productive Monday!

 

 

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?