Don’t you just love trying out new brands? I do too! There are certain brands that’ll always be my go to for certain products like Too Faced for eyeshadow, Anastasia (or Becca) for highlighters and ColourPop for lipsticks. Every now and then, I like to branch out and see what other fish are in the sea. Just for a little more variety, you know? After months of playing and swatching Smashbox products here and there I finally got a chance to get my hands on a few products and I’m pretty happy that I gave them a chance.
Ever since I finally tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation I’ve been kinda hooked. I’ve always liked Urban Decay but now I really like Urban Decay! The Naked Skin line is quickly becoming my go to for a flawless complexion and the Revolution lipsticks (now revamped) are hands down my favorite traditional lipsticks right now so I was super pumped when I found out that my team and I were going to be hitting an Urban Decay training to learn all about the brand and new products. Including the upcoming Vice lipsticks. I seriously thought I was going to lose my mind when the Urban Decay makeup artists unveiled the massive Vice Lipstick vice containing all 100 shades. It was probably the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!
There were so many lipsticks to choose from that I didn’t know where to start. I wanted to try them all! Of course, there wasn’t nearly enough time for me to try all of the new Vice Lipsticks but I was able to try on two of them and I’m happy to report that Urban Decay is going to knock this release out of the park. My first pick was Conspiracy, a plum bronze shimmer with a Metallized finish. It went on smoothly and evenly with good pigmentation and a lightweight creamy texture that felt very good on the lips. I was expecting the Metallized finish to feel a little gritty on the lips with all that delicious shimmer but Urban Decay managed to make Conspiracy feel like butter on the lips while giving my lips a nice juicy sheen and lots of glitz. It was hard for me to take it off because the color was so beautiful and the formula was so nice. So when I went to try on Disturbed, a deep brick red with a Comfort Matte finish, I decided to create an ombre lip pairing it with Conspiracy. The result was absolutely beautiful as the colors meshed incredibly well together and the Comfort Matte formula is just as smooth, creamy and easy on the lips as the good ol’ Revolution Matte Lipsticks.
Lucky for me, I ended up receiving one of the new Vice Lipsticks in Trance, a nude mauve shimmer in a Metallized finish. It’s a really pretty neutral pink with lots of fine iridescent shimmer that gives it a nice boost from your typical boring nude pink. Like Conspiracy, Trance doesn’t feel hard or gritty at all. It’s very creamy and feels really good on the lips too. Trance makes for a great everyday lipstick and has me super excited to get my hands on other shades. Starting with Conspiracy!
Urban Decay was also nice enough to toss in a blush and eyeshadow too. So nice! I ended up receiving Score Afterglow Blush, a medium pink peach with shimmer. Score is a little light for my tastes but it appears to be a little better when layered. I like that it has a hint of golden shimmer in the mix so it won’t look too flat or ashy on my complexion. I’m a big fan of Bittersweet and Rapture so I’m hoping that Score will work in my favor too as the Afterglow formula is actually really nice.
A girl can never have too many gold eyeshadows so I was happy to see that I also received Blunt Eyeshadow. Blunt is a light golden bronze shimmer that’s a very flattering and wearable shades for all skin tones. It’s incredibly pigmented with a soft, finely milled texture that feels super creamy for a powder shadow. I actually popped in on before writing this post and I absolutely adore it. It’s a great everyday lid color that makes my eyes pop nicely without being too shimmery or having too much fallout. I can simply pop it on with my fingers, blend a little and go. My kind of shadow! Between Blunt, Trance and the Naked Skin line I think Urban Decay is soon going to become one of my new favorite brands!
Urban Decay Score Afterglow Blush, Blunt Eyeshadow and Trance Vice Lipstick
Anyone else still drooling over the MAC Chris Chang Collection? I know I’m not alone here! Initially, I purchased a few products from the collection solely because the packaging is beyond gorgeous and I had a $10 off discount code. Once I finally got my hands on my new Chris Chang goodies I developed such a strong love for the collection. Not just because the packaging is amazing but also because the actual products turned out wonderfully too. I don’t have a bright yellow matte shadow in my collection so I jumped at the chance to bring home Royal Woo Eyeshadow which I knew would be a great lid color for spring and summer. Rich Coral Cream Colour Base can easily be duped in my collection but orange blushes are so easy for me to wear so I went ahead and tossed it in my cart too. It’s a bit sheer but I like that I can easily build up Rich Coral for a soft, natural flush of orange that warms up my complexion and gives me a nice luminous glow too.
The makeup world is still losing their minds over the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (so am I a little) but I still can’t give up my Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Palette. Not just yet. The Tartelette in Bloom Palette first made its appearance to the scene during the holiday season and I’ve been finding myself reaching for it consistently ever since. It’s very similar to the original Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette except it sports much warmer shades and Tarte tossed 3 lustre shadows to balance out all the mattes. I live for a dash of shimmer and shine on the lids so I appreciate Tarte switching it up. A lot.
The makeup world has seen a ton of eyeshadow palette releases over the last year but none has been as crazy and catastrophic as the release of the Too Faced limited edition Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette. Anticipation for the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette has been building for months thanks to social media teasers and Instagram sneak peeks. It became so intense that when the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette was finally released online it would sell out within minutes leaving many makeup junkies overwhelmed, upset and ultimately empty handed. The time has finally come where the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette has finally hit stores at Ulta and we can breathe a quick sigh of relief as it’s becoming a tiny bit easier to buy.
Did I mention that I was starting to develop a thing for Tarte? Tarte managed to finally spark my interest with the Tartelette Eyeshadow Collection and now they’re beginning to reel me in with the new Double Duty Beauty Collection now available exclusively at Ulta. I have to be honest. Before I went to the Tarte training I was not at all impressed or interested in the Double Duty Beauty Collection. Double ended beauty products have never really been my thing because they always seemed cheap to me. Then after seeing the amazing Rainforest of the Sea Collection that was rolling out exclusively at Sephora the Double Duty Beauty Collection just looked like a disappointment.
Then I went to the Tarte training for the Double Duty Beauty Collection and got a chance to see and play with everything in person. I guess seeing really is believing because I came outta there wanting almost everyone I touched that day. LOL! Usually when we see double ended makeup it looks and feels cheap and the quality is often shoddy. Not this time around! Tarte has actually managed to make fetch happen with their latest collection of multitasking makeup.
A few years ago, the first brand that came to mind when I thought about good quality eyeshadows was Urban Decay. Now, my first brand of choice has become Too Faced with Lorac being a super close second. Too Faced is mostly known for their super cute packaging but when they released the original Chocolate Bar Palette I realized that Too Faced meant serious business. Since then, Too Faced has created an entire Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection featuring 3 beautiful palettes that are all pigmented with a soft buttery texture that’s incredibly easy to blend. They’re pretty much life in a palette to sum it quickly. I think every makeup junkie needs at least one of them!
We saw an influx of liquid lipsticks and contour releases last year but what I’m just now realizing is that it was also the year of eyeshadow palettes. It took me a little while to notice it but after counting the number of eyeshadow palettes I picked up last year (9 or more) it was clear to see that eyeshadow palette releases were pretty much back to back in 2015. Every time I turned around, there was a palette releasing that I needed as much as I need a hole in my head. It was complete madness!
However, there was one limited edition palette that I just knew I didn’t want: the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette. When Urban Decay first announced that they were collaborating with Gwen Stefani for a collection I was bouncing off the wall with excitement. Gwen Stefani is known for her fun fashion and bold, bright colors so I was expecting something funky spectacular since Urban Decay is pretty well known for taking a walk on the edgy side too. Imagine my disappointment when the sneak peeks of the Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette hit Instagram and it turned out to be an extension of the Naked line. Womp womp!
It’s peanut butter jelly time! I know I’m not the only one who randomly breaks out into song and dance every time I think of the new Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eyeshadow Palette. The song matches my excitement so well because I already believe Too Faced’s latest palette is the best thing since slice bread (pun intended) and it’s definitely something to dance about. When the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette released last year I had to get my hands on it because Peanut Butter looked like the most perfect transition shadow I’ve ever laid eyes on. Once I finally got my hands on Semi-Sweet, it was only a matter of time before my pan of Peanut Butter had a massive dip in it.