Mondays are soooo dull. Especially after a really long weekend. That’s why I love sitting down to sort through tweets, e-mail, and my RSS to see what’s going on around the Internet after being away from my computer for a bit.
The best part is when I sort through and found a cool steal and deal. Retail therapy makes Monday all the better.
Today I was sorting through tweets and noticed that the Urban Decay Best of Urban Sets are $15.99!
W00t score for a blue Monday!
Click it to hear the deets!
The sets were $32 bucks during the Holiday season but Urban Decay has axed ‘em to a mere $15.99.
Each set includes a full size Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner and Eyeshadow plus an Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in mini size. Considering shadows are $16 each and liners are $18 you’ll be getting the entire set for the price of one eye shadow. Sweet!
I reviewed the Urban Decay Best of Urban Baked Set
a few months ago if you’d like do click the enclosed link to see swatches, an fotd, and my review.
The sets are on sale now at Urban Decay so grab ‘em while the grabbing is good.
Urban Decay is in no way new to the eye primer world but this is the first time they have introduced one on it’s own and not paired up with a mascara. You remember don’t you? Urban Decay Lingerie & Galoshes for Lashes
Take the idea behind that duo, break it up, and you’ll end up with the best part with the new Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion. Loves it!
Click it for the review.
Magically make lashes thicker, longer, and stronger with this heavily fiber based mascara primer. Tiny fibers in the formula band together to cling to lashes and strengthen while prepping for mascara. The results? Longer, thicker lashes!
This paraben-free lash primer comes housed in pretty lilac tube with a long, straight edge brush for application. Application can prove tricky at first as it does have a tendency to clump lashes together but with proper care and patience you’ll reap the rewards once mascara is applied on top. I normally hate fiber mascaras and primers because they give me an irritating lash in your eye feeling but luckily I experienced none of that with this. Lashes are pulled upwards and out and turned white (but no worries once your mascara is on no one will be the wiser) with little fibers. After applying mascara on top you’ll notice lashes are thicker and juicy (I just needed an excuse to use “juicy” in a post ha!).
I took three photos of my lashes to show the difference between a bare lash, using the primer, and just using mascara. I think you can see a noticeable different in my lashes with the primer in place. Hope you find these helpful!
My lashes are a good length and aren’t prone to breakage so I’m unsure about stubbier, small lashes and how they will react to this. If you like heavily fibered primers this should appeal. If you already have long lashes and want even longer ones this should do the job well.
I really liked this and it’s one of the better lash primers I’ve used. Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion is Muse Approved for purchase.
This season Urban Decay has brought out a slew of various primers including ones for lips, eyes, and face. Recently, I reviewed the Urban Decay Complexion Brightening Primer
for you. Do see that review if you have dry or combination skin minus pores as it’s more suitable than the one I’m about to tell you about.
Jump ahead to hear more about Urban Decay Complexion Pore Perfecting Primer.
I’m not the best person to review Urban Decay Complexion Pore Perfecting Primer for you as my skin is drier and I’m not prone to large pores however since I’m such a Urban Decay fan girl I thought I’d try my hand at it.
The formula of this particular primer differs considerably when compared to the brightening version as it sports a velvety smooth feel that dries down to a powdery silicon finish. This should do well at filling pores and keeping oily skin well in check. It’s ideal for oily skin but anyone who wants a smoother working canvas for makeup will also adore it.
Although I do not have larger pores or oily skin (at the moment anyway wait until we get some real heat and my face will be plenty oily) it does make my face smoother and eases the way for foundation. It works pretty great with all foundation types (believe me I’ve tried it on all formulas of foundation just for the sake of saying I did) I thought it performed best with liquid and cream as it allows these bases to blend very smoothly, evenly, and it feels as if the foundation doesn’t absorb completely into my skin but rather sits above it and on top of the primer. This is always a good thing since upon contact with my skin, within hours, my foundation tends to either turn ashy, gray, or just oxidizes.
It seems like it would ideally fill pores and smooth out skin as it sports the same feeling, formula, and texture of most popular silicon based primers but without causing that irritating itchy feeling or pilling on my skin.
I do like the brightening version better for my skin type I can’t deny that this is equally good and I’m happy to have added them both to my beauty arsenal.
Anyone try yet?
Tell the Muse!
Or stop back soon when you have had a whirl with it…dying to hear your thoughts!
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Minx is one of two shadows exclusively available at Sephora right now for the Urban Decay Summer Collection. I recently brought you a review and swatches of the other shadow release, Ecstasy
, which is a lovely purple.
Today I thought I’d muse some about Urban Decay Minx Eye Shadow as it’s my favorite of the two shades!
Click it for the details, swatches, and a babble or two!
I can’t say there isn’t a time I am not excited about a shadow release from Urban Decay. They are a true love and I have practically all the shades, ridiculous I know but I love them so!
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Minx is a love. If you like aquas, sea greens, and teals this should appeal. Minx is beautiful teal with tons of silver sparkle. It has a slightly green cast that makes the shade morph into a little bit more than your average everyday teal.
I think this one is a winner and worthy of a pick up!
Anyone haul it?
Tell the Muse!
I suspect many of you may be excited about the brand new Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation. Upon first seeing it I was pretty excited myself. My first foundation and the foundation that remained with me for many years prior to my experimenting with different formulas was in fact a cream. Becoming deeply attached to my cream foundation over the years it was of course very exciting to see one of my favorite brands releasing a cream compact foundation.
Jump ahead for a peep at the new Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation.
I will in fact express my disappointment this isn’t cream foundation but a cream to powder. I love cream foundation however I’ll begrudgingly admit, in all my years of using it, it doesn’t wear as long as I’d like. I’ll also add that one thing about cream is the fact it doesn’t oxidize on my skin.
Anyway….cream to powder doesn’t hold too much appeal for a dry skin girl like myself as powder always holds a great danger of flaking up on my skin, aging me, and just making me look washed up.
Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation impressed. That’s say alot considering how I normally don’t like this style of foundation or powder in general for that matter.
The foundation comes housed in the slick translucent purple compact that UD has embraced lately with many of it’s new compact releases such as their blotting powder. Goth fans shall rejoice at the purple color and graphic designs of which include a small dagger, skulls, and spiders. For those of you that aren’t in touch with your goth side you’ll still enjoy whipping this out of your purse for touch ups on the fly. The compact is a chunky dual chamber compartment compact which houses the foundation and a mirror on top and a brush applicator on the bottom.
Mmm yes I said brush. Surprised? I was. I expected a sponge applicator but a brush it is kids. The brush is a half moon and large in size. Bristles are slightly scratchy and I’m unsure if I’m ever going to grow accustom to brushing on a cream foundation. You see…I’m normally a finger girl and apply foundation as such. It’s rare I use a sponge or brush for foundation application, to tell me otherwise is like trying to break a dog into trying new tricks. I will say the idea of applying a cream to powder is logical as the brush sweeps the cream into place and blends it nicely but I do think it needs a little pat and rub here and there from my finger to get it in place.
Now the formula….
The formula is possibly the most interesting one I’ve come across in regards to cream that converts to powder. I’ve tried a few and have always either had too powdery a finish or not a powder finish at all. This almost instantly, upon contact with your skin, turns quickly to a powder. It’s buttery to the touch at first and quickly turns into a velvety smooth finish. So far I quite like it. I admit I’ve ditched the brush and have been applying with a sponge as I feel like I get a more even finish.
Some things you should know…..
I think it should work quite nicely with oily skin. Do prep alot prior to use. If your skin isn’t properly prepped you’ll feel like you have a mask on and the foundation will settle on your skin in a most undesirable way, believe me I know as I tried it on unprepped skin and proceeded to look terrible. Be sure your skin is nicely moisturized prior to use also apply primer as it creates a nice working canvas for the makeup.
The foundation wears for around 4 hours on me before I need a touch up but I can stretch this wear with proper priming to around 5 hours. One thing that delights me is how easy it is to retouch up as it’s as simple as applying powder. Sweep on with the brush or smooth on with your sponge, 1, 2, 3 retouch! I really loved how the foundation managed to stay fresh as well without oxidizing or turning gray, ashy on my skin.
Overall, Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder should appeal to anyone that’s a fan of cream to powder finishes. The foundation has the potential to become a great product for Urban Decay as much of their Surreal Skin collection is quite good. The range of shades available should appeal as their appears to be a shade that suits everyone.
Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation is available now from Urban Decay and later this month at Sephora.
For your chance to win an Urban Decay Surreal Skin Compact for yourself please see this link!
What do you think?