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Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation Review

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!

Anyone indulging?

Indulged already?

What do you think?

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Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil Wallflower and Paranoid Review and Swatches

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If you’re a fan of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils you’ll be happy to hear they introduced two new shades with their Fall Collection!

Check ‘em out after the jump!

A dupe design of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils but just for your lips! These lip pencils contain Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E for a smooth, moisture rich application onto lips. The formula is a creamy liner that applies easily without skips. Available in 6 shades with 2 new shades you’re sure to find the perfect match to compliment any of Urban Decay’s lipsticks or glosses.

For Fall the two newest shades are Wallflower and Paranoid. Wallflower is medium nude and Paranoid is a dark pink nude. You can easily fill lips as well since the pencil is pigmented enough to line and fill if you like.

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The two newest shades are available now from Urban Decay along with the other great goodies released for Fall!

Check ‘em out at www.urbandecay.com

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Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Brightening Review

Urban Decay you slay me.

When I heard about the release of not one but two face primers from Urban Decay I felt like it was Christmas morning! Two? Two primers? For serious?

Indeed, two different primers have been released for Fall from Urban Decay along with the other 30 odd items they got going on for Fall. Talk about awesome.


Jump ahead to hear my rave for Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Brightening!

A company that creates a crazy cult eye primer has to have the low down on creating good facial one right? How can they mess up? They literally mastered eye primer….seriously how many brands were marketing eye primer prior to UD? Hardly anyone at the time. I can’t hide my excitement about trying out a face primer for Urban Decay. I’m a huge fan girl for Urban Decay Potion Primer so of course I’m all over this new release.

What is it?

An oil-free, brightening moisturizer that contains wrinkle-reducing Matrixyl.

What it promises:

A brighter, fresher complexion that keeps foundation wearing strong all day while smoothing skin out and making it tighter and brighter.

So I found it interesting that Urban Decay actually recs this for mature skin. Interesting since the brand is pretty hip and has a flock of teens and twenty somethings as fans. Way to go UD, showing the love for the older folk like the Muse.

Supposedly this contains something called Matrixyl 3000 which is known for it’s ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Honestly I haven’t a clue if it works on fine lines as I haven’t yet been a victim of lines on my face. It’s supposed to make skin tighter and brighter while reducing fine lines and also minmizing them by filling them as a good primer should. Again, I can’t really speak for all this as I haven’t hit an age where fine lines on my face are an issue as of yet.


I can say this…..

At first when I heard brightening I perked up. Instantly I was picturing some sort of white cast to my skin. Yea, well, you know me. I love to be white. Anything to make me pale is a welcome. I’d have made a fine geisha. It doesn’t whiten and really it doesn’t brighten either. However, it does make skin glow slightly…not a blushing kind of glow but more of a dewy, natural, healthy glow. As in your skin is a bit tight, a bit dry, and you smooth this on and your skin starts to breath again. Your skin feels moist, it feels like it’s taken a sip of cold water, it feels dewy, fresh. So if dullness and dryness is your problem this will be a very nice primer. It’s not silicon based so breath a sign of relief for moisturizing primer without silicons. I don’t believe that UD created this as a pore filler that’s what the other version, second primer release, was created for. This is more for someone like myself who doesn’t have large pores but does have dullness, dryness, perhaps fine lines or wrinkles. This smooths minor imperfections down and preps skin for foundation.

The formula is slippery smooth and absorbs nicely onto skin. A tad sticky at first it quickly dries down to a dewy finish. It comes in a great packaging which mimics old school glue. Unscrew the top and squeeze the bottle for a small amount of primer to pop up. Very good packaging and product distribution. No woes of product getting trapped in the bottle…you’ll get every little drop out.


As for my foundation….mmm yes it does a pretty decent job of keeping it fresher. I wore this with two separate foundations. One powder and one liquid and both remained quite fresh on my skin for a little while longer. It worked particularly well with a BB cream I had on and I seen very good results with a wear of 7 hours prior to touch up. Normally I get about 6 hours from a good BB. Plus I kinda sorta felt like my foundation didn’t oxidize thanks to this….my imagination? Not sure but I’m going to keep testing and see if that’s the case. If it’s true…whoa! Sign me up for a case! Foundation oxidizing is one of my beauty woes!

Who might like it?

  • Anyone who likes a moisturizing primer minus silicons.
  • Anyone who has dull, dry skin and needs a cooling, moisturizing primer.
  • Anyone who loved MUFE Elixir or Korres Primer
  • Anyone who doesn’t have huge pores or is pore-less.

Overall, I think it’s well worthy of a pick up. It’s an interesting product and considering not a slew of companies release primers without a silicon base, it’s probably a worthy contender for your time if you aren’t partial to silicons!

Anyone try?

What do you think?

Are you hauling it?

Tell the Muse, very curious what your thoughts are on Urban Decay Primers!

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Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009: Urban Decay Lipstick Fall Colors Confession, Oil Slick, and Naked Review and Swatches

We’ve established already that Urban Decay has been a busy little bee concocting a huge release of goodies for Fall (over 30 new items). Rounding out the Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009 are three new shades of Urban Decay Lipstick to add to the already huge selection of colors in the line.

Contrasting a single innocent shade with two outrageously goth shades, everyone should find at least one shade to love with this release.


Jump ahead for some swatches and a peep at the Urban Decay Fall Lipstick Colors!

I’ve waxed your ears off about how great Urban Decay Lipsticks are so I won’t go into great detail about these guys but if you missed it do see my original review on Urban Decay Lipstick over here.



The three new shades available are Naked, Oil Slick, and Confession. Let me just say please add Naked to your Fall wishy list. It’s so beautiful. I’ll tell you more about it in a brief second.

Just a brief note, the lipsticks have a different taste. There was some minor ranting about the taste of the last round up of lippies, personally I liked the taste but I did hear many a review saying the taste wasn’t so grand. You’ll be happy to know that the taste is barely there this time around.

So shades….


Back in black for Fall baby! Black lips anyone? No longer for club kids it seems to be a fine item for walking about the office with nowadays. The new red? Maybe. Oil Slick is indeed a glossy black with silver sparkle. Granted, not everyone can pull off black but you’ll be happy to know this is the most subtle black you’ll come across. It applies quite sheer and topped with a red gloss it makes a vampy lip look that’s very Fall friendly. Don’t think you can pull it off? Head to your nearest UD counter or Sephora and swipe some on, now find a vibrant red gloss to top with, don’t deny how gorgeous you look!


Renew your goth card with Urban Decay Lipstick in Confession the second bold shade in this release. If you liked last year’s MAC Cult of the Cherry Binge Slimline you’re sure to be pleased with Confession. Confession is a sheer burgundy that’s quite loud so best keep your eyes toned down with this one. A slick of Urban Decay Ink for Eyes in Zero and some of this should have you rockin’ out a killer Fall look.


And finally my favorite, Naked. Oooo how I love you. Naked is a nude pink, who’d think I’d fall for a nude lip shade? I can’t help myself it’s such a pretty nude baby pink that flatters my lips and makes them look all pouty and pretty. Loves it! Although Oil Slick and Confession could prove too strong for some, Naked somehow evens the score out for those who are scared of too much color.


Innocence versus Evil this Fall with Urban Decay Lipsticks in Oil Slick, Confession, and Naked. From beautiful and bold to shy and sophisticated, you’re sure to find at least one or two…or maybe all three shades to love!

Which do you love?

Tell the Muse!

All of ‘em are available now for your hauling please on the Urban Decay website!

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Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009: Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Review and Swatches

Ahh Urban Decay you sure do please this Fall with your incredible new collection! It’s such a thrilling time for Fall Collections this year and I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it is to see them all pop up and about. Urban Decay did a particularly incredible job this year with it’s Fall Collection and I’m quite excited to see the release of many, many new items. I was slightly worried that many brands would make subtle little releases due to poor consumer spending so it’s an utter relief to see so many great releases.

One such release is the Urban Decay Ink For Eyes that totally floored me with it’s innovative packaging, likey!


Check out the review and swatches after the jump!

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes is housed in a slick slim line case decorated with a pretty peacock, no one can say this packaging isn’t ace. Loving all over the packaging for a few reasons. I love that I can tuck these easily away for quickie touch ups as they are so small and slim it’s easy to travel with them. I love that they include dual ended brushes for application. Line eyes with the flat brush and smudge with the smudger sponge. Love the mirror tucked inside each case too! It’s just a really unique take on cream liner packaging and quite interesting, adorable really.


The liner inside each case was at first a disappointment because they had shipped in the heat and ended up quite soft and melty. I sat them in my fridge for about an hour and proceeded to fall in love soon after. The formula is creamy and richly pigmented. They smudge quite nicely too which is always a plus. I do find potted liners sometimes smudge crummy but these really smudge nicely which lends a mysterious look to eyes and will be ideal for smoky eyes. The liner doesn’t smear during so one line application and you’re done, of course build it up for a more dramatic look by all means. Formula is paraben free plus Urban Decay doesn’t test animals which should appeal to our green makeup lovers.


The liner comes in six shades so far but knowing Urban Decay I imagine you’ll see even more brilliant shades released in the not so distant future. You can go with potted liner anywhere really but if you’re wanting to step it up with bolder shades, Urban Decay is your girl.

The shades released thus far are:

  • Demolition-brown
  • Binge-deep midnight blue (almost looks purple
  • Empire-dark purple
  • Loaded-forest green
  • Pyrotechnics-iridescent glitter
  • Zero-black


My fav shades are Zero, Demolition, and Loaded. Pyrotechnics is simply a clear base with a hint of shimmery glitter so you won’t get big color payoff with this but I find that a dab in the inner corners of the eyes and a bit lined under the eyes brightens things up nicely. It’s one of the only colors I didn’t swatch successfully as it didn’t show up too well in a photo but don’t overlook it, it’s actually a very nice little shade.

All in all if you’re a fan of UD you’re going to want to haul these or if you’re scared of liquid liners and aren’t too keen on pencils, cream is definitely the way to go for ease of application. The slick, fun packaging is an interesting take on boring old potted liners!

Likey!

Anyone hauling these?

Tell the Muse!

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