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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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Summer Loving Giveaway: Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation Giveaway

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If you’re lemming the new Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation here’s your chance to get some. I have a brand new, much coveted foundation from the Urban Decay’s Fall Collection for 2009 to give away!

Place your name and email address in the widget below for your chance to win one of two shades. The winner’s shade is Hallucination which is for lightly tanned skin tones.


The contest is open to everyone including worldwide readers, the winner will be randomly selected next Monday and contacted via email.

Good luck!

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Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009: Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Review and Swatches of Frigid, Ruthless, and FreakShow

Urban Decay Fall Collection coming out you fall force with three brand new vibrant shades of Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow! Oh joy! I can’t recall the last release of colors in the deluxe shadow range so I’m all about experiencing the three newest shade that were released early for the Fall collection. The three shades are available now on Urban Decay’s website if you’re impatient as the Muse to own them and will be released at Sephora towards the end of the month!


The three Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow shades are Frigid, FreakShow and Ruthless.

Click below for a lookiee at these new shades and keep it tuned here for some FOTD’s using the new shades later this week!

Deluxe shadows are sure to please anyone who isn’t a glitter/shimmer lover. Considering many of Urban Decay Eyeshadow’s in their normal range are either loaded with shimmer (Loves it!) or matte it’s difficult to be inbetween the two which is where deluxe shadow comes into play. Smooth, velvety, easy to blend, and plenty pigmented these are sure to please those who aren’t keen on a shimmer or matte finish.


Sporting brand new graffiti pop art packaging the shadows are all quite loud and outrageous for Fall (aside from Ruthless which is very Fall-themed in color). I’m thinking two of the three will work wonders as a smudged up liner rather than an all over lid color. I look forward to seeing some images or face charts from Urban Decay with looks for Fall ’09.

Ruthless is a pretty fawn shade with a smooth, buttery finish that blends beautifully. It’ll look incredible with a deeper espresso liner shade for a brown smoky eye look.


If you’re about purple Freakshow and Frigid are sure to please. These goth shades of purple take the color to a deep, slightly forbidden level and should make eyes up for a mysterious Fall look. Freakshow is a deep, dark purple, almost royal in color with a red base where as Frigid is more of a blue based purple. Both shades seem a bit daring for use alone so I think they’d make a fine liner shade or used smudged onto eyes for a smoky purple look. I’ll have to play a little to see how best to use these two. If you love purples you’ll want to add both to your collection! Once blended out they aren’t nearly as bold as they appear in pot.


All three shades of deluxe shadow are very promising colors and well worth adding to your Fall shadow arsenal.

Loving all over ‘em at the moment.

I’ll be bringing you some eye looks using them shortly so be on the look out!

In the meantime, tell me what you think of the three new shades.

Are you adding these to your UD collection?

What sort of looks would you create using ‘em?

Tell the Muse!

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