Urban Decay Spring 2017

Urban Decay has released new permanent eyeshadows to its line, some brand new others previously released. I picked up a few.

Urban Decay C-Note

Urban Decay C-Note

 

Urban Decay Thunderbird

Urban Decay Thunderbird

 

Urban Decay Smokeout

Urban Decay Smokeout

  1. C-Note – Is described as a frosted green. It is a light cool-toned green with a strong blue undertone.
  2. Thunderbird – Is described as a metallic red-brown. It is a medium toned reddish brown with gold flecks.
  3. Smokeout – Is described as dark taupe black. It is a warm smoke black that was previously released with the Vice 2 palette. The version released with the Vice 2 palette is the same shade as the new single, but it isn’t as pigmented. As it’s less pigmented, it appears warmer.
L to R: C-Note, Thunderbird, Smokeout

L to R:
C-Note, Thunderbird, Smokeout

The performance of Thunderbird and Smokeout are very pigmented and blends out nicely. C-Note swatched great, but didn’t perform as well. It took some layering to get the same intensity on the eye.

These shades are available in store and online for $19 each (0.05 oz.).

ud-smokeout-comparison

Smokeout single (left); Vice 2 palette (right)

Fyrinnae Winter 2016

New Fyrinnae pressed Arcane Magic shadows? Yes, please.

L to R: Northwest, Octopus

L to R: Northwest, Octopus

I wish there were more colors than the two Fyrinnae just released, but happiness in small doses is good too. Pressed shadows for Fyrinnae aren’t new and neither are pressed Arcanes, but this is the first time I’m trying them out. I didn’t notice any change in performance as far as intensity and coverage. I was actually impressed with the pigmentation. The swatch is done in one swipe. The powder is soft, but not crumbly and I didn’t experience any fallout during application or when blending out the edges.

Northwest

Northwest

Octopus

Octopus

Pressed: Arcane Magic – Northwest

The shade is described as a vibrant green shimmer on a semi-transparent neutral base, which turns silvery to pink. This is a very pretty shade with a strong color shift. I wasn’t able to capture the pink shift in the picture, but it is very apparent when worn. It’s one of those one hit wonder shades for the eye because both the green and pink are dancing on the lid. My picture in the pan captured a pinky-brown shift as well. Complex and beautiful. Classic Fyrinnae.

Pressed: Arcane Magic – Octopus (Giant Pacific Octopus)

The shade is described as a purple-pink, which turns a soft red, then bronze, to a golden-green. The color change is very strong as with Northwest, but I don’t see the golden-green. This shade does shift from purple, quickly through red and lands on a lovely deep bronze. Another one hit wonder.

The pressed Arcane’s retail for $9.50 for 0.07oz (2g) versus the 3g loose versions, which retails for $7.30. Fyrinnae offers the pan only for a dollar less.

L to R: Northwest, Octopus

L to R: Northwest, Octopus

L to R: Northwest, Octopus

L to R: Northwest, Octopus

(The swatches are done over a primer.)

Whipped Metallics: Snow Faerie ($8.00, 3mL)

fyrinnae-gloss

Whipped Metallics: Snow Faerie

fyrinnae-gloss-swatch

This is described as a multi-color sparkle in a clear base. Don’t make the same assumption I made, this isn’t a high shimmer gloss. The base isn’t a moisturizing oil either. It’s basically fine glitter suspended in a mousse-like texture. When applied on dry lips, the base feel wet and slightly slippery. Then it quickly dries down and you’re left with the glitter. While I don’t feel a glittery texture at all, I didn’t find it comfortable to wear alone. It felt like the base made my lips feel dryer. I would definitely use this product in combination with another lip product.

Fyrinnae recommends using a separate applicator when applying over other lipsticks and to apply in short vertical strokes for best results.

Fyrinnae’s Winter collection includes 5 loose shadows that I did not purchase, but check them out.

GoodBuy 2016

Outside of seeing my sweet child grow and develop, I can definitely ball up 2016 and toss it in the trash. My year end post typically discuss products I’ve discovered, but didn’t blog about or wanted a longer test run.

I stepped up my skin and hair care during 2016, so I look forward to sharing some tips and tricks in later posts in 2017. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

IT Cosmetics’ Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush #701     

Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush #701 Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush #701

I use loose powder foundation and love dense, compacted soft bristle brushes to buff in the product. I’ve had some luck with IT brushes by Ulta, so I wasn’t afraid to get this Sephora exclusive brush sight unseen and I’m glad I did. It meets all my requirements, is perfectly tapered and makes applying foundation rather enjoyable. Since it is synthetic, clean up is easy and the bristles stay snow white. If you’re not a fan of large brushes or have a small face, this may not be the one for you.

IT claims the bristles are “patent-pending Heavenly Skin™ hair infused with antiaging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants. The innovative brush technology improves the look of your skin”…blah blah. I don’t put any stock in those claims. Seriously people, antioxidants in a brush? It’s a really nice brush and l love using it, but the other claims (if you believe it) is gravy. It is also pricey at $58 (Sephora only). I had a Sephora gift card to soften the blow, but it is expensive for synthetic hair. The brand also offers a range of less expensive synthetic foundation brushes at Ulta, but I’ve found the quality adjusts accordingly.

Urban Decay’s The Finger Brush

Urban Decay’s The Finger Brush Urban Decay’s The Finger Brush

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