Monday, September 29, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2


Urban Decay's Naked Basics 2 was recently added to the Naked Collection (August 2014), 
so I figured I'd show a comparison to my fellow make-up lovers. I hope this helps you decide
 if you need this in your collection or not. Both of these go for $29 (USD) and are available on
 Urban DecayUltaSephora, and wherever Urban Decay products are sold.



The packaging is the same in size and weight, however the finish of both the lettering and actual packaging are different. The Naked Basics has a rubberized matte finish (think Nars packaging), while the Basics 2 has a soft plastic finish. They are slightly different in the color of the packaging as well. There are 6 shades in each palette, and each shade has 1.3g/ .05 oz of product.

Urban Decay Naked Basics

The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is mostly a warm palette, with the exception of WOS and Naked 2.

Shades in this palette (from Left to Right) :

-Venus (soft off-white demi-matte)
-Foxy (cream bisque matte)          
-WOS (very light nude matte)       
-Naked 2 (taupe matte)                
-Faint (warm dusty brown matte)  
-Crave (deepest darkest brown/black matte)


Urban Decay Naked Basics 2

The Naked Basics 2 is a Taupe based palette and has much better pigmentation and a better
 texture than the original basics palette, IMO. It has 5 new shades, with the exception of Skimp.

Shades in this palette (from Left to Right) :

-Skimp (pale nude satin)
-Stark (nude-pink matte)
-Frisk (warm grey matte)
-Cover (muted red-brown matte)
-Primal (muted brown matte)
-Undone (deep smokey brown matte)

I must say that I do love the improved velvet-like texture of the mattes in the Basics 2
 palette. It'd be outstanding if Urban Decay could remake the original to have the same
 texture, especially seeing how they keep hiking up the price point with each release. The texture is great and the shades in both palettes blend well with other shadows, I find that the
 Basics 2 palette is more of a sister palette, meaning it's shades are great for working with
other palettes. Don't get me wrong, it has worked well on its own. However, I feel that the
 Original works alone (IMO) and on an everyday basis, as well as working well with other
 palettes. In a nutshell, I find myself reaching for the original palette far more often. 

I hope you found this review/ comparison helpful. What do you think? Which Urban Decay
 Basics palette do you love? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts!





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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MAC: A Novel Romance

(Photo Credit: Temptalia)

The MAC: A Novel Romance Collection was released online on August 14, 2014 and in stores
 August 21, 2014. It was their Fall collection based on romance novels. I know a lot of people thought the theme of this collection funny or silly, but I quite like it. This is a Limited Edition collection, and I think it will be the last Limited Edition I cover. I just don't want to show you something that is either hard to find or altogether unavailable. Since I said I'd go in depth on my Youtube video in regards to these products, here we go!   

Lipglasses ($15 USD/ 4.8g): Talk Sexy/ Bared For You 
 Lipsticks ($16 USD/ 3g): (clockwise from top left) Myself, Yield to Love, Hearts Aflame, Lingering Kiss 

I had never tried MAC's Lipglasses before this collection for fear of them being too sticky.
They are sticky, but not to an uncomfortable level. The stickiness helps them last longer. They both lasted 3-4 hours on me before fading (over lipsticks/ lip liners). The shades I chose both left a considerable amount of glitter on my lips once they wore off. I chose Bared For You (Soft Rose Gold) and Talk Sexy (Dark Purple). I don't like wearing Bared For You on its own, however I was so glad I chose it when worn over nudes (particularly ones that didn't flatter me). Talk Sexy is lovely as well, and I love the gold glitter throughout it. Overall, I do like them and would purchase the Lipglasses in the future.

Lip Swatches

Top Left: Bared For You Lipglass (Soft Rose Gold)
Top Right: Talk Sexy (Dark Purple)
Middle Left: Myself (Soft Shimmery Nude Beige) - Lustre Finish
Middle Right: Yield to Love (Mid-tone Rose) - Cremesheen Finish/ Online Exclusive
Bottom Left: Hearts Aflame (Mid-tone Brick Red) - Matte Finish
Bottom Right: Lingering Kiss (Deep Plum Red) - Matte Finish


MAC's Fun Ending Blush ($22 USD) is described as a Soft Neutral Peach, and has a Satin Finish. It has 6g of product in standard MAC packaging. As shown in the swatch above, it deepens a bit once blended out on the skin. I love how fresh faced this made my cheeks look. It lasted well over 6 hours, I saw some fading just short of the 7 hour mark.

These Fluidline Eye Pencils ($16 USD) are a new MAC product, and are basically your standard fluidline in a retractable pencil form. At .28g in each pencil, it has a lot less product than the potted fluidline (which contains 3g for the same price). The shades are really what called me on this product. Earth Sign is described as a Deep Brown, only it has some Plum tones, IMO. Water Willow is described as a Deep Khaki Green, and I would agree with that description. However, when I swatched 2 more green liners in my collection, there was definitely some gunmetal coming through. I swatched Black Ivy (Moody Blooms Fluidline) as well, for reference. Black Ivy had a lot more Blue in it.

 Hand Swatches

(Swatch on the bottom right is of Black Ivy)


What's Still Available

Lipglasses: Nordstrom has Pure Fiction, Talk Sexy, and Wanting More
Bloomingdale's has Bared For You, Pure Fiction, Talk Sexy, and Wanting More

Lipsticks: Nordstrom has Hearts Aflame
Bloomingdale's has A Novel Romance, Good Kisser, and Hearts Aflame

Blushes: Nordstrom has Fun Ending and Animal Instincts, as does Bloomingdale's

Fluidline Eye Pencils: MAC still has all 7 shades in stock. As does Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom

**Unless I somehow access press samples or gain access to these Limited Edition Collections, I will no longer cover them. However, I hope this post helped you in some way today!

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