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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review & Swatchfest: Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette

Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette


Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette
Urban Decay's Oz The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette is one of two new releases from the brand. The other product, the Theodora palette, is full of neutral, sultry shades that I feel are easily dupable within my collection, which is why I chose to go with its lighter, brighter counterpart! 

Each palette comes with 6 eye shadow pans with 8 shades due to two split pans, a half-sized 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil liner, and a full-sized Super-Saturated High-Gloss Lip Color for $49. Rather than making the shades stationary in a traditional palette, they used they new create-your-own palette that allow the individual shadows to be popped in and out taken around individually (provided you have the individual casing). The compact contains a nice, large mirror that's actually functional when applying makeup.

Tornado is a deep, metallic grape with an ever so slightly blue-purple shimmer. Aura is one of two split pans that contains a blue-purple duo chrome reflect and a light pink reflect (both in a white base). Magic is a baby pink with gold duo-chrome. Illusion is a light peach that I would consider more satin than shimmery. Oz is another slipt pan with a cooler gold that has chunky silver glitter, and a metallic silver. Finally, South is a light, metallic taupe that is slightly less silver than Pistol from the Naked 2 Palette. All of these shadows were smooth, pigmented, and packed major lasting power (as is typical from Urban Decay). While many aren't fans of the large glitter in the gold side of Oz, I didn't find fallout as a problem when wearing it. One thing some might find to be a drawback is the lack of matte shades in the palette. 

The 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Rockstar is a deep plum and, as with the rest of the 24/7 line, it stayed like mad throughout wear. The pigmentation with one swipe wasn't quite as impressive as other shades I've tried within the line, but with another swipe or two it's bold and opaque. Fortunately, the consistency is super creamy so it's easy to layer up.

This was my first experience with the Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color! Glinda is a medium nude with slight shimmer. The consistency is thicker than a lip gloss, but thinner than a lipstick and, while the pigmentation is opaque, I wouldn't call it high gloss (more like a balm). While I had to reapply this multiple times throughout the day, it's not short-lived by any means. Overall, I wasn't impress with this product, but I would be curious to try more shades from the line because of the way people rave about them.

Overall, I would recommend this palette to anyone who asks. The shadows have great quality, the shades are unique and complement each other well, and although I wasn't impressed with the lip color, it is a great staple shade. With everything included, this palette is worth over $150, yet you pay only $49. What's more is that you can use the palette to house any other single shades you may buy from +Urban Decay Cosmetics in the future! The only thing you need to figure out is whether or not you are a good witch, or a bad witch.

Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette
Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette
Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette

Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette
Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette
Tornado

Tornado
Tornado

Aura

Aura
Aura

Magic



Magic


Magic
Illusion

Illusion

Illusion

Oz
Oz
Oz

South
South
South
South (left) & pistol (right)

24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil Rockstar
Add caption24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil Rockstar
24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil Rockstar
Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color



Review & Swatchfest: Pop Beauty Nail Glam Nail Polish in Magenta Muse

Pop Beauty Nail Glam Nail Polish in Magenta Muse
Bright colors are here to stay in 2013 and Pop's Nail Polish in Magenta Muse is a great way to add a more subtle burst of color to your look. Magenta Muse is a fuchsia with light, iridescent purple shimmer - definitely a unique shade to my collection! The formula is on the thicker side, so it's opaque in two coats, but doesn't take a ton of time to dry. Despite having an iridescent finish, it applies evenly and streak-free. While the bottle claims "ultra long lasting wear", my mani lasted just shy of two days without chipping. Not bad - in fact, pretty standard for my nails - but not long wearing. For $10, I think this polish lives up to its price point and the color is original enough to justify spending more than you might on a drugstore shade.

Are you loving fuchsia for the upcoming seasons?

Pop Beauty Nail Glam Nail Polish in Magenta Muse

Pop Beauty Nail Glam Nail Polish in Magenta Muse

Pop Beauty Nail Glam Nail Polish in Magenta Muse

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review & Swatchfest: theBalm Balmbini Palette Vol. 2

theBalm Balmbini Palette Vol. 2

theBalm Balmbini Palette Vol. 2

theBalm Balmbini Palette Vol. 2
 The Balmbini Palette Vol. 2 is the perfect combination of eyes, lips, and cheeks all in one central location. Unlike the original incarnation, Balmbini Vol. 1, Balmbini Vol. 2 has 5 shadows rather than three, a lip and cheek cream in place of two blushes, and a lip gloss.

Starting at the top, Promiscuous Pearl is a frosted champagne highlighter shadow similar to Mary Loumanizer, and Jinxy Jasmyne is a matte black shadow/liner. Promiscuous Pearl has a smoother consistency, but Jinxy Jasmine isn't bad for a matte shade! Both are pigmented and long wearing and Jinxy Jasmine, in particular, only took one swipe of a liner brush to achieve an intensity opaque enough to line with. Easily the best powder liner I've come across!

The next level down contains the shadows - Manic Maribel, Open to Offers Olwen, and Lavish Latoya. Manic Maribel is a really warm gold with a hint of copper, Open to Offers Olwen is a true teal, and Lavish Latoya is a blackened grape shade. All come together to create a zestier color combination than was offered in the last palette, but all perform just as well - smooth, creamy, pigmented, and long-wearing.

The final layer contains the lip and cheek shades that I'm not entirely happy with. The lip and cheek cream in strawberry is a pink-leaning coral that has a drier consistency than most lip and cheek products. While I found it applied inconsistently when I used my fingers, it blended in beautifully over cream and powder products when I used a small stippling brush. It doesn't last long on the lips, but stayed all day on my cheeks. The lip gloss in nude was the real disappointment here. It was dry, hard to work with, and didn't have the lustre I expect form a gloss. The color choice, however, was perfect to contrast the bright combination going on up top. I just wish the product itself had been better!

Still, to dislike only one product out of the whole palette is hardly a let down! For $28, this palette is a steal and keeps your makeup needs covered from your eyes and cheeks, to your lips. I think those that like more neutral colors will love the the Balmbini Vol. 1 palette, but Vol. 2 is great for the more adventurous (although the look below shows that the colors can definitely be sheered out to create a more subtle look). Sometimes you can luck out and find these on Hautelook. Otherwise, you can purchase the Balmbini Palette Vol. 2 from theBalm's website.

theBalm Balmbini Palette Vol. 2

Promiscuous Pear & Jonxy Jasmyne

Promiscuous Pear & Jonxy Jasmyne


Manic Maribel, Open to Offers Olwen, and Lavish Latoya

Manic Maribel

Open to Offers Olwen

Lavish Latoya

Manic Maribel, Open to Offers Olwen, and Lavish Latoya

Strawberry & Nude

Strawberry & Nude

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