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Urban Decay · Full Spectrum

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Urban Decay has been on one helluva roll lately, releasing enough products to make your head spin, but I’d have to say that none have been anywhere near as eye-catching as the Full Spectrum palette (Holy Rainbow-Colour-Wheel, Batman!). The brand’s largest palette to date, it includes 21 shades — 18 of them new and 3 exclusives from past releases, with a variety of finishes to sweeten the deal even further. For those who simply live for colour, if this doesn’t get your motor running, I don’t know what will.

For reviews on other products from this brand, click Urban Decay 

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Full Spectrum (CAN $80.00) | Housed in a black rigid plastic case that includes an oversized mirror on the inner lid plus a dual-ended synthetic fibre brush, the case is etched with lines of alternating thickness in both matte & shiny finishes and adorned with a colourful faceted UD “jewel” on top. Ugh…so pretty, am I right?

Organized by colour family in vertical trios (although for convenience, I’ve opted to show them in 3 horizontal rows), there’s a nice mix of finishes that range from matte (which also includes matte/satin & matte with pearl) all the way to über-metallic, and while highly colourful at first glance, there are still enough ‘normal’ shades to keep things grounded as well. I experience absolutely no pigmentation issues with any one of these hues and they all appear to blend effortlessly. There will be some powdery kickback seen upon swirling brushes across most, but that’s easily solved by tapping any excess off first – bonus: no fall down upon application. Staying power over primer is excellent, without any noticeable fading.

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Urban Decay Full Spectrum (brush detail)

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  • Alchemy – deep fuchsia satin
  • Warning – deep metallic copper
  • Midnight Blaze – black matte with yellow/gold pearl
  • Hundred – deep metallic forest green
  • Minx – deep nay matte with floating tonal pearl
  • Delirious – deep plum matte with subtle floating pearl
  • Platonic – black matte with iridescent glitter
  • Gossip – bright metallic pink with subtle floating pearl
  • Seize – bright metallic coral with subtle floating pearl
  • Calavera – bright yellow matte with subtle floating pearl
  • Hatter – vibrant green with tonal micro-sparkle
  • Blindsided – bright teal blue matte with floating pearl
  • Sketch – metallic medium purple
  • Iced – oyster silver with shimmer
  • Paranoia – soft metallic blue-pink
  • Jones – metallic orange with subtle floating pearl
  • Goldmine – metallic yellow-gold
  • Mean – bright metallic lime green
  • Metamorphosis – vibrant periwinkle blue with micro-sparkle
  • Faded – lavender with gold shimmer
  • Bump – white matte

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Urban Decay Full Spectrum swatches (in sunlight & natural light, below)

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Neutral shades are my comfort zone, not to mention the fact that I feel they’re much easier to work with and definitely more flattering as I’ve gotten older. And while I may be a tad colour-phobic when it comes to my makeup, I can’t deny the allure of opening up a palette like Full Spectrum and staring in slack-jawed wonder at all its colourful beauty. After some experimentation, I’ve discovered that I like injecting some unexpected colour into my looks … but in baby steps, please. What makes this palette a winner in my opinion, is the quality: each and every shade totally delivers. In spades.

Just a thought: When Urban Decay released their Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette in 2015, it sold out in a heartbeat — you might want to get on board with Full Spectrum while you can. And yes, this too would make an awesome holiday gift. Just saying …

Urban Decay products are available at Sephora & online

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Press sample/As always, all opinions are my own

Becca · Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector

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The latest from Becca, a brand that has become known for using ‘light to amplify the features you love’ comes their latest, Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector, a limited edition pale pink highlighter that launched without any buzz or fanfare, yet instantly sold out on day 1 on Sephora’s website (but has since been restocked & will become available in store next month). I usually don’t fall for hype and buy sight unseen, but my beauty radar was telling me to go for it, and I’ve learned to listen to that instinct. So happy I did, as this shade is like nothing I already own.

One of Pantone’s two colours of the year for 2016, rose quartz is a mineral and has been called the ‘Stone of Love’, having been also used as a love talisman as early as 600 B.C. Also synonymous with beauty, this stone is purported to have a nurturing and calming effect on those around it. Regardless of whether you believe or not, I love the positive message just the same.

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Becca · Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector

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Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector, limited edition (CAN $46.00) | Housed in a flying-saucer shaped compact (right?), it differentiates from Becca’s usual casing by its metallic rose-gold colour that’s just so pretty. The surface of the pattern is in raised geometric shapes that I’m sure will eventually wear down with continued use — not that I’ll ever get to that point (I think), and which shouldn’t affect how the product applies in any way.

The formula is apparently enriched with ‘ultrafine luminescent pearls that absorb, reflect & refract light’, and can adjust to your skin’s natural undertone. The texture is fine-milled and can be applied as a lighter dusting for just a touch of radiance (a fan brush works best for this), or layered for a more editorial-like brilliance. Longevity (over foundation), seems to be excellent and remains visible until removed.

This pale pink hue is quite unique in that it bears neutral undertones, thus making it workable on all skin tones across the spectrum. As someone with a light-medium complexion that has a golden undertone, I tend to avoid pink anything — but I was totally surprised by how Rose Quartz seems to adapt to my skin, and just seems to look better & better with the wearing.

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Becca · Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector

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Becca · Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector

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Becca · Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector swatches

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Apart from the cult-fave Champagne Pop shade shown above, I actually own another Becca coppery highlighter with the same pattern as Rose Quartz, but it seems to have gone MIA and I couldn’t find it to compare. As the swatches show, these two are nothing alike although surprisingly, the pink hue of Rose Quartz appears more wearable than the more golden colour colour of Champagne Pop.  I totally did not expect that, and it further backs up the ‘neutral undertone’ part of the claim.

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Becca · Rose Quartz  & Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector swatches

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Pulling out a few more pink-toned highlighters to compare (although something tells me that I probably have more lurking about, but I was just too lazy to hunt them all down), it’s clear that none are a match for Rose Quartz, leaning either too pink or too shimmery.

Note that all have been swatched with a heavy hand in the photo below, in order to show their differences and/or similarities. Press samples are marked by *

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Becca · Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector & comparison swatches

 

Even though I trust my gut when it comes to beauty products, I still had hesitations about Rose Quartz … until it arrived and I swatched it. After that, it was all “hello beautiful & welcome to the family”. Somehow Becca managed the impossible: getting a colour usually reserved for the fair-complexioned, and making it universally wearable. Bottom line: totally worth picking up, especially if you happen to have a bit of a fetish re: highlighters (guilty).

Available at Sephora

 

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Purchased Item/All opinions my own

Urban Decay | Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

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As Frankie said, “fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars … ” 

Totally on trend with all things sparkly and magically delicious, Urban Decay has just launched the Moondust Eyeshadow Palette, consisting of eight vibrant shades that will rocket your look into orbit faster than you can say “blast off”.

Ok… I’ll try to keep it under control but I’m sorry: the name lends itself to a spacefleet of metaphors. Plus, it’s fun.

 

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Urban Decay | Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

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Urban Decay | Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

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Moondust Eyeshadow Palette (CAN $70.00) | Housed in a gunmetal case with a diamond-textured exterior and the Moondust logo carved into the lid, there’s also a full-sized mirror on the inside for convenience. Displaying an ultra refined feel and no pesky/chunky glitter, these eyeshadows are not only supernova brilliant but can be worn either dry for a soft wash of shimmering colour, or applied with a dampened brush for an intense metallic look. All shades even boast a complex iridescence to sweeten the deal further, as if just looking at them wasn’t enough. Note: applying a primer or your preferred eye shadow base first and making sure to tap off any excess from your brush before application, will help minimize any potential falldown.

Top Row (the fun brights):

  • Specter – soft pink with tonal sparkle
  • Element – peach with pink shift & sparkle (with hints of copper too)
  • Magnetic – purple with blue sparkle (and strong on lavender tones)
  • Lightyear – vivid saturated green with a bonus strong aqua side

Bottom Row (the sultry gang):

  • Granite – black with multi colour sparkle (I see it as more of a complex steel)
  • Lithium – brown with iridescence; my eyes find this to be a stunning pewter
  • Vega – bright blue with tonal sparkle
  • Galaxy – smokey blue grey with iridescent 3D sparkle (and so perfectly named)

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Urban Decay | Moondust Eyeshadow Palette, bottom row swatches

 

I’ll be the first to say that even though my comfort zone is neutrals and usually matte neutrals at that, I am also incurably drawn to all things sparkly. That said, shimmer is not always easy to pull off as one gets older but strategically placed it can serve to really brighten the face and detract from what you want kept hidden (i.e.: lines. Sigh). What I’m loving about the Moondust Eyeshadow Palette is A) the nicely compact size B) no brushes added that only get tossed anyway C) the almost creamy texture of the shades D) how beautifully everything applies & blends and E) the chance to wear colour in a new, fun, yet still sophisticated way. I’m especially crushing on the bottom row and in particular the ‘Galaxy’ shade which is truly otherworldly and must have had input from alien technology, it’s THAT original.

So spill fellow neutral-zoners….who else is as intrigued by this palette? Share your thoughts!

Available now at Sephora and online

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Channelling my inner moonchild/As always, all opinions are my own

Urban Decay | Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipstick Collection

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Urban Decay knows how to do outrageous colours right that also match with fabulous and display-worthy packaging. Case in point: the Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipstick Collection (all limited edition), created and inspired by the movie of the same name that was recently released. Each of these five shades are representative of one of the main characters in the film and come in varying finishes just to keep things even more interesting. Sweetening the deal further, is the excellent price point to go with this eccentric colour range – definitely a rabbit hole you’ll want to go down.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

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Urban Decay | Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipstick Collection

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Urban Decay | Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipstick Collection

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Urban Decay | Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipstick Collection

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Urban Decay | Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipstick Collection, swatches

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Alice/Sheer Shimmer, limited edition (CAN $21.00) | To say I was surprised by this shade, wouldn’t be an understatement; what appears to be a peach/yellow colour in the tube, turns out to actually be the most wearable shimmery pink/peach/nude – quite unique in both texture, and in appearance in fact.

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Urban Decay | Alice

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Mad Hatter/Metalized, limited edition (CAN $21.00) | As someone who stays real close to neutral/nude colour territory, going purple is way outside my comfort zone but I confess to really loving the natural ombré effect that this shade provides. It actually applies more even-looking in person, with the blue undertone making itself known and thereby giving it a wild new twist. One thing to note is that there will be spread of the silver micro shimmer upon removal, so I recommend dabbing off instead of wiping.

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Urban Decay | Mad Hatter

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Mirana/Metalized, limited edition (CAN $21.00) | This lush deep blackened burgundy is quite pigmented and a great transition shade for Fall, with the silver micro shimmer in the formula giving new life to a run-of-the-mill vampy colour. For a precise and/or fierce look, don’t skip on using a matching liner although I can also see it with the edges lightly smudged out (using a lip brush works best for this effect) to create a less editorial feel.

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Urban Decay | Mirana

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Iracebeth/Comfort Matte, limited edition (CAN $21.00) | Ummmm….hello, beautiful! No, but seriously this is one red for the books. With tons of hot pink in the base to add brightness, this ultra-saturated shade will look amazing on both cool and warm complexions. The texture is exactly as described: matte AND comfortable, with a staying power that goes on & stays on until removed (not including eating and/or drinking, obviously).

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Urban Decay | Iracebeth

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Time/Metalized, limited edition (CAN $21.00) | In reality, I may never wear a colour as insanely awesome as this in public but I so so so want to! Channeling all things futuristic, the blue metallic base is chock full of silvery micro-shimmer, although the texture is not as opaque as you’d think which means you can try sporting a lighter layer as a way of easing into something this unique. Far from looking hypothermic (which was my initial fear), keeping the rest of your makeup minimal will definitely turn this shade into the standout feature of your look.

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Urban Decay | Time

 

I may be partial to lip gloss, but with the way lipsticks have been evolving, the lines between the two formats has become increasingly blurred. One thing’s for sure, however; nothing will ever replace the sensorial feel of applying colour to one’s lips the way a lippie bullet provides and when you throw in a wild & unique shade range such as these Alice Through The Looking Glass hues, well it’s time to toss the rule book out the window and just have fun. After all, if you can’t play with make up, then what’s the point?!

Available through Sephora 

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Crazy, mad lippie love kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own

Urban Decay | Alice Through The Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

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When Urban Decay released their Alice In Wonderland Book of Shadows palette five years ago, it literally sold out worldwide within hours but with the upcoming launch of the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie (in theatres May 27), the brand has created a brand new version, the Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette (CAN $75.00/limited edition) filled with 20 never-before-seen shades in the brand’s Pigment Infusion System™ (a proprietary blend of ingredients that give each shade amazing texture and longevity). With a range of matte, satin, pearl, and metallic finishes and in an array of soft all the way up to wildly vivid hues, the colours are arranged by columns inspired by some of the main characters of the film: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana, Iracebeth and Time.

The packaging  features kaleidoscopic artwork of flowers interwoven with butterflies and includes several quotes from the movie, but the detailing doesn’t end there; once the lid is opened, the palette reveals a pair of doors that hide a gorgeous pop-up butterfly, with the actual eyeshadow palette in a drawer underneath. The palette also comes with a dual-ended synthetic fibre brush that’s also decorated along the same theme.

When the original Alice In Wonderland Book of Shadows palette was launched, I was fortunate enough to have picked one up and while it’s absolutely gorgeous to look at, I confess that it had quickly been relegated to ‘collector piece’ status, mainly due to the eyeshadow formulation that for the most part, is not exactly my speed – being somewhat dry and prone to fallout. Fast-forward to present day and the current Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette, and we’re talking about a whole other animal; the formulation on each and every shade is nothing less than stellar with a buttery smooth application, hardly any fallout, effortless blendability, and impressive staying power. Also drawing inspiration from the film’s main characters, are five new limited edition lipstick shades to go along on this trippy-hippy ride, but I’ll save those for another post (coming soon).

Note that while the columns are intended to be read vertically colour-wise, I’ve opted to show them horizontally as it was easier to photograph that way – and just like Underland, there are no rules: anything goes. Just ask Alice.

 

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Urban Decay | Alice Through the Looking Glass palette & lipsticks

 

 

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Urban Decay | Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette (packaging front)

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Urban Decay | Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette (packaging back)

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Urban Decay | Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette with dual ended brush

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Urban Decay | Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

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Row 1:

  • Looking Glass – pale pink demi-matte, both cool & warm leaning
  • Hatter – emerald green with micro-sparkle
  • Lily – opalescent pink pearl
  • Heads Will Roll – intense turquoise with gold micro-sparkle
  • Time – blackened navy satin with iridescent micro-sparkle

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Urban Decay | Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette swatches, row 1

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Row 2:

  • Reflection – pale peach matte
  • Gone Mad – aubergine with pink iridescent pearl (ultra fine)
  • Duchess – peach with a pink duo chrome shift and micro-sparkle
  • Bandersnatch – deep teal matte
  • Dream On – metallic purple-silver (*applies much more sheerly than shown in the pan)

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Urban Decay | Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette swatches, row 2

 

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Row 3:

  • Dormouse – warm tan brown matte with gold micro-sparkle
  • Paradox – vivid orange with a gold shift and golden pearl
  • Kingdom – copper bronze pearl
  • Salazen Grum – metallic deep raspberry
  • Chromosphere – metallic deep bronze

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Urban Decay | Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette swatches, row 3

 

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Row 4:

  • Metamorphosis – vibrant periwinkle blue with aqua shift and micro-sparkle
  • Cake – saturated blue based pink with silver micro shimmer
  • Chessboard – milk chocolate brown matte
  • Royal Flush – pale beige shimmer (more metallic, really) with pink undertone
  • Mirror – grey taupe with a light duo chrome shift, satin-shimmer

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Urban Decay | Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette swatches, row 4

 

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Urban Decay | Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

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Urban Decay | Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows & Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palettes

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Urban Decay | Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows & Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palettes

 

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I’ll get right to the point: if you missed out on Urban Decay’s original Alice palette then here’s your chance at redemption. Not only is the Alice Through the Looking Glass palette a visual stunner, but each and every shade is totally knocking it out of the park, setting the bar quite high for future releases from this brand. Much like the iconic topsy-turvy characters of the film, blink and you’ll miss it; this is one palette that you definitely don’t want to regret not picking up, believe me.

Available now through Sephora and www.urbandecay.ca

 

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Product sample kindly provided for my unbiased consideration