Saturday, December 22, 2012

Miscellanious Urban Decay Goodies: a Review

I have purchased many an Urban Decay product in my life. Up until now, I have purchased those products at my friendly neighborhood Sephora. But no more.

Ipsy gave me a handy dandy code to get free goodies with a purchase of Urban Decay on their website. I bought the new Naked Basics Palette, which will probably take me some time to review, and got TONS of samples. Plus, you get free shipping at $35, as opposed to $50 from Sephora.

It all came in this handy-dandy bag!
 Without further ado, here was my (free!) payload:

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Midnight Cowboy (3.6ml), approximate retail value $6.84
Urban Decay Lip Junkie. Are you guys sick of my nails yet, by the way?
Urban Decay Lip Junkie swatch
 This is sort of shimmery champagne color. This particular shade adds no actual color to my lips. It smells minty, but not super toothpaste-y (it contains peppermint oil). If you want your face to smell like candy canes, this might be a good choice. The packaging states that it "cools and plumps", but I see no plumping effects. Overall it's a perfectly adequate gloss, but I certainly wouldn't pay $19 for the product.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (estimated 0.25ml), approximate retail value $0.45

Urban Decay is well-known for their eyeshadow primer; it's their best seller. They claim it "deliver[s] vibrant, crease-free eyeshadow for 24+ hours". Unfortunately, since this is a foil packet, so I only got two uses out of it, which is only enough to give a vague impression. However, my eyeshadow looks impeccable at the end of the day.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer
 The worst part of this product is the mistake written on the packaging. The back of the cardboard states, "[this product is] literally an eyeshadow magnet..." I am forced to conclude that writers at Urban Decay either:
  1. Do not know what the word "literally" means.
  2. Do not know what a magnet is.
  3. Have invented a pigment-targeted magnet with significant scientific applications that they need to share with the medical community STAT!
Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara (travel size 5.4ml), retail value $10.00

The Urban Decay Supercurl mascara brush
 I was actually impressed by how much I liked this mascara (although I do think my many years using Covergirl may have left me easily excited by new mascaras). It's quite lengthening and non-smudge-y. The things I didn't like: it's a little bit too black and it is very easy to end up with clumps.

My eyelashes while after using the Urban Decay Supercurl mascara. Closeups of mascara-clad eyes always look like you have spiders coming out of your lid.
In terms of curling power, my eyelashes really aren't the best testers. I have super curly eyelashes already, eyelash curl just isn't a concern to me.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in El Dorado (0.5g), approximate retail value $7.91

Urban Decay Eye Pencil in El Dorado
 This is a nice eye pencil in terms of smoothness and pigmentation, but it's an impractical color. It is a warm gold that would probably look better on much darker skin. I thought it might look nice on my lower waterline, but it actually make it look like I have an infection. It's not really thick enough to use as an eyeshadow pencil.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Shadow Pencil in Delinquent (2.5g, almost full size!), approximate retail value $17.86

Urban Decay Shadow Pencil
 I am not usually a big fan of eye shadow pencils, but this one is quite nice. Like all Urban Decay pencils, it is smooth, easy to apply, and highly pigmented. I love love love the color purple, and I think this is smokey enough that it can be used almost as a neutral. It takes a little blending to get the look right, however. If you have a highly skilled hand, you might even be able to get away with using this as a liner.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm (0.12oz), approximate retail value $4.56 (note: since this product has not yet been released, this value was calculated assuming that the Naked Skin BB cream will cost the same, ounce per ounce, as the Naked Skin Foundation. This may not be accurate pricing.)

Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream
  This product is the most concerning for a variety of reasons.

The first is that the sample is only available in one color. Compared to my skin, the sample is very orange. It wasn't a horrible match and I almost convinced myself that it was the right color... but then, because the coverage was so bad, I put on my regular foundation over it and NOPE. It was the wrong color. The packaging on this sample argued that the color is "universal", but any product that changes the color of your face is hardly universal.

This packaging told me all about how amazing this is supposedly going to make my skin.
 The product is also super watery, making it sort of difficult to use. Overall using the product is like rubbing slightly orange water on my face. My face ends up the wrong color, my blemishes aren't covered even a tiny bit, and it is just super, crazy runny.

The packaging is full of lies.
 Furthermore, reading the product description, I got flashbacks to the Juice Beauty CC cream whose bullshit so offended me. According to the booklet it came with, this BB cream can "inhibit DNA damage". Dear skincare companies, why do you do this to me? Are you trying to raise my blood pressure on purpose? Don't make up random lies about physically impossible things that your product supposedly does.

But hey. At least I didn't pay for it.

Freebie total value: $47.62. WOW. That is not not something to sneeze at. Plus the travel bag, which is actually quite fab and will get used when I fly to California in a few days.

BONUS: Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Shag, originally $18.00, on sale for $8.00

Urban Decay Shadow in Shag
Swatch for Urban Decay Shag
 Admittedly, this wasn't REALLY free, but it was free in spirit. It cost $8, shipping cost $8, and this put me over the edge to get free shipping.This is a shimmery copper color. The pigment is pretty subtle (at least on my skin), so it works well for creating natural looks.

All decked out in Urban Decay. Shag eyeliner on my lid, delinquent eye pencil at my crease, supercurl mascara on my lashes, and lip junkie on my lips.
 Urban Decay also sent me a coupon for $5 off my next purchase. I have already used said coupon.

FYI, if you want to snag some freebies of your own, any purchases on the Urban Decay website before the 31st will have the Naked Skin BB sample I received, a 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Deluxe Sample, a tube (not a foil packet) of eyeshadow Primer Potion, a travel size Supercurl mascara, and an eyeshadow card.

8 comments:

  1. "Have invented a pigment-targeted magnet with significant scientific applications that they need to share with the medical community STAT!" I know seriously they need to stop making crazy claims and spend that money on actually making new technologies that work!

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    1. To be fair, I like the primer a lot. I took a three hour nap today (don't judge me!) and my makeup actually totally stayed put. I don't actually think the formula needs to be improved. I was just amused by their description.

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  2. I agree when you know the science better you realize how silly those claims are! I'm sure the forumla is great but idk seems like they're always redoing the same ol' thing in the beauty industry even when there's really interesting research that could be made for the market. Didn't mean specifically primer though. I don't judge you for sleeping I have hypersomia and I'm off school the whole semester, I'm 17 and where is my teenagehood *looks depressed*

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