Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

When it comes to lipstick, it takes an awful lot for a brand to stand out. I tend to look for a great selection of colours, various formulas and a certain amount of glamour. Happily, Urban Decay have all of the above in spadefuls, and much, much more. And when I say more, I mean it. Where most brands tap out at 20 – 30 shades and finishes, Urban Decay have just released their Vice collection which has 100!

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I was kindly sent over a few of the shades to try, and I’m happy to admit I’ve been completely won over – the shade collection is (unsurprisingly) incredible. No matter who natural or vivid you want your lips, there’s something for you. There are six finishes to choose from: mettalized, cream, sheer, sheer shimmer, comfort matte and mega matte, and the first I tried, Pandemonium, is a mega matte. It’s possibly one of the most vibrant shades I own – purple with a slight red undertone.

Urban Decay Vice 714

714 was first released as part of Gwen Stefani’s collection earlier in the year. It’s another one of the mega mattes, and it’s a beautiful true red with a pink undertone. This is such a wonderful summer shade, and I can’t wait to wear this with a tan and nude eye.

Urban Decay Vice Big Bang

Big Bang is one of the Metallized shades, and it’s basically all my Barbie-lips dreams come true! It’s a super shimmery magenta pink which is perfect if you’re looking for real cool toned pink. The shimmer in the formula is a little chunky, but the formula is really comfortable to wear, and it’s surprisingly long-wearing.

Urban Decay Vice Firebird

Firebird is another colour that was first released as part of Gwen Stefani’s collection and has a cream finish. This one is beautifully smooth to apply, and the colour payoff is amazing, and it feels like such a glamorous choice of colour to wear!

Urban Decay Vice Backtalk

Last up is Backtalk, a comfort matte shade, and probably my most reached-for shade from the lineup. It slicks on beautifully, and I’m obsessed with the warm pinky-nude shade. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something to keep you looking polished throughout the summer!

Urban Decay Vice lipsticks are £15 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter

So, Urban Decay have just released their new summer 2016 collection, and I have to say, it’s incredible. From the new products to the packaging, everything in it is the definition of covetable, and I’m absolutely in love with all of it!

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The product which is probably the one I reach for most out of the collection is the stunning Aferglow Highlighter in Sin. A take on last year’s Afterglow 8 Hour blushes, there are three highlighting shades to choose from: Sin is a neutral champagne shimmer which should suit most skin colours, Aura a pretty pink shimmer, and Fireball which is a warm red based highlighter which should add a glow to even the deepest of skin tones.

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Packaged like their namesake blushes, the Afterglow Highlighter promises to make even the most tired of complexions glow, so, as you can imagine, I was absolutely desperate to try it out!

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Sin is definitely a highlighter you can reach for daily, and I’ve been loving how easy and buildable the formula is. For day, I swirl a highlighting brush (this one) and the apply a light dusting to my cheekbones, nose and cupids’ bow. For a slightly more night-time look, I use a smaller, more densely packed brush which deposits a little more product.

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Since the powder is so finely milled, it’s easy to apply without it looking too shimmery or frosted. Instead, it blends seamlessly into skin, leaving it looking naturally healthy, glowing and perfect for summer!

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Sin is priced at £19.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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So, when it comes to thinking of Gwen Stefani and her makeup looks, the first thing that pops into mind is her killer lipsticks. Rocking an immaculate red lip since the nineties, the range consists of eight brand new shades – there are six brand new reds, a hot pink and a killer nude. Exciting right?!

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The lipsticks feature a range of finishes, including a brand new super-matte formula which is basically pin up glamour in a tube! As if the colours weren’t pretty enough, the packaging is seriously glam! The bullets are gold and black, with pretty stripes which really stand out in my makeup bag.

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The most neutral of the shades is Ex-Girlfriend, which is the prettiest warm rosy-nude. This is basically your must have, everyday lipstick which leaves lips with a glossy, super-flattering lick of colour. Wear-time is a good three and a half hours on me, and I love the lightweight feel of the formula. Since coming through the door, this one hasn’t left my makeup bag!

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Rocksteady was the first of the red lipsticks that I tried, and it’s such an iconic shade. On the lips, it’s a deep, pink toned red which applies smoothly and evenly and I’m just obsessed with the glossy finish this has! After drawing my lip-line in with the matching lipliner (review to come) I then just apply straight from the bullet. The formula feels buttery smooth, and it’s so easy to control! The colour wears perfectly for four hours, and once it’s on, it doesn’t budge!

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Next up is Wonderland, which is possibly the prettiest, most perfect red in the world! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for a bright, pink-toned red. On the lips, it’s super bright, and the blue undertones in the shade mean your teeth always look super white when you wear it. Wonderland has a gorgeous satin finish, which gives lips the perfect amount of gleam. It wears like an absolute dream too! The silky formula feels like a balm on the lips, and I got four hours of glossy wear before I needed to reapply.

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If you’re in the market for a perfect, classic, pin-up ready red lip, you have to check out 714. It’s a brand new formula for Urban Decay, and it’s a bright red mega matte shade. It’s possibly the most colour saturated of the shades, and it’s an absolute show stopper! To get the best out of it, I make sure my lips are well exfoliated and moisturised, before drawing on the matching liner (review to come), then, using a lip brush, I paint on 714, blot, then repeat. Unlike most of the matte lipsticks I’ve tried in the past, this one doesn’t feel super drying on the lips, although I do like to carry a balm with me when I wear it. Wear time for this was five hours, and it was going nowhere.

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If you’re not into a red lip, Firebird is a stunning cool-toned fuchsia shade which is pretty much guaranteed to suit all skin tones. On the lips, it’s super saturated with a seriously amazing colour payoff. The formula again feels buttery to apply, and I’m obsessed with the blue micro glitter which make teeth look incredibly white. The shade is a really fun way to add a pop of colour to your look, and I can’t wait to wear this with a tan and minimal makeup. Wear time, again was pretty fantastic – three hours of glossy wear before I needed to touch up.

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Spiderweb is the last of the lipsticks I’ve been trying, and it’s a warmer, more orange toned red than the other shades. With a single swipe, it’s completely opaque on me, and I just love the satin finish of the formula. I’m waiting until I’m a little tanner to wear the lipstick more regularly, but it’s a really beautiful shade, which is absolutely perfect if you have a medium complexion.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani lipsticks are priced at £16.00 each and are available here.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner review

When it comes to eyeliner, I like mine the blacker the better, and since I tend to use pencils on my upper waterline, finding a formula which stays put can be something of a struggle. I have, however fallen completely in love with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Eyeliner which has a near-perfect formula.

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I love the twist-up mechanism of the pencil which means I don’t need to worry about keeping a sharpener handy, and it also means that the point of the pencil stays sharp. Using All Nighter on my upper lash line couldn’t be easier – a few swipes, and I’m good to go! It goes on completely black, and it really stays put throughout the day, meaning my eye makeup looks fresh throughout the day.

Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner is priced at £15 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss - Freestyle

Since they were released last year, they’ve been in pretty much constant rotation in my makeup bag. I love the choice of colours, and my current obsession is Freestyle.

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A warm brown toned nude which is sprinkled with golden micro-glitter, Freestyle is a great choice for adding a touch of subtle colour. Like all of the NAKED lip glosses, Freestyle has a wonderfully balmy texture, and it isn’t too sticky on the lips. Instead it just gives a semi-sheer wash of gloss which is incredibly pretty, and the golden sparkles give the gloss a hint of something special.

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On the lips, the gloss feels quite thick, but it’s never too sticky or goopy. Instead, I just get around two hours of glossy wear, and since the formula isn’t too pigmented, it’s incredibly easy to reapply on the go! As if being so pretty isn’t enough, Urban Decay have filled the gloss with some seriously impressive ingredients! The formula contains a mix of Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, vitamin E, avocado oil, and shea butter to hydrate and condition lips. Rosehip seed oil provides an extra hit of vitamins, including vitamins A and C. This means it’s the perfect choice to wear all winter!

Urban Decay NAKED Lip Gloss in Freestyle is priced at £14.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Urban Decay 8 hour Afterglow Blush Indecent

When Urban Decay released their new Afterglow 8 Hour Blush earlier this summer, I absolutely fell in love. The mix of stunning colours and seriously impressive formula meant I couldn’t wait to add another one to my collection!

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As much as I love the blushes themselves, I’m somewhat smitten by the packaging. The Afterglow 8 Hour Blushes all come in these beautiful grey metallic compacts which stack easily and look great on my dressing table. I love the fishnet detailing on the top – it’s a nice nod to Urban Decay’s edginess!

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Since I had previously played around with a rather vibrant shade (you can read about it here), I thought that I would opt for the more neutral Indecent. Worn by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Indecent is a stunning warm-toned coral which is perfect for giving a natural flush of colour.

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Like the other Afterglow 8 Hour Blushes I’ve tried, the formula is an absolute dream to work with! Even though it’s a powder, it feels almost creamy, and the blush is incredibly pigmented. I just need to lightly swirl my blush kabuki in the powder for the perfect amount of colour which I apply before I put on my bronzer.

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Since Afterglow 8 Hour has such great colour payoff, you only need a little for a really pretty, natural looking glow, and I’m just obsessed with the colour of Indecent. Unlike most of my blushes, Indecent is a stunning warm coral, and it’s really perfect if you’re looking to create a pretty, natural look. It is also perfect for autumn, as it gives such a lovely warmth which I’m seriously in need of right now!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Blush in Indecent is priced at £19.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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As much as I wear SPF and try to stay out of the sun, there is just something about a tan which feels so effortlessly pretty. As much as a golden glow is part of it, that glow you get after a day in the sun is incredibly hard to beat! Thankfully though, Urban Decay has released their Naked Illuminator Powder.

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Designed to give skin a ‘gorgeous, just got naked glow’ Urban Decay’a Naked Illuminator Powder is an absolute gem of a face powder. The formula feels silky smooth, and completely melts into the skin when applied with a big fluffy brush. The incredible texture comes thanks to the incredible way the powder is produced – Urban Decay bake each dome on terracotta for 24 hours, and then the Illuminator is then finished by hand.

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The Naked Illuminator Powder comes in two shades – Luminous (a golden champagne) and Aura (mine) which is a warm rosy gold. Both of the powders come in a gorgeous brown compact which comes complete with a large mirror in the lid, and a brush hidden inside the lower section of the compact.

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Urban Decay’s Naked Illuminator Powder is really the ultimate multitasking product! On days where I’m not wearing too much makeup, a quick swipe over my nose, cheeks and forehead gives the perfect amount of warmth, whilst I can focus on my cheek bones for a little flattering sheen if I’m going for a makeup look that’s more formal. Rather than most of the illuminating powders I’ve tried, Urban Decay’s Naked Illuminating Powder isn’t too sparkly, and looks incredibly natural. Since the dome of powder is quite large, it’s easy to swirl a large brush and dust the powder on my clavicle too!

Urban Decay’s Naked Illuminating Powder is priced at £22.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Urban Decay Beware Eyeshadow

I think it’s pretty fair to say that eyeshadows are one of Urban Decay’s serious strong points. They’re the brand that introduced the idea of nude palettes to the world, and the colours and formulations released by the brand are seriously hard to beat!

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New for summer 2015, Urban Decay have released eight new eyeshadow colours which range from electric blue to peachy pink. Since I don’t believe in too many natural shades, I was super happy when Beware popped through the door.

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Packaged in the brand’s gorgeous signature silver pots, Beware is described as a warm matte brown. After applying my tinted moisturiser and bronzer, I like to sweep a little of the shadow over my lids for an easy touch of definition. Like all Urban Decay shadows I’ve tried, the formula feels almost creamy, and the colour payoff is faultless. Since the formula is matte, I love this for an easy day look, and I easily got 8 hours of wear without a hint of creasing or fading.

Urban Decay’s Beware Eyeshadow is priced at £14.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss Big Bang

Brand new for summer, Urban Decay have released a brand new line of lip glosses which promise to give ‘insanely intense color with badass shine.’ Tempting, right?!

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I got Big Bang to try out, which is a stunning bright pink gloss, absolutely laden with glitter. I got pretty excited when I unboxed the gloss, I couldn’t help it! The pink and the sparkle combined made me feel like a giddy 12 year old again!

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When I first open the tube, there is the faintest vanilla scent, although it disappears once I apply the gloss, and isn’t it gorgeous! The formula feels quite thick to apply, and there isn’t any stickiness. In fact, Big Bang feels almost balmy to use.

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On the lips, Big Bang looks a bit redder than it does in the tube, although it’s amazingly glossy! The glitter in the formula feels somewhat magical too! Somehow, Urban Decay have managed to create a sparkle which doesn’t feel gritty or rough, even when most of the gloss has worn off. The wear-time is fabulous too – I easily get about 3 hours of chine before I feel the need to reapply, but even when I’m no longer glossy, Big Bang leaves lips with a pretty pink stain.

Urban Decay’s new Revolution High-Color Lipgloss is priced at £15.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Urban Decay Afterglow Blush

For the past few days we’ve been enjoying some really incredible sunshine in Edinburgh. It’s not been warm, but it’s beautifully bright and I’ve been feeling like summer is just around the corner. So, to celebrate, I thought I should introduce some colour into my rather neutral makeup palette!

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The pop of colour came courtesy of Urban Decay’s brand new line of powder blush – Afterglow, in the rather gorgeous shade ‘Bang.’ Urban Decay describe the blushes as giving ‘a sexy, lit from within glow.’ And quite frankly, I couldn’t agree more!

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In the pan, Ban looks like a bright, orange toned red (photos aren’t quite doing it justice!) which almost seems to verge on neon. Seriously, this is pretty vivid, but it’s also one of those products you want to try on as fast as possible!

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To keep the shade wearable for my light skin tone, I need to use a very light hand. My brush barely touched the blush when I was using it, but it gave a lovely sheer wash of bright colour that made look wide awake and fresh faced. If you have a deeper skin tone, I think Bang is going to be amazing for you – the colour is incredibly easy to build up, and it never looks powdery or cakey! Urban Decay claim that Afterglow Blush has 8 hours of wear, but even after a busy day without touching up, I still could see a gentle kiss of colour. I also can’t wait to wear this with a tan – it’s just so pretty!

Urban Decay’s Afterglow blush are priced at £19.00 and are available here.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette

I feel like Urban Decay’s original NAKED Palette needs no introduction. It’s the palette that launched a thousand copies, and I feel like it’s also behind a whole tonne of people discovering the awesomeness which is the Urban Decay brand.

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The palette feels pleasingly chunky to hold, although whoever thought that a felt covering was a good idea was nuts! It attracts dust like nothing I’ve ever seen before! Along with 12 stunning eye shadows, the palette includes a double ended brush as well as sachets of a few different eye primers.

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The palette’s colours range from a cool grey toned neutral (Virgin) through to a sparkly black (Creep). The shadows are all quite warm in tone, and are perfect for everything from providing a little definition, right the way through to a dramatic smoky eye.

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On a daily basis, I’ve been focusing on the left hand side of the palette. I smooth the shade Naked (a matte medium toned beige) over the whole of my eyelid, blending a little of Buck (a darkened beige-brown) in my crease. I then add a touch of Sin (Champagne shimmer) to the inner corners of my eyes, then add a little definition to my lash line using Dark Horse (a dark chocolatey brown).

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I really love how balance the palette feels – the mix of matte and shimmery shadows feels perfect! I love how you can really alter your look depending on the shadows you choose, and no matter how subtle or dramatic the look you want you’re sorted!

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The formulation of the shadows is really dreamy – they all feel almost creamy to use, and the colour pay off is pretty much unbeatable. Even the shimmer shadows are really pigmented, and there is almost no fall out. The shimmer and sparkles also last for hours!

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The double ended brush is a nice inclusion in the palette. The bristles are synthetic, and although not what I would use everyday, it’s really nice to keep in the palette to use in a pinch!

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One end of the brush is nice sized dome, which picks up a good amount of shadow, and allows for easy blending. The other side is a narrower brush, which is great for adding a bit of definition around the lash line. Since it’s not too pointy, it gives a subtle line of colour.

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Honestly, I can’t believe it’s taken me quite this long to get round to using the original NAKED palette! I’ve used my NAKED 2 an absolute tonne, so I’m really happy to add this palette into rotation! The warm toned shadows make me feel polished without using a tonne of effort, and the adaptability of the original NAKED is just awesome!

Urban Decay’s NAKED Palette costs £38.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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