First Impression #7: Urban Decay, The Electric Palette

Although I’m not a big makeup junkie I will say that I could not pass up the new installment from Urban Decay. After I passed on purchased the “Naked” palettes, except “Naked Basics”, but the “Electric Palette” stood out to me. For me to spend $40+ on a palette one thing has to be in tact, the packaging. The packaging of this palette is what really sold me. Once I swatched the colors I knew that I had made a great purchase. I will be giving swatches without primer as well as tutorials of looks with this palette, and dupes that are on the market. So, let’s get to it.

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First let me rant a little bit about the packaging. The packaging is very similar to that of the Naked 2 & Naked 3 cases as far as the similar closure. The tops of those cases are tin unlinks this one which is plastic. The magnetic closure makes it effortless to open and the design on the palette is amazing. It’s the effect of food coloring initially being dropped into water. Great idea to match the name of the palette.

The palette is not that of eyeshadows except it is pressed pigments. Before I get into the colors, swatches, and other details let’s briefly discuss pressed pigments. Pressed pigments can be applied with a sponge, brush, or fingertips. They also come in a variety of finishes including matte, shimmer, satin, and glitter. As they work for all skin types they work great with oily eyelids. The best thing about pigments compared to eyeshadows are the color payoff you get instantly with just one swatch.

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This palette features 10 eyeshadows (with descriptions from the site:

  • Revolt (Silver Shimmer)
  • Gonzo (Aqua Blue)
  • Slowburn (Orange)
  • Savage (Hot Pink)
  • Fringe (Teal)
  • Chaos (Royal Blue)
  • Jilted (Fuchsia w/ Blue Shift)
  • Urban (Metallic Purple)
  • Freak (Neon Green)
  • Thrash (Neon Yellow)

All of the colors are original exempt for ‘Chaos’ which was featured in the “Vice Palette’. The palette touches base with all bright colors and the darker ones do have a metallic finish. On the back of the package it states:

WARNING: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area

Neon pigments are not approved by the FDA and that is a warning to use at your discretion, not that you can’t use them at all.

As for the brush that came with the palette it’s ok, not the best brush I own, but I do like the double sided. Recommendation on the site:

Use the compact precision brush to line, blend and smudge. Use the small pigment brush to apply color all over the lid or in the crease.

In my opinion the larger side of the brush isn’t as stiff as I would like it but it does the job.

Here are the swatches (no primer was used):

Left to Right: Revolt | Gonzo | Slowburn | Savage | Fringe
Left to Right (Top Row):
Revolt | Gonzo | Slowburn | Savage | Fringe
Left to Right (bottom row): Chaos | Jilted | Urban | Freak | Thrash
Left to Right (Bottom Row):
Chaos | Jilted | Urban | Freak | Thrash

My top 3 from the palette are: Gonzo, Savage, and Urban. Urban would be my #1 pick as I am a sucker for metallic purple. I did also try these colors out on my lips and there was no irritation at all. What can I say? I love experimenting.

The palette retails for $49 on Urban Decay, Sephora, and Ulta sites. You might luck up and find it on eBay (with free shipping) for under $50. I purchased mine for $42. Overall I am happy with my purchase. I love all the colors and the payoff is so worth it. I have read issues of the colors staining the skin, but I have applied it to my hand for swatches, my eyes, and lips and I had no issues with staining on my skin. All was applied in my first impression without primer and removed with baby wipes with no issue.

There are cheaper alternatives if you do not want to break the bank with this palette. Colors are not exactly the same, but similar as far as total package. Be sure to click the links to take you directly to the items mentioned.

Check out some of my favorite YouTube tutorials below. They are a range from subtle to ‘electric’ (pun intended). ENJOY!

 

 

Beauty Showdown #2 — NYX v. Wet n Wild

IMG_0625-1In my first ‘Beauty Showdown’ I reviewed the various lip crayons I had tried out. In this Beauty Showdown it will be NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams v. Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colors. I will be reviewing both products, giving my pros and cons, comparing similar colors between the two lines, and in the end giving you my take on what was worth the buy.

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The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are $5.99 and are available at Target, Ulta, and from the NYX Cosmetics site. The product comes in 22 shades ranging from nudes to dark purple. There’s even an orange. The colors are named after international cites. The four colors I picked up were: Tokyo, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, and San Paulo. The best place to get these would be Ulta because you can buy one and get one half off plus there’s always a $3.50 coupon floating around. Here are the swatches:

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The colors I purchased were;t thought out. I just purchased what I thought was nice based off the selection at Ulta. I would recommend buying these online to guarantee the color you want because the stores are sold out making the color quantity limited or the color selection you want is just not available in that store.

As for the packaging of this product I love it. It’s sleek, no mess with application, and the applicator is a doe foot (my favorite). When applying I will say I wasn’t impressed. I really had to build up the color, but it’s a great thing that the color is buildable. Based on the packaging versus the swatch verses the color on my lips I will say that it is true to packaging. The consistency no the site is described as:

Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.

I would have to agree. Due to the fact that its a soft matte it would be more moisturizing. Upon initial application it does look shiny and dries over time. I wouldn’t say it’s “surprisingly durable” because you’d have to reapply several times (or more) throughout the day based on how much eating/drinking you’re doing.

IMG_0582-1Moving on to Wet n Wild‘s Megalast Liquid Lip Color, I am going to start off and say how DISAPPOINTED I was after putting this product on my lips and the STRUGGLE it took to get off. The product is sold at local drugstores and grocery stores and the price is $2.99 (depending on location). I picked up these two colors during at sale at Walgreens and they were 2/$3. The colors I picked up were ‘Red My Mind’ and ‘Back To The Fuchsia.’ Here’s what the site describes the product as:

Intense liquid color with built-in moisturizer provides one-step application for weightless, ultra-conditioning wear that lasts up to 8 hours. ElastiSilk™ formula combines flexible color adhesion with silky-smooth pigments for transfer-proof, even application. Paraben-free formula conditions and moisturizes with vitamin E that helps promote anti-aging, protects the skin’s moisture barrier, and balances the lip’s natural hydration for a healthy-looking, plump pout all day.

IMG_0602-1I do agree that the color is intense and it’s true to packaging. As for the “built-in moisture”, the product is extremely dry. It’s like a fake, pasty feeling completely different than that of NYXs Soft Matte Lip Creams. The other downsize aside from the non-moisture I was semi-expecting was the hassle to get this product off. I scrubbed my lips with a baby wipe and it took me nearly 10 minutes to completely remove the product. After researching on YouTube I found that oil was the solution to my problem, but to wear this product and reapply and carry around oil for a seamless application after wear off, no thank you. If I’m running an errand that does not involve me stopping for food then yes I would wear it. I will agree with a “healthy-looking, plump pout” because it looks GREAT on. It’s just the way it dries is like someone is putting glue on your lips. Not a fan off the extreme dryness of it, the messy application, and the hassle to remove it from my lips.

Coincidentally, two of the colors I had from NYX matched of the ones I purchased from Wet n Wild. Here are the colors side by side in packaging and swatched.

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When swatched the Wet n Wilds stuck to my hand instantly. I touched and rubbed to see if the product would budge and nothing. The NYX product on the other hand came right off regardless of how ‘soft matte’ it says it is.

Overall I would purchase the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams again because of the color selection and application. The price, as I stated above, can be easily altered with the constant sales at Ulta. As for Wet n Wild this can be a GREAT product if it were easier to get off. How dry it was really didn’t bother me, it’s the fact that I had to scrub it off. In this case I do say go for he $6 lippie over the $3.

First Impression #5 — Clinique Chubby Treats

First Impression #5 --- Clinique Chubby Sticks

I purchased this Clinique Chubby Treats duo from Sephora courtesy of a gift card. The two other items from Clinique I want to try out are the Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17/each) and the Taste of Honey Set ($29.50).

So as for the set I purchased I am HIGHLY disappointed in the product. First off these are not full size, which after receiving them makes sense based off the price of one chubby stick. The product is only .04oz. This is all you get:

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The average chubby stick is 0.1oz and I see why this is called a ‘chubby treat.’ Now for the good stuff. I love the packaging and the size really doesn’t bother me. It’s the perfect size to throw into any size makeup bag. I love the design, I love the clear top and unlike other products this product is not messy to the point of messing up the top. Here are the swatches:

IMG_0521-1So this is what I was upset about the most. I was really looking forward to the purple that is called ‘Voluptuous Violet,’ but there is NOTHING voluptuous about this color. It actually remind me a lot of the Revlon Lip Butter, ‘Fig Jam,’ after applying it to my lips. The color is barely visible. ‘Pudgy Peony’ is a nice shade which is why I guess the product can stick around. I would not recommend buying this duo for $20, you’re better off taking a chance with the Tasty Treat Set because you get 4 lip colors. Although they have the same amount of product (.04oz) you get a little more for your buck. Also these are not as moisturizing as the other lip crayons I’ve tried out I’m not really impressed with this duo, BUT I still want to try out the other Clinique lip products.