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Urban Decay Unveils NAKED Skin – Zero SPF in an Ultra Defining Foundation, Awesomesauce….

This product hit the web last week and despite consumers’ frowns on Urban Decay after their statement on China, animal-cruelty and what not, they’ve still got me wanting a bottle of my own.  Urban Decay has just released their first high definition  foundation WITHOUT SPF if I’m not mistaken as I view the website now which is a big plus for makeup artists because SPF increases the chances of flashback in photos.  With this base range they’re openly competing with big brands like, MAC, Lancome, Laura Mercier, and even Make Up For Ever (check the “Switch Your Foundation” tab on their site).  Now, I must say the way it is being aggressively, but beautifully presented is making me want a bottle of my own like right now… demi-matte, no SPF, fragrance & paraben free?  Gimme, gimme, LOL just teasing (not)!  Plus the navigation on their site for this product is absolutely far out (try scrolling down when you’re on the product page).

I told you…geez louise, right?  G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S… CAPS Police not welcome here.  This launch very much reminds me of Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow…which for me is a lovely, silky, foundation but since it’s got a high level of SPF I view it more as a consumer product and can’t really consider putting it into my pro kit because of the SPF level.  Urban Decay NAKED Skin comes in 18, yes E-I-G-H-T-E-E-N zero spf shades, my friends, and costs $38.00 on the website, that’s about Php1600.00, price also similar to Benefit Hello Flawless.

This is where they openly make their case when mentioning the competition.  Some or many of you may be familiar with Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix, which uses your existing brand foundation shade to direct you to your shade in other brand ranges.  Urban Decay set up a similar mechanic on the site so as to pitch a switch to you who are interested and hope to find your shade.  Among the shades I’ve found I’m most likely a mix between 3.0 and 4.0, and don’t worry there are in-between shades like 3.5 etc but sometimes the similar undertones skip a shade.  This is my shade without sun exposure, I’m probably a 4.0 if I’ve been outdoors a lot.    The lovely Leesha of Xsparkage YouTube Channel has just done a video demo applying the foundation on herself.  It’s not quite a sharp demo but it is satisfactory HD video quality (tick the 720 HD option on one of the buttons of the youtube bar) and I can already tell from Leesha’s demonstration that this is going to be a big retail favorite from the get-go.  Honestly, now I am also shamelessly wanting that Urban Decay buffing foundation brush Leesha is using.  If you’re interested in this product you will have to ask a friend or relative in the U.S. to get it for you via their website or perhaps in Sephora stores.  What’s great is their foundation switch page makes it easier to be assured that the shade you’re asking them to get for you will match…that is if you happen to be using any of the competing foundations they mentioned in the matrix.

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Urban Decay Build Your Own Kit, PT.2 – The Single Eyeshadows

Okay, if there’s anything I really splurged on in Singapore, and Noelle will agree, it was these reformulated Urban Decay single eyeshadows.  To be honest…I’m kind of, heck no, SUPER regretting I chose to get them in Singapore, because they were SGD$33 each (ouch!).  I remember even computing with my calculator in the store that these should cost way less in the U.S. (WAY LESS IN THE U-ESS) but I was still unfazed in that moment there in Sephora, Takashimaya and still all superficially googly eyed, as a result ’twas the type of “Sephora” receipt you’d hide from your husband (lmao).  It’s too bad I didn’t get over the initial elation as I pranced merrily over to the Urban Decay counter.  My friend, Noelle aka Kikayrunner, was too polite and kind (and needing to go to the ladies’ room badly lol)  to comment before I made my choice (next time, Nanay Noelle, you may wag that finger at me).  It is a major boo-boo ’cause I was able to  resist so many other great items while I was in Singapore for 10 days (didn’t buy a single item of clothing) because of these.  Photos in this post are taken with a friend’s 600D DSLR, was playin’ round with it (posts prior are with my Canon G1X).  If you haven’t read the Pt.1 post of when I received the custom palette itself go to this link.

CLOCKWISE: Snatch (pale peachy pink with gold glitter), Loaded (deep metallic emerald, luminous sheen no glitter), Naked (nude tan brown, matte), Rockstar (deep aubergine, luminous sheen no glitter)

I already got the palette from the U.S. before at the wonderfully low price of US $18, the special introductory price, but wisdom in the tank ran on empty when I was faced with the 4 eye candy “bullets” I was supposed to load that baby up with. The palette came with the default, matte highlight shade “Walk of Shame”, then I got four of them to meet the SG GST refund minimum (over SGD100), stupid.  Yea, yea I know no regrets dapat, but I truly wish now I’d been more patient and planned for someone in the U.S. to get them for me, because they’re way cheaper there even without  a GST refund, and the difference between there US$18, and this side of the world, US$24 is a painfully great one.  Yea, I told you, it’s like “What were you thinking, Julia”.  Read more to see where the ranting ends and the review begins LOL!!… Read the rest

My Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette – Pt.1 The Case itself and the Case at hand

Greetings from Singapore!  I don’t plan to go on and on because I haven’t filled this baby up with new Urban Decay eyeshadows just yet, so for now it’s less about the product and more about a certain issue surrounding the brand.  Being in Singapore though I’ll make sure that changes in the next few days and blog you guys some awesome stuff!  I didn’t buy this here in Singapore, this arrived as part of my House of Flair order which arrived almost two weeks ago.

These Urban Decay Build Your Own palettes were/are for a limited time being sold for $18, pretty much the same price as a single newly formulated Urban Decay single eyeshadow.  These customizable 6-pan palettes are lovely for traveling and give you the freedom to design your own palette and pick your own shades from the newly reformulated batch of Urban Decay single eyeshadows.

It comes with a single default nude eyeshadow shade, “Walk of Shame” (kind of like MAC Brulee) which, being so named,  is somewhat of a sick coincidence considering the fact that Urban Decay as a company has recently been dealing with lots of criticism for recent reasons and a few lame, grey statements.  I’ll wade just a little into the “politics” surrounding that.  Before I continue please note that this is not a SMEAR campaign.  I like the brand, Urban Decay, and am willing to forgive mistakes they make that I feel will eventually allow them to grow as a brand.  I just don’t get overly worked up over cosmetics in that sense, I am merely stating my thoughts. Read more to get my full opinion.… Read the rest

My Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Fresh from the U.S. of A!

Oooooooh, I’ve gots me own! *Rubs palms together* This Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is probably the most reviewed eyeshadow palette in the last 6 months, thought there was not as much of a frenzy bout this as its predecessor, the original Naked palette.  So what, it’s high time I got to say something ’bout it, it’s my first Urban Decay palette, haha!  Naked and Naked 2 palettes both come with 12 lovely shades of eyeshadow.

 

Shades and Finish L-R: Foxy (Matte), Half Baked (Shimmer), Booty Call (Satin), Chopper (Shimmer + Sparkle), Tease (Matte), Snakebite (Shimmer), Suspect (Shimmer), Pistol (Shimmer), Verve (Shimmer), YDK (Shimmer), Busted (Shimmer), Blackout (Matte)

The palette itself comes inlaid in cardboard with a minty Urban Decay Lip Junkie gloss in the shade “Naked”. This wasn’t exactly a birthday present but then in the end it was really funny because it kinda became one.  Another aunt gave me Php1500.00 birthday money, then the aunt that got me this said she’ll only charge me something the equivalent of US$40 for this (about Php1600), so I slid the Php1500 I was given by the first aunt over to that aunt “There, paid”, she laughed and said “Okay, the money just went around”.  And then my grandmother arrived and gave me Php1000 birthday money, we laughed again.  So technically I only gave up Php500.00 for this Naked 2 palette, lots of indie makeup stockists bring this in, like House of Flair, but locally this would fetch about Php3200.00 (around $70).  In the States, its original $50 price tag converts to Php2200.  Read more to get the full post with close-ups and hand swatches.… Read the rest

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