VS: Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner VS bh Cosmetics Glitter Eyeliner

Hello lovelies!

 

I love wearing glitter liner whenever I can think of an excuse to. I recently bought some from bh Cosmetics (part of my first purchase from the brand). When I unboxed them I thought that the packaging looked very similar to the Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners I have from Urban Decay.

I test drove the bh version on New Year’s Eve so that I could compare them for you here!

  

bh liners in Synergy and Rapture.

 
 

Urban Decay liners in Spandex, ACDC, and limited edition Gunmetal.

 

Packaging:

As I said, the packaging on both is very similar. They both have wand applicators with small brushes. The bh brushes are a touch larger which I actually prefer as they pick up more product, making the application easier.

The bh liners are .15 fl oz while the UD ones are .25 so you get more products from Urban Decay. The packages also indicate that the shelf life on the UD product is 4 times longer than the bh glitter liners (24 months vs 6).

  

from L to R: bh Synergy, bh Rapture, UD Spandex, UD ACDC, and UD Gunmetal


 

Wearability:

UD in the past has transferred easier than the bh version did. I have hooded lids, so I got some transfer onto my crease. I set them both with the same setting spray, so the application was consistent from time to time.

As I said above, the bh version applied more smoothly and I feel like it was MUCH faster than when I applied the UD ones. With the UD formula and applicator, I had to dip the brush into the product constantly and go over the same line multiple times to get what I wanted.

The glitter in the UD liners is finer, which I would expect being from a higher end brand. Typically these finer glitters are safer for the eye and meant for cosmetic use. However, the effect of the larger glitter is more intense and therefore more appealing to me as I wear glitter liners mostly on nights out when I want it to be a very noticeable ‘pop’ and different from my normal routine.

The shade ranges from both brands are very similar. UD offers 7 shades while bh offers 5. Both offer forms of opalescent, silver, pink, and blue. bh additionally offers green while UD offers gold, purple, turquoise and some limited edition shades such as gunmetal which is silver and black glitter (from the Pulp Fiction line).

 

Price:

Urban Decay heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners run $20 each. You can occasionally get them for 20% off from Ulta of directly from the Urban Decay website.

bh Cosmetics Glitter Eyeliners retail for $8 but are regularly on sale for lower. At the time of writing this blog, they are up on their site for $5.

 

Verdict:

I usually like to buy higher end brands because I find the quality, performance, and wear time to outperform the lower end competitor. That is clearly not the case here. While I still love the Heavy Metal liners, the bh cosmetics liners perform just as well (if not better) and you just can’t beat the price point! If you are not worried about the larger glitter and shorter shelf life, I would check out bh!!

 

-A

Rant: Why I Left Sephora During My Time MIA

Hello loves,

It has been awhile, but I’m back! A lot happened during this last year that kept me VERY busy. I got promoted twice, moved, and am in progress f getting my anxiety and depression back on track. That was honestly a major reason for my hiatus. I enjoy reviewing for you all and I love makeup… but my anxiety about feeling like I HAD to post or I was failing took a lot of the enjoyment out of it for me to be blunt.

Now I’m back on track and LOVING it again, and I hope that my renewed love will show through my reviews even though tone is hard to convey through writing!

NOW THAT THAT IS OUT OF THE WAY, let’s get to what you all are here for: Why Ulta is awesome and why I’m over Sephora.

There was no single incident that made me go,’Hmm I think I’m going to switch over’. It seemed to be a more gradual shift in my shopping habits. I used to be a die hard Sephora customer. I posted raves like this.

Part of the issue is the attitudes of the sales associates at each given store. While Sephora is nice enough, they always seem to have this elitist attitude and look at me like I don’t belong there. Ulta associates aren’t as knowledgeable in general about the product features and benefits, but I usually know what I want and they are more than willing to help me locate it.

I started to realize that if I could buy items at either store (my favorite brand is Urban Decay which is available at both stores), that I switched to Ulta for their rewards program. At Sephora, you save up points to get deluxe samples… I finally figured out that I either A) was never excited by the samples that were available B) Could have gotten those samples for free from stopping in the store in person and asking or C) had to spend $150 to get a tiny mini thing that usually gets me two uses.

At Ulta, they reward my obsession with money off… meaning more FULL SIZE, ACTUAL product to obsess over. They drive my addiction, but they also reward me for loyalty to them when I am planning on buying everything anyway. As a Platinum member, they are constantly sending me emails for 5x or 3x points, and at a minimum its 1.25 points per dollar that I spend. I also visit the Salon at Ult, and get points for this as well.

They also reward me for being a hoarder. I currently have hoarded enough points for $70 off… A few more points and I get $125 off a purchase! The more you save your points, the more cah value they end up having!

The other main thing that I realized is that it seems like Ulta has worked out partnerships with brands that benefit the consumer more. For instance, I almost ALWAYS get additional free samples when I order UD from Ulta, unlike Sephora where I just get what I paid for.

I will post an example in the next few days of one instance where I got a HUGE bag of free stuff from Ulta, and money off and how it kicked my Sephora free stuff haul in the ass.

Til next time,

A

Review: Naked 2 Basics

Hello lovelies!

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I am ordering the Naked on the Run palette from Urban Decay today, but thought I would also do a post on the Naked 2 Basics for comparison when I get my order in!

I got the Naked 2 Basics because I was looking for something that was more portable than the full sized Naked palettes. I liked that the Basics are neutral still, with this one being more cool toned than the original Naked Basics palette.

The mirror is a nice size for a travel palette as it takes up the entire top portion of the palette. I was hoping the whole thing would be slightly more compact as I have a pretty small makeup bag. It is hard to open, but I actually like that a little bit since that means it doesn’t randomly pop open when being tousled around in my makeup bag on a daily basis.

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The shades are Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal, and Undone.

I swatched them in order on my hand below. These are done with my finger using one pass, no primer. IMG_2478.JPG

As you can see, Skimp and Stark are barely visible on my pale skin. Skimp does give a bit of a sheen and both would be pretty highlights on darker complexions.

Swatching with a finger, the colors came out chalky and dragged horribly which left a splotchy application.  I did go back and redo 2 of them with brushes so you can see the difference. The swatch on the bottom toward my wrist is Primal, and Undone is the vertical swatch on the left. You can see them compared to the original swatches done with fingers (Undone with finger is top swatch, Primal with finger is 2nd swatch from top).IMG_2479.JPG

As you can see, the use of brushes made a HUGE difference in the way that these applied, so I would make sure you have a set of quality travel sized brushes available to use with this palette.

The fallout though is pretty bad on these. I took a photo of Cover’s fallout after I swiped a brush through it twice to do my eyes one morning. No bueno. That is a lot of wasted product over the life of the palette and if I were using this on the go as I had intended, chances are I would be getting this all over my clothes, car, etc. IMG_2480.JPG

If I would have known at the time that Naked on the Run was going to be coming out, I would have saved my cash and just held out for that. Here’s to hoping that I have better luck with that one as the travel palette I’ve been hoping for!

Did anyone else have better luck with the Naked 2 Basics shadows than I did? Let me know in the comments below!

Review: Lorac Mega PRO Palette

Hey guys!

 

As you all know the holidays are coming up. If you missed the Lorac Mega Pro palette, people are still putting them up on ebay. If you start watching now, I’m sure you can find one at a reasonable price. However, this item was a Limited Edition from Lorac and Amazon, so it is not available through the official retailers anymore.

I figured I would still do a quick review though in case anyone was debating buying themselves a little something, or putting one of these babies on their Christmas list!

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The palette itself is quite a bit smaller than I had anticipated it being. It was roughly the size of the Vice palettes from Urban Decay but thinner. It is a sturdy cardboard, and the top portion can be flipped all the way back. It also has a good sized mirror. It might be a little bit big for travel if you are taking a shorter trip.

 

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Here is a closer photo of the shades and layout of the palette. The top half is predominantly matte shades, although the 2nd row is more of satin than true mattes. The bottom half is very similar but has much more shimmer. I feel like the first two rows could be laid over the bottom two and you would have almost the same colors in matte and shimmer in most cases (see Mulberry and Merlot). There is, however, still some variation and I do like that I can use this to add drama with the bottom half or keep simple and clean daytime looks with the upper half.

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Shades in order

Row 1: Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso

Row 2: White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black

Row 3: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo

Row 4: Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar

 

 

 

Swatches:

 

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Swatches of Row 1 and 2 in order. On bare skin in natural light. Row 1: Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso Row 2: White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black

Cream is a pale warm beige. Nothing too crazy, would be a good highlight for someone with a bit deeper skin tone.

Fawn is  a warm peachy beige.

Camel is just as it sounds, a tan (camel-y) color.

Sepia is a brown with warm undertones. It is more of a medium shade and has better color payoff than the Camel or Fawn.

Dusty Plum is muted plum. I wish it was a cool shade but sadly is a warm tone (but still lovely).

Orchid is a pinky shade. Finally a cool toned shade, but I’m not a huge lover of pinks so even though this one is a purpley pink, it is one that likely won’t see much love from me.

Mulberry is cool tone berry. This one can have some problems with dragging/blending so you need to have a little more time to work with this one and I would REALLY suggest using a primer!

Espresso is dark brown. Nothing too crazy, but I do like this one for the outer corners when I am doing a softer daytime look.

White is plain white. This one is kind of chalky and I probably won’t use this one a ton.

Khaki is a grayish brown. I like the slightly satiny finish to this one.

Brown is a matte medium brown. Another staple shade that you probably already own in a few variations, but it’s nice to have it easily accessible for when you are creating a look with this palette.

Stone is a purpley gray. This is one of my favorite shades in the palette after actually using it a few times. The purple tones to it make it more interesting than a lot of the other gray shades in my collection.

Lilac is lavender. This one was chalky and did not have very good color payoff at all. My least favorite out of the whole palette.

Wisteria is about the opposite of stone. This one is a purple with a bit of gray added. I like to use these two to create just a bit of contrast but stil have a very subtle day look.

Gray is not gray. I’m not really sure why they even called it that. If anything, stone is more of a gray than this is. This is more of a blue. It’s a grayish blue, but still.

Black is a plain matte black. Again chances are you already have this in your collection, but it comes off more of a charcoal than a true black. I also had some issues with blending with this one.

 

Let’s move on to the next 2 rows! The shimmers!

 

 

 

These are the shimmers. I took 2 photos under each lighting with my arm turned, in order for you to fully see each swatch. These are taken in soft indoor lighting with no primer. I tried to make one set of swatches the focal point of each photo. The ones that are complete swatches (not cut off at the ends) are the focus of each photo.

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Swatches of Row 3 under natural light and indoor lighting.

Row 3: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo 

 

Opal is much prettier than I had thought it would be judging from the pan. It is a white with intense gold shimmer.

Sand is a light champagne. I reach for this one quite a bit as a highlight.

Copper is a metallic-y reddish brown shade.

Sienna is a softer brown. Another good one just to have if you are looking for a little something without going too over the top.

Apricot is bright peachy orange. It was MUCH brighter swatched than I thought it would be and would really help to brighten a look.

Blush is a light frosty pink. It wasn’t as buttery as some of the other shads.

Merlot is my FAVORITE shade in the bunch. Its a medium metallic wine shade with a bit of shimmer. Goes on very easily and blends well.

Indigo is blue black with a ton of micro glitter, but the glitter is VERY hard to see once applied.  With a more intense (sticky) primer, the glitter may take hold better and be more visible, which would make this another favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Row 4 under natural light and indoor lighting.

Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar

 

Vanilla is more frosted off white. This is another I prefer to use for a highlight or the inner corners.

Cashmere is a softer metallic light tan/off white. I use this on my brow bone when I want something with a hint of shimmer but not a ton of color, but the light color would show on someone with a darker complexion.

Smokey Topaz is bronzy brown with a bit of glitter and is pretty pigmented.

Dusty Rose is brownish pink. Another shade you may already own.

Granite is another frequently used shad for me. Dark brown with some shimmer/metallic finish that is super easy to blend and work with.

Maroon is brownish red. I was hoping with would be a deeper TRUE maroon (a bit closer to the merlot), but its more of a red.

Deep Teal is another beautiful shade. It’s a darkened cool teal. This is one of the shades that initially interested me and it did not disappoint.

Caviar is more of a true black than the ‘Black’ shade in this palette. It is not matte, but when I want a black, I reach for this.

 

 

Overall, I would absolutely buy this palette again. It was $59 and while I do wish more shades were cool toned, but I find that the warm shades here are still okay for me to work with.  It does have quite a few browns and whites, but on the skin they are all different enough where I was not disappointed, and there are enough unique shades that I would have gladly paid more for to make this palette worth it for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

Hey guys!

 

A few weeks ago, I stayed up in great anticipation to grab some items from the MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show collection!

 

I changed my mind about 15 times as to what items I was going to grab. It didn’t help too that the launch was plague with issues. MAC was supposed to release this collection on Sept 29th. Then word on the internet was that it wouldn’t be out until the 30th (so some people wound up staying up 2 nights in a row). Then MAC tweeted a statement saying it would be out around noon. They missed this deadline as well and when the collection finally launched, they were missing one of the most anticipated items – Frank-N-Furter lipstick. Rumor on the street is that there was a problem with one of the FNF batches, which is why the entire collection was delayed.

Anyway, once I was FINALLY able to place my order, I went as quickly as I could. This was no time to look around. I felt like I was that crazy person during Black Friday that just throws EVERYTHING in their cart and runs to the register. lol.

 

The packaging on all of the items that I got is amazing! The picture below is of the inside of the blush box, but they all have this image of the characters inside!

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I grabbed the Crazed Imagination limited edition blush because it was a pretty purpley-bronze shade on my monitor. When I swatched this, I was VERY disappointed. I was aware that it was sheertone but there is literally almost NO coor payoff on these, even though I am super pale. It was also more on the brown/bronze side than I had been hoping for.

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My sister and I happened to stop at a MAC store the day of the in-store release and while I was there I showed her how poor the pigmentation was. The sales woman snarkily told me (because I had just swatched it with my finger and got nothing as far as color payoff) that since people had been rubbing their fingers all over it all day that of course it wouldn’t have any payoff since the oils from everyones hands were all over it. I understand this may be somewhat true, but I replied back that even my BRAND NEW item that I was shipped had poor payoff as well and I walked away. I was a bit irked by it however.

Moving on, the next item was the pigment. This shade was another limited edition shade called ‘It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time’. Again, I’m not sure if I have a monitor issue or not, but this looked like a beautiful plum with a bronze shift. This turned out to be a bronze with a reddish shift. Not bad, but also not something   I was crazy for or would use all the time like I would have had it been the shade I thought it was!

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I grabbed some of the blue base red lipsticks since I have pink undertones. The first is ‘Oblivion’ which is very bright and has an almost satiny finish.

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Next is ‘Frank-N-Furter’ which is the one that was much waited on and had the potentially botched batch haha.

This one is a pretty matte and looks like a great go-to fall blue red.

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The Formidable nail polish was the one item that I got because the histeria, lack of sleep, and the craziness of the sale got the best of me. I paniched and picked the shade I liked better, only to find out right after I placed my order that this color in particular is part of their permanent collection and was just shown in the fancu packaging. The only other polish shade was one that was a repromote or limited edition so Bad Fairy is the one that I left behind in the chaos.

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The products are all the same quality that we have come to know and love from MAC. I also love that the RHPS graphics on the packaging are on there really well. They aren’t like a cheap sticker that is very easy to scratch off.

Below are some swatches of a few of the items. We have Frank-N-Furter at the top, Oblivion in the middle, and then the Crazed Imagination blush at the bottom. The top photo is in direct sunlight. The one below is the same swatches but in indoor lighting.IMG_2395

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Review: Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

Hey guys!

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The Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette just dropped in price, so I thought I’d review it for any of you who may be debating purchasing it.

The packaging on the palette is very in theme with the movie. The inside of the box is red with white blood-like spatter. It is a sturdy cardboard with a decent sized mirror inside.  The palette design is well presented, although I feel it is VERY bulky for the size of the small shadows inside.

 

 

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It also comes with a look card and a small brush as seen above. I love to color of the brush as it again keeps with the Pulp Fiction theme.

 

I swatched this and was not thoroughly impressed. Some shades lack any kind of pigmentation, while the others just looked so… plain on my skin. Don’t get me wrong, they might be nice, matte browns but for the $32 I spent at the time, I was looking for something with a little more to it.

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I do have all 5 shades swatched on my hand above… but can you even see them? I know I’m pale but come on now!

 

Overall, I like the movie and the theme of the packaging. I would use this as some daily neutrals to pair with some of my other UD shadows, but I wouldn’t pay $32 for this again. I think the $16 price tag that it is on sale for now is much more reasonable. I would pick one up still at that price!

 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Review: Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner

Hey guys!

I thought today I would post a review of the Push Up Liner from Benefit! I know a lot of people went over this awhile back but I thought I would give my take on it too since some of my friends have been asking about it.

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Now for me, Benefit seems to be completely hit or miss. I either LOVE their stuff, or I find that some of it is way over-hyped and not at all worth the money. Let’s see how this held up.

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The applicator and Accuflex tip are supposed to be the big innovations on this product. You twist the pen to get the liner flowing, then with just a flick you can imprint the tip onto your eye to line up your wings, fill them in and BAM, you have flawless matching wings. Not so much in actual use.

The tip didnt have a large enough opening for me to be able to put a mark where I wanted my wings to be that was still noticeable on my hooded eyes. Lining my eyes was fine, but it was more of a pain than it was worth. I could have used my normal liner and it would be way faster (there is a learning curve with this but in my opinion I am not patient enough to bother).

The formula itself is very dry compared to what I was expecting. It is not as black as I was hoping for either, so I feel like most days I would end up putting a liquid liner over this anyway, which kind of defeats the purpose of using this one. The little orange piece in the photo above is supposed to be taken out and then put back in each time you use it to help keep it from drying but I think the formula is too dry in general for that to make a huge difference.

In the photo below this was my first time trying it after I got anything out. The pen is easy to maneuver, but as you can see on the lower left swatches, it can drag and be very dry, even upon first use!

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Now I get it that sometimes when you use something new, you have to click or spray it or what have you a few times to get it going. I had to click my pen OVER 50 TIMES to get this going! After a minute or so I was wondering if this was a joke, but nope, it was painfully real. I’m paying $24 to have 50+ clicks without ANYTHING coming out? I call BS on this.

The staying power was okay but once again I think this is something that the makeup world went overboard on with high expectations and the result ended up falling flat. I not only will NOT buy this again, but I will be returning the one I bought as well.

My sister does have this and loves it. She found that it stayed very well on her skin and was matte black enough for her (she is paler that I am at an NC10! and even that is a bit dark sometimes!!), but I would rather save the money and use a drugstore liner since they seem to give me the same results.

Have you tried the Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!!