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Black Eyeliner Swatches, Comparisons, Wear Test

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Black Eyeliner Comparison

eyeliner overload!

I’ve done black eyeliner swatches before, and even did a post with a wear test way back when my blog was new, but I have different eyeliners now and I wanted to see how they compared.

Instead of trying to keep track of which swatch was which, I wrote an abbreviation for the brand on my arm. The follow table has the abbreviation, name of the eyeliner, and type of eyeliner. Continue reading

MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow Swatches, Comparisons, Dupes

NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom

Possible dupe ideas: NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom

I try not to get pulled in by the MAC limited edition product hype, but I do love my purple/taupes, so when the recent MAC by Request collection was released, I ordered one product – the eyeshadow Moth Brown.   It’s already sold out (though available overpriced on Ebay) so instead of a review, I have comparison swatches for you today.   The two most similar shades in my stash are – luckily – both permanent: NARS Lhasa, and Urban Decay Mushroom.
Swatches are done without primer, with a sponge – tipped applicator. Click to enlarge.

swatches - NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom - sunlight

NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom – sunlight

As you can see, the color family is the same, and the shade is very similar in all three eyeshadows. The biggest difference is the level of pigmentation – Lhasa is fairly sheer, Moth Brown has medium pigmentation, and Mushroom is very pigmented.  If you apply Lhasa or Moth Brown over primer they will – of course – appear more opaque and pigmented.

Everyone has different ideas of what is close enough to constitute a dupe, but I personally would consider Lhasa and Moth Brown almost-dupes; different in swatches, but identical on the eye.  Because Mushroom is more pigmented (and has more metallic shine), I don’t think it’s a dupe, though they might be close enough that you don’t want to own both.

Would you consider any of these three eyeshadows dupes?

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Review, Swatches, Photos

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shade 1.0

Urban Decay Naked Skin Sample

At IMATs this year, Urban Decay was giving out samples of their new Naked Skin foundation – to be released later this summer.   After trying it out for several days, I am ready to review it for you!

One concern I have is that I was matched to shade 1.0 (though it is perhaps a bit light for me) – although I don’t know the number system UD is going to use, 1.0 implies that it’s the lightest, or one of the lightest, shades.  as you can see from the photographs below of my face, I am not particularly pale – if 1.0 is actually the lightest shade in the line, there are going to be a lot of people left out by this foundation line!


The lightest shade is .5, a neutral/cool shade.  The shades that end in .5 are neutral cool, and the shades that end in .0 are golden/warm – so 1.0 is the lightest golden/warm shade.  After seeing swatches on a couple different blogs, I think I was matched incorrectly at IMATs; 1.0 is a bit light for me, and 2.0 would be a better match, though I’m not completely sure what my best match would be. 


Here is a swatch on my inner arm:

Urban Decay Naked Skin shade 1.0 swatch

unblended / blended

I really like the texture of this foundation; it’s completely weightless and just melts into the skin.  I also really like the finish – it’s very natural and completely deserves the name of Naked Skin!  On my normal-to-dry skin I could get away without powdering, but I prefer to use a light dusting of powder to increase the wear of the foundation.

I found that it gives light coverage; it evens out my skintone, but doesn’t cover up much – though, I did not try to build up multiple layers, because I prefer light coverage.  I realize it’s really hard to tell from the following photos, but I promise that in person, it really does help even out my skin, and cover up some redness!

Urban Decay Naked Skin before / after

No makeup; with Urban Decay Naked Skin

For reference, I am wearing UD Naked skin, and with contour, blush, eyebrows, and lips done – no eye makeup though.

Overall, I really like this foundation. I like the texture, I like the finish, and for me – I like the amount of coverage.  However, if you are looking for a full (or even medium) coverage foundation, I would not recommend it.  And, I will be interested to see the shade range once the foundation is released later this summer!


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Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Review, Swatches, Photos

A while ago, I bought the Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Stash off Hautelook. Since Hautelook is a daily deal site, it’s not available there anymore – but luckily it’s still available (and only $9, which is about what I paid for it) on Urban Decay’s website.

The set is a fantastic deal – each full sized (2.8g) 24/7 Shadow Pencil sells for $20, while the set contains five 2.5g (almost full size!) pencils, and is currently selling for less than half the price of one full size pencil. If you’ve ever been interested in trying out this product, now is the time to do it!

Overall, I like these but I don’t love them. The neutral colors are gorgeous – and the three neutrals make the price of the set completely worth it to me – and the brights are beautiful, though not colors I really see myself wearing very often. They don’t crease at all, whether worn alone or as a base. However, I found them quite difficult to blend – they seemed quite dry to me. Because I had trouble blending out the edges, it’s hard for me to wear them alone; I need a powder shadow on top to get a blended edge. Still, the set is worth it to me just to get them to use as bases!

Here are swatches of the five colors that are included: from left to right, they are Sin, Juju, Rehab, Clash, and Delinquent.

Have you tried the Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils? Do you find them as dry and difficult to blend as I do?

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