Recently I saw some pictures around the web of a new Urban Decay 500 Point Perk from Sephora and got pretty excited! I usually hoard my points until something really neat comes around and this was enticing enough to get me to break. I didn’t see this on display at my local Sephora so I asked an employee about it and she was kind enough to go dig me one out from the back.
I’ve had several people ask me to make a post talking about some of my favorite makeup brushes so I figured I’d better get to it. I’m a brush junkie and could probably sit down and write a novel if I wanted to talk about all of my favorite brushes but for the sake of this blog post and everyone’s sanity, I’ll just pick a few for now!
The Sigma E30 is a really useful little brush. The soft yet firm tapered bristles are well suited for many tasks around the eye such as smudging eyeliner, applying shadow to your lower lash line, creating defined lines in your crease or outer V and also for applying highlighting shades to the small areas in the inner corner of your eyes. Having a pencil brush in your collection is really an invaluable tool and I find myself using this particular one often.
Hey there! I just wanted to take a minute to share my pink and gold glitter look from the other day and tell you how I accomplished it.
For the eye shadow, I started with Makeup Geek’s Peach Smoothie as a transition shade. Next I grabbed my Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette and applied Totally Fetch (hot pink) to the inner and outer corners of my eye and connected them through my crease. I then took Urban (medium vibrant purple) from the Urban Decay Electric Palette and used it to deepen the inner and outer corners of my lids, also connecting it through my crease. I left the center of my lids blank up until this point where I went back to the Pretty Rebel Palette and applied Instigator (bright gold) to the center of my lids. Time for the glitter! I brushed Urban Decay’s Bondage Makeup Adhesive over the gold eye shadow and pressed my glitter into the glue using a dense brush. I decided to opt out of eyeliner this day and just went straight to my favorite lashes, Siren from House of Lashes.
Hey guys! I don’t think I share enough pictures of my daily makeup (FOTD = face of the day, btw!) on here so I’m going to try to change that. I might as well start by sharing a few pics from the last couple of days.
For this smokey eye look, I used Merlot, Indigo, Camel, Smokey Topaz and Cream from the LORAC Mega PRO Palette. I’m wearing Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Medium Brown on my brows and MAC Creme d’Nude on my lips.
And now for a slightly less wearable look! 😉 Okay, a lot less wearable but I had fun doing it anyway. I used MAC Fluidline in Black Track with Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Glam Rock on top to create my glitter eyeliner. On my lips, I’m wearing NYX Chambord. Another NYX product that I’ve been using quite a bit lately is this awesome blue mascara you see on my lower lashes here! It’s surprisingly pigmented without any hassle. My brows were done using the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette. And last but not least, I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs of lashes here, Ardell 206’s, which I tragically broke later that night!
I wore this look featuring the Urban Decay Electric Palette a few weeks ago and had several requests for a tutorial. I figured it would be a fun tutorial to make so yesterday I decided it was time and got to work!
In this tutorial I’ll be using the Urban Decay Electric Palette as well as a few other shades, either from other palettes or singles. As always, I’ll be describing each shade as we go along so if you don’t have the same shadows that I do, you can hopefully use a similar eyeshadow that you already have.
I’ve been itching to make a new eyeshadow tutorial lately and I thought this smokey eye with a pop of color would be a great look to do. Smokey eyes are already fabulous on their own but sometimes I like to throw in a pop of color to add a little fun!
Here I’ve already applied my primer, Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance. I used my finger to gently apply it from lash line to brow bone and then used a small brush to run some along my lower lash line. If you have oily lids like me, you might benefit from using an oil blotting paper on your lids prior to priming.
I usually like to start with my transition shade first. We’re going to apply it in and above our crease. A transition shade will help the darker colors on our lid and crease blend more seamlessly into the light highlighting shade we’ll be putting under our brows. This is Rewind (medium matte brown) from the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette.
Using a blending brush, gently blend to soften the lines.
Next I’ve applied Urban Decay’s Derailed (medium metallic taupey-brown) right into my crease.
Still using Derailed, apply it along your lower lash line (but not quite all the way into the corner!) and connect it to your crease. Make the shadow slightly thicker on the outer corner of your eye and a little thinner towards the inner corner. Gently blend. Go ahead and apply your under brow shade, I’m using Cream from the Lorac PRO Palette, and blend it slightly downwards.
I’ve patted Urban Decay’s Smokeout (dark taupey-black satin) on the the outer 2/3rds or so of my lid. I find that the best way to reduce shadow fall out with dark shades is to pat the color onto your eye rather than using sweeping motions.
And then we blend again!
Next I’m patting Black from the Lorac Pro Palette onto the outer 1/3rd of my eyelid and also using a small brush to press Black right into the outer portion of my lower lash line.
You guessed it! Gently blend to soften the harsh lines of the black.
Using a small concealer brush, I’m applying NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to the inner portion of my eye. Milk is awesome for things like this because the sticky white base makes shadows really pop and I want my inner corner shade to be as bright as it can be!
Bam! This is Thrash from the Urban Decay Electric Palette. Pick out your favorite colorful eyeshadow and apply it right over Milk. Gently blend a little. Nearly done!
I went for winged eyeliner using MAC Fluidline and smudged a little of Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liner in Perversion into my lower lash line. Looks like this can get a little messy so clean up any fallout you may have on your face. Even better, do bold eyeshadow looks before applying your foundation and face makeup so that you can easily wipe away fallout.
The finished look! I’m wearing possibly my favorite nude ever on my lips, MAC Creme d’Nude. My eyebrows are Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown and contouring today is also thanks to the Anastasia Beverly Hills via their contour kit.
Okay, so I may be a little late to the party with this Urban Decay Electric Palette review since it was released on March 18th, 2014 but better late than never, right? The Electric palette has been turned out to be a pretty big hit with makeup lovers and it’s no surprise why.
The Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette ($49) contains 10 colorful and striking shades which include Revolt (silver), Gonzo (blue), Slowburn (red orange), Fringe (teal), Chaos (royal blue), Jilted (fuchsia), Urban (purple), Freak (green) and Thrash (yellow green). Chaos and Revolt are shades that have been previously released by Urban Decay but the other 8 shades are brand new for this palette. The palette also includes a double ended brush. One side is a pretty basic and versatile eyeshadow brush while the other side is rather small and firm, a sort of detail style brush, and is really useful for adding pops of color to the inner corners of your eye, applying shadow to your lower lash line and just for any detail work.
If you’re looking for a tutorial featuring this palette, check out my Electric Palette Tutorial here!
Before we get on to the fun stuff, you should know that there is a disclaimer on the back of the palette that reads “Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban are not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” This is because many neon pigments have not been approved by the FDA for use near the eyes although they often are approved in Europe and Canada. Now I don’t know if these exact pigments have been approved in Europe or Canada so please, if you plan on using these near your eyes, do so at your own risk and discretion. If you have sensitive eyes, you may want to just forget using these colors all together. Either way, it’s better to be safe than sorry so at the very least preform a patch test before rubbing these shadows all over your eyes and then going out for the night.
Here it is in all of it’s electrifying glory! Isn’t it beautiful? Swatches over my bare arm on the top portion and over NYX’s Eyeshadow Base in white on the lower portion. From left to right: Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage, Fringe, Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak and Thrash. This palette did not disappoint. The colors are gorgeous, smooth and oh so pigmented! They blend easily, are really vibrant and all of the shades work well together in a way that makes it simple to put together really bold, vibrant and, dare I say, electric look or to just add a pop of color in a more neutral eyeshadow look.
My usual routine for bright eyeshadow is to blot my lids with oil blotting papers, apply a layer of eye primer and then a thin layer of NYX’s Eyeshadow Base in white. Even with all these precautions I still sometimes will find my shadow creasing or fading within a few hours but that is not the case here!
The shades in this palette really stayed vibrant all day long. I did notice that some of these shades, mainly Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban will leave behind a stain on your skin. No amount of makeup remover seemed to be able to completely remove the stain and the stains were still present the following day. I guess it’s a small price to pay for such vibrant neon shades though.
Overall, I’m really pleased with this purchase. The palette itself is quite unique, has amazing pigmentation, the colors really fun and wearing these shades makes me a feel like a badass! Now onto a couple of looks using the Urban Decay Electric Palette!
In this look I’ve used Savage, Jilted and Urban as well as a Urban Decay’s Dope and Smokeout from the Vice 2 Palette. Jilted is is blended out from my crease and up midways to my brow, Urban is in my outer corner and crease and Savage is on the outer half of my lid.
In this look I’ve used Chaos and Revolt. Chaos is in the inner portion of my lid, the outer portion of my lid and the inner portion of my lower lash line. Revolt is in the center of my lid. I’ve also used Urban Decay’s Rewind as well as Lovesick from the Vice 2 palette as well as Black from the Lorac Pro Palette and and MAC’s Vanilla.