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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette -- Mini Review and Swatches

Rockstar, Gunmetal, Skimp, Infamous, Wreckage, Haight, Money, Mushroom, Spotlight, Limelight

I've had this palette for at least a year and never reviewed it... but while looking at the Urban Decay website I saw that this baby was still available and decided to do a mini review. It's is VERY discounted on their website for only $12!!!

When I purchased it, I must admit, I was sucked in by two colors... Rockstar and Mushroom. And they did not disappoint! Here's a little breakdown of all the shades.

ROCKSTAR -- is a beautiful aubergine purple. The texture is beautiful -- very smooth and pigmented.

GUNMETAL --  a dark gray with silver glitter. Nice texture but when applied to the eye, it is a bit lighter than in the pan. The color sheers out more than I expected. This shade is also in the Naked Palette.

SKIMP -- pinky beige with a slight sheen. Skimp is a little powdery and a bit sheer. Not one I reach for.

INFAMOUS -- bright fuchsia with a satin finish. This shadow is VERY dry and I found it difficult to get a good swatch.  Aside from that, the color is just not my taste whatsoever.

WRECKAGE -- medium golden brown with golden shimmer. This one is beautiful! Very buttery and looks absolutely gorgeous when worn by itself on the lid. This one does have a lot of glitter and a fair amount of fallout, so beware!

HAIGHT -- a frosty medium dark turquoise blue. I find this one to be a tiny bit dry... although the color is not something I would typically wear, I think it is a nice eyeshadow overall.

MONEY -- a blue/green silver with a frost finish. Definitly a unique color, but I find this one to be overly frosty.

MUSHROOM -- a dark frosty taupe. Definitely my favorite color of the palette and the main reason I purchased it to begin with. This eyeshadow is beautiful!!

SPOTLIGHT -- a champagne bronze that has insane amounts of chunky glitter. The payoff is horrible and the fallout is unbearable.

LIMELIGHT -- a coppery gold with gold shimmer and glitter. Dry texture and fallout from the depths of hell. This one reminded me of some of the really bad Lustre finish eyeshadows by MAC.

So is this palette worth it? Well for $12 I would say, oh yeah! One Urban Decay eyeshadow costs $18USD and this palette of 10 is quite a bit less.

HITS: Rockstar, Wreckage, Mushroom, Gunmetal

SO-SO's: Haight, Money, Skimp

OH GOD NO's: Limelight, Spotlight, Infamous

Do you have the Mariposa Palette? What is your favorite Urban Decay palette?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette -- Mini Review and MAC Dupes.

(l-r) Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

My opinion on the Naked 2 palette may be a bit controversial. I know there are so many ladies out there that swear by the Naked and Naked 2 Palettes, but I'm just not one of them. I find that Urban Decay eyeshadows have shimmer and glitter OVERLOAD. I just don't think it's a good look... but hey, that's just my opinion. Perhaps if I were 10 years younger I would think differently.

I don't feel that you are able to put together a complete look with this palette because it lacks a nice highlight shade and there isn't a warm matte brown for blending/transition. There are a couple eyeshadows that I like, but not enough to repurchase this palette. Here are my two cents on the eyeshadows individually:

FOXY --  very yellow pale matte beige. This one is way too yellow toned to function as a decent highlight for my complexion. MAC Brule is less yellow.

HALF BAKED --  very metallic gold. Nice color, lots of fall out... and it's also in the Naked palette. Not sure why they felt the need to include it in both. MAC Woodwinked is more orange.

BOOTYCALL --  frosty off white with a slight peachy pink undertone. One of the better shades in the palette. I do not like shimmer in my brow highlight so although the eyeshadow is nice, I rarely use it. MAC Mylar is less frosty.

CHOPPER -- frosty copper color with a hint of pink and obscene amounts of glitter and fallout. The color is nice but can't see myself ever wearing this one because of the glitter.

TEASE -- matte mauve brown. The texture is dry and it applies VERY patchy. MAC Quarry is very similar with better pigmentation.

SNAKEBITE -- frosty dark bronzy brown. One of the best shades of the palette - great pigmentation and minimal fallout. MAC Bronze is lighter and warmer. MAC Friendly is very similar.

SUSPECT -- bronzy-tan champagne color with a frost finish. Another good but not great eyeshadow - lacking slightly in pigmentation. MAC Patina is lighter. MAC Romantico is more pink. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is very similar.
PISTOL -- a very unique shade that is somewhere between a taupe, dirty silver, and a brown. I find it hard to describe and I own nothing else like it - which is probably why it is my favorite shade of the palette.
VERVE --  very pale warm silver with a frost finish. I quite like this one when used with a fluffy brush in the inner corner. MAC Vex is pinker and less frosty.
YDK -- extremely metallic reddish taupe-brown with a warm undertone and copper glitter. Like Chopper, YDK has an overwhelming amount of shimmer/glitter. MAC Sable is more brown and a lot less frosty/glittery.
BUSTED -- deep charcoal burgundy brown with a slight purple undertone and a soft frost finish. Good pigmentation and blendability. MAC Smut is darker and more charcoal in color.
BLACKOUT -- deep matte black. Great pigmentation but a little powdery. MAC Carbon is similar.

I like some of the eyeshadows individually, but as a cohesive unit I don't think the palette works. There is just too much shimmer for my taste. I do not own the original Naked palette because I wasn't too impressed with this one -- so I can't do a thorough comparison.

It is a great value at $50 for 12 full size eyeshadows.  Urban Decay eyeshadows sell for $18 individually, which makes the palette technically worth over $216 in eyeshadows alone. It also comes with a mini Naked lipgloss and a duo sided brush that I ended up giving away. You can purchase the Naked 2 palette at Ulta or Sephora.

I think the packaging is nice, but who really gives a damn if I'm not in love with the product?

Do you know own the Naked or Naked 2 palette? How do you like it?