If there's one product you buy for Spring, make it a gorgeous makeup palette. Urban Decay never disappoints in this category, and this season the brand is showcasing two fresh palettes with 16 brand-new shades. Lorac's palette is convenient as a clutch, and NYX makes creating a smoky eye a cinch. Preview our favorite five before you purchase in today's Beauty Review. On Kirbie: Yumi Kim blouse.
Ready to get Naked? Today, Urban Decay is releasing an all-matte companion palette to its wildly popular Naked and Naked2 palettes. Naked Basics ($27) is fully stocked with four new and exclusive shadow shades, as well as two existing favorites (Foxy and Walk of Shame). Looking for more low-sheen neutrals? This palette has them. And the shades can be built upon with the other Naked palettes to create a sexy eye look that Urban Decay is known for. Sometimes in order to achieve the perfect makeup look, you've got to go back to your basics. Luckily, with the latest from Urban Decay, basic is now anything but.
If the thought of wearing a dark lipstick shade seems daunting, Urban Decay's Lip Envy ($17) is the training wheels of the vampy lip trend. Although the color appears inky in the bottle, this lip stain swipes on lips in a soft berry shade (think: raspberry, not blackberry). And the water-based color goes on sheer and matte, meaning you can build up to your desired depth. Packed with antioxidants like vitamin E and green tea to keep lips smooth and supple, the stain will stay on lips through hors d'oeuvres and midnight kisses. So stop being afraid, and take the dark lipstick trend on a test run. Next stop: oxblood.
Forget long wear lipstick and stains. Right now, we're wondering if we'll never need to reapply again. When we tried Urban Decay Super-Saturated lip color ($19), we expected it to be bright, but we didn't expect it to last through breakfast, lunch, and snacks seemingly unfazed. In fact, we just assumed it had worn off when we caught ourselves in the bathroom mirror and realized that it was still there and almost as vivid as it had been six hours before. It's almost like it was challenging us.
The secret to its invincibility appears to lie in its massive pigment payoff. We've been applying the orange and fuchsia shades (Punch Drunk and Crush, respectively) together to create a custom neon pink, then blotting and pressing it into our lips for a matte finish. And even after that, the stuff's so highly pigmented that it stays around for the rest of the day. It's much brighter (and longer lasting) than almost any lip stain we've tried.
The only downside is that the high opacity limits the color's versatility. You can blot it down or try to dilute it with gloss, but you'll be working a long time before you get any kind of sheer or subtle result. Still, we'd never knock anything with this much staying power, and if you love vibrant lip color, you may finally have met your match. We know we did.
How do you follow up on the best-selling eye shadow palette of all time? With a beautiful sequel, of course. Today, Urban Decay unveils Naked 2 ($50), the follow-up to the flattering Naked palette. Housed in a taupe tin case, these 12 neutral shadows can be used to create a natural look, a dramatic evening eye, or anything in between — it's that versatile. Get the first look at this palette in our video, then head to our Facebook page for some close-up photos.
Rarely is eye shadow so mind-blowing that shelling out $55 for a palette feels like an absolute bargain, but then again not every eye shadow is even an eighth as stupendous as the Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eye Shadow Collection. It includes 15 edgy new shadow shades that push the envelope on color and intensity, besides being just plain gorgeous.
Deep End, Chase, and Deeper are all flat-out stunning shades that should be added to the brand's permanent collection ASAP, and other colors, such as Omen, Midnight Rodeo, and Evidence, are good candidates as well. Their staying power is excellent, and you'll almost certainly be the only one wearing these shades around. The windows to your soul will thank you for the awesome paint job.
If we could all be born with naturally long, luscious eyelashes, then there wouldn't be a need for false lashes or products like Latisse. Luckily, you don't need a prescription to try out eyelash growth serums. Many brands, such as MAC, Urban Decay, RevitaLash, and SmartLash, offer up longer, thicker lashes without a trip to the dermatologist. The question is: do they work? We put all four brands to the test, so watch the video to see our results.
It's out with the old and in with the new for Urban Decay. The 15-year-old cosmetics brand has been launching a flurry of new beauty products, and to make room, its online store is having an enormous sale. Color pigments, formerly $20, are shaved down to one measly dollar. Cream eyeliner (with a brush!) is only $3, down from $22. And a seven-bottle collection of nail polish is $8 — including a carrying case. You know the drill: supplies are limited, so if you've got to have that green eye shadow, click quickly.
It's a banner year for beauty brands, with many of them celebrating anniversaries spanning over 10 decades. That's a whole lot of lipstick. So join in on the festivities and see what fun facts you may know about the history of a few well-known cosmetics companies.Take the Quiz
One of the biggest makeup concerns a bride has on her wedding day is getting her carefully applied palette to last, and now, it's Urban Decay's Urban Bride Kit ($42) to the rescue. The set includes six products to ensure that makeup stays put, all while giving a flawless finish: All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, Eye Shadow Primer Potion, Lip Junkie Lip Gloss, Marshmallow Sparkling Body Powder, Supercurl Curling Mascara, and Razor Sharp Ultra-Definition Finishing Powder.
As part of the launch, Ulta is holding events at 15 of its stores on May 13 and 14, where appointments can be booked with Urban Decay makeup artists specializing in wedding day makeup. (Nonbrides welcome, too!) Also, each customer who spends $60 on Urban Decay products, including the Urban Bride Kit, will receive two passes to Bridesmaids, starring Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig.
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