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    May 31, 2013
  • Last review
    July 19, 2014
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AliM's Reviews
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Holy Grail for Lashes
PostedJuly 19, 2014
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from Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Age:30-34
Skin Tone:Fair
Eye Color:Green
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I don't think I will ever buy or use another mascara again. UD really hit it out of the park with this beauty.
Brush: A little larger than typical mascara brushes but not overly large. Bristles are packed closely together and evenly spaced so there aren't big bare patches. The bristles are not super rigid but slightly plush making for easy and comfortable application.
Pigment: The blackest black that has ever been seen. I found the richness of the pigment gave me crazy long looking lashes with only a couple coats and very little effort. Since I didn't need an insane amount of coats to achieve my desired length lashes were plush and natural looking not at all spidery.
Formula: Quite possibly the perfect formula consistency. The formula is a little wetter than I usually would prefer but is thinner and not at all sticky like some wet formulas. It glides on really smoothly and clumps are non existent. I couldn't make my lashes clump and I tried!
Overall the formula, pigment and brush design are all spot on and work together to give you insane results. With some other mascaras I've tried I felt like all the elements just weren't coming together. Either the formula was off or the brush design didn't work in some way or the pigment just wasn't what I wanted. In this mascara I've found everything I wanted with no compromises.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Beautiful Glow!
PostedJuly 5, 2014
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from Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Age:30-34
Skin Tone:Fair
Eye Color:Green
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I recently purchased this and I am already in love. While the formula is moisturizing enough to use on it's own I usually apply it after my regular lotion has had time to set and absorb. This formula absorbs and set quickly just like the beauty balm and gives your skin an instant lift. Right away it helps to even the skin tone and blur little imperfections. In the sun if gives your skin the most gorgeous golden shimmer without being over the top or glittery.
My favorite part about this formula which makes it stand out from others in my opinion is it doesn't transfer onto my clothes. I've used others and had the cuffs of my shorts or the skirt hems start to look a little dirty or dingy from product transfer. I wore white linen shorts and the body balm on my legs and my shorts remained pristine white. I am very impressed and will continue to purchase this product for that alone.
Pros no color transfer
Yes, I recommend this product.
+54points
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Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Perfect Powder
PostedJune 9, 2014
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from Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Age:30-34
Skin Tone:Fair
Eye Color:Green
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I was insanely impatient to try this when it was realized. Sadly I had an almost new pressed powder so forced myself to wait. I've been using this product for a couple of months now and I'm completely in love. This is by far the best finishing powder I have ever used. The texture is light and super silky. It melts into my skin invisibly and just leaves great looking skin behind. It sets my cream products and works with the Beauty Balm to softly and naturally blur imperfections and brighten the skin without shouting to the world that I have makeup on. It also has some incredible staying power. My skin is super oily and most products slide off my face or quietly disappear over time. Not with these products. I look as good when I get home from work as I did when I walked out the door. Even better it doesn't cling and highlight dryer patches. Recently caught my sister breaking into my stash and she's in love with this powder as well. She tends to have dryer skin especially around the chin. What she had been using stuck to the dry patches in a most unattractive fashion. Even though her skin is so different this wonder powder performs just as beautifully on her as it does on me. This leads me to believe that this powder will perform on any and all skin types. This definitely deserves a place of honor in any makeup collection!
Yes, I recommend this product.
+7points
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 Vice 2
Vice 2
Missed out the first time? Jonesing for your next fix? You’re in luck. This luxe, sophisticated palette is loaded with 20 ALL-NEW (and unbelievably gorgeous) Eyeshadow shades.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Should be permanent!!
PostedSeptember 29, 2013
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Age:30-34
Skin Tone:Fair
Eye Color:Green
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I am blown away by the variety, versatility and quality of this palette. I've been playing with it and experimenting since I purchased it and I have yet to be disappointed. The only flaw with this is it is a limited edition and not part of their permanent collection. It's so amazing it should be!
Pros Creamy, pigmented, easy to apply, blends, daytime, night time, glam, smokey, every day, any skin tone/eye color
Cons limited edition :(
Yes, I recommend this product.
+4points
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Only Lipstick You Will Ever Need
PostedAugust 2, 2013
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Age:30-34
Skin Tone:Fair
Eye Color:Green
Blendable 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Staying Power 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I don't have enough good things to say about this lipstick. I ordered Jilted and the pencil from UD when they were released and fell in love. It is one of the most beautiful colors I own (other than my growing collection of other Revolution Lipsticks). Every time I wear it I get tons of compliments. Sometimes I am even surprised because it's so comfortable it's like it's not even there. In fact, it's more soothing on my lips than most lip balms I've used.
One just simply wasn't enough. I went to my local Ulta (I just couldn't wait for shipping) and ended up purchasing Catfight and Shame on the spot. I have my eye on a few more I am dieing to have like Venom, Naked, LoveLight, Bang, F-Bomb, Rapture, Manic and Anarchy.
I didn't purchase more of the liners at this time though that will come. They do give the lipstick a more finished and polished look and it does extended the wear. Even without the liner my lipstick lasts 3-4 hours easily. While I write this review I am enjoying a nice hot tea while wearing Shame and there's not one smudge on my cup.
Can't. Live. Without.
Pros absolutely everything
Yes, I recommend this product.
+7points
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Another Product I can't l Live Without
PostedJuly 21, 2013
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Age:30-34
Skin Tone:Fair
Eye Color:Green
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I've always been skeptical of the wild claims most companies make regarding their miracle skin products and the promised results. Silly me thought this BB cream would be no different. I've tried countless products to soothe my skin, minimize oil and breakouts and reduce pore size and appearance. Nothing seemed to make any measurable difference. On an absolute whim I bought one of the travel size creams thinking if it's terrible at least I didn't spend full price for it.
After the first application I was pleased. It blended smoothly and helped even out my skin tone and set to a gorgeous finish.
After a week I noticed a measurable difference in the size and severity of my break outs and fading of past marks.
After a few weeks my skin tone and texture was visibly improved.
I've now been using the it daily for about 6-7 weeks now and I'm in love. My pores are looking less noticeable, my skin doesn't look like an oil slick half way though the day and I rarely have any break outs. The more I use it the better it gets. I should have known better than to doubt the claims UD makes about their products. Thank you for another wonderful quality product!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Starter Pallet
PostedMay 31, 2013
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Age:25-29
Skin Tone:Fair
Eye Color:Green
Pigment 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Color Selection 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This was the first set of shadows from UD I purchased and I haven't looked back since. I've expanded my collection a little (ok a lot) since and I still use this almost daily.
The colors are amazingly pigmented and blend effortlessly. The selection of colors gives a great mix of fun and neutral shades with a soft shimmer up to glitter. Any color can be applied for either day or night wear.
Pros Beautiful, Amazing, Gorgeous, Good Value, High Quality, Highly Pigmented, Blendable, Great Colors, Long Lasting
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing and Versitile Shimmer
PostedMay 31, 2013
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Age:25-29
Skin Tone:Fair
Eye Color:Green
Pigment 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Color Selection 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I had a makeover at my local Ulta Beauty's Urban Decay event where on a whim I said I wanted to try the Moondust Shadows. It was love at first glance. I had thought they'd be over the top and too much but the micro glitter added a very attractive and soft shimmer. I purchased Intergalactic and spent a day thinking about how gorgeous space Cowboy would look and all the ways I could use it so I went back a couple days later for that one.
Since I purchased them it's rare that I don't use one or the other of them as a light shimmery wash over my look of the day. The space cowboy is particularly wonderful adding a soft and attractive shimmer without significantly altering the over all colors I've chosen that day. The Intergalactic works well adding a purple tint which looks great with my eyes.
I've recently experimented wearing both wet and you just can't lose with either. Intergalactic becomes a much more intense purple with insane shimmer. Sapce Cowboy is a more champagne/nude so doesn't have a super intense color on fair skin but the shimmer is incredible and it looks stunning with a dramatic black cat eye.
There is some fall out when brushed over shadow and applied as a wash. I found it easy to remove if it wanted but I like it. It adds a little soft shimmer and highlight to my cheeks.
I will most definitely be adding more of these to my UD collection!
Pros great color, beautiful shimmer, versatile
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
 

Is this like a mineral powder, can it be used over the B B Cream?

It's not really like a mineral powder. It's more of a finishing powder and it's much much more finely milled. Yes it can be applied directly over the BB cream. Since the powders have come out that's been my beauty routine. Apply the Beauty Balm and when that sets I apply the powder directly over top. It looks lovely and I get all kinds of compliments on how my skin looks. I hope that helps!
8 months ago
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 - Grand Rapids, MI, USA
 
Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
 

I wear in the shade of 2.0 in the Naked Skin Foundation, should I get the Naked Light or Naked Medium Light for the Loose Powder?

Wants to look natural.
I'd get the naked light powder. I wear a 3.0 in the foundation and the naked medium is still a shade dark for me. The naked light however give a lovely finish.
8 months ago
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AliM
 - Grand Rapids, MI, USA
 

Which shades work best with fair skin?

There isn't really a fast and easy answer to your question. It really comes down to what are you most comfortable wearing? My skin is quite fair (I am a 3.0 in the naked foundation) and I tend to favor bolder and brighter shades.

Jilted: My all time favorite shade.. so far. It's a gorgeous bright fuchsia with a subtle blue shift. It's absolutely amazing!

Venom: Absolutely lovely pinky plum color. I have been wearing this a lot this fall/winter season.

Shame: The perfect deep berry. It can be pretty dark and vampy if you wish. I put on one or two swipes and then gently blend it out with my finger. This gives it a lovely semi matte look, almost like a lip stain. I do recommend wearing this one with a liner. If it gets outside your lips it does leave a bit of a stain!

Catfight: Has to be one of the most universally flattering pinks. There is just a touch of red to it. It's definitely not a color for the faint of heart. It is quite vivid.

F-Bomb: A lovely bright true-red. Another color not for the faint of heart.

Naked: I also own naked and it's a lovely pinky nude color that is perfect for when I want to downplay my lips or I just feel like being naked.

I have my eyes on Bang and Anarchy right now.

As you can see I clearly favor bold and bright hues and they look fantastic on me, pale skin and all. The way the colors are formulated they really are nearly universally flattering. It's a matter of finding one that calls you and fits your style.

If you don't favor the bold as much as I do look at colors such as Manic, Rapture, Obsessed, Native and Streak. While gorgeous and highly pigmented the colors are a little more toned down and subtle. Theses are the shades my younger sister favors. She has similar coloring than I do and a more natural taste in makeup.
11 months ago
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AliM
 - Grand Rapids, MI, USA
 

Are samples available?

If you visit any upscale beauty store that carries UD products such as Ulta or Sephora there are floor samples available for you to swatch. I'm not sure about Sephora, but I know that Ulta has free beauty consultations with their advisers and they will help you pick out products and show you how to apply them. It's not the same as getting your own sample but it is better than trying to buy blind!
1 year, 1 month ago
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AliM
 

Building A Palette?

For Christmas, I wanted to buy a "Build Your Own Palette" for a friend of mine -- the one with four empty slots. I know for a fact that she really loves Omen and Psychedelic Sister, but I'm not entirely sure which other colors I should choose for her.

She's relatively new to makeup and I wanted to start her out with UD because it's the brand that I started with. I'm hoping to keep the other two colors fairly neutral because I don't want her to get overwhelmed, but she already has the Naked palette so I'd like to avoid duplicates.

Sorry if this seems a little ridiculous, I'm just super lost as far as what other colors I should choose for her. Help!
For something completely different how about one of the moondust shadows in a more neutral color (space cowboy, moonspoon diamond dog or maybe even stargazer). These are so gorgeous and have the most beautiful shine it's completely different from whatever she has in her naked while being more neutral. I have Space cowboy and love it. It's an easy way to glam up a day look and add a little sparkle and a great way to kick up an evening look as well.

A little hard to pick the last one. You already have two purple shades .. maybe something like Bordello (pretty pretty pink) Mildew ( a green that is much prettier than the name), heartless (a more mattte-like pink) or Bust (another neutral but with a satin finish). Any of these I think would make up a really nice well rounded pallet with the colors you've already chosen. Good luck!
1 year, 1 month ago
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AliM
 
 Vice 2
Vice 2
Missed out the first time? Jonesing for your next fix? You’re in luck. This luxe, sophisticated palette is loaded with 20 ALL-NEW (and unbelievably gorgeous) Eyeshadow shades.
 

Problem with Vice 1 Palette Colors

The problem with the original Vice palette was that even though the colors looked good in the palette, they were so smokey when applied, that they blurred together, and all ended up looking smoky grey blah regardless of which colors I applied. For the first time with Urban Decay, I was highly disappointed.

This year's palette looks even more luscious than last, but I'm afraid of having the same problem. Can anyone tell me if this is any sort of issue again this year?

Thanks for any feedback!
I can say with complete satisfaction and honesty that so far I've not had a single problem with the shadows all blurring together and looking blah... unless of course I blend them that way and in any case they definitely don't look blah! I have had more compliments on my makeup and much more fun applying it since I purchased this. I was hesitant at first as well but I'm very glad I took the plunge. The only regret I have is that it is limited edition.
1 year, 1 month ago
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AliM
 

What colors should I wear to make my green eyes pop?

The default answer most people would give is purples, since those shades do tend to work really well with greens.

The colors in the purple side that I have been loving lately are Grifter from my ammo pallet, Last Call (a little more on the pink side sometimes I use it paired with Grifter. It works much better than you'd think), AC/DC and then Bordello (yes I know that is a soft pink) from the feminine pallet. I have used these shades in different combinations with stunning results each time. So far my favorite purple liner is Desperation though I am also very fond of Psychedelic Sister for the brightness and Ether for the softer grey with purple glitter. If you love shimmer and glitter and shine as much as I do take a look at Intergalactic from the new Moondust shadows. I have that as well and love it. It's a very versatile shadow that I use both alone wet and dry and then dry as a wash over my shadow look of the day to add some eye popping color and of course glitter!

Don't let the "purple for green eyes" get you stuck on just those shades though. Today for example I wore a base of Shattered with a touch of Sin on the outer corners to warm it slightly, Polyester Bride in the inner corner and tear duct and very carefully and lightly applied Oil slick to my crease to darken and define it a little, blended the crease out with a little W.O.S from the naked basics and highlighted the brow with Venus from the same pallet. I used Gunmetal (used dry) as a liner just along my upper lash line for a little definition and finally the 24-7 liner in Cuff alone the bottom waterline. It looked absolutely phenomenal.

This has already turned into a longer answer than I intended. I'll cut it short and list the other shades I've used that have been amazing.

Hijack (deep teal), Deep End (a brighter teal), Lost (deep brown toned bronze), Chopper (lighter reddish bronze), Smog ( a medium bronze) Maui Wowie (Gold) and anything in the Naked Basics.

Another very much loved investment was another of the Moondust shadows Space Cowboy. It adds some gorgeous shimmer when used as a wash without significantly altering the colors of your shadows and looks amazing when used wet for added drama and a cat eye liner. I've only done black so far but I suspect it'd look great with demolition or even one of the brighter liners. Intergalactic also looks amazing wet with a black cat eye.

I hope this gives you some ideas and some different shades to experiment with!
1 year, 5 months ago
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AliM
 

Evidence vs. Radium

I am looking for a nice blue to complement brown/hazel eyes, enhancing the golden shimmers. Evidence and Radium seem to the be the closest to what I am looking for, but I can't decide between them. Which one would work best?! Ideally, should pair well with Half Baked...
I saw your question and thought about it for a bit. Honestly they are both two absolutely gorgeous colors and either would pair well with half baked to create different types of looks.

It comes down to:

1) Go to a retail location and swatch both on your skin. Does one or the other look terrible?

2) Think about your style and what kinds of looks you want to create. Radium is bright and fun while Evidence would make gorgeous blue toned smokey looks.

Then there's my favorite option; purchase both of them. Now that I've discovered and fallen in love with the quality and colors I have a really hard time narrowing it down to just a single option.

If you really don't want to invest in both I'd tend to lean slightly more to the side of Radium. The color is bright, fun, would look great alongside Half Baked and enhance the brown tones of your eyes and make them glow.
1 year, 5 months ago
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AliM
 

What colors look striking with hazel eyes?

I have a very light complexion and dark brown hair....
I have similar eye color pale skin with gold/yellow undertones and deep brown hair, though my eyes tend slightly more to the green than hazel. Purples are the general go to answer to the question and they do work.

Additional shades that I have found to work very well and make my eyes pop are yellows/golds, (they seem to make the green tones in my eyes much more intense) and bronzes with gold or pink undertones. Lately I have been wearing teal (deep end) and getting many compliments.

What I have found personally is keeping in mind your skin undertones as well as your eye color is the key to truly flattering and outstanding eye makeup. By choosing a color that works not only with your eye color but undertones you will make your eye's pop.

For example, true bright yellow looks fabulous on me as well as a true gold. However, anything that seems to have an orange tone to it makes my skin look sallow and off colored.

The UD colors I've been wearing lately that look phenomenal are Deep end, Chopper, Maui Wowie, Sin, Shattered and Grifter. They are all lighter shades I am loving for this spring/summer.

I hope this helps.
1 year, 6 months ago
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AliM
 

How can I keep these from smudging on my upper eye lids?

I always use the primer potion and I have even tried setting these with powder after application, but they always smudge to my upper eye lids after only about an hour! I do have oily eye lids but I don't feel like they're excessively oily. I have had success with liquid liners but I prefer the variety of options with the pencils. Any suggestions?
Where and how much of the primer have you been applying? I have extremely oily skin and eyelids. I apply a rather generous (a dot a little smaller than the top of a pencil eraser) to the entire eye area, from the lash line to the brow bone and allow to set for 10-20 seconds until completely dry. Applying over the whole eye area helps to keep my oil in check and prevents my liner and shadow from traveling to places I don't want.

I use the original primer potion which dries clear. I hope this helps!
1 year, 6 months ago
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AliM