Urban Decay is one of my favourite brands for many reasons, mostly because their eyeshadows are my favourite formula of life and their packaging is the prettiest as well as the edgiest and most unique, chic and fleek, in my opinion. Their newest drop is no surprise at all because everything literally looks stunning and there is so much! We have been treated to: 6 shades of a new foundation/base product, the One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector; 2 new bronzers; a new 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil and a new Waterline Eye Pencil; and finally 3 Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Highlighters. Every single product is packaged so perfectly that if I actually bought any of these items I don't think I would use any of them, do you think you can fall in love with a picture? Short answer: yes, have you seen Nick Bateman?
As stated, I do not own a single product but I have been devouring reviews, tutorials and overviews from every corner of the internet to help reach a decision as to what is worth picking up from their new summer collection and alas I have reached a decision. So if you have been struggling with this too, please keep reading, I'll add links to in-depth reviews and videos that might be helpful along the way, so this won't be a complete waste of your time. We'll go through them one by one, with pros and cons, what to expect and who each product is most suited for. I'll include links and prices as well.
Let's start with the product I am most excited about: One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector (£25). This is marketed as the perfect summer base, it is long-wearing with a lightweight comfortable formula that provides the coverage of a tinted moisturiser and claims of reducing the appearance of pores after consistent use. In addition, it purportedly adds radiance to the skin. It is available in six shades, and overall the response has been hugely positive. No affirmations on whether it reduces the size of pores or boosts radiance as of yet, but generally it is a great base product. This is definitely worth checking out, I am not a fan of the original Naked foundation as it looks cakey on my combination skin, but people with dry skin and people with oily skin equally rave about this product. For reference, I reckon I would be the shade Medium Dark, maybe Medium in Winter. I love the packaging too, it comes with a pump and in a sleek tube which is convenient, attractive and hygienic.
Another thing I want to quickly mention is the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush (£21). This is a vegan brush with densely packed synthetic hair that allow you to really buff any liquid/cream product onto the skin for a flawless finish. I love the UD eyeshadow brushes and the fact that they are vegan and cruelty free is a huge plus for me. The gunmetal handle is produced from recycled aluminium and the brush size is perfect for tackling the full face (and neck!) quickly.
The next products are the gorgeous 8 Hour Afterglow Highlighters in Sin, Aura and Fireball (all £19). I don't want to beat around the bush too much, the formula is identical to the popular Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes (£19). Simply put this means the powder highlights are just as blendable, buildable and beautiful as the blushes. The three shades, I feel, are marketed for specific skin tones: Sin is universally flattering, Fireball would look really gorgeous as a highlight on deeper skin tones with a reddish undertone or as a blush on anyone with warm skin and Aura really targets fair skinned gals who love an icy highlight. You can see swatches below. From l-r: Sin, Aura and Fireball.
For any of you hard-core UD fans you may have noticed that Aura sounds and looks a little familiar, well you'd be right! I have the LE Glinda Palette from their Oz Collection three years ago and one of the pans had two icy pastel highlight shades, that pinkish shade is Aura for sure, so if you have this, use it as a highlight. Sin is the one I would purchase but again it's very dupable and currently sold out everywhere. There is nothing stopping you from using an eyeshadow as a highlight instead.
|Aura Shadow from Glinda Palette (image from xsparkage.com)|
Introducing the palm-tree decorated Beached Bronzer (£20). There are two shades available Sun-kissed and Bronzed, they are both warm coloured medium browns. True bronzing powders, no cool contour shades here. The packaging on these are really stunning, that cool mint palm tree effect is gag-worthy, such a good job. I don't actually like the colours for me, personally. I don't think even Bronzed would show up on my medium skin tone, in all honesty. If you have fair to tan skin definitely consider giving these a try but there are so many more affordable options out there that this is something I would only purchase just because of the divine packaging. For really fair skin opt for Sun-kissed and for warmer light skin Bronzed should work perfectly. The formula is raved about across all social media platforms, based on reviews I have read it is a very silky, finely milled powder, not chalky at all and easily blended on top of other products.
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