Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Loose Glitter Pyrotechnics

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Pyrotechnics is one of Urban Decay’s six new loose glitters called Heavy Metal Loose Glitters. These glitters are part of their Summer 2014 collection and as far as I can tell are part of Urban Decay’s permanent line. Each jar of glitter contains .10 OZ of product and retails for $12.00. Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Loose Glitters are available online now and are also available at Urban Decay retailers nationwide.

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For the purpose of this review I chose what I felt would be the most universal shade to review: Pyrotechnics is a white glitter with an iridescent shift. Most girls love glitter and I am no exception to that rule. However, this glitter is obnoxiously large and chunky making it difficult to apply evenly. I was also afraid to get it into my eye for fear of scratching and irritation. The Heavy Metal Glitters come packaged in a jar with a sifter and a lid. The glitter is so large it was impossible for me to use the sifter to get an ample amount of product out of the jar. I had to take the sifter off to get product out, at that point what good is the sifter?


Sorry but glitter is extremely hard to photograph nicely. This was my least blurry shot.

When paired with Urban Decay’s Bondage (review coming soon!), Pyrotechnics wore for well over 8 hours with minimal fall out. I also found it super easy to clean up. But these positives don’t outweigh the fact that there are much better products out there and in some cases for a better price.

I prefer a much more finely milled, smaller glitter for cosmetic purposes. Unfortunately Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter in Pyrotechnics reminds me of craft glitter that I can buy at any craft store for $1.00. If you’re looking for a great higher end glitter to use around the eye area try the MAC Reflects line.


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Urban Decay’s Electric Palette

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The Urban Decay Electric Palette is the newest palette to join the Urban Decay family. This ten shade pressed pigment palette is part of their Summer 2014 lineup and it is permanent to the line. The Electric Palette retails for $49.00 and contains .40 OZ of pressed pigments.

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Urban Decay really went back to their pre-Naked days with their Electric Palette. This will not be an everyday palette for everyone. The ten pressed pigments included in the Electric Palette are bright and intensely pigmented. The shades included in the Electric palette are all new (in my opinion)with two shades existing in an eye shadow form: Revolt and Chaos. These pigments can be incorporated into an everyday neutral look by using the brightly colored pigments as liner to bring out the color in your eyes OR you can add some color to your everyday shadow look to kick it up some.

I’ve touched on this already but most of the pressed pigments in the Electric Palette are intensely pigmented. The one exception would be Revolt, which suffers in the pigment department and to me is more of a glittery overlay.  Again with the exception of Revolt, I got an insane amount of wear time minus primer for the rest of the shades in the palette. I was able to get about six hours of wear time crease free with some major fading around the eighth hour.  Nine out of the ten (Revolt!) were easy to apply and blend out. The Electric Palette contains a nice mix of finishes with mattes, frosts and glitters.

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Swatches from LtR: Revolt, Gonzo and Slowburn

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LtR: Savage, Fringe and Chaos

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LtoR: Jilted, Urban and Freak

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Urban Decay also included a double sided brush in the Electric Palette, which is actually useable but I find Urban Decay always does their in palette brushes well. I really love the colorful packaging. The palette is constructed of a lightweight plastic which is a welcome change. This palette is light and compact enough to travel with making this a companion to your neutral shadow palettes.

The pressed pigments in Urban Decay’s Electric Palette can be worn in various ways: on the lips, as blush, to temporarily color your hair, to create your own color cosmetics. The possibilities for this product are endless and can offer the adventurous makeup fan hours of creative, fun makeup playtime.

As much as I enjoy Urban Decay’s Electric Palette there are some major drawbacks to it. The first big one for me is the staining. This is NOT an eye shadow palette, the Electric Palette is composed of pressed pigments. There is indeed a difference. If you are not careful with these they can stain your skin, hair and porous surfaces (sinks, countertops, etc.). When wearing the pressed pigments on your eyes I highly suggest a good primer/base to act as a barrier between your skin and the pigment. When using the pigments to color your hair, to create your own color cosmetics, etc. I suggest using an old, dirty towel as a barrier.

I have Electric and Naked Basics on my eyes. I also used Slowburn and Savage mixed with clear gloss on my lips and mixed with powder for blush on my cheeks.

I have Electric and Naked Basics on my eyes. I also used Slowburn and Savage mixed with clear gloss on my lips and mixed with powder for blush on my cheeks.

The shades: Savage, Slowburn, Jilted and Urban are not suggested for use around the eye area. In the US the FDA has not approved the use of neon pigments for the immediate eye area. If you have a sensitivity to red/pink pigments then Electric is not the palette for you. These shades can be worn on the eyes at your own discretion. I tested all ten shades on my eyes with no issues.  Still, the fact that four out of the ten shades included in the palette cannot be “officially” sanctioned for use around the eye is disturbing for a general market beauty product. As a makeup artist I have access to many different types of products that the general market consumer cannot easily get a hold of, and Urban Decay’s Electric Palette has that feel about it to me. It is pretty to look at but is the Electric Palette practical? In my opinion, no.

The decision to purchase Urban Decay’s Electric Palette will be a personal one. If you’re a collector or comfortable wearing bright colors, then this is your palette! If you’re looking for something ultra-wearable and work appropriate, then pass on Electric and grab some Nakeds.


My Top 5 MAC Products

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It’s undeniable that MAC “runs” the higher end consumer color cosmetics marketplace. Their stand alone stores and counters are always crawling with customers looking for the latest and greatest from MAC. They offer such a wide variety of products that it can often be intimidating for someone new to the brand. Just because it is from MAC does not mean that it is great. Here are my five top picks from MAC that I suggest every makeup fan have in their personal stash. And don’t worry none of them are limited edition items.

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MAC 217 Blending Brush $24.00 – Try as I have, nothing beats this brush for blending out your shadows. This brush is so impressive that I own FIVE of them. This oval shaped wonder consists of densely packed goat hair bristles that just blend and pick up shadows like a dream. The MAC 217 is also great for dusting on shadows when you don’t have time for a complete eye look and it’s a dream for contouring your nose.

MAC Fix+ $24.00 for 3.4 US fl oz – This blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, vitamins and minerals is a must for my skin. I love Fix+ and use it daily even when I am not wearing makeup. I don’t know what it is about the formula exactly but it is the only facial spray that really soothes my skin and makes it feel good. I use Fix+ after I tone my skin and before I apply moisturizer. It is also great as a mixing medium to increase the payoff and intensity of powder products. Fix+ can also be used to breathe new life into dried up cream products. And of course it can be used to set your make up.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots $20.00 .17 US oz – Pro Longwear Paint Pots are a cream shadow/base product. They come in a wide variety of neutral colors and finishes.  Pro Longwear Paint Pots are great to use as a primer/colored base for stay all day eye shadow looks. They can also be worn alone for a sheer wash of color OR to color correct tired eyes using their flesh toned shades. You can find cheaper dupes at the drugstore BUT my preference is to splurge on at least one paint pot that closely resembles your skin tone for those days when you need to look pulled together but don’t have time for a full shadow look.

MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul – A truly universal product MAC describes Warm Soul as a mid tone beige with gold pearl. To me it is more of a dusty peachy pink. Either way it is fabulous on everyone. If you just own one blusher, this can be it. Warm Soul can be worn very sheer but built up for a more intense “BAM” blush look. I know some are worried about the “gold pearl” aspect of it but the pearl is more of a super fine golden micro glitter that gives a youthful glow without being over the top.

MAC Facial Cleansing Wipes $20.00-$29.00 – Like the MAC 217 Blending Brush I have tried to find alternatives to MAC’s Facial Cleansing Wipes and I just can’t. And trust me when I say I’ve tried a T-O-N of wipes! These wipes are refreshing. They clean very well without leaving a heavy residue/film. MAC’s Facial Wipes have a nice, crisp scent that does not linger on your face. These wipes will remove just about everything but the most stubborn water proof makeup.

Next time you are at a MAC counter/stand alone for looking the latest “Ri Ri Loves” collection, grab one or two of my picks. You will not be disappointed!


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick


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Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick is the latest edition to their lineup of foundations. This is a reformulation of the older foundation stick in the Bobbi Brown line. It retails for $44.00 and contains .31 oz. The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick comes in a variety of 24 shades and it is available now at Bobbi Brown counters and online.

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While I find the idea of a stick foundation fascinating, I have not found one I can use. The two I have tried, Benefit’s Playsticks and Maybeline’s Fit Me did NOT work for me. I did test Bobbi Brown’s older version of their stick foundation a few times and while I enjoyed it I never purchased it. Enter Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick, which is my first foray into Bobbi Brown’s line if foundations.

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Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick is the latest in their line of foundations. It is touted as long wearing and appropriate for all skin types. The Skin Foundation Stick is formulated with emollients like olive extracts and shea butter. It contains light diffusing powders and oil-controlling minerals. What does that mean you ask? Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation stick claims to not only keep your skin moisturized while providing you coverage and keep the oilies at bay.  Sounds like a wonder product?!?!?

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Wearing the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Porcelain (0)

Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick really is one of those products that lives up to the hype surrounding the product. This is an AMAZING foundation for me. Using this foundation is simple and quick. The Skin Foundation Stick blends effortlessly into my skin and it really does provide long wearing, fabulous results. You just simply swipe this on your forehead, down your nose, on your cheeks and chin. Blend with your preferred method of blending and set it with powder if you are super oily. When paired with a primer it wore for well over sixteen hours with some wear on my nose which is the oiliest spot on my nose.  On its own it wore for eight hours with some wear on the nose and chin.

The look of the Skin Foundation Stick really does mimic skin. When I tell people I am wearing foundation, they are shocked! It is light on the skin and I cannot even tell I am wearing it. The coverage Skin Foundation Stick provides is medium but it can be built up to a fuller coverage without appearing cakey. You can also use this to spot correct as opposed to using it all over the face with the same fab results.

While I do love the Skin Foundation Stick there are some drawbacks. It was suggested by a sales associate to use my fingers to blend the product because the “warms” of my skin will warm the product allowing me to blend it seamlessly. I found when using my fingers I was taking more product off my face rather than blending. While I normally do not apply foundation with my fingers one of the big draws for me was that I could use my fingers to spot blend when using this just to color correct as opposed to an over face foundation.  I also think it is rather pricey for the size but Bobbi Brown is a higher end line and this foundation is priced evenly with others in the line.

Overall, this has become my go to everyday foundation. I love that it is easy to use and provides natural results that can fool even a trained eye. While Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick is pricey, it is as close to skin as one can get from a consumer friendly product. And the shade selection is on point. Just a note that the smaller Face Touch Up Stick is not the same formula as the Skin Foundation Stick.


Welcome to Everyday Beauty Blog!

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