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A Quick Look at the New Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Enigma [VIDEO]

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Urban Decay, Video

Ah, eyeshadow primer…

If you have trubs getting your shadows to stay where they belong, the answer might be an Enigma, as in Urban Decay’s new limited edition Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Enigma ($20).

Today I’m wearing this creamy cool matte for the very first time.

WARNING: lots of bare-faced action and crazy-pants hair ahead!

As always, thank you for watching. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Build Your Collection of Everyday Shades With the MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral and Cool Neutral Palettes: A Closer Look

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Palettes

MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral

The new MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral palette ($85), one of two 15-pan palettes released with the Eyes on MAC collection, available now at MAC counters, stores and online at maccosmetics.com

See, this is how they get ya — cold, hard numbers, baby.

When you run the numbers, $85 for each of the two new MAC Eye Shadow X 15 palettes sounds beyond reasonable — and not just reasonable, but actually wise. Considering that a Pro Palette Insert ($2), an empty Pro Palette ($8) and 15 individual shadow pan refills ($150) would set you back $160, $85 is a steal!

At least that’s what I plan to tell my husband when I go to Nordstrom later this week to “take a look” at another 15-pan MAC palette, this one recently released and filled with some of the brand’s bestselling shades (codename: Nordstrom Naturals).

“But, babe!” I’ll tell him, “It’s basically half off. I’m doing this for the good of the family.” :)

Something tells me I’ll be met with rolling eyes and a sigh, but whatevs.

MAC Cool Neutral (top) and Warm Neutral (bottom) Palettes

Cool Neutral (top) and Warm Neutral (bottom)

So, these two palettes — Warm Neutral and Cool Neutral — I can’t even think about them without feeling a little gooey inside. Filled with a mix of perennial permanent collection faves and limited edition colors, they’re the two new Eye Shadow X 15 palettes from the Eyes on MAC collection, and they’re available now at MAC stores and online.

If they look familiar, gold star! You might remember them from last year. They’re essentially re-promotes of those palettes, so you may already have them.

If not, this could be a good time to pounce, and not just because the palettes are a pretty good value (the pans are the same size as MAC’s full-size 0.05-oz. refills). They’re also a good way to quickly build up your collection of MAC workhorse shades, as both of them are bristling with useful, everyday neutrals that never go out of style.

But which one? — that’s the million-dollar question.

Well, what kind of colors do you currently wear? Do you wear more cool grays, pinks and silvers, or more warm, buttery coppers and golds?

MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Cool Neutral

Eye Shadow X 15/Cool Neutral

Some other things to consider…

Overall, the colors in the Cool palette seem less pigmented than the colors in the Warm palette, at least on my NC 42 skin, and I find myself building them up in layers (especially Flounce, Sweet Allure, Pick Me Up and Cozy Grey).

MAC Cool Neutral palette top row: Flounce, Sweet Allure, Sun Tweaked After Dusk and Blackberry

The Cool Neutral palette top row colors in Flounce, Sweet Allure, Sun Tweaked After Dusk and Blackberry

MAC Cool Neutral palette middle row: Pick Me Up, Cozy Grey, Crushed Clove, Deception and Brun

The Cool Neutral palette middle row colors in Pick Me Up, Cozy Grey, Crushed Clove, Deception and Brun

MAC Cool Neutral palette bottom row: Silver Fog, French Clay, Cumulus, Pearled Earth and Black Tied

The Cool Neutral palette bottom row colors in Silver Fog, French Clay, Cumulus, Pearled Earth and Black Tied

The Cool Neutrals seem like they’d be better suited for paler skin tones rather than deep. For that reason I haven’t been reaching for it as much as the Warm Palette.

MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral

Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral

The Warm one’s shadows pack more pigment than the Cools, and the palette has several shades that I know I can wear every day…for the next three lifetimes (like Saddle, Brule and Amber Lights).

And then there’s Honey Lust — in this case, the dicey shade. It’s definitely a chunky monkey, I know, but that’s just the way it goes with Honey Lust. Whenever I wear it, I use a wet brush, and/or gently pat it on my lids with a flat brush. Be patient, and try not to sweep it, lest you end up with shadow all over the place. It can be worth the effort, though. Honey Lust can look really beautiful when it’s packed on the lids.

MAC Warm Neutral Palette Swatches from the left: Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingershap, Dark Brew and Dance in the Dark

The Warm Neutral palette top row from the left: Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingershap, Dark Brew and Dance in the Dark


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First Impressions of the MAC Eye Shadow X 15 Warm and Cool Neutral Palettes From the Eyes on MAC Collection

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Palettes

Just a quick look and some thoughts on the new 15-pan Warm Neutral and Cool Neutral X 15 eye palettes from the Eyes on MAC collection (both are available now for $85 each).

More pics and swatches coming soon.

As always, thank you for watching. I hope you’re having a spectacular day so far. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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MAC Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash Is a Good Monday Through Fri-Yay Mascara

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash

MAC Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash mascara ($22), available now online and at MAC counters

MAC’s new Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash mascara ($22) made it through the “AVOID EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS” dates on my calendar with flying colors, so it’s alright by me.

Yes…there really is a 10-day block of time highlighted in red on the calendar that I share with El Hub, and there really is a note on it (in all caps) that says, “AVOID EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS.”

I consider it a courtesy alert for my husband, so that he knows to prepare for possible PMS-induced mood swings, and thus stay outta my way…lest he suffer the consequences.

Haha! Kidding. :)

Kind of.

OK, not really.

I’ll be going along, doop-da-doo, happy as a lark with a clam, until out of nowhere — BOOM! — I’ll see a commercial about adoptable kittens or read a sad story on Facebook, and just like that, I’ll start crying.

Hence the need for waterproof mascara like Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash.

Like the other day, I was thinking about the first time I met Tabs (it was about eight years ago) when it occurred to me that he’s not going to be around forever…

*sniffs*

I burst into tears! My baby cat is getting older. :(

Waterproof Lash is MAC’s latest addition to their Haute & Naughty Lash mascara line, and it’s available in a single shade, a deep glossy black called Shockproof.

MAC Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash

Like MAC’s other Haute & Naughty line mascaras, depending on how you twist off the cap, you can load the brush in one of two ways, with either more (in this case, twisting it off from the sparkly section) or less (twisting it off from the dark blue section) product. Load the brush with extra product for thicker, fuller lashes, or with less product for less volume, but better length and lots o’ separation.

I like to create a lash cocktail, starting with two layers for length and separation, followed by a final layer with the thicker application to add some drama for yo’ mama.

The result is noticeable, but not cray (no spider lashes!), criss-crossing lashes with fullness at the base.
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Curb Cakey Concealer With Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Published in: Eyes, Product Reviews, Smashbox

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer ($29), available now online and at counters

Sometimes when I hold this tube in my hand, I feel the need to pinch myself.

Is it real? I wonder, giddy with excitement, or is it a makeup mirage?

Perhaps that’s being overdramatic (what, me overdramatic??), but seriously, dude, it feels like I’ve been searching for this little pink tube FOREVER.

Or, you know, like two months.

It’s just that every single time I’ve looked for it at Ulta or Sephora, it’s never been in stock. The shelf where neat little boxes of Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer should have been, has always been as empty as a ghost town.

[Cue tumbleweeds rolling by]

I know I could’ve tried to order it online, but tracking it down in a store actually became a weird personal mission of mine. I wanted the instant gratification…even if it took me a year to get.

LOL! :)

I’ve also been wondering, though…who are these ladies (or gents) that are hoarding this sh*t so hard that I can’t ever find a tube? Is the love for this under-eye primer so intense that people have literally cleared it off every makeup store shelf within a 20-mile radius?

Well, last week my luck turned. Miracle of all makeup miracles, I finally found one lonely box when I went to Sephora, and I grabbed that last box with a quickness usually reserved for chocolate, doughnuts, and chocolate doughnuts.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

I’ve been a user now for about a week, and my, oh my — I’m on the fast-track to becoming one of those ladies who are probably responsible for this stuff never being in stock. I already want to get a backup.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer hoarding is a legit thing!

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

So, what is this stuff, and why is it (almost) better than a bag of Baked Cheetos?

Basically, it’s a brightening, moisturizing under-eye primer that you apply before concealer. Anything you layer on top of it — concealer, powder, whatever — ends up looking smoother, more natural and more like real skin.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

And I think the difference when I use it is night and day, especially when you see it in person. Whenever I take the time to apply this first, I think my concealer looks much less obvious.

I also still get the full coverage that I like, but without my under-eye area looking cakey like cake batter (which happens sometimes with opaque concealers).

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
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