Something exploded off in the distance across the Bay. “What was that?” my brother said, jumping an inch off the ground.
“Holy sh*t!” exclaimed El Hub.
Three three of us were just strolling along the water in downtown Sausalito last Saturday when it happened — a loud boom that rang out across the Bay.
I was wearing two new skin-lovin’ Urban Decay products at the time, B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray ($33) and their Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging ($24). “If this is the end,” I said, “we should probably go rescue Tabs before the traffic [on Highway 101] gets too bad.”
Then the mental calculations started… How long would I be able to stretch out the makeup I had with me in my purse if this was, in fact, the start of something big (World War Z sprang to mind)? A week? Two weeks? A month?
Luckily, I was testing both of the new antioxidant products from Urban Decay and had them in my bag, a spray and a wrinkle-fighting primer, so it definitely could have been worse.
Priorities. #tmoney #makeup
We never figured out what caused the loud sound, but El Hub said that he thought it was a canon…
Don’t ask me why a canon would be firing in the San Francisco Bay, but strange things do happen here from time to time.
Urban Decay’s two newcomers come bearing skincare benefits to add extra BOOM! to your makeup routine.
B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray ($33)
The first, the B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray, is the latest recruit on UD’s team of Setting Sprays.
Instead of applying it after you’re done doing your makeup and getting everything set in place, you’re supposed to apply it on your bare skin before you start, although you can also spray it on throughout the day to freshen up without messing up your makeup, or at night before your regular skincare routine.
UD incorporated skin-lovin’ ingredients like vitamin B6 (also known as pyridoxine) to supposedly control oil, willow bark (which is rich in salicylic acid, of acne-fighting fame) to help with cell turnover, and antioxidant vitamin E.
The spray is also supposed to reduce redness, help control blemishes, and make your pores appear smaller.
I am a fiend for UD’s All Nighter Setting Spray, which I use daily, so I was eager to give this a try.
Well, I’ve been using it for a few days now, spraying it on just before applying my makeup, and throughout the day, and I think it’s pretty cool, although not as life changing as All Nighter is for me, but still. Not bad.
One thing it has going for it is that the fine mist feels downright wonderful to apply. Very refreshing. And I like that it doesn’t mess up whatever makeup I may be wearing.
I think it does also cut down on shine, which I’m guessing is mostly due to the cornstarch, which is the third item on the ingredient list.
As for all the other claims, I just don’t know, and sometimes I think that these brands know that most people won’t be able to tell within a reasonable amount of time. I haven’t noticed small pores, less redness or fewer pimples, but it has only been about a week. Most of the time with mid-range skincare products and combination makeup products with skincare benefits, I’ve programmed myself not to expect big differences, unless I fully commit to using them for 5-6 weeks.
I’ll keep at it, though, with this one. We’ll see. We shall see.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (if I notice an improvement in my skin over the next few weeks, I’ll update the current B+)
Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging ($24)
Urban Decay’s new Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging is like the brand’s original Primer Potion, but souped up to smooth out wrinkles by plumping and hydrating the skin, which is also supposed to improve skin elasticity.
As far as I can tell, it looks and mostly behaves like the original formula — same sheer nude color, same lightweight feel, same ability to extend the wear time and vibrancy of powder and cream shadows worn on top.
Not bad at all. Another pretty good performer.
I spent a good, long while staring into the mirror at the fine lines on my lids with one eye open (and fingers crossed), and yeah, maybe the lines do look a little less noticeable.
It’s surely no miracle worker, but I will take whatever I can get. Yes, please, I’ll gladly take a time machine for an extra 1-2 years.
Like the B6 spray, I’ll keep using it regularly for the next month and report back if it turns out to be a holy grail.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B (for now, a solid B, but I’ll let you know if it turns out to be an anti-aging rockstar)
Both the B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray and Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging arrive tomorrow on Urban Decay counters and online.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,