Tried and tested: Urban Decay

20th August 2017

So naturally, everyone is terribly excited about the Naked Heat palette. It’s not surprising considering how bloody gorgeous it is, but this week I thought I’d take a look at some other Urban Decay products worthy of winning your affections. Urban Decay will forever be one of those brands I turn to. Not only is their packaging incredibly high quality but so is are the products themselves and as they cover such a wide range of options, there really is something for everyone.

First up we’ve got my favourite of the bunch, the All Nighter Setting Spray. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone needs this in their make-up collection and this is always one of my very first recommendations out of all beauty brands. The spray actually lowers the temperature of your make-up to stop it sliding off your face, whatever the weather is doing. And boy, does it do it’s job! A few light spritzes after you’ve completed your make-up and you’re good to go. I remember first trying this years ago and being really sceptical but the proof is in the pudding my friend. It works and if you don’t already, you’re going to love it! I actually prefer the 30ml travel size as the 118ml is really quite hefty and not exactly suitable for travel.

Next up we’ve got the Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette. After the success of the original basics palette, mark 2 offers six full sized shades, five of which are brand new. The neutral-matte shades are really versatile, whether you wear them alone or combined with other shadows. For me, this is a great palette for your everyday work look where you want to remain professional but still have something a bit more interesting going on. The colours are subtle but so flattering and great if you’re perhaps not that comfortable with brighter shades. They’re a lot more cooler toned than the previous basics palette but still suitable for all skin tones.

I’ve never tried any lip products from Urban Decay before so was very excited by the Vice Liquid Lipsticks. I received the shades ZZ, a pinky-purple matte and Menace, a fuschia pink. Both are ‘comfort matte’ shades. The packaging is beautiful with a metallized gunmetal cap and clear tube so you can see the shade straight away and for £15.50 I’m pretty happy with the amount of product you get. They are really lovely to wear, so creamy and lightweight without drying your lips unlike a lot of liquid lipsticks I’ve tried previously and the staying power is incredible. I was able to eat and drink without worry and even the swatches in the photo below took a lot of effort to scrub off! You don’t need to apply much product as the lipsticks are incredibly pigmented so it really doesn’t take much. I found the long paddle applicator really helpful in applying the liquid lipsticks as the flat side helps get into all those corners for precise application and you can line your lips easily before filling them in. Overall, the Vice Liquid Lipsticks are big winners for me and I can’t wait to get my hands on some more colours.

I’m forever trying to nail eyeliner and have pretty much grown used to the fact that it’s something that’s always going to be a work in progress for me personally. So I was very interested in the Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner (in the shade Kush) which promises to be the ‘ultimate tool for easy, crazy-sharp lines.’ The applicator is fine-tipped, so made to be incredibly precise for those cat eye flicks we all love so much. Urban Decay recommends shaking the bottle, leaning your elbow on a stable surface to keep your hand steady and then drawing down into your lashes. The bottle has even been made from knurling to give you extra grip. I definitely feel like the brush is a big help for a novice like me and really make such a difference in applying the liner. While I don’t quite think I can get away with green liner on any everyday basis, there are 20 colours in total to choose from and with a rich, smooth formula that you don’t need to worry will smudge, the Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner is definitely worth investing in.

L-R Eyeliner in Kush, Liquid Lipstick in ZZ and Menace.

Are you a fan of Urban Decay? Let me know your favourite products in the comments below. You can read more of my beauty reviews here.

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