As you may or may not be able to tell, I have an Urban Decay problem. Well, some people might see it as a problem. I see it as a… collection? Hobby? Whatever is is, I’m LOVING it.
I was SO excited to get this for Christmas, I’d had my eye on it since it was being teased back in the summer and NOW it’s finally mine. I’ve grown such a love for matte everything recently and in just 10 shades, this has become my every day holy grail.
My favourites for every day are by far the the brownish shades, perfect for a very subtle cut crease or warm smoky eye. The amount I use the Extra Bitter, I’m pretty sure in my head I still think it’s autumn, I just love it so much!
I also love Instinct and Lethal for smokey evening looks, with my green eyes the purple really makes them stand out. Magnet and Blackjack are my least used colours, mainly because they’re too hard for me to use on an everyday basis, but I’m definitely going to have to have an experiment.
The formula for these shades is bloody wonderful, they all blend SO easily, creating seamless looks, perfect for a cut crease, which tends to be my go-to style. I think the brush really helps with this, with the dense and fluffy Blending Brush on one end to really work colours in and the stubby Smudger Brush to blend out the lash line or for extra added precision.
As an everyday look, I love a quick subtle cut-crease, something rough and ready and for this I always use warm tones as they really suit my eyes, whatever colour they are at the time. When they’re brown, the warmth complements them and when they’re green it really makes them POP. I used Pre-Game as an all-over base, with Blow across my brow bone and a tiny highlight. Then I used Faith on my crease with Lockout over the top to deepen. Then my FAVOURITE colour Extra Bitter (because that’s what I am) in the outer corner and into the crease to warm it up a bit. I then complete this look with a touch of my Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit in the shade Summer over the rest of the lid. And then it’s just a sweep of eyeliner, or not, depending on how late for work I’m running and I’m done.
I wore this look out for dinner and it was super subtle but still made an impact in a pretty girly way, but not too much. I’m not very good at girly. For this I used Nude as a base colour with Tempted in the crease to give it a more neutral crease, basically to stop it going full out girl mode. Then over the lid I used Instinct with Lethal in the outer corner, with a touch of Tempted and Instinct on my lower lash line. Then I used a tiny amount of Vermeer from my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette to brighten the inner corner and BAM. You’re ready for an elegant dinner.
Big Drama Eyeshadow
Now I don’t usually use colours this dark, so this was a bit of an experiment for me. But I don’t think it turned out too bad, right? Right? Anyone? For this my base was Tempted, starting with an already darker than usual base, just to set the tone. Mixing this with Magnet, I swept this over the entire lid, then blending Blackjack into the outer corner and down into the lower lash line. For more drama I’d put on a nice winged liner, but No.1, you wouldn’t be able to see the eyeshadow as well, and No.2, my eyes were SO sore after putting on and taking eyeshadow off all day.
And there we have it. If anyone else has any cool combinations, let me know and I’ll keep on experiencing to see what I come up with.