Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Urban Decay Summer Treats: When Bittersweet Wasn't So Bitter

Urban Decay has been rolling out new products left and right lately,so it seems. Two of the
 summer launches are the new Revolution High-Color Lipglosses and the Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes. I went with the shade Bittersweet for both. The line of blushes and glosses come in shades that are UD cult classics and brand new shades with equally as saucy names, true to the Urban Decay style. I am a UD junkie. I mean I still have my first Urban eyeshadow palette that features  wooden swiven packaging and butterflies and swirls on the lid. I'm hardcore when it comes to this brand and have been for years.
The Gloss Claims:
(This is a bit long winded, so if you don't care about the science-y bits feel free to skip ahead.)
The brand says that the gloss contains Hilurlip to give your lips a fuller, smoother more plump look. What is Hilurlip? I wondered too. It kind of bugs me when companies throw words out that don't mean anything to the general public as though it's a selling point...I did some digging. Hilurlip is a "new way of vehiculization of Hyaluronic Acid". The "new technology" claims to plump lips for longer. The Hyaluonan (aka hyaluronic acid) in Hilurlip swells when in contact with the skin and helps to prevent premature aging from the sun and other environmental components by aiding in tissue repair. It also helps prevent the loss of collagen in the skin. Now, that sounds like a bunch of science. To my understanding, it's basically an oil suspension that contains hyaluronic acid which most of us know is good for anti aging. UD also says it has an ultra-pigmented formula with shades ranging from creams to shimmers. With the packaging tipping it's hat to the UD Pocket Rockets of days gone by.

The Gloss Over All:
This gloss wears quite a while. And when it does start to wear off it leaves behind a lovely stain of the gloss that is quite even in color. The gloss is a bit more sticky than the UD Naked glosses, which is probably good in this case so that the rich pigment doesn't go all over your face. Still, it doesn't feel gross like some glosses. I am very happy with this from application to wear time and pigmentation. If you like a high-color long wear gloss you'll like these. This gloss also leaves lips feeling soft and not dried out after hours of wear with reapplication. I'll probably get a few more shades from the line. The fact that it looks like the discontinued Pocket Rocket lip gloss does warm my makeup-loving-heart with a touch of nostalgia.

The Blush Claims:
UD say these new blushes are a blend of finely milled, coated powders that apply sheer and naturally while giving a light-defusing glow to the skin, suggestive of a post romantic tryst. *wink* It says that it won't give you the "powdery buildup of cheaper formulas" (throwing some shade?) The range comes with mattes and light shimmers and says it delivers streak-free application and eight hour wear. 

The Blush Over All:
This blush look incredibly natural on the cheeks. It has a certain...heat to it that really gives a healthy look to the face. I really liked wearing it with a sheer HD foundation. It gave an almost no makeup look. It is very finely milled and blends, maybe, better than any blush I've ever used. I will without doubt be getting a few more shades from the range. I also love the packaging. It's 100% Urban Decay and it is very travel friendly and sleek looking.

Have you tried these new goodies from Urban Decay? What do you think? I am loving all the
purple! I'm going to be picking up some more shades. If there is one you'd like to see me try and swatch leave it in the comments and I just may pick it up!