—April 10, 2015—

URBAN DECAY Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powders


Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder (0.20 oz) retails for $29 USD ($35 CAD) and is available in two shades. It is said to be "a lightweight, baked powder for face and body with a sophisticated, microfine shimmer that instantly leaves skin with an iridescent shimmer."

Aura is described as a soft pink shimmer w/ golden iridescent sparkle. [P]
Luminous is described as a champagne shimmer w/ iridescent shimmer. [P]
"Dust on Urban Decay’s Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body to give you a sexy, just-finished flush. This lightweight, baked powder has a sophisticated microfine shimmer that’s smooth and silky, with light-reflecting particles that leave a luminous, radiant look. Formulated to give the color payoff of a loose powder and the convenience of a pressed powder, this shimmering powder comes in a gorgeous box that makes the perfect gift. It features a generous mirror and a brush—housed in a separate compartment underneath the powder. This smooth, silky powder contains light-reflecting particles that create a luminous, radiant look. Simply brush on this powder wherever you want to create an instant glow."
The packaging is a thick cardboard box that features two compartments; the top section contains a mirror and the highlighter and the bottom section contains a brush. While it is convenient, it is fairly bulky so it may not be as easily stored as you had hoped.
Aura is a soft, peachy pink with warm undertones, gold shimmer and a frosted finish(4/5)
Luminous is a soft, champagne beige with warm undertones, white shimmer and a frosted finish(4/5)
The texture felt chalky straight from the pan, but was incredibly soft, silky and finely-milled once on the skin. Both shades had good color payoff and the shimmer was noticeable once applied. I found the shimmer and texture of Aura was a lot finer than Luminous, so it looked more natural. The product applies and blends out easily, leaving a very sparkly almost metallic finish to the skin that doesn't emphasize the look of pores or imperfections—surprisingly.

Because these products are a baked powder they are quite delicate and there is a lot of excess, loose powder flying from the compact regardless of what type of brush you use, whether it be a fluffy brush, dense brush or even the brush that comes housed in the compact. With that said, the powder also doesn't adhere to skin very well. Just like in the pan, there will also be loose powder sitting on your face that's best to remove or blow away as it may transfer to other areas of your face, hands, clothing, hair, etc. (If you tend to touch your face, these highlighters may be a pass unless you like shimmer everywhere!)

Another great way I've been using these powders is to lightly mist an eye brush and apply the product to the center of my lid—they add a little something extra to even the most neutral of looks!

Overall, these highlighters look absolutely beautiful once swatched. For those that love an intensely sparkly highlight you will definitely love these face powders, but for those looking for a more natural appearance, you should probably take a raincheck.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder
(L-R: Aura, Luminous)

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in Aura

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in Aura

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in Aura

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in Aura

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in Luminous

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in Luminous

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in Luminous

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in Luminous


Disclaimer: All products featured were purchased by me for personal use.

—April 08, 2015—

TOO FACED Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick | Overview of 15 Shades


Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks (0.4 oz) individually retail for $21 USD ($25 CAD) and are currently available in 18 shades. They are said to be "an intensely saturated lip color with a precise tip applicator."

Melted Berry is described as a berry red. [P] 
Melted Candy is described as a bright fuchsia pink. [P] 
Melted Chihuahua is described as a dusty mauve. [P]
Melted Fig is described as a rosy orchid. [P] 
Melted Frosting is described as a bubblegum pink. [P] 
Melted Fuchsia is described as a hot pink. [P] 
Melted Jelly Donut is described as a dragon fruit pink. [P]
Melted Marshmallow is described as a candy pink. [P] 
Melted Peony is described as a dusty rose. [P] 
Melted Ruby is described as a blood red. [P] 
Melted Strawberry is described as a blood orange. [P]
Melted Sugar is described as a nude sand. [P]
Melted Velvet is described as a bordeaux. [P]
Melted Villain is described as a black plum. [P]
Melted Violet is described as a violet orchid. [P] 
"The shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick, all in one high-impact formula. Bold, long-wearing color glides on cleanly with the precision tip applicator, delivering rich color with staying power."
The packaging is a simple, colored tube with a screw on cap. The color of the tube indicates the color of the lipstick and it's an exact match, which is incredibly helpful. They feature an angled velvet applicator which disperses the lipstick through tiny holes by squeezing the tube.

The formula is exactly as described; a melted lipstick. The consistency wasn't too thick where it became troublesome to apply, but also not too thin where the product would instantly bleed outside the edges of my lips. The lipsticks are extremely comfortable to wear, like a lipstick and were neither hydrating nor overly drying, like lip stains tend to be.

The shades were consistent in being richly pigmented, smooth, opaque and longer lasting. A little product goes a very long way and they have a creamier, glossy finish on initial application that turns to a satin matte throughout wear—meaning they never completely set and dry to a matte finish.
Melted Berry is a medium-dark, red fuchsia with cool undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied ultra smooth, evenly and fully opaque. It had rich pigmentation that didn't feather or bleed over time. Melted Berry lasted +8 hours before fading and left behind a stain. (5/5)
Melted Candy is a light-medium, bright fuchsia with cool undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and fully opaque. It had rich pigmentation that very lightly bled over time. Melted Candy lasted +7 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5) 
Melted Chihuahua is a light-medium nude with hints of pink, warm undertones and a creamy, satin finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and fully opaque. It had rich pigmentation that didn't feather or bleed during wear. Melted Chihuahua wore well for +6.5 hours. (5/5)
Melted Fig is a medium-dark, muted purple pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied ultra smooth, evenly and fully opaque. It had rich pigmentation that didn't feather or bleed during wear. Melted Fig lasted +6.5 hours before fading and left behind a stain. (5/5)
Melted Frosting is a light-medium, baby pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, fully opaque and pigmented. I found the pale nature of this shade accentuated any imperfections and lightly settled into lip lines over time. It was best to blend out the edges for a softer, less harsh appearance. Melted Frosting wore well for +5.5 hours. (4/5) 
Melted Fuchsia is a light-medium, vibrant fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a cream finishThis shade applied smoothly, evenly and fully opaque. It had rich pigmentation that very lightly feathered over time. Melted Fuchsia lasted +7.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
Melted Jelly Donut is a medium-dark, bold fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and fully opaque. Again, it had rich pigmentation that didn't feather during wear. Melted Jelly Donut wore well for +7.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
Melted Marshmallow is a light-medium pink with hints of yellow, neutral undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and fully opaque. It had rich pigmentation that didn't feather, but lightly settled into lip lines over time. I also felt it was best to blend out the edges for a softer, less harsh appearance. Melted Marshmallow wore well for +5.5 hours.(5/5)
Melted Peony is a light-medium, natural pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and fully opaque. It had rich color payoff that didn't feather during wear. Melted Peony wore well for +5.5 hours before fading. (5/5) 
Melted Ruby is a medium-dark, bright red with cool undertones and a glossy cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had fully opaque pigmentation. It had a thinner consistency which caused it to very lightly feather during wear. Melted Ruby lasted +7.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
Melted Strawberry is a medium-dark, vibrant red with hints of orange, warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and opaque. Again, it had a thinner consistency which caused the color to lightly bleed over time. Melted Strawberry lasted +7.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
Melted Sugar is a light-medium, pale nude with neutral undertones and a cream finishThis shade applied smoothly, evenly, fully opaque and pigmented. I found the pale nature of this shade accentuated imperfections and lightly settled into lip lines over time. Again, I found it was best to blend out the edges for a softer, less harsh appearance. Melted Sugar wore well for +5.5 hours. (4/5)
Melted Velvet is a medium-dark, bright crimson red with cool undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and fully opaque. It had excellent pigmentation, but bled slightly over time. Melted Velvet lasted +7.5 hours and left behind a stain.  (5/5)
Melted Villain is a darkened purple with hints of burgundy, cool undertones and a cream finishThis shade applied smoothly, semi-even and had excellent, opaque pigmentation. I found it required a thicker layer of product to achieve an even application, but with most darker shades, some touch up will always be necessary—no matter how precise you are with the applicator or a lip brush. Melted Villain wore well for +5 hours before lightly feathering and +7 hours before fading. (4/5)
Melted Violet is a light-medium, vibrant purple magenta with cool undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and fully opaque. It had rich pigmentation and didn't feather despite the creamier consistency. Melted Violet wore well for +6.5 hours. (5/5)

Overall, these lipsticks are a phenomenal product and they've been a personal favorite since they first released. It's always a delight to see new shades added to an already brilliant range. The Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks really are the happy medium product between a lipstick and a lipstain and I definitely, highly recommend checking them out if you haven't already!


Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks
(L-R: Melted Villain, Melted Violet, Melted Fig, Melted Chihuahua, Melted Sugar, Melted Frosting, Melted Marshmallow, Melted Peony, Melted Fuchsia, Melted Jelly Donut, Melted Candy, Melted Strawberry, Melted Ruby, Melted Velvet, Melted Berry)

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Berry

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Berry

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Berry

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Berry

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Berry

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Candy

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Candy

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Candy

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Candy

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Candy

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Chihuahua

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Chihuahua

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Chihuahua

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Chihuahua

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Chihuahua

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fig

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fig

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fig

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fig

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fig

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Frosting

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Frosting

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Frosting

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Frosting

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Frosting

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Jelly Donut

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Jelly Donut

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Jelly Donut

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Jelly Donut

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Jelly Donut

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Marshmallow

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Marshmallow

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Marshmallow

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Marshmallow

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Marshmallow

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Ruby

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Ruby

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Ruby

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Ruby

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Ruby

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Strawberry

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Strawberry

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Strawberry

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Strawberry

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Strawberry

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Sugar

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Sugar

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Sugar

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Sugar

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Sugar

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Velvet

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Velvet

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Velvet

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Velvet

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Velvet

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Villain

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Villain

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Villain

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Villain

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Villain

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Violet

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Violet

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Violet

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Violet

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Violet


Disclaimer: All product(s) featured were purchased by me for personal use.