Sunday, January 20, 2013

Urban Decay Haul

So you may or may not have heard of Ipsy (formerly known as MyGlam) - a beauty sample subscription box (bag really) that shows up in your mailbox once a month.  It is currently my favorite monthly beauty subscription although this month I've decided to try GlossyBox USA because I have heard some wonderful things about it and the Man Repeller box that's been curated for January which includes some of those new "sand" OPI shades, so the verdict is still out!  Anyway - December's Ipsy bag had a travel size Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencil in zero - a true black without sparkles.  It was a great find for me in an eyeliner because it was very no-fuss and it stayed on all day without moving the slightest bit.  Because I loved that pencil so much I splurged and ordered a bunch of random things from the Urban Decay website to try.  They were giving a bunch of free gifts at the time because they wouldn't resume shipping until after Christmas, and there was an additional gift from Ipsy that came in a code where you received a free travel bag of samples with your $25 purchase.  There was also a free shipping on $35 promo at the time and the shipping was nearly $8 anyway so I just threw a few extra products in my bag to meet the $35 minimum.  I also picked up a set of two travel size 24/7 eyeliners from Sephora that were on a $9 clearance sale, so what you see here is a little under $50 worth (purchase price) that retails for well over $120.  Some of the items were purchased in a set (a promo travel bag that was $16 and included a full size lip junkie gloss which retails for $19 by itself and other sample sized favorites as well as the double pack of liners from Sephora) and many were on a great sale.  I've place a star by anything that was a free sample, gift  or included in the Ipsy website promo bag for free.


Here is a breakdown of individual products:

Full size products:
Lip Love Honey Infused Lip Therapy in Stung
Deluxe Eye shadow in Shag
Eye Shadow in Midnight Cowgirl
Lipstick in Oil Slick
Lip Junkie Lip gloss in Naked

Travel size products:
24/7 Glide on pencils in Zero, Bourbon and Ransom
All Nighter makeup setting spray
TSA approved vinyl UD logo travel bags (2 - one for Ipsy promo, one for travel set)*

Deluxe Samples:
Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Midnight Cowboy*
Naked Skin Beauty Balm*
24/7 Glide on Pencil in Corrupt*
24/7 Glide on Eye Shadow pencils in Delinquent* and Rehab*
Eye shadow primer potion*
Supercurl Curling Mascara (I received 3 of these, one in travel set the other in Ipsy and UD promos)*

Sample Cards:
Eyeshadow card with primer and shadow samples (although mine had no shadow on it - boo)*
Primer Potion sample cards (2)*
$5 Off your next purchase card

All in all this was a smashing and very exciting haul - I got some things I truly loved!
Here are swatches of most of the color cosmetics:


From left to right:
Oil slick lipstick, Stung Lip love balm, Naked Lip Junkie and Midnight Cowboy Lip Junkie


From top to bottom and left to right:
Shag deluxe shadow, Midnight Cowboy eye shadow, Ransom liner (purple), Zero liner (black), Bourbon liner (copper brown), Rehab shadow pencil (brown), Delinquent shadow pencil (purple), Corrupt liner (dark brown)

Kind of hard to see but I have Rehab eye shadow pencil on my lids and Midnight Cowboy eye shadow blended to the brow bone.  I'm also wearing the new Naked beauty balm, Supercurl Mascara in black and the 24/7 liner in Bourbon with the eye shadow primer as a base and the Lip Junkie gloss in Naked.  The only non UD makeup I have on is a bit of Philosophy blushing duo in Hugs and Kisses.






Here's a bit about my favorites:
Lip products - I have heard tons of good things about UD lippys but I can see what all the hype is about!  Although it is such an odd grey shade I have to say makeup lover in me can find endless possibilities in the grey Oil Slick lipstick.  It is sparkly and super blendable with other lip colors so I can use it to shift the shade of lots of reds and corals into something really cool and edgy.  I love the texture and would buy other lipsticks in everyday shades for sure.  The Lip Junkies feel really nice and have just a hint of mint.  They stay pretty glossy and are supposed to have a plumping effect but I didn't really see it.  The travel bag was a great purchase and I'm glad to add this to my everyday gloss collection.  It's a nice "not too pink" color.  The Lip Love Therapy was amazing.  It was actually my favorite product I purchased.  It tastes of honey and a subtle spice and I will need more in the future.  For $4 (sale price) or even $12 (regular price) I will repurchase it when I run out.

Eye products - Kind of on the fence about the shadow primer.  No one on the beauty blogs can stop talking about it but I found it pretty hard to blend the colors once they were on top of the primer.  It caused me to pull and tug at my lids to get the shadow where I wanted it to blend together and I wasn't really a fan but it definitely makes it stay in place.  The shadow pencils were super pigmented and the Midnight Cowgirl shadow was amazingly sparkly.  I have to buff off most of it to make it a wearable everyday shade but this would be lovely for a really dressy occasion or a party.  I just don't go to so many of those!  The liners all rock.  They are the reason I visited in the first place and the reason I'll return too.

Other stuff - The UD Naked Beauty Balm was a nice texture - it blended easily and smelled a little bit like Noxema.  At $34 in the full size I wouldn't rush out to buy it but if I heard that it was a free sample offering at Sephora or Ulta or on the UD site I wouldn't mind another one.  It was very light but I don't think it works as well as the Dr. Jart+ BB Cream I got from Birchbox.  I was amazed by that one and I purchased it in the full size because I couldn't believe how well it covered and blended.  Of all the BB creams I've tried (6 now? ) the UD Naked Balm would be my second choice.

All of the makeup in this haul was purchased from my own pocket and although the Ipsy promo was what got me interested I pay for that subscription too.  On a side note I did contact Urban Decay and asked about the missing eye shadows on the shadow card and also about the fact that although I had used an Ipsy code for the free travel bag of deluxe samples with purchase there was also a second offer on the UD site running at that time for a free travel bag with purchase and although the Ipsy bag, the UD promo offer and the travel bag I paid for all appeared in my cart I only received two of what I believed were three bags in my order.  In an email their customer service person offered to replace it only if I double checked my order to make sure I wasn't mistaken.  The packing list only listed 2 bags although my order and original cart showed three.  She said she would get a replacement out to me right away, but I have yet to hear from their CS again or see any replacement products.  I was a little bummed because I was really looking forward to the mini liners but I will update if they ever come through and send a replacement.

I hope you all have enjoyed my Urban Decay breakdown.  Much love to all of you - hope your day sparkles!

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