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making faces :: you say you want a revolution?

we demand a better lipstick!
so what exactly constitutes a revolution when we're talking about cosmetics? some sort of machine that
applies your face of the day while you catch a few extra minutes of shut eye in the morning? something that blasts you with air that then perfectly resolves itself into a fresh, healthy face to present to the world, no matter how unwell, sleep deprived or hungover you are? cosmetic products that you can plant and grow at home like perennial flowers?

well, if you listen to urban decay, revolution can take place on a much smaller scale. in fact, revolution can look a lot like a tube of lipstick.

anyone who keeps an eye on such things knew it was only a matter of time before urban decay came out with a new line of lipsticks. after all, they discontinued their entire existing lipstick lineup months ago and if you ask people to come up with a list of products any cosmetic company should have in order to be taken seriously, "lipstick" is going to come pretty near the top of the list.

so this fall, the eagle has predictably landed and the new "revolution" lipstick line has appeared. gone are the differences in coverage, gone are the individual scents, gone are the large plastic cases with their dagger tops. in their wake, a line of full-coverage shades, twenty of them, split about evenly between mild and wild. being an unapologetic lipstick fiend, i couldn't resist the allure of all that newness, so i selected one [i've learned from experience not to buy more than one of a new formula of anything until i know i'll like it] called "jilted".

before i purchased, however, i already knew one thing: these babies do not want for pigmentation. i made a horrible mess of my hand swatching shades in the selection process and it took some serious work with cotton pads and makeup remover to get myself clean again. i didn't find a single shade that wasn't smooth, even and rich in colour.

"jilted" is a bright magenta with what urban decay calls a blue "shift". it has very fine blue shimmer distributed throughout, which means that in certain lights and at certain angles, it appears to have a fine blue mist over top. it's one of the only shades to have a shimmer effect. most are straightforward creams. about the only complaint that i have about the line as a whole is that i would have liked to see them do more shades with this "shift", because i find such shades very interesting and because urban decay do it exceptionally well. exceptionally. dom commented on the "blue veil" as soon as he saw me wearing this shade. yes, he's observant, but it's not necessarily the kind of detail even an observant person would notice. even better, the texture reads as creamy, not frosty, like two individual layers of colour working together to create the final effect. bravo.

jilted
i got the shade knowing that it would likely be close to nars "funny face", which has a similar base and also has a blue shift. indeed, swatched, they look very similar indeed. "funny face" is a bit redder and the blue sheen is less apparent, which makes "jilted" read cooler. on the lips, however, the nars shade is more satin/ matte, whereas jilted is very creamy, which means that you can see more of a difference than it might first appear. if you love these shades, get 'em both. if an occasional dip in the fuchsia ocean works for you, you only need one. [note :: if you do want to have one bright fuchsia lipstick, you should make it one of these two. or mac "show orchid". one of the three, for certain.]

l to r :: jilted, nars funny face
the formula on these lipsticks is... phenomenal. normally, there is a trade off between pigmentation level and hydration, which means that if your lipstick is very pigmented, you will probably be crying in pain by the end of a day of wearing it. not these babies. they are creamy and my lips feel good after the day is done. and they're tenacious. they grab hold of lips on what seems like a molecular level. "jilted" seemed to wear evenly on me, but honestly, unless i ate, there wasn't that much wear to speak of at all. even the initial sheen hung around for a surprisingly long period of time.

my verdict? i definitely want to be part of the revolution. i already have my next shade picked out.

here's a look that i did, which, for those of you following my sci/art ponderings, i'd qualify as a bright winter one. [you could say true winter, but "jilted" seems to be pushed so far on the saturation scale that it has to belong to a bright season.] it also features a combination of eye shades that i'd wanted to try together for a long time. unfortunately, i don't find the photos do it justice. the overall effect was nicer in person, if you ask me, which you probably didn't, but i'll share that anyway. consider this the cosmetic equivalent of my "one that got away" fish story.




products used

the base ::
marcelle beauty balm "light/ medium"
nars radiant tinted moisturizer "terre neuve"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::
nars e/s "euphrate" [blue-toned silver]
rouge bunny rouge e/s "periwinkle cardinal" [silvered sage green]
mac pigment "emerald dusk" [dark cool green with silver shimmer]*
ysl faux cils e/l "sea black" [ink blue]
ysl baby doll mascara

the cheeks ::
dior cream blush "pareo" [bright magenta pink]
mac beauty powder "play it proper" [white pink highlight]*

the lips ::
urban decay l/s "jilted" [bright magenta with blue sheen]

*suggested alternates :: emerald dusk = mac antique green pigment + urban decay gunmetal would get you close; play it proper = guerlain meteorites teint rose or rouge bunny rouge highlighting liquid in sea of tranquility

urban decay's revolution lipsticks are available through sephora, which is where i purchased mine. [not an affiliate link- i derive no income from any sales.] all shades are part of the permanent assortment and cost $22usd/ $26cad each, which is the exact same as the old urban decay lipsticks.

nothing is for certain and as time goes on, we'll see the effect more, but it does seem that u.d. is benefitting from having owners who come from the cosmetics industry.

Comments

Subway Dreaming said…
You look great - you have a bit of a Snow White vibe going on!
Kate MacDonald said…
Thank you! I do sort of cultivate the "Snow White" thing, since I have a penchant for intense lipsticks...

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