Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette Swatches and Review
What’s the difference between this set of nude mattes and the Naked Basics?
That was the first question I asked when I saw it.
I have to say packaging wise, the Naked Basics look much better of course. The Pulp Fiction palette comes in a generic black cardboard with print in McDonald’s red and yellow. Yes, McDonald’s was what I thought of. Glamorous, not.
The interior isn’t particularly exciting looking as well. You get 4 pans of shadows, one split into 2 colors.
BUT - I must tell you I do prefer this set of colors to the Naked Basics.
I feel the Naked Basics has too many pale beige tones. You could do the job with 4 of the shades in that palette, and a couple of those would look pretty similar on the lids. With Pulp Fiction, you get a better balance of dark to light.
There’s the essential black for defining, a nice deep taupe, a warmer tea-toned medium brown, a beige for blending, and a pearl white for highlighting.
This is a smokier palette than Naked Basics. Meaning if you use equal amounts of each color on your lids, the overall look would be a bit more intense and darker looking than if you used equal amounts of each color from the Naked Basics palette, which contains so many pale beige shades.
Texture is smooth and fine, but you will need to use a primer. As you can see one of the shots above, without primer, you will get patchiness, as matte pigments don’t like to stick to dry lids. But make sure you use a minimal amount of primer and blend it out properly cos you don’t want the shadows to stick in one patch either.
Be very careful of fallout too. Another problem common to matte shadows.
It lasts if you prime, so I don’t have too much to say about the staying power. I didn’t get oxidation, and I do think matte shadows (when primed properly) have less tendency to crease than shimmers, but they’re not bullet-proof either, so just make sure you prep your skin.
Do I recommend it?
If you LOVE neutrals and don’t already own the Naked Basics, yes this is a good one to look at. ESPECIALLY if you want to create a slightly smokier sexier eye most of the time. Remember the babe in Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” video? This palette will give you that kind of eye look.
But I’ll be honest - I don’t like the presentation or packaging. I know they want to go with the pulp fiction theme but I think it could have been done better and sleeker. And I know a lot of girls might give it a miss just because the packaging and how the colors are presented is quite “meh”. But that’s just my opinion!
[Requested[ Sultry Look with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and Sweetheart Blushes
I got a request to do a sultrier look using the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette as most of the looks around were softer day looks.
It’s actually not hard to do stronger looks with this palette, even though the shades aren’t particularly dark. That’s because many of these shades are high-shine, dramatically metallic ones, which can really give a look plenty of drama without necessarily needing to be all dark and smoky.
I used 4 shades marked out in the image above, and if you are not able to get hold of this palette, you just need to look out for similar shades.
Base: Dior Nude liquid foundation 021
Concealer: MAC Studio Moisture Cover
Setting Powder: Guerlain Meteorites 03 Medium
Blush (base): Too Faced Sweetheart Blush in Peach Beach all over the cheeks and brow bones
Blush (pop): Too Faced Sweetheart blush in Something About Berry
Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 in Grey
Eyeshadows: Too Faced chocolate Bar palette
Eyeliner: NYX Skinny Brown Liner
Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Blackest Black
Rainbow! My Makeupgeek Eyeshadow and Pigment Swatches and a Super-Quick Review
Ah…. what’s better than affordable, beautiful shadows?
I picked out 24 shades and 4 pigments from the Makeupgeek (MUG) line for review, and here they all are. You’ve already seen me use Latte shadow and Afterglow pigment in a red eyeliner look a while back.
But I figure I should swatch everything and let you see them before I forget.
All swatches are done on bare skin, without primer, without wetting.
Love the pigments I got. Liquid Gold is just incredible, and I can just imagine Paparazzi applied wet as a thick sparkly liner. Both the soft champagne shades are beautiful as well, though one is sheer and sparkly, the other is satin.
Shadows-wise, I did find some of the matte and sparkly shade felt a little gritty when touched, and Stealth, Bitten and Latte were probably the patchiest of the shadows here. You have to make sure your lids are either completely dry, or else covered with an even layer of primer so that everything goes on evenly. And press/pack your matte shadows on. Don’t buff these.
The black shade, Corrupt, on the other hand, felt gritty and grainy, but it went on beautifully and was absolutely jet back even without a base. Worth getting out if you can’t seem to find a good black shadow.
As for the metallics, most of them are beautiful and smooth. My top picks are: Homecoming, Cosmopolitan, Nautica, Shimmermint, Pretentious, Twilight.
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Tom Ford Golden Mink Eye Palette Pictorial (aka what to do with sparkle shades in eye palettes)
If you’ve ever tried or bought one of those palettes with some transparent sparkly shades, you’ll know they sometimes aren’t the most easy to work with. The glitter shades come in a transparent base, so when you apply them alone, there is almost no color. Just a scattering of sparkles.
Tom Ford’s Eyeshadow Palette 01 Golden Mink is one of those.
Tip: You can wear the glitter shades on their own as a wash all over the lid, but my preferred way of wearing them is as accents, to create a gleaming, “wet” effect when you blink.
This is a warm-toned face I very often wear on work days and lazy days.
Base: MAC Face and Body foundation N2
Concealer: Lancome Le Correcteur Pro concealer
Setting powder: Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder
Blush: Lancome Blush Subtil 030 Eclat de Corail
Guerlain Ecrin Sourcil brow powder compact
Eyeshadow palette: Tom Ford 01 Golden Mink
Brown liner: NYX Skinny Brown Liner (I LOVE this thing. It’s such a bargain and such a great matte brown automatic pencil to draw flicks with because of the super-fine point. Highly-recommend!)
Black mascara: Givenchy Phenomen’eyes mascara in 01 Black
Lipgloss: Nars Deepthroat (I actually applied the gloss first)
Lipstick: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 14 Corail In Touch (I ran this lightly over the gloss for additional color but kept everything still translucent and jelly-like)