Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend an Ulta Beauty in-store Urban Decay event. It was a first-come first-serve, one-on-one, 20-minute makeover event where the makeup artist (MUA) would focus on either complexion, contour/highlight, or eyes. I have tried Urban Decay’s color correcting and concealer products in the past and am not too huge into the current contour craze, so I went for eyes.
On any typical makeup-wearing day, which is honestly most days, I am most likely wearing eye shadow. My tendency is to gravitate towards the more neutral shades, but I don’t tend to discriminate too much between mattes and shimmers or powder and cream products — I love em all! I’m a fan of eyeliner in all it’s forms, be it liquid, gel or pencil. Even smudging a shadow in my lash line can be key in a pinch for subtle definition. And my true obsession is mascara – it’s one of my stuck-on-a-desert-island must-haves (along with blush and lip balm).
I went in with zero expectations and looking back, I should’ve taken a look at the product line to see if there was anything I had any interest in testing out. My goal was to find a slightly amped up everyday neutral look. My MUA was super sweet and took the time to explain what she was doing so I could replicate it. I wasn’t too crazy about the end result, but I was happy to have gone and experienced some new products!
Here are the most notable ones:
- Eden Eyeshadow Primer Potion: I was interested in the Anti-Aging version, but the MUA steered me towards Eden because of its color correcting and brightening aspects. I do experience hyper pigmentation on my eyelids, like many of my fellow brown girls, but the yellow-ish tint of this primer read a bit ashy on my lids and brow bone. Not my favorite look – I’ll be sticking to my trusty, clear NYX Proof It Eyeshadow Primer.
- Naked Ultimate Basics Palette: After mentioning to the MUA that I already own the Naked 3, she said she wanted to try something I didn’t own and went for this. The look that she started ended up a little cool for my liking, but the shadows seemed nice. I would’ve never picked up this palette on my own since I own the kinda similar Too Faced Neutral Mattes Palette which I prefer.
- Naked Heat Palette: When I mentioned that I prefer warmer looks, she dipped into this palette and I was super excited to have this demo-ed on me. She definitely took a more natural look from the selection, but it was nice to see the outcome. I was also happy to see that this was something I could come up with from my current makeup stash, thereby taking away any slight inkling that I may have had to purchase this palette. Don’t you just love it when that happens? 😉
- Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy: Not too sure how this product came about in my “natural” look, but my MUA was wearing it, so maybe she was just partial. Anyhow, I have been known to enjoy sparkle every now and again. I have something similar from Revlon (a rose gold) and I loved using the glitter liner side on top of my black liner for Diwali and New Year’s Eve for a little extra something! Liner is my preferred method of application and I don’t think I will use this on the lid as a shadow topper, though I should note that this was non-irritating and easy to remove.
- Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara: I have great expectations for this guy for my upcoming cruise/beach vacation. While I don’t mind being makeup free – I do prefer having some brows, lashes, blush and balm on. If this mascara lives up to the claims of being truly swim-proof, I may just have a new summer favorite! Points for it being easy to remove!
One thing that I found odd was that when I asked the MUA about eyeliner, she said that for my eye shape she wouldn’t recommend it because it would close off my eye and make it look smaller. She said I should tight line instead and that I could add a standalone wing on the end if I wanted a cat eye look. That was my first time hearing that type of feedback and I’m not sure I agree. I think that a nice black liquid liner would have helped to tie the glitter in and give a finished look to the eye, but that’s just me.
All in all, I had a nice time testing out products that I wouldn’t normally have exposure to otherwise. I walked away with the glitter liner and mascara and I’ll keep you posted on how those two work out 🙂