Makeup Fails and Just OKs (NARS, bareMinerals, Armani, Urban Decay, and Covergirl)

NARS Copper Mini Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette, bareMinerals Bare Pro 16HR Powder Foundation in Medium 35 Warm, Armani Lip Power Long Lasting Satin Lipstick in 400, Urban Decay Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator in 60 Medium Dark, and Covergirl Clean Fresh Tinted Lip Balm in Red Maple Bloom Swatches

Sometimes products just don’t work out and it can be important to share those items even if I don’t want to do a dedicated review for them. These are just some quick thoughts on these products since I won’t be continuing to test them out for more in-depth reviews. Today I’m talking about the NARS Copper Mini Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette, the bareMinerals Bare Pro 16HR Powder Foundation in Medium 35 Warm, the Armani Lip Power Long Lasting Satin Lipstick in 400, the Urban Decay Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator in 60 Medium Dark, and the Covergirl Clean Fresh Tinted Lip Balm in Red Maple Bloom (limited edition shade, but permanent formula).

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Stroll Down Memory Lane with Me – Some Discontinued Makeup Favs

I was feeling a bit nostalgic looking through some old pictures and decided it’d be fun to take you along with me.

Urban Decay Born To Run Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Palette
Urban Decay Born To Run Palette Swatches on Medium Dark Skin
Urban Decay Born To Run Palette
Urban Decay Born To Run Palette Swatches on Medium Dark Skin
Urban Decay Born To Run Palette Swatches on Medium Dark Skin

To me (and many others), this was such a good palette that should have been permanent. This being discontinued makes me sad especially since Urban Decay seems to be switching all of their eyeshadows over to their new vegan formula. I have nothing against vegan formulas, but I just do not like theirs. I did check out the Wild Greens Palette in person, and while it was cute, the formula felt like the eyeshadow singles that I tried last year (check out those swatches and my review here). I assume my other love, the naked heat will be discontinued as soon as they can get rid of the remaining inventory. At least that is my perception based on the new vegan formula releases and the constant sales on the older palettes. I guess we’ll see what happens.


Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Crisis

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Crisis Swatch
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Crisis
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Crisis Swatch on Medium Dark Skin
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Crisis

I have not tried the new formulation of the vice lipsticks and to be honest, I’m kind of being stubborn about it because I loved the vice formula so much. This was one of the best cream lipsticks on the market. I tried several colors over the years and they all wore well throughout the day and had great pigment. I would say it has a thicker formula, which I personally love, but a lot of the lipstick formulas that are released these days are thinner. I have seen this available on the Nordstrom Rack website, so if you like to shop there, its something to consider.


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Pat McGrath Eyedols Eye Shadow in Enraptured, $12.50**

Pat McGrath Single Eyeshadow Enraptured Swatch
Pat McGrath Enraptured

This is kind of a weird one because it seems like they are discontinued since they’ve been on sale for $12.50 (marked down from $25.00) for a VERY long time. There are also 4 shades available at Bergdorf Goodman**, but they are still the full price for some reason. So I’m not sure if this one is actually discontinued, but as of today, there are still a lot of shades available direct from the Pat McGrath website for $12.50.** I’m still recovering from missing out on the 50% off sale that the Pat McGrath website had yesterday 😭. If you are interested in other Pat McGrath products, they do have 25% off select products** right now, although these are not included.

Pat McGrath Single Eyeshadow Enraptured Swatch on Medium Dark Skin
Pat McGrath Enraptured

Anyways, this is a beautiful color and the formula is amazing. It is by far the most pigmented eyeshadow I’ve ever used. That could be good or bad depending on your preference, but I still find that it is easy to work with. It is easy to use as a one-and-done shade or for a more complex look it blends well with other colors. I’ve never minded buying single eyeshadows, but I know a lot of people complained about the $25.00 price, but there is no way you’ll go through this very fast since it is so pigmented. I think they were worth the full price, but you can’t beat this quality for $12.50.

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PAT McGRATH EYEdols Eye Shadow Enraptured** (Gleaming Antiqued Gold)

If you like this kind of content, revisiting older or limited edition products, check out my Limited Edition Love post. It has a lot of throwback products to reminisce about 🙂.


What about you guys? Are there any discontinued or limited edition products that you’re still loving?


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Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow (Charged and Fazed Swatches)

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow in Charged and Fazed (Swatches on medium dark skin)
Fazed (left) and Charged (right)

Urban Decay recently revamped its eyeshadow formula and color range to release an all vegan lineup. They retail for $19.00 and come in 25 shades. For comparison, NARS Singles are also $19.00, MAC single shadows (in a compact) range from $18.00 to $22.00, and Lancome singles are $22.00. I know I’m in the minority, but I don’t mind buying singles shades, even at this price point and higher. With palettes, it is very common for me to have shades I either would never use or can’t use because they are too light. I personally find value in being able to get one shade that I really enjoy and will use. If you don’t see the value in single shadows in compacts, I get that, but I did want to point out that they are priced competitively against other eyeshadow prices.

Now, whether or not they perform as well as the NARS, MAC, and Lancome singles is another story. Let’s take a look at some swatches and I’ll give you my thoughts.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow in Charged and Fazed (Swatches on medium dark skin)
Charged (left) and Fazed (right)
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What’s Old at Sephora (VIB Sale April 2021)

I have to give a shout-out to Emily Noel on Youtube for this concept. It has been a while, but she has done a couple older videos about What’s OLD at the Drugstore that I enjoyed. So I thought with the Sephora VIB sale starting soon, I’d talk recommendations that aren’t the newest things to the market. The sale dates are 9 April 2021 – 19 April 2021 depending on your membership tier.

Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick – 212 Wood Block, $26.00**

Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick 212 Woodblock swatch on medium dark skin
Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick in 212 Woodblock

This only has 1.6 g of product and traditional lipsticks have about 3.0 to 3.5 g, so that is something to keep in mind.  If you are a bang for your buck kind of shopper, I’d pass on this one.

Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick 212 Woodblock swatch medium dark skin
Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick in 212 Woodblock

This formula has somewhat of a slick or slippery feeling when you apply it but it does dry down to feel more creamy. It has nice pigment to it and doesn’t accentuate my lip lines. This line of lipsticks is also well reviewed by Temptalia, so you can check her site for swatches of the other colors.

Bobbi Brown Mini Shimmer Brick Highlighter – Bronze, $25.00**

If you have ever been curious about the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick this is already a good deal but even better with the extra percentage off. Since highlighter takes a long time to use up anyway, I don’t think the smaller size is an issue. I find the quality to be consistent with the regular $48 size. I think this is a nice formula, it can get a little shimmery if you pack it on, but with a light hand, I do think it can be applied in a subtle way.

Bobbi Brown Mini Shimmer Brick Sunset Pink and Bronze swatch medium dark skin
L to R: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Sunset Pink and Bronze

Sephora only has the shade bronze currently in stock, but the Bobbi Brown website does have the shade rose in stock as well (they are having 25% off until 11 April 2021 @ 11:59 PT). The shade Sunset Pink was a limited edition color, but this was the only picture I had to be able to showcase the bronze shade for you.

Bobbi Brown Mini Shimmer Brick Bronze swatch medium dark skin
L to R: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Sunset Pink and Bronze

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat, $29.00**

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Swatches medium dark skin

In my mind, this is a naked basics palette. I think that if they had marketed this palette as the Naked Heat Basics Eyeshadow Palette, there may have been a better reception. I think that since the marketing focused on the shades being brand new colors, reviewers spent too much time comparing it to the Naked Heat Palette**. Not a lot of people talked about it as a stand-alone product, or even as a companion to other eyeshadows you may already own. It is easy to forget that not everyone wants or needs 12 shades of eyeshadow.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Swatches medium dark skin
Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat

This is a nice little palette. The texture is slightly drier and a little dusty compared to the Naked Heat and the Naked Cherry, but I don’t find that to interfere with performance. However, if you like a creamy matte texture, you might not enjoy this formula.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Swatches medium dark skin
Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat

Sephora Lip Stories – 10 Yum Yum, $9.00**

I don’t have a picture of this product but wanted to shine some light on it anyway. The formula on this lipstick is smooth and creamy. I was disappointed to find out that something in the formula irritated my lips because I was really impressed by the formula. I don’t think the formula will be an issue for most people. The way they were hyped up back when they were first released, I didn’t hear of anyone else having irritation or sensitivity issues. I do want to warn you that the packaging does feel cheap, but it is only $9.00 at Sephora, so I’d say that should be expected. The entire Sephora Collection will be 30% off during the sale, so that brings the price down to $6.30. This discount can not be combined with the VIB sale code.

  • 9 April 2021 – 19 April 2021 – VIB Rouge tier can shop
  • 13 April 2021 – 19 April 2021 – VIB tier can shop
  • 15 April 2021 – 19 April 2021 – Insider tier can shop

I hope this post was helpful and gave you some new products to consider. Happy Shopping!


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