US Make-Up Haul

With the help of an enabling friend I have received quite a few new items from the US this week and wanted to share my haul. I have left a couple of items off as I want to use them for other posts but most of it is here!

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As you can see there are a mixture of high end and drug store products in this haul – all are things not available in the UK (or in the case of the UD palette website exclusives that are constantly out of stock!)

Urban Decay, Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
25863646653_4eaa7d44e0_mI’d been trying to get this in the UK for quite a while having been coveting it since before Christmas and was about to give up all hope of ever getting one having been checking the Urban Decay website religiously for weeks with no luck, it was always out of stock. When the opportunity arose to get it sent to me from the US I grabbed it with both hands! Boy am I glad I did, it’s beautiful! I also love the idea that the packaging is re-usable once the product has run out; the pans are on a tray which lifts out to reveal a velvet lining so you can turn it into a jewellery box! The shades are true Urban Decay, bold, bright and shimmery. My particular favourites are ‘Madness’, ‘Evidence’ and ‘Voodoo’.

Kat Von D, Lock it Concealer in ‘Light 16’
26374013482_9ab9598a36_mAfter having fallen for the foundation a while ago – it has seriously the best pigmentation I’ve ever seen in a liquid foundation – I had to try the concealer.
I do like that it’s in a handy squeezy tube, no pump that puts out too much product or stupid doe foot applicator (seriously though, why do companies insist on using those for dispensing product? It’s not hygienic and wastes tons of product that you can’t get out of the bottom.)
I’m really hoping that this concealer lives up to the brand’s reputation and doesn’t fall down after the foundation was so good.

Kat Von D, Liquid Lipstick in ‘Lolita II’
26440419646_ec1c777756_mI already have a few shades of KVD’s liquid lipstick including the first ‘Lolita’ shade. This new version of Lolita is much redder, leaning towards terracotta compared to the current formulation of ‘Lolita’.

Colour Pop, Ultra Satin Lip in ‘Toolips’ & ‘Frick N Frack’
26375170392_34fec2b186_mWould you believe these are my first ever ColourPop lipsticks? I know!
These promise to be comfortable and non-drying, that’s very nearly a holy grail liquid lipstick if it’s true! I’ll certainly be giving these a thorough testing.

Burt’s Bees, Lipstick in ‘Lily Lake’ & ‘Juniper Water’
26401364621_4f7700b5c3_mI seriously don’t understand why these aren’t available in the UK. As far as I can tell pretty much every other Burt’s Bees product is but not these. It just doesn’t make any sense to me!
Anyway, these are lovely soft moisturising sheer lipsticks with a hint of sparkle to them. ‘Lily Lake’ is a brownish mauve while ‘Juniper Water’ is a deep burgundy red shade.

Maybelline, Color Tattoo Crayon in ‘Lilac Lust’ & ‘Lavish Lavender’
26401310541_404d4dd9dc_mColor Tattoo is a product line we only get about half of in the UK. We don’t get all of the colours of the cream product (most stores have only 4 or 6 shades) and we get none of the loose powder shadows at all. Since they brought these out in the US this is another Color Tattoo product we simply don’t have in the UK! What are you playing at Maybelline?
Just like the original pots, once set these shadows are not going anywhere. I tried my best to smudge my swatches but they wouldn’t shift even with a bit of moisture. I can’t wait to wear them!

The Swatches

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L-R: KVD ‘Lolita II’, CP ‘Toolips’, CP ‘Frick N Frack’

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Burt’s Bees ‘Lily Lake’ & ‘Juniper Water’

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Color Tattoo ‘Lilac Lust’ & ‘Lavish Lavender’

 All of my swatches are available to view in larger sizes over on my Flickr account

I haven’t swatched the Urban Decay palette as it’s not a new release and loads of other people have probably already done so but if you want me to do a post with swatches for Urban Spectrum do let me know and I’ll get right on it!

Do let me know your thoughts!