By Helen Clemson
Make up is my cocaine. I’ve always loved it – it just makes me just so darn happy. Five months after the birth of my daughter and I’m slowly getting my style (back) on, so Candice kindly handed over a bag of newly-launched makeup to encourage me.
I’ve been following Urban Decay for years; the brand is American (so that already makes it cool) and it’s real plus is that it’s a vegan line up. Yup, not a single animal-derived ingredient goes into the product range. I’m all about that and I think so many women are too.
And so, onto my testing session (and this is always the fun part); I needed a super-speedy look to apply en-route to my daughter’s play group. I literally had time for eyeshadow and lipstick and so I started with Urban Decay’s Eye shadow Primer Potion (R280) which helps eye shadow stay put on lids. I’ve always been a fan of products like these because eyelid skin is so thin and therefore prone to oiliness. This means shadow moves off the lid and migrates towards the crease where is settles. Happy to report that this little beaut did it’s job wonderfully; my eye shadow didn’t budge all day (I tried the brand’s Easy Baked Eye Shadow, (R220) with a few coats of Perversion Mascara, (R275).
I’m dying to try the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (R215) as it looks smooth and creamy – and that means easy to apply. I also dig the shade name, Desperation, because this un-sexy feeling mama is well, desperate to rock a bit of a charcoal smoky eye.
The lipstick scored brownie points too; I swept on Vice Lipstick in Native (R230) and was impressed by the colour intensity. What you see in the tube, you see on your lips. In other words, the colour is true to the lipstick bullet. Cheers to that darling! Candice has been raving about the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Broken (R210) that she says glides on so smoothly and effortlessly, while lasting a good few hours. She also gave a nod to the Vice Lipstick in naked (R230) that she likes because it’s almost the exact same colour as her natural lip tone.
You may have seen a lot of fuss around Urban Decay’s Naked range. Both Candice and I adore the Naked 3 Pallette (R850) which contains 12 beautiful rose hued natural colours in various finishes from matte to pearl. You’ll find an array of useful staple shades in one handy compact that’ll take you from day to night. I’m all for these types of classic colour palettes; so I say treat yourself to one now (even if you think there are too many colours in one pan) and you’ll use it for years. Promise.
You’ll find the Urban Decay store in Sandton City, Johannesburg. We’ve been told there are plans to roll out nationally soon. For those not based in JHB, but desperate to get their hands on a Naked palette, you can do so online at www.urbandecaystore.co.za