Dupe Alert: Midnight Bloom and Mrs. Mia Wallace

urban decay mrs mia wallace and edward bess midnigt bloomDing ding ding, we have a dupe!

On my lips, Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in Midnight Bloom is virtually indistinguishable from Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace (Pulp Fiction limited edition).

Review and Swatches: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Mrs. Mia Wallace

urban decay mrs mia wallace4Urban Decay has been getting props for their Revolution Lipstick an I’ve been wanting to try one, but was too lazy to pour over colors to make a choice. One day Temptalia had a post on makeup that people have back-ups of, and the one single item that got the most quote was the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace, a Pulp Fiction limited edition item. I looked around the blogosphere for swatches and when I saw Lipstick Rules wearing Mrs. Mia Wallace, I pressed the button. Two months later, the pretty is here.

Red lipstick is a staple, isn’t it? Of my stash, Edward Bess Ultra Slick lipstick in Midnight Bloom is the closest in terms of color and texture to Mrs. Mia Wallace. In fact, on my lips the two are identical. [I should do a post on Edward Bess lipsticks as they are my number one favorite lipstick of all time, really].Another beloved red is similar in color though not as opaque: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty in Rouge Doux.

In terms of texture, opacity, lasting power, and overall feel on the lips, this one is really worth the hype, and I can see why many people consider getting back-ups of this. Urban Decay describes this as deep blood red, and it’s spot on. It’s a posh color for sure, a blue red which makes my teeth really white. I will not be getting back-ups though – I’m not even sure if I’m even keeping this one. It’s too dark and somehow too posh on me, which makes it not an everyday staple (and also why I’m not into the cult MAC Russian Red and her sisters). All’s not lost though, since I really like the Revolution Lipstick texture and might get other color(s). If you’d like to try Mrs. Mia Wallace, Urban Decay still sells it online (it’s sold out everywhere else it seems).

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Red comparisons, natural light (click to enlarge)

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Review and Swatches: Urban Decay Naked3 is a Plum Purple Palette!

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Confession: I was one of those people pooh-poohing the Urban Decay Naked Palettes gold rush. I mean, brown, dark brown, light brown, greyish brown and brownish grey??

However, one day I was lounging around Sephora in Kuala Lumpur, and lo and behold, there they were, the three Naked sisters, and automatically my eyes caught on Naked3. Everybody and their grandma have raved about the rose gold of this palette, but no one told me it was a plum palette?! Plum and purple!! The brown-eyed girl’s best friends!

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Urban Decay Naked3 Palette: the 6 lighter colors
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Urban Decay Naked3 Palette: the 6 darker colors

I immediately picked up one for myself (and several for others). Here are some swatches and eye looks. This is a very flattering palette for brown-eyed ladies: it is neutral but NOT boring brown or grey; it has a  good selection of shimmer and matte shade; the texture is great; longevity is very good even without primer; and there’s a few shades that you can use on its own, so very good for those rush morning days. That the brush is excellent, is a bonus.

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On the top row are the first 6 lighter colors, bottom row the last 6 darker colors
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Random combinations of one lighter and one darker colors. Purples, yes?

For those still hesitating because you don’t need another brown palette, you are quite right, you don’t. This is a plum neutral, however. It is not warm, not red (not even pink), and not TOO shimmery (just enough shimmer which you can tone down with the mattes included in the palette). Overall an elegant neutral for day and night.

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