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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Swatches: Urban Decay YDK vs Stray Dog vs Mac Satin Taupe

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YDK is perfect for the lids as a wash of color. It's frosty and has a metallic sheen that's super gorgeous. It looks so brown in the first picture, but it's actually a light taupey shade with a hint of a plummy undertone. Just be careful with fallouts because it has microglitters.

Natural Lighting

Stray Dog and Satin Taupe are almost exactly the same, except Stray Dog has a prettier metallic sheen finish. I like to use both on the crease. Stars Makeup Haven (SMH) Frenzy is darker and has a stronger brown undertone. SMH Breathless is also in the same Taupe family, but it is lighter and better suited for the lids. It is too light for my crease.

I love all of these colors, but YDK and Stray Dog are my favorite.

Note: Urban Decay Eyeshadows cost $17.00 for 1.5 grams at Nordstrom,, and Sephora. Mac Eyeshadows in pan form cost $11.00 for 1.5 grams (some of the eyeshadows have 1.3 grams) and cost $16 in pots. Stars Makeup Haven (SMH) raised their price from $4.95 to $6.00 for 1.3 grams.

The formula of Urban Decay eyeshadows is different than Mac, with the exception of some Mac eyeshadows. Urban Decay eyeshadows are much smoother and buttery, and the shimmery eyeshadows look much prettier than the Mac shimmery eyeshadows. However, I do get some fallouts when I apply certain Urban Decay eyeshadows (the ones with the microglitters), but I don't get as much fallouts as I do with my SMH eyeshadows.

*Update* I posted new swatches of these eyeshadows here.

Which taupe eyeshadow is your favorite?

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