Road Test No.1: In The Name of Science

Is there anything more soul-destroyingthan looking in the mirror halfway through your day, and seeing ashiny, raccoon-eyed, spotty rendition of what you thought was yourwell put-together self? You’re sure that you left the houselooking like a million bucks, seamless-looking skin, blusher just theright amount of rosiness, lips all plump and ready to take on yourfirst latte of the morning. You’ve been running all over the place,having professional conversations with other humans all day long, andnow you can’t help but wonder if they were staring at that shadowof a shadow of a former zit on your chin peeking through your fadingfoundation, or wishing they had a pair of Ray-Bans for the blindingoil slick that is your T-zone. Yeah, me too.

And so, in the spirit of solidaritywith Real Gals throughout the globe who work long hours, run aroundlike maniacs all day long, or just cant be bothered to touch-up theirfaces fifty thousand times a day, the Highland Fashionista hasdecided to dedicate a running piece to us all. Readers, I present toyou:

Road Test; the Highland Fashionistatrials a bunch of cosmetic products so that you don’t have to.

Road Test Vol. 1: De Slick Oil ControlSetting Spray by Urban Decay

I have had this product in my cabinetfor a while. And I had wanted to buy it for a lot longer than that,but hadn’t. Largely, because it costs $29.00 at Sephora. Ithought that was a lot to spend on something that really, reminds mea lot of pointing a bottle of Windex at your face and pulling thetrigger. But in the name of Beauty, I persevered.

Here is the list of ingredients for DeSlick spray, provided by the Urban Decay Website:

Aqua(Water),SD-Alcohol 39-C,Polyhydroxystearic Acid,IsononylIsononanoate,Ethylhexyl Isononanoate,Sodium CocamidopropylPG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate,PVP,Phenoxyethanol,CaprylylGlycol,Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide,Methyl Methacrylate CrossPolymer,Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate,Gluconolactone,SodiumBenzoate,PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate,Glycereth-5 Lactate,AloeBarbadensis Leaf Juice,Fragrance

At this time theHighland Fashionista would like to point out that, despite a verylengthy and expensive stint in graduate school, the only words sherecognizes here are aloe,leaf,and juice. Okay, and maybe phosphate,but in my professional realm, we generally save that ingredient foran altogether different purpose.

So. There is avery specific way that one is supposed to use this product, and for awhile, when I first got it, naturallyI didn’t read the directions. Yes, something that is as simple as aspray bottle comes with directions, as it turns out. But I and myexpensive graduate education promptly apparently felt that we wereabove said directions and I took to just spritzing my face with theproduct after I had applied my makeup (as the magazines have alwaystold us to do with those mineral water spritzers). Apparently thatis totally wrong, and perhaps explains why it didn’t seem to make ablind bit of difference in the appearance of my makeup.

So apparently,the correctway to use this product is as follows; before putting on your makeup,hold bottle 4-8 inches away from your face and spray 2-4 times. Applymakeup, then do it again to set.

And with thoseexplicit instructions, begins the ultimate test of any makeup productever made. The twelve-hour shift.

After showering,I put on my usual antioxidant serum and let it soak in. I also use alittle extra moisturizer under my eyes. Spritzed, put on makeup,spritzed again. And behold.

7 am. And I've really got to so something
else with my eyebrows.

If you’llexcuse the shiny moon-face closeup, this is the end product. Thefirst-out-the-door, no-makeup-makeup look (kudos Bobbi Brown). Wethair and ponytail elastic not included.

After five hours.

Not too shabby. Still plenty of product on my face,
and no oil slick!

After eighthours.

Not much change. A little shine on the forehead now.
Some fading of the blusher. But all things considered, pretty good.

I do confess, however, to doing a wee bit of a touchup at eight hours, after this photo was taken. Not anything drastic, just a wee bit of powder and some gloss. Anyway, This has now essentially lasted a workday for most normal people who work more civilized hours. Also, I did notice at this point,  some cakey bits under my eyes, and had to dab them with a bit of water to get them to blend. 

After thirteenhours (anyone who works twelve-hour shifts knows that it is actuallymore like a thirteen and a half to fourteen hour day, really.) So. okay, thirteen and a half hours. 

Blusher faded, Still pretty much shine free, but what
on earth is going on with my hair!?  I look as if I have been plugged-in!
Note to self: frizz balm.

So, at the end of a very long day, is Urban Decay De Slick a pass or fail. Pass. Mostly. 

I do think the product works, but I think due diligence must be paid in order to avoid the eye area when you apply it initially, lest you end up with cakey zombie-eyes later in the afternoon. It is perfect if you are going to an event, or know that you are going to be running around shopping or the like for the afternoon. Will I use it every day? Nope. And most likely, nor will you. I just don't have it in me to add any more permanent steps to my routine.  But I will reach for it as and when I need it.  

Until next time, 


  1. What a brilliant post, I love seeing the progressive photos! Having spent many years in makeup for that duration of time made this one a fascinating post. You sound like me, why read the directions on simple things, they're only there for legal reasons, right? (heh, heh, heh.)

    Love your blog, I'll be back!

    1. Many thanks for your kind words. And solidarity in refusing to read the label!

  2. It's so much fun to have a new style blogger with a sense of humor and a way with words:).

    1. Thanks again for your support. Good to know that someone is reading!

    2. Lots of people reading, I have read all your posts. But find it difficult to make comments. Not that computer literate! Anonymous is the only one to click on and comment easily. Will have to get my son to help me!


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