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I have a number of eyeshadows from Urban Decay, ranging from those you can find in palettes to ones I have bought individually. I have had great luck with all I have tried.
My favourites are:
Half Baked - this is beautiful opaque gold shadow. It is extremely well pigmented and is both blendable and buildable. I love to wear this as my all over lid colour for a night out. If you are looking for a darker version, they also do baked and double baked.
Buck - love, love, love this! I was introduced to this via the naked palette and I have since bought this seperately. It is great as a both a transition colour and has just right touch of warmth for my brows. This is a matte shadow that is just as blendable and buildable as half baked.
Betrayal - now time for some colour! This is the most fantastic light shimmery purple, it's almost like peacock purple. I love this in my crease with a darker purple it deepen it up a little.
If you have any of the older palettes, you will see that the older formulation is not as good. They revamped them all around three years ago and they are now perfect. All of the shadows I have tried are pigmented, blendable, buildable and very long wearing.
I would advise you to buy palettes, as they are much more worth it. The singular shadows sell for £14, whereas the palettes start from around £30. The best time to stock up is this time of year.
Recently I bought some eye shadow from this range.
I don't normally buy from Urban Decay, I see it more as a younger person's product but when I was in Debenhams I sampled some and it looked lovely, it was just the shade that I was looking for and was perfect for an occasion I had coming up so I bought it.
The shade I bought was a dark purple with glittery bits in. The lady behind the counter said that it was a new one, that these sparkly eye shadows were new to their range. They did look very nice.
It came in a small round little container which opened up on a hinge. The top part was just see-through so you could see the shadow inside. It didn't contain a little mirror unlike other quite expensive ranges which I have bought but that wasn't a problem as I have a little compact and also a blusher with a mirror in too. It didn't come with an applicator either, it was quite simple an eye shadow and nothing extra.
The colour was lovely, a vibrant dark purple that showed up well on my eyes. It sparkled nicely and was just what I wanted. I didn't have to apply much or press hard or anything for it to go from my finger to my eyelid. I really liked the sparkly effect.
Now my problem with this is that it had no staying power. Within an hour the purple had pretty much gone and the sparkle had moved to below my eyes. It was a hot day so maybe that didn't help but it was a bit disappointing really. I did take it along with me so I can touch it up which was a good job. It was a shame that it didn't have staying power.
I probably will buy from this brand again but will know in future to take it with me to occasions so I can touch up eye shadow when needed.
So if like me your makeup bag is fit to bursting and you are a sucker for buying eye shadows then you are probably wondering which ones are worth spending your hard earned cash on.
One of my favourite brands is Urban Decay eye shadow and I highly recommend if for these reasons.
Firstly the eye shadows come in almost every colour imaginable from dusky pink to electric blue. The colours are vibrant and show up beautifully on your eyes. Whatever your outfit there is always a shade in this collection to compliment or it.
Secondly the eye shadow is great at staying put for the whole day or evening. With other brands I have often found that over the course of a few hours the eye shadow fades or is wiped off easily. I can go on a night out at 7pm and when I arrive home at midnight the shade is still vibrant and in place with no smudges whatsoever.
The only thing which I will say is that I don't find these eye shadows are the best at blending, especially with each other as each colour is so prominent. You also have to apply them carefully as you cannot get away with a rushed job...if you smudge this whilst putting it onto your eyelids then it definitely shows up for all to see.
I also like the packaging of the eye shadow. It is in a small, metallic, circular looking case with clear plastic over the top so you can see the colour straight away...excellent as you don't have to open each one to see the shade.
The price is also reasonable at £3.99 and you can buy it from most cosmetic stores from Boots to Superdrug.
They also do not crack or shatter like some other individual eye shadows meaning that you do not end up getting it all over your makeup bag.
So to conclude would I recommend Urban Decay eye shadow? The answer is most definitely yes! It doesn't matter what your skin tone there are colours to suit everyone and I very much enjoy collecting them all.
I bought Urban Decay's eyeshadow in 'Vert' almost a year ago. It is, of course, a green colour. I am not a regular wearer of green eyeshadow, but I like to dabble in a range of colours so I decided to give this one a go.
Urban Decay are an American cosmetics company based in California that was founded in 1996. According to Wikipedia, it was originally labelled as a 'grunge' brand, which I can understand by much of Urban Decay's packaging.
~ Price and availability ~
This eyeshadow usually retails at around £15.00 and is available from most department stores although I think that Urban Decay are starting to phase these eyeshadows out and are bringing them out in revised packaging.
It is available online from katyscosmetics.co.uk for just £4.99 (plus £1.95 for postage).
~ Packaging ~
The eyeshadow comes in a matte silver coloured plastic compact. It is small (just over an inch in diameter) and round with a window in the centre of the lid so that you can see the eyeshadow.
I really like the design of the packaging.
It has the words 'URBAN DECAY' embossed on the top of the lid a long with a pointy spirograph-type pattern around the outside of the window in the middle. Around the bottom of the circular design are the words, 'GOOD FOR ONE FARE'. This is something that was also written on New York City subway tokens, which were used between 1953 and 2003, when they were finally phased out. I believe this Urban Decay eyeshadow is made to imitate the 1986 - 1995 subway token, which had a similar spirograph-type design and will no doubt evoke memories of younger years for many subway users who remember the old tokens.
The perimeter of the lid has a ridged design. Looking at the eyeshadow from the side it looks like it could be made from a thin metal.
It is easy to open and the label on the bottom of the eyeshadow tells me that this contains 1.5g of eyeshadow.
The sticker on the bottom of the eyeshadow is also a green colour and in big black bold letters 'URBAN DECAY VERT' is what stands out on the label.
The packaging is really bold and I like it, but to me Urban Decay's products, in general, appear to be aimed at teenagers.
~ Use ~
This eyeshadow is highly pigmented and is picked up by my brush and transferred with ease. It is a vibrant shimmery green colour and looks really effective on.
The eyeshadow is solid, but it is picked up on your brush as a very fine powder. It is really good quality and I don't find that the colour needs to be built up at all. The look that is achieved is very shimmery, but by no means over the top.
It is long lasting and once it is applied, it does not need to be reapplied or topped up all day.
I really like this eyeshadow and would definitely consider buying other colours from the range.
~ Overall ~
Overall, I think this is a great eyeshadow. The colour is highly pigmented and it is an excellent quality powder eyeshadow. The packaging is really bold and I love the design. It isn't the cheapest of eyeshadows, but it is better quality than others I have tried that I have paid more for. I would recommend this eyeshadow and would definitely consider buying it again in a different colour.
Urban Decay eyeshadow comes in single pots or gift sets. The pots usually retail for £11 from Boots. They are slightly on the expensive side but you get what you pay for as these eyeshadows are of excellent quality. The colour itself is rich in pigments and there's plenty of them to choose from so you're almost certain to find the right one for you. The pots have a little window so you can see the colour inside (which is useful).
You can choose from matte shades, glitter shades or liquid eyeshadows. The matte shades are lovely. They are nice and bright and can be applied wet or dry. Applying them wet usually gives a deeper colour and a longer lasting result. If you are applying the eyeshadow wet I would recommend using a primer beforehand as they can start to crease after a few hours (especially in warmer weather). Urban Decay do a primer potion which is around the same price as the eyeshadow.
The eyshadow turns heads (especially the matte shades) as it is very bright and eye catching. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though. The glitter shades are fab. I thought that the glitter may have "fell off" my eyelids but it stays on and lasts all day too.
Overall these are excellent quality eyeshadows and they can be used together to create your own look.
I have to say that of all my the Urban Decay colours, Underground has to be one of my favourites. The shadow itself is soft and easy to apply, it builds up easily enough, and the colour is perfect on its own for the day, and can be blended with other colours to make a nice smoky eye look for the night. My tip when using Urban Decay eyeshadow's is to do your eye make up first, as you will sometimes find that the colour falls a bit when you are applying it, so do your foundation after your eyes to make it easier to cover up any colour that has fallen onto your cheeks. However the good thing is because they are so pigmented you don't need to use that much colour so one pot of eyeshadow will last you for ages. I always use a primer first and find that I never have to reapply during the day, and most people don't mind paying a bit more if they know something is going to last them.
Urban Decay eyeshadows come in a round silver pot with the word Urban Decay on the front and a see through window in the middle so you can see the product. The window also has a star on the front. It is a really pretty case.
The eyeshadows come in different finishes such as shimmer and satin and comes in a wide variety of colours.
I have this eyeshadow in the colour Maui Wowie which is a gold shade. It is shimmery and is really pigmented and so comes out as really intense gold colour.
The shimmer makes it perfect to wear on a night out and always makes me feel really glamorous when i wear it. It is very easy to apply and goes on really evenly and smoothly. It lasts all night and doesn't fade. I wear it with either black or brown eyeliner. I wouldn't wear this eyeshadow in the daytime though as it wouldn't be suitable for work. Though Urban Decay does do more natural colours and finishes.
I bought this from an Urban Decay counter in Debenhams and it cost me £13.00. Urban Decay products are also sold in Boots and House of Frazer as well as online.
The price is expensive but the eyeshadows are really good quality. However Mac eyeshadows which i have a lot of are cheaper at £11.50 and they are really good quality too so out of the two i am more likely to go for Mac eyeshadows.
I don't tend to buy too many of these products (as they are far more expensive than the others) but it isn't hard to see why. Even the eye shadows far exceed quality than others, they offer a fantastic range of colours and types, and really last for hours. You can feel the quality and using the products together too really do make your eyes look beautiful! I always feel more confident going out when using such good products.
The product --> The eye shadows come in a variety of different ways, but these one of just a single colours come in a clear pot with a black plastic bottom and a colourful logo on the front of it. There are so many colours to choose from, but personally I prefer to buy the less bolder colours, such as browns and more neutral tones.
The cost --> They do last for months and months, and still feel just as silky and good as when first purchased! I really do think they are brilliant. A single one of these costs about £14 from boots (or did last time I remember!) but then they have so many eye shadows such as the deluxe range that it really is just finding a shade that you feel comfortable wearing.
I definitely recommend these eye shadows if you want to spend a bit more for really good quality then this is the brand to go for.
As a bit of a make up addict, I'm already very fond of the Urban Decay range, their eyeshadows especially are one of my favourite items in my make up bag. Firstly, I love the range of colours available, from funky vibrant bright reds to smokey blacks, there really is someone to suit everyone, I especially love the bright "Electric" blue!
The packaging is also pleasing to the eye, with their unusual round silver plastic tubs which also have a nice sturdy lid which has a clear middle so you can see the colours easily, they already look something special before you even open them. :)
The eyeshadow themselves are very highly pigmented too, I've had many eyeshadows in the past where you have had to use sooo many layers to build the colour, but with urban decay eyeshadows, the colour applies and builds so easily! It is possible to apply a light coat if you prefer, but if like me you love a bold striking look, these eyeshadows are perfect for it! :D
Possibly the one downside to this range is the price, at around £12 or so for each one, it is a little on the pricey side (which is a problem with much of the urban decay range, but you do get what you pay for) and many people are of the belief that you should instead save for the palettes in which you get a selection of colours, and I don't disagree with this, although with a bit of shopping around you can find these eyeshadows for a bargain price sometimes on certain websites, so always keep an eye out!
Urban Decay has to have one of the most impressive ranges of eyeshadows on the market today. The brand is known for it's fun, funky, sometimes quirky products and all these elements are present in the eyeshadows they've developed.
The packaging is cute to begin with. Anyone who's read my other make-up (well anything else too really!) reviews will know I'm a sucker for good marketing and cute packaging. Urban decay doesn't disappoint in this aspect. Round, silver coloured, token-style eyeshadow cases (pictured) see me reaching for my purse even before I've checked out the contents. They also do a deluxe (possibly limited edition?) range with super, super nice packaging - little pots with painted images on the lids; each colour had it's own image. If your like me this is the stuff dreams are made of! I guess I should get out more....
The eyeshadows themselves come in an array of colours, some neutral whilst others are bolder shades for the more adventurous among us. Regardless of the actual colour I've found the pigmentation to be excellent and the colour you see in the pan is exactly what you'll acheive on your skin with just one application. Some of the shadows have just a slight sheen whilst others incorporate a lot of glitter. It's not mad '90's over the top glitter I'm pleased to say but a more finely milled 'classy' glitteryness. The sheeny shadows are ideal for most people during the day whilst many would reserve the glitter packed offering for evening use I'd imagine. However I like to mix it up and use a glitter shadow in the day occasionally and I do tend to notice some glitter 'fall-out' onto my cheeks if I use the shadow alone. Through a little trial and error I've found using Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion helps keep this to a minimum.
Overall I'd say that there's an urbabn decay shadow out there for everyone, they're high quality, highly pigmented, last for ages and look cute in your make-up bag. What more could a girl want? The price in-store can sometimes be a little steep but online prices are worth researching as prices seem to vary considerably. I've picked many up for under £5 so it's worth shopping around.
Being a make up fiend and wearing practically every colour under the rainbow my friends tend to buy me make up as presents as they know it will be joyfully received! So my best friend presents me with a beautiful bag brimming with goodies and inside is nestled this little beauty!!
Now as it was a present I don't know the price she paid, however a quick scout around suggests that for the signal pots you will pay about £5, which is fairly reasonable!
I have only one of these in Maui Wowie, which is kind of a cross between silver and gold (sounds strange but only way I can describe it!) the pots are funky silver metal-esq and hold 1.5g of eyeshadow. Even using mine most days it has still lasted 7 months nearly - though I can now see the bottom of the pot!
I tend to apply using a make up brush rather than sponge applicator and I think you would get a different finish if you did use a sponge, so my review is based on my application method!
*****EASE OF APPLICATION*****
The eyeshadow applys nicely to your whole lid and I don't find that I have to pile on layer after layer to achieve a good coverage. The colour looks bright on the first layer of application, but if you were going for a darker tone or more wild eyes I would suggest that you would have to "build up" the coverage.
The colour in the tin is similar to the colour that actually goes onto your eyes (it must be a first!). So when you are looking for that specific shade you know what you see is actually what you get! It is very sparkly - herein lies one of my downfalls, because I apply using a brush I tend to find I end up with glitter all over my face. Now this is not neccessarily a problem, my bronzer has glitter, I like being a glitterbug, but being told by my boss that I am glittery, maybe not the most professional! Also my boyfriend finds that after he kisses me he is a little bit sparkly too - not so good for his macho ego!
It stays on well throughout the day, without the dreaded "crease line" you often find after a long gruelling day working .... erm ... or pretending to work and writing dooyoo reviews instead! I do find if I go out straight from work though I either need to top up on the old eyeshadow to glam myself up, or sweep a makeup brush over my eyes to "brighten".
Now I am actually writing the review there is another plus point I've just realised from my last sentence - even if you sweep a make up brush over tired eyes at the end of the day it doesn't diminish this marvellous eyeshadow, instead you are left with eyes that look just made up again! Clever old thing!
*****WHAT DOES IT SAY ON THE TIN? CAN IT DO IT??*****
The strap line for this product is "bold, iridescent shadows that let you go from mild to wild with rich textures and colours" and I have to agree it certainly does that! If you want a bold colour that is still suitable for work then simply sweep a "flat block" of colour over your eyes, to transform yourself for a night out keep the flat block and vamp it up with shading and adding extra layers of colour or different colours to appeal to your inner wild child!
A great buy for anyone who loves to experiment and wants their make up to stay put throughout the day - I would recommend to anyone (fellas you can be included too!) to buy and I will certainly be going to buy some more and expand my colour range....just need my dooyoo miles to come through lol!
Thanks for reading - sorry if I got a bit waffley!
The colours this eyeshadow comes in are absolutely fantastic - there really is absolutely every colour you could possibly want. It looks absolutely stunning, very eye-catching. One shade I particularly like is "strip" - a lovely silvery-blue shade that really stands out and brightens up your face. Aesthetically, this eyeshadow is everything you could ever want (provided you are not going for a very reserved look). It comes in so many brilliant colours.
However, the eyeshadow is very flakey and little bits of it get everywhere when you are putting it on - not good for contact lens wearers! Although this eyeshadow looks amazing, it is the least contact lens-friendly eyeshadow I have ever tried. This is the only reason I don't wear it all the time - I simply can't. However, I do wear gas permeable lenses, which are notoriously uncomfortable anyway, so with soft lenses there is probably no problem.
All in all, a great product, just a bit hard to control as it gets everywhere!
I own the dark blue eyeshadow and it's the single best I've ever owned. It cost over £10 I seem to remember in Boots but it's well worth it. The one I have came in a really pretty little case which looked like some sort of posh Japanese jewelry box but mini - so cute. The eyeshadow itself is obviously of a very high quality and the has a very dense rich colour which reminds me of eyeliner in a way and I sometimes use it instead by just applying on the outline of my eye. It's an eyeshadow which rarely fades and lasts for a long long time. I always find it a problem when eyeshadows smudge and you end up getting a line of whatever the colur is on the top of your eyelid when you've only applied on the bottom - hard to explain - but with this one so such problem. Highly recommended and WORTH the price because it'll last you AGES!
Ubran Decay is a make up range sold in Boots, Debenhams and House of Fraser. They do eye liners, eye shadows, lip glosses etc. I will be reviewing their Midnight Cowboy Rides Again eyeshadow.
Urban Decays single eyeshadows come in a small round silver pot with a screw lid. There is a huge range of colours but my all time favourite is Midnight Cowboy Rides Again. This is a gold colour eyeshadow that is full of gold glitter. These come in at £12.50 for one pot. Perfect size to carry about in your handbag!
This is a great eyeshadow it lasts all night. There is colour below the sprakle. it is a goldy colour but not garishly so. This is an extremely sparkly eyeshadow so when you put it on you have to be careful or you will have sparkle all over your face!
The eyeshadow lasts all night, even more so if you use an eye shadow primer underneath they shadow. The individual eyeshadows do not come with a little applicator or brush but I think lke all glitter eyeshadows this one is best applied with you finger. I think the glitter sticks too much to the brush meaning you get less of it on your eyes. So I always just apply with my finger.
This is a great eyeshadow for a night out or just a normal day if you just feel like you need a little bit sparkle!
I have only ever purchased one urban decay eye shadow on a whim in boots once. It was a real lottery, the range of colours looked really nice.
However at £12.00 it is quite expensive.
I have the 'Roach' colour which is a rich, dark brown. I have quite dark olive skin, so this colour may be quite dark for fairer skin.
It is a silver, circular very compact case. It opens on a hinge which is more useful than the sliding or screw designs as you dont spill any over the floor.
It is a very sweet design on top of the case, with a see-through part to see the colour and a nice intricate compass like design round the edge.
The colour, when applied, is uniform over the eye lid or brow and is thick enough to allow definition for a more striking look e.g. over the brow of the nose.
The colour catches the light beautifully without looking cheap and sparkly. It looks and feels expensive and is worth the cost.
It stays on all night when I go out, which is fantastic!
The product is quite pricey but worth every penny, it is quality and long lasting and therefore great value for money.
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