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Urban Decay Stargazer Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Stargazer Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Stargazer Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Stargazer Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic lime-gold with gold 3-D sparkle.” It’s a green-tinged gold with brownish undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. Clinique Whopping Willow is darker, greener. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion is much greener and darker. MAC Sumptuous Olive is less metallic. Inglot #433 is less green, darker. MAC Old Gold is warmer, less green.

I know the question you’re dying to ask, so let’s just get it out of the way: there’s fall out. And yes, there’s fall out not just during application but while it’s worn–and it is less than Urban Decay’s micro-glitter powder eyeshadows. Is the effect dynamite? Oh, it’s gorgeous. It’s a glittering, sparkling affair that is so, so pretty as the light catches different parts of the lid. It’s an effect that shows itself best in person (with movement) as the shimmer shifts like glimmering water. The fall out is noticeable enough that it’s a drawback; with three on at once, it’s noticeable, but with just one shade, it happens but is not quite as glaring.  As someone who has little tolerance for fall out, I’d occasionally wear these and deal with it because the effect really is (to me) stunning–but that doesn’t excuse it.

Stargazer has good color payoff whether applied dry or wet, though it is much smoother and metallic in finish when applied with a damp brush. It applied well to the lid, and the fall out during application was noticeable but not as much as you’d expect. The real downside is that there is perpetual fall out throughout the time you wear it. You can clean-up fall out that occurs after you’ve applied your eyeshadow, before you leave, but a few hours later? Not so practical. Because the sparkle in this is rather fine, it’s not nearly as noticeable as the micro-glitter found in Urban Decay’s powder eyeshadows. It’s more visible as the particles catch the light. It didn’t crease or fade on me during the eight hours I wore it, and though there was fall out, the color itself didn’t look patchy or as if anything were missing.

Three years ago, Urban Decay released Stardust Eyeshadow, and Moondust feels a lot like them. It has the same wet-but-not texture that feels rather different from powder eyeshadows (and not like a cream, as it is very thin and feels almost wet). I don’t think these are quite like products such as Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense or L’Oreal Infallibles, which have a more powdery texture and feel and are not quite as sparkly. MAC’s Pressed Pigments are somewhat similar, but the sparkle/glitter is larger, chunkier. The texture feels different, and the sparkle content is much, much higher. Moondusts have a finer sparkle/shimmer compared to the Stardusts, as there’s not a bit of grit with them. Moondust was also much more blendable and easier to apply overall.

Urban Decay Stargazer Moondust Eyeshadow

B
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Zestful Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Zestful Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Zestful Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Zestful Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale iridescent lime.” It’s an iridescent, pastel green with warm, golden-green sheen and a frosted, metallic finish. I don’t have any real dupes for it; Too Faced Fantasy island is warmer, yellower and bareMinerals Wicked is greener, warmer. Zestful has an aqua-ish base color with a warmer, more golden shimmer that gives it complexity.

Applied dry, it went on surprisingly smooth (smoother than other shades), and it had semi-opaque pigmentation. Applied damp, it was more intensely pigmented, and it appeared more metallic and even smoother. It is very reflective when swatched on the skin, but on the lid, it did seem to lighten a bit and the iridescent effect didn’t stand out as much. I think if it was paired with deeper, richer colors, it might pop out more (I just happened to use it alongside shades in this launch, and they all turned rather pastel applied), or it might be nice layered over black. The texture felt softer than a lot of other shades with this formula, though there was still a residual dryness, but it just seemed to bind and hold together better.   There was some very slight fading after six hours, but it wasn’t too noticeable.

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow Zestful
Zestful
Zestful
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

MAC Extra Silver Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Silver Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Silver Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Silver Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true silver.” It’s a bright, metallic silver with neutral to neutral-warm undertones. Benefit Blingo is darker. Maybelline Silver Strike is a touch darker and more metallic. MAC Enlightening is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is less metallic. MAC Misty is warmer.

I felt that the color payoff was the same both dry and damp, though when applied damp, the finish appeared smoother and more metallic, rather than frosted as it did when applied dry. There was also less fall out during application when one used a damp brush. The payoff is mostly opaque, and the formula pretty much is a buildable one from sheer to greater intensity, so it’s hard to say it isn’t pigmented as it’s supposed to be (so it’ll come down more to what you personally want). The texture is lightly dry–a smidgen powdery–but does apply smoothly, especially when pressed into the skin. I tested this shade yesterday, and it did lightly crease and fade after six hours of wear.

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow Extra Silver
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Dimensional Blue Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Dimensional Blue Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Dimensional Blue Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Dimensional Blue Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “frosty blue.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned blue with a frosted finish–it is a little subdued, almost overcast in color. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, more silvered. bareMinerals Bravo is less frosted. Urban Decay Mary Jane is darker. MAC Moon’s Reflection is darker and less frosted. Urban Decay Strip is grayer, darker.

The Extra Dimension formula is supposed to wear for six hours with color payoff that “ranges from sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect.”  Applied dry, it had good color payoff, and applied damp, it became more frosted and had slightly better pigmentation–but the difference was very subtle. The texture is lightly dry but soft, and it applies smoothly to the lid; the texture is consistent with this type of formula. When I applied it to the lid, it seemed lighter on the lid than when I swatched.  Dimensional Blue wore seven hours without fading (even longer than the six claimed) when applied damp over bare skin.

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow Dimensional Blue
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush
MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose.” It’s a pale, light-medium pink with mostly neutral undertones (it almost has a gray cast) and pale gold shimmer. Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose is more frosted. MAC Stay Pretty is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Naked Rose is pinker and matte. MAC Rosy Outlook is lighter and has no golden shimmer.

If you’ve ever felt like the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes were too shimmery, frosted, or metallic (or else over-the-top), you may appreciate the Extra Dimension Blush formula, which is much, much subtler. The finish is much more like a satin or pearl. At Dusk has good pigmentation, and it is mostly true-to-pan; but by virtue of its coloring, will naturally lend itself to paler complexions. On my medium skin tone (NC25/NC30), it shows up lightly, but I need to layer the color to get it there–and it will work as a subtle, everyday kind of shade on medium skin tones. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and the more you buffed the product into the skin, the prettier the sheen became (more glowing than shimmery). This was the first blush I tested yesterday, and it lasted seven hours but was slightly faded after eight.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush At Dusk
At Dusk
At Dusk
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lilac.” It’s true-to-description: it’s an iridescent lilac with a shimmering frost finish. MAC Bubble Gum has more of an iridescent lilac feel (but it has more of a golden shimmer than true iridescence). If you have an iridescent lilac eyeshadow, you could pat it over your lips and get a similar effect.

It’s really like a layer of iridescent lilac shimmer more than it is a color or a lipstick, because the color is sheer. I could see this type of color being used maybe as a layering product on top of other products, but I just don’t see it working very well that way–it has a very dry consistency that would make it hard to spread out over another color. Other Velvet Matte Lip Pencils have not only been incredibly pigmented, but they are creamier and have a more emollient texture that enables good glide and application. Tender Night was harder to apply for even, all-over color coverage. It felt like an old school frost lipstick but with a thinner consistency. It wore just under three hours on me, and it was drying (and it looked dry).

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Tender Night

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