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Urban Decay XX Vintage Nail Colors (Part 1)

Urban Decay Nail Color
Urban Decay Nail Color

Urban Decay Pallor Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a light, pinkish white with iridescent opal shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two coats, but it seemed too pigmented to be used as a layering shade, as the white base was rather strong and looked very streaky when applied over a more opaque base polish. The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it didn’t pool along the edges, but I had trouble with this shade bubbling as it was drying down. Dior Perle (187) (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Girl Trouble (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Asphyxia Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium pinky-lavender with warm undertones and threads of fine, lavender shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two layers of product, but it was a little uneven with some areas appearing almost opaque and others appearing a touch streaky. The texture was thinner, a little watery, and I couldn’t prevent brush strokes from appearing. Formula X Equinox (P, $12.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Scorching Haute (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Uzi Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a dark gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and fine silver shimmer that looked like threads of shimmer running through the polish. The consistency was thin, a little too liquidy, so I had to take greater care to ensure I didn’t load the brush up with too much product or else I would get pooling along the edges. There were some visible brush strokes, even after it dried down. It was fully opaque in two coats. MAC Grey Friday (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Formula X Metamorphic (P, $12.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Wrong Turn (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Oil Slick Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a grayish black with cool undertones and silver shimmer. It was fully opaque in two coats, though it was quite pigmented even in one layer. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, which made it an easy shade to apply. I had no issues with the color bubbling or pooling along the edges, and it dried down to a smooth, shiny finish. Color Club Show Time (P) is darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is darker (95% similar). China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (LE, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). Cult Nails Ignite (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Cosmic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Mildew Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a medium, olive green with warm undertones and lighter, greenish-gold shimmer. It had a more metallic finish, but that also meant that there were much more visible brush strokes as the thicker consistency made it harder to apply the color in really smooth, fluid strokes. It had full color coverage after two layers of product. Cult Nails In a Trance (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Zoya Yara (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Formula X Borealis (P, $12.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). China Glaze Agro (LE, $7.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Smog Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a blackened brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and fine burgundy and bronze shimmer. It was intensely pigmented with nearly opaque coverage in just one coat, though I did two just to be sure. The consistency was on the thinner side but did not seem to run when applied to the nail. I saw one or two visible brush strokes, but the majority disappeared as the polish dried and self-leveled. Cult Nails Swanbourne (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Cavaliere (526) (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Roach (LE, $15.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Other Side (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Farida (P, $50.00) is warmer (85% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I typically get seven days of wear out of Urban Decay’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping (with no base or top coat). This is normal wear for me with most formulas, though. I tested four of the twelve shades for wear, and the wear was consistent with my past experience with the brand’s formula (seven days).

Urban Decay Nail Color Pallor
Pallor
Pallor
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Asphyxia
Asphyxia
Asphyxia
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
77%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Uzi
Uzi
Uzi
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Oil Slick
Oil Slick
Oil Slick
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Mildew
Mildew
Mildew
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Smog
Smog
Smog
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Urban Decay Chem Trail, Zap, Recharged, Solstice Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Chem Trail Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Chem Trail Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light, champagne gold with warm undertones and a sparkly finish. It had sheer coverage that did not build-up well–the best I could get was semi-sheer–and as I built up the color, it became increasingly chunky and added uneven texture to my lids, making them appear extra wrinkly and raised. After a few blinks, the layers would start to crack. One layer of product wore well for nine hours with no fallout but two layers resulted in small chunks of the product, which can get into the eye and is more painful than regular eyeshadow. MAC Pastelluxe #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Reflects Gold (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Golden Savannah #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Plead Gilty (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more pigmented (95% similar). Natasha Denona Indian Gold (44M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Chem Trail (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Flicker (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Zap Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and a sprinkling of gold sparkle. This had less shift, but it had one of the strongest base colors and could actually look like you were wearing eyeshadow without having a wrinkly, crunch eyelid. The texture was fairly smooth without being too thin or watery, and it spread decently. One layer yielded semi-opaque pigmentation, while two layers made the color fully opaque but didn’t add too much texture to the lid. I did notice that it had a tendency to “crack” on the lid wherever I had lines (like my inner lid), in the same way that some matte liquid lipsticks do when I smile. It lasted for nine hours without fallout when I wore one layer, and I had some flaking when I wore two layers of product. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Santorini (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Burn (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bitter Clove (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Fire (584) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Stila Smoky Storm (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Recharged Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a coppery brown with iridescent pink sparkle. The difficulty in getting this product to apply with any semblance of evenness on the lid was astounding. The texture gets so chunky when I’ve attempted to layer it, and when I tried to apply it as a wash of color, it was so uneven. This shade had less base color than it did copper and pink sparkles, but they didn’t spread evenly at all. I was able to get up to semi-opaque coverage, not that it looked good or felt tolerable on the lid (it has a clingy feel when layered). One layer lasted for nine hours without fallout, while two layers resulted in large chunks of product flaking off the eye within a few hours of wear. Natasha Denona Golden Rose (60M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Sweet Acting (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Wildfire (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Kindness (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Fusion (764) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Boom Boom Room (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Solstice Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish copper with warm undertones and multi-colored sparkle. The consistency was thin but smoother than the other shades, so it didn’t get quite as chunky when I attempted to build-up the color. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage. On the lid, there’s a semblance of a base color, but it still had a more textured look to it, which made the eyelid appear uneven. When I wore one layer alone, the product lasted for nine hours without fallout, and when I wore two layers, I had a little bit of fall out after nine hours but no chunks that had flaked off. MAC Humoresque (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Solstice (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Let's Roll (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Boom Boom Room (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Calypso Blue (05M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Reward Yourself (LE, $16.50) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Element (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Claretluxe #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Copper (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Kindness (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “liquid version” of the powder-based Moondust Eyeshadow formula. The difference (besides consistency!) is that these are designed to have a buildable formula that can be used on the lash line, over other eyeshadows on the lid, or on its own, and once it dries down, it “won’t budge or crease.” I felt like it was an overly fussy product, and I think it takes extra work and very specific preference to make them “worth it.” I’d much rather use the regular Moondust eyeshadow, which is even $1.00 cheaper (it is hard to compare liquid vs. powder weights, so there could be more uses in one than the other).

For the most part, they’re sheer to semi-sheer and somewhat buildable, but the texture doesn’t support layering. I don’t think they are that usable on their own, because they dry down quickly and are hard to blend out–they look patchy and uneven–and trying to build-up color by putting additional product on the same area always resulted in a thick, chunky, and uneven disaster on the eye. I tried layering them over eyeshadow as well, and from afar, it can be pretty, but they look horrific close-up as they are the same on top of something else: uneven with poorly distributed sparkle. The tiniest dab on the inner lid that you don’t touch or blend opened up the eye, but I tried brushes (including the brand’s Moondust brush), fingertips, silicone applicators, and the included brush (on the applicator) to no avail. I only had moderate success using the included applicator and layering it over eyeliner.

The formula itself was inconsistent every time I used a shade, because the product doesn’t seem to be well mixed, which results in sheerer and thinner, more pigmented and chunkier consistencies. They don’t really mix up, but you can try to twist and maneuver the wand into the product to try and mix it that way. The highlight of the formula is that there was virtually no fall out across all the shades except for when I tried to layer or build-up color, then sometimes I’d get a big chunk that would flake off entirely, but when worn on top of liner or as a single layer of product (on top of eyeshadow or alone), I had no fall out.

I also found the included applicator is particularly disappointing; it does nothing to improve application as it is a coarser brush that’s rather stiff, which means that it is hard to get any evenness out of it. It tends to glob product on rather than give you a sense of precision. The coarser bristles hold product in them unevenly as well. It is the type of brush that when pull it across the skin in one fluid motion, the product pulls to the side and leaves almost nothing in the middle.

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Chem Trail
Chem Trail
Chem Trail
4
Product
6
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7
Longevity
2
Application
53%
Total
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Zap
Zap
Zap
6
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
73%
Total
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Recharged
Recharged
Recharged
3
Product
6
Pigmentation
4
Texture
7
Longevity
1
Application
47%
Total
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Solstice
Solstice
Solstice
5
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8
Longevity
2.5
Application
63%
Total

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Urban Decay XX Vintage Eyeshadows (Part 2)

Urban Decay Snow Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Snow Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Snow Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “neutral pearl with gold shift.” It’s a light, white gold with a cooler, whiter base color and warmer, light gold shimmer. The texture was a little powdery, but it applied without too much fuss overall–it would benefit from a primer, though. It had mostly opaque color payoff and wore well for seven and a half hours. Urban Decay Alter (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #101 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #3 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Champs-Elysees (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pelican (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Dior Exuberante #3 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dust (LE, $23.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Coloured Raine Champagne Life (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Rust Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “yellow-orange with gold shift.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed gold with warm, orangey undertone paired with a metallic finish. It had a fairly smooth texture that applied well to bare skin and blended out without losing its intensity. The pigmentation was opaque, while the lasting power neared eight hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Gold Rush (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Goldenrod (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Let's Rage (P) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold Shimmer #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #7 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Goldfinger (P, $25.00) is brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Gold (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #1 (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Coloured Raine Flashy (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Unwind (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). NARS Privilege (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Acid Rain Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale yellow-green pearl with slight gold shift.” It’s a light-medium chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was a touch thin but didn’t sheer out immediately, and it seemed to have a denser texture compared to the last version in a palette. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading on me. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I330 Linden Green (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Rose Garden #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Floridazzle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #7 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Darling (P) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #3 (LE) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Chains Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “moss green with patina shimmer.” It’s a deep, olive green with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was lightly dusty, so it sheered out a bit when blended and was slightly uneven when applied over bare skin (primer will fix this issue). It had opaque color payoff and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. LORAC Jade (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Scandal #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Eureka (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Stash (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Bronx (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Take Two (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Green Clean #3 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Snakeskin Dress (02) (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Seaside (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 8 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Jardins de Lumieres #1 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Fiction (DC, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Safari (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Gash Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic brick red.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm, rusty undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It seemed a bit deeper and more red-toned with a weaker warm undertone than the last release of this shade. The texture was smooth, soft without being dusty, and easy to apply to the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before I noticed subtle signs of fading. Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Raw Power (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sonic (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Seeker (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC It's Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Anarchy (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Swoon (Better Together) (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #9 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Hot MoMA (LE) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D WTF (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Claretluxe #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Salazen Grum (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Spare Change Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic gray.” It’s a light-medium neutral gray with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firmer texture that wasn’t as easy to blend as the other shades (though it adhered better to bare skin overall). On me, I noticed it fading after seven and a half hours of wear. LORAC Gunmetal (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Just Breathe #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sex & the Oyster (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is powder eyeshadow that is supposed to be long-wearing, richly pigmented, and blendable. In general, the performance varies from decent to exceptional with their satin, shimmer, and duotone finishes performing better on average, while the matte and sparkle finishes can vary. The wear ranges from six to nine hours (without primer) and longer with most primers. The one finish that you’ll want to take note of is sparkle, which often has micro-glitter that doesn’t bind as well with the base, so there can be fall out. The texture of Urban Decay eyeshadows is softer, less firmly pressed, so some shades have some excess powder kicked up in the pan but are often very blendable on the skin. Their permanent shade range tends to be higher-performing than some of the shades found in limited edition palettes as well.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Snow
Snow
Snow
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Rust
Rust
Rust
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Acid Rain
Acid Rain
Acid Rain
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Chains
Chains
Chains
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Gash
Gash
Gash
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Spare Change
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio ($36.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains three powder highlighters to “give skin a luminous look” that uses “sophisticated, microfine Naked shimmer” and can be used on face and body. As far as coverage goes, the brand says “the color payoff of a loose powder with the convenience of a pressed powder,” which suggests high pigmentation from my experience with loose vs. pressed products and resulting coverage. If you’re unfamiliar with Urban Decay’s Illuminated formula, it’s actually rather sparkly and would not use the word “microfine” to describe it–these are best for those who want noticeable sparkle on the skin, though the underlying finish is more subdued or in this palette, two of the shades just give random sparkle rather than adding luminosity to the skin. Two of the three shades were rather sheer in this palette as well. It is a baked formula, and I have found these to fade faster than traditional powder blushes.

Pyrite is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen and light bits of gold micro-sparkle. This was the least visibly sparkly on the skin, but it also produced the strongest sheen. The texture was soft, slightly dusty but smooth, applied well and blended out without much effort. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced You Light Up My Life (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 4 Golden Peach (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Tarte Sparkler (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oasis is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and silver sparkle. The texture was firm, stiff, and difficult to get the product off of as a result. This impacted the color payoff, too, and it was extremely sheer (I could barely get any to show). Applied, I get a few bits of sparkle but almost no detectable luminosity on my skin, so I actually think it misses the mark completely as an illuminator! All the sparkles had vanished within six hours (that’s about all I could judge the wear from). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twilight is a muted, light-medium peachy-orange with an iridescent pink sparkle. (I was surprised at how similar it was to Aura, actually.) The powder was thinner and dusty to the touch, and it kicked up an excess amount of product in the pan, even with a light hand. I saw visible bits of the pink sparkle on the skin but little in the way of even illumination, so it looked matte in photos. The coverage was sheer to semi-sheer, and it was just barely visible on my skin tone in person (but not in photos). The softness of the powder made it easy to blend on the skin, and it didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture or pores. It seemed to wear for about six hours on me. Urban Decay Fireball (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hard Candy (LE) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Illuminated Trio Naked
Naked
Naked
5.5
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
62%
Total
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Urban Decay Pallor, Asphyxia, Oil Slick XX Vintage Vice Lipsticks

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Pallor Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “frosted lavender with gray shift [with a Cream finish].” It’s a muted, dark purple with subtle, warmer undertones and fine pearl. It’s an interesting and more complex color due to the “gray shift” in it (less of a shift, more of a dash of color that gives it a more muted appearance), but it doesn’t apply that well. The more slippery texture enabled the color to sit into lip lines from the very beginning, which only worsened as it wore. The pigmentation was semi-opaque, but it was hard to apply this shade evenly (and I later tried with a lip brush with little improvement–it needs a liner). The color lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. (No dupes as of the initial posting of this review!)

Urban Decay Asphyxia Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “soft lavender with blue micro-glitter [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium, pinky-lavender with warm undertones and cooler, blue and violet shimmer. There are fine bits of blue sparkle, which don’t feel too gritty, but they are more noticeable than the brand’s more pearly/metallic finishes. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and emollient, so it didn’t tug or drag when I applied the color directly from the tube onto my lips. The downside, though, was it only had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage and a bit of the shimmer and color gathered in my lip lines. This shade wore well for four hours and was hydrating. MAC Cold Front (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Opal (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). NYX Castle (P, $4.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Ametista (LE, $33.00) is less pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Oil Slick Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “sheer black with silver micro-glitter [with a Sheer finish].” It’s a muted, soft black with warm undertones and fine silver sparkle. It had sheer coverage–as described (!!!)–that went on fairly evenly but ultimately has the effect of darkening one’s natural lip color. On my lips, it translated them into a blackened plum with strong, browner undertones. I don’t think it darkens other lipsticks as well as the natural lip colors, as it is quite emollient and adds a lot of slip to other products, which makes them uneven. This formula wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing but some color gathered in my lip lines over time. Urban Decay Oil Slick (DC, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Smashbox Bankrolled (P, $21.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Black Night (LE, $17.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is available in six finishes, which are primarily distinguished by level of sheen, shimmer content, and coverage. Mega Mattes are the thinnest and have the most “cling” as they are drier and more matte (but most are semi-matte and not a totally flat matte) and can be drying, though they are longer-wearing.

Comfort Mattes are creamier, a little denser, with richer color payoff on average (they are the most pigmented out of the finishes), and have a satin finish that is fairly comfortable to wear, usually lightly hydrating, and longer-wearing. Creams are usually softer and creamier, though not too soft (they don’t mush or break from the base easily), with some being tackier and stiffer in the tube until they warm up against the lips; they have good color payoff, are hydrating, and are comfortable to wear but have more typical wear (four to six hours–six hours for deeper/richer shades like a red).

Sheers and Sheer Shimmers have a more balm-like consistency that feels a little thinner but is wetter/more emollient than Mega Mattes, so ultimately, they feel quite different applied; they have sheerer coverage, though more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than very sheer, and have the shortest wear time at two to fours with light hydration. Metallized is the most shimmery of the finishes, though some of the other finishes have shades that are actually as shimmery (to me), but the Metallized formula has a thinner, more emollient base that isn’t as dense or as cream-like as the Creams; they feel more like the Sheers but a bit heavier and more pigmented (but seem to run semi-opaque to opaque, not always fully opaque) with average wear (four to five hours), light hydration.

The Revolution formula–generally–felt a little more hydrating and pigmented on the lips, but these seem to wear a little longer; some of the shades that were in Revolution and are now in Vice (particularly the Creams, Sheers, and Sheer Shimmers) feel virtually the same on to me. The Comfort Mattes are the only ones that felt largely different–more satiny than matte, less dense compared to Matte Revolution.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Pallor
Pallor
Pallor
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Asphyxia
Asphyxia
Asphyxia
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Oil Slick
Oil Slick
Oil Slick
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay Plague, UV-B, Frostbite XX Vintage Vice Lipsticks

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Plague Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “bright purple with pink undertone [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark reddish-purple with warm undertones and fine pink and light blue pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly, but the slippery texture of the formula made it prone to emphasizing and settling into lip lines, unfortunately. It wasn’t as noticeable as the other two shades, though. I imagine this would be easier to find a coordinating lip liner for, which would alleviate the issue of settling. The color wore well for four and a half hours, left a subtle stain behind, and was hydrating. MAC Model Behavior (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Royal Hour (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Mad Hatter (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Mad (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Milani Raving Matte (08) (LE, $8.99) is darker, better quality, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Pure Heroine (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandal (226) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Backstage (P, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Own the Look (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay UV-B Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vibrant blue with purple shift [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, bluish-purple with strong, cool undertones and fine pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a creamy, moderately emollient texture, which did cause some color to pull into lip lines right away. It applied fairly evenly, though it wasn’t perfect in application. The color wore well for four hours, left a pinkish stain behind, and was hydrating. NYX Immortal (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Frostbite Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “frosted deep blue with multicolored micro-glitter [with a Cream finish].” It’s a subdued, medium-dark navy blue with cooler undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It’s a cool shade, to be sure, but it applied terribly–it was semi-opaque, streaky, and went on unevenly. I imagine part of that is due to the more emollient consistency. The color lasted for four and a half hours, left a stain behind, but it settled into lip lines over time. The formula was hydrating at least! Urban Decay Time (LE, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Skinny Jeans (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Time (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Smashbox Deep (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Poe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (80% similar). Illamasqua Disciple (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is available in six finishes, which are primarily distinguished by level of sheen, shimmer content, and coverage. Mega Mattes are the thinnest and have the most “cling” as they are drier and more matte (but most are semi-matte and not a totally flat matte) and can be drying, though they are longer-wearing.

Comfort Mattes are creamier, a little denser, with richer color payoff on average (they are the most pigmented out of the finishes), and have a satin finish that is fairly comfortable to wear, usually lightly hydrating, and longer-wearing. Creams are usually softer and creamier, though not too soft (they don’t mush or break from the base easily), with some being tackier and stiffer in the tube until they warm up against the lips; they have good color payoff, are hydrating, and are comfortable to wear but have more typical wear (four to six hours–six hours for deeper/richer shades like a red).

Sheers and Sheer Shimmers have a more balm-like consistency that feels a little thinner but is wetter/more emollient than Mega Mattes, so ultimately, they feel quite different applied; they have sheerer coverage, though more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than very sheer, and have the shortest wear time at two to fours with light hydration.

Metallized is the most shimmery of the finishes, though some of the other finishes have shades that are actually as shimmery (to me), but the Metallized formula has a thinner, more emollient base that isn’t as dense or as cream-like as the Creams; they feel more like the Sheers but a bit heavier and more pigmented (but seem to run semi-opaque to opaque, not always fully opaque) with average wear (four to five hours), light hydration. The Revolution formula–generally–felt a little more hydrating and pigmented on the lips, but these seem to wear a little longer; some of the shades that were in Revolution and are now in Vice (particularly the Creams, Sheers, and Sheer Shimmers) feel virtually the same on to me. The Comfort Mattes are the only ones that felt largely different–more satiny than matte, less dense compared to Matte Revolution.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Plague
Plague
Plague
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick UV-B
UV-B
UV-B
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Frostbite
Frostbite
Frostbite
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
71%
Total

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