Saturday, June 27th, 2015

I think the first product I fell in love with from Urban Decay was their eyeliner (though possibly their eyeshadow… it’s been awhile!). Over the last couple of years, they’ve really expanded their range to be more comprehensive again (I feel like they were comprehensive when I first got into makeup but wasn’t following the brand, and then a lot of core products, like blush, were MIA for years). With great difficulty, I managed to narrow down to a top ten, but if you’re curious, here is what I started whittling it down from. What are your favorites from Urban Decay?

  1. Urban Decay Mushroom Eyeshadow
  2. Urban Decay Stash 24/7 Liner
  3. Urban Decay Strip Lipstick
  4. Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow
  5. Urban Decay Catfight Lipstick
  6. Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow
  7. Urban Decay Bittersweet Blush
  8. Urban Decay Quiver Lipgloss
  9. Urban Decay Loaded Eyeshadow
  10. Urban Decay Rapture Blush

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Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

Last week, there were four new shades of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) added to the line-up. If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s supposed to be an ultra-sparkly eyeshadow that “feels like a cream but goes on like a powder.” It can be used wet or dry (and it is recommended to use it wet for “intense color payout”), and Urban Decay recommends using fingertips for application, though I have used flat, synthetic brushes myself (my fingertips are far too large!). The effect of these is really pretty on the lid if you like your bit o’ sparkle, and I thought these four felt particularly smooth compared to past shades in the range. Dark Force was the most troublesome of the four; it tended to sheer out a lot on the lid when applied and creased quickly (within six hours), but the other shades stayed more intact, and those other three shades had almost no fall out.

Urban Decay Shockwave Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “deep berry with pink and blue 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, copper-brown undertones and lighter purple and copper sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry with more of the warmer base color coming through, while damp application yielded more intense sparkle and a stronger leaning towards the purple end of the spectrum. On bare lids, it lasted for seven hours before creasing but had almost no fall out. MAC Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less pigmented. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Interstellar Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “antique gold with pink and gold 3-D sparkle.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium yellow gold with warmer gold and rosy pink sparkle over a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry with a much more amplified, metallic finish and opaque coverage when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before creasing and had almost no fall out. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Naked Bronze (Eye Color) (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Disco (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Shock #3 (LE, ) is darker. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Stila Vitality (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is warmer. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is less shimmery. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Vortex Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “smoky black with green shift and gold 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green set over a warmer, bronzy-brown base with lighter green and gold shimmer. This one seemed the smoothest and had the least amount of sparkle, even though it had a lot of sheen. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading and had almost no fall out. LORAC Clover (LE, ) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is warmer. NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P, ) is darker. Colour Pop Hammered (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #3 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Sea Worship (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less pigmented, brighter. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Dark Force Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “taupe-brown with gold and iridescent 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and lavender and gold sparkle. This shade was the most sparkly of the four, and it was the problem-child! The texture was noticeably sparkly where the sparkle lifted away from the base color, so it had a lot of fall out during application and tended to sheer out and leave traces of sparkle with minimal color on the skin. It lasted for six hours before creasing and had some fall out. Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Don’t Tell (P, $16.00) is cooler, lower quality. Colour Pop 3 (Three) (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop So Quiche (P, $5.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Diamond Dog (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Urban Decay Wende's Contraband Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and one travel-sized eyeliner. The eyeshadows are 0.03 oz. each, whereas a full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadow is 0.05 oz. Four of the six shades are part of the permanent range, while the other two (Reign and Tornado) have been released previously so there are no truly new shades here. The formula is different from their regular range, and then different from both last year’s Shadow Box and Vice3/Vice LTD palettes. The press is firmer on all six shades, and it is only a detriment to one (Flash), while one other shade has a dryness to it that made it a pain to work with without a base (Tornado). The palette seems unnecessarily large, probably to accommodate the eyeliner, but it could be a lot slimmer and smaller and contain the eyeshadows still.

Of course, I’m not sure how many long-time Urban Decay collectors need another Smog or Zero eyeliner, so this palette seems more suited for those who haven’t yet added these shades to their stash. If you prefer a mix of finishes, you’ll want to skip this, as it is very heavy on the shimmer. Also worth noting, Trick lacked all of the sparkle and micro-glitter as the one found in Naked3, while Tornado is comparable in color to its Shadow box (2014) appearance but warmer and significantly less intense than its original iteration (Wizard of Oz).

Trick is described as a “light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium, copper orange with warm undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. It was missing all of the sparkle and micro-glitter that is readily apparent in its iteration found in my Naked3 palette, and it seemed a little warmer overall. The texture was firmer than the usual Urban Decay eyeshadow but very smooth and blendable. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Viseart Melonie (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy, darker. Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is darker. YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $42.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is darker. Urban Decay Dive (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer, cooler, lighter. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, more muted, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Nude #5 (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smog is described as a “deep coppery bronze shimmer.” It’s a dark brown with warm, copper undertones and a metallic gold sheen. It had intense color payoff with a really soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with and blended well on the skin. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear. MAC Woodwinked (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Venetian Tarnish (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Dior Sundeck #4 (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Bette (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Reign is described as a “rich brown satin.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly without trouble. The texture had a firmer press compared to the usual Urban Decay formula, but it seemed very smooth, though not as dense or as creamy. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Pewter (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. YSL Saharienne #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Grand-Palais (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Dream Girl #8 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Radar (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, more pigmented, more shimmery. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P, ) is less shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Deep End is described as a “bright teal.” It’s a brightened, blue-leaning teal with a frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff with a firmer, but smooth and blendable, consistency that adhered well to bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Coconut (P, $5.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Midnight Sea (Eye Color) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P, ) is less shimmery. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Fringe (P, ) is darker. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE, ) is . theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, less shimmery. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Maybelline Never Fade Jade (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Flash is described as a “bright iridescent purple.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark violet with cooler undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was firm as well, but it was thinner and stiffer to work with, and the resulting color payoff was semi-opaque. It required some layering and packing on the lid, and it is more suitable to be used over a primer. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. The color is weaker and softer than past iterations of Flash. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Anastasia Iridescent Purple (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Violet (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. Sugarpill Strangeling (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Hello Kitty Happy (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Too Faced Live It Up (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler. MAC Sexy PB&J (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Violet (14) (P, $4.49) is darker, brighter. Illamasqua Charm (P, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Urban (P, ) is lighter. Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tornado is described as a “vibrant deep purple shimmer.” It’s a deepened purple with warm, plum undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was drier and dusty to work with, so it didn’t adhere evenly to the skin and tended to look faded as you worked with it (blending the edges and whatnot). The color had noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Backfire (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Sephora Collection Seahorse (115) (LE, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Purple (15) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter. theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Plumluxe #4 (P, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Cambon #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (DC, $18.00) is lighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 15th, 2015

Urban Decay Wende's Contraband Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette

Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Urban Decay’s Chief Creative Officer and founding partner, Wende Zomnir, is always jet-setting around the globe. Inspired by her frequent trips, Urban Decay created this travel-friendly palette featuring all her favorite shades. Wende handpicked her top six go-to shades for a versatile selection that ranges from neutral to bright for maximum versatility—from Urban Decay’s iconic purple look to the classic smoky eye. There are even a few exclusive shades. As a bonus, the palette includes a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero, Urban Decay’s bestselling black shade that complements every skintone and eye color.  6 x 0.03 oz.

  • Trick Light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle (Permanent)
  • Smog Deep coppery bronze shimmer (Permanent)
  • Reign Rich brown satin (Repromote)
  • Deep End Bright teal (Permanent)
  • Flash Bright iridescent purple (Permanent)
  • Tornado Vibrant deep purple shimmer (Repromote)
  • Zero (24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil) Zealous black (Permanent)

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a set of cooler-toned shades ranging from beige to black with a definite slant towards grayish tones. The eyeshadows are arranged by finish from most shimmery to least shimmery. The formula feels different than previous Urban Decay releases; it feels noticeably drier and almost chalky to me, especially in the more satin/matte shades, and the press feels firmer. In a way, they remind me of the dryness I felt in the holiday palettes of last year, but the firmer press resulted in less excess powder kicked up all over the place when used and less fall out during application. They almost feel more like Too Faced or LORAC eyeshadows, though LORAC has a silkier feel overall. This texture made it particularly difficult to use them without primer, and I’ve been able to use the prior releases reasonably well (some better than others) without primer (and in general, I can do so with the majority of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows from the permanent line). For summer, the brand added several new brightly-colored eyeshadows that I was easily able to use without primer (see this post), but this was not workable on bare skin. The texture of these is nothing like the individual shades launched for summer and don’t really feel like any past iteration of their formula. Whether or not it is accurate, the texture and performance feels like a cheapening of the Urban Decay eyeshadow formula on the whole but at the very least, I’ve lost a lot of faith in their ability to put together a high-quality, high-value palette based on the recent palette releases.

One of the brand’s best matte eyeshadows (to me), Tyranny, was in the Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Palette, as it was smooth, velvety, and incredibly blendable with little work, while still retaining their color payoff over bare skin (no primer) — and the more recently added Beware and Riff were much easier to use. The mattes here tended to turn patchy when I applied to them in my crease, and they were harder to blend out as they applied unevenly and wouldn’t really go anywhere from there. The satins and mattes were prone to fading and fall out just sitting there; I put Dagger on the middle of my lid, went to apply color to the outer lid/crease, and it had gone from a deeper, bluish-gray to a faded, light-medium gray within twenty minutes. Really packing it on with a flat, synthetic brush (I used MAC’s 242) seemed to intensify it and keep it there a bit longer, but it just seems to settle into a more faded presence within a few minutes, and that’s the state it is in for the next several hours. The more shimmery shades were easier to use (shimmery finishes seem to have better or more binding agents in them that help them in the quest to apply to bare skin), but two of them have micro-glitter and the drier formula seemed to result in a greater amount of glitter fall out over time. I had the best luck applying everything with a flatter, firmer brush (I used the 242) and really pressing the eyeshadows onto the skin and gently lifting it away and doing blending towards the end with a very light hand. However, I think that using an eyeshadow primer is a must-have; it took 45 minutes per look to even get it to be that blended (and it’s not blended–both looks using this palette without primer are disappointing) and only 20 minutes over primer (and infinitely less frustrating).

Occasionally, I am asked why I don’t test eyeshadows with primer, and the reason is that many brands promise the moon and deliver a sliver of the moon instead. Take Urban Decay’s description of their eyeshadow formula as an example: “Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.” All of those things are often the reason to use primer (make it easier to use an eyeshadow, improve color payoff and longevity), and you can easily take a pretty poor-performing eyeshadow, slap it over a white, tacky base and make it look beautiful–but an eyeshadow that can do it without primer doesn’t benefit as greatly from it (there is less room for improvement–if it is already totally opaque, it’s not going to get more opaque, you know?). My approach is to tell you how it works relative to the brand’s promises, knowing that you can always use primer, a white base, glitter adhesive, or even a colored base to improve the performance of a particular product or to really lock your makeup on for 16-hour days (which is why the scores are broken out so even at a glance, you can see where a product fell short and determine whether that’s an issue for you as well, because we each of our own styles, routines, and deal-breakers!).

It is packaged in a hard, plastic case that is slightly translucent and holds together with a magnetic closure. It’s sturdy, streamlined, and doesn’t feel like it is too bulky. The dual-ended brush is usable, though I think a shading brush would have been more useful (something to pack on color). I think the palette could use one more mid-tone transition shade to suit a greater spectrum of skin tones (perhaps ditch Slanted or Dagger, they are more similar than not, especially as they sheer out).

The palette releases on UrbanDecay.com on July 8th, with retailers like Sephora, ULTA, Beauty.com, and Macy’s to follow. ULTA has given July 12th for online, July 16th for in-stores, and the others have a “mid-July” date per Urban Decay. The palette is permanent.

High is described as a “champagne shimmer with micro-glitter.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen paired with coppery micro-glitter. The texture is slightly dry but still yields good color payoff and adheres to the lid fairly well–you get a smoother, almost metallic finish when applied. Some of the glitter just gets trapped in the brush, but the glitter drops over time while worn. It lasted for eight hours. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. LORAC Champagne (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Snatch (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Love Connection #1 (P, $21.00) is cooler. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dirtysweet is described as a “medium bronze.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that felt a little dry and thinner compared to most of the brand’s more metallic eyeshadows. It wore well for eight hours before fading. LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, ) is darker. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is darker. MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Tarte Dare to Be Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is darker. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is cooler. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is cooler. Hourglass Obscura #3 (P, ) is brighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Chase (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Radar is described as a “metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellowed undertones and lighter gold sparkle over a frosted sheen. It was a lot firmer and less glittery compared to the version that was in the Vice 2 palette, which is good, but the color also appears less intense and lighter. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Hourglass Color Field #3 (P, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Obscura #5 (P, ) is warmer. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Permanent Press #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Stun (LE, $18.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Armor is described as a “metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle.” It’s a dark, taupe gray with a frosted, lightly sparkly finish. It had nice color payoff and was the densest shade with respect to texture in the palette, though it felt more prone to crumbling compared to the version that was in the Vice palette. It wore well for eight and a half hours with a tiny amount of fall out, but it was easy to use. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is darker, warmer. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler. MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Stolen Moment (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter, more pigmented, glossier, cooler. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Slanted is described as a “light metallic gray.” It’s a muted, medium gray with cool, bluish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a powdery, almost chalky texture that was prone to fading on the lid and going on unevenly. It started to fade after six and a half hours. Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is darker. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Kat Von D Dios (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dagger is described as a “medium charcoal with micro-shimmer.” It’s a dark gray with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had a soft, blendable texture, but it was thin, dry, and powdery–this is a shade that I would pat on, then work on another color, and it would look like I had hardly applied it. The color was significantly faded after five and a half hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. theBalm Matt McDonald (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Fascination #3 (P, ) is more shimmery. theBalm #26 (P, $6.50) is darker. Givenchy Gris Organza (7) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black Market is described as a “jet black satin.” It’s a deepened black with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had decent pigmentation and wasn’t too powdery, but it was difficult to blend on bare skin as the texture was thinner and drier. It lasted for six and a half hours before fading. This shade was originally seen in the Vice palette. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P, ) is darker. MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $38.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Genre (LE, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smolder is described as a “deep plum-taupe.” It’s a blackened plummy purple with subtle, warmer undertones in its base (but the sheen looks almost cool-toned). It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft but a little dry, which made blending more challenging than I would have expected from this shade. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P, ) is brighter. LORAC Deep Purple (P, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (P, $21.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. MAC Black Slip (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. L’Oreal Smoldering Plum (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Password is described as a “cool taupe matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was very soft, smooth, but on the drier side, and so this shade was prone to sheering out as it was quite powdery. I found it to be rather blendable, but it was just so sheer on bare skin. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. LORAC Stone (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is warmer. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Whiskey is described as a “rich brown matte.” It’s a muted, dark brown with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. The texture was dry and thin, and the firmness is really felt with these matte shades in the palette. It had semi-opaque color payoff and felt dusty in use, but it eventually “melted” on the skin and didn’t looked caked on after a few minutes. It was fairly blendable, and it wore for six and a half hours before fading. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is darker. Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Solas (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is darker. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is . Tarte Picnic Basket (LE, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Combust is described as a “soft pink-taupe.” It’s a dirty, muted, light beige with a subtle, pink-ish tone that gives it a more cool-toned appearance. It had good pigmentation and was blendable on bare skin. The texture was softer and smoother with this shade, but it was prone to kicking up a lot of excess powder when you put the brush to it. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Bobbi Brown Truffle (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Anastasia Nude (P, $12.00) is brighter. Kat Von D South (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Cozy Grey (P, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Habit (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Inglot #390 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Bisque (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Thirteen is described as a “light beige satin.” It’s a brightened, subdued white-beige with a mostly matte finish. There is a little sheen that becomes apparent when blended out on the skin, but it is slight. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a little powdery but very blendable on the skin. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. This is a shade that I’d make sure to tap your brush off to minimize fall out during application. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Ivory (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Pick Me Up (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is warmer. Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $5.99) is cooler. Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Palettes' Comparisons & Swatches
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Below are somewhat similar shades–not necessarily perfect dupes, but they’re the ones that “overlap” more to give you a general idea of where there are similar shades. You’ll definitely some similar shades if you own every single Naked-related palette (and even more if you own a lot of the other Urban Decay palettes), but it will depend on how many of them you own, which ones, and what kind of shades you favor (or not) and whether the difference in undertone, contrast, and finish are worth it or not.  I’ll go over the specific dupes for Naked Smoky in its full review. Hope this is helpful!

  • Beiges: Venus/Verve/Virgin/Bootycall; Skimp/Bootycall; High/Liar/Sin; Walk of Shame/Stark/Combust; Venus/Thirteen
  • Bronzes: Sidecar/Smog/Snakebite/Radar/Darkhorse; Half-Baked/Chopper; Chopper/Trick; Suspect/Dirtysweet
  • Blacks: Crave/Black Market/Creep/Blackout
  • Taupes: YDK/Toasted/Liar/Mugshot; Naked2/Frisk; Undone/Password; Cover/Tease
  • Browns: Buck/Whiskey; Faint/Whiskey
  • Plums: Hustle/Busted/Blackheart; Darkside/Smolder
  • Grays: Gunmetal/Slanted/Dagger