Urban Decay Summer 2015 Moondust Eyeshadows

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.

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Shockwave
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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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.

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Urban Decay Wende's Contraband Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette for Fall 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)

Availability: Early access available now for VIB Rouges at Sephora

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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.

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Naked Smoky
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Urban Decay Naked Palettes Mega Comparison Photos & Swatches

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

Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Photos & Swatches

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

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) just arrived this morning (no, seriously, like thirty minutes ago), so I haven’t had time to test yet (or even process!), but for now, enjoy photos and swatches! :)

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