5 Beautiful Gray Eyeshadows

Gray can be a very versatile shade to have in one’s stash, as it can be used to darken (without overwhelming, like a black eyeshadow might) any shade, but it can also be used to add depth and dimension. What are your favorite grays?

  1. Makeup Geek Galaxy — a medium-dark, shimmery gray
  2. Urban Decay Desperation — a medium-dark, lightly shimmered gray with warm undertones
  3. MAC Typographic — a matte, medium gray
  4. MAC Nehru — a matte, medium-dark gray with cooler undertones
  5. Inglot #451 — a shimmery, cool-toned gray

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Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Eyeliner Set

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set ($39.00 for 0.08 oz.) includes four, double-ended eyeliners. Each side is 0.01 oz., so it’s really the equivalent of 2 full-sized eyeliners, though you’re getting eight shades for the price of two. These are all previously released shades with two being brought back in this set (Black Market and Tornado) and the others are permanent. Urban Decay’s formula is long-wearing on me (eight to ten hours), and it is a waxy, glide-on formula that doesn’t tug at the lash line, but some shades require two to three passes for full color coverage.

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Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Double-Ended Set for Holiday 2014 Black Magic
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash for Holiday 2014

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash
Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash

Full Frontal Lipstick Stash ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

This limited-edition set contains minis of three exclusive NEW shades—Ladyflower (bright rose-pink), Crush (inspired by one of our most-coveted Super-Saturated Lip Color shades) and Illicit (sheer baby pink)—plus three mini bestsellers (including Gash!). It even includes a full-size 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone, our bestselling clear shade. Ozone holds color in place, prevents feathering, and fixes mistakes—yet it’s totally invisible on your lips. (Editor’s Note: Each lipstick is 0.035 oz. and six of them, so there are 0.21 oz. of lipstick. Lip pencil is full-sized at 0.04 oz. There are $46.20 worth of lipsticks, plus $20 Lip Pencil for a total value of $66.20. I do not have this, so I cannot show you swatches of the new shades, sorry!)

  • Ladyflower Bright rose-pink
  • Crush Bright hot pink
  • Illicit Sheer baby pink
  • Gash Deep red with tonal shimmer
  • Liar Pinky-brown nude
  • F-Bomb Classic red
  • Ozone (Lip Pencil) Clear

Availability: Now at Urban Decay; TBA on whether it will be available at other retailers

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Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($52.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes ten (obviously!) eyeliners–one full-sized Perversion and then nine travel-sized (0.03 oz. vs. 0.04 oz., so it’s 25% smaller than full-sized) shades. Though nine of the shades are new and exclusive to this limited edition set, a few of them feel like, “Haven’t I seen you before?” There is definitely some overlap with past shades released in the 24/7 line-up. Though I am a fan of the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil formula, and I love how wide the shade range is, there are too many under-performers in this set. I’m disappointed, and I wish Urban Decay would increase the pigmentation behind their more sparkly shades, as they consistently apply much sheerer and more unevenly than their less shimmery/sparkly shades.

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Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set Ten
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains twenty new, limited edition, and exclusive shades. Overall, the palette had good color payoff with the majority of the shades, and most wore for around seven to eight hours before fading/creasing on me. I had some issues with the texture of shades within this palette, but it definitely wasn’t on the same level as Shadow Box. I felt like the eyeshadows–across the board–were less plush, not as buttery or as dense as many other Urban Decay eyeshadows, though. None of the textures were stiff (where you’d have trouble getting color payoff), but they were thinner, sometimes a little drier, and the eyeshadows felt more pressed (firmer) into the pan. The matte finishes were soft and finely-milled, but a few of them were also quite powdery so you’ll want to be careful applying (or apply before your base).

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Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Vice3
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder ($29.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft pink shimmer with golden iridescent sparkle.” It’s a pink-peach with a golden shimmer-sheen with larger gold sparkle and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker, finre shimmer. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is darker swatched but looks similar applied. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder Aura
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%