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Urban Decay Vintage XX Lipsticks at Sephora + Naked Ultimate Basics Release Date!

Urban Decay Vintage XX Lipsticks
Urban Decay Vintage XX Lipsticks

You can now find the Vintage XX Lipsticks at Sephora (reviewed here, here, and here), and the new Naked Ultimate Basics palette will be available online on September 20th at Sephora and Ulta (in stores on the 22nd) (review here).

Edited: And the Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette is NOW at Sephora! 🙂

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Urban Decay Spacetime, Zodiac, Vega, Magnetic Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Spacetime Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a dirty, medium-dark khaki bronze with warm undertones and pink and green sparkle over a more metallic finish. The texture was smooth and more blendable than the majority of the shades in the formula, and this was one of the few that could actually be worn as an opaque layer of product. It was buildable from medium coverage. This shade wore well for nine hours with no fall out whether applied as a single layer or applied as two layers. The application was still fussy, and it was easy to blend it too much and get a patchy mess, but it was one of the few that I could actually apply decently. Anastasia Truffle Glitter (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sushi Green (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Brownie (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Lithium (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer, better quality (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Zodiac Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a blackened green with warm undertones and copper, emerald green, and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque, buildable coverage. The consistency wasn’t as watery as other shades, though it had a tendency to sheer out rather than building up–you have to be completely certain that each layer has dried down. It started to look rough and textured with anything more than two layers. I had no fallout when I applied this as a sinigle layer, and I had no fallout or flaking when I applied two layers. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Midnight (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Gingerluxe #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bird of Prey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Luxurious Boot Camp (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Vega Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and silver and blue sparkle. It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation with two layers. The texture was unforgiving when used as two layers, as the color would clump up and look chunky. It was hard to blend out, so it always had a look of patchy, uneven coverage, so it would work better over a darker base color, which would help fill in the gaps. It wore well for nine hours with no fallout when I used one layer, and when I used two layers, I had some minor flakes over an eight hour period. Urban Decay Vega (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Midnight (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lit Cosmetics Bar Star (P, $12.95) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Elton John (P, $12.95) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Gamma Ray (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Star Cobalt (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). NARS Cressida (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Magnetic Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warmer undertones and pink and copper sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation. The texture of this shade seemed a bit thicker, a little more like a liquid-cream, and it remained blendable for longer (but fast enough that it didn’t crease). It does thicken and add texture to the lid if applied in two layers, but it was not as bad as some shades in the range. When I wore it as a single layer, it lasted for nine hours with no fall out, and when I wore it as two layers, it lasted well for nine hours with minor fall out but no flaking. NARS Canberra (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Kauai #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Delinquent (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Get Physical (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #4 (P) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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 Spacetime
Spacetime
Spacetime
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Zodiac
Zodiac
Zodiac
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Vega
Vega
Vega
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
70%
Total
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Magnetic
Magnetic
Magnetic
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

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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). NARS Wrong Turn (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Formula X Metamorphic (P, $12.50) is more shimmery, 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. L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is darker (95% similar). Color Club Show Time (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, $27.00) 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. Zoya Yara (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cult Nails In a Trance (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (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). China Glaze Agro (LE, $7.50) is darker (80% similar). Formula X Borealis (P, $12.50) is darker, warmer (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). Christian Louboutin Beaute Farida (P, $50.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Roach (LE, $15.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Other Side (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (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 Reflects Gold (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Golden Savannah #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more pigmented (95% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Indian Gold (44M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Plead Gilty (LE, $22.00) is lighter (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. bareMinerals Santorini (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Burn (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bitter Clove (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter (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). 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. Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Rose (60M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Fusion (764) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Kindness (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Wildfire (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sweet Acting (P, $21.00) is lighter (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. Urban Decay Solstice (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Boom Boom Room (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Element (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Kindness (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Let's Roll (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Reward Yourself (LE, $16.50) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Copper (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Calypso Blue (05M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Claretluxe #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (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. Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #3 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #101 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Champs-Elysees (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dust (LE, $23.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Dior Exuberante #3 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pelican (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (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. Anastasia Gold Rush (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Gold (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Goldenrod (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #7 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Goldfinger (P, $25.00) is brighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold Shimmer #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Unwind (LE, $16.00) is darker (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). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Rose Garden #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I330 Linden Green (P, $21.00) is cooler (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). Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Darling (P) is darker (85% similar). Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #7 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is darker (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). bareMinerals Eureka (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Stash (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). YSL Scandal #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bronx (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Take Two (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 8 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Snakeskin Dress (02) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Green Clean #3 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fiction (DC, $16.00) is lighter (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). Tarte Hot MoMA (LE) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Anarchy (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC It's Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #9 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Seeker (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D WTF (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #3 (LE) is lighter (90% 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 Sex & the Oyster (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Just Breathe #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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. Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is darker (90% 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). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) 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). 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). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Hard Candy (LE) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (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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