As I mentioned yesterday, I’m going through a lot of permanent eyeshadows from various brands so that we can add more swatches to the Swatch Gallery. Here are eleven Urban Decay eyeshadows (with no real rhyme or reason), and going through all of the pots yesterday made me wish Urban Decay would sell their permanent range in refills. It would be so much more convenient and take up less space!
Dashiki is a medium, brightened blue with a frosted sheen. It seems like it would be comparable to MAC’s Freshwater.
Free Love is a medium-dark coral-orange with a golden shimmer and sheen.
Haight is a medium-dark blue with a hint of teal and blue shimmer.
Lounge is a reddened brown with a teal shimmer and flash. It’s more of a duochrome. At first glance, it seems similar to MAC’s Club, and it is, but it has a lot more red in its base (also more pigmented).
Mary Jane is a steely gray-blue with a silver sheen.
Psychedelic Sister is a dark violet purple with subtle red undertones and a shimmered sheen.
Rush is a darkened gold-bronze with antique gold shimmer and a frosted sheen. It’s similar to Illamasqua Ore but less multi-faceted.
S&M is a medium-dark silver shimmered gray with a frosted finish.
Shakedown is a muted, played-down mushroom brown with a matte finish. It’s a browner version of Burberry Taupe Brown; matte version of Inglot #402.
Urb is an olive green with a golden sheen and antique gold micro-glitter. This a less-than-stellar shade because of the glittery finish; it doesn’t apply evenly and can have a lot of fall out during application.
Woodstock is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with soft pink shimmer and a pearled sheen.
Urban Decay Eyeshadows are some of my favorites–they are typically very pigmented, smooth, buttery, and blendable. The only shades to watch for are any that have the word “glitter” or “sparkle” in the description, because they tend to have a micro-glitter that just doesn’t bind with the color base, which means it either disappears between brush and lid (best case scenario) or you end up with a sparkly under eye (worst case scenario). (Urb is the shade that brings down the overall rating on these.) Their matte finishes are soft and finely milled, but a note on application, these are so blendable that it’s easy to overdo it.
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I really, really wanted to play around with Clear Sky Blue pigment. What better way than to use it as a base? It’s actually one of the nicer matte pigments to use–some of them can be finicky, but this one’s a champ when used wet.
For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. With the 242, apply Clear Sky Blue pigment onto the lid with water-based mixing medium. Using the 239, apply Aquarius eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Dashiki eyeshadow on the middle of the lid with the 239. Next, apply Atlantic Blue eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Define the crease with Atlantic Blue eyeshadow and the 226. Blend Brule eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Deviant liner on the lower lash line., and then smudging Atlantic Blue eyeshadow on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.
For cheeks, apply Sugarbomb blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.
For lips, apply Chintz lipstick first, and then layer Petite Peche glossimer for a complementing lip.
If you were using Urban Decay Dashiki Eyeshadow?, what look would you create with it?
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Thank goodness it’s Friday! :) I am a big fan of blue eyeshadow, and I really do think everyone should try a totally, full-on blue (I totally wanted to say Bang On Blue!) look at least once in their lifetime, even if they never wear it outside of the house.
I will say a couple things about this look: Atlantic Bluemakes this look. Haight gets lost in it. I listed it, because I did use it, but I don’t think you need it to recreate this look at all. You could also go with a cooler, pinker blush — sometimes all the coolness on my naturally warmer skin tone can be odd, so I wanted to try it with a bronzey cheek instead. I also went very heavy on mascara, since I wasn’t going to apply false lashes, to make my lashes visible against the blue.
For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Aquarius eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Dashiki eyeshadow on the outer half of the lid with the 239. Next, apply Haight eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending outwards and upwards to fade to the brow bone. Define the crease with Atlantic Blue eyeshadow and the 226. Blend Femme-fi eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying #7L eyeliner on the lower lash line and blending Aquarius eyeshadow underneath. Line the upper lash line with Blue Herizon liquidlast liner applied with the 208; then pat Electric Eel eyeshadow on top to lighten. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.
For cheeks, apply Get-Away Bronze blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.
For lips, apply Beachbound lipstick first, and then layer Splashing lipglass for a complementing lip.