Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Urban Decay Glitterrock Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Glitterrock Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Glitterrock Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic pink with pink 3-D sparkle.” It’s a plummy pink with silver sparkle and a frosted, metallic finish. It’s a bit like a cross between Urban Decay Provocateur and Urban Decay Bordello. MAC Neo Nebula is pinker. Giorgio Armani #7 is a touch warmer.

The consistency was softer and smoother than the last few I’ve reviewed, but the color was less buildable than the best of this range. It is sheer when applied dry, and then it builds to semi-opaque coverage when applied damp but really has to be patted and packed on. Glitterrock had similar fall out issues to the rest of the range, but it wore for eight hours without creasing, fading, or getting patchy.  On the lid, it looked smokier than it did when swatched; as it blends out, the underlying base color seems to darken and gray out. For a comparison to their Stardust eyeshadows, please read this review.

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Glitterrock

C+
Glitterrock wasn't the worst performer, but it wasn't the best (within the range). You might consider trying Urban Decay's Bordello if you like the color.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Urban Decay Moonspoon Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moonspoon Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Moonspoon Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “medium gray with bright silver sparkle.” It is a warm gray base color with brighter silver sparkle. MAC Double Feature 2 #2 is satiny but similar in darkness. Inglot #444 is warmer, no sparkle.

It was rather sheer when applied dry, and it was more pigmented when applied damp but only managed to get to semi-opaque color–it was amplified by a lot of sparkle and shimmer but the base color stayed rather subtle. Moonspoon wasn’t as smooth as the other shades; there was a touch of grittiness to the larger particles of sparkle. It did not apply as smoothly or as evenly, and it was harder to blend it out when I tried using it on the lid. It seemed to stick in places. This shade lasted for eight hours without creasing, but it did seem a bit patchy, and of course, there was fall out during application but continued fall out throughout the day. For a comparison to their Stardust eyeshadows, please read this review.

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Moonspoon

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I wish this had a softer, smoother texture that applied better. It would be dreamy, too, if there was no fall out, but at least it could be more successful on the other points!

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

5.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Urban Decay Space Cowboy Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Space Cowboy Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Space Cowboy Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light champagne with bright silver sparkle.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium brown base with lighter champagne and beige shimmer and sparkle. bareMinerals Kudos is less sparkly and almost has a little duochrome. shu uemura P Soft Beige 832 has a pearly finish. MAC Summer Haze is warmer–a little peachy. MAC Sweet Satisfaction has a satin finish.

Space Cowboy had similar color payoff used both dry and wet; applying it damp did intensify the underlying base color ever-so-slightly. Even the finish is the same: sparkly, metallic, but it doesn’t smooth down as fully as other shades in the range. It retains a more frosted finish. This shade gave me more problems with fall out compared to the others–it just didn’t seem to bind/adhere as well. It worked best when really pressed against the lid using a sponge-tip applicator. Within the shade range, this is the most “everyday” kind of color–the kind where you can just sweep it on and go (well, technically, not practically!). It wore seven hours but lightly creased by eight hours. For a comparison to their Stardust eyeshadows, please read this review.

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Space Cowboy

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This shade creased slightly after eight hours, and it had even more fall out compared to the other shades. It was not as buildable either, so it was missing the marks all around.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

Urban Decay Diamond Dog Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Diamond Dog Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Diamond Dog Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep brown with white-gold sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and an orange-tan undertone and champagne sparkle/shimmer. Chanel Intuition #3 is less sparkly. Urban Decay Nevermind is warmer and less sparkly. MAC Aloha is warmer, more metallic. Make Up For Ever #15 is similar in color but not in finish. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is cooler-toned and less sparkly. Inglot #402 is similar but does not have glitter/sparkle.

Applied dry, the payoff was semi-sheer, but it intensified to mostly opaque color when applied with a damp brush. When using a damp brush, it does help to minimize fall out during application (not entirely but certainly less than if applied dry). Without an adhesive or tacky base, Diamond Dog is prone to fall out during wear. The sparkle of the eyeshadow is very, very fine, so it’s not as noticeable as the micro-glitter fall out from Urban Decay’s powder eyeshadows. The effect of the eyeshadow is very smooth, reflective, sparkling, and shimmering–more like glimmering water. I didn’t have any trouble with the underlying color creasing or fading when I wore it. For a comparison to their Stardust eyeshadows, please read this review.

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Diamond Dog

B-
Diamond Dog is best applied with a damp brush (and over an adhesive or tacky base, if you have one) in order to achieve the best color payoff, smoothness, and least amount of fall out.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

Urban Decay Zodiac Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Zodiac Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Zodiac Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “smoky black with blue-green shift and blue-green 3-D sparkle.” It’s a rich, darkened forest green with green and green-teal sparkle and shimmer over a blackened-brown base. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is lighter, warmer. MAC Smutty Green is darker, less sparkly. Inglot #414 is more teal.

Of the six shades I’ve swatched, Zodiac is the most nuanced as it has more color shift (almost like a duochrome). Applied dry, it had decent color payoff, but it is definitely more intense when applied with a damp brush–then the blackened base darkens and the finish turns smoother, more metallic, and the green becomes more pronounced. The texture feels almost wet, but it’s very smooth, fine, and thin. It applies well to the lid, and it is easy to blend out, but there is fall out during application and later on while it is worn. The eyeshadow lasted without fading or creasing over eight hours on the lid. For a comparison to Stardusts, read this post.

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Zodiac

B
If you already love sparkle and don't mind some fall out or you have an adhesive base you'd use, definitely worth checking out. The effect is reflective, sparkling, and looks wet on.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

Urban Decay Stargazer Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Stargazer Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Stargazer Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic lime-gold with gold 3-D sparkle.” It’s a green-tinged gold with brownish undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. Clinique Whopping Willow is darker, greener. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion is much greener and darker. MAC Sumptuous Olive is less metallic. Inglot #433 is less green, darker. MAC Old Gold is warmer, less green.

I know the question you’re dying to ask, so let’s just get it out of the way: there’s fall out. And yes, there’s fall out not just during application but while it’s worn–and it is less than Urban Decay’s micro-glitter powder eyeshadows. Is the effect dynamite? Oh, it’s gorgeous. It’s a glittering, sparkling affair that is so, so pretty as the light catches different parts of the lid. It’s an effect that shows itself best in person (with movement) as the shimmer shifts like glimmering water. The fall out is noticeable enough that it’s a drawback; with three on at once, it’s noticeable, but with just one shade, it happens but is not quite as glaring.  As someone who has little tolerance for fall out, I’d occasionally wear these and deal with it because the effect really is (to me) stunning–but that doesn’t excuse it.

Stargazer has good color payoff whether applied dry or wet, though it is much smoother and metallic in finish when applied with a damp brush. It applied well to the lid, and the fall out during application was noticeable but not as much as you’d expect. The real downside is that there is perpetual fall out throughout the time you wear it. You can clean-up fall out that occurs after you’ve applied your eyeshadow, before you leave, but a few hours later? Not so practical. Because the sparkle in this is rather fine, it’s not nearly as noticeable as the micro-glitter found in Urban Decay’s powder eyeshadows. It’s more visible as the particles catch the light. It didn’t crease or fade on me during the eight hours I wore it, and though there was fall out, the color itself didn’t look patchy or as if anything were missing.

Three years ago, Urban Decay released Stardust Eyeshadow, and Moondust feels a lot like them. It has the same wet-but-not texture that feels rather different from powder eyeshadows (and not like a cream, as it is very thin and feels almost wet). I don’t think these are quite like products such as Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense or L’Oreal Infallibles, which have a more powdery texture and feel and are not quite as sparkly. MAC’s Pressed Pigments are somewhat similar, but the sparkle/glitter is larger, chunkier. The texture feels different, and the sparkle content is much, much higher. Moondusts have a finer sparkle/shimmer compared to the Stardusts, as there’s not a bit of grit with them. Moondust was also much more blendable and easier to apply overall.

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Stargazer

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On the plus side, it is packs a lot of pigment for something as glittery as this, but it does suffer from a fair amount of fall out. If you already love sparkle and don't mind some fall out or you have an adhesive base you'd use, definitely worth checking out. The effect is reflective, sparkling, and looks wet on.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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