Going Green with Urban Decay, Part 1
Urban Decay Chronic Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a near-matte grass green shade. What’s interesting about the matte formula is that you can see little specks of shimmer/glitter, but when you use it (whether just to swatch or on the lid), none of the shimmer/glitter shows up. It’s almost like a very, very near-matte eyeshadow with perhaps the slightest pearl sheen. I used it a couple of weeks ago in my St. Patrick’s Day look, and I really found it surprisingly easy to work with. It blended nicely, and it didn’t look chalky at all (which is often an issue with matte textures) nor was it dusty. I also got a good level of color intensity without having to pack on the eyeshadow, and with a color like that, I’m definitely looking for that richness of color.
I actually think the packaging is well-done, too. I feel like the case goes above and beyond the typical eyeshadow compact, because Urban Decay makes it uniquely theirs. It’s functional without being flimsy or cheap, but it still looks fun and totally fits with the brand’s image. Of course, I’d love Urban Decay to sell empty palettes and allow you to customize your own, but they do put out eyeshadow palettes throughout the year, so there is always that, I suppose!
I do want to say that I haven’t tried any of the other shades in this formulation, so my review is truly for this shade only! The Matte Eyeshadow formula is also available in: ABC Gum (pale peach), Cult (eggplant), Electric (electric blue), Foxy (light neutral), Heist (dusty purple), Illegal (smoky rose), Naked (buff nude), Narcotic (bright turquoise), Perversion (jet black), Purple Haze (bright purple), Revolver (stone gray), Secret Service (medium brown), Shakedown (taupe), and Yeyo (powder white).
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- Product: 28/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 5/5
Recommendation: If you love colorful, matte textures for your eyeshadows, Urban Decay’s Chronic was a pleasant surprise!
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Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Chronic, Urb, Graffiti