Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “grayish taupe brown matte-satin.” It’s a darkened gray with brown undertones and a dusting of teal micro-shimmer with satin finish. This shade was in the Vice palette, but this seemed to apply a bit darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #5 is slightly browner. Benefit Holy Smokes is similar in color but a cream product. bareMinerals Undercover is lighter. MAC Nebula is a touch browner. MAC Keep Your Cool is browner. Urban Decay Pistol is warmer, lighter.

At first glance, it appears to have a satin finish, but the more it is blended out, the more matte the finish becomes. The sheen of the slight pearl included in it is very, very subtle. I was thrown by Urban Decay’s “matte-satin” description initially, but it really does make sense. The texture of this shade was slightly dry, so it tends to apply better with a fluffier brush and with light, feathery strokes.  Desperation had good color payoff, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color on the lid.  It’s good, just not perfect; the slightly drier texture made the payoff less intense and not as easily blended as the best of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows.

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Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's good, just not perfect; the slightly drier texture made the payoff less intense and not as easily blended as the best of Urban Decay's eyeshadows.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Easy Baked (inner lid), Laced (outer lid),
Desperation (crease), ABC Gum (highlighter)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Urban Decay, $18.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival #5 is slightly browner. Benefit Holy Smokes is similar in color but a cream product. bareMinerals Undercover is lighter. MAC Nebula is a touch browner. MAC Keep Your Cool is browner. Urban Decay Pistol is warmer, lighter.

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13 thoughts on “Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I actually really like the finish on this shadow. I have similar shades, but they are far more matte.

  2. Hmm…even with the drier texture, I still think it’s a beauty! Love the look you created with these shadows, Christine!

  3. This was in the Vice palette & I realized it’s one of the shades I haven’t used yet. It’s very nice!

    • smacks self on forehead… You’re absolutely right and I’ve enjoyed pairing it with the laced shade as well. This one reads quite purple on me. I didn’t recognize it.

  4. The color is quite unique, I like it!

  5. missrossre

    bello da morire!
    But too expensive and a rather common shade.
    Rather, but non really :))

  6. Oh my god, this is gorgeous. The “matte-satin” finish sounds lovely, and (of course,) I love a grey-taupe! ;)

  7. wow, this color is stunning as well! Is such a perfect crease color!

  8. Stephanie

    It is nice that they’re adding more neutral/nude shades that you can build you own palette with.

  9. Mariella

    I am such a sucker for this sort of shade so even though I have Nebula and Keep Your Cool and Pistol, I will want to get this one for sure.

  10. April

    Excited to see this as a single. I love it in my Vice palette.

  11. This color is right up my alley! I already have Keep Your Cool and Pistol so I think I’ll have to pass…

  12. Carla N.

    clicked on “Love it!” because this is exactly the kind of eyeshadow shade that appeals to me, but I won’t buy it, because I’m still boycotting UD.
    Oh, well; I have similar shades,especially the superlative Inglot Matte 349, a silky true matte medium greyish taupe.
    If you want grey-taupe, with a true matte texture, rich pigmentation, an superb blendability, go for Inglor Matte 349.