Friday, May 14th, 2010

Urban Decay Loose Pigments

Urban Decay Loose Pigments Review, Photos, Swatches

A few weeks ago, I purchased all of the Loose Pigments available on HauteLook, which was twelve, and it seems to be all that are (at least, currently) in existence. They were $5, so they were such a steal, I couldn’t resist…

Loose Pigments are just that – loose eyeshadow or loose color. Urban Decay’s tend to be finely milled, so they’re soft, easy to blend, and apply smoothly. They all look and work better when used wet or with a slightly adhesive base like MAC’s Mixing Medium.

  • Asphyxia is a pop of light fuchsia-pink with iridescent fuchsia sheen.
  • Baked is a metallic copper bronze with a high sheen.
  • Goddess is a smoldering black base with flashy teal flecks strewn through it. This one had a little more tendency to fall out, even when used wet, compared to the others.
  • Graffiti is a medium grassy green. It didn’t seem to go on quite as bold or pigmented as I would have liked.
  • Gunmetal is a silvered dark gray.
  • Protest is a dark forest green base with flecks of silver shimmer. It has the same texture as Goddess.
  • Rockstar is a darkened purple with an electric violet edge and shimmer.
  • Shag is a gilded bronze with a metallic flash. Works pretty well dry, even though I’d still use these wet at all times!
  • Shattered is a brightened aqua-blue with a frost finish. This one worked really well wet — very pigmented and intense.
  • Smog is a darkened bronze with a copper edge.
  • X is a peachy-melon with a gilded gold metallic finish.
  • Yeyo is a shimmery white with a very frosty finish. I found the texture of this one to be the weirdest–a little chunky–so it didn’t apply as smoothly as I would have liked.

One of the reasons I’m not a huge advocate for these loose shades is that Urban Decay as all these shades available in eyeshadow-form, which are often easier to work with and more practical (easier to travel with). The other reason is they’re pretty expensive as compared to MAC Pigments — you only get 0.04 oz. for $20 (MAC is 0.15 oz. for $19.50). The packaging is just okay — a lot of the pigment sticks to the applicator and the edges of the applicator, so it can be pretty messy. I think I prefer the open-jar format of most loose color in comparison.

If you can nab these on sale, I think they’re totally worth it. (Hello, $5 each? More than worth it!) I don’t think I’d fork over $20 for these–might as well just buy the eyeshadow version (0.05 oz. for $17.50!). I believe Protest and Rockstar may be the only ones that don’t have eyeshadow counterparts.  While the product is good, the value of these is poor and the packaging bulky (considering how little you get), plus wasteful–I found myself cleaning up a ton of pigment that fell off the brush just getting it in and out of the jar.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: These are nice shades of loose pigments, if you don’t mind paying the price.

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Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Asphyxia, Baked, Goddess, Graffiti

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Gunmetal, Protest, Rockstar

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Shag, Shattered, Smog, X, Yeyo

Urban Decay Loose Pigments

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
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Urban Decay Asphyxia Loose Pigment

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Urban Decay Baked Loose Pigment

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Urban Decay Goddess Loose Pigment

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Urban Decay Graffiti Loose Pigment

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Urban Decay Gunmetal Loose Pigment

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Urban Decay Protest Loose Pigment

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Urban Decay Rockstar Loose Pigment

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Urban Decay Shag Loose Pigment

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Urban Decay Shattered Loose Pigment

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Urban Decay Smog Loose Pigment

Urban Decay Loose Pigments
Urban Decay X Loose Pigment

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Urban Decay Yeyo Loose Pigment

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54 thoughts on “Urban Decay Loose Pigments Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I have 3 of these and I don’t like them to be honest. To much fall out there is and they’re pigmented only when applied wet. :/

  2. Wendy

    I love Baked, Gunmetal, Shag, Smog and X!

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of LU LNU

    I totally saw these on sale at Hautelook and I was dying to buy some but decided against it! Now I’m so glad I didn’t get them! :)

  4. Mirna

    Cool! Thank you for this review Christine. I figured out a way to minimize the fall out, tap the applicator on the inside-sides before you take it all the way out.
    I have a question, do you dip your brush in mixing medium before you dip into pigment, or vice-versa?

    • I tried that, but it was just sticking to the sides of the whole thing – big mess.

      I tap it on my hand, then I go in with a brush.

      • Mirna

        Sorry for not understanding, you tap the e/s on your hand and then you go in with mixing medium on a brush? Please clarify.

        • Yes – I put a little on the back of my hand, and my brush is already damp with the mixing medium – this way I don’t contaminate :)

  5. DianaB

    Hawt Sauce! Must try Goddess and Rock Star

  6. rockstar looks gorgeous! thanks for the pics :)

  7. Michelle M

    I have this in Goddess and I hardly ever use it. I feel like I waste alot of product trying to find the best way to get it from the container onto my eyelid. I’d like it much better if it came in a jar.

  8. Yeah, that applicator looks pretty annoying. I hate when beauty products or constructed in such a way that MAKES you use their applicator. I’d rather use my own.

  9. OMG. I want this x}

  10. monica

    i wish urban decay would come out with new shades, rather than just giving us the same shades over and over again just in different packaging.

  11. Akia

    I bought 10 of these from the Hautelook sale… definitely would not pay full price for these! They’re ok but the packaging just turns me off.

  12. Alexis

    Wow – I do not like SMOG as a pigment. It’s one of my go-to bronze eye shadows for a quick 5mn eye. However, gun metal and protest are very pretty in pigment form.

  13. I bought all of these during the Haute Look sale as well. I had the same cons as you listed. I probably wouldn’t have ever bought their loose shadows if it hadn’t been for the good price. I was disappointed with the small amount you get and with the brush being built in.

    So far I’ve only used Shattered (layered over Rollickin’ paint pot) and I really loved it.

    • Yeah — it always annoyed me with how TINY the amount is (because I think I had two already… lol, at $5 I was too lazy to look, figured I’d give them to my sister if I had dupes!).

  14. Tre

    I bought all of these too! They may not be the best, but I love Urban Decay and how could you not buy them at $5!

  15. c6hunnie

    I got my set from the hautelook sale too! I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet but after reading your review. I’m glad they were five bucks each. I’ll probably end up re-potting…Im not too keen on the packaging.

  16. I got a few for £2 recently and like you I would have been very disapointed if I hadpaid full price

  17. Kharina

    I tell ya…Urban Decay’s “Packaging Design” department sucks with a passion.

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Niki Nik

    I just recieved my order from hautelook a couple days ago and I ordered on the 20th of last month! I got asphyxia, graffiti and rockstar, so awesome, but they can be messy so I might put them in MAC containers;] I also got the polish set for $13!

  19. Tiffany

    I too picked all of these up when the $5 sale was going on. really happy I did!!

  20. I picked up Asphyxia and Rockstar on the Hautelook sale too. I would never have bought these at full price, but $5 was WAY too good to pass up. I’m not at all pleased with the packaging. I hate the applicator brush. I shake the container, wipe the applicator brush on the inside edge, then pick it up with my own brush. That seems to work well. I would never pay $20 for them, though.

  21. Ms Fabulous

    Hi, I bought 5 of those pigments from Haute as well because of the price and I totally agree with everything you said. I was very disappointed with the amount of product and mess it makes. For five bucks in all in otherwise, not so much.

  22. Ditto all. Haute Look sale made it worhtwhile, applicators suck and I agree with the comment about packaging with UD in general. I juist want to tell them “Try less to be ‘urban’ and hip and make your packaging compare with the quality of your great products”

  23. jaspreet

    I LOVE GODDESS, BAKED, Graffiti,Smog ,Shattered ,

  24. Evelyn

    whats the sheerer parts? applied with the applicator?

  25. can't resist!

    Hautelook was a massive steal. I’ve never bought the pigments before so I stuck to goddess, yeyo and asphyxia (almost skipped but turns out I love it best). Seeing the swatches I am SOOO bummed I skipped graffiti, gunmetal and shattered. Hope they offer again (I wouldn’t pay full price for them though).

  26. Josi

    i really love the goddes and rockstar pigment :) i think i will buy them on amazon :D

  27. xMissxAndristx

    Every single bit of makeup I own in Urban Decay, so clearly I love them. But I ordered some of these and sent them right back. Even with UDPP they barely stick, and as they wear away, all that’s left is gobs of glitter!!! Way disappointed and will definitely be sticking to the pressed shadows.

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Thu Thu

    Just bought these as part of the UD $5 sale!!! Wouldn’t have paid full price for them either.

  29. Kelsey

    They are on sale today on hautelook.com for $2. I bought them all just because hello… its $2!

  30. Ashley

    So, I was on HauteLook today and everything Urban Decay was $2. So, it’s cheaper than their sale earlier this year, which is what convinced me. I understand all the negative things you all pointed out, and I am interested to try my combinations of makeup to see what makes it work best for me. At $2/ea, I bought all but one shade.. My total savings amounted to $194 – can’t beat that!!! :) I’m so anxious to get mine now!!

  31. Dember

    Omg thanks for the swatches! I bought 6 of the 12 shades on Hautelook just moments ago. (Goddess, Rockstar, Shattered, Protest, Shag, and Asphyxia) Really hoping these work out for me! I’ve never tried pigments before since they can be pricey… but at $2 seriously can’t pass it up. Definitely will be applying these wet.

  32. Aubree

    I just bought Shag for $2 on HauteLook!

  33. Melissa Morelli

    I got them all too, but how do i use them? like do i use their brushes on my eyes or is their a way that i can get the product out and use my own brushes? I hope this makes sense, love your blogs/videos and everything!

  34. how you press this pigments????

  35. These are $1 on Urban Decays website under the SALE tab!

    I might pour the loose pigments into some empty pots I have. Less mess and easier to use. :D I was skeptical about these but for $1 – that’s more than fair. I grabbed X and Asphyxia. This will be my first time trying a pink shadow. Eep.

  36. thepaigest

    Christine any way you could do a look with the loose pigments?? I got all of the for 1 buck with the sale!! If you have time :)

  37. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shanna Shanna

    The fallout on these really is horrendous, but I rather love them regardless :D

    also, just thought I’d let you know that while googling for swatches of Goddess (why I didn’t just come here, I have no idea, since I always end up here anyway), I found this link with images taken from this review and not credited [link removed]

  38. Linda Alldredge

    Most of the negative comments are about cost and packaging. I paid $1 for gunmetal and protest and $7 for goddess including shipping. The packaging problem is easily fixed by de-potting. There are YouTube videos that show you how but the upshot is that you use a kitchen knife (butter) and crescent wrench to pry off the bottom. Be patient with the first one because it will take a few minutes to get the hang of it. After that it takes very little time. I put mine in clear small containers used for bead storage. The quality of the pigment is outstanding and the colors stunning. Goddess is to die for gorgeous.

    • AnnMarie

      Thank you for the Tip about the video! I managed to tap a good amount of mine out into other pots. But now I can get the rest out.

  39. mumtaza

    I freaking love these. Maybe more than MAC. Graffiti is to die for and that’s the shade that got me into UD. I feel like these have to be used wet. with glycerin/water mix. I just picked up 4 more so I have a total of 9. I’m trying to collect them all.

  40. AnnMarie

    I ended up de-potting mine. I store the shadows in little pots I got from the craft store. I actually am in love with these. But I also bought them on UrbandDecay.com for a dollar a piece. I think if I had paid full price I wouldn’t love them so much.