Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “peacock blue shimmer.” It’s a bold, bright medium blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. Buxom Bulldog is a touch darker and is a cream product. NYX Kiss in Casablanca is less frosted but very similar in color. MAC Pure Creation is darker, more muted, and a cream product.

This shade was once a palette-exclusive, but when Urban Decay reformulated their eyeshadows, it made it into their permanent range. It was one of my favorite shades then, and it’s one of my favorite shades now. The texture is soft, buttery, and dense; so smooth and intensely pigmented, Radium is a dream to work with. Whether you want rich color or need to blend it out to soften, both are easily achieved. It lasted a full nine hours on me without creasing or fading.

The Glossover

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Radium

A+
Rich in color payoff, soft, blendable texture, and long-wear? How can you go wrong?

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Snatch (inner third of lid), Peace (middle of lid), Radium (outer lid and crease),
Bender (crease/above crease

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $18.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Buxom Bulldog is a touch darker and is a cream product. NYX Kiss in Casablanca is less frosted but very similar in color. MAC Pure Creation is darker, more muted, and a cream product.

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34 thoughts on “Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Taylor Taylor

    I love using UD’s eyeshadows over their liners for a huge color pop, and this looks perfect! I might have to pick it up….

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat

    Perfect score!!

  3. Wow, this is beautiful on you! Gorgeous. Must try this shadow. I also love the shade you used it with, very unexpected and looks great!

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    I’ve got Radium in BOS III and while I use it occasionally (with my brown eyes, it looks very pretty as a liner under my eyes), I much prefer Haight (in the same palette and I also have it in the Mariposa palette). I find Haight a bit more flattering or perhaps less scary to wear but I still do love Radium in small doses.

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Debbie Debbie

    Hi! You have given A+ ratings to several products but not every one of them gets the “Temptalia Recommends” rating. Why is that? If a product gets a A+ rating, doesn’t that mean you love it very much and would recommend it? Thanks!

  6. Neechie

    I love this color! Looks like it would be nice and bright over a white primer. I am a big UD fan, I am not usually disappointed in their colors, although I do not like their (or anyone’s) colors with glitter in it. Shimmer is all I need, no glittery mess.

  7. Michelle

    Great look! Can you tell me what primer you used, or if you used anything underneath the blue to bring out the color on your lid?

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jae Jamie

    Although I have never swatched these two side by side, I believe that Indigo Impact by Covergirl would be a cheaper alternative.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Catherine Catherine

    How does this shade compare to MAC Freshwater eyeshadow??

  10. I love Urban Decay eye shadows! I’m kind of addicted to the matte colors at the moment, but I think I’m going to have to check out this color. Looks absolutely gorgeous in the photo swatches! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Gigie

    This is my favorite eyeshadow ever. I’m so glad you liked it as much as I do. I don’t have the reformulated single though. I have it in the BOS 3 palette. I love to wear it when I’m wearing a hot pink or bright orange outfit. I have dark (about the color if cinnamon) skin, so it’s not too much.

  12. Annie

    Beautiful!!

    Hmm…how does it compare to MAC Blue Pigment, or MAC Freshwater? They look close to me?

  13. While it looks gorgeous on you, I can’t pull off light blue eyeshadow… Will have to pass on this one.

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Pamela Pamela

    Beautiful! What color are you using in your crease?

  15. Pretty and really vibrant – plus the formula sounds excellent

  16. Stacey

    The product looks different by itself than within the book of shadows.

  17. TLC

    I think I just might have to pick up this blue beauty. Love Love Love

  18. Ooh, how strange! Maybe it’s just my monitor, but this looks so much lighter on your eye than it does in the swatch — I’m not much of a blue eyeshadow fan, but this one has me kind of intrigued!

  19. Wow beautiful! I don’t think I can really pull off blues like these but it looks gorgeous on you and is surprisingly nice paired with that pop of green in your crease!

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kathryn kEG

    I have this, and I think it is gorgeous, as well as good quality!

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Michelle Michelle

    I love this color, but the only thing is I find that UD eyeshadows have a ton of fallout. Did this one have any?
    Thanks again for another great review!

  22. KELLY

    I’m curious to know what that green color in the crease is

  23. Hi Christine, just a quick thank you for your patience and understanding–with nearly unlimited color variations and copious amounts of blending involved in any look, it’s easy to get lost among the simple words describing fairly complex things (here I am referring to myself of course).
    It is my belief that everyone is a bit biased in how they see applied makeup, depending on personal technique, preference, eye shape, etc. It is easy to become ‘colorblind’ and clearly I am a fine example of that! So please do not feel discouraged by my confusion, I found a new addition to my wishlist (UD Peace) and learned to be more specific when posting a question (duh, assume less!)
    I also really enjoy any review posts that include a ‘look’ photo, featuring the reviewed product along with other complementing colors (it inspires and sometimes is more telling then a swatch alone, especially for eyeshadow). Obviously any review is a time consuming process, so I don’t expect to find a bonus ‘look’ in every post, but it is a nice surprise when there is one.
    I rarely comment (it’s probably for the best for everyone, lol), but always grateful for every reply or clarification. Oh and the new caption is just awesome ;)

    • No worries, Nitsa! I could have sworn I had it all typed out in at least one post so it’s really my fault for not having it listed – and Radium and Peace are both blues which just made it even more confusing! :)

      Thank you so much for pointing it out so I could edit and update the posts for you and others!