Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy metallic brown.” It’s a burgundy-tinted brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. I want to call it burgundy, but there is a lot of brown present. bareMinerals Euphoria is very similar in color; it is less metallic in finish, though. Cinderella Rococo is purpler. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is less frosted but similar in color. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is warmer, redder.

Roach had fantastic color payoff, and it applied very smoothly and evenly.  I felt like I hardly needed to pass the brush across the pan to get the full color coverage I expected from the shade.  The texture was so soft and buttery, but it was a smidgen powdery–like the tiniest bit but still felt it was worth mentioning. I didn’t see any fall out during application or later on during wear, though.  The color was easy to blend out and mix with other eyeshadows.  It lasted eight hours quite well, and after nine, there was a hint of fading.

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Roach

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Roach is easy to use and incredibly pigmented, so it is a good pick for anyone on the hunt for a warm-toned, dark brown eyeshadow with a frosted finish.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay SWF (inner lid), Scratch (middle of lid),
Roach (outer lid), Secret Service (crease)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $18.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

bareMinerals Euphoria is very similar in color; it is less metallic in finish, though. Cinderella Rococo is purpler. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is less frosted but similar in color. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is warmer, redder.

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38 thoughts on “Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Julia B

    Love your eye look!

  2. Claire

    How does this compare to mac sable

  3. Precious

    Hi, Christine. How do you think this compares to MAC Eyeshadow in Sable? I love your eye make-up, by the way. :)

  4. Beautiful colour. It looks great!

  5. Gem

    How does this compare to Sable from MAC?

  6. t_zwiggy

    bareMinerals Euphoria has been my go-to shade since I got The Happy Place quad about a month ago. Because it’s LE, I’ve thought about buying a backup while it’s still available, but seeing the swatches of UD Roach I’m might get that instead. Do you think there is much difference in quality? I love how extremely pigmented Euphoria is, and I’ve had trouble with frosty UD shadows creasing in the past. What do you think? UD or bM backup? I guess it’s worth mentioning that I also love Exhale from the same palette, and I can’t think of any dupe (at least not quality wise).

    Btw, what happened to this post yesterday? I was about to post my comment, and then suddenly the entire post was gone.

  7. Kathi

    The color reminds me of Mulch from Mac. Is it similar? (:

  8. Stephanie

    I love this shade! It’s a brown with a tiny bit of plum in it. It goes great with other eyeshadows in my collection. Lately I’ve been wearing in the grease with Freelove UD eyeshadow on the lid.

  9. Cat G

    Beautiful color!!

  10. hoopla

    Isn’t this similar to mac twinks?

  11. Another eyeshadow added to my “need” list…

  12. Sara B

    This is so pretty, but why, whyyyy would they name it “Roach”? Such a gross name, not something I want to associate with a pretty color like this!

    • gabriella

      I think it’s a pot reference, not a bug one… Lol

      • xamyx

        I prefer to think that is the reference, as well, LOL… Well, even if it was named for the other, let’s just choose to believe the pot reference!

  13. Tuva

    WOW, that is gorgeous! :D *adds ANOTHER UB shadow to her list*

  14. JRMillington

    Let me tell you….this is the most beautiful brown e/s I’ve seen/ used in my life.

  15. AnGeLwInGz

    Roach has always been one of my faves. It’s so versatile. I love Lounge also but sometimes the occasion doesn’t permit blue color shift. Roach takes care of that.

  16. xamyx

    How does this compare to L’Oreal Bronzed Taupe?

  17. Aubri

    I’m not sure if you picked up the Theodora palette from UD but I think the colour included called “West” seems very similar. Could it be the same? And if not, how similar?

  18. Maggie

    Urban Decay Roach (in the old formula) was actually the first Urban Decay product I ever bought and the first eyeshadow single I’ve purchased at a higher pricepoint. Been an Urban Decay fan ever since.

  19. Brooke

    Is this similar to MAC’s “Antiqued” eyeshadow? Thank you for the great reviews!

  20. Selena

    Hm. This looks pretty similar to Lost from the Urban Decay BOS IV, although probably a little more purple.

  21. Xuan Nguyen

    Love Roach! On my lazy days I put it all over and add smudgy eyeliner and bam, easy smoky eye!

  22. Alesia

    Hi Christine! How would you compare this to MAC Satin Taupe?

  23. Irene

    Seems to me it’s similar to Catrice ‘My first copperware party’

  24. ZG

    This color is amazing..