Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows: Space Cowboy, Bobby Dazzle, Griffith, Diamond Dog, 54
Retrograde, Atmosphere, Moon Spoon, Void

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

For Spring, Urban Decay’s launched nine shades of a new eyeshadow formula: Stardust Eyeshadows. According to Urban Decay, these have a silky texture that has “40% more glitter than our most sparkly shadows,” and that this formula “delivers a sheer wash of color, topped with … sparkle that glistens like wet now.” The glitter ingredient is called “reflex” and these boast no fall out or chunky glitter. They can be used wet or dry, depending on what kind of color you want to achieve. Each Stardust eyeshadow retails for $20.00 for 0.12 oz. For reference, Deluxe Eyeshadows retail for $18.00 for 0.09 oz. and Deluxe Eyeshadows retail for $16.00 for 0.05 oz.

Stardust Eyeshadows

  • Space Cowboy is a champagne beige with golden sheen and sparkle. It goes on barely there when used dry, but it has a more opaque look when used wet.
  • Bobby Dazzle is a shimmery white (just slightly tinged by gold) with white and silver sparkle. This shade is best used dry unless layering over a more intense color, because it is incredibly sheer dry, though more obvious when used wet.
  • Griffith is a soft, yellow-toned green with paler green sheen and sparkle. You can get some green to show when you use this dry, but it’s better when used wet or over a base.
  • Diamond Dog is a dirty brown with a little gray and silverish sparkle. This brown kind of felt like one of those “ugly” browns to me for some reason. Somewhat pigmented when used wet but still nicer when used wet.
  • 54 is an icy purple with silver-white sparkle. It’s pretty pale and cool-toned and like the other shades, best used wet.
  • Retrograde is a darkened purple with red undertones and silver sparkle. I expected richer color, but I couldn’t achieve the deepness I wanted even when used wet. It just looks so dark in the pot, but it’s not nearly so dark in real life.
  • Atmosphere is a bright teal-blue with silver sparkle. Atmosphere is easily the best shade of the nine — if you only wanted one, this is the one I’d recommend. It’s richly pigmented, even when used dry, and moreso when used wet.
  • Moon Spoon is a gray taupe with cool silver sparkle. So so when used dry, smoother when used wet.
  • Void is a gray-black with silver sparkle. It reminded me of Oil Slick, just with more glitter. I found this one didn’t seem to look much different when used wet–about the same as when swatched dry.

The packaging is a matte, slightly squish plastic (think NARS) shaped into a square. You squeeze the sides and it releases the plastic flip-top back. I’m not drooling over the packaging, but it’s functional. It’s particularly streamlined and “clean” for Urban Decay, actually.

The glitter in the Stardust eyeshadows is definitely not the typical chunky glitter a la Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, but I did encounter a decent amount of fall out when I used Atmosphere in this look earlier this week. It wasn’t the worst fall out I’ve encountered, but I did get enough to be able to say that these definitely are prone to fall out for me. I used it over Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and wet, for reference, and still had the fall out. I’d say the fall out is a little less than their typical glitter eyeshadows, certainly much less so than Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, as well. If you don’t mind a little clena-up, then these might be fun to play around with.

These are probably better over dark bases or else layered on top of more pigmented or vibrant shades of eyeshadow. I could definitely see these working well over a black base for a very smoky, glittering eye. Even though layering seems to the best way to use these, they weren’t quite as blendable as Urban Decay’s powder eyeshadows. When used wet, they have a bit of a tendency to “stick” in places, so you may find yourself using a similar-colored powder eyeshadow to help blend out the Stardust eyeshadow.

Bottom Line: I have never been a fan of eyeshadows that produce a lot of fall out. I don’t want to have to spend extra time cleaning up after application; I don’t mind a little bit–the kind that can be covered up with foundation, just not a lot. These have enough fall out that I don’t love them, and I think the colors themselves aren’t as vibrant as I’d like to see from Urban Decay, so they’re not to my taste. Atmosphere was the only one that really popped to me.  It’s like they’re okay – Urban Decay states they’re sheer, but they also say “no fall out” which I found not to be the case in my experience.

I found myself preferring Stila’s Jewel Eyeshadow Palette for my dose of glitter, because I found the color went on a bit more pigmented when used dry, but I also didn’t encounter very much fall out when I used them either. Of course, the shades aren’t similar, so you may go one way or the other based on what kind of color you want.  I will say that if you use a sponge-tip applicator or your finger to press on the glitter, there is a lot less fall out, though.  Additionally, for a glittery-based eyeshadow, the fall out was much less than I’ve experienced in the past, on the whole.

Have you tried these yet?  What has your experience been like?

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love glittery eyeshadow, love the shimmering wet look, and don’t mind some fall out… I think these may be your style.

Availability: Urban Decay

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Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Space Cowboy, Bobby Dazzle, Griffith, Diamond Dog, 54
Retrograde, Atmosphere, Moon Spoon, Void

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Bobby Dazzle

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows: Space Cowboy, Bobby Dazzle, Griffith, Diamond Dog, 54
Retrograde, Atmosphere, Moon Spoon, Void

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows: Space Cowboy, Bobby Dazzle, Griffith, Diamond Dog, 54
Retrograde, Atmosphere, Moon Spoon, Void

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows: Space Cowboy, Bobby Dazzle, Griffith, Diamond Dog, 54
Retrograde, Atmosphere, Moon Spoon, Void

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Urban Decay Void Stardust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows: Space Cowboy, Bobby Dazzle, Griffith

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows: Griffith, Diamond Dog, 54

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows: Diamond Dog, 54, Retrograde

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows: Atmosphere, Moon Spoon, Void

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows (swatched wet): Diamon Dog, Space Cowboy, Bobby Dazzle, Griffith

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows (swatched wet): Diamon Dog, Space Cowboy, Bobby Dazzle, Griffith, 54, Retrograde, Atmosphere, Moon Spoon

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows (swatched wet): Atmosphere, Moon Spoon, Void

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69 thoughts on “Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I absolutely love all of these. Especially Retrograde!

  2. Nicole Straka

    Not my thing…too chunky.

  3. I LOVEEE Retrograde and Stardust. This is such a great post !

  4. Wow, they weren’t kidding when they said sheer!

  5. Hmm, staying away from these! The only two that look ok is Atmosphere and Void, but I still have no use for bright blue eyeshadow, and Void is just meh for 18$. Great review :)

  6. Diamond dog and atmosphere are mine mine mine!!!

  7. The color on retrograde looks lovely-that’s the one that caught my eye.

    Still and the same though, I am not paying 20$ for any of them. I don’t wear THAT much shimmer that often, and lately I’ve taken to using the MUFE silver flash cream as a base, and then applying normal shadow over it.

    It looks just as shimmery and pretty as these, blends well, and the colors are pigmented. And I could use the colors I already own!
    This is a look I did like that

    it truthfully seems like a waste of money for me. I might buy a few colors if you could buy a palette of smaller sized ones(like the BoS size things), but its just not economical or desirable for me to lust after these, themselves.

    I know a few friends who love glitter, who’ll love these though.

      • Thanks! Its hard to look at other glittery products, after using the MUFE creams. Its just like, what’s the point? There’s so much more versatility to them, and no fallout to deal with! SO much easier!(i’m trying to get my glitter loving friend hooked on it, but so far she hasn’t gotten around to trying it) But yeah, its rather nice being able to use the colors you HAVE, rather than buying a bunch of new ones with a glittery finish instead. I still kind of want to swatch these next time I’m in store, just in case they show up more on me(being annoyingly pale, a lot of colors are like that).

        it is a bit disappointing from Urban decay though-I love most of their products, I think i want to keep looking for something redeeming in these! Although it seems like their recent launches haven’t done much for me. Eden primer is too yellow, Sin isn’t remotely neutral or flattering, I already own most of the Alice palette… Maybe I’ve just reached my threshold for that brand? *gasp, gag, THE HORROR* Well, at least until another BoS comes out…. Or more Heavy Metal eyeliner colors….

  8. That’s a real shame about all the fallout. fallout=bad. And the lack of vibrancy? Weird for Urban Decay. Though I do love that Atmosphere color!

  9. CeeBee

    I have cheapo dollar store eyeshadows that have WAY more pigmentation and about the same amount of sparkle (but mega fall out when applied with a brush though, so it’s a damp sponge applicator for me) so these are a huge miss for me.

  10. I love Atmosphere. But I probably won’t run out and buy these.

  11. HC

    Retrograde looks weird in the upclose picture! It’s like a subtle pattern or something. I feel like I can sense the glitter chunks. Ahhh I’m steering clear of these. I don’t want disco balls as eye looks!

  12. Anitacska

    I can’t wait for them to come to the UK, so I can check them out in person!

  13. SusyLovesMac

    Thanks for the review Christine. I wanted to try these but I hate fallout :( maybe I’ll pass

  14. leinti nti

    amazing. love them all. they d look great in summer

  15. Kristina

    These are a little too shimmery for me, but I can appreciate the shades for others. What I don’t understand is the packaging, $18 for drugstore style and quality? Drugstore sacrifices chic casing to help with the bottom line, what is the excuse for an $18 eyeshadow? UD typically has cheesy packaging but this is shameful.

  16. AA

    I’m not sure if I like all that glitter…

  17. Darby

    Wow.. Griffith is a DEAD ringer for MAC Juxt

  18. I love how you are so honest with your reviews! I appreciate it!

  19. I think I must buy Atmosphere… but I can def pass on the rest. :)

  20. I find these too sheer except Atmosphere and Void. The only 20 bucks I would shell out would be Atmosphere the rest I could just forget.

  21. Sheryl

    Atmosphere looks awesome.

  22. AnGeLwInGz

    They sure are lovely. Do they feel as gritty as the original UD shadows with glitter in them? I’ve been looking for a color similar to Uzi that doesn’t scratch the heck out of my lids.

  23. Atmosphere and Void are the only ones that I like. Other colors look really poor when they’re swatched dry. $20.00 is way too much for e/s like these. :/

  24. tricia.c

    Off topic, but when did sephora started charging for d 3 samples, yesterday I ordered d urban decay alice n wonderland, and assed my 3 samples and I was charged a penny for each sample(3cents total). And I want to know if u experienced major fallout with the too faced neutral palette. I used it for the first time and had major major fallout, I have never experienced that before I looked like a fairy went sooo wrong. Also my brush seems like its not picking up the eyeshadows, from and I used the same mac brushes I always use. Im wondering if I got a bad one

    • Hmm, no clue. I never order samples (I never use them, so I figure why waste?), so I’m not sure.

      Hmm, no, I didn’t have any problem with the Too Faced Neutral palette. I think there was one or two shades that were super glittery that did have some fall out, but overall it was fine…

  25. Shannon

    Hey Christine! :) I really love Urban Decay, but I’ve never tried their shadows. What colors would you suggest?


    p.s: I have red hair and bluey-green eyes, if that helps 😛

  26. Tabi

    I have 54 and I really love it! Urban Decay recommends using a (wet) finger to apply these, and using that method I had very little fallout and was able to build the color up pretty well (used 54, Ransom, and Scratch to make a pretty purple/pink look earlier this week).

    I love glitter and bright colors, so I’m all over these! =) I’m definitely picking up Moon Spoon and Atmosphere, and debating on Retrograde and Space Cowboy.

    I really didn’t dig the Stila quad for some reason, and I think it’s mostly because of the colors. I liked the gold and the pink, but didn’t particularly care for the black and purple.

    I’m sorry you didn’t like these, Christine. =(

    • Tabi

      I take it back (slightly ;))! I used Atmosphere today, and I did get more fallout with this one than I did with 54, so I think it does vary some for each. All it took was one MAC wipe swipe to clear it all away, though, so I wasn’t too inconvenienced, but I can definitely see how it’s a turn off for some. This super fine reflex glitter isn’t like normal UD glitter that wants to stay on your face for days after you use it! =)

      • For me, a lot of the annoyance came from Urban Decay’s description “no fallout,” because they were very specific to point out how incredible these were because there wasn’t any fallout, you know? I’d normally expect some degree of fallout with a very glittery shade, but if you tell me it has none and it has more than just a few… I gotta call ya out on it!

    • I can totally see that about the Stila quad. They were a little “dull” in a way, so I’d definitely love to see another one released, maybe for summer, with brighter shades as well!

  27. Haley

    Ugh.. these could have been SO good.. but I’m not a fan of most of them being super sheer >:[

  28. Vijaya

    I’m kind of liking Atmosphere, Moon Spoon and Void. These aren’t limited edition, are they? I have other things to buy, right now. I’d rather save this for later.

  29. amy

    Space Cowboy, Diamond Dog and 54 are calling my name!

  30. ocelot1

    moon spoon and diamond dog look nice wet, as does atmosphere, but the glitter! UGH! no thanks.

  31. Nicola

    Atmosphere looks like a winner, especially when either packed on or used with fix +.

  32. Cassie

    Thanks for reviewing these! I’ve been thinking about buying some but think I will just get Atmosphere. Was wondering if you would mind swatching theses over MAC’s Sharkskin or doing a look with a dark base so we can see if they will provide a bigger color pay off?

  33. Hm. These are a little disappointing to me… they seem more like toppers than actual shadows. I doubt I’d get any of them because it seems like a hassle to have to use them wet to get any color at all and still have fallout. Moon Spoon is super pretty though…

  34. Emily

    So I got bobby dazzle, retrograde, and moon spoon and I LOVE THEM! Granted, I am a glitter chic…but retrograde and moon spoon are way more pigmented than you would expect from the swatches…bobby dazzle not so much. Anyway, I’m super happy with them and I must get more! =)

  35. ezzie

    that’s some chunky looking glitter!
    i like the idea of these shadows, but the packaging is bleh and i think UD could’ve definatly done a better job.

  36. kate

    ewh, i think the packaging looks so cheap! like drugstore makeup. seriously, i would never spend $20 on these. maybe $7, definitely $4- NEVER $20!

  37. Kell

    I think these are horrrrible looking…. they look so cheap. Maybe it’s the way they photograph, but still!

  38. Luisafer

    they look much better wet, but I know it’s so hard to work when they fall out… hate cleaning, always kind of stain

  39. Milessa

    Too much glitter. But, i’m not surprised, Urban Decay is known for having extremely glittery eye shadows. I’ll pass

  40. freewing78

    i found Space Cowboy,Void,and Retrograde look kind of similar to colors in Stila Jewel palette, can you please do a comparison on that? thanks :)

  41. Diana

    these are gorgeous in the pan…but they’re too sheer. i really liked retrograde in the pan too

  42. Ribbons

    Oh thats disappointing – I love a bit o’ Sparkle, but these are just too sheer for me. Might have a quick shop swatch of Atmosphere though. Don’t really like wet eyeshadows.

  43. Sarina

    I love them but i don’t think i’m going to get them now.

    But is it permanent
    because i will probably get 3 or 4 slowly when i have money

  44. Lexia

    lemming moonspoon <3

  45. I went to go swatch these at my sephora the other day! I took a qtip to be sanitary but it wouldn’t swatch like normal shadows swatch, I guess because of the different texture. I ended up almost shattering the eyeshadow when I tried to swatch it like I usually swatch eyeshadows! I really love the color of diamond dog and I’m really contemplating getting at least one :/… But still unsure because what if I break it at home! Of course I’ll be using a brush so maybe that’ll help it :)

  46. Katie

    Hi Christine, just want to say I love your website, its so detailed and informative! Would you say Griffith was most like juxt or swimming from mac? Or a completely other green from mac? xx

  47. aradhana

    hi christine
    did you end up using any of these in a look?
    i just saw a few shades on clearance at a local drugstore, and i was trying to decide whether it’s worth it to pick up atmosphere….