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The Best Urban Decay Eyeshadows + Overview

Urban Decay Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is an extensive range of powder eyeshadows with a variety of finishes from matte to metallic and everything in-between. In general, I would describe the formula has moderately dense, mostly smooth, lightly buttery, and pigmented. Their matte eyeshadows tend to be a little dusty or powdery, but they are usually easy to blend and build-up on the lid (if they aren’t super pigmented).

I believe I have reviewed and rated the majority of the existing range, though there are probably a still a few I haven’t come across. This list will contain some shades found in permanent palettes (unfortunately, at this time, we don’t have anything in the system that distinguishes something available only in a permanent palette vs. permanent single). I hope it helps! (You can see the full list of shades sorted from best to worst here.)

I’d love to hear about your must-have eyeshadows from Urban Decay, and if you’ve tried any, I’d love it if you could take a moment to leave a quick rating or write a review!

Top 35 Urban Decay Eyeshadows

01

Urban Decay Bender

PPermanent. $19.00/0.05 oz.

Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "forest green metallic with gold micro-glitter." Read full review.

Wishlist
Vanity
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

03. Urban Decay Peace

Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "bright turquoise shimmer." It's a brightened, medium sky blue with a pearly sheen. Read full review.

A+

04. Urban Decay Radium

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. Read full review.

A+

05. Urban Decay Woodstock

Urban Decay Woodstock Eyeshadow ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a "saturated deep pink shimmer." Read full review.

A+

06. Urban Decay Haight

Haight Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "mermaid blue shimmer." It's a muted, medium-dark blue with a hint of green (but it's not enough to make it teal) and has a frosted finish. Read full review.

A

07. Urban Decay Cover

Cover is described as a "muted red-brown matte." It's a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a matte finish. Read full review.

A

08. Urban Decay Thunderbird

Urban Decay Thunderbird Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deep brown with a smoldering, black base and a metallic finish. Read full review.

A

09. Urban Decay Chase

Chase is described as a "soft metallic bronze." It's a golden bronze with warm undertones and a very metallic finish. Read full review.

A

10. Urban Decay Snare

Urban Decay Snare Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "smoky olive green shimmer." It's a smoky olive green with subtle brown undertones and a gray cast. Read full review.

A

11. Urban Decay Buzz

Buzz is described as a "metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter." It's a warm, coppered rose with a frosted, metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

12. Urban Decay Factory

Factory is described as a "pinky-brown satin." It's a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a soft, pearled finish. Read full review.

A

13. Urban Decay Mugshot

Mugshot is described as a "metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift." It's a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted, metallic finish. Read full review.

A

14. Urban Decay Spike

Urban Decay Spike Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a dark orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

15. Urban Decay Ember

Ember is a deep, almost plummy bronze with an olive undertone paired with a frosted sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a really smooth, creamy texture that was dense and so, so easy to work with. Read full review.

A

16. Urban Decay Blunt

Urban Decay Blunt Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "light golden bronze shimmer." It's a lightened gold with orange tones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. Read full review.

A

17. Urban Decay Loaded

Loaded is a blackened green-teal. It goes on very, very dark--you will lose some of the strength of the overall green/teal if you blend it out, but it doesn't look full-on black. Read full review.

A

18. Urban Decay Roach

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. Read full review.

A

19. Urban Decay Rockstar

Rockstar is a dark, smoky purple with subtle red undertones. [written_dupes id=114488] Read full review.

A

20. Urban Decay Naked 2

Naked 2 is a soft taupe--a little brown, a touch of gray--with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. Read full review.

A

21. Urban Decay Darkside

Darkside is described as a "deep taupe-mauve satin." It's a cool-toned, purpled taupe with a pearled finish. Read full review.

A

22. Urban Decay Primal

Primal is described as a "muted brown matte." It's a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

23. Urban Decay Sideline

Urban Decay Sideline Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "gold with green shift." It's a light-medium, yellowed gold with a green sheen--the gold gets lighter and darker (more orange-gold) as you angle the shade. Read full review.

A

24. Urban Decay Deep End

Deep End is described as a "bright teal shimmer." It's a brightened, medium bluish-teal with a frosted finish. Read full review.

A

25. Urban Decay Fishnet

Urban Decay Fishnet Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "bright pink shimmer with purple shift." Read full review.

A

26. Urban Decay S&M

Urban Decay S&M Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05. oz.) is described as a "steel grey shimmer with subtle taupe shift." Read full review.

A

27. Urban Decay X

X Eyeshadow is described as a "peach shimmer with gold shift." It's a warm-toned, pinky-peach with gold shimmer. Read full review.

A

28. Urban Decay Strange

Strange is described as a "pale neutral pink matte-satin." It's a pale, neutral-to-warm white-pink with a satin matte finish. Read full review.

A

29. Urban Decay Nooner

Nooner is described as a "medium pinky-brown matte." It's a medium-dark, rosy plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

30. Urban Decay Liar

Liar is described as a "medium metallic mauve shimmer." It's a medium brown with subtle warm undertones and a slightly gray-ish cast on top. Read full review.

A

31. Urban Decay Blackheart

Blackheart is described as a "smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle." It's a deep, blackened burgundy with warm, reddish-brown undertones and ruby red micro-shimmer. Read full review.

A

32. Urban Decay Tonic

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "lilac with blue shift." It's a brightened, lavender purple with warmer, pink tones and a bluish-violet iridescent sheen. Read full review.

A

33. Urban Decay Faint

Faint is a medium-dark brown with a hint of warmth and a matte finish. The pigmentation was perfect, and it was very soft to the touch. Read full review.

A

34. Urban Decay Snatch

Urban Decay Snatch Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "pale peach shimmer with gold glitter." Read full review.

A

35. Urban Decay Blitz

Urban Decay Blitz Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brilliant gold with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen with subtle, gold micro-glitter. Read full review.

A

Glossover Breakdown

86%

Average Score
A
67
B
37
C
13
D
8
F
5
Glossover Averages
product
8.5
pigmentation
9
texture
8.5
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
88%
product
8.5
pigmentation
9
texture
8.5
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
88%

Reader Reviews

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4.4
5 Stars
239
4 Stars
178
3 Stars
57
2 Stars
18
1 Stars
8

Based on 36 Reviews, 464 Quick Reviews

The Good: Blendable (256), Easy To Apply (207), Long-wearing (203), Smooth (195), Buttery (164), Great Value (94), Crease-resistant (79), Travel-friendly (77), Creamy (38)

The In-Between: Highly Pigmented (213), Buildable (133), Sheer (21), Luminous (7), Natural (1)

The Bad: Fall Out (74), Powdery (60), Hard To Apply (23), Fades (18), Chalky (17), Creases (11), Hard To Blend (9), Too Little Product (3), Emphasizes Pores (1)

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The Good: Blendable (256), Easy To Apply (207), Long-wearing (203), Smooth (195), Buttery (164), Great Value (94), Crease-resistant (79), Travel-friendly (77), Creamy (38)

The In-Between: Highly Pigmented (213), Buildable (133), Sheer (21), Luminous (7), Natural (1)

The Bad: Fall Out (74), Powdery (60), Hard To Apply (23), Fades (18), Chalky (17), Creases (11), Hard To Blend (9), Too Little Product (3), Emphasizes Pores (1)

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Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer
Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer ($28.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $68.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $110.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $110.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunkissed (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Baiana Bronze (LE, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $110.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Falaises (LE, $40.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Beached Bronzer formula is supposed to be “super-soft”, blendable, and have “sheer, natural-looking coverage” with a matte finish. There is a blurb about “HPP (Highlighter performing Pigments) Technology [that] provides rich color, long-lasting elements, and the perfect level of coverage” (which is a little confusing, but it seems to suggest perhaps more of a true-to-color concept, where color stays true for awhile–that is how I’m interpreting it). It had a very soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that blended easily on the skin without issue and didn’t look dry on (but there’s no real sheen to this either). The coverage was sheer, as described, and somewhat buildable to more medium coverage. It lasted for eight hours before fading on me. This is the darker of the two shades released, and again, I’d love Urban Decay to come out with at least one deeper shade.

Bronzed
Bronzed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer
Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer ($28.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #4 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Getting Handsy (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Beached Bronzer formula is supposed to be “super-soft”, blendable, and have “sheer, natural-looking coverage” with a matte finish. There is a blurb about “HPP (Highlighter performing Pigments) Technology [that] provides rich color, long-lasting elements, and the perfect level of coverage” (which is a little confusing, but it seems to suggest perhaps more of a true-to-color concept, where color stays true for awhile–that is how I’m interpreting it). The consistency is very smooth and finely-milled–almost creamy in that respect, but it is a little thinner and feels distinctly powder-like. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage or so when applied with three layers. The silky consistency made blending effortless, and the matte finish didn’t seem to accentuate my skin’s natural texture. The powder lasted for eight hours on me. The two presently in the range are more light-to-medium, though the sheerer formula seems like it should work on very fair complexions. This is the pinker-toned of the two, with Bronzed having stronger yellow tones. I do wish there was at least one richer, darker shade here for deeper skin tones.

Sun-Kissed
Sun-Kissed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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The Best Urban Decay Afterglow Blushes + Overview

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is available in over a dozen shades. If you like medium, buildable coverage blushes with more satin to natural finishes, you might find this formula to be right up your alley. You can also see how the formula has done overall as well as see how readers have rated it!
01

Urban Decay Crush

PPermanent. $26.00/0.23 oz.

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a "medium pink." It's a subtly, cool-toned medium pink with a satin-matte finish. Read full review.

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Vanity
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

02. Urban Decay Indecent

Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a "light peachy nude." Read full review.

A

03. Urban Decay Video

Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “soft nude.” It’s a softened, medium brown with warm, lightly rosy undertones and a semi-matte finish.Read Full Review Read full review.

A

04. Urban Decay Quickie

Read the full review from the link below. Read full review.

A

05. Urban Decay Rapture

Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “deep mauve with a hint of shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium-dark plummy purple with cooler undertones with a warmer, golden shimmer-sheen. Read full review.

A

06. Urban Decay Bang

Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a "bright red-orange." Read full review.

A

07. Urban Decay Quiver

Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a "medium red." It's a brightened, medium-dark pinky-red with cool, bluish undertones and a satin-matte finish. Read full review.

A

08. Urban Decay Paranoid

Urban Decay Paranoid Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a "medium bronze with gold shimmer." Read full review.

A

09. Urban Decay Bittersweet

Urban Decay Bittersweet Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a "bright purple." Read full review.

A-

10. Urban Decay Obsessed

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a "light pink." It's a brightened, light-medium pinky-lavender with a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A-

Glossover Breakdown

92%

Average Score
A
11
B
4
C
1
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9
pigmentation
9
texture
8.5
longevity
9.5
application
5
Total
91%
product
9
pigmentation
9
texture
8.5
longevity
9.5
application
5
Total
91%

Reader Reviews

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4.8
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1 Stars

Based on 5 Reviews, 19 Quick Reviews

The Good: Smooth (15), Blendable (15), Easy To Apply (15), Long-wearing (15), Great Value (10), Buttery (9), Travel-friendly (9), Creamy (1)

The In-Between: Buildable (11), Highly Pigmented (11), Luminous (8), Natural (8), Sheer (3)

The Bad: Powdery (4), Hard To Blend (2), Chalky (1), Fades (1)

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The Good: Smooth (15), Blendable (15), Easy To Apply (15), Long-wearing (15), Great Value (10), Buttery (9), Travel-friendly (9), Creamy (1)

The In-Between: Buildable (11), Highly Pigmented (11), Luminous (8), Natural (8), Sheer (3)

The Bad: Powdery (4), Hard To Blend (2), Chalky (1), Fades (1)

Urban Decay Walk of Shame 24/7 Waterline Eyeliner

Urban Decay Walk of Shame 24/7 Waterline Eyeliner
Urban Decay Walk of Shame 24/7 Waterline Eyeliner

Urban Decay Walk of Shame 24/7 Waterline Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. MAC Risque (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Swanly (P, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop HoneyDude (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Nude (P, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Nothing On (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NARS Rue Bonaparte (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Revlon Empire (P, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil formula is supposed to have “waterproof color that lasts all day” specifically for use “on the inner rim in the waterline.” The texture is described as “creamier” than their standard eyeliner. You might remember my review on the formula from before, where these marked one of the bigger misses from the brand for me (based on my experience). The texture is significantly different from those; it was extremely soft, smooth, and creamy–it glided on easily across the skin and the lower lash line. There was no tugging, no skipping, and no ragged dry edges like I experienced with the other shades. The color deposited evenly and with full coverage on the lower waterline. It had good color payoff–pretty much opaque in one stroke, which is always a spectacular achievement for an eyeliner–that went on evenly. The disappointment, though, is in the wear–four hours on the waterline, but it did last closer to seven hours on the lower lash line.

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Urban Decay Heartless 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner

Urban Decay Heartless 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner
Urban Decay Heartless 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner

Urban Decay Heartless 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “light frosted pink.” It’s exactly that: a light pink with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink of Me (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil formula promises “creamy, forever-lasting, … waterproof” wear. In general, I consider them to be a more waxy eyeliner pencil, so they typically glide on easily as they’re very smooth, but some shades are creamier with better color payoff (e.g. Perversion, which is their richest shade in the line-up), while others are smooth but waxier and have more medium coverage. They usually build-up well if you go back-and-forth a couple of times on the lash line. Heartless falls somewhere in-between; it had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke with good glide and applied well to the lash line. It doesn’t, however, seem to build up to fully opaque coverage, so it’s one that I’d recommend smudging with a dry eyeshadow brush to manage coverage better. On my lower lash line, the eyeliner lasted for eight hours before fading. This shade may work well for those seeking more brightening hues, as the cooler pink keeps it from looking too red, and the lighter color is closer to white (but not as stark).

Heartless
Heartless
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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