The formula is typically described as "high-pigment" that "stays on your lids" and goes on "seamlessly." Their permanent range has a lot of fantastic shades in it, and many of them are pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. Some of their matte are real workhorse kind of shades with soft, smooth, silky, and blendable textures, while their shimmers and pearly shades are very rich in payoff and apply beautifully to the lid. They wear between seven and nine hours on me, depending on the shade and finish.
The average rating based on all reviewed shade(s) in this formula is shown below.
Urban Decay’s groundbreaking new eye shadow formula. This reformulation of Urban Decay’s eye shadow features even softer, amazingly velvety texture; richer, more dense and decadent color; smoother, more uniform pigment distribution and blendability; and longer-lasting, more crease-free wear. The new line of shadows features a completely revamped assortment of shades, new textures, and a totally redesigned token compact. The secret to the new formula is Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, a vehicle for color that holds tightly to pigment and gives the formula its glide. The proprietory blend of ingredients allows color to weave itself through the formula resulting in insane color payout, color that stays on your lids, and sparkle that doesn’t fall. The amazing technology works for every shade and finish. Every Urban Decay shade is silky, blendable, and stays put.
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Based on 51 Reviews, 541 Quick Reviews
The Good: Blendable (321), Easy To Apply (272), Smooth (248), Long-wearing (230), Buttery (181), Crease-resistant (103), Great Value (103), Travel-friendly (79), Creamy (42)
The In-Between: Highly Pigmented (244), Buildable (174), Sheer (53), Luminous (7), Natural (1)
The Bad: Fall Out (102), Powdery (89), Fades (39), Hard To Apply (31), Chalky (25), Hard To Blend (18), Creases (15), Too Little Product (4), Emphasizes Pores (1)
51 Written Reviews
By Meli 8 months ago.
Let's just say it's sheer enough to be useful as a setting powder, and with an aggressive hand can brighter your other products. But on its own it's just straight chalk. Applied alone It blows away while you're looking at it. Applied with primer it dissolves and leaves a sunscreeny cast. It's been repurposed and is a useful addition to the leanne palette but this is not the white/eggshell color you're looking for.
By Meli 8 months ago.
An excellent all around shading color that I got in a versatile matte palette (which is not very travel friendly due to extreme fall out/in/about). I'm not picky about eyeshadows and wear time, as long as it blends well and plays well with my primer. Which this does. Check. This is a perfect 1-2 shades darker than my skin tone for a deeper eyeshadow base, nose shading, contouring. It plays well with other colors, and I would get it again even as a single for its versatility.
By Mariella 1 year ago.
Dirtysweet is such a wonderful lid colour for me. I have about 5 or 6 of the listed dupes and while they're all nice shadows, none of them is quite as nice on me as Dirtysweet. It's a pretty light bronzed gold shade with a glow-y finish. I know that the Naked Smoky palette wasn't very well received but it's a palette I really love using and this colour - which I love on the mobile lid with some dark liner for an easy but flattering look - makes me glad I purchased the palette.
By Rebecca 1 year ago.
On the whole I really enjoy Urban Decay's eyeshadow formula. I find them easy to work with, long-lasting, and the range of colours is great. I would appreciate being able to buy their shadows in a single refill pan, but I don't mind having the single compacts as the packaging is nice enough. I find Free Love to be a little more sheer than some of their other shimmer shades, but I tend to use it over the top of other shadows to add a bit of something extra.
By Rebecca 1 year ago.
On the whole I really enjoy Urban Decay's eyeshadow formula. I find them easy to work with, long-lasting, and the range of colours is great. I would appreciate being able to buy their shadows in a single refill pan, but I don't mind having the single compacts as the packaging is nice enough. I really love warm, rich eyeshadow colours and Spike is no exception. I find it easy to blend, and easy to build a look around - very versatile.
By Rebecca 1 year ago.
On the whole I really enjoy Urban Decay's eyeshadow formula. I find them easy to work with, long-lasting, and the range of colours is great. I would appreciate being able to buy their shadows in a single refill pan, but I don't mind having the single compacts as the packaging is nice enough. I use ABC Gum as an all-over base shade every single day, have done for a few months with no sign of hitting pan. Would recommend to anyone, especially those with a fair skintone like myself.
By M 1 year ago.
My favorite \"black\" ... to me it is the darkest black-brown. I use it with a wet brush as an eyeliner. As it wears down and blends in during the day, it reads brown smudge, not \"gray\" smudge. This is very desirable to me. Reminds me of old favorite Bare Minerals \"Retro\" liner-shadow... brown-black is much more flattering on my warm/neutral skin than cool grey-black. Wish it came in a single. I wear it with black mascara. I use it as brow powder for a bolder brow look.
By M 2 years ago.
This is a very odd formulation. Purchased Jan 2018 and the ingredients have changed. Incredible performance in every way... Except it literally cannot build, anywhere. It's so slippery (dry) that you can only get one level of pigmentation. This can be great for certain looks, but a deal breaker for building depth. Otherwise incredible, and yes, it's closest dupe is probably ABH love letter, with this being more vibrant and slightly less cool.
By Mariella 2 years ago.
I missed out on MAC's Fresh Flare (in their very first Pro Longwear eyeshadow release) and really regretted it. Kush is a very similar colour - a beautiful clear green that is bright but still very wearable. I can tone this down for work or just for my more subdued style by pairing it with mid-toned brown shades like MAC Wedge or UD Naked or Buck and end up with a look that, for me, is a bit different and more colourful than my usual eye looks but still within my comfort zone. I have this in one of UD's larger palettes (BOS 3, maybe) so it's not the most travel friendly but that's not a big deal to me.
By Eva 2 years ago.
Just wanted to point out that the quality of the shadow is very different depending on which palette you get. The one in the Vice Ltd reloaded is actually really nice, creamy and pigmented whereas the one in the Full Spectrum palette is a pale mess that's pratically nothing but fallout. I'd be curious to know if anyone else noticed that too?
By Laura 2 years ago.
Somehow this is getting a D here, but on the Gwen Stefani palette it is an A-? Anyway, I enjoy this shade a lot, I find it to perform really well - a pretty grey, good to deepen the crease, works well with the other colors in the Gwen Stefani palette. The shimmer isn't really noticeable on the lid, I use it as a matte mostly.
By Mariella 3 years ago.
I waited and waited for Thunderbird to arrive in-store at my local Sephora and it was so worth the wait. This is a rich, glowing dark bronze/brown and has the black base that Christine described. The beauty of this black base is that if I pat and press Thunderbird onto my mobile lid and then use a fluffy blending or crease brush to buff out the edges, I get a murky "almost black" shade in my crease. Using just this one shadow gives the effect of having used 2 shades for a sultry effect. Buxom Bronzed Bod is listed as a dupe for Thunderbird. I have it, and it has the same effect - intense bronze when patted or pressed but blend it out and you get the black base acting as a great crease/contour shade.
By M 3 years ago.
Applies great for me. My review is to note that on me, it definitely shows green - like a sheer light bright peridot - to gold, in the shift. It doesn't seem to show like that in the swatches, but it really does on me. (Nc25-ish) So much so, that if I re-use the brush or blend with the brush I used in this, I get a light green pearl sheen in the next color I use. This made the shade a bit less versatile for me although it is pretty.
By M 3 years ago.
I love the duochrome - it is an orangy peach on me, but then the shift is sheer hot pink, definitely two different shades. On me (NC25 ish) this is not a dark shade, and is fairly wearable. I love it on the lid, with a matte neutral in the crease, as if I use up into the crease, I feel I get an overly bright orange/pink eye look, for my comfort zone.The purpose of my review is to comment that I also use this eyeshadow as a blush/highlighter. I debated getting the Afterdark highlighter version, but decided to just use my Fireball shadow, and I am very happy with it. I just go lightly, and I enjoy the results. I also use Sin eyeshadow and X eyeshadow as highlighters on my cheeks, by the way.I have also dabbed Fireball eyeshadow over lipstick with my finger (two lipsticks that work well for me are Urban Decay Naked, and Revlon Sandalwood Beige) and love the resulting color... it's beautiful. I dab in center of bottom lip and smudge around a bit. On my skintone, doing this lip look, with a bit of Fireball as cheek highlighter, and eyelid shadow, is a super pretty look that wakes up my face and looks cheerful.I love when I can multiuse a product.
By Jennifer 3 years ago.
I like the richness of the color, but I noticed that it has an insane amount of fallout during wear. Not as much during application, but after a couple hours of wearing this shade (on the outer corners of my eyes) I found a lot of it had migrated to the bridge of my nose. Everything else about it was nice, but seriously, be mindful of the FALLOUT.