Urban Decay Backfire, Dive Bar, Fireball, Tonic Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “burgundy with purple shift.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, warmer undertones and a cooler purple overtone. The duochrome seemed weak here; it’s hard to even tell when angling one’s arm in the light to find it. It had great pigmentation with a soft, creamy, and very dense texture that applied easily and blended well. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $18.00) is darker. theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Remix (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Tornado (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “medium blue with pink-purple shift.” It’s a muted, medium-dark, periwinkle blue with lighter violet shimmer and sheen. There’s a definite shift with this one that you can see with ease. It had semi-opaque color payoff, though it was very buildable and applied well to bare skin. The texture is so dense that it feels almost like a cream product, and there is no fall out or powdery excess–it feels unlike the majority of the brand’s current eyeshadow range as a result. It goes on well but also blends beautifully and takes little time to diffuse. It lasted for eight hours on me. I really liked this one, even though it could have been more pigmented right off the bat, and it was a more unique shade within my stash. Giorgio Armani #19 (P, $32.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is darker, less of a duochrome. Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is a cream product, warmer. Dior Atlantique #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is brighter, bluer. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “peach with pink shift.” It’s a darkened, yellow gold that flashes to peachy-pink to warmer, pink-peach with a metallic sheen. The duochrome is very strong with this one, which is fantastic, as you can really see it even applied on the eyelid. The texture was smooth and almost cream-like as it had a very dense feel. It applied with good color payoff and blended well. The color stayed put for eight hours before creasing. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $24.00) lacks the pink shift. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) isn’t a duochrome. bareMinerals Shazam (LE) is darker, less shimmery, not a duochrome. LORAC Apricot (LE) is darker, no shift. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is more orange, no shift. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P) doesn’t have the pink shift. Chanel Pink Lagoon (LE, $34.00) is pinker, less golden. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is more orange. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is pinker; it is more like a mix of the two layers but the effect on the lid is more comparable. NARS Outer Limits (LE, $24.00) doesn’t have the pink shift, but it has pink sparkle. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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. The texture was incredibly smooth and creamy–again, it almost feel like a cream product–with zero powderiness or excess. It was so dreamy to work with as it was easy to blend, had good color payoff, and lasted for eight hours. This shade is a bit different than the other purples Urban Decay has, but it is rather close to a few of them that I don’t think you need all the variations unless you wear this type of shade all the time–but I think this may be the best one to-date with respect to quality. Kat Von D Astrological (LE) is lighter. Colour Pop Eye Candy (P, $5.00) is warmer, less duochrome-like. Kat Von D Violator (LE) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I916 Frosted Mauve (P, $21.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Arcadia (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is lighter. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is darker. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Asphyxia (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Backfire Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Lounge (inner lid), Fireball (middle of lid), Sideline (middle of lid), Dive Bar (outer lid/crease),
Tonic (above crease), Deep End Eyeliner with Sideline over inner two-thirds/Dive Bar over outer third

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Lounge (inner lid), Fireball (middle of lid), Sideline (middle of lid), Dive Bar (outer lid/crease),
Tonic (above crease), Deep End Eyeliner with Sideline over inner two-thirds/Dive Bar over outer third

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow
Fireball (inner lid), Tonic (middle of lid), Backfire (outer lid), Dive Bar (crease), Chaos Eyeliner

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow
Fireball (inner lid), Tonic (middle of lid), Backfire (outer lid), Dive Bar (crease), Chaos Eyeliner

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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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It’s always great (although not for my bank balance) to see such high ratings for a brand I love! I’ll definitely be tempted to pick up Dive Bar & maybe Backfire when they’re released in the UK.

I really loved the texture of these new shades – really dense and blendable, no powderiness/fall out to worry about, and they just worked nicely on BARE SKIN, which I greatly appreciate these days. Like that is an underrated metric, lol!

These are so creamy – very surprising, too, given some of the recent powderiness I’ve experienced with UD’s eyeshadow palettes!

I’m pretty sure Lounge is a vintage UD Shadow that didn’t make the cut when the new e/s single formula and packaging was released! I also believe that Beware was released with the Wizard of OZ collection!

SO happy to see Fireball performed well and has a Temptalia recommendation! That was the one shade based on the sneak peek that I was really looking forward to. Looks like it might be a good alternative to X. For some reason the peachy pink colour in X doesn’t really show up on me, it just looks gold.

I plan to grab all but Fireball from this grouping, but I *may* hold off for a bit, and see if any pop up in a palette. Fireball is pretty, but I really can’t justify paying full-price for it; however, if it showed up in an otherwise wearable (for me) palette, I can see myself playing around with it.

I’ll be curious if they do! IMO, it would be great for customers but seems like an odd move (discourages people from buying individuals… which I already think occurs because they release a lot of palettes!).

I think it’ll be a while, but I can see them putting some of these permanent shades, and tossing in the occasional LE shade, figuring a lot of people will have already bought these, but will still buy the palette for the LE shades.

I think this collection is really pretty, and actually kind of unexpected and fun for summer. Fireball and Backfire are catching my eye especially. Beautiful eyeshadow looks too, Christine! I think your placement was really flattering while still showcasing the colors. πŸ™‚

Oh no, I want them all! I absolutely love duochromes and iridescent finishes! I just hope I have better luck with wear with these than my other UD shadows (the creamier ones crease on me).

I am sure I have colors similar to these in my ridiculously large stash already but the great formula you described and the duo chrome makes these seem different enough to justify the buy.

Now that’s more like the Urban decay I know and love! So glad your back! Please stay and make a fantastic palette! Holy smoke, these are beauties and Christine that look is to die for! I almost cried when I saw it,lol! No joke..I am giggling at my computer ..look of the year nominee, no doubt. I want them all! Thanks for finding these for us! Oh man, my wallet is cringing!

My thoughts exactly, Ms. Nicole! UD back to form! And Christine, what looks! OMELBG (everlovin’ bloody) ooooh. really. i’m finally rounding the age corner where putting numerous colors looks like tryin’ too hard to channel young…but wow. Glad i wear glasses… But, UD, where is my senior discount?

I am not a blue eyeshadow person, but dive bar is beautiful. .maybe because it’s a muted blue. Oh and tonic will be mine. I swear I could own every UD product!

It’s totally ridiculous how excited I am for these. I love all four! And I saw that NARS Outer Limits had some in common with UD Fireball, so I don’t care about the NARS one anymore. If I want pink sparkle, I can add some on top of Fireball. πŸ˜‰

LOL! There you go. And really? Fireball is more noticeable on the lid – like you can see some of that pink to gold shift applied to the eye without doing a bunch of tricks to it.

Tonic appears to be exactly what I’ve been searching for! Yay! I keep telling myself that I DO NOT need Backfire… but something tells me I’m going to end up with it anyway. Just use the word “burgundy” to describe any aspect of an eyeshadow and it becomes hard for me to resist! Thanks for the review!

LOL! No problem, Cat πŸ˜‰ I’m that way with pewter… teal… gold… okay, forget it, all the colors.

These are great!!! I can’t wait to pick up a few. I have my eye on Fireball and Backfire for sure. Gorgeous! Thanks for the great reviews, as always.

Yay! Dive Bar scores an A – so many blues don’t. It is quite an original shade and I think UD have done this well. Beautiful colour. As always, your eye look is stunning.

Backfire is just drop dead gorgeous to me! I may need to break my “no eyeshadow singles” rule and scoop this one up! Side note, I love how you pair eyeshadow!!

You can’t even begin to imagine the relief I felt when I saw that little “P” in the corner and realized these weren’t limited edition! πŸ˜› Even if these sell out before I get my hands on ’em, I’ll be the first in line when they restock. Such gorgeous colors from one of my favorite companies!

Fireball is a must-have for me! It reminds me of MAC Motif, but Fireball appears more pigmented and brighter. Dive Bar and Tonic are beauties as well. But what floored me was your talent as a makeup Artist here! Idk how you ever got all these shades to work together so wonderfully as you did in the top look, especially with most being duochrome shades, but you did!

I like them all!
I love the soft rainbow makeup you did, so colourful and yet so soft. So pretty!
I feel a strong need for Backfire and Tonic. I might even go for Dive Bar, I have hardly any blue, as it’s not really my colour, but this one looks so interesting.
Job well done, as always, Christine.

Thank you, Helene! Dive Bar is one of those shades that will change as you pair it with things, and it mixes well with blues, greens, teals, and purples to create even more nuances!

If I had a chance of making my eye makeup look like this look you did, I’d buy every single UD shadow in this post. What brushes did you use?

Wow, these are gorgeous! It would be awesome if UD released a palette with some of these new, permanent shades- so we wouldn’t have to buy them all individually. The muted-but-not-just-more-neutrals colors in this new release are so pretty, and seem to work together quite well.

I need Dive Bar, for sure, I can’t resist a good medium or dark blue eyeshadow (although I do wish it was more pigmented). I like Backfire but have D926, and I prefer its cooler tone. Also liking Tonic… Fireball not so much, but only because peach eyeshadows aren’t very flattering on me. This is a really nice collection, so much nicer than another palette of so-so eyeshadows! Way to go, Urban Decay!

I wonder how Backfire compares to UD Last Call? I don’t see Last Call in the swatch gallery but my guess would be Last Call is more red?

Love them all!! For some reason I expected fire ball to be pinker. Still very pretty. I love backfire seeing as pychedlic sister is a dupe and my absolute favorite urban decay color, which says alot because I urban decay is my favorite eye shadow brand (not the recent palates but the older) thanks for the review as always Christine! I will probably be purchasing all of these, a few of the blushes, and lip glosses :-p

Late, but these are honestly boring. Very similar to already existing or recently discontinued shades. UD used to be interesting. No wonder I’ve moved on. Lol.

I finally picked up Fireball and Tonic, & was just re-reading your reviews, & OMG Christine! You made the prettiest look with them (& Divebar)!!! You have such a gift for putting shades together that compliment each other. You are by far my favorite & most relied on MUA reviewer. Thank you for your hard work! It’s much appreciated!

Fireball is so beautiful, came here to look at Backfire, and while I love it, it’s nothing compared to my love for Fireball. totally buying it. (will probably buy Backfire too at another time)

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