Urban Decay Cosmic, Ether, Scorpio, Solstice Moondust Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

For spring, there are four new shades of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to a “brilliantly reflective look” that can be applied wet or dry (the brand recommends applying with fingertips). It’s supposed to have “sophisticated” sparkle and not “chunky glitter.” They’re really pretty and dazzling, and they’re certainly going to be more reflective and sparkly in person or as they move than in a still shot. That being said, there is a fair amount of fall out applying these, and there is some fall out over time (it is surprisingly less than you’d expect, given just how packed these are with sparkle!). The sparkle is finer than true glitter, and the flecks love to adhere to my under eye area. It seems like only full makeup remover and a cotton pad or tape will remove the majority. The texture feels fairly smooth in the pan and almost has a wet consistency. They tend to work best with a dampened brush (wetter than I’d normally use for a regular eyeshadow as well).

Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic white with iridescent 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a sparkly, bright white with flecks of white sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry, and it was semi-opaque applied with a damp brush. I had a noticeable amount of fall out during wear, though the color didn’t crease for eight hours. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is sheerer. Chanel Fantasme (P, $36.00) is not as bright. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light purple with pink-blue 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a muted, blackened purple with a hint of gray and pink and blue sparkle (the pink almost looks copper at times). It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied damp. The texture was finer, and the sparkle seemed to bind better with this shade (perhaps because the base was more pigmented). While the color itself lasted for eight hours, there was fall out during wear. Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte black with gold 3D sparkle.” It is a muted, dark black with warm undertones with more of a satin-matte finish topped off with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle doesn’t translate as well on the lid compared to other shades, which may be due to the more matte (and more opaque) base color, but it also seemed less sparkly in general. It was easier to work with, and it had less fall out, but it looked more like a satiny black applied (it darkened with little sparkle). It lasted for eight hours on me. ColourPop Friskie (P, $5.00) is less golden. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic pink-red with green 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper-brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a bluish-teal duochrome. The duochrome was more present on the lid than swatched, but it will perform best when layered over a darker base (the reddish tones will work in the background and let the duochrome sparkle come to the foreground). The color payoff was semi-opaque both wet and dry, but the dry application made the product apply more smoothly. This particular shade seemed chunkier, not as smooth as the other shades. It lasted for eight hours without creasing, but there was a fair amount of fall out that went on throughout wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE) is less sparkly. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is greener, less sparkly. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is less sparkly, stronger teal tone to it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow
Stargazer (inner lid), Solstice (middle of lid), Scorpio (outer lid/crease),
Honey Eyeliner, Zodiac (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow
Stargazer (inner lid), Solstice (middle of lid), Scorpio (outer lid/crease),
Honey Eyeliner, Zodiac (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow
Cosmic (inner lid), Glitter Rock (middle of lid), Ether (outer lid), Chaos Eyeliner

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow
Cosmic (inner lid), Glitter Rock (middle of lid), Ether (outer lid), Chaos Eyeliner

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Katherine T. Avatar

These are lovely colors, but IMO, for $20 each, there shouldn’t be any fallout. I would rather go with Colorpop at $ 5 each, and if there is fallout, it’s only $5, plus I have money left over to buy glitter primer

Nicole Avatar

Just what I was thinking! Ok..I’m new to Colourpop and addicted. Where would one find a good “glitter primer”..does that prevent fallout?

Nicole Avatar

Thank you Katherine T.! I will note that one and Google it. I don’t really wear a lot of glitter looks myself. At 38,that doesn’t have many places and times in my world. I do like some fine shimmer on the lid..like colourpop..I own nothing in the higher glitter end but a few of Mac pigments and they are not the glitter. Would a glitter primer prevent the small amount of fall out from some of the high shimmer shades? I know Limecrime makes one too. But,1) I don’t want to scrub my lids at night & 2) or waste $.. Any thoughts Christine and everyone else?

Nicole Avatar

I have the NYX. I probably will pick up the elf one first as its probably $3 or less. Im not sure if these are worth $20 to me. I was thinking along the lines of preventing fallout in some other shadows,like a few colourpop or the occasional miss in an otherwise great palette. Maybe,a good experiment…but,your right,too faced would probably be better than online. Thanks!

Katherine T. Avatar

Nicole, I hardly ever wear glitter shadows myself, so not sure what primers work best, but I think the others have some good ideas here, or you can also ask a Sephora sales associate. Quite a few seem to wear glitter shadows. Hope you find one that works!

Nicole Avatar

Katherine,
Thanks for your response!Many of the reviews for Too faced glitter primer reviews on Sephora say they use it for pigments,high shimmers,glitters. Like Christine mentioned, always can return if I’m unhappy if I pick it up at Ulta or Sephora. So,I may spring for it and the elf..and compare.If elf is just as good or very possibly better, I will just return it or exchange it. I’m so happy we have places that give us the opportunity to try products. As much as I hate returning cosmetic items because I feel like it was poor judgement sometimes. In this case ,I’ll chalk it up to my rights as a consumer…:)

Mariella Avatar

I was at Sephora yesterday and had a look/swatch of some of these (I am pretty sure they were the older/original shades) and I found them just too glittery for me. They sure were pretty (I especially liked a dark green one – Zodiac – and was amazed by how sort of “lit up” it was) but I’m probably a few decades too old for these.

BOTTÂNICA BOTTANIQUE Avatar

First, you are a master in the art of eyes looks, but this first one you created is even more impressive!
I do love ETHER, but the fall out really bothers me.

Meghann Avatar

Really pretty but as predicted, fallout central. I really like them but not a big fan of B-/C ratings of $20 fallout. Maybe in a cheaper palette form.

Grace Avatar

Wow! So sparkly!!! It looks so pretty on you Christine! When I read that it as a “wet consistency” it reminded me of the ColourPop Shadows. And those were only $5, and your ratings were As! 🙂

Nicole Avatar

Holy Moly..these looks..I love them! I really like how you make the look incredibly on point and fun without the overly thick black cat liner. I like that look too. Its nice to see you not following the histogram masses. The liners in the lower water lines..UD?

fancie Avatar

I have one of these in Moondust I believe. It’s gorgeous but a little hard to use and now I see why lol. I didn’t realize UD suggests applying with your fingers which is probably best for this formula. I had a big problem with fallout too and the actual color adhering to the lid when I used brushes. I’m going to try applying it with my fingers to see if I’ll have better luck

Quinctia Avatar

Solstice is very interesting. I like the Moondusts as an added dimension to a look with other shadows, but it’s definitely an oddball formula.

I’m also not stoked about these at full price–I managed to score three of the original shades when UD did a shadow promo during the holidays when they somehow also had a 20% code working. Add it to the pan of Zodiac I already had, and I grabbed an empty quad, and now I have a palette of them. Wouldn’t have paid the $80+ that retailed for, but I think added up, I paid $40ish?

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