Urban Decay XX Vintage Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent white with blue-violet shift.” It’s a cool white with an iridescent sheen that shifts from blue to cool purple. The texture was soft, lightly dusty, a little thinner than the average Urban Decay eyeshadow, but it didn’t sheer out too much when applied to bare skin. It is a shade that benefits greatly from a primer, though, as it becomes more buildable and sits better on the skin. Alone, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 10 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay White Walker (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Cosmic (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Le Marais (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Sugarpill Ice Angel (PiP, $13.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Hope (LE, $6.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Petite Perle (P, $5.99) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sugar Rush (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin' (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mood Ring (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Early Frost (DC, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Blue Ice (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Phantom (DC, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Mermaid Pearl (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Moon Phase (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “frosted lavender with gray shift.” It’s a muted, grayish lavender with more neutral undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a thinner, lightly dusty consistency that sheered out very easily on the lid, so it was hard to get true-to-pan coverage and intensity without a good base underneath. I noticed fading after seven hours with this shade. LORAC Fairytale (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum (16) (LE, $39.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Silvermist (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Frosted Lavender (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Lavender/Gold and Silver (3) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Shag (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Spectra (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Girls, Girls! (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Dynamic Duo 2 #1 (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vibrant blue with violet shift.” It’s a medium, bluish-purple with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had a dustier, slightly thin texture that was prone to sheering out, so it would be better applied over a lightly tacky base (I think something stronger than Urban Decay’s own Primer Potion, personally, is needed). It had semi-opaque coverage, and it was hard to blend out evenly, as it tended to stick more in some places than others after initial application. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Blue Orbit (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chit Chat (DC, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Mystical Wonder (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). Anastasia D2 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Parfait Amour (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Beat Down (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sugarpill Weekender (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Sephora Indigo (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Ascent of Glamour (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “frosted deep blue with multicolored micro-shimmer.” It’s a blackened navy blue with a purplish edge paired with multi-colored sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t seem to be as large as Urban Decay’s micro-glitter, but it is noticeable and looser from the base, so I get some fall out during initial application and very minor additional fall out over time. The texture was on the drier side, but it was workable and applied best for me when I patted it onto the lid and used a feathery brush to blend just the edges out. The base color wore well for eight hours before creasing on me. MAC Naval Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Baltic (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Illusional (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Tempete Bleu (LE, $36.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Apparition (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Sorry for Partyin' (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Sprung (DC, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Pat McGrath Interstellar (LE, $25.00)(85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technoir (DC, $14.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dose of Colors A Moment (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Catrina (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Neige #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Chill Out (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #5 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep red-purple with blue shift.” It’s a medium-dark purple with warm, reddish undertones with a very strong, bluish-violet shimmer that gives it a cooler tone overall. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and easy to work with on bare skin, as it was very pigmented and blendable. The color started to crease after eight hours on me. Too Faced Villain (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Fyrinnae Because Cats (P, $6.75) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Shady Bitch (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Blue Dahlia (181DC) (LE, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Spandex (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Pat McGrath Interstellar (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Posh Purple (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Ascent of Glamour (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Pat McGrath Violet Void (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Simbad's Seas (LE, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Beauregarde (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet #2 (LE, $16.00) is more muted (85% similar). MAC Vio-lit (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sugarpill Weekender (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Pat McGrath Purple Reign (DC, $25.00) is warmer (80% similar). Tarte Graphic (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Disney by Sephora Snarfblat (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Osiris (LE, $12.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale pearlescent silver.” It’s a bright, silvery-white with neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan, so I didn’t have any excess product kicked up in the pan but still found the color easy to apply to bare skin. This shade wore well for eight hours before creasing. MAC Chillproof (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Buxom Sheepdog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (DC, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Ebony Blend #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Lune (001) (P, $31.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Treasure (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Modern Glamour #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #2 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Pretty Punk'd (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #2 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Luna Llena (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC White Frost (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is powder eyeshadow that is supposed to be long-wearing, richly pigmented, and blendable. In general, the performance varies from decent to exceptional with their satin, shimmer, and duotone finishes performing better on average, while the matte and sparkle finishes can vary. The wear ranges from six to nine hours (without primer) and longer with most primers. The one finish that you’ll want to take note of is sparkle, which often has micro-glitter that doesn’t bind as well with the base, so there can be fall out. The texture of Urban Decay eyeshadows is softer, less firmly pressed, so some shades have some excess powder kicked up in the pan but are often very blendable on the skin. Their permanent shade range tends to be higher-performing than some of the shades found in limited edition palettes as well.

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Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roadstripe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pallor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow
Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow

Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow
Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow

Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow
Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow

Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow
Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow

Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow
Urban Decay UV-B Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Frostbite Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Vapor Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow | Full look breakdown

Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow | Full look breakdown

Eyeshadow
Urban Decay
$19.00/0.05 oz.

86%

Average

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She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Yeah, I thought the initial swatches looked like a mixed bag, and I was right. Really disappointed, as I think UD could’ve done much better with those C rated shades. And strange how they have 3 white/light silver shades here, think they can end up looking similar on lids. But Plague is really pretty. And your eye look is stunning, have been admiring it for days!

The XX Vintage shades they chose to release don’t seem to have any rhyme or reason in terms of the colors/undertones to me – I get that they are all past releases – but other than that, they don’t tie together as well. I kept looking at the lipsticks, eyeshadows, and polishes, and all of them together looks disjointed. That’s not really a criticism, but it sure made for an interesting time putting together looks, haha!

Roadstripe is such the quintessential millennium eyeshadow! I was in college in the late 90’s-early 2000’s and it was ALL about white iridescent eyeshadow and liner! What a throwback, lol!

Bangin’ hot eye look you got goin’ on here with these! ?
Okeee, so I know I need Frostbite and Plague, but already have plenty of Roadstripe left in my Vice LTD, plus I’m thinking that MAC Crystal (DC) would be a good sub for Pallor(?). As for UV-B, I’m wondering if Dive Bar could sub?

Thanks, Nancy! 🙂

I think, in terms of recreating the look, Dive Bar works 🙂 Just a cooler, brighter blue – something that isn’t as dark as Frostbite would do!

And yet another terrific look you’ve created. I couldn’t imagine what to do with those choices of colors. You continue to amaze me.

Your incredible eye look makes me wants ALLLLLL those shadows!!!! But, I’m just going to get plague and dupe the rest. Christine would you say the quality of the repeats from the vice reloaded palette (uv-b and roadstripe are it I think?) is better or the same as the singles? I have them in the palette and expected these singles to be much better but it doesn’t seem like they are!

Plague looks really good. I do like the white-is ones as well, but I do have that kind of eyeshadows already. It’s a pity the range isn’t better as a whole. Plague is on my wishlist, I don’t have any dupes for it as far as I can remember.
Lovely look as always, the blueish colours really play brown eyes up, gorgeous.

Well, I guess I don’t need Roadstripe since I just got the Anastasia Moon Child palette…! I was really hoping UV-B would be a dupe for Ransom, because that’s my fave nostalgia shade, but sadly not so, and the formula looks pretty disappointing! I totally get the ‘it sticks in some places more than others’ thing, I’ve noticed that a lot with UD’s more duochrome shades lately and it’s such a pain to work with (Fast-Ball in my Vice 4 does that).

is Roadstripe or Pallor similar to any of the two shades from the duo in Aura (from the OZ palette)? If I have Aura would it be worth it to get Roadstripe or Pallor?

another possible duplicate for vapor is Polyester Bride by Urban Decay. I’ve tried them next to each other and have a hard time telling them apart. Only thing is that Polyester Bride may have gone on more opaque but that could just be the way I applied one over the other.

They really just couldn’t make another palette with all of these colours ? I like all of these colours but $22 for a shadow is really pricy I don’t care how well they perform . would be nice if they just sold the pan , without the packaging for a lot less .

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