May 25, 2013

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows in Diamond Dog and Moonspoon - Review and Swatches

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows Diamond Dog Moonspoon Review Swatches

I have been beyond excited for the release of these eyeshadows. Urban Decay is my all time favorite eyeshadow brand. Every shade they release ends up being a 10/10 in terms of looks, pigmentation, blendability, you name it. Naturally, I was beyond excited that my favorite eyeshadow brand was releasing a new all glitter line. I've been scouring Sephoras and department stores and Ultas for a month with no luck but they're finally, finally here and they're everything I hoped they would be. I'd go so far as to say they're one of my favorite makeup products of all time.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm all about glitter. Sparkle is my favorite color and all that. Most "glitter" eyeshadows, to put it lightly, are not up to par. The phrase "subtle sparkle"doesn't illicit more than an eyeroll from me and that's all that most so called glitter shadows give you. I'm not here for wimpy shimmers and I'm sick of seeing shadows that look promising in the pan and disappointing on the eye.

Enter the Urban Decay Moondust shadows. They're definitely not for the faint of heart, and probably not for daywear either (not that that will stop me). I fully endorse these as "Sparkly Enough" - the glitter particles are super fine which makes them extra shimmery in all kinds of light.
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows Diamond Dog Moonspoon Review Swatches


Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows Diamond Dog Moonspoon Review Swatches

These shadows come in the new Urban Decay shadow cases that allow you to pop out the pans and put them in the build your own palettes. I also love the boxes - even the labels are glittery.

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows Diamond Dog Moonspoon Review Swatches
Look how they shine in the sunlight. I was expecting to swatch these and end up with a sheer wash of color that was more of a boring shimmer than a bold glitter. My hopes were so low and I was so, so wrong.

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows Diamond Dog Moonspoon Review Swatches
In full sunlight. Look at that sparkle! Can you just? The shadows almost look wet when they're on the eye due to the shimmer. These shadows don't even quit in lower light, as pictured below. They're jam packed with beautiful, shiny pieces of glitter.

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows Diamond Dog Moonspoon Review Swatches
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows Diamond Dog Moonspoon Review Swatches
Urban Decay Moondust over Maybelline Tough as Taupe Color Tattoo cream shadow.

Most reviews of these shadows that I've seen seem united in their opinion on the Moondust shadows - unbeatable sparkle but a dealbreaking amount of fall out. Truthfully, fallout hasn't been that much of a problem for me (even though fall out is something I usually invite rather than try to prevent). The only real obstacle I've encountered is the application process. The glitter kind of renders most eyeshadow brushes useless - you're definitely not going to be able to work this stuff around with a blending brush. I use the flat Urban Decay brushes that are included with the Naked palettes to pack on the shadows. I hate those things for all other shadows but they really do the trick here. I've heard those spongey foam applicators are surprisingly useful here too.

The best results for me have been with the use of a cream shadow, like a MAC Paint Pot or a Maybelline Color Tattoo. I definitely wouldn't try to apply these shadows without a good primer or a solid base. With the use of one of the two you'll find that the color ends up a lot more vibrant and you end up with very little fall out. Just slowly pile the shadow on all over the lid and do it with a lighter hand as you reach the crease for a smokey effect. I also highly recommend slapping a piece of tape of a Shadow Shield around and under your eye - you inevitably are going to end up with a face full of glitter during the application.

To put it lightly, I am obsessed with and head over heels in love with these shadows. I picked up another shade (Space Cowboy) since taking these photos because they're just too good. All the colors I own are total knockouts and I've received a compliment every time I've worn one of them. The two colors pictured above are great for Saturday night or New Years Eve or wherever else all you less adventurous people relegate your glitter use. Space Cowboy, which I haven't photographed yet, is a champagne glitter that's really great for adding some extra interest and sparkle to your standard neutral everyday look. I really just think the sparkle and glitter speaks for itself. I've never seen shimmer that intense before - they've been permanently affixed to my eyelids since I got them because nothing else compares to these shadows.

These shadows come in six different shades and are $20 each. You can find them wherever Urban Decay shadows are sold. And you should because they are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

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