Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Low-key is definitely not the phrase to describe Urban Decay's Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow, but it would be a fun and different dramatic eyeshadow option if its performance matched its claims!
Fragrance free Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow comes in a clear plastic tube with a paintbrush-like applicator. Though Urban Decay labels this a cream, the texture is much closer to that of a gel, down to it having a cooling effect on skin when applied (good news though—the cooling effect is not the result of any skin-aggravating ingredients).
Each of the options available features a sheer color base (such as iridescent green, deep purple, and bright blue) loaded with glitter in the corresponding shade. The result is a wet, high-shine appearance that works well for party or fashion looks. Though Urban Decay says this can be used for a subtle effect, people will definitely know you're wearing quite a bit of glitter! It's just hard to make glitter look subtle!
The gel texture makes this easy to apply and blend, and it dries down without feeling tight, which is characteristic of some gel products. Creasing is not apparent since there's so much glitter, and it doesn't fade even through a standard workday.
There are a couple of drawback to note: The first is that the formula has a tendency to clump, which means sometimes when you remove the applicator from the tube, a chunk of glitter gel comes out. The other drawback is that the glitter migrates to other areas of the face, even if you don't touch your eyes throughout the day.
While a fun product in concept, the caveats mean this isn't a product we recommend with much enthusiasm.
- High-shine appearance as claimed.
- Gel texture is easy to apply and blend.
- Doesn't fade throughout the day.
- Fragrance free.
- Has a tendency to clump.
- Glitter migrates to other areas of the face.
Urban Decay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.
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