Monday, October 24, 2016

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow: Review and Swatches

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Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Review and Swatches
Just in time for the glitz and glam of the holiday season, Urban Decay has released a liquid version of its beloved Moondust eyeshadows. Featuring 3D microfine iridescent sparkles that add a bit of fun to every look, the new Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows ($29 CAD each) are available in eight beautiful shades. To see some swatches and my review of the formulation, click.......
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Packaging:
The Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows are packaged in a sleek clear acrylic tube with a shiny chrome-finished cap. The applicator is a tiny tapered brush. I think the intent is that the small brush can be used to apply the shadows as a liquid eyeliner but the majority of the shades are too sheer to be used that way. Therefore, I personally would have preferred a doe-foot applicator that can grab a bit more product. I actually ended up using disposable doe-foot applicator instead to avoid constantly having to re-dip the brush.
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Formulation:
Like most of the recent Urban Decay releases, the Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows are a bit of a mixed bag. The shadows differ greatly in terms of pigmentation but they all feature a viscous liquid formulation with tons of iridescent sparkles suspended in a thin clear base that evaporates after application. The shadow can be easily blended or layered, depending on the type of look you want to achieve and the formulation sets fairly quickly. The advantage of the liquid formulation is that you get zero fall-outs. The sparkles adhere very well to the skin but none of these are waterproof. Lastly, like the original powder Moondust shadows, the Liquid Moondusts are not full-coverage, so they perform best over a cream base for some added impact.
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Solstice: Beautiful brown red with a subtle green duo-chrome effect. The formulation is semi-sheer but buildable to a mostly full coverage.
Zodiac: One of my fave out of the bunch, Zodiac is a blue-green sparkle set in a dark base. Again, the formulation is pretty sheer but it's buildable.
Magnetic: This is a sheer purple scattered with iridescent sparkles.
Spacetime: A deep copper with bits of gold sparkles, Spacetime is slightly more pigmented compared to Magnetic but you still won't be able to get a full coverage in one swipe.
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Zap: A dirty gold metallic, Zap is probably the most pigmented out of the bunch, although I do want to note that for the three swatches above, I used a doe-foot applicator to apply the shades instead of the included brush, as I've done with the previous four shades, just to experiment.
Recharged: A peach shimmer with a pink to gold duo-chrome effect, Recharged is definitely the prettiest and most feminine shade out of the bunch.
Chem Trail: This is a pearly iridescent glitter and the formulation was weirdly chunky and gritty when I swatched it on my arms for the first time. The sparkles clump together in very large bits, making it almost unusable. However, the formulation somehow turned smooth after first use and I was able to obtain a beautiful and even coverage! This one is great if you just want some sparkles with no colors.

Overall I think these are very pretty. The formulation could use some work as some of the darker shades can be more pigmented so we are able to use it as a glitter liner. The applicator is a tad impractical as it is so small and thin, making it difficult to apply a decent amount in one swipe. With that said, if you loved the original Moondust shadows, you will flip for this liquid version that's completely mess-free!

Availability:
Urban Decay is available in stores and online at Sephora and UrbanDecay.ca.
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