Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Review & Swatches
Moondust Eyeshadow is thee quintessential shimmer eyeshadow. These are packed with sparkle which translates as you’re either going to really, really love ‘em or really, really hate ‘em.
I eat sparkle on my cornflakes in the AM but even I can admit that these are super overkill in the shimmer department. Some folks including myself have likened them to Urban Decay’s Stardust Eyeshadow and on a certain level they are similiar. But I prefer thinking of them as a reformulated and better version of Stardust Eyeshadow.
Let’s take a look!
Zoadiac, Space Cowboy, Stargazer
Diamond Dog, Moonspoon, Glitterrock
Put away your fancy brushes and take out your cheap sponge tipped eyeshadow applicators because Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow need to be patted on to get the most bang out of the formula. Brushes are not going to work with this formula and you’re going to suffer from a mediocre eye look with a ton of fall out if you decide to get your blending and eyeshadow brushes mixed up in a showdown with Moondust Eyeshadows. Your best bet is to use sponge applicators for the best results as this prevents glittery fall out and also allows you to build color up on lids for a smooth, even application of the shadow formula.
These are annoying to use and very challenging but if you spend a little time with them, show a little patience, and give them a little love you’ll have yourself a gorgeous, stunning sparkly eye look. They are possibly thee most shimmering eyeshadow I’ve own and that’s saying something considering 99.9% of my monster stash is made up of sparkle/shimmer finishes.
Urban Decay says they are a sophisticated shimmer but if I’m honest, well, it really isn’t a mature/sophisticated look that they create. It is however fun and edgy which is what Urban Decay is all about so a product like this is perfectly fitting for their brand image.
Although at first I was leaning towards saying they are much like the Stardust formula I have to take that back. The Stardust formula had a more refined shimmer where as Moondust is all about really heavy, healthy silver sparkle. Although a finer sparkle it still pretty much gets everywhere. Fall out is a bitch even when using a sponge applicator. You have to really spend some extra time with these to avoid getting them all over your face, your neck, even your bosom. The shimmer just gets everywhere. I strongly recommend a nude shadow base of some sort like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeshadow Stick in Vanilla or MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study, etc….follow up with eyeshadow primer, and finally you can pat these gently onto your lid. Using this method I get long, strong wear and no issues with fading, creasing, or fall out ONCE they are on my lid (it’s during application that it becomes an issue). I had to reapply a little concealer under my eyes to deal with the fall out as I had a hard time dusting it away…a little piece of tape on the back of your finger and patted gently under your eyes and on your face will also whisk away excess sparkle.
I think the Stardust shadows also had a flakier texture where as Moondust has more of a creamy base. There is pigment to be had here which was something lacking in the Stardust shadows, you really had to build to get color pay off with those. The Moondust formula definitely has more pigmented but don’t expect them to have the same texture or color pay off as the regular line of Urban Decay Eyeshadow as they do not.
In the end, I admit, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow are a difficult formula to work with. If you love shimmer I’d recommend trying at LEAST one. They are super fun if nothing else. Yes, they have application issues, yes, they are way too shimmery. But they could prove fun if you have the time, patience, and love to give them.
P.S. These are pop outs so you can use them with the Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette compacts!
These are available now at www.urbandecay.com
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