June 3, 2008

Summer Collections 2008: Urban Decay Big Fatty "Color" Mascara Review

I love color. When I was 4 years old I told my mother I was going to be a famous artist needless to say it didn’t happen.

But I can play at being an artist with every color in the rainbow in my cosmetic wardrobe so of course I was happy to add Urban Decay’s New Big Fatty “Color” Mascara to my beauty arsenal!

Like all good things Urban Decay puts out these mascaras are packed full of funky shades to turn your lashes from blah to WOW! I was excited to test these out as not many brands put out such gorgeous hues of color when it comes to mascara!

These are a mini version of the original Big Fatty Mascara which I think is perfectly suited because who can seriously polish off a tube of bright aqua mascara? Not likely. A mini version is the perfect size for those days you’re feeling a bit daring! At a price tag of $17 USD each you might wince slightly but no one ever said it was cheap to be gorgeous!

The formula isn’t the best I’ve come across and I had to do quite a bit of work to get this evenly applied onto my lashes. As I find with all colored mascaras it’s a chore to get it on correctly. Application consists of swiping the color on, clumping some of the color on using the tip of the applicator, brushing it through with a lash comb, and finally applying another layer.

This is no fault of the product but just the general drama of colored mascara! I’ve tried a few colored mascaras and aside from Majorca Majolica Splashing Blue Mascara I’ve never had a successful application without having to go through several steps to get the product evenly onto my lashes! The brush is a nice big chunky one which could attest to it’s name “Big Fatty”.

I tested out all the colors that were released and Black Cherry is by far my favorite. It’s a deep maroon that goes perfectly with cranberry, pink, browns, and even bronze colors! Below I created a look using Urban Decay Big Fatty in Black Cherry.

Other colors available are Purple Haze which is a deep purple, Electric Blue which borders aqua and blue, and Indigo which is an off color blue with tiny touches of purple.

If you’re purchasing these or already own these I came up with some killer combinations to match up with Urban Decay eye shadows that I already own. You may have some of these or maybe wanting some after seeing my combos! Enjoy!

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Indigo Combos

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Purple Haze Combos

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Electric Blue Combos

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black Cherry Combos

All in all these are a fun way to spice up your Summer eye makeup! Definitely worth checking out and swatching for yourself. I recommend checking out Black Cherry and Electric Blue as they are my fav of the four released!

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Check below for some other Urban Decay reviews and posts you may have missed out on!

Rediscover why Matte is where it’s at with Urban Decay’s Matte Eye Shadow Collection!

Click here
to find out why I’m suddenly loving bronzer thanks to Urban Decay Baked Bronzer!

Click here to see what reviews are upcoming from Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 Collection with my sneak peek!

Oily Summer skin blues? Click here to hear my review on on Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Badbomben

    I’m interested in the indigo one!:) Such a lovely colour!

  • Nell

    Hi Muse,
    you make me really appreciate Urban Decay these days, Iยดve always discounted the brand as something for teenagers, not women over thirty, but their products seem really great!
    I have two questions:
    What would you say is the difference between the regular and the deluxe e/s? And what color of e/s are you wearing in your Black Cherry look?
    Thank you,
    P.S. wrote you an email about the baked bronzer

  • Beauty Addict

    Hi Muse, the purples and blues look so wearable! ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice touch of showing the shadows to match with the various coloured mascara ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Decorative Diva

    Thanks so much for your review on the Urban Decay Mascaras! I love the look of Electric Blue so much I think I’m going to have to go out and grab it!

  • the Muse

    hiya Badbomben!

    Gorgeous right? it takes a bit of layering but when it’s on it’s amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    hello there Nell!

    I’m 30 and still loving all the shimmer and shine hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚ I really enjoy their products ๐Ÿ™‚ I was a big time supported a a year or two ago prior to discovering mac it was my favorite top brand!

    They make three shadows at the moment.

    Matte regular shadows which are obviously matte lol! I’m not a big fan as I don’t really dig mattes but I will say these are super pigmented.

    The regular shadows have heavy duty glitter in them and shimmer. All the shades contain a healthy dose of it so if you hate shimmers/glitters you may want to stay clear but if you love that sort of thing (I do) definately check them out.

    The deluxe shadows are heavily pigmented and do not contain shimmer nor are they matte either..it’s kinda a velvet finish. If you loud, bright shades the deluxe shadows are the way to go.

    If you’re very new to UD I highly suggest nabbing one of their eye palettes. They do a few and one actually has an array of the deluxe shadows in it for a good price.

    Also they do a FF discount of 30% around september again so maybe wait and grab the sweet discount ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m actually wearing MAC cranberry ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope this helps! Got your email but been swamped! I’ll reply soonish and def pick it up with the Posie ๐Ÿ™‚


  • the Muse

    hey miss gracie!

    Thanks honey!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you dug the post ๐Ÿ˜‰


    I’m off on holiday tomorrow, I’ll miss talking to you daily!

  • MC

    Black Cherry is amazing in colour, I just wish it gave my lashes more ooomph.

    LOVE the eye combo with it by the way. XD

  • Helena

    Hi musey! Talking about coloured mascaras, Ettusias also launched their metal impact mascara, not sure if they have it on other countries though, they have it in red, violet and blue, there’s the linky ^^

  • Meredith

    I just got the Indigo, and LOVE it. Urban Decay is such a favorite of mine, and I’m 35!

  • the Muse

    hi mc!

    mmmm I was kinda hoping for more length and volume as well! But I do adore the color! Thanks!!!!!!! I thought it went fab with cranberry ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    hello helena!

    YAY! I seen! Looks fab ๐Ÿ™‚

    yummie me likey!

    I feel a purchase coming on hehe!

  • the Muse

    yay meredith!

    I’m 30 and adore it! Many people think it’s geared towards teens and twenty somethings but really the catalog has so many great products available for us older girls that enjoy beautiful color =-)

  • [a}

    the whole maroon look–i never thought i’d say this to ANYONE before, as it normally looks like someone punched the unfortunate fashion victim in both eyes in a boxing match–is BEAUTIFUL on you. Gorgeous.

    It suits your features, your coloring.

    It’s not cute, it’s very sophisticated, beautiful grownup-lady-in-the-city-attending-important-event. With a nice gem necklace and a black or emerald dress, you could rock Angelina Jolie’s dinner party!

    (lol..ignore me..i’m high off coffee and spewing nonsense. but you get what i mean, ne?)

  • the Muse


    You’re great for my ego lovie lol!

    Thank you very much! You’ve made my day ๐Ÿ˜‰

    LOL ๐Ÿ™‚ it could be the coffee high that mislead you to believe I actually looked good hehehe!

    Thanks honey you made my day truly!

  • sparklyblind

    Awesome post! You’re great for putting up eyeshadows ideas too since even though I own them all (it’s awful, I have 4 Vaults but need more!) I forget or I guess get overwhelmed & don’t know wich to choose. Have you got a Vault btw? So, anyway I’ve got Purple Haze, the new Flipside, & Electric. Electric is my favorite! True, you must apply several crazy coats just like you described but it shows up & Electric is perfect for Summer, I want to rock it now thinking of it & it’s nearly Christmas. I found Electric actually shows up the most. Purple Haze was kinda meh on my dark lashes & Flipside not so bright.

    • the Muse

      hi sparkly!

      Mmm I am guilty of having a beauty vault for sure lol! I haven’t used these in a while your comment made me want to haul them out and use them for NYE too ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kay

    At the moment I can get these 3 for 2, so wanting to do that but I don’t know which to go for! I’ve only ever had electric blue which I discovered has now dried up ๐Ÿ™ And unfortunately the shop doesn’t have flipside in stock. Sooo, any advice on the best three of four colours for a blonde haired blue eyed girl?

    • the Muse

      hi kay!

      any will work fine on blond hair/blue eyes as they are all really nice shades just a preference of what colors you like ๐Ÿ˜€