July 15, 2016

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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I got my greedy little hands on the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette ($49) and squealed in delight at all the glitter! The Moondust Eyeshadow Palette launched with the Urban Decay Fall 2016 and includes eighty glittery eyeshadow shades that will leave your lids with a sparkly mess of absolute joy.

Yes, there’s fall out. Yes, there’s lots of glitter. Yes, there’s sparkle. No, this isn’t for the glitter/shimmer haters. Yes, this is for those of us that like to sprinkle shimmer on our corn flakes in the morning! Yes, you should insert wacky, “Hey girl! Is that glitter on your eyelids or do you just naturally sparkle like that?” memes here.

hey girl meme

I’m actually a lover of the original Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow formula but I realize it isn’t an eyeshadow that everyone loves. From the glitter to the denser formula I think Moondust Eyeshadow is an acquired taste which is why I was surprised that Urban Decay went with an entire palette’s worth of the formula. Also, keep in mind, Urban Decay has been rather tame lately with all their “Naked” releases. The Moondust Palette might be a prelude of daring, vibrant things to come from Urban Decay who has been playing it safe the last couple of years. If I’m right this is great news for the color addicts out there.

Urban Decay Moondust Palette

Something that does deserve mentioning is the fact that the single Moondust Eyeshadow shades and the ones found in the Moondust Eyeshadow Palette are quite different. I find the singles are much more denser where as the ones in the palette are considerably more softer and dare I say they look like they have even more glitter than the originals.

Let’s take a look!

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The Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette is a 10th Anniversary Palette and is filled with eight all new shades of Moondust Eyeshadow. Each shade weights in at 0.02 oz versus the single size of 0.05 oz so, they are less than half the size but you still get a good deal of product for the $49.

The palette is done up in a gunmetal glitter shade with a raised texture but no worries, the glitter doesn’t shed all over everything when handling it. There’s also a very generously sized mirror inside. I wish they included a brush but I’m not bothered much by this since application is best with a sponge applicator in my opinion.

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Galaxy, Granite, Lithium, Vega)

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Galaxy, Granite, Lithium, Vega)

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette (Specter, Element, Magnetic, Lightyear)

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette (Specter, Element, Magnetic, Lightyear)

The good news about this formula is it isn’t a chunky glitter bomb. This is a refined micro-glitter which I find easier to apply with a lot less mess compared to a chunky glitter eyeshadow. Granted, there’s still fall out during application but that’s easy to avoid with a good cream base and the use of a sponge eyeshadow applicator. You do have to ditch your fancy makeup brushes here and just make due with a cheap sponge tipped eyeshadow applicator for application to get the most out of the formula. Patting them on gently with that application and building slow will product the best results. You’ll struggle to pick up color and you’ll also end up with way more fall out using a regular brush. Some people prefer using fingers for application but believe me try the sponge and you’ll be happier! They also layer very well over cream eyeshadow if that’s the route you want to take but don’t worry, they have plenty of pigmentation all their own. I find the glitter is a little more refined in the singles versus the shades in the palette which seem to be absolute glitter bombs. They also have a way softer texture compared to the denser formula of the single potted shades.

As I mentioned above fall out is an issue so, I would recommend a good base like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeshadow in Vanilla or MAC Paint Pot in Soft Orce and don’t forget eyeshadow primer as well! I had absolutely no issues with wear or fading nor creasing but remember I have drier eyes and rarely have issues with creasing. The shades are quite pigmented! It’s not a bunch of sheer glitter here, the color you see in the pot is exactly the shade you’ll see on your lids.

Wearing Specter and Element

Wearing Specter and Element

Wearing Specter and Element

Wearing Specter and Element

Wearing Lithium

Wearing Lithium

Wearing Lithium

Wearing Lithium

There’s no lies here, the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette is filled with application drama and it isn’t a palette everyone will find wearable particularly for daily looks. But if you love glitter and shimmer as much as I do I’m sure this will be very appealing and fun to use. A little patience during application will produce some really great eye looks. I think it’s a slightly unusual Fall release but I’ll take glitter in my eyeshadow anyway I can get it. And this packs plenty of it into some gorgeous stand out shades (Element needs to be made permanent! Can’t be without this gorgeous sparkly copper!)!

Will you be hauling it!?

The Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette is available now at urbandecay.com, Sephora.com, and Ulta.com.

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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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  • Deb

    Won’t be going anywhere near this! Too old for that much fairy dust but the colors are soooo beautiful. Enjoy those young eyelids while you can Muse, and rock that glitter!! You do you and sparkle like a fairy

    • Isabella Muse

      ha thanks Deb. Don’t say that though! You can totally get away with a little glitter 😀 I refuse to give it up! 😀 <3!

  • Susan

    I’m loving it so far. I already had a couple of the singles, so I knew what I was getting myself into. I think these look awesome, even when used as an accent to a more neutral look. Glitter glue, Mac Fix +, and a flat shader brush to pack these on are all I need! I usually don’t even need the Fix +. I just lurv this.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m loving it too! Absolutely adore it actually hehe! I think the texture is a lot softer than the originals which is an improvement in my eyes. Glitter glue def works but I use a little mac paint pot as well which also helps minimize fall out and even intensifies the shades 😀

  • Cecilia

    Oooh pretty! The color scheme reminds me of those cheap glittery palettes I had as a preteen in the early 00’s, but in a high quality version 😀
    So getting this for nostalgia’s sake if nothing else!

  • Karen

    Super pretty colors but for this 50 year old face it would be like putting a neon sign on saying “look at these lines around her eyes”. Sad face.

    • Robbye

      I will be 50 in Jan of 2018 and I’m just now getting into buying makeup. I didn’t like the glitter at first either. Hated it frankly but I’ve let go and let loose a little. Who cares. Relive your childhood. I’m doing what I couldn’t do then and couldn’t afford to while I had kids etc. This one though I’m not so sure about. I still don’t like too much glitter but just about every highend makeup line has glitter/shimmer or sparkle now. Ugh,

  • Sarah

    Those colors look absolutely lovely, but I’ll definitely pass. I’ve never been wowed by UD and I dislike glitter. Glitter in eyeshadows is an eye sore, literally. My poor sensitive eyeballs just can’t handle it, ouchie, ouchie. More power to the lads and ladies who have eyeballs with much stronger countenances than mine and can wear these types of shadows without irritation.

  • blee

    Oh, yes! I naturally sparkle like that even in the daylight, but thanks for asking – LOL 🙂

  • Colleen

    I am usually a matte neutrals girl but this I wanted this for sparkle & it’s a really fun palette with very pretty shadows. Those with older eyes should not be afraid – it looks good on my 45 year old eyes. Doesn’t emphasise lines & doesn’t make me look like a kid.

  • ruth

    that lippie you’re wearing while using Specter and Element looks beautiful on you!

  • Katherine T.

    Oh Muse, it’s nice to see you haven’t gone all matte neutrals and still have a little magpie in you 🙂 Love the looks you did, your eyes sparkle! I have one UD moondust single (Vortex), love it, and I’m 46, so never too old for some sparkle. Not sure how this softer formula will hold up on my oily lids, but I agree, don’t estimate the power of the humble sponge applicator. When I need to pack shadows on, I ditch the fancy brushes and grab those. Thanks for the review and swatches!

    • Isabella Muse

      ugh a little more like a lot haha ;-D My pleasure dear! I hope it adheres well on oily lids, paint pots help a lot!

  • Kathy Agel

    Spectre and Element look great on you (okay, that’s an understatement — I think that’s one of the best looks I’ve ever seen on you)), but even though I love the colors, these are too glittery for my 61-year-old eyes.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Kathy you’re too kind 😀 There’s a lot of glitter here! With a softer touch I think anyone can get away with it!

  • Randi MacDonald

    I’m going to wait on this because I think that it will be on “sale” in a matter of months, just like the Gwen Stefani palette was.

    • Isabella Muse

      Gosh, hope that isn’t the case because it makes UD look badly 🙁

      • Lorraine E.R

        I come from the future- it *is* on sale currently- hence my looking back at swatches. I need more matte neutrals, but this is tempting! Muse, do you think these would make good liners used wet or with mixing medium? I wanted the stila $25 glitter liquid eye set but now I’m wondering if this would be more value.

        • Isabella Muse

          LOL Lorraine ;-D mmmmmmmmmm maybe! But you’d have to layer a lot!

  • genevieve

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous. Thank goodness UD is being brave and trying something different……
    They look great on you Isabella!

  • Julie

    I am so in love with this palette. Got it the day it was released. Colors are so beautiful, and I am not young……try it, you will LOVE IT ❤️❤️

  • kellly

    I totally love glitter, shimmer and shine, but personally for me I wish the colors themselves were more natural. Kind of odd, I know, but I can’t see myself wearing such bright colors. I would definitely use Lithium (the tan one). But I’m certainly not buying an entire palette and then only using one of the colors!

  • Misty

    Thank you for the write up! I’ve noticed sometimes the formula in their palettes (especially limited editions) is a little different than in the singles. Is the formula of these the same as the Moondust singles? Or more like the fallout nightmares that are Uzi and Midnight Cowboy? I don’t have much fallout from the Moondust singles and will snatch this palette up if it’s the same formula.

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure! 🙂 I actually addressed the singles compared to the palette in this post at the very top! Hope this helps!

      • Misty

        Sorry, was reading and asking while fighting off a nap. With them being noticeably different, would you say fallout amount is the same or worse? (If I missed a comment on that again, I’m sorry. It’s been a day.)

      • Misty

        Sorry… Totally ignore me. I figured it out with another read. Sorry, I’m the worst sometimes.

  • Silvia

    This shades are coming down my chimney in Santa’s pocket! Lol! It’ll be my treat to myself for Chrustmas oh! So pretty it has been killing me since first time lay eyes on it! I’m 53 but I don’t care it goes with my sometimes rather adventurous funky personality. I’ll wear everything else light and these will the punch!