May 10, 2021

The Most Important Thing We’ll Be Discussing Today is the Difference Between Urban Decay Riff and New Riff Eyeshadow

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I wanted to compare Urban Decay Riff and New Riff Eyeshadow and swatch the shades side by side for you today as I got quite a few e-mails asking me about the new shade versus the old one. Many of you know I really love Riff. Whenever Urban Decay Eyeshadow Singles went on sale for $10 bucks I was chronically collecting pots of Riff. At the time I felt like I was being ridiculous but now that the shade is discontinued I’m ever so glad I decided to hoard a few backups. It’s one of my favorite brown shades and really does something beautiful for my eyes.

Urban Decay recently relaunched their Eyeshadow Collection in new, clear compacts but also, they launched a wide variety of new shades and have done away with many fan favorites in the process. You can still get a few of them on sale at (including Riff) but both Sephora and Ulta have officially sold out.

One of the shades I was most curious in the new line was Urban Decay New Riff Eyeshadow.

Jump ahead for a comparison and swatches of Riff and New Riff and see which you love more.

Let’s start out with Urban Decay Riff first as it is the oldest and deserves a bit more attention. Riff’s a medium, warm, brown shade with very fine flecks of golden shimmer that aren’t noticeable once applied. It’s has a matte finish and a firm texture that isn’t powdery.

Urban Decay New Riff is completely different. I get a little bit of a dune element from the original Riff which New Riff doesn’t have. It’s a deeper medium brown without the gold shimmer that Riff has. It’s also matte in finish with a very fine, drier consistency compared to the original Riff. The color is much deeper compared to the old version but still a very beautiful shade. I don’t mind the firmer texture of this shade but unfortunately, it did apply a bit patchier and needed a bit more TLC than the original formula did. I felt like I had to really spend time going over the color for the smoothest finish.

Both shades are winners (even if New Riff is a bit drier) in my opinion! They’re both very flattering shades of brown that work great in natural looks!

Have you tried New Riff?

Do you prefer it over the old Riff?

Do share your thoughts!

Where to buy

Ulta Sephora

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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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  • Bea

    I am afraid to buy the new ones. What do u think was the reasoning behind getting rid of loved shades? I don’t want to be disappointed!

    • Isabella Muse

      Good question….! I’m thinking maybe money saved on new packaging???? So far, the new formula hasn’t exactly wowed me but keep in mind the old one didn’t either (when they reformulated a few years ago).

  • kjh

    OMBFG, so different. But having acquired 5 I think Orgasms, only 2 look the same in the pan. Swatches and app, pretty darned close. The Riffs are in neighboring galaxies, but not even close.

    • Isabella Muse

      all different Orgasms? I remember the first Orgasm I had (why does that sound TMI?) it was a gorgeous flat pan and not overly shimmer but after I replaced it I realized why people hated it so much bc the shade seemed so crazy shimmery compared to my old one!

      • kjh

        The old Orgasm was in many old Artist Palettes. The ones that usually had two cheeks and a bunch of e/s. I was also an ‘also included’ that I almost never wore.

        • Isabella Muse

          I had one of the first ones that launched and it was dense but applied so naturally! After that it was a shimmer bomb 🙁