Remember when I previewed these Moondust Eyeshadows back in April? The press release contained something along the lines of ‘sophisticated sparkle’ and ‘out of this world.’ Well, they got the second part right. As for the first bit, I’d say it’s more like someone whacked a pinata full of my favorite glitter-vomiting unicorns and they all exploded and fell into a pan. If that’s your definition of sophisticated sparkle, then sure, let’s go with it.
The packaging mimics that of the brand’s revamped singles, but with a paler gray casing than their regular eyeshadow line. Of the seven shades, I received Zodiac, Space Cowboy, and Stargazer:
Which I proceeded to swatch in the wrong order because that’s just what I do:
left to right: Space Cowboy, Stargazer, Zodiac. Swatched dry, no primer.
I must say this every other review, but my camera had a hard time accurately capturing the color and finish on these. While not entirely apparent from the swatches above, these contain more sparkle than anything else in my stash. The effect reminds me of sunlight hitting water, resulting in a rather ‘wet’ glitter. The formula might look like one of the many reiterations of the Giorgio Armani ETK eyeshadows, but feels no different than a powder eyeshadow. I’ve heard it likened to MAC’s Pressed Pigments, but don’t have those on hand to compare. Thankfully, the glitter particles are very fine, so there’s no sensation of grittiness here. These go on nice and smooth, just like Urban Decay’s regular eyeshadows. There is fallout, of course, but it can be controlled through careful application. Under no circumstances should you attempt to blend these out with a fluffy brush (as I learned one fine morning when I showed up to discussion with the remnants of Space Cowboy all over my face. And clothes). Instead, use a patting motion over primer or Pixie Epoxy to contain the glitter to the desired area.
As for the colors, here’s a more thorough rundown:
- Zodiac, smoky black with blue-green shift and blue-green 3D sparkle: Out of the three, this is the most complex shade. At some angles, it looks like a smokey black with a hint of green, while at others the green overlay really comes through. I assume ’3D sparkle’ refers to the holographic shimmers throughout the shade. It’s particularly stunning on the upper lashline (as I’m wearing it below), like a little row of Christmas lights twinkling above my lashes.
- Space Cowboy, light champagne with bright silver sparkle: Gorgeous, gorgeous shade. It’s like someone crushed up a bunch of diamonds and dumped them on a pretty champagne eyeshadow. I’m slightly at a loss as to how to wear this one, though, since it’s much too eye-catching to be worn as a highlight. Suggestions?
- Stargazer, metallic lime-gold with gold 3D sparkle: There’s a slight duochrome on this one as well. At some angles, it’s more gold, while at others it leans chartreuse. Definitely not for the faint of heart (none of them are, really), and looks almost molten on the eyes.
Again, I’m afraid I was unable to capture just how sparkly these are on camera, but here are a few shots of Zodiac (top row) and Stargazer (bottom) on my upper lashline:
The Moondust Eyeshadows are one of those love-it-or-hate-it products. They are very, very glittery, so don’t think you’re going to be able to wear these subtly. Even when I use them as a liner, they still catch the light. Or to be more accurate, they grab the light and start throwing it around like a disco party while singing at the top of their lungs. That said, I absolutely love these for a party look, and Zodiac makes a killer smokey eye (and yes, I did wear it all over my lid in a cat-eye shape one time. I took pictures, but it was dark and I was dancing so it’s basically a blurry dark blob on a slightly less dark blob. Imagine it if you must). They’re also great for adding a bit more fun to your everyday liner & lashes combo, as demonstrated above. If you’re a glitter lover, do give these a look. And remember, pat! Don’t blend.
The Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows retail at $20 per .05 oz pan.
How much glitter can you handle? What’s your favorite way to wear it? Have you tried the Moondust Eyeshadows?
*Updating this post with a link to the lovely Christine of Temptalia’s swatches (she has 6 shades, including all of the ones I reviewed), where you can really see the spectacular finish of Space Cowboy.
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