The single brand that’s doing the very most exciting releases of 2016 HAS to be Urban Decay, doesn’t it? It feels like every few days they announce a new launch that makes my heart beat a bit faster as I start imagining all the ways I could play with whatever product it is they’re releasing. Interestingly, that can’t be said for the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette since it’s a product I would never consider picking up for myself, as it’s very much a nighttime palette thanks to all eight shades offering an intense, foil-like sparkle (and the majority of my social occasions are usually done and dusted by about 6pm, alas…) but I have certainly found ways to introduce it into my make-up routine, some of which I’ll share with you today!
The Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette contains eight gorgeous shades of sparkly foil, ranging from the slightly more colourful on the top row, to the slightly darker, moodier on the bottom. The palette fits the overall celestial vibe of the shadows perfectly and contains a decent mirror, although interestingly no brush. The top row, from left, starts with Specter – a pinky pearl; Element – a rusty orange with red overtones; Magnetic – a grey purple and Lightyear – a brilliant, jade green. On the bottom row, from left there’s Granite – a silvery gunmental grey (swoon!); Lithium – antique gold, but without the usual green leaning; Vega – a fabulous, royal blue and finally Galaxy – a silvered black.
The top row is a little more interpretive as three of the shades contain that gorgeous “duo-chrome-like” finish that throws up all sorts of nuances, which look particularly stunning on the lid. My favourites are Granite for a really smoky eye that pops and Lithium is a really easy one to introduce to every day eye looks as it works so well with browns and nudes. I’m not normally one to swatch palettes – especially ones that have reached similar levels of popularity to Moondust, but I couldn’t not swatch it as it’s just so beautiful – all those swatches are just one swipe of the shadow. Seriously.
Hopefully the swatches demonstrate that actually there is room for a bit of fun without going to disco with your eye look. These type of high pigment foil-like colours look particularly beautiful simply applied as one colour all over the lid with liner and lots of mascara, but if you just don’t want to go that bright, another way to wear them is to blacken them out with a black eyeshadow, either by applying the black shadow as a base then buffing in the Moondusts, or by mixing a little of both before applying. I didn’t find fallout an issue at all with these as you might expect with something so rich and sparkly, but this is the Urban Decay formula we’re talking about, so it’s going to be the best. The Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette appears to be sticking around, and for £35 it offers pretty much every type of party colour you’ll need for your eyes during the incoming party season. Find it here – link.