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Urban Decay can be credited as the brand who made Naked part of every beauty lover’s vocabulary and with the upcoming launch of the Naked Heat Collection, things are about to get positively steamy (this collection is making it almost too easy to come up with titillating metaphors). Drawing on the latest colour trends, these hues may be inspired by rising temps, but can definitely be worn year-round with ease. Personally, I have not been able to stop reaching for this collection since the day it arrived … and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon, either.
The latest release from Urban Decay is a collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. With packaging depicting his artwork and colours inspired by his works, the products feature brand new and exclusive shades and what’s more, all are absolutely wearable too. By the way, the 3 palettes (eyeshadows & blush) have an extra unique feature: they all have a ‘hook’ built into the back so you can hang them up. Now that’s what I call beauty truly imitating art.
Most likely drawing inspiration from nail polish toppers, Urban Decay has recently released 12 shades of Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat that aim to give your pout that little extra brilliant kick. As someone who tends to stick to low-maintenance neutrals/nudes, I usually reach for a red shade when looking to amp up my lipstick game, but I have to admit that these toppers are are insanely cool-looking, loads of fun, and a great way to instantly transform any shade of lipstick. Plus I honestly can’t resist a bit of sparkle …
Colour cosmetics may grab the lion’s share of attention, but let’s not forget about the soldiers working behind the scenes keeping everything in check, and to that end Urban Decay has recently launched an entire platoon (almost) of products that are there to support all your efforts. In addition, as the weather warms up that also means prom & wedding season will soon be upon us and THAT’s when you’ll want to be sure your makeup stays put … even if nothing else does.
My first post of 2017 is going off-planet (#couldntresist) with the recently launched Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow shades from Urban Decay. These latest additions to the Moondust family are cream eyeshadows filled with microfine iridescence + crazy 3D metallics, with eight shades to have fun with that are just perfect for adding a touch of sparkle to your makeup look, regardless if it’s a special occasion or not (preferably NOT).
Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow (CAN $29.00/each) | Housed in transparent tubes which makes it easy to see the shade you’re reaching for, the applicator is a small and pointed brush that is relatively easy to use and especially useful when going for a more precise application (as eyeliner, perhaps). The formula flows well and even though the glitter in a few shades feels slightly “grittier”, it’s quite negligible really. The press release states that once applied, ‘you have about 30 seconds to blend them out … once dry, they won’t budge or crease’. Ummmm…..not quite.
As seen in the swatches below, you can apply a thick layer of each shade for more impact and depth of tone, or sheer them out for a watercolour-type effect. One warning: if your lids tend to get oily (like mine), do NOT skip primer as they will not only crease, but basically disappear right off. Worn with primer first and then applied over eye shadow, I absolutely love how they look and these are now hands down my new favourite shimmers when I’m looking for a truly out-of-this-world effect.
- Solstice – pink/red with green 3D sparkle & shift
- Zap – gold with tonal sparkle
- Zodiac – smoky black with blue/green shift & blue/green 3D sparkle
- Recharged – peach with pink shift & sparkle
- Vega – bright blue with iridescent sparkle
- Chem Trail – oyster with iridescent sparkle
- Spacetime – deep coppery bronze with iridescent sparkle
- Magnetic – purple with iridescent sparkle
Urban Decay · Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow swatches
As someone who usually prefers going with [matte] neutrals, I also happen to have a contradictory obsession with shimmer, and these Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows have that sparkle factor in abundance. I confess to being totally surprised by how quickly they melted right off my eyes without primer to keep them anchored, but happy to see that they were able to redeem themselves when paired with primer underneath. Personal faves: Chem Trail, Spacetime, Zap & Zodiac, with Magnetic & Solstice not far behind. Vega is pretty cool too, as is Recharged. So basically, I like them all (just not worn all at the same time, please).
PR samples/As always, all opinions are my own