Urban Decay recently revamped their eyeshadow formula and color range to release an all vegan lineup. They retail for $19.00 and come in 25 shades. For comparison, NARS Singles are also $19.00, MAC single shadows (in a compact) range from $18.00 to $22.00, and Lancome singles are $22.00. I know I’m in the minority, but I don’t mind buying singles shades, even at this price point and higher. With palettes it is very common for me to have shades I either would never use or can’t use because they are too light. I personally find value in being able to get one shade that I really enjoy and will use. If you don’t see the value in single shadows in compacts, I get that, but I did want to point out that they are priced competitively against other eyeshadow prices.
Now, whether or not they perform as well as the NARS, MAC, and Lancome singles is another story. Let’s take a look at some swatches and I’ll give you my thoughts.
Urban Decay Charged, $19.00
Urban Decay describes Charged as a deep blue shimmer.
This shade is beautiful, but it performs terrible for me. The texture of it is gritty and dry so the fallout during application is ridiculous. The fallout from this eyeshadow sticks, so it doesn’t just easily brush away with a fluffy brush. Luckily, I was able to cover some leftover blue spots with more foundation, but if I was using lighter coverage that day, it probably would not have covered it.
It is highly pigmented, but combined with this texture it made it hard to control. It needs pressing and a little pressure to smooth out, so it works better with fingers. With a brush, it gets everywhere and is harder to control placement. I found I had to use a makeup wipe to clean up no matter what I did. The last time I used this I just gave up and wiped the entire look off and started over with different eyeshadows.
I would not recommend this shade and it doesn’t make me excited to try out a different color in this formula. If the formula is consistent, I think the fallout would be easier to deal with from a lighter shade. Doing the eyes first would also help if the shade was lighter and close to your skin tone. But with a deep blue, fallout is a bigger problem. This formula does remind me of my experience with the MAC dazzleshadow extreme formula (review here). To be clear, I don’t like either formula, but since I brought up the price comparisons I wanted to mention it. If you disagree with me and you like the dazzleshadow extreme formula, you might want to check this out after all.
Urban Decay Fazed, $19.00
Urban Decay describes Fazed as a neutral orange matte.
I like this one much better, but its just ok for me. It does have some dust up in the pan but it is manageable if you don’t mind a looser matte formula. I haven’t noticed any fallout when using it and it blends fine. I’m not really impressed, but I don’t think it is a bad eyeshadow. At this price, I would actually recommend the NARS single over this one. BUT, I don’t need or seek out vegan formulas. If you are a vegan or shop exclusively cruelty-free, this is definitely the best option for you.
TLDR: If you are vegan or shop cruelty-free, check out the matte formula. It didn’t blow me away but it was a decent formula. I would pass on the shimmer formula, it is difficult to work with and messy.
If you have tried any of these eyeshadows, let us know how they performed for you in the comments section below. I’m really hoping that Charged isn’t representative of the other shades.
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