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.
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($8.49) promise a metallic sheen due the powder/cream hybrid formula. The shades I purchased are from the brand’s 2020 relaunch when they updated their formulas, color selection, and packaging.
Grandstand is described as a neutral medium copper brown (top left)
Legend is described as a warm copper (top right)
Mystical is described as a warm deep plum (bottom left)
Flame Thrower is described as a warm copper (bottom right)
I definitely think that the formula delivers the metallic sheen as promised. You can get a more subtle finish from these shadows if you apply them with a flat shader brush. In my experience, you can get a shiner finish with more impact if you apply them with a finger.
Unfortunately, that is were the good news ends for me. I did have some fallout and it isn’t easy to wipe away. The fallout sticks to my face and then it is hard to remove. This was worse for the shade Mystical, I assume because the shade is darker and has more contrast with my skin tone. I also experienced fallout throughout wear, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal distance. It is one of those things only someone trying to examine products for review would see.
I thought it’d be helpful to swatch some of MAC’s transition shades side by side since it can be hard to see the undertone differences on the website. These are shades I find suitable for my skin tone (MAC is C7/C8 and sometimes I can get away with NC45). The brand does offer both lighter and darker colors than what I have swatched here, so if nothing here suits your skin tone, all is not lost.
I know that Bougie Babe was a limited edition shade, but anyone who does have it may want to know how it compares to some of the permanent shades. All of the shades swatched with the exception of bougie babe are still available in the permanent range. The refill pans like the ones pictured cost $8. If you want any shade in regular packaging, those cost $18. Unfortunately the shade brown script can only be purchased as a refill pan.
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After hearing some rave reviews about these Covergirl Shadow Sticks, I decided to check them out. I love a good purple eyeshadow, so I bought the shade 960 unruly.
This formula is creamy enough to glide on the eyes without tugging. Unfortunately, it does dry pretty quickly. I’d suggest doing one eye at a time so you can blend before it dries down completely. It has good pigmentation and doesn’t take much product to get the true color. I was surprised by the finish. To me, it appears mostly matte with a hint of sheen once applied to the eyes. I expected it to be shinier with more of a shimmer finish. I’ve only used this product with my fingers, so I’m not sure how it might perform when used with a brush.