Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Urban Decay Stardust Eye Shadow in Diamond Dog
The other day someone asked me if there was a taupe eyeshadow that I DIDN'T like. Well I have a surprise for you all. YES.
Now I don't think I have ever HATED a taupe eyeshadow (Maybe MAC Magnetic Fields) but there are a few I just don't like. Some I don't like for the quality, some I don't like for the price and some I don't like for both reasons. Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow in Diamond Dog is one of those shadows.
Let me explain.
Diamond Dog is a cool toned brown taupe with tons of silver shimmer. This shadow is incredibly sheer and is meant to be used as a wash of color to give a wet/shimmery look to the lids.
Stardust eye shadows by Urban Decay touts "prismatic sparkle set against a wash of captivating colors" They claim that the Stardust Eye shadows have 40% more glitter than the most sparkly shadows from Urban Decay. Now I know MANY people do not like the glittery shadows from Urban Decay so why did I purchase and attempt to review a shadow with even more glitter? Because I'm a masochist....obviously.
This shadow does not have "Prismatic Glitter". It's plain old silver glitter with no prismatic (rainbow) effect whatsoever.
Urban Decay claims that the shadow has a silky texture and you get a sheer wash of color with teeny bits of iridescent sparkle upon application. Again. FAIL. Yes. You do get a sheer wash of color. DO NOT get this shadow if you want pigmentation....but iridescent sparkle? No Just plain old silver glitter.
Urban Decay claims that there is no fall out and no chunky glitter. - Well. FAIL-ish. I agree the glitter isn't chunky and my shadow does sparkle when it stays on, but I have to say there is some glitter fallout. I personally think it's unavoidable with glitter shadows. That's just me. I used Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy as a base so this may be the reason that I didn't experience as much fallout and I expected.
Sadly, I truly believe more attention was paid to the packaging than to the formula or color range. According to Urban Decay "The futuristic, squeeze-open case holds over two times the amount of product than other Urban Decay eye shadows." OK. I didn't read that last part when I purchased this shadow and I was fiddling with the silly case for a day or so until I noticed the spring on the top of the flip top lid.
I close the lid (which I had been prying open with my fingernail) and squeezed the sides and POP! goes the top. It flipped right up. You just give a gentle squeeze to the black plastic frame and the lid pops right up. Ugh! I can't believe how obtuse I was about opening a shadow. Regardless. I show this to Mr. Sith and he figured it out right away. He then pronounced. "You totally know a guy created that." And you know what? I think he's right. No offense ladies, but I don't think we would worry so much about the gadgetry of an eye shadow so much. I think women would be MORE CONCERNED with what's inside and how well it works, not so much with how it opens. So I have to agree with Mr. Sith (This one time). Lame.
OK so if the glitter fallout isn't all that bad and the color is decent but sheer why don't I like this shadow?
I'll give you a few reasons.
Urban Decay put more into the construction of the eye shadow container than in the formula
Unless you use a primer like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy you won't get much color at all and you will get a TON of glitter fall out.
The Price. It's $20. OK. you do get more than twice the amount of shadow that comes in the regular Urban Decay shadows (0.12oz versus 0.05oz) but since you get 1/2 the pigmentation in the Stardust shadows $20 is a bitter pill to swallow. Sooo not worth it. Sorry Urban Decay.
This Shadow line is nothing but a gimmick. If you want shimmery shadows buy Urban Decay's regular line, pr better yet pick up some Fyrinnae eye shadows when you buy your tube of Pixie Epoxy. You can find shadows with shimmer that isn't just silver and still have wide range of taupes to choose from.
Do you need this? Heck no. If it goes on sale for like 75% off the price, then pick one up just to see what it is like...otherwise. Skip this.