Urban Decay Moondust Palette Review and Swatches
If you love glitter, then you will love the Urban Decay Moondust palette. This palette is just packed with glittery goodness in the prettiest of shades that you just cannot fail to fall in love with. It was released last fall, but I’ve only just got my paws on it, so let’s see if the sparkle is worth the hype.
The palette comes in a black box with galaxy type imagery. The palette itself is a plastic compact covered in glitter, not real glitter, that would just get messy, but a pretty, silvery glitter case. So, on to the contents. You get eight glittery eyeshadows which use the Moondust formula, but are new shades to that range, so you won’t be repeating yourself if you already have some singles.
The Moondust formula is designed to be glittery without the usual issues of glitter such as fallout and loss of pigment. At first glance it looks like you have a palette full of glitter, but what you really have are quality shadows with all the sparkle, but less of the issues. I am not a great lover of glitter, I’m getting a bit too old to pull it off, unfortunately, but I sure do appreciate a little sparkle now and then.
Urban Decay recommend applying this eyeshadow with your fingers to get the best results. I tried applying with brushes and it really doesn’t work. You cannot get the colour payoff that way and there is more likelihood of fallout, so fingers are best, although I also tried using a cheap foam applicator and that worked pretty well too, so whatever you feel more comfortable with. Another option is to use it wet, or use a damp applicator. All my swatches were done dry using my fingers and the top part of the swatch is on primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) and the bottom half on bare skin.
I normally run through each shade in a palette, reviewing each in turn, but to be honest all these shades reacted in the same fashion and I will speak about them as a whole. They are all smooth and soft and apply really well using fingers or a foam applicator. There is some fallout with all the shades, so I would advise applying before you do your face, or use a shadow guard. There was noticeably less fallout when applied over primer. All the shadows blended well and worked over the top of other eyeshadows, so you could add a little sparkle to your everyday shadows. Colour payoff was also better over primer.
Overall I really liked these glittery shadows. They worked better than many other glittery products as they are firmer and have far less fallout. As I mentioned before, glitter is not really my thing, but if you love glitter and sparkle, then I would urge you to try this palette out. I doubt that you will be disappointed.