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Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Makeup | 5 comments

Chase the glitter rainbow with Moondust from Urban Decay

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Urban Decay Moondust Palette Review

For a long time now I’ve been searching for a seriously glittery eyeshadow. Not just one that shimmers and shines, but one that actually glitters, containing tiny particles of glitter that give serious twinkle when they hit the light. I’ve experimented with actual cosmetic glitter like the fabulous budget range of cosmetic glitters from Stargazer. But I had struggled to find an actual eyeshadow that fitted the bill….. that is until now!




This is the stunning Moondust eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay. Urban Decay do palettes so well, and I’d lusted after this one as soon as it was released but sadly it was sold out for ages (as is usual with so many of Urban Decay’s new releases). I finally got my hands on it last month and the wait was worth it! Firstly can we just take a moment to take in the sheer beauty of the Moondust palette……..

Urban Decay Moondust Palette Packaging

The hard case with mirrored word ‘moondust’ on the lid opens to reveal a rainbow of eight round pressed powder eyeshadows and a good sized mirror inside the lid.

Urban Decay Moondust Palette

The individual Urban Decay Moondust shadows have been popular for ages, but these are all brand new shades created especially for this palette. Each of the eight shades is packed with a microfine metallic glitter, ok so the particles are fairly miniscule but there’s so many of them that they twinkle and shine like mad. The shadows are soft and buttery in texture and Urban Decay recommend that the shadows are applied using a finger to prevent glitter drop-off. I find that applying eyeshadows with my finger can be a bit fiddly as it’s hard to get precision with a finger, but a good alternative is to use a sponge applicator like The Smudger Brush from The Body Shop. The shadows can be applied dry or wet – applying them using a wet finger or applicator gives a denser, more intense colour. If you are concerned about glitter drop-off I’d recommend placing a thin sheet of tissue under your eye while applying your glitter shadow that will catch any stray glitter particles.

Urban Decay Moondust Palette Swatch

The colours are named in the palette which I think is a nice touch, and in the swatch image above from left to right we have Specter, Element, Magnetic, Lightyear, Granite, Lithium, Vega and Galaxy.

All the colours look very bright at first glance, but they’re mostly very wearable and you can mix them with other everyday shadows if you feel a bit daunted by them.

Urban Decay Moondust Palette Close Up

Moondust is Urban Decay’s most requested palette since it’s launch earlier this year, and it’s easy to see why. My favourite shades are Specter and Lithium which work really well together for a modern gold festive look. I also love dark blue Vega, it’s a modern take on 1980s blue eyeshadow. Both Granite and Galaxy can be used as an alternative to a smokey grey, and green Lightyear would contribute to any mermaid make-up creation. I’m not sure if I’ll use the coppery red Element though, red shades don’t suit me, they just make me look like I’ve got a black eye!

If you think these eyeshadow colours might be a bit too out there for you try just using them as an intense eyeliner, smudge along the upper lash line and towards the outer corner of the lower lashes, for a more wearable option.

Urban Decay Moondust Palette with Lip Crayons

If you want to treat yourself to the Urban Decay Moondust eyeshadow palette this Christmas then there’s still time to order it from Debenhams. Last order date for Standard Delivery is 20th December, and if you opt for Next Day Delivery or Click & Collect you can order right up until 23rd December. Or you might want to wait and treat yourself using some Christmas gift money. Either way, this is a glittery eyeshadow palette that you really need! The Urban Decay Moondust Palette costs £35, which works out at just £4.37 per colour.

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5 Comments

  1. I love Urban Decay and bold colours but I have to say that this is the one palette that doesn’t really appeal to me (along with some of the basics palettes) every post I’ve seen the glitter looks quite chunky and when I swatched the shadows in store they were quite sparse, I’m more intrigued by the upcoming Afterdark palette 🙂 Great post though.

    • Thanks Lucia. The glitter is very fine but extremely sparkly. I’m excited about the After Dark palette too, especially the blues and greens in there! xx

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