Last week my Mom gifted me the Urban Decay Moondust Palette. Looking at it, I wasn’t quite sure how to apply these sparkly, iridescent, color-shifting shadows. After scouring the reviews and testing out the product, I can tell you firmly that these shadows will under-perform and underwhelm you if they are applied with a plain eye shadow brush! The Moondust shadows apply best with a firm, dense brush and are bold, pigmented, and gorgeous over a primer or cream shadow or applied with a setting spray.
The Moondust shadows are unique. They look foiled in the pan but have a firmer texture than the Makeup Geek foiled eye shadows. I find they apply best when patted on with a dense brush. They can be used with a mixing medium to achieve a foiled look and can be used as eye shadow, over shadow or eye liner. They remind me of all of the products I have bought in the past with a shimmer over-spray. Except these shadows stay sparkly the whole way through! I really love them!
Urban Decay Moondust Palette
To swatch the shadows, I used the same rotation of application:
Specter: Soft Pink with Tonal Sparkle
Element: Peach with Pink Shift & Sparkle
Granite: Black with Multicolored Sparkle
Lithium: Brown with Iridescent 3-D Sparkle
Magnetic: Purple with Blue Sparkle
Lightyear: Vivid, Saturated Green
Vega: Bright Blue with Tonal Sparkle
Galaxy: Smoky Blue-Gray with Iridescent 3-D Sparkle
I also swatched the Moondust shadows with a brush sprayed with NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray:
The palette gets a big thumbs up from me! Once you learn how to apply the shadows, they are fairy-tale beautiful. My one disappointment with the palette is the shade Magnetic. My personal wish is that it leaned less blue in color and had more pigmentation. This shade really needs to be built up. Purples are always fussy… The Moondust Palette retails for $49 and can be purchased through Urban Decay, Sephora, and Ulta. It can be incorporated into everyday use but would be stunning for special occasions.