According to thefreedictionary.com “moondust” is defined as “fine dust particles on the surface of the moon”. It is made up of glass and other minerals such as calcium and iron. It has taste and smell, both reminiscent of gunpowder and it’s also very abrasive. When I think of moondust I imagine particles that shift between grey, silver and black color.
Now, you might be thinking, is it a makeup blog or an astronomy blog?? I am still talking makeup here, rest assured. Moondust is the name of the latest release from one of my favorite brands- Urban Decay. It’s an eyeshadow palette and it is a part of the Fall 2016 collection.
The Moondust Eyeshadow palette is like no other palette previously released by Urban Decay. Fine dust particles can only mean one thing- glitter! The Moondust palette consists of 8 never seen before glitter eyeshadows with metallic and iridescent finishes. The Moondust eyeshadow formula has been around for a while now and although I love glitter, I have never tried it before.
In a nutshell, the palette is gorgeous! Starting with the beautiful silver packaging with gritty texture and mirror-like “moondust” lettering embossed on the cover. The inside of the palette houses a big mirror and 8 beautiful shades. The pans are a little smaller than the single UD Moonshadow eyeshadows but you need to remember that in the palette you get 8 shades for the price of $49, while a single eyeshadow is $21 a piece.
The first thing that attracted me to the palette is the color selection. They are all really wearable and seem very well coordinated. And although glitter is not something you would be wearing if you work in an office environment, the shades are perfect for a more casual environment or a fancy night out. The shadows are sparkly without looking tacky.
The pigmentation is amazing. One swipe provides a beautiful coverage. The shades can be applied dry or wet. I like the dry formula a little more, applied over an eye primer. Wetting the eyeshadows does intensify their pigmentation. They can be applied with a finger or with a brush. I like the finger application better!
Now, you are probably wondering- but what about the fallout? We all beauty junkies know that glitter=mess. Not here! When I was first using this palette, I did my face makeup first as I always do and the eyeshadow fallout was minimal. I was able to correct it with a tiny bit of a concealer and a beauty blender. Applying the shadow with a finger minimizes the fallout too. Color me impressed!
Below you can see a look I created using the Moondust Eyeshadow Palette. I used Element and Galaxy over my lid, Specter in the corner of my eyes and under my eyebrows. And the beautiful purple Magnetic on my lower eyelid. The crease shade is a reddish brown matte shade from Urban Decay in Riff.
If you are a fan of glitter you have probably already purchased this palette (and I can’t blame you). If you aren’t, I hope my review spiked your interest. The Moonshadow Eyeshadow palette is an amazing product with beautiful, wearable shades and excellent pigmentation. The eyeshadows are easy to apply and they are not messy. I think the beauty of this palette lays in the fact that you don’t need to use just these shades to create an eye look. You can easily create a toned down look by combining matte eyeshadows that you already own with just one Moondust shade and gently pat it over the lid, or apply a lighter color to the inner corner of your eye for a barely there glimmer (I am looking at you, Specter).
What do you think of the palette? Are you a glitter fan or do you tend to stay away from it? How would you wear the shades from the palette? Let me know in the comments below.
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