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Jan 26, 2009

Urban Decay Cream Shadow Review, Swatches, and FOTD

Who was it that said if at first you don't succeed, try, try again! It was actually W.C. mum would be proud and stuff for knowing that type of trivia! She's some sort of big supporter of W.C. Fields....shrug.

Anyway. The moral of the story is that most times, with makeup, I don't try, try again. If I use something and it fails to work the first time I'm normally tossing it across the room and sighing in frustration. This actually happened recently with the brand new Urban Decay Cream Shadow released for Spring.

Oh my frustrating and irritating as hell to apply! I was at my wits end and trying again was NOT an option.

Read ahead to find out why...

Cream shadows are not a new product as Urban Decay actually had the line a few years ago but it was discontinued from the main catalog and slowly disappeared to wherever unwanted makeup goes (the land of misfit toys maybe?). I actually can't recall trying the cream shadows back then but it's fitting as I was on my passionate dislike of all things cream at the time.

As of recent the Urban Decay Spring Collection has reintroduced cream shadow to the scene in twelve new bold, vibrant shades. Exciting for me as I'm now Miss fan girl when it comes to cream shadows!

After getting my haul of cream shadows I quickly uncapped, swatched, and proceeded to be delighted by the awe aspiring vibrant shades! These were special! Shimmery, vibrant, bold, and pigmented makes a girl happy indeed. The formula manages to be creamy and thick yet also have a thin consistency...trying to explain exactly would do my head in just trust me that the formula carries some interesting aspects. All 5 shades I tried were extremely pigmented which made me quickly eager to test on my eye.

And test I did and disappointed I was. Oh my god! To say they sucked was an understatement. After layering the product on my eye I proceed to pat and blend with my fingertip which causes the product to streak, slide off, and create one big hot mess. I was so frustrated after 10 minutes of trying to get fifty layers of product to look somewhat presentable on my eye! No matter how I blended the shadow simply would NOT stay on my eye and presented a streaky strange mess. I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was. I couldn't help but feel amazingly impressed with my swatches but what the hell was going on during application? The shadows quickly sailed across the room and luckily didn't land in the trash bin at the rate I was going.

After a week of sulking I did something I never do...I tried again. To my utter delight I finally figured out the correct and proper way to get the product on and boy was I ever happy because the finished results were stunning!

So there is a trick to application...listen closely and you'll fall in love with Urban Decay Cream Shadows like the Muse soon enough minus her initial frustration. No fingertips required...that's the key to application. Do not, I repeat do not try to blend with your fingertips! The shadows come in a tube with an attached sponge applicator you're going to be very thankful for the sponge tip applicator as it layers product and creates a deeply pigmented, shiny eye look. To start the application prep with Urban Decay Primer Potion, wait to dry a few seconds, and proceed to layer Urban Decay Cream Shadow in the color of your choose onto your lid. Start slowly and follow your lid up to the crease with one layer. Wait a few seconds until the product is slightly dry and proceed to apply a second layer of the shadow, wait a few more seconds, and complete with one last layer. One layer is perfectly fine but I find that the product blends into the crease much better and creates a super intense eye look with three layers in place. With lighter shades you can pat a tiny bit with your finger tip but with darker shades don't bother as it streaks so stick to using the sponge applicator for application. Possibly sounds strange and maybe difficult to do but the fact of the matter is the sponge applicator works fantastically well at applying the product correctly minus the streaking and mess I get with my fingers the first time around.

After using the sponge applicator for application I ended up with a fantastic eye look that was bold, vibrant, and shimmery! Yums!

As I mentioned I tried out five of the shades but I def want to add more to my little stash! The colors I tried were:

  • Weeds-Smoky dark, forest green
  • Whipped-Shimmering Peach
  • Radium-Metallic Blue
  • Sphynx-Shimmering pink with silver
  • Midnight Rodeo-Pink champagne beige

Weeds was a particularly favorite as it gives me a smoked eye green eye look that lends a certain mystery to my brown eyes. I also adored Midnight Rodeo as it's such a unique shade that's a cross between pink and beige, I'm hoping we'll see this in powder form one day soon! And finally I was loving Whipped as it has a ton of lovely shimmer and is quite different from any of the other peach shades in my collection.

All in all after my dramatic start I ended up falling quite in love with these and I'm Muse Approving them for purchase! Remember if at first they don't work try, try again as the Muse promises after practice you'll get the knack of application!

Loves 'em!

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Anonymous Bev said...

Goody, Muse! I've been waiting for this. :D

I have a love/hate relationship with cream shadows. I have one of the original UD creams, and while I love the impact it can create, as you have noticed there is a bit of work that goes into it first! I'm adoring the colour selections, so I will give these a try. Must have Weeds, my life may depend on it. Delinquent and Midnight Rodeo are my other two to die fors. I was thinking about getting Asphalt (black) to use as a base coat for powder colours, not sure how that would work but we'll see. Now I just have to wait for them to arrive on these shores. :)

Thanks for a great review!

January 26, 2009 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Anitacska said...

They all look very lovely. :) Something else to try out. :)

January 26, 2009 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi bev!

;-) yay!

Ditto! I've always had a terrible relationship with creams but lately I've been more a lover.

PHEW alot of work but after the learning curve passes it creates some seriously great results!

LOL weeds is awesome can't blame ya there!

Hmmm unsure about adding powder on these...need to try that myself see how it goes ;)

Midnight Rodeo is divine hope they do it in powder :)

My pleasure hun! Glad you liked it :)


Can't wait to hear whatcha think!

January 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anita!


hehe get the wish list out!

January 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

Weeds looks gorgeous on you!
But the way you describe the application I think I'd hate it :(

Btw, have you ever tried Sellout? Isn't it kind of a pink champagne beige color?

January 26, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd!

thanks it's a fav for me :)

It actually works really just has a bit of a learning curve for application :) You really need to try at least one!

I have sellout in powder...but do they have it in cream!?

January 26, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Adina said...

I fell in love with these way back in the day and am so thrilled they are back.

You are exactly right as the sponge is the best way to apply these. Hands down one of my fav eye bases ever!

January 26, 2009 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi adina!

It's great they are back b/c I can't recall trying them when they were out but than again i remember having one in midnight cowboy or something?! I can't recall though lol!

oooo good you said that as we were just discussing if they'd make a good base or not!

January 26, 2009 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

I was actually thinking that Sellout might be close to Midnight creme, as Sellout is sometimes called Midnight cowboy without all the glitter?

January 26, 2009 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger MinSun said...

MUSE MUSE MUSE!!! how are you!!!!!!!!!! you look good in every make up there is in the world. LUCKYYYY

January 26, 2009 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

omg you're too kind minsun :)

thank you *hugs*

January 26, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd!

hmmmm I did sellout is kinda meh when compared with midnight rodeo and midnight cowboy ;)

I likey the shimmer!


January 26, 2009 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

Ok, I just wasn't sure.

I <3 the Sellout ;)

January 26, 2009 at 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why didn't you take a pic of radium??? that weed is the most beautiful shade on you! i want to get these too, they look far better than UD's powder eye shadows!

January 26, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kayvid: I want these so bad! Any creasing? Lasting power? I want to know, so that I may decide whether to purchase them or not. Since I currently am in love with the Bourjois liquid eyeshadows (I recall your reviews on those as well).
BTW did you get your Morgen Schick kit? Are you gonna review it anytime soon? I got it and used it only twice so far. Once I loved it and second time, not so much. So I'm yet to make up my mind. Tell me what you think.

January 27, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Pixie said...

That sounds like a bit of a hassle, but they look so beautiful. The packaging is cute too. Do you think applying with a brush would work? I hate those applicator things :/

January 27, 2009 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

dd I really have to swatch out sellout again! if you heart it that much it deserves re-visit :)

January 27, 2009 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey jojoba!

I'm having a hard time with radium! ;) hehe! It was blending a bit meh on me...I'm still working on it but def will have an FOTD soon!

I guess if you absolutely hate all the shimmer that comes with UD powder shadows (I LOVE UD shadows) these are a fab alternative!

January 27, 2009 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi kayvid.

No probs with fading and lasts pretty much all day on me so long as I prep :)

I love the BP liquid shadows good stuff!

I did indeed and I'll be doing a review shortly with it ;)

January 27, 2009 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi pixie!

It's a tiny bit irritating at first but after you get past the learning curve you're golden! A brush would def work as well I'm sure :) I don't like sponge applicators either but in this case it works fabulously!

January 27, 2009 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

Well, the reason I <3 Sellout is that it is a perfect neutral my eyes but better if I want to go for a more natural but better sort of look. if that makes sense?
(a neutral with gold kick look I did with Sellout)

January 27, 2009 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd!

pretty pretty ;)


January 28, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

Aww ty :)

January 28, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

most welcome hun!

January 28, 2009 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

Hi Muse!
I just finally got to try these eye shadows (Whipped, Suburbia, Asphalt, Weeds, and Sphynx.

I love Sphynx the best! I used it as a base on my lids and then put UD's Cherry all over the eye area on top of it and it looks so pretty :)

I also really like Whipped. For some reason it reminds me of the lustre of Half-Baked, and I just LOVE that color of UD's.

I like the colors of Asphalt and Weeds, but the glitter fallout drove me crazy >.<

Weeds is definitely your color! Looks so pretty.

February 7, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd sorry for the delayed reply hun!

yayayaya awesome :)

I really liked whipped's a great peach shade :) and I agree it does remind me of half baked!

Weeds def gives my eyes a little mystery :)

Hope you're enjoying yours!

February 10, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

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