This is my first experience with Urban Decay's loose pigments, and so far I am impressed. I selected (from left to right in my photo) Rockstar, Asphyxia, X, Shag and Baked because I didn't already have a pressed version of any of these. And, of course, because the colors are so pretty! Here are the descriptions from Urban Decay's website:
Asphyxia: bright pink with purple shift
Baked: rich bronze
Rockstar: dark purple in black base with silver & purple microglitter
Shag: pale bronze
X: gold with peach shift
|*Note: the small jars shown are not the original packaging.|
That said, the packaging is not good. They are packaged in a tube with a brush attached to the lid. You have to be very careful when you open it, or you will get colorful sparkly powder everywhere. I highly recommend tapping some of the powder out onto a small tray or lid of some sort and applying it with your own makeup brush. Or you can do what I did transfer the powder to some small sifter jars which makes it much easier to use.
I hope if these are being discontinued that Urban Decay will rerelease them in redesigned packaging. I love loose pigments and these are great. Luckily, most of these pigments are also sold as pressed eyeshadows as well. If you prefer pressed eyeshadows, you may want to check those out instead. You really can't beat the price on these pigments though, you are getting an excellent product for $5.
Urban Decay Loose Pigments