Sunday, July 24, 2011

Swatched: Urban Decay Loose Pigments

I purchased these at the end of June when Urban Decay added a bunch of new stuff to their sale section. These are originally $20 each, but are on sale for $5 each. They are still on sale, and they still have almost all the colors in stock if you are interested in purchasing. (The only color I noticed they are out of is Yeyo, which was a shimmery white.) Click Here to shop the sale! I have a feeling this is more of a closeout price than just a sale, as they don't carry these pigments at Ulta or Sephora. If and when I am able to verify that, I will update to let you know. I hope they are not being discontinued, I just discovered them and I love them!

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.
The texture and pigmentation of these is amazing. They are easy to apply (with your own brush, I will get to that in a sec...) and blend well without the color completely disappearing. There is also no fallout when applied with your own makeup brush. I have been using them over Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden and have experienced no problems with the shadows fading away. The pigment itself is a great product and I would definitely recommend it.

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

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