Not-So-Secret Sci-Fi Tendencies and (More) Urban Decay Stardust Swatches

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I was 8 when I watched cybernetic Ah-nold pop out his own eyeball in the first Terminator movie, and ever since then I’ve harbored a not-so-secret obsession with science fiction.


Consequently, it probably comes as no surprise that I’m over the moon in love with the out-of-this-world glitter in Urban Decay’s new Stardust Eyeshadows.


Are you watching Caprica, the new Battlestar Galactica spinoff?

In a nutshell, it precedes the near-extinction of humanity at the hands of man-made androids called Cylons.

Stay with me! 🙂

The show’s set 58 years before the events in Galactica, on a near future Earth-like planet that looks oddly like Vancouver, and even though Galactica seemed more shoot-em-up and space invaderish, there are still delightfully scary robots up in the mix (YAY!).

I don’t know if you liked BG, but you don’t have to have followed it to appreciate Caprica. If you like sci-fi, jump in! — and then let me what you think. 🙂



Back to the shadows (ha!). The four cuties I talk about here — Atmosphere, Retrograde, Griffith and Diamond Dog ($20 each) — perform basically the same as the others I tried earlier this month. Like those, they apply with sheer pigmentation while packing of loads o’ glittery sparkle, and they stick to my skin with minimal fallout.

When applied wet, Atmosphere, the shimmery teal with silver flecks, looks looks a lot like MAC Blue Sorcery to me. If you feel like you missed out on Sorcery (it was limited-edition), you might want to give Atmosphere a try.

Atmosphere, applied dry (left) and wet (right)

I like Atmosphere, but I looooove Retrograde, the dark shimmery purple. I dig how pigmented it is, even when I apply it dry, and if you mulled over Urban Decay’s 54 (a light purple) but thought it was too sheer to pull the trigger, take another look at Retrograde.


Now for sheer, glittery Griffith — I think it looks lovely when paired with golds.


As for neutral shades, isn’t shimmery, grayish brown Diamond Dog cute? I’m looking forward to trying it with MAC Club. I bet that pair will look really pretty. 🙂


Diamond Dog

Do any of these catch your glitter-loving eye?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. J says:

    Just a heads up, you spelt ‘cylons’ wrong on the picture.

  2. J says:

    Wooops, now its fixed.

  3. marisol says:

    Don’t know either of the two shows you are talking about. Sorry 🙁

    Retrograde & Atmosphere are my fave of the four. Applied wet they look fantastic. Also these would make awesome nail polish colors, don’t you think?
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Tequila & I Are Still Friends =-.

  4. veronica says:

    Huge BSG fan, and watched the Caprica pilot too… I was a little unsure about Caprica, but I think it’ll develop into something really interesting!

    No more eye shadows for me until Alice becomes available, I’m holding out!
    .-= veronica’s last blog post… The Great “Mr. Fancy Pants” Duel =-.

  5. Arianne says:

    I *loved* BSG (and my boy Helo OH HAI!) but haven’t watched Caprica. I’ll be sure to check it out though. 🙂

    Retrograde looks incredible when applied wet! These shadows don’t look like they pack that much punch.
    .-= Arianne’s last blog post… Beauty Blog Link Love =-.

  6. Solé says:

    I too am a sci-fi geek, albeit a late-in-life one. I never even acknolwedged the genré until I met my husband, but I’ve quickly made up for lost time. My husbandand I were/are HUGE fans of BSG! We followed it religiously while it was on the air, and own all the DVDs. He has watched the whole series over again a few times since it was canceled. I personally think it’s one of the most well-written TV series of all time. As far as Caprica, I’ve seen the pilot three times, and am looking forward to the series, since I’m glad to watch anything written by the creators of BSG. I can’t say if I’ll live it as much as it’s predecessor, but I’m definitely along for the ride.

    As far as those UD glitters, I luuurve all of them. I love small flake glitter, and those are some very wearable shades. I wish I could have all of them, but it’s not likely end up getting any of them. Woe is me. 🙁 Heh.

  7. Paris B says:

    Hands up for being into sci fi too! Diamond Dog looks gorgeous.
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… Dior Pearl Glow Eyeshadow and Pink Lace Poudrier Dentelle Overview and Swatches =-.

  8. Ashley says:

    *grumble grumble* I want these UD Stardusts MAAAAD but.. nope I cannot. Must fight the urges =(
    Btw, I was on Craigslist & found this UD Alice in Wonderland BoS for $110. You’ve got to be joking. Some people think they can get away with anything!

  9. Kypris says:

    I’m SUCH a sci-fi geek, but I confess I barely watch TV, with my schedule it’s just too difficult! Sometimes I’ll go on a spree and stream everything online, though…

  10. Catherine says:

    ZOMG… Retrograde looks AMAZING!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box =-.

  11. amy says:

    Retrograde and atmosphere are both very pretty. I have only watched the TV movie and a few episodes of Battlestar Galactica and I quite enjoyed the show. There is a sexier aurora about that show. I have never heard of Caprica though, but I might check it out. Is Caprica shot in Vancouver? I know BSG was. Have you been to Vancouver?
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD Golds, Greens, Purple and Hot Pink Lips using Nars Schiap Lipstick and Nars Easy Lover Lipgloss =-.

  12. Fabienne says:

    AHHHH!! I love Atmosphere! I think that’s the whole reason why I got into Cool Heat, hehe

  13. Jen says:

    *drool!* I love the look of Atmosphere and Retrograde. Jonesing for these, big time.

  14. Carolina says:

    This may sound silly….by wet do you mean you used water or another kind of liquid?? I LOVE how they looked when applied wet – gorgeous!

  15. Patty says:

    Diamond Dog! For some reason I am OBSESSED with gray-browns. Or brown-grays. Taupes in general.

  16. Tavia says:

    I only like the Retrograde eyeshadow….anyway will be the only one I would use from these 4 🙂
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Make Up For Ever Bronze Makeup Collection for Spring 2010 =-.

  17. diane says:

    Griffith is a really sweet color 🙂
    .-= diane’s last blog post… Fell in love with Valentino pre fall 2010 =-.

  18. noemii says:

    Retrograde is like a sparkly Frigid .
    i like .
    so loverly !

  19. Stacie says:

    Retrograde is the hawtness!! Come to mama!

    I enjoyed BSG in the beginning, but I kinda quit watching it when it got extremely dark (not that it was sunshine and roses from the beginning, or anything!) I think it was the New Caprica angle that killed it for me. But I did go online and find the series finale–WTF! Talk about a twist I never saw coming. Overall I prefer happier, sunnier scifi, like Star Trek. But I may give Caprica a try, just to see.

  20. Saku says:

    Griffith and retrograde I’m drawn to.

  21. NINA says:

    Im loving Griffith and Diamond Dog …. apart or mebbe even together. Gasp! Its really purddyyy!!!!

    Hubs and I did watch Caprica – im liking it so far. Pretty interesting story development even if a 2 hour pilot was a tad long.

    Zoe reminds me of Zooey Deshcanel for some reason.

  22. Amanda says:

    Karen, back to the question about applying shadows wet, I have the Ben Nye LiquiSet, but I have gotten “wet spots” on my shadows from using this. I dip the brush in the liquid, dab it off, and then swipe the shadow. Am I doing this wrong?

  23. Summer Staff says:

    WOw, when you apply them wet they look like totally different eyeshadows 🙂

  24. Glosslizard says:

    I do loves me some sci-fi! Am I watching Caprica? No. Will I be when Hubby sees that picture? No doubt, yes! 😀

    Wow, sparkle is really coming back with a vengeance this season! I love the look of Diamond Dog to spice up neutral eye looks, it also looks like it would make a terrific liner shade! Count me in!

  25. Sophia says:

    Is it wrong that I want to get my sticky little paws on Diamond Dog just because of the David Bowie song? It is? Well, I’ll just go slink into my corner, then. 😉

  26. Sheena says:

    It certainly is shot in Vancouver! We see it all the time. My friend’s apartment building always has posts up in it about the filming around the building. I walked onto the set once by accident. Mostly awkward.

  27. knownever says:

    Have you checked out Stargate Universe? It’s on hiatus now, but it’s a less campy incarnation of the Stargate franchise.
    Also, Retrograde looks great. I can’t wait for these shadows to come out!
    .-= knownever’s last blog post… Imaginary Lush Haul and Cheap As Free =-.

  28. angie says:

    please do a look with atmosphere! it’s one of the most unique teals i’ve seen in awhile! retrograde would be nice too!!

    and i’m all about agent ballard as well…it’s so sad the series is ending this week 🙁

  29. Monique says:

    omg, i loved the whole bg series and am totally excited for caprica! Great post!

  30. whoaaa retrograde wet is really BAM. so pretty, I’ve been looking for an intense shimmery purple too

  31. inday says:

    love love love!!! o urban decay stardust will you ALL be my valentine??? haha i’m going to limit myself to 2 (or 3 or 5 *aaaargh*) of these and i really appreciate the swatches you’ve provided (salamat haha)! i thought the space cowboy looked gorgeous on you (wet application), but i don’t think peachy or gold shadows work well on me. i adored moon spoon though & i am absolutely ga-ga over all 4 of these! what’s a girl to do!

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