The Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows: A Closer Look

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Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow Review

How was your Tuesday? Hopefully smooth and sans any serious drama-for-your-mama. 🙂


My day was filled with website wrangling (YEEHAW!). I was trading emails with the blog’s new web hosting company (servint), but that crew really knows their stuff. It shouldn’t be long before the blog’s loading much faster, and I can’t wait!

So, earlier today I sneaked away to rendezvous with my new secret crushes, the Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows ($20). Remember them? You guys met the other day.

I think I REALLY hit it off with 54, the sheer purple (with purple AND hot pink glitter), but Moon Spoon (the sheer grayish taupe with silver glitter) and Space Cowboy (the almost transparent beige with the peachy golden glitter) weren’t too hard on the eyes either.

What I noticed about ’em…

  • Sheer-to-transparent color. We’re talking very light pigmentation — no explosions of intense color. Space Cowboy’s the sheerest one; 54 the least.
  • Fine glitter. Hooray for fine glitter! The glitter is a dainty bling, kinda like bling-lite (read: the opposite of Degrassi Junior High), small and low in the chunk factor, too. I love it!
  • Bad-arse hold. They reached out and grabbed hold of my lids, and I thought they’d never let go! Fantastic wear time here — SO good, in fact, that they were actually a little tough to remove.
  • Fallout? Just a tad. In their PR about these, UD claims you won’t see any glitter fallout with Stardust. Well, any’s a tough word to live up to, but I think UD’s mostly right. I think I saw a few sparkles beneath my eyes and around my cheeks, but no big deal at all. It was nothing compared to most of the glittery shadows I’ve used. Really, I feel like I have a lot of control over Stardust, which is a HUGE plus for me.
  • Smooth… You know how glittery products can feel rough, like, um, glitter? — all gritty and grainy? Stardust not so much. I think it feels quite smooth for what it is. Another plus. 🙂

Stardust application

I tried it both wet and then dry using my fingers, Urban Decay’s application tool o’ choice for the Stardust shadows.

The dry fingers created a sheer wash of color…

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow Review 54

Urban Decay Stardust Review Moon Spoon
Moon Spoon

Urban Decay Stardust Review Space Cowboy
Space Cowboy

Wet fingers, on the other hand (ha!), produced a more intense effect…

urban decay stardust review 54 wet

urban decay stardust review moon spoon wet
Moon Spoon

urban decay stardust review space cowboy wet
Space Cowboy

JEEZ! I love the flexibility.

Are they worth it?

I think it boils down to how much you like the bling. Are ya a glitter girl?


If sparkle’s your hot sauce, these will light you up. Great staying power, smooth texture, flexibility, very little fallout, and top-quality glitter? Nice.

I think I’m picky when it comes to glitter, and I’m really impressed by Stardust. Next time I hit the club, the right kind of party or a runway show, I might have some Stardust on my eyes. UD could have a glitter winner on their hands. Even Tabs agrees. 🙂 Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A


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  1. Lilan says:

    Love the look when applied wet! Moon Spoon looks hot on ya!

  2. amy says:

    I really like 54 and Moon Spoon and I definitely like it better wet because it is more intense and pigmented. It is just too sheer and colourless dry. How is Tabs doing with his leash?
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD Urban Decay Sellout, Mushroom and Misdemeanor Eyeshadows, 24/7 Glide on Liner Corrupt and MAC Warm Me Up Lipstick =-.

    • Karen says:

      He’s really enjoying it. I think he’s finally realized that when he wears it he gets special outside play time! He’s explored a lot of the neighborhood… and he seems to be happier overall.

  3. Celine says:

    They look stunning! Thanks for the peek at these! I’m currently broke so I’m hoping they’ll release a palette (much cheaper) featuring some of these shadows.

    You got your cat a leash? Hilarious! I wanted to get one for to humiliate my cat ha

  4. Fieran says:

    You make glitter look good Karen 🙂 Remember Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadows that you wrote about earlier? Well I got them. They look way too glittery on my skin (Indian tone dark). I was hoping they’d turn out to be something subtle that I could use for work everyday, but they ended up quite glittery – more for my non-existent party days 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Aww, sorry to hear that. Which colors did you get? Maybe try using them as bases for powder shadows. Try them with a few of your favorites and maybe magic will happen! You never know…

  5. marisol says:

    Wearing them wet certainly makes a difference. Moon Spoon looks really pretty.
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… 2010 Resolution Suggestions =-.

  6. Ranjana says:

    Space Cowboy looks sheer enough to wear to work. Love it!

  7. Vanessa H says:

    Thank you for the review! I think these would be cool to accent and maybe to layer over matte shadows!
    .-= Vanessa H’s last blog post… Parakeet Eyes =-.

  8. Wow, I’m surprised they’re so transparent. You can barely tell they’re there in some of those pictures. I agree with Vanessa H. They would be good for layering.
    .-= Trisha – Makeup Files’s last blog post… Must-Have Makeup Removers =-.

  9. Christy says:

    I love glitter 🙂 I’d probably layer them over a coordinating base to intensify the color.
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… MAC in Lillyland Review & Swatches =-.

  10. Karen B says:

    I really like Moon Spoon, seems like a great colour for a sparkly smokey eye…

  11. Tammy says:

    They look really great. Moon Spoon looks great on you. Must get that color!
    .-= Tammy’s last blog post… Fast, Easy, Budgeproof Eye Makeup With Mally Beauty Eye Performance =-.

  12. Tavia says:

    I like the colors but I don’t like the fact that they are so sheer….I wanted something more pigmented. 🙂
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Isadora Nostalgia – New Wonder Nail colors for Spring 2010 =-.

  13. Jessie says:

    Moon Spoon is the YUM!

  14. NINA says:

    The wet application does wonders for these shadows. For some reason, I am drawn to Space Cowboy – and im imagining that and a slightly redder lip than usual. Very subtle.

    Tuesday was good … long meeting but it wasnt bad. Made ribs and rice for the evening meal. Yummy!

  15. gio says:

    They look nice when applied wet but dry they are way too sheer. I’m not impressed by these but they look good on you, esp Moon Spoon.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Looks: Purple and green =-.

  16. You weren’t kidding about them being sheer. They look pretty. I see Tabs now likes the harness ;D

  17. Paula says:

    I really love 54 and Moon Spoon. UD has really been rocking my world, ever since I got the Super Stash 24/7 eyeliner collection over the holidays. Thanks for the great swatches, Karen.

  18. I like 54 a lot!! Nice! the others are cool, but a little sheer for me.
    .-= Never Enough Nails’s last blog post… Comparison Series: Chocolate Shimmers =-.

  19. lexi says:

    I’m in a matte phase right now but 54/Moonspoon may be up my alley when I want to make my eyes bedazzling!

    ha ha – your cat let you put a leash on him? Our cat would have clawed our eyes out if we tried that….aw RIP Fatty!

  20. Vonvon says:

    54 is my kind of color. Have you tried combining 54 and Moon Spoon? Think they will look great together. 54 on the inner corners, and Moon Spoon outer….
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Confirmed List Of Participants For Tsuya-Tsuya Korean Looks Workshops =-.

  21. Kristen says:

    I want Moon Spoon — applied wet — all over my eyes. Seriously. It looks SO good.
    .-= Kristen’s last blog post… Score a Smooth Smoocher with eos Lip Balm =-.

  22. cady says:

    do you think space cowboy could be used as a layering tool? like pop it over your already-done makeup for its pretty sparkle? though i suppose you couldn’t apply it wet (where its prettiest) over a finished eye…hmmm…

    • Karen says:

      Definitely. I’d probably apply dry it with a flat eyeshadow brush and press it down on the lid for a light wash of shimmery color. It’s translucent enough that it won’t mess with whatever you’ve got going underneath!

  23. Tami says:

    I must have 54! It’s good dry but even better wet;-)

  24. ohhh wow 54 wet is pure amazingness
    .-= Makeupmorsels’s last blog post… Moving Day =-.

  25. Rebecca says:

    They look stunning applied wet! It’s amazing how much more vivid the colors get. I *must* have 54 and Moon Spoon. Must! Good thing I’m going to Sephora this weekend 😀
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… NARS Multiple in Riviera: Review & Swatches =-.

  26. Glosslizard says:

    Woo-hoo! your blog is up for me again! I was suffering from some serious MABB deprivation!

    I really like the look of these sparkles, I don’t wear them all the time, but when I want a good sparkle, I really want a sparkle that will be noticed! These look great!

    • Karen says:

      LOL, it was down for me too… Stuff was going on with the migration this afternoon. Hopefully it’ll get fixed soon, like, before all my hair turns white!!

      I totes agree with you on your sparkle philosophy. If one is going to wear the bling, it might as well be obvious.

  27. Shivotra says:

    glitter is not my cup of tea :/ even though i love urban decay like no tomorrow, i’ll have to skip on this one.
    .-= Shivotra’s last blog post… How to – Shruti Hasan’s Elle cover breakdown =-.

  28. Catherine says:

    Oh dude I missed this post the other day. Moon Spoon and 54 look AMAZING wet!!! Moon Spoon in particular is really calling to me. Such a pretty and sophisticated shade and yet still so blingy!!

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