Urban Decay Summer 2015: New Eyeshadow Shades

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urban decay summer 2015

Urban Decay Summer 2015: New Eyeshadow shades ($18 each)

Well, now I know what to wear in the unlikely event that Charli XCX invites me to be a backup dancer in one of her videos. This: the new Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadow shades (arriving April 15 at Urban Decay counters and online for $18 each).

The “shifts,” as they’re called, have a cool 20-something party girl vibe. It’s very “big hair don’t care/let’s get drunk on the mini-bar.”


But I’m getting ahead of myself! — so lemme back up a little.


The eight new shades join UD’s existing Eyeshadow permanent line. Six of them are “shifts” — duo-chromes that appear to change color in the light, like that holographic thing. The other two are matte browns, about which I have to say, “YAY!” Transition colors. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL! Leave it to me to get all cheerleader-y about the matte browns…

Whatever, I can always use another matte brown. Hand on my heart and hair to the sky, it’s the truth!

urban decay summer 2015

The new Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadows ($18 each)

urban decay summer 2015

Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadows ($18 each)

As the shades are simply additions to UD’s existing line, they have the current formula, so no new bells or whistles here. Just new colors.

Starting with the mattes (because that’s how I roll), I like both of them, Riff and Beware, but for different reasons.

Warm orangey Riff looks a lot like Texture to me, one of my all-time matte MAC eyeshadow faves. They’re practically sisters from another mister.

If you don’t have MAC Texture, and you do wear a lot of burgundy, plum and reddish purple, then consider Riff if you want a new transition color. Riff will rock as a transition shade with any/all of those colors, buuut, it’s deep, yo. You might want to lay down a lighter warm brown first, or the transition from dark to light could look a little choppy. Go in with a layer of your lighter matte color first, then use Riff for depth.

About Beware, the second matte brown, watch out!

Kidding. ๐Ÿ™‚ Get it? Beware?

It’s also warm, but more golden and less orange than Riff, and I like it a lot. Like Riff, it’s deep…so I mostly use it as a second color in the crease to deepen a transition. This one looks a lot like a slightly warmer UD Buck to me.

Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are known for a few things, like 1) an amazing selection of colors, 2) an easy-to-blend formula and 3) fallout.

Yeah…these new shades exhibit some fallout, too, and they can get messy because the powders are almost lighter than air. When I run a brush across a pan, the bristles lift up more than enough shadow.

Urban Decay Summer 2015 Collection Eyeshadows: Product pictures

urban decay dive bar

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Dive Bar, a medium blue with pinkish purple shift

urban decay sideline

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sideline, a gold with green shift

urban decay fireball

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fireball, a peach with pink shift

urban decay lounge

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge, a brick red with green shift

urban decay backfire

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Backfire, a burgundy with purple shift

urban decay tonic

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic, a lilac with blue shift

urban decay beware

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Beware, a matte warm brown

urban decay riff

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Riff, a matte brown-nude with micro-sparkle

To make your life easier, tap the heck out of that excess once you load your brush. Really, it makes all the difference in the world. The fallout with these and UD’s other shadows is NOT a deal-breaker. I repeat! — NOT a deal-breaker. As long as you get most of the excess off your brush, you’ll be fine. Same with the mattes and the shifts.

The shifts now, like their nickname implies, appear to shift from one color to another, and the shift is pretty dramatic. I like using my fingers to apply them, because it’s easy to get a lot of product packed on there quickly, and it saves from having to wash another brush.

So much lazy. ๐Ÿ™‚

My faves are Dive Bar and Lounge (a blue and a green) because I like how they look with my brown eyes.

Think of the shifts as statement jewelry makeup. Maybe one, two on the lids, max. More than that, and things could get a little distracting.

I’m wearing Dive Bar on my lids today, and when I turn my head left and right and look in the mirror, I can really see the color change.

It’s very eye-catching, but not exactly something I’ll wear all the time, all over my lids, at once, you know? I’m more comfortable wearing one or two shades on my lids or along my lash lines with some yummy matte neutrals in the crease. That way I still get a little color, without the shadows taking over.

And these will take over! Just for the heck of it, I threw a bunch of these on my lids at the same time, and I swear I looked like I’d just boarded the next train to Crazy Town.

Urban Decay Summer 2015 Collection Eyeshadow: Swatches (for reference, I’m an NC 42 in MAC)

urban decay summer 2015 swatches

From the left: Dive Bar, Sideline, Fireball and Lounge

urban decay summer 2015 swatches

Backfire, Tonic, Beware and Riff

urban decay summer 2015

Wearing Dive Bar on my lids, Beware in the crease and Fireball on the inner part of my lids

urban decay summer 2015

I’m also wearing Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Quickie on my cheeks and Revolution Lipgloss in Savage on my lips

Wear time seems right in line with UD’s existing colors, and props for that. I’ve been wearing these with the newly repackaged primers, and they easily last me eight hours.

Lastly, the packaging. Like Urban Decay’s other shadow singles, these can be popped out of their cases, and popped into Urban Decay palettes, but I’ve always wondered…does anybody ever actually do that? Because I never have. I usually just end up putting the few shadows I need in a bag, along with the Naked Palette, LOL!

Even though I’ve seen some of these colors on other counters before, I like that UD included useful everyday mattes, along with the fun party shades. Try to get a closer look at Beware and Lounge when these come out April 15. Those are the stand-outs for me.

Movie Night!

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt via wikipedia

I saw a great movie last night called Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. It’s about art theft, World War II, justice, Austrian politics, public relations, national pride, legal battles and a famous Gustav Klimt painting (Woman in Gold).

The story starts in 1930s Austria (I think), when a wealthy Jewish family commissions Klimt to do a portrait for them, which the Nazis, as they roll across Europe, steal.


One of the family members, the character of Maria Altmann (played by Helen Mirren), manages to escape Austria as the Nazis are tightening their grip, and flees to America. After the war, the stolen paintings are claimed by the Austrian government.

Half a century later, Maria tries to get the paintings back (there were a number of them stolen during the war), but drama ensues (the movie also stars Ryan Reynolds as Maria’s attorney/family friend).

Anyways, it’s good! Something to see if you aren’t feeling Too Fast, or Too Furious.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lulle says:

    I’m a sucker for anything duochrome… So yeah I’ll have to go swatch these new colors. I’m into purple so I might need Backfire and Tonic, but Dive Bar looks really gorgeous paired with brown on you (brown + blue is one of my favorite combinations).
    Is it me or does Lounge look a lot like MAC Club?
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  2. Kwmechelle says:

    Hey dude. I think you labeled Tonic as Beware (since two shadows are labeled Beware). Anywho, these are purr-ty. Tonic suits my fancy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Agata says:

    Lovely look! Dive Bar is such a nice shade and I think it would look good with blue eyes too. I love Riff though! Can you think of a similar eyeshadow maybe from Mac?

    I love that shirt on you. I ordered one top from Loft over the weekend. Online they had everything 50% off. I ordered just one to see how the sizing is although I wanted a few more tops, they all look so cute!
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  4. Alison M says:

    Oooo, I’m partial to Sideline! Various shades of gold (white, rose, what-have-you) have been my fave lately for eyeshadows. Ryan Reynolds…super yummy. I’m willing to see just about any move with that hunk of man candy in it ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • Karen says:

      OK, so… In that movie Ryan tries to be nerdy, but is kind of unsuccessful. LOL It’s a really good film, though.

      Happy Thursday to you!

  5. Icequeen81 says:

    I see there some lovely neutrals, But the package seems to bulky or is my idea?

    • Karen says:

      It is kind of bulky. The idea is that you can pop out the pans and put them into a separate palette if you want. It’s not really that streamlined though.

  6. I’d like to get the two mattes and maybe Lounge as well.
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  7. Stephanie says:

    Lounge is a brick red with green shift? Because it looks all green in that product pic. Wait – your swatch. Holy wow. I need to drum up $20 and get this in my life, stat. I’ve been craving some greens lately.

    Also, my friends and I are really looking forward to Woman in Gold because apparently it also has Tatiana Maslany! She is an amazing actress. Oh, and Daniel Brรผhl! One of my favorite German actors. (I did a semester in Vienna, Austria, and learned a lot about Klimt while I was there, so it’s really in line with all of my interests.)

    • Karen says:

      The shift doesn’t show up in pics. You have to see it moving in the light to get the full effect!

      That’s cool that you got to live in Vienna. What did you study?

  8. Stephanie says:

    I was a German Studies major, which was a little weird because while I was in Vienna I learned all about Austrian history and culture (which is entwined with German, but also its own thing – that part of Europe is pretty confusing if you’re used to U.S. history). It was wonderful there though. My school paid for a semester pass for all the art museums and we went to see plays at theaters all over the city. Really amazing place for the arts.

  9. Tatiana says:

    I have loved UD shadows for a long time now. Dive Bar looks so pretty with your eyes! I want to see Woman in Gold, hopefully the DH and I can find time to see it this weekend.

  10. Lounge is such a gorgeous shade.. love the shift of color in the shade.. <3

    beautiful look dear.. u never fail to amaze us with your lovely looks ๐Ÿ™‚
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  11. Katherine M says:

    I am a sucker for the UD holographic/duochrome shadows, so I am soooo loving this post! Tonic reminds me a lot of UD Asphyxia – almost identical in the color and tone. I would probably get Fireball and Dive Bar – love Fireball for the color and name, and Dive Bar looks like a fun blue. Lounge actually reminds me of MAC Club a little bit and would probably pair well with it!

  12. jessica says:

    To answer your question about using the palettes for the eyeshadow singles…lol YES I do it! I grab a naked palette and a palette filled with singles! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And ohhh I LOVE the new shadows <3

  13. Charisma says:

    Thanks for the swatches Karen. I find it harder to see swatches on new launches on women of color. But your swatches helped me out a lot on which ones to pick. I’m getting beware and fireball at beauty. Com since they are having a friends and family sale now. Yay!
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