The Urban Decay Cowboy Junkie Shadows and Gloss Set Glitters Like a Starry Night

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Of course, on the ONE DAY I actually need the only cowboy hat I’ve ever owned, I can’t find it. Welcome to the story of my life. Wherever you are, my beloved black straw cowboy hat, I reckon we would’ve made sweet music together today, taking pictures of ourselves covered in glitter with the new Urban Decay Cowboy Junkie Shadows & Gloss Set ($38).


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Yee Haw!

The new set rides into town for the holidays, kicking up glitter in its wake with four powder shadows, a liner and one lonesome lip gloss.

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Three members of the set hail from the Midnight Cowboy eyeshadow gang, known for their eye-catching, dramatic glitter.

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But this glitter is like dust on a desert trail (gets everywhere). Midnight Cowboy (a gritty, glittery peachy pink), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (a glittery peachy tan) and Midnight Cowgirl (a glittery gold) leave fallout everywhere — beneath my eyes, around my nose and on my cheeks. Shoot, I even found some on Tabs.

I think if you’re going to try to get behind this set, you just gotta go with the glitter and fallout. Resistance is futile. It’s kinda like the zombie apocalypse that way, I guess.

The only one of the four shadows in the set that doesn’t have big chunks of glitter is purple Romp, but it still shimmers, and, because of its pigmentation and smooth texture, contrasts nicely with the three other more rugged and gritty shades.

Creamy brown Whiskey liner (within the palette) and sheer pink Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Midnight Cowboy (sits in the packaging outside the palette), a sticky gloss with a light minty flavor and scent that produces a mild tingling sensation on the lips, round out the set. Midnight Cowboy’s supposed to plump, but I don’t really notice a difference. I think both products suit the set well, though, even if neither one is particularly memorable on its own.

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Shadows from left: Midnight Cowboy, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Midnight Cowgirl, Romp

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Midnight Cowboy (left), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (right)

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Midnight Cowgirl (left), Romp (right)

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey

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Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Midnight Cowboy

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Swatches from left: Midnight Cowboy, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Midnight Cowgirl, Romp, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey, Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Midnight Cowboy


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Cowboy Junkie’s glitter keeps it young and fresh. Young nieces and/or cousins, or anyone with a hankerin’ for glitter, should like it just fine.

PRICE: $38
AVAILABILITY: Exclusively at Ulta stores and online

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  1. Molly says:

    Damn, I know what I’m getting myself for xmas, or dropping really unsubtle hints for! I love LOVE Midnight Cowboy, and just live with the glitteration… it’s like hot, but painful shoes. Soooo prettyowowowwww there’s glitter in my eye lol.

    • Karen says:

      LOL, Molly!

      I totally feel you on the hot/painful shoe analogy. πŸ˜€

      I think you might especially dig Midnight Cowgirl — such a beautiful gold!

      Have you tried the Lip Junkie glosses before?

  2. Appu says:

    There’s too much glitter in this for me. Not a glitter fan πŸ™ I love whiskey though. The shade is so pretty. I am planning to get the jackpot set. I know, I am late to get it but do you have any idea until when it’s going to be around? πŸ™‚
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  3. Lauren says:

    I love everything midnight cowboy. I love to put a little Midnight Cowboy on my eyelid and then do a black cat eye, it puts a nice modern twist on the cat eye. For a night time look I add a little pizazz with Midnight Cowboy Rides Again! Ooh la la!

    I love the zombie apocalypse reference!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lauren,

      Your cat eye look sounds really pretty. I’ll have to try it!

      What brush do you like to use with Midnight Cowboy? I’m a flat shadow brush girl myself (seems to reduce the fallout).

    • Karen says:

      P.S. I’m feeling ill-prepared for the zombie apocalypse. For reals!

      • Lauren says:

        Hey Karen,

        I use Mac’s ever so wonderful 239 brush for Midnight Cowboy. I never seem to have a problem with fallout when I use that brush. Plus the use of Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion helps a lot!

        Also, it is very important to be ready for the zombie apocalypse. Be prepared! This may help

        • Karen says:

          I looooove that brush! It’s awesome for anything glittery (like MAC pigments and these shadows) because it does a great job of controlling the product. πŸ™‚ Do you ever use it wet? It’s amazing.

          And LOL re: Zombie Defense. I’ve actually read the Zombie Survival Guide, but I’m starting to second guess some of the tactics after watching The Walking Dead on AMC. Those zombies can problem solve! Not good for woman-, man- and kitty- kind. πŸ™

  4. Vixen says:

    Okay. I just have to ask. Karen, have you lost weight?? I swear you look so much thinner these days!

    • Karen says:

      Hey Vixen,

      I’ve been running a little bit more (trying to work on my cardio fitness) and eating more vegetarian meals. But honestly I think it’s the bangs!! They change everything. πŸ™‚

      How are you? Have you been having a good week (makeup and otherwise) so far?

  5. I hate the fallout factor but still love these shadows so much! I’ll pass on this set cuz I have these shades already, but think its great for the young-uns!
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  6. Vonvon says:

    I thought I ma quite done with neutral shades for a while…been too many shades like these in my stash lately. but Romp kinda make it…now I wouldn’t mind having this palette….:D
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  7. Ru says:

    My question is, where did all the glitter go on you? I don’t see any fallout! I would like to love MCRA, I do love it, but I too find glitter in places I shouldn’t :(. I wish they would fix this. This kit is not for me. The glittery shades I got in the BOS III are enough to trouble me for a while.

  8. Amber says:

    I have that problem with Sidecar! I never use it, for that very reason.
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  9. Michelle says:

    That is my biggest pet peeve with UD shadows — the glitter fallout! One time after I got the Alice palette I decided to bust out a look with it — only to find chunks of glitter all over my face. Gag. I sold the thing! It is too bad, because the colors and pigmentation are great. I just wish they would get that we don’t want glitter chunks all over our faces LOL πŸ™‚

  10. knownever says:

    While fallout on one’s face is bad, it’s the fallout that lands directly in your eyeball and causes searing pain that I tend to frown most strenuously at. Does no one else find that with glittery shadows/liners? Maybe i just tend to rub my eyes too much in the course of a night…
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Knownever,

      I haven’t had the problem; maybe it’s a brush thing? I like to use brushes with densely packed brush heads, like the MAC 239 shadow brush, with glittery products. I think the firmness helps control where the glitter lands.

  11. Blovetbeauty says:

    It would be a perfect set if not for the glitter!

  12. Glosslizard says:

    I would be all over this set if the glitter wasn’t so…. everywhere! I love the look of Romp! I don’t mind a little glitter, but I prefer shimmer to bang-bang-sparkle! I may just cave on it at some point anyway….

    ‘Sides, once the zombies attack, glitter will no longer be an issue! πŸ˜‰

    • Karen says:

      Romp kinda rocks. I’m gonna layer it on top of UD’s Ransom 24/7 and hope for some magic.

      Do you have that shade, btw? It’s a very “you” sort of purple liner.

      • steph b says:

        Romp is the only color in the set I really want. How does it compare to some of the other UD purples you can buy as singles? Is it close to Ecstasy or Purple Haze?

        • Karen says:

          I have Frigid, Flash, Ecstasy and (I think) Purple Haze and would be happy to do a comparison swatch pic for you in the morning! Cool?

          The whole time change is throwing off my photography schedule, sigh… Dang this sun setting early thing!

  13. Lindsay B says:

    Try putting it on wet. I have a bunch of the UD shadows with glitter, and I find if I wet the brush, it drastically minimizes fallout.
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  14. Sarah says:

    This is a cute set! I’m a sucker for these kits with everything you need for a fast face but I’m a little sad to hear about the fallout.

    Side note: Karen, I just rescued a kitten yesterday and I’m new to cat ownerships so I’m trying to learn everything I can!
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  15. Danielle says:

    Omg, I’m totally loving the purple and the eyeliner…

  16. BeautyMaven says:

    Ah! You read my mind =) I got the Ulta holiday book in the mail today, and this was the set I wanted, haha!! LOVE THE PURPLE!!
    I have to admit– I don’t understand the whole gritty texture of Cowboy.. or why it’s so popular? UD has a handful of shadows like this, which is a shame, because they can have such a nice texture!! (Smog is my fave, mm!)
    Beautiful pics, and I’m lovin’ the cowboy hat! At first I thought the water bottle was a *ah-em* “beverage” but then I was like “Oh! That’s just water!” Hahaha!!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi BeautyMaven,

      The purple totally rocks! What else looked good in the Ulta mailer?

      I know it’s not a shadow, but have you ever tried UD’s Bourbon 24/7 Liner? It’s a really pretty brown with teeny golden glitter. LOVE IT!

  17. Gina says:

    Romp looks strikingly similar to UD’s Frigid deluxe shadow, so I’ll pass on this set since I already have Midnight Cowboy/Cowgirl. But how you used these shadows is gorgeous! How did you layer them?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gina,

      Yup, I did. I used Whiskey on the lid as a base, Romp from the lid to the crease and Midnight Cowgirl from the crease to the brow bone. Then I blended until I couldn’t blend any more, haha!

  18. BeautyMaven says:

    BTW love your bangs!!
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  19. Phyrra says:

    Le sigh. I just want Romp. Pretty purple!
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  20. I think I’ll pass on this set because it looks like I have similar colors in my stash. I lovee how you used the palette in your FOTD though! It’s a nice everyday look. p.s. that cowboy hat picture is priceless!
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  21. Ariel says:

    Looks pretty on you, but oh my gosh, I don’t think I can handle the fallout.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ariel,

      It can be annoying, but one way to help minimize it is to do your eyes first, clean up any excess mess, and then do the rest of your face. That’s the order I go in when working with shadows like these.

  22. Jasmine says:

    Hey Karen,

    your make up is so beautiful !
    The shades of this palette are pretty, Urban Decay always launch beautiful palettes …

  23. Soo says:

    I love how you used the colors on your eyes! it looks quite lovely.
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  24. mint says:

    that’s a really good set! πŸ˜€ looks awesome on you~
    does the lip gloss really cools and plumps your lips?
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  25. Nina says:

    ohh … that is a pretty palette! whiskey!

  26. Kim says:

    Oh, this is right up my alley. Light, glittery shades with lots of fallout (hello, sparkly face). πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      You’re so funny!

      I had coffee with a friend over the weekend and she was wearing a light sprinkling of this glitter shadow in her under eye area and it looked really beautiful. It was just a lil’ bit of sparkle, but not too much. Maybe try that with one of your glittery shadows? If you have something like a MAC 217 brush you can just lightly dust it on.

      • Kim says:

        I’m definitely going to give it a whirl. The unintentional Lorac fallout is so last month! hee hee! Plus, you know how I love the sparkle! πŸ™‚ I’ll let you know on Monday if I get any odd looks this weekend!

  27. Maggie says:

    I’ve never been able to understand why people like the Midnight Cowboy/girl shadows. I’m a glitter fiend, but I hate those shadows! The glitter fallout is insane – seems to get everywhere but on your eyelid (including IN your eyes, hurray) πŸ˜› I was really happy when I found Too Faced’s Glamazon – it’s a really, really similar shade to Midnight Cowboy (Rides Again), but the silver glitter actually STAYS in the shadow when you apply it! I love the way you put the colors together, though πŸ™‚

  28. Deb says:

    Oh, the glitter! Sometimes in the morning I forget which UD shadows in my palettes are glittery, and when I get to work and wake up, it’s like Edward freaking Cullen I’m so sparkly.
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  29. Courtnie says:

    Im with everyone else. HATE THE FALLOUT. these UD palettes suck me in though. I have one, and the only color I never use has insane glitter.

  30. lo says:

    I love those colors so much. And sometimes I really enjoy glitter… but too much is too much if you’re finding it all over Tabs! I guess I’ve finally hit my glitter threshold πŸ™ I wish they’d release this palette in a non-sparkly version, because it’s so so pretty otherwise!

  31. SaraJane says:

    *sigh* I love the way Romp looks and I love the new liner shader. I already have everything else in this palette, though. Some I just purchased so I definitely can’t justify an entire palette just for a liner and a new purple shadow. Darn.

    Personally, I love the glitter. It’s not a teenagey glitter like some makeup can be. I work in a creative environment so even at 34, it’s nice to be able to have some fun with my makeup if I want to. I have a few of the stardust shadows and love them. I always use eye primer to help trap the glitter and put a tissue under my eye when applying (with a brush!). Then, I find scotch tape helps get the remaining fallout on my cheeks. I don’t usually get any more glitter on me during the day after that.

    Wouldn’t it be great if someone could invent glitter that didn’t fall out? I’m not even sure how that would be possible. haha

  32. Maggie says:

    Love how you used the eyeshadows here, but your face looks so flawless and fresh! What face products did you use?

  33. Maryjoy says:

    Why doesn’t Urban Decay have the Whiskey eye pencil available to buy separately? It is my favorite color, real warm brown without sparkle, and I can only get it with in mixed mini pencils kits and now this palette?

  34. scarlet says:

    I hate glitter fallout! It’s one of my biggest pet peeves with UD palettes! But romp is absolutely gorgeous on your eyes! Is that the only purple you used? I think I’ll just buy the singles for romp.

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