Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow

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urban decay liquid moondust eyeshadow

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow

It occurred to me last night when El Hub and I were driving home from running errands and I was wearing the new Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow in Zap…

I totally should start a support group for makeup lovers who walk around all day long wearing crazy makeup but have husbands/boyfriends/significant others who either don’t notice or, for whatever reason, don’t say a damned thing about it.


Something tells me there are lots of us out there…

When I caught a glimpse of my lids glittering in the car’s side view mirror, I realized that — WHOA! — I was wearing so. Much. Glitter.

I looked like I’d just spent the last 24 hours partying in Las Vegas instead of driving home to Novato from Babies ‘R’ Us. πŸ™‚

And I can’t believe El Hub acted like he didn’t even notice! When I finally asked him about it in the car, he casually said, “Well, I noticed they [my eyes] were sparkly, but I’m so used to it now. I thought it was just normal.”


urban decay liquid moondust eyeshadow

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow

Coming soon in eight glitter-rific $22 shades

If it’s glitter you want, it’s glitter you’ll get with the Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows, coming soon exclusively to Sephora for the holidays.

Zap, the shade I’m wearing below, is a gold with gold sparkle; Magnetic is a purple with iridescent sparkle; Vega is a bright blue with iridescent sparkle; and Zodiac is a smokey black with a bluish green shift and 3-D sparkle.

There’s also a deep coppery iridescent bronze called Spacetime, an iridescent oyster beige called Chem Trail, a peach with pink shift called Recharged and a pinkish red with green 3-D sparkle called Solstice, which, by the way, I have to pronounce “Soul-Steese” ever since I binge-watched Broad City.

urban decay liquid moondust eyeshadow

Wearing Urban Decay Zap on my lids and lower lash lines, and the lisptick is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in EZ.

Glitter that goes hawd

Wear time is the big advantage these liquid shadows have over the original powder Moondusts, so if you have to go hard (or hawd) for an extended period of time, the Liquid Moondusts are wear it’s at.

Most of the time when I wear glitter shadow on my lids, I eventually end up with glitter on my cheeks and all over my face, but the Liquid Moondusts stay put. I can wear any of them for as long as eight hours and experience absolutely no glitter transfer.

The need for speed!

Because the formula is on the creamy side of the liquid shadow spectrum, they’re more like a fluffy mousse than a runny liquid, which makes them easy to control, as far as liquid eyeshadows go.

I will say that it helps to keep time in mind when you’re working with these because when you brush them on your lids or lash lines using the fine-tipped brush, they’ll stay wet for about 30 seconds before setting, so if you want to blend out any edges, you better work fast.

urban decay liquid moondust eyeshadow

From the left: Urban Decay Zap, Solstice, Recharged, Chem Trail, Zodiac, Vega and Magnetic

Think thin

A thin layer yields a wash of sparkle that looks like stars twinkling on a clear night, which is probably Babies ‘R’ Us appropriate, but I gotta have MOAR GLITTER, so I pile that sh*t on. Good thing these are designed to be layered. πŸ™‚

If you do decide to go for broke, start with a thin layer, and let it dry. Then, repeat that until the sparkle thoroughly satisfies your inner unicorn.

Whatever you do, though, try to avoid stacking thick layers, because it’ll make your shadow look dense and heavy.

The two “Zs” — Zap and Zodiac

Definitely check out Zap and Zodiac, the two smoothest shades that have what I think is the finest sparkle of the bunch.


I like golden Zap because it pairs well with red or nude lips, and it’s not too outrageous to wear before dusk.

And Blackened greenish blue Zodiac totes looks like a sparkly liquid version MAC Club, one of my favorite shadows of all time.

I haven’t had the chance to try layering Club on top of Zodiac yet, but I’m looking forward to it! My spider sense is tingling. I have a feeling it’s gonna be bomb.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Katherine M says:

    I have Solstice and Zodiac in the powder shadow form, and I love them. However, one thing I will say for Solstice is just be careful wearing it by itself….because on the wrong skin tone it can make it look like you have pinkeye. Solstice does best paired with something else (I like browns like NARS Galapagos and MAC Mulch).

    I just bought Ether today based on another post that you had about it. Ether is a great smokey purple and it reminds me strongly of my fave eyeliner by UD called Delinquent. I am betting Ether and Zodiac paired together would be one epic smokey eye.

    On another note, I realized that I’ve been wearing NARS Orgasm faithfully for 11 years. I’ve always had either one powder form or one Multiple in my makeup drawer for all 11 years. I bought it because of the cheeky name and the fact that it won Allure’s Best of Beauty for several years. I feel empowered wearing it πŸ™‚

  2. nai says:

    Karen, seriously. My wallet is afraid everytime I read your blog.

  3. Chris25 says:

    I definitely want Zap and Zodiac!
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  4. Efrain says:

    We’ll I consider myself a makeup obsessed like you and at least in that photo it doesn’t look that glittery, so I think you can judge El hub. Also after seeing you wearing a green lipgloss I think my standards for normal on you are a little undefined.

    But the story about the Kat Von D lipstick is another thing.

  5. kwmechelle says:

    Zodiac, Vega, & Magnetic are stunning. I think Zodiac is my fave. I’d love to wear it as eyeliner thinly applied. Think it’d look super pretty against my NC50 canvas πŸ™‚

  6. Katie says:

    These look like slightly too much glitter and not enough color for me! Good to hear that they stay put though x


  7. Nivedita says:

    Somehow I have never been able to make glittery/shimmery eye liners work. You makeup dos actually inspire me so much Karen.
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  8. MizzJ says:

    Holy crap Zap is beautiful!! Normally I’m not a glitter person, but when it looks like liquid gold then sign me up!

  9. Lulle says:

    Zodiac is the only that’s really calling my name – and Club is definitely my favorite MAC eyeshadow!
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  10. Agata says:

    My boyfriend does notice when I wear glitter on my eyes (most of the time) but he also thinks that it’s just normal for me as I “love my sparkle”. How come I have never looked into Mac Club?? I already checked out your Unsung Heroes on it and I will have to swatch it next time I am at a Mac counter!
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  11. Alright, Zap and Zodiac it is! I’ll be in the UD store next week so I’ll look for them.
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  12. Becky says:

    These look so fun! Super excited for glitter with no fallout-sounds like less effort and MOAR sparkle!
    Becky recently posted … Neither of these will ever leave my bag: Lanolips Banana Balm and Wycon Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

  13. Kelly B. says:

    I’m really fascinated that they went the more sheer route with these – bold move in today’s trends! I really like Magnetic, I think that would look gorgeous on my brown eyes!
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  14. Jessica says:

    I am so excited that you posted this because I have been wanting (needing) to know more….

    yeah I need the blue one.
    like a hole in the head, but I need it.
    Jessica recently posted … A Thursday in NYC

  15. Jessica says:

    I just also want to say that my lovely man ALWAYS notices my makeup and says something nice about it. πŸ™‚ <3
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  16. Erin says:

    Zodiac was a surprise fave, I’m not a fan of green shadow normally but this one really appealed to me.
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  17. Kim says:

    Oh, it’s glitter-tastic. You just look summery and glowy – not rogue disco. πŸ™‚

  18. Shannon says:

    Oooh, can’t wait to check these!!! The diva-performer in me is feeling pretty grabby-hands-ish about all that glitter, hah πŸ™‚

  19. akriti says:

    Hii karen.. how do these compare to giorgio armani eye tints??

  20. Michele DiCola says:

    Oh Boy ! Def trying the 2- ZZ’s !
    Hi and kiss to Connor Claire and Tabs πŸŽ‰

  21. Denise S. says:

    I brought Recharged a couple weeks ago in Sephora and love it! I wore it all day ,no fallout! I put it on top of a matte mauve shadow in the center of my lid, used plum eyeliner on lower lash line. I received several compliments.Next I’ll pick up Zap.

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