Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Stray Dog and Suspect | Review and Swatches

Purchased by Me (Affiliate Links)

How is it that I didn't know just how truly amazing the Urban Decay single eyeshadows actually are?! Seriously. The texture is so finely milled and the color pay off is so pronounced that if you did a blind test with one of these creamy dreamy velvety textured shadows against the most finely milled ├╝ber luxury niche lines-- you would be hard-pressed to detect a difference. I had absolutely no idea that the reformulation of Urban Decay's eyeshadows resulted in such soft luscious shadows with the perfect texture, and with such rich color pay off.  The pigmentation is so smooth and yet it offers long-wearing crease-free coverage.

These twinkling little gems are a true pleasure to work with, and not only do they glide across the skin and deposit the pigment effortlessly, but they also offer buildable coverage with no fallout. They blend like a dream, and can be sheered out for a wash of color or built up for maximum opacity and drama.
Urban Decay rightly suggests that their eyeshadows offer,

Insane color payout. A velvety, suede-like smoothness and blendability. Our mind-blowing formula delivers unmatched performance in a stunning array of shades. We created an Eyeshadow formula that will BLOW YOUR MIND.... 

The secret to the new formula is our Pigment Infusion System™, a vehicle for color that holds tightly to pigment and gives the formula its glide. The proprietary blend of ingredients allows color to weave itself through the Eyeshadow formula. What does all that mean? Insane payout. Color that stays on your lids. Sparkle that doesn’t fall. And a velvety, suede-like smoothness and blendability. This amazing technology works for every shade and finish. Have you ever had trouble blending a black or purple shade? How about a matte? Every Urban Decay shade goes on silky, blends easily and stays put.
The fabulous whimsical packaging "was inspired by NYC subway tokens; the chromed gunmetal compact with a clear window allows you to see your shade and pop your shadows out and into one of the new customizable palettes."
Suspect is an outrageously gorgeous pale golden beige shimmer with a creamy texture that just melts into the skin. The shimmer dances in the light, but isn't over the top.

Stray Dog is described as a cool metallic ash brown shimmer that will cause taupe-lovers to do back flips because it is taupelicious perfection.

As you can clearly see, Suspect and Stray Dog pair together perfectly, and as far as I am concerned they are both must-have neutrals of extraordinary quality.
Stray Dog Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.May Contain: CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77007 (Ultramarines).

Suspect Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.May Contain: CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide).

Does not contain: Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates. Cruelty Free.
Overall Assessment: I'm so happy with these two eyeshadows that I am already plotting my next purchase! I seldom hit the pan on my eyeshadows, but it's safe to assume that I will with Stray Dog and Suspect. A+

$18.00 each for 0.05 oz. from Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, Beauty.com and Macy's (Affiliate Links).

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35 comments:

  1. Great picks, Helen! These are both shades I'd happily wear as a wash! Suspect looks a little like Burberry Pale Barley, although that shade looks wildly different on different people that they could not be similar at all :)

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    1. Hi Sunny, You know that's exactly what I was thinking as well! I actually thought about swatching them side by side yesterday, but it was already dark out. I will have to do that today, and will add the swatches!

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    2. Hi again, Sunny! What I neglected to mention that in my musings I thought that Stray Dog might also be close to Midnight Brown-- so I pulled out all 4 and swatches, and will do a separate dupe post tomorrow or the next day! Surprising results! :-)

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    3. Oh yay, I just saw that now!

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    4. I can't wait to hear what you think after you play with your Pale Barley and Suspect side by side!

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  2. They go together so well! Those colors are right up my alley :)

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    1. They really do pair well, Destany! Mine too! :-)

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  3. I always love shades like these for a day-to-day eyelook - they compliment my blue eyes very well and are easy to wear!

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    1. I agree, Deborah-- they are just so effortless to wear! These would be amazing with your blue eyes! They work well with my hazel eyes as well!

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  4. I was a big fan of UD cream matte eyeshadows before the company was sold to L'Oreal and they discontinued them. In fact, I stocked up and still have a bunch of unopened ones that may be too old to use. Oddly enough, I have never tried UD's powder shadows probably because I mostly wear matte shades. But based on your review, I should! The shades look so gorgeous. Maybe the On The Run palette will be my first try.

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    1. Hi Allison! Wow!! I bet that they are still good if they were tightly sealed! Next time you are at Sephora you should play with their single shadows-- I think that you will be quite impressed! The On the Run Palette looks like a real winner!!!!!!!!! :-)

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  5. Both shades are gorgeous and are complementary!

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    1. Hi Renu, I completely agree with you! :-)

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  6. These are such gorgeous shades and would make a perfect 2-color eye. Easy peasy!

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    1. I completely agree with you, Kristin. They are effortless and stunning-- what more could a girl want?!

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  7. I loooooove Urban Decay eyeshadows. They are just SO pretty and so well-made!

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    1. Hi Brianna! Me too! They really are! I am totally obsessed with these tow shades!

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  8. Both of these shades look great and I would wear them a lot!

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    1. Hi Leelo! I agree with you completely! These are definitely the type of shades that I can wear every single day and never get sick of! :-)

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  9. Two of my favorites from UD. I love how they do these golden browns.

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    1. We really like the same shades! I certainly see why these two are among your favorite UD shades! <3

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  10. I don't have any UD single shadows in my collection ( I always go for their palettes) but these shades... perfection!

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    1. Hi Bailey, You need to try at least one of these shades– they really are perfection!

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  11. Now that you've mentioned it, I don't think I own single e/s from Urban Decay! I need to get my hands on at least one....no make it four #justbecause

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    1. Oh Kath– you definitely need one or ten! LOL! These two are so stunning, and would be amazing on you!!!

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  12. to facilitate the plotting of your next purchase, how about coming with me to newport beach on friday for the grand opening of their flagship store? my favorite UD non-LE color is probably zodiac, a sparkling blackened green.

    although i'd have to point out my huge stash of UD is being neglected right now due to my love for MUFE artist shadows. they're even creamier, pigmented and easier to blend if you can imagine that being possible! since i know you like seeing things in person, we can drop by the MUFE boutique at south coast on the way back. they carry most of the 200+ shades! i'm guessing I-550 will be right up your alley. my swatch of it will be up in the next day or two

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    1. OMG, nothing would make me happier– what a blast we would have! However, I am working under the pressure of a huge work deadline and am basically locked up until I get it sent off! Once I get through this I will definitely have more time, and we can go on a makeup shopping binge! I haven't been to the MUFE Boutique at South Coast, but I have gone several times to the one on Robertson (fabulous, it is!). If you go– I hope that you have an amazing time, and I will be there with you in spirit! I can't wait to see your swatches! :-)

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  13. Nice picks, very versatile colors! Straydog is really gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I just posted a comparison between these two shades and Burberry Midnight Brown and Pale Barley-- the results are kind of surprising! I agree that the colors are very versatile, and I think that Stray Dog would look absolutely amazing on you!

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    1. And perfect for your beautiful complexion, Brooke!

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  15. Have you noticed that Urban Decay matches the label colour to the eyeshadow colour?
    Kewl, eh? I bought the Sin/Mushroom duo online and the label is a split colour.

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    1. Hi BooBoo!!!!!! I did notice that, and absolutely love such attention to detail! It's cool that they split the color in your duo!

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