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Monday, August 13, 2012

Swatches + Comparison: Urban Decay New Reformulated Eyeshadows 2012 (Part 2)

From Top Left, Clockwise: Urban Decay Scratch ~ Bust ~ Bender ~ Blackout ~ Snatch

Please check out swatches of Part 1 and Part 3.

From Top Left, Clockwise: Urban Decay Scratch ~ Bust ~ Bender ~ Blackout ~ Snatch

  • texture feels buttery smooth (Scratch, Bust & Bender)
  • great pigmentation when layered & used with a primer
  • applies evenly
  • blends easily 
  • does not look chalky
  • doesn't crease when used with a primer
  • lasts at least 12 hours without fading when used with a primer
  • no fallouts during application (Scratch, Bust, Bender & Blackout)
  • can be depotted and the pan fits in the MAC and CS empty 28 pan eyeshadow palettes without needing a magnet
  • the depotted pan can be placed back into the container

  • fallouts during application (Snatch)
  • refill pans are not available

Packaging: The new packaging allows you to pop out the eyeshadow and put it into the Urban Decay customizable palette, which holds 4 eyeshadows. I do not travel light, and I prefer to depot all my eyeshadows and store them in my Empty 28 Pan Eyeshadow Palette, which holds 28 eyeshadows. For this reason, I wish Urban Decay sold refill pans, which would also cut down on the plastic, be more eco-friendly, and reduce the cost.

In order for the eyeshadow to fit in my palette, I have to depot it using a hair straightener, similar to the way that I depot my MAC eyeshadows, except it just takes a little bit longer to depot because the plastic insert is much thicker than the MAC one. However, the thickness allows the plastic insert to retain its shape much better than the MAC one; therefore, it can pop back into container and be used for storage when you're travelling light. The containers can also be used to store any depotted MAC, Stars Makeup Haven or Inglot eyeshadows! (Click here for pictures of the depotted container.)

(To depot the Urban Decay eyeshadow, (1) pop out the plastic insert, (2) place the plastic insert on a hair straightener for about 20 seconds and then remove the label using a tweezer, (3) place the label on the table, sticky side up, (4) place the plastic insert back onto the hair straightener for about 1 minute and 30 seconds, (5) remove the plastic insert from the hair straightener, (6) turn the plastic insert upside down and push the pan out onto a soft surface, using a tweezer, and (7) finally, place the label on the back of the pan. You do not need to place a magnet on the back of the pan because the pan magnetizes to the palette. I have depotted over 50 eyeshadows and have never experienced them cracking. The key is to not overheat them. Also, please remember to wear gloves. I will not be responsible for any injuries incurred during "depotation." ^_^)

Reformulation: The original formulation of the Urban Decay non-glittery eyeshadows have a very buttery texture and they are super pigmented & long-lasting. The new formulation (of the non-glittery eyeshadows) is basically the same, but it just feels slightly more smooth. 

Some people have mentioned that the colors of the original formulation are slightly different than the new formulation. I have the original and new formulation of SWF, which is a light baby pink with micro-glitters and a metallic frost finish. The new version has a softer texture, but it still doesn't feel as buttery smooth as the non-glittery Urban Decay eyeshadows. Besides that, the new and original version are practically indistinguishable. They both look the same when applied onto the lids and they both have the same pigmentation, amount of fallouts during application, ease of blendabilty, and long lasting quality when worn with a primer. (I will be comparing more eyeshadows of the original formulation to the new one in my next post.) 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Scratch (1.5g for $18) is a rosy pink with a metallic frost finish. Free Love (original formulation) is more coral, Snatch is lighter and peachier, All That Glitters is more peachy gold and Blaze (original formulation) is more coppery. Scratch may look dark in the swatch pictures, but that's only because I've swatched it next to SWF, which is a lighter & brighter shade. Scratch is definitely too light for the crease, but it's perfect as an all over the lid shade, especially when paired with browns.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Snatch (1.5g for $18) is a light peachy pink with gold micro-glitters and a metallic frost finish. It has minor fallouts during application, but once you start blending, the tiny specks of glitters fly everywhere and it's difficult to wipe away even with a piece of tissue, fan brush and your fingers. The only way to clean up the glittery mess is to use a makeup remover wipe. Therefore, I strongly recommend using a tacky base to prevent major fallouts and applying your eye makeup first before applying your foundation.

A few reviewers have mentioned that Scratch may be a dupe for Snatch; however, I wouldn't consider them as dupes, especially on my NC35/37 skin tone. Scratch is slightly darker, pinkier and doesn't contain any glitters, while Snatch is lighter and peachier.

Urban Decay Bust ~ Bender ~ Blackout

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Bust (1.5g for $18) is a taupe with grey shimmers. It's not as metallic or frosty as the other eyeshadows, but it's also not as subtle as Urban Decay claims it to be. YDK (original formulation, contains micro-glitters), Inglot Pearl 402, MAC Satin Taupe and Stray Dog (original formulation) are less grey, more brown and all have a slight plummy undertone.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Bender (1.5g for $18) is a dark forest green with gold shimmers. Urb (original formulation) is much lighter and looks more sage green. It also has gold micro-glitters and is very sheer unless you use a dense brush and layer it over a primer. Mildew (original formulation) has a more metallic finish, stronger gold sheen and is lighter. Humid is frostier and lighter than Bender, but it's slightly darker than Mildew. Inglot AMC Shine 44 has a more frosty finish, stronger gold sheen and is slightly lighter than Bender when compared side by side on the lids. When worn on the crease, they both look indistinguishable. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackout (1.5g for $18) is a dark black with a matte finish. Carbon looks slightly lighter than Blackout when swatched on my arm, but they are both indistinguishable when worn on my eyes. The texture of Blackout doesn't feel as buttery smooth as the shimmery shades, but I had no issues during application. The color is very rich and blends effortlessly. Also, I didn't experience any fallouts as long as I used a dense brush and tapped off any excess before applying.

Bottom Line: Snatch can be a pain to work with, considering the amount of glitter fallout that occurs. However, I highly recommend getting Scratch, Bust, Bender and Blackout, especially if you want amazing pigmentation, ease of application & blendablity, no fallouts and long wearing eyeshadows.

Note: The new formulation of SWF, Scratch, Snatch, Bust, Bender, and Blackout are available for purchase on Nordstrom,, Ulta and Sephora for $18 each. The original formulation of SWF, Blaze, Free Love, YDK, Stray Dog, Urb and Mildew are being discontinued and are currently on sale for $9. All That Glitters contains 1.3g, while Satin Taupe, Humid, & Carbon each contain 1.5g. All 4 MAC eyeshadows are permanent and are available at MAC and Nordstrom for $15 (pot) and $12 (refill pan). Inglot Pearl 402 contains 1.6g, while Inglot AMC Shine 44 contains 1.8g. They are both discontinued in the round pan, but are available in the square pan for $6 at Inglot. The empty 28 pan palette can be purchased from Coastal Scents for $9.95.

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Tired of all these eyeshadows swatches? 
Sorry, but I have more coming your way. 
Don't worry, I'll be on a blush frenzy soon! ^_^


  1. I am so loving the taupes! Very pretty!

  2. Thanks so much for the comparisons!!! I wanted Bender, but it looks SO close to Humid and Mildew that I don't think I need it :) The taupes are so delicious on you!

  3. Personally, I think it's worth it to get Bender even if you already have Humid and Mildew. Bender is not as frosty and it's darker than both Mildew or Humid. Also, the quality is amazing! I may be a little bias since greens are one of my favorite color eyeshadows, but you have to get it Sunny!!! Sorry for being an enabler!! =)

  4. Love this article. Keep em coming !

  5. Great swatches and great post, the colors are stunning:)

  6. Thanks for the great dupes! I wore UD Stray Dog to my prom, so it's always held a place in my heart...that MAC dupe is spot on!


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