Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow in Purple Haze | Review, swatches, SALE!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The product: Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow in Purple Haze

I’ll admit, I’ve put off reviewing this one for a long time – so long, in fact, that it’s now being discontinued! In its matte form (there’s a shimmer, too), Purple Haze is fairly standard: smooth, pigmented, and easy to blend. I find myself wishing it were more pigmented and a little less powdery at times (other mattes in my collection, like Make Up For Ever’s 92, are more firm and pack even more of a punch), but for it’s sale price of $3, it’s a pretty incredible buy.

How it compares: Unlike the blue undertones of 92, or the grey undertones of Cult (another discontinued Urban Decay matte), Purple Haze is a bright, vibrant violet with red undertones. Of the eyeshadows in my collection, it’s most similar to Annabelle Ultraviolet, a limited edition colour from Fall/Winter 2010 – Canucks, check your collections to make sure you didn’t pick that one up, too!

L-R: Urban Decay Purple Haze, MUFE 92, Urban Decay Cult, Annabelle Ultraviolet

Swatched dry: Purple Haze, 92, Cult, Ultraviolet, Purple Haze

Swatched dry: Purple Haze, 92, Cult, Ultraviolet, Purple Haze

The verdict?

It’s a good matte, and a gorgeous red-violet, so I had actually intended to give this one a tentative thumbs-up at its original price. Which means, basically, that my recommendation now is pretty obvious.

Pick it up while it lasts!

Swatched dry on unprimed skin, L-R: Urban Decay Cult, SWF, Purple Haze

The ingredients:

Talc, PTFE, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Stearate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Boron Nitride Triclosan, Butylparaben. +/- pigments.

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11 Responses to “Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow in Purple Haze | Review, swatches, SALE!”

  1. I'm actually eye-ing 'Cult' rather greedily. Love me some purple shadows they go so well with brown eyes. Having a look at the sale now!
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  2. I'm actually eye-ing 'Cult' rather greedily. Love me some purple shadows they go so well with brown eyes. Having a look at the sale now!
    My recent post Here comes the sun… Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011

  3. Roxanne, on August 16th, 2011 at 9:18 pm said:

    Well that was a bit of a tease :( Urban Decay doesn't ship to Canada…

  4. all these purples side to side are making my knees weak <3.
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  5. But Jennnn, Cult's been DC for ages! You were supposed to be looking at Purple Haze! :P

  6. :( Sorry, Roxanne! I didn't even think of checking >.<

  7. Haha, I know how you feel! :P I'm just like – I have to swatch all of these and not spend the rest of the day playing with makeup?

  8. Ciambella, on August 17th, 2011 at 8:58 pm said:

    I have just one sadly discontinued UD matte, and it's incredible–Secret Service, a muddy who-knows-what-it-is color that goes with like everything. It's the matte that made me actually like matte eyeshadows! Purple Haze looks gorge, too!

    I don't know what the price would be for shipping to Canada (or I think Jen lives in Australia?), but ACW ships worldwide and still has Cult: http://www.allcosmeticswholesale.com/urdeeyeshcud… That's where I got Secret Service from. They also have Purple Haze for a niner.

  9. Gah! Secret Service looks really pretty D: (Just looked up swatches, lol)

    Thanks for the heads up about ACW! I've been really tempted to put an order through with them (some of those prices, oh my god), but so far, I've managed to resist. You're making that hard to do, though! :P

  10. BooBooNinja, on January 16th, 2012 at 5:53 pm said:

    Rae, what are your all-time favourite matte eyeshadows?

  11. That is an excellent question. And I am afraid I haven't an answer for you.

    Well, no, that's not entirely true. I'm too scatterbrained to have tried a lot from any one brand (that is, to have fallen in love with one, single matte formula), but I've got a few assorted favourites, if that works.

    Annabelle B-Ray (LE) for a navy, Make Up For Ever #92 for a purple, MAC Blanc Type for an ivory. Lancome for matte neutrals, but I haven't tried any brights. (Positive and Lézard are two favourites; Noix is nice, too. Their formula is quite "solid" – more similar to MUFE than Matte2.) Some of the NYX mattes are good, but they're hit or miss – generally, I'd skip drugstore mattes if you're looking for pigment, though a few diamonds in the rough can certainly be found.

    If it's any help, the blogosphere tends to favour MAC Matte2, Illamasqua, and MUFE (for colour). Well – and the UD mattes, but I'm not really sure what's going on there with availability and such :/

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