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

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 Comments

  • Reply Jen W

    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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    August 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM
  • Reply Jen W

    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

    August 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM
  • Reply Roxanne

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

    August 16, 2011 at 9:18 PM
  • Reply callitbeautyblog

    all these purples side to side are making my knees weak <3.
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    August 16, 2011 at 9:50 PM
  • Reply Rae // theNotice

    But Jennnn, Cult's been DC for ages! You were supposed to be looking at Purple Haze! :P

    August 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM
  • Reply Ciambella

    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.

    August 17, 2011 at 8:58 PM
  • Reply BooBooNinja

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

    January 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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