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Star*dust (n.) A cluster of stars too distant to be seen individually, resembling a dimly luminous cloud of dust.
When I first saw my Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows in their cases, they appeared super-shimmery and highly pigmented. Awesome colors for, say Ziggy Stardust, yet perhaps hard to wear for those among us who live a more subdued, less Gaga lifestyle. Even their names imply a disco dancehall decadence: 54 (as in Studio) and Moon Spoon (as in the famous Studio 54 “Man in the Moon” centerpiece and guess what else). But with my first application, these eyeshadows seemed less the Ziggy-type of stardust and more the ethereal, interplanetary-type.
Applying these shadows with an ordinary shadow brush, I saw sheer color and the above mentioned dimly luminous cloud of dust. The glitter is a finely milled variety, galaxies from sci-fi and Glam Rock glitter, and much closer to fantasy and fairy princess diamante. And this Stardust didn’t fall about my cheeks and nose, but stayed firmly planted on my lids, exactly where I placed it (perhaps my UD Eden Primer played a part in this miracle).
A trip to Urban Decay’s website told me that that Stardust Eyeshadows contain 40% more glitter than their most sparkly shadows. The glitter is actually “a pricey ingredient called ‘reflex’,” designed to stay on your eyes and “glisten like wet snow.” As said above, it works.
But now for the big surprise: Stardust is like two shadows in one! I was perfectly happy with the surprisingly soft fairy princess-look. I was happy to have my sheer, dimly luminous cloud of dust that I could wear every day and every night. But, for twenty bucks a pop, I may want more. Then I read the tips on Urban Decay’s website, and more I got. The folks at UD suggest applying Stardust with an eyeshadow brush for a sheer color wash, but they also suggest applying the Stardust—wet or dry—with your fingers for a more vibrant color (wet application will give the most sparkle-tastic, intense color of all). Apparently, with Stardust it’s all about the power of the finger.
Yes, I discovered the finger is key to the vibrant application. Even using a wet brush does not give you the same saturation as rubbing the color onto your lid with that most inexpensive cosmetic tool of all, the finger. Now I see the purple-icious intensity of 54, the silvery foil glam of Moon Spoon. And, while I don’t do Diva every day, it is nice to know that the same uptown shadow can switch tracks and go clubbing downtown every now and again.
Stardust comes in nine iridescent, sparkly shades. Besides the light purple 54 and the silver-gray Moon Spoon that wht sampled, there is also a brown Diamond Dog, a dark purple Retrograde, a green Griffith, a beige Space Cowboy (no doubt the super-shimmery counterpart of my favorite UD standby shadow, Midnight Cowboy), a white Bobby Dazzle, and a black Void.
What’s in a name? You decide. Whether your definition of Stardust is more David Bowie’s “he took it all too far,” or more Frank Sinatra’s dreamy “purple dusk of twilight time,” Urban Decay is thinking of you.
Testers, do you think Stardust’s melody is the memory of love’s refrain?
Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
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