Urban Decay Matte Shadow Swatches

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I’m pretty sure I grabbed a few of these from Hautelook when they were on sale awhile ago. LOVE when Urban Decay goes on Hatuelook (actually I love when any brand does) Sale prices are awesomeee :)

These are all super velvety to the touch, they remind me a bit of the matte squared colors from MAC.


ABC Gum: The name on this reminds me so much of elementary school, I love it. Its a matte light peach. A little too dark for me to use as a highlight, but would work well as one for anyone with a warmer dark skintone. This also is a great transitioning color; I would use this around the edge of a dark crease color to help blend it out easier.

Illegal: This photographs way more brown than it is, it has more of a muted purple to it than shows. It’s a unique color, I’m not sure if I’ve seen another matte like this.

Purple Haze: Matte warm purple. This one swatched kinda chalky, but I think it just needs a good base (swatches were done with no base!)

Chronic: This one confused me. I double checked- it says it’s a matte, but when I got to this photo I noticed all the sparkles. I checked the shadow just now, LOADS of green sparkle! Weirdly enough it doesn’t even show up on my swatches much, but I don’t know why there is sparkle if it’s a matte.

Narcotic: Matte aqua blue. I love this one, I’m such a sucker for this type of blue! super pretty and creamy.

Electric: This is similar, but lighter, than MAC Electric Eel.  It’s also a bit greener, I think! Very pretty :)


These were swatched in order of above pictures, with no base.

Generally I think a sticky base would work best for these, as mattes have a tendency to not want to stay in place or be a bit chalky. Something like MAC Cream color base, or even an eyeliner smudged across the lid would work really well!

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  1. evelyn

    January 12, 2011 at 2:07 am

    these color look soooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful!!love them!keep up the good work with you makeup tutorials!!=]

  2. Danny

    January 12, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Very pretty, I’d deffinately look into Purple Haze and Electirc.

  3. Cassy

    January 12, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Jealous, I totally wanted to pick a couple of those up but am always lacking money when the best things go up on Hautelook. I did score some Ouidad conditioner for a sweet deal, though, so at least I’ll be stocked up on that for a while.

    • Leesha

      January 12, 2011 at 2:16 am

      oooh i got that too! and the humidity gel :)

  4. Lindsey

    January 12, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Urban Decay also says that Perversion is a matte black, but it has sparkles in it!

    • Lindsey

      January 12, 2011 at 5:32 am

      Yeah I heard that in some mattes the actual colour is matte but they add sparkle to it..

  5. Kaitlyn

    January 12, 2011 at 2:22 am

    aw, love these! i didn’t know about their hautelook sale until like, the last day so everything good was gone :( next time..

  6. Miranda

    January 12, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I got the green one on Hautelook the other week. When I opened it I just stared at it and went “Ummm…. why are you sparkly?” Oh well, it’s still pretty.

  7. Louise

    January 12, 2011 at 2:25 am

    ohhhhhhhh they look so pretty!!! omg i loved the blue one (im a sucker for them blues too :) ) i like these as well because the packaging reminds me of cookies hehe lol :)

  8. steph

    January 12, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I love these. I was planning on going to get new eye shadows and stuff as soon as I get some extra cash. I think I shy away from eye make up because I wear glasses. But I’m going to experiment with some new looks soon. Thanks for the post

  9. Chloe

    January 12, 2011 at 2:43 am

    I got the Narcotic & Chronic set from Hautelook, I was SO excited. But the colors are so horrible… they hardly apply let alone stay on or last. I tried UDPP and paint pots and UD 24/7 eyeliners, but the eyeshadow would just wipe (basically fall) right off. And if you attempt blending it disappears.
    Uhh… am I doing something wrong? Do you really like these?

    • Heather

      January 15, 2011 at 5:57 am

      I got those ones too, and had similar problems. I started using SUPER sticky bases (ones I’d normally never use because they crease from being so sticky), and they work fine then. I also found you REALLY have to pack them on. Narcotic is a little better than Chronic overall from what I’ve tried. Hope that helps!

  10. RT

    January 12, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Hey Leesha,
    I love what you did with the website! These swatches are BEAUTIFUL! Do you order them or do you get them free because you advertise Urban Decay’s makeup?

    • Leesha

      January 12, 2011 at 3:36 am

      i ordered them. if i get something sent to me i have a disclaimer.

  11. Amanda

    January 12, 2011 at 2:49 am

    you posted this is the future!! ahh!!!..
    alright, that was a little weird…

    • Leesha

      January 12, 2011 at 3:37 am

      LOL wow why did it do that!?

  12. Ebonyamberjade

    January 12, 2011 at 3:18 am

    I agree about matte shadows needing a creamy base. Art Deco eyeshadow base from home shopping network is what I use with matte colors, or loose powder eyeshadows that tend to poof everywhere

  13. Kaelee

    January 12, 2011 at 6:58 am

    UGH WANT! I signed up for Hautelook after your loose UD swatches, and then was promptly disappointed that they don’t ship to Australia D: Makeup is SO expensive here :(

  14. Maddie

    January 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Hey Leesha, could you do a review on some of the ELF products that you got, I’m thinking of ordering, but i don’t know what to get that works……..

  15. Marcela

    January 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    ::sigh:: you almost made me cry at the mention of MAC [squared]… it’s a shame they don’t have more in that formula because the texture is amazing! these colors are pretty but i also agree there shouldn’t be any sparkle in a “matte” finish.

  16. Jessica

    January 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I have the purple haze colour and it’s great. I also really like this metallic brown one y Urban Decay it’s my most favourite colour ever. It’s called toasted. The green looks really pretty too! I like the blues but I am not such a big fan of wearing such bright colours like the blue.

  17. Gabi

    January 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    hi Leesha,
    where did you find these? I looked at ulta and they said that they never heard of them. Oh by the way i found a china glaze nail polish called atlantis from a new sparkly nail polish collection I also got pom pom which is awesome! Thanks for the helpful tutorials!

  18. Zoe

    January 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    ABC gum! xD I loooooove that color! and the name is the best!

  19. MaeGal

    January 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I bought Chronic from the same Hautelook sale. I got some other things, too. Sadly, I was too low getting to the site, so I missed some of the other shadows and “good” stuff.
    Great swatches!

  20. bethany

    January 13, 2011 at 2:02 am

    i love hautelook sales!! i got some UD products from the last one and each product was $2. One of the items I got was the chronic shadow. :)

  21. ashley

    January 13, 2011 at 2:06 am

    i bought narcotic from hautelook too & when i opened i was just like “wtf…” but then when i applied it i was like “ooh….” the name & color makes me wonder if they were smoking something when they made this.

    • Leesha

      January 13, 2011 at 3:41 am

      lol most of urban decay color names make me think that

  22. Krii

    January 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    lol i picked up one of these on hautelook too

  23. Krii

    January 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

    my niece told me that ABC gum mean already been chewed gum how gross

  24. leiris

    January 16, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Sad that I bought mine for full price almost two years ago, but I didn’t even know about Hautelook then.
    I have Revolver (grey), Narcotic and Chronic, and I like all of them. I like to use them to blend out the edges of a smoky eye to give it a glowing effect. I used Revolver once as a cheek contour when I was doing a dead doll look, and it was pretty cool.

  25. Maria

    January 20, 2011 at 4:51 am

    These are really pretty!! I like the second blue, and the two light colors best. :)

  26. Radikha

    June 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I just love makeup blogs, they are seriously so helpful. Hautelook is having another urban decay sale & I’m lucky enough to have some extra cash in the bank account this time (never happens) Ordered, Purple Haze, Electric & Jones matte eyeshadows. Loved the swatches for Purple haze, & Electric on your post! Also ordered their tinted moisturizer since it’s only $10 today, & Temptalia had a blog post about it as well. So awesome you ladies are so helpful! I also picked up their cream shadow in Whipped. Couldn’t find a blog post on it, but I could’ve sworn I saw a twitter post or something where you sided on the UD cream shadow rather than another product.

    Anyways I’m pretty pumped this morning, & happy with my online makeup community!

  27. Emma

    July 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Oooh, I have Purple Haze! I love it, it’s so gorgeous!

  28. Zaiyah

    July 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Dag nabbit good stuff you whpipersnpeaprs!

  29. tbrtxmkfrsu

    July 26, 2011 at 7:19 am

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  30. Lisandra

    October 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I love this colors!

  31. Valerie39

    April 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    ahhhhh purple haze is sooo awesome

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