Urban Decay Matte Shadow Swatches

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!


  1. evelyn says

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

  2. Danny says

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

  3. Cassy says

    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.

    1. Leesha says

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

  4. Lindsey says

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

    1. Lindsey says

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

  5. Kaitlyn says

    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 says

    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 says

    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 says

    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 says

    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?

    1. Heather says

      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 says

    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?

    1. Leesha says

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

  11. Amanda says

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

    1. Leesha says

      LOL wow why did it do that!?

  12. Ebonyamberjade says

    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 says

    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 says

    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 says

    ::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 says

    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 says

    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 says

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

  19. MaeGal says

    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 says

    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 says

    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.

    1. Leesha says

      lol most of urban decay color names make me think that

  22. Krii says

    lol i picked up one of these on hautelook too

  23. Krii says

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

  24. leiris says

    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 says

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

  26. Radikha says

    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 says

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

  28. Zaiyah says

    Dag nabbit good stuff you whpipersnpeaprs!

  29. Lisandra says

    I love this colors!

  30. Valerie39 says

    ahhhhh purple haze is sooo awesome

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