Continuing on what seems like my never-ending list of Urban Decay reviews (I own other brands, I promise!) is the shimmer eyeshadow, Smog. The brand describes it as “deep coppery bronze,” and I was pleasantly surprised that my own description wasn’t too off the mark. I perceived it as “an opaque sepia bronze.” I got a hint of copper in the shade, but it was darker, browner than a new copper penny. It was a little hard to pinpoint the undertone in this, but if pressed, I’d say it’s neutral-warm.
On the lid without primer, it looks like an opaque medium brown with golden glitter. It was an interesting, revved up neutral, great for a night out, but wearable, with some pizzazz, for day. Over primer, the shadow is browner for a moment, but it’s still in the bronze ballpark (the color looks more comparable to the hue you get without primer after a few moments). With a base, Smog would make an excellent, slightly more colorful alternative to a grey/black smoky eye. Without primer, the shade is easy to blend. With a base, it wasn’t stiff or difficult, but it didn’t take a quick second, either. The powder feels a bit dry and stiff to the touch, but applies well. That stiffness prevents wasteful powder kickup when you dip your brush in the pan, though.
I was crazy about the wear I got with this shadow as well. I was able to pull of more than 12 hours of wear with this shade looking excellent, even, and in tact. Impressive! The only change I noticed was that, around the four hour mark, there was ever so slight fading around the edges, both with and without a base. Considering the long wear, I found the edge-fading to have a negligible impact on the shade’s overall appearance, but it’s worth mentioning. I didn’t see a speck of fallout after all that time, either.
Smog was one of the lucky shadows that survived Urban Decay’s shadow formula revamp, and I’m glad. The new packaging for their line features pop-out pans that can easily be stored in magnetic palettes, if you choose. The containers are round, small, and plastic, with a clear window in the flip-top lid. The lid is flat, so you can stack these on top of each other if your storage calls for it. The minimal packaging makes these light and easy to travel with as well. The pan holds 0.05 oz of powder, which is average.
Urban Decay shadows are $18 USD, and relatively easy to find. Most department stores (Macy’s, Nordstrom) have a UD counter in store. Also, the brand is carried both in-store and online at cosmetic retailers Sephora and Ulta. Urban Decay has long prided itself on being a cruelty-free brand; however, their recent acquisition by animal-testing L’Oreal may sour the deal for some consumers.
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.75 (A)
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.75 (A)
Combined Scores: 4.75 (A)
Recommend: Yes, Smog is a great neutral that will satisfy many consumers: fans of wearable, soft shades will like this, as well as fans of richer color, who may like this for a smoky nighttime eye. That versatility is always a plus, not to mention the long wear and very minimal problems with the formula.
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