I can never get enough sparkle, so Urban Decay's Moondust eyeshadows have always been a favorite of mine! Moondust has a crazy amount of pigment and sparkle, especially if you use it wet. It's perfect for a night on the town. I love that the sparkle has a lot of depth to it and sometimes even looks 3D. Some Moondusts have sparkle that is the same color as the powder, while others have sparkle that contrasts with the powder color. Personally, I like the ones with a contrasting color the most as it really adds something special to your look. Oftentimes, when Urban Decay puts out a new palette, most of the colors are new but there are a few classics thrown in. With the new Moondust Eyeshadow Palette, though, every color is new and exclusive to the palette.
Previously, Moondust came only in individual pans and sold for $21 each. They're a little on the expensive side, but they're totally worth it. Sometimes, you can catch them on sale, so hold out for their next sale if you can. The new Moondust palette is $49 for eight eyeshadows, but the eyeshadow pans in the palette are smaller than the pans sold separately. The amount of eyeshadow in the palette is equivalent to the amount in 3.2 individual pans. 3.2 pans of the eyeshadow would cost $67.20, so, while $49 is a good price, it's not quite the discount you might think you were getting by buying the palette. Moondust eyeshadow is one of the few eyeshadows I actually hit pan on, so the fact that the each pan is only 40% of the size of a full pan makes me a little sad. I'll have to buy an entire new palette if I run out of a color that I fell in love with!
Here's what the entire palette looks like before it's been used.
Here's a closeup of Specter, Element, Magnetics, and Lightyear. I've swatched all the colors below. I've also included videos of the eyeshadow in action. Because of the intense sparkle of these eyeshadows, you can't really capture what they look like in a picture, so I made videos of what the eyeshadows look like in the light and in motion.
Specter is one of my favorites in the palette. It is a very light pink with sparkle that matches the powder. Normally, I like some contrast in the sparkle, but this color is easy to use for subtly highlighting under the brow and the inner corners of the eyes. With the individual pans of Moondust, I always used Cosmic for that purpose. While I like Cosmic, which UD describes as "metallic white with iridescent 3-D sparkle and shift," more than I like Specter, I still find Specter to be versatile and pretty. I haven't tried using it as the main lid color in a look, but I might try it at some point.
Element is another one of my favorites in the palette. Urban Decay describes Element as "peach with pink shift and sparkle." It ends up looking more like a reddish-orange than a peach to me. While most of the other colors in this palette have other Moondust colors they're kind of similar to, Element is unlike any of the other colors. I like to use Element as the lid color, Lithium as the crease color, and Specter as the browbone color. It's a different look, but it's gorgeous and makes my green eyes pop.
Purple has always been one of my go-to eyeshadow colors, so I'm always up for trying a new one. Magnetic is described as being purple with blue sparkle. It's slightly darker than Ether, which UD says is a "light purple with pink-blue 3-D sparkle and shift" Magnetic is a pretty color, but it is a little too similar to the old Moondust color Ether, in my opinion.
Lightyear isn't similar to any of the old Moondust colors, which is a plus, but the color isn't for me. This is the only color I haven't worn yet. It is a very bright green with green sparkles in it. I'm sure I'll eventually find a way to wear this color, but this is not a color I will be using often. If it were slightly more muted, I would like it a lot more. As I have green eyes, I don't wear green makeup all that often. This would probably be a really pretty color on someone with brown eyes.
Now on to the bottom row of the Moondust palette! While the top colors are kind of out there and uncoventional, the bottom row colors are slightly more conservative and versatile.
The first color in the bottom row is Granite, described as being "black with multicolor sparkles." I would call this more of a charcoal color than a black, especially when compared to Scorpio, the "black matte with 3-D gold sparkle" Moondust color. Scorpio is a true black. I love that the sparkles are multicolored; it really makes this color special. This was one of the most versatile and easy to use shades in the palette for me. If you put it on dry, it's much less intense, but, if you want it deep and dramatic, a wet application is the way to go.
Lithium has also gotten a lot of use from me! Lithium is "brown with 3-D iridescent sparkle." If the old Moondust colors Diamond Dog (brown with white-gold sparkles) and Dark Force (taupe with gold and iridescent sparkles) had a baby, it would be Lithium. I've used this as both a lid and crease color. Brown is generally boring when it comes to eyeshadow, but the iridescent sparkle in this makes Lithium anything but boring.
Vega is bright blue with blue sparkle, so it isn't quite as conservative as the other colors in the bottom row. It's similar to Gamma Ray, which is bright blue with iridescent sparkle. This isn't the easiest color to work with as it is very bright, but I've used it in several looks and have liked how it came out. If you use it dry, it isn't quite as dramatic as it is when applied wet, which makes it easier to use.
The final color is Galaxy, described as "smoky blue-gray with iridescent 3-D sparkle." This reminded me a little of Zodiac, a "smoky black with blue-green shift and blue-green 3-D sparkle," but I like Galaxy a lot more. This shade is surprisingly wearable and versatile. It's one of my favorite colors in this palette.
I'm happy with the Moondust palette, but I wish that some of the colors had been less similar to the old Moondust colors available for individual sale. My favorite colors in the palette are Specter, Element, and Galaxy. My all-time favorite Moondust colors are Solstice (a "metallic pink-red with green 3-D sparkle and shift") and Cosmic, but Specter, Element, and Galaxy round out my top five. I know the description of Solstic makes it sound hideous, but it is absolutely gorgeous in real life and you need to try it. Go to ULTA or Sephora and swatch it. I've never gotten more compliments on my eyeshadow than I have when I've worn Solstice. If you're looking for a great palette that can give you both fun and sexy looks, I recommend giving the Moondust Palette a try.
Has anyone else tried the Moondust Palette? What do you think? Do you like the colors more or less than the old Moondust colors? Do you have an all-time favorite Moondust color? Have you tried Solstice and, if so, do you love it as much as I do? I'd love to hear your thoughts below!