I’m ecstatic to bring you this review on the Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeshadow because it’s my first Urban Decay eye shadow that I’ve ever worn.
Ever since I got into the brand and used their eye liners (which I love), I’ve been wanting to try their eye shadows because they have so many wonderful shades available.
However, I have an allergy to a certain ingredient (bismuth oxychloride), and it’s in a lot of popular eye shadows. My eyes will get all puffy, red, and itchy. (I learned it the hard way when I was in high school and experimented with my first CoverGirl and Revlon eye shadows.) So I was pretty bummed when I noticed that all Urban Decay shadows seemed to have that ingredient as well.
But, don’t cry for me, Argentina! I was able to find lots of great shadows that I can wear by NYX, Marcelle, and even some Kat von D ones!
Then Urban Decay reformulated a lot of their eye shadows. I checked the ingredients, and lots of them now don’t have bismuth oxychloride! Sooo…since I already loved using the 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Rockstar, it was a no-brainer that I’d want to get the eye shadow in the same shade. 🙂 (I practically rushed out to Sephora one evening after work to get this and was beaming the entire time.)
Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeshadow Pictures
(In case you’re curious about the nail polish I’m wearing, it’s Zoya Song from the NYFW Collection. Click the link to see my swatches and review of it.)
Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeshadow Ingredients
Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeshadow Swatches
Natural Light Photo
√ Deep aubergine
√ Shimmery, dimensional luminous sheen
- Name: Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeshadow
- Amount: 1.5 g (0.05 oz.)
- What I Paid: $22 CAD
- Where to Buy: Urban Decay website, Sephora stores & Sephora website (When I composed this post, it was out of stock on the website, but keep checking Sephora – they should restock it.)
Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeshadow Review
The colour is great for the fall because it’s a rich aubergine. This isn’t like a vibrant, dime-a-dozen purple. There’s something very neutral about it, so I’ve been wearing this quite a lot with many different outfits. But it’s not so neutral that it’s boring. There’s just enough purple shining through so you know that it’s not a brown. It looks like if you took a vivid purple and mixed it with a neutral taupe. Urban Decay Rockstar would be their love child.
For many years, I wore green, grey, black, and teal. Then, just this summer, I decided to chill out and just wear the Rockstar eye liner. Now that the weather will be getting cooler again, I’m feeling the itch to sport my eye shadows again, only this time, I’m getting more use out of the Rockstar eye shadow.
This aubergine is great to use all over the lids for a smoky look, but I find that it also works great in the crease. And I love how it corresponds with the eye liner because now I can set my eye liner with the shadow to increase its staying power.
A lot of times, purple shadows can make me look like I got into a fight and lost. Probably it’s because those purples have some pink undertones. Rockstar, however, I feel is more cool-toned, so it works with my complexion much better.
The finish is what makes Urban Decay Rockstar more interesting. It catches the light, but it’s not so frosty that it looks unnatural. There’s a wonderful sheen to keep the shadow from looking flat.
With shadows that have this type of finish, you can sometimes get away with using just that one colour all over the lids, but it’ll still give your eyes dimension. (I, however, have trouble using just one colour all over. Most times I feel compelled to at least add some black to the outer V or a medium grey to the crease because I like dramatic eyes even in the daytime.)
Application & Formula
The formula is great because it goes on easily and is very pigmented, but I noticed that there wasn’t much fallout compared to some other shadows I’ve used. Also, it’s highly blendable – I don’t have to work too hard to get it to blend, which is nice!
I’ve only ever worn this shadow over a primer on my eyelids, so I didn’t test it solo. You see, my eyelids start off dry in the morning, but by the evening when I finish work, they become very oily and years ago when I didn’t know about eye primer, my shadow would always, always, alllwwaaaays crease. The only way I can wear a shadow without creasing is with primer.
During an 8-hour work day, with primer, the shadow held up perfectly, and it remained true from morning to night. 🙂
I really like the packaging because, although it’s made out of plastic, it still looks really nice! And Urban Decay made it so you can de-pot it and put it in an eye-shadow palette.
The lid is easy to open – I’ve never had to struggle to pry it open.
I also like how part of the lid is see-through. The way they designed it, it reminds me of a picture frame. Very well-balanced design.
This shadow was terribly expensive…at least for me! $22 CAD for just one eye shadow was a major splurge. I’m used to getting a lot more for that price, however, every once and a while, it’s nice to treat yourself…or “Treat yo’self!” as they said in Parks & Recreation. 😉
While I do like this eye shadow a lot, I feel like it’s way overpriced. The quality is great, but you’re paying so much for the packaging and the box, too.
Final Verdict: 8/10
I have no doubt that I’ll be hitting pan on Rockstar. It’s so easy to apply and blend, plus this shade really works like a neutral. That makes it highly versatile.
What is your favourite eye shadow to wear? Which is your favourite Urban Decay eye shadow and why? Do you like the new formula better compared to the old formula?