Looking back, I think Urban Decay is the brand that first got me interested in makeup. It all started with their brightly coloured eyeliners back when I was in my wannabe scene kid days, which I co-ordinated with my band tees and coloured skinnies. I was a cool kid, I'll tell you that much. As I grew out of that phase, I found myself falling for the cult classic Naked Palettes and amassed quite a collection of their shadows. Nowadays, rarely a day goes by where my makeup routine doesn't contain at least one Urban Decay product, and the brand holds a firm place in my heart.
With an amazing range on offer, it can be a bit overwhelming if you don't know where to begin, so I thought I'd get stuck in and share some of my absolute favourites from Urban Decay, as well as a few products I'm planning on adding to my collection in the future.
It probably makes the most sense to start right where my obsession began - their eye makeup. Urban Decay seem to be most well known for their range of eye products, be that the palettes, individual shadows, the primers, the liners, or the killer Perversion mascara. Personal favourites of mine include the coveted Naked Palettes, with the Ultimate Basics palette being the one I reach for most days and the Naked Smokey coming with me whenever I go on holiday. As you can probably tell from the photos, my original Naked Basics has seen a lot of use due to its portable size and perfect range of base shades, including a colour that matches my brows perfectly and a jet black matte shade that is a staple in any makeup lovers collection. The Urban Decay shadows have some of the best formulas that I've come across (and I've tried a lot of shadows) with a super soft, buttery blend that makes them perfect for any and all looks.
Although I'm more of a neutral girl myself, I've always admired Urban Decay's staple brights from afar, and thanks to some encouragement from Lis I'm slowly working up my confidence when it comes to rocking a bit of colour on my lids. Having tried the standalone Moondust single shadows and being captivated by their sparkle, I was pretty excited to see a whole Moondust Palette released, which was then followed by the intriguing Liquid Moondust formula. I've not quite managed to get to grips with the liquid formula yet, but there's no denying how beautiful the shades are. The picture above shows the shades Solstice, Magnetic and Vega (L-R) which give just a glimpse of how stunning this range really is. I'm keen to try out some of the slightly less bold colours such as Chemtrail and Zap to see if I find those shades more wearable but they always seem to be out of stock! I'm determined to find the perfect place to wear Vega, as I'm a little bit in love with the purple-blue duo chrome packed with purple glitter. Strangely, these do have a brush that seems more suited to a liquid eyeliner as opposed to an eyeshadow, but I suppose that means you have the option for a more precise application too.
I lost my one and only full sized Urban Decay lipstick, the Vice Comfort Matte in Backtalk, a muted medium pink, on New Year's Eve and I'm still mourning the loss. I had an amazing little sample set that had tiny pots of the best sellers, and even though each sample was a minuscule size they still lasted me forever and it was enough to convert me to the way of the Urban Decay lipsticks. I've been eyeing up the Blackmail Lip Palette which boasts twelve of their best selling shades and all six of their finishes in just one palette. It works out as a tiny £2.60 per shade, which is an absolute steal for lipsticks of this quality.
Now, the products that really cemented my love of Urban Decay is without a doubt their face range. It all began with their Brightening and Tightening Primer which I first picked up in August 2015 and very quickly become besotted with it's priming powers. I have a bit of a fear that it's being discontinued or reformulated as it isn't quite as easy to find these days, so I'm going to pick up a handful when my current tube runs out just in case.
Given my love of the Naked palettes I was keen to try out the Naked face range, starting out with the Naked Skin foundation which I picked up as a post-birthday treat last summer. I shared my first impressions at the time, which were mostly just me raving about how lightweight it is, and despite using it every day since then I've only just finished the bottle. I've dropped it a fair few times, which probably didn't help, but it doesn't change how much I swear by this foundation for a lightweight base with decent coverage and a natural semi-matte finish. I thought it was my one and only, until the Naked Skin One and Done stepped in. I'd been looking for something akin to a BB cream that I could just apply in the morning and not have to worry about, and this is exactly what I needed. It's got a bit more coverage than the foundation so covers up any imperfections without looking cakey or unnatural, making it ideal for days when I just need to look a little bit more awake for those 9am classes.
I've definitely saved the best for last, and to be honest it was the most surprising for me. When I first saw the Afterglow Highlighter in the shade Aura I was a little bit taken aback by how pink it looked in the pan. I didn't think it would suit me at all, but instead, I've now discovered my perfect healthy glow in a pan. This light, icy pink shade gives a beautiful flush of natural looking glow to my pale skin without looking garish. The formula is silky smooth and blends like a dream, leaving me desperate to try out the other shades too. I honestly never thought I'd like a pink highlighter, but damn, I'm sold.
What's your favourite Urban Decay product?
Some of the items in this post are press samples - read my full disclaimer here