Beauty Review: The glory of Urban Decay

A new Beauty Review thanks to Beauty Babe, Kirsten Murphy Rossiter

Up until now, I must have been the only Professional makeup artist in the world who had never tried Urban Decay anything!

There has been so much rage about Urban Decay for a while now and so many great comments about the products, namely the naked palettes which are super popular amongst literally everyone who loves makeup, so as you can imagine I was incredibly excited when I got given these products to try! I think the reason why I have never bought Urban Decay is because whenever I am overseas and I pop in at Sephora (over and over and over again), I am usually so overwhelmed by all the beautiful products that I never know which to choose that I often just walk out with something safe like an eyeliner or a bronzer.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

I am a huge fan of setting sprays as with most of my jobs and on myself and am often needing the makeup to last long on the skin. The first thing I thought when I opened the box was, wow, i it’s soooo small! Despite the fact it being a tiny bottle, it seems to be lasting fairly long as the spritz it gives of is such a beautiful fine mist, which doesn’t leave your face wet with massive droplets. It feels extremely weightless on the skin and not sticky.

I also looove the fact that it is paraben, Oil free and labelled Vegan! In terms of staying power,it is said to help your makeup last for up to 16 hours and it works. My makeup lasts the whole day. Developed in partnership with SKINDINAVIA, it boasts a temperature control technology which lowers the temperature of your makeup to help it stay in place. Mind blowing. I am excited to try this in the middle of a sweltering Cape Town summer.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Asphyxia

Eyeshadows, being the 3rd product Urban decay launched became a cult favourite quickly. And once again, I was impressed. Being a light lilac, I didn’t expect much from the colour, but man, was I wrong. On first application, just a gentle sweep of the shadow onto my lid was enough to make me doubt my early judgement. The eyeshadow is super well pigmented, meaning that what you see in the pot is what you get. The colour payoff is brilliant. For a light lilac, it’s pretty punchy and I love it. A great feature is that all eyeshadows pop out of their containers easily and be inserted into the stackable pro artistry palette. Let’s hope we get these palettes in SA!

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24/7 Glide on Pencil in Abyss

The first time I tried this pencil, I drew it along my lashline as I would a liquid line. I wore it a full day and it stayed in place! “Forever- lasting” as Urban Decay describes it. I was asked whether I was wearing a gel liner and I was very excited to say that it was just a pencil. The colour is a metallic electric blue and true to it’s name, it really does glide on smoothly and perfectly and does not budge! Oh and to top it off, it is waterproof too!

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I was completely impressed by all three of these products and now that I see what the hype is all about, I cannot wait to try more!!! Next on my list is definitely the Naked palette 3.

Urban decay eyeshadow palettes are available online at and the rest of the range will be in stores in Cape Town early next year.

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Images: Kirsten Murphy Rossiter

Kirsten Murphy Rossiter

Kirsten is a Cape Town based Hair and Makeup Artist and Model. She also has a passion for performing on stage in musical theatre. She has an insatiable appetite for all things beauty and loves educating women with beauty advice, helping to make it attainable and unpretentious, yet still trendy and cool. She loves trying out Foundations, Highlighters (cream and powder) Mascaras, Matte Lipsticks and Cream Blush.

1 Comment
  1. Trying to get 2 or 3 asphyxia single eye shadows . Asked Sandton urban decay to hold alter I bought one but when returned following week it has closed as had all the other retail outlets in other malls.

    Can you help I’m based in FOURWAYS Johannesburg?
    Best wishes
    Lorraine Forbes
    PS don’t want to pay inflated overseas prices jilt want local stockist please

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