Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in “Pistol”

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Pistol

Availability: ULTA, Sephora, Urban Decay
Price: $18.00

Company’s Description

This reformulation of Urban Decay’s eye shadow features even softer, amazingly velvety texture; richer, more dense and decadent color; smoother, more uniform pigment distribution and blendability; and longer-lasting, more crease-free wear. The new line of shadows features a completely revamped assortment of shades, new textures, and a totally redesigned token compact.

Urban Decay’s newly re-formulated eye shadows come in nearly 70 different shades. This review is for the shade Pistol, which Urban Decay describes as a light greyish brown shimmer.

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Packaging: 9.25/10

Urban Decay’s updated packaging is made of silver plastic that looks like metal. The compacts have see-through, snap-shut lids. Overall, the packaging is more sleek and just as light-weight as before.

Quality: 8.25/10

Pistol is a shimmery, deep grey color. The color isn’t completely opaque, and actually displays some streakiness on the first layer. Adding additional layers does allow you to get a stronger color and smooth finish.

This formula isn’t chalky or powdery, but it is slightly stiff and dry. The company claims the shadow’s new formula is softer and has a velvety texture, but I don’t find it’s quite true for Pistol.

The shadow creased by the 3rd hour when applied over bare skin, which is actually pretty good, considering most eye shadows need a primer to resists creasing for that long. But what I found disappointing is that it creased after 4 hours over a primer. This is about 2 hours short of how long I’d say a good-quality powder shadow should last over a primer.

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

This formula isn’t as soft as I’d prefer. It actually applies better (with less unevenness) with a fluffy brush than it does with a dense, flat brush. Regardless, you may find yourself adding multiple layers to get a flattering finish.

Price: 9/10

For $18.00 you get 0.05 ounces of shadow. This is the expected price and amount of product for an eye shadow from an Urban Decay-equivalent brand.

Final Grade

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Pistol Box Packaging

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Pistol Packaging

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Pistol

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Pistol

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Pistol

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Pistol Swatch

Ingredients

Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Ptfe, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. May contain: Ci 77019 (Mica), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 75470 (Carmine)

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One Response to Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in “Pistol”

  1. Lisa B. says:

    Wow…the reformulation is really disappointing me!

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