We all know what Urban Decay are most famous for. Go on, I know you’re thinking it. Their Naked palettes. Whether it’s the classic Naked palette or maybe Naked Smokey, it is the palettes that are often associated with the American brand. I own other products from UD, for example if I want my make up to remain on my face, it’s the All Nighter Setting Spray I’m going to reach for. And I refuse to prime my eyelids with anything other than their Primer Potion. But there are lots I knew I was missing out on and when a lovely little package arrived at Musings & More HQ, I was so excited to finally delve more into the well known brand.



First up, I’m going to start with my favourite product of the bunch. Meet the brand new Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Aura*. Hello! I don’t think the photos of this highlighter will ever do this product any justice at all, but it is simply beautiful. I’m so pleased with the colour, a dusky pink that is wearable for any skin tone. It’s a really lightweight powder that you don’t need to worry about over applying as you have total control on the build up because of the fine powder. It’s a really soft, feminine product that sits so very naturally on the skin. I’m usually a liquid highlighter kind of girl and the Afterglow highlighter makes me wonder why! I also tend to reserve highlighter for special occasions but Afterglow I’ve been reaching for daily as it doesn’t feel too much for a work day. It’s totally up to you to build up the effect you want.

Just dab Afterglow anywhere on your face where the sun usually hits. Urban Decay suggests adding some around the corners of the eyes and on the brow bones to give yourself a wide-awake look. Perfect for a sleep Monday morning!


Perversion Mascara* came at the perfect time as I had finished my recent tube of mascara and was wondering which to venture onto next! It promised me ‘bigger, blacker, badder’ lashes which is pretty much everything I’d want from my lashes anyway. The wand is very simple, nice and big but ideal for combing through lashes to leave your without clumps. The creamy texture extended my lashes beautifully and as suggested, left them black and bold.

You are guaranteed to reach every lash with this wand which really helps intensify your look. My eyes were so much more noticeable using this mascara and the length I was given would give even the best false lashes a serious run for their money! I know people who use multiple mascaras to achieve several results at once but there really is no need with Perversion as it really does it all. I don’t need to worry about anything with this mascara, I know at the end of the day my eyelashes will still be volumised and black and I won’t have any streaks or fallout to rub away either.


Now I’m a self confessed failure when it comes to eyeliner. So naturally I was sceptical when I spotted Ink For Eyes*, a Waterproof Precision Eye Pen. As you can see from the swatch, it’s the perfect strong black. If you are wondering why I say that, it’s because quite often I’ve experienced a sort of watery black in eyeliner that looks frankly awful! There’s none of that here though and I was encouraged by the thin tip that surely even I couldn’t screw up?

My problem has always been keeping to a straight line, but this glides smoothly across your lid and is fine enough to help produce a simple flick and allows you to build it up for a more dramatic look if that’s what you fancy. The next – and arguably most important – test was longevity so I wore this one day at work, so we’re talking roughly ten hours by the time I’ve got home, cooked and got round to taking my make up off!

(L-R Heartless eye liner, Ink for eyes and Aura highlighter)

I received a pack of 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils when I was a lot younger and they ended up sitting in my drawer unused and unloved! I always regretted never making the most of the variety of colours on offer so the arrival of a 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Heartless* gave me a chance to redeem myself! Plus, as someone who sticks primarily to darker colours, it gave me the opportunity to experiment as Heartless is a pop of pearly pink that makes the girly girl in me rejoice. The very nature of these pencils are that they glide on, so they are a really creamy consistency that you can work really nicely onto your lids.

I think Heartless is a really great brightening colour and even just applying this to the inner and outer corners of each eye will give you a lovely perk-me-up look. There’s an incredible 41 different colours in the range so your spoilt for choice and bound to find something you like. I really enjoyed putting this eye pencil on because it was just so easy to do. It was surprising how much I liked putting on a different colour as it gave me a completely different look and even pushed me to experiment with different eyeshadows to match.

Speaking of eyeshadows, the incredibly beautiful Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow palette is out now! A tribute to the film out on the 21st of May, there are twenty brand new shades that are seriously exciting and the most gorgeous, psychaedlic packaging! You can find out more here. This is one palette I am seriously eyeing up!

It was a real joy to delve into the world of Urban Decay and its safe to say I’m so impressed with what they have to offer. If anything, I’m worried that there’s a lot more products that I now want to get my hands on! Do you have a favourite UD product? What would you recommend? I’d love to know!

*Post contains product samples sent for review purposes

Emily x

  • Thanks for sharing these. I love that eyeliner –Hanna Lei

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  • The Highlighter looks lovely, I'm highlighter obsessed so that would be a welcomed addition to my collection. The liquid eye liner sounds brilliant and just want i've been looking for xx

    LPage Beauty 

  • I recently purchased their make-up setting spray and I realised when I was in the shop that I hardly own anything from UD (with the exception of the usual's). I really need to build up my UD collection so this was a fab post. The highlighter is especially gorgeous! x

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  • I can't believe I don't own anything from UD, not even the Naked palette! Their Primer Potion has been on my list for ages, it seems like such a cult product!

    As for these products; I'd been on the hunt for a highlighter that would be subtle enough for work, because my current ones are a little too disco if you get me. I'm a self-confessed liquid liner snob, if there's one product I've tried and tested countless times, it's that. Felt tip liners are the only ones I get on with however I often have the same problem as you – they're nowhere near pigmented enough/rub off onto my lid by the end of the day! This one sounds amazing though!

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

  • Great post, that highlighter looks stunning! I only have a few things from UD and they haven't seemed to disappoint.

    Nicole xx |

  • All of the products sound great – especially that mascara! I'm going to need a new mascara when I return to work so I'll keep an eye out for that one in stores! 🙂

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  • The highlighting powder looks lovely!!! <3

    Amelia |

  • I've heard a lot good opinions about UD cosmetic, but I've never tried something! I definitely will try this eyeliner, sounds like a nice one. Thanks for sharing and have an amazing day!

  • Love this post, I really want to try more from Urban Decay rather than just the Naked palettes and their setting sprays, the highlighter looks lovely!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  • I will buy this mascara.. i m impressed with it!
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  • That highlighter looks gorgeous! I need to go swatch it in Sephora.


  • I've heard so much about that highlighter, I would absolutely love to give it a try. ^_^

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  • Urban Decay just recently appeared in our country and I'm excited to try some of their products. The mascara and a highligter looks amazing to me! I'll have to try them out 🙂 x

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  • I love the pencil and the highlighter :O They seem so bright and gorgeous… The only thing I own from UD is the Vice4 palette and a priming mist, and I quite enjoy those, but I would definitely like to try more of their products 🙂 xx

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  • I love urban decay products. I would recommend their naked palettes and their lipsticks! Although, they just reforms later their lipsticks and I haven't tried the new ones yet!

  • Look at all these beauty goodies. I'm a mascara girl and that sound like a good one. I've to check these out. Thanks for sharing, Emily.
    Have a blessed week.

  • Wonderful colours. Lovely photos ♡

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  • These colours are absolutely fab for the coming summer.

  • I must admit I don't own any UD products and thought they only did palettes but nice to see other items from the range. I am loving the mascara

  • Oh that highlighter ♥ so beautiful!! I've heard good things about the Perversion mascara, too!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  • I'm looking for a thin tip eyeliner and this one looks right up my alley! Love UD makeup 🙂

    xx Yasmin

  • The Ink for Eyes eyeliner defiantly caught my eye because I love using pen eyeliners for my signature cat eye look.

     Sierra Berry | @itsberrystylish  

  • Such a pretty pink! Love it!

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  • I absolutely love Urban Decay, so far my favourite product is a VICE 4 palette. So full of bright unique colours. i wish I could try this collection again x
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  • How stunning is that highlighter! What a lovely parcel to receive! xx

  • I have yet to add an Urban Decay item to my makeup collection (even though I've seen and heard so many great things) but you're reminding me that I legitimately need to get something. I think it'll either be perversion or an eye pencil, that being said – Just the fact that you've said it's wearable for everyday makes me even more excited!


  • The Afterglow highlighting powder looks so gorgeous; feminine and natural! The Heartless eye pencil is equally as lovely – it really is the perfect 'pop of pearly pink' haha 🙂

  • Urban Decay does have some great products! I use their concealer pencil religiously.

    Via Sora

  • I've been tempted to buy Perversion for so long now. It looks incredible!


  • I love Urban Decay! They make some awesome products! I SUPER LOVE Perversion! Last year, I tested some mascaras and it was the best out of all of them. Enjoy your new beauty treats 😀 Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love yours and following you on bloglovin.

  • That liner looks amazing!

  • Their highlighters look amazing! I love using a nude/champagne-y color on my waterline, I think it really brightens the eye 🙂

  • this highlighter looks really cool, i'll give it a try in a coming future
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  • Wow! If its psychsdelic like count me in!

    Aly In Wanderland | ^_^ |

    xx Alyssa

  • I have always wanted to try an urban decay mascara, i really need to get my hands on some!

    Great post

    Darriyan♡ |

  • Everything looks so good! I only own Naked palettes so I really need to check them out more, the highlighter is so pretty! x


  • nice post, thanx for sharing

  • Kay

    You really can't go wrong with Urban Decay, it seems to be everyone's favourite makeup brand and for a good reason – everything looks totally stunning! I love the look of that highlighter, like yourself I think that highlighter can be a little much for everyday wear but this one seems very casual and lovely! 🙂 x x And the mascara sounds fab, also, I'm always on the lookout for a new mascara to try so thanks for sharing your recommendation! 🙂 <3 Kisses. x


  • I love my Urban Decay 24/7 liner but I'm going to have to try their liquid liner, too!

    District of Chic

  • UD is an incredible brand and has a lot to offer! Loved this review and I have definitely discovered a few new items to add to my wishlist 🙂 The mascara sounds perfect and the highlighter is something I'd pick up tomorrow. Thanks for all the recommendations!
    xox Nadia

  • Love the mascara and highlighter x


  • Urban Decay has such wonderful projects! I love those shades of pink!


  • awesome post!! now i really want to go shopping aha