Urban Decay’s Black Market Eyeliner Set is the first item from their 2013 holiday collection to be released. It features one permanent collection color and five brand new limited edition colors in travel sizes. In addition to reviewing and swatching them, I also swatched them next to similar Urban Decay colors for comparison.
These eyeliners live up to the standard set by Urban Decay’s latest reformulation. Some shades are better than others, and I’ll detail that after the swatches. Overall, they’re creamy, they apply well, they have a lot of pigment and wore well on me all day long.
Here’s a comparison between a full-size eyeliner and one of these:
As different as they look, a full-size pencil is 0.04 US ounces, and these travel sized ones have .03 US ounces. So with 6 of these, you’re getting the equivalent of four and a half regular eyeliners, at the price of less than two.
That’s Black Market, Desperation, West, Apathy, Ink and Riot. Since many of us own some Urban Decay eyeliners already, I thought it would be helpful to review these next to other similar shades. Unfortunately, I don’t own the whole line but I do own quite a few.
Black Market up close.
Here’s Black Market next to the infamous Perversion. While Perversion is a super deep dark black matte, Black Market is a soft black or deep charcoal with very subtle bits of greenish shimmer and brown undertones. It’s definitely dark enough to work as a “black”, but I almost find myself thinking of it more as a gray. This one, like some others from this line, has a soft quality – you can get a nice fine line with it, but if you try to build it up, it will tend to get more of a thick, smudgy look. Which is awesome when it’s what you want!
Desperation up close.
Here’s Desperation next to Mushroom. Desperation is a deep taupe matte. Mushroom is a little bit warmer and rosier, though still taupe, and has a whole big bunch of silver and black shimmer. These are sort of similar colors, but I find Mushroom is much more subtle overall. Desperation can need a little bit of building, but will give you a very sharp, opaque look if that’s what you want. Because Mushroom is so reflective, it tends to look softer.
West up close and personal.
Urban Decay has a few brown eyeliners. This is Hustle, West and Roach. West is a deep warm brown with gold shimmer. It’s darker than either of the others, if only by a shade or two. It has less shimmer than Roach and about the same as Hustle. West and Hustle are both considerably less red than Roach, although they are still warm browns. This one had very good pigmentation.
Apathy up close, after I dropped it right on its tip. Sorry.
And this is Stash, Apathy, Loaded and Junkie. Apathy is a deep emerald green shimmer with brown undertones – it can take on more brown or green depending on your eyeshadow and the rest of your look. It’s considerably cooler and more emerald than Stash to its left, but a little lighter and warmer than Loaded, which is more of a deep forest green. Junkie really looks nothing like any of them, but there it is anyway. Apathy needs a little bit of building up.
This is Ink which looks all sapphire…
Ink is a deep navy that’s supposed to have some subtle pearlescence, but I found the overall effect was overwhelmingly more “matte, but with dimension.” It can pass for black on the eyes, but the “dimension” of it can have some startling effects: navy liners make my brown eyes really pop, and Ink is gorgeous. It’s also the richest shade from this collection – I almost have to be careful not to get way more color than I want with it. You see it here next to LSD, which is a navy with lots of sapphire and silver shimmer. These couldn’t really be worn interchangeably.
But since I don’t own other blue Urban Decay liners, at least I took the trouble to photograph some at a store because I love you all that much!
I don’t know how true the colors are from one of my photos to the next, especially when I used my iPhone, but I think this is pretty true. Ink actually appears to me to be closest to Sabbath in comparison – if they don’t add Ink to the lineup, I’ll probably buy Sabbath if it’s half as pretty, because I’m digging Ink that much.
And here’s Riot.
And this is: Vice, Psychadelic Sister, Riot and Rockstar. Riot is a blackened purple with purple shimmer and gray undertones. Psychadelic Sister is a lot more blue, Vice is a lot more reddish, and Rockstar is the most similar but more brown. Rockstar would never be mistaken for a black on your eyes, but Riot – like Ink – could be, except for the shimmer.
This is a good quality set overall – for the price, you’re getting a lot. If you already have a lot of Urban Decay eyeliners, you may not feel you need this set. If you’ve never tried them, this is a good way to get started for less than the cost of two regular-priced eyeliners.