Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner review

Hi everyone!

Tonight’s review will be on Urban Decays Heavy metal Glitter Eyeliner in Distortion. I was browsing around in Mecca in search of lip colours and came across these eyeliners (They need makeup stores the size of Ikea for people to get lost in).

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to mention any brands in this post.

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Source: http:/mecca.com.au/urban-decay/heavy-metal-glitter-eyeliner/V-021104.html


A downside of the packaging is that the shade description and list of ingredients is in a black font on a holographic  surface which makes it difficult to read whilst browsing in-store. I couldn’t read the ingredients on the sticker at the store(Yes, I’m that person that reads through the ingredients of an item if presented with the opportunity to do so.)and so I purchased it without knowing whether there were any parabens in the formula.

[ Ingredients(taken from the website): Aqua (Water/Eau), Polyethylene Terephthalate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Polyurethane-11, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber/Concombre) Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot/Carotte) Root Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach/Pêche) Fruit Extract ]

I’m not an expert with cosmetic and skincare ingredients but basically(or what online sites suggest), parabens are a class of widely used preservatives(to prevent bacteria growth) in cosmetics. Parabens are often a subject of controversy so I try to stay away from products with parabens in them but a factor which often stagnates my decision whether to avoid a cosmetic item with parabens present in it is the effectiveness of that item/ how long I will be wearing it. (I don’t even know if that’s a straight line of logic – sometimes I don’t understand myself.)

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The formula consists of of fine glitter particles in a clear slight adhesive type liquid. The tapered brush tip allows for precision and the simple sleek elongated cylindrical barrel shape allows for compact and convenient placement in one’s makeup bag though the lack of grip ergonomic detail means that it is prone to slipping out of hands. However, the clear casing which houses the formula doesn’t seem to be made out of glass – instead, hard plastic, which means that the bottle will/and or should not crack.

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For a daily look,  I just apply a few strokes in the corner of my eyes, continuing from my normal waterline product(except I don’t wear it directly on my waterline as anything on my waterline irritates me so I prefer to just go under the bottom lash line) to create a glittery gradient that isn’t too shocking(as in, in your face disco ball reflective glittery sparkles).

The formula definitely lasts throughout the day – the longest I’ve worn it so far would probably be around 8 hours. However, if you lightly smudge it with a finger after it’s dried, a few specks of glitter will transfer to your finger.

Would I repurchase? Yes.


Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated!

Emily Yu


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