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Toxic Makeup Best & Worst: Urban decay review

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Urban Decay’s logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello, Lovelies!  I’m back with another makeup brand review.  I previously reviewed E.L.F. Cosmetics (to read this review, click here).  This time we are looking at Urban Decay and spotlighting some of their best and worst health rated products.  As usual I use www.goodguide.com and www.ewg.org/skindeep to get these ratings.  Below I have listed current ratings as of this writing.  Don’t forget: product formulations are constantly changing so you may want to double check scores before purchasing.  For Good Guide (gg), 10=no toxin, 5-9=low toxin, 3-4=moderate toxin, 0-2=high toxin so the higher the number the better.  As for Skin Deep (sd), the ratings are opposite of Good Guide; 0=no toxin, 1-2=low toxin, 3-6=moderate toxin, 7-10=high toxin so the lower the number the better.  I included prices if available, but don’t fret, ebay and amazon are always loaded with discontinued makeup.  I included ratings on d/c’d products in case you have them in your stash.  Let’s highlight some of their low-toxin products first.  Urban Decay has quite a few low-toxin products.

The Best:

24/7 glide on lip pencils in all colors except Wicked (gg 7, sd 1 or 2); $19

Lip junkie lip glosses (gg5+); $19

Naked 2 eyeshadow palette of 12 shadows (all shades score well except for Blackout-gg 4; could not find score for Bootycall); $50

Most of their false lashes (gg 8); $15

Urbanglow cream highlight in the shades sin, wicked, and brown sugar (gg 8); $24

Cannonball ultra waterproof mascara (gg 8); $20

24/7 glide on eye pencils in the shades: zero, lust, perversion, ransom, rockstar, stash, demolition, underground, yayo, flipside, gunmetal, graffiti  (gg 6+, sd 2); $19 (some shades are on sale on www.sephora.com for only $6!)

Eyelash primer potion (gg 8) $20

Meltdown Make-Up Remover (gg 8); $24

Lipsticks in the following shades: gravity, trainwreck, jilted, vinyl, voodoo, wanted, buzzkill, requiem, revolution, midnight cowboy, lovechild, hot pants, rush, sellout, naked, apocalypse, peroxide, confession, and gash (gg 6+); *note: these are the old lipsticks, not to be confused with the brand new Revolution lipsticks that, to my knowledge, have not yet been rated.

Ammo eyeshadow box/palette – 10 Shades (gg 7); $34

Eyeshadow singles in the following shades: buck, darkhorse, roach, woodstock, foxy, baked, virgin, zephyr, s and m, smog, loaded, lost, tease, naked, verve, evidence, asphyxia, toasted, freelove, rockstar, blunt, bust, mildew, x, ydk, peace, flash, pistol, fishnet, bender, scratch, snakebite, busted, vanilla, mushroom, gravity, shattered, bordello, height, secret service, half baked, swf, radium, sellout, kush, snatch, suspect, last call, abc gum, psychedelic sister, acdc, twice baked, gunmetal, sin, grifter, midnight cowgirl, chopper, oil slick, stray dog, polyester bride, midnight cowboy, rodeo, midnight cowboy rides again, and the stardust eyeshadows (gg 5+); $18. *Note the older formulations of these shadows have much worse scores

Eyeshadow Primer Potion in sheer nude, eden, and greed (gg 6+); $20 (greed is on sale right now at www.sephora.com for only $10)

De-slick, All Nighter, and Dew Me setting sprays (gg 6); $14-29 depending on size

Revolver fragrance Oil (gg 6)

Guardian angel spray moisturizer SPF 8 (gg 6)

Stardust sparkling lip glosses in andromeda and space cowboy (gg 6)

Midnight cowboy body shimmer lotion (gg 5)

Rollergirl eyeshadow palette of four shadows (gg 5)

Worst:

It would take too long to list all 500 or so poorly rated products, so I’ll highlight a few.

Naked 1 palette of 12 shadows (gg 0); $50

Urban brow styling brush and setting gel  (gg 4); $20

Urbanglow Cream Highlight in the shade Moonshine (gg 4); $24

Many eyeshadow colors (too many to list), here’s an example of a few: cobra, blackout, chase, maui wowi (gg 0-4), $18

Big fatty waterproof mascaras (gg 2-4); $20

24/7 glide-on shadow pencils (gg 4); $20

The black palette (gg 4)

Loose pigments (gg 0)

Surreal skin mineral makeup and Surreal cream to powder foundations (gg 0, sd 3+); $31 and $35 respectively

De-slick mattifying face powder (sd 3); $32

Naked skin beauty balm (sd 5); $14-34 depending on size

Afterglow glide on cheek tint (gg 3-4); $24

24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (gg 0); $19

Ultraglide lip glosses and xxx shine glosses (gg 0)

These bad scores are due to ingredients such as silica, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), propylene glycol, triethanolamine, and multiple parabens.  These are linked to health concerns such as cancer, organ toxicity, hormone disruption, and cellular level changes.  Overall, Urban Decay health product ratings are 2.8, their social responsibility rating is 3.2, and their environmental responsibility rating is also 3.2 (none too impressive).

So judge for yourself if Urban Decay is the right brand for you.  Most of their low-toxin products, while costly, are highly pigmented, beautiful, and have great staying power.  And remember that not all high-end makeup makes for good health quality products.

What are your thoughts on Urban Decay?  Leave a comment below.  As always, thanks for reading.

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the most high, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling for He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:9-11

References:

www.ewg.org/skindeep

www.goodguide.com

Malkin, S. (2007). Not Just a Pretty Face: The ugly side of the beauty industry. Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers.

Quilty, D. (n.d.). What Is BHT And Why You Should Avoid It. In The Good Human. Retrieved September 24, 2009, from http://thegoodhuman.com/2009/09/24/what-is-bht-butylated-hydroxytoluene-and-why-you-should-avoid-it/

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