Spotlight On: Urban Decay Backfire

backfireBackfire is a shimmery finish eyeshadow described by Urban Decay as a “burgundy with purple shift”. I would describe it as a red-based purple with hints of duo chrome pink throughout. It is such a unique color and not like anything I have or have seen in the eyeshadow world! It pairs beautifully with all of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes, so I included some looks using those palettes to create these looks. This eyeshadow is rich in pigmentation on its own, but when applied wet or over a purple base, the color is intensified dramatically. It has very quickly become one of my most favorite purples and one I can’t recommend enough! Have you tried Backfire or any of the new singles from Urban Decay?

Look #1 – see the video tutorial here!

Eyeshadows used:

  • MAC Pearlglide ‘Designer Purple’ (as a base on lid, below crease)
  • UD Backfire (layered over Pearlglide color)
  • MAC Indian Ink (outer third of lid into outer v)
  • MAC Typographic (layered over Indian Ink to darken)
  • MAC Malt & Kid (crease)
  • MAC Blanc Type (blend)


7 thoughts on “Spotlight On: Urban Decay Backfire

  1. What I have learned from all of this is that I simply do have to get the UD Naked Smoky palette….I love the shades you’ve used from that palette and while I might pass on Backfire, I do need the palette!

    1. Z reviewed the Naked Smoky on her YouTube channel. She doesn’t really recommend it because while the colors look beautiful in the pan, she said they end up looking like the same color when applied and looks muddy at the end of the day. Check it out and see

  2. I have the naked smoky palette and don’t see muddy if I use a good contract combo. It does have too many gray toned shadows tho. I use this in combination with other shadows from other brands. On another note-look 3 says use w.o.s to blend out naked-there is no naked mentioned in that combo. I assume it means to blend out the crease.
    thanks for another great combo list.

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