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Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl Old vs. New Comparison

As I love the Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl eyeshadow, the old version, I wanted to see if I’d like the Midnight Cowgirl, the new version. This color changed when the formula changed.

Midnight Cowgirl (old) – subtle golden-beige with gold glitter

Midnight Cowgirl (new) – warm sand with multi-colored glitter

The two colors are both light.

Old Midnight Cowgirl is more yellow-toned than the New Midnight Cowgirl. You can easily see the little gold sparkles in the color.

New Midnight Cowgirl is more peach-beige than yellow-beige by comparison. You can also easily see the multi-colored sparkles in the new formula.

On that note, I LOVE the new Urban Decay formulas that have multi-colored sparkles. Gravity is another shade with the multi-colored sparkles.

I was prepared to hate the new because it’s not yellow or golden like the old. I don’t hate it, I actually really like it, mostly due to the multi-colored sparkles, but I’m not quite sold on the peach-beige tone of the new.

Midnight Cowgirl (new) on the browbone.

Midnight Cowgirl (old) on browbone.

I just think the old looks better than the new on me.

Midnight Cowgirl – old – $17
Midnight Cowgirl – new – $18

If I were to remake the color, I’d keep the yellow-beige tone of the old, but add in the multi-colored sparkles of the new.

I do know that a lot of people hated the old formula, but I never tried it in the Book of Shadows that it came in, only in a single. The single old formula has worked well for me. So far the new seems a touch frosty.

Which version do you prefer? The old or the new?

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  • What are all the shadows you used for the second look?? Is that dark green MUG Dirty Martini by any chance? Those colors make your eyes look amazing!

    The new Midnight Cowgirl looks to me to be very similar to Stila Kitten.

      • @Phyrra Definitely getting Dirty Martini then. I used MUG Peacock & Envy today with some Tarte shadows in a look similar to the bluish-green look you did. My eyes are very similar in color to yours, so that got me to get away from the recent neutrals rut I’ve been in. I was shocked to hell when I realized the same shades look really good on me too! I’ll be doing a lot of blue/green looks for the next while as a result….thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  • Awesome review & comparison! I love both colors, but maybe I prefer the newer version as I kind of like warmer colors & I do love the multi-colored sparkles…if they were going to change the color that much maybe they should have re-named it.

  • Wow, they are totally different! I like the color of the older one better I think. The new one is pretty but the color seems more common.

  • I prefer the old one. The new one just looks too much like Midnight Cowboy. As if the range doesn’t already have enough peachy-beiges!

    • that’s exactly what i thought when i saw the swatch! i thought it was midnight cowboy!!
      i only have a tiny bit left of the old midnight cowgirl… i guess i’m going to have to use this very sparingly now 🙁

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