Focus On: Urban Decay Frigid, and Ransom

Focus On is a work in progress. Have you ever talked yourself out of buying a product because the color was too odd, and you wondered how often you would really be able to use it? Or, you know those colors you LOVE because of some hidden versatility that you never imagined when you bought it? I do that ALL of the time. In the interests of loving what I HAVE, and learning its limitations, rather than relying on the influx of new colors, I will be doing this post every Saturday, focusing on a new color from my collection, with examples of past work, ideas for other uses. Please feel free to suggest colors you wish to see, or uses for the ones listed, or let me know what your favorites are for future posts.

Frigid is a striking, deep blue-violet.  It has a faintly metallic shine.  Ransom is a rich, slightly-less blue violet. I’ve grouped these two together because they are both Urban Decay Deluxe formula, and the colors have very similar uses.  While they do look different, the uses are ultimately almost interchangeable.  And with the uniform formula, the same blending and application techniques are applicable.  Ransom is just slightly more of a true purple than Frigid.

I use Frigid a LOT on the lower lashline because it has just enough color to offset almost any bright eye makeup.

Most of the looks I’m showing for Frigid show it applied heavily.  It also looks nice sheered out, though still with brighter colors…

Though most of the pictures here show Ransom as a crease color, it also is bright enough to work as a lid color with brighter colors.

They offset bright, cool colors much nicer than a true black.

Both Frigid and Ransom tend to reflect whatever they’re paired with.  Ransom, despite being a true violet, appears to have just as much blue as frigid, applied over a blue or periwinkle base.

With periwinkle shadows, Frigid show’s more navy.

This might be a whole separate topic…. but I REALLY recommend pairing ransom with a rich, cool brown like Urban Decay Underground to establish  a natural contoured falloff for bright lid colors.

Both Frigid and Ransom were used in the crease for this.  Note how applying a warm, pink based purple above the crease seems to bring out the violet.


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