Vegan? After a look around Urban Decay’s website and a quick look through the long list of ingredients, it looks like it’s probably not.
Stockists: Debenhams, Selfridges, Urban Decay
So pretty!! I finally caved and bought it. My boyfriend told me I didn’t need yet another eyeshadow palette and would I really wear the colours in it? He knows I’m more for the nude colours, so I held out for the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette but couldn’t find it anywhere so consoled myself by buying this pretty little thing anyway. And let me tell you, I do not regret it.
Firstly, let’s talk about the packaging. Probably slightly unnecessary, the eyeshadow is in a little drawer at the bottom of the palette whilst on the top, a mirror folds out along with a butterfly. It’s cute and all, but the only reason I’ll ever open the little butterfly part is for Instagram, so I feel as though they could’ve made this palette a little bit smaller to fit better in my luggage. The mirror is a good size though and the eyeshadow palette pulls out fully so you don’t have to struggle with keeping the whole thing open and balancing it in your hand, I can just hold the eyeshadow part in my hand whilst doing my makeup.
Next, the eyeshadows! There’s such a wide selection of colours here, a lot of them being pretty wild and crazy for me, and I won’t lie, I probably won’t use some of them. But the colours I will use are amazing, so pigmented and pretty. My favourites are Paradox (12) and Salazen Grum (14). I like pairing these two together for a firey type look, using Paradox as a base on my lid and Salazen Grum in my crease and under eye and blending them together till I’m happy.
There are a few shades which did let me down slightly with pigmentation. The shade Duchess (8), whilst still being beautiful on the skin, is slightly more sheer and pink than it looks in the palette, especially once blended out. The shade Dormouse (11) is also such a pretty colour in the palette, looking like a matte brown with a more subtle sparkle to it, can also come out looking a little sheer. Dream On (10) is probably the biggest let down of them all. It looks like such a glittery purple shade but when applied, it’s really just glitter and no purple, however there is also the shade Gone Mad (7) which is a more pigmented, but slightly less glittery purple shade.
I am however, in love with the shades Lily (3) and Royal Flush (19) which are amazing base colours. I have found with my Too Faced Palettes that often the lighter colours don’t show up on my eyes at all, but these two are really visible and are so pretty and sparkly, and also great to brighten up the eyes.
The idea behind the shades is that they all match up to a character. Urban Decay say that each column lets you recreate a look associated with a different character, or you can mix and match to create your own combos. I definitely feel more inclined to create my own combos as the columns seem like a mismatch of colour almost, and look pretty daring, but I really like the idea behind it.
Overall, I’m in love with this palette. It features amazing pigmentation and a good variety of colours, including safer neutral tones as well as more daring colours. The brush included is pretty good, although I stick to my real techniques brushes which give me more control. The packaging is super pretty but also kinda bulky, so I have a love hate thing with that.