Isn’t it pretty?
And to think, I waited this long to get my hands on it.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m probably one of the dumbest smart people that you or I know. Sure I have a ridiculously high IQ and in some circles I’m known as a genius (haha!). But you know what? High intelligence does not translate to common sense. I prove that to myself daily.
What I’m trying to say is, I could have had this palette way before now, if I’d bothered to pay attention to the fact that this was an Ulta exclusive, because you know, then I wouldn’t have been waiting for my Sephora V.I.B. coupon so I could get it? Le Sigh.
Bout the palette, it’s rather small, think Too Faced regular palette sizes. There are twelve shades, the names of which you’ll find on the back of the box it comes in.
Inside the box is the palette itself. It’s made of card with a magnetic closure, mostly secured by the metal stylised letters UD, with a pretty large mirror for application. In truth, the card feels a bit flimsy, and on mine parts of it were lifting. On the mirror, the words Beauty With An Edge are printed. About that, I really wish they would stop with that cause for serious? Urban Decay is no longer edgy, they’ve in fact become very pretty, so this whole beauty with an edge thing seems to be grasping. Ya’ll are trying too hard now, stop it.
I’ve had this for a little while now, and I actually love the shades. I also have the Vice3 palette and I’m not sure yet, but I think that I prefer this one. The colours to me just seem a bit more wearable. Pictures below without flash first and then with.
Swatches below without flash and with.
Colours from left to right;
Sin – Champagne Shimmer
Indo – Metallic Emerald Green Shimmer
Bordello – Pale Mauve Shimmer/Gold Micro-Glitter
Tornado – Deep Purple Shimmer
Smog – Coppery Bronze Shimmer
Blackout – Matte Black
Flash – Iridescent Light Purple Shimmer
Mushroom – Warm Grey Shimmer
Lost – Metallic Medium Brown Shimmer
Freelove – Golden Peach Shimmer
Moonshadow – Bright Navy Blue shimmer w/tonal sparkle
Baked Cowboy – Golden Bronze Shimmer w/tonal sparkle (think Midnight Cowboy on steroids)
As you can see all the colours with the exception of Blackout are shimmer shades, and boy do they ever mean shimmer. These are mostly old favourites and three new shades, two I’m sure of, Baked Cowboy and Moonshadow, but I’m not sure which is the third. Smog is my personal most loved UD shade of ever. I’ve been using this shade since 2003 I think, I preferred it in cream form, but I’ll take it any way that I can get it.
I’ve been playing with this palette for a few days now and created some simple looks, I’ve been told that I need to do step by step tutorials showing which colours I apply and how, but since I like to take my shots outdoors, I’m still trying to figure out a good way to do that without looking like the crazy lady on the patio applying her makeup. Besides, I tend to do really simple looks, and that just sounds like massive complications to me. I’ll ponder though.
The first set of pictures are all taken with flash cause it was a pretty overcast day. This look is very fun and light, nothing too dramatic.
Colours used; Tornado on the outer and inner crease blended upwards, Smog on the lid and Mushroom in the tear duct to brighten. Mac Patina as brow highlight.
The shadows are mostly quite blendable, they last all day, but…
As a primer I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance, nothing else works as well for me, I know some people swear by UD’s Primer Potion, but I hate it, and it doesn’t work for me at all. Shadow Insurance never fails me. I also set it with concealer as well, just to get a good base for shadows.
The first day that I used the palette I didn’t notice this, but maybe with the colours I used being so light, that made a difference. With the look below, the colours are darker. About an hour or so after application, I went to the bathroom to check it, and there were gaps in colour where the shadows had creased and separated.
I don’t even have oily lids, if anything, my lids get dry and tend to strip. The colours were still vibrant, they’d just creased and migrated into the lines on my lids. Also, Blackout although really strong and vibrant when first blended, just sort of faded away rather quickly.
Colours used; Moonshadow on the lid, Blackout from the outer crease to the inner and blended upwards. Mushroom on the inner tear-duct and on the lower lash line, Sin as brow highlight.
Issues with blendability and creasing aside, I really like this palette, the pigmentation is great so the colours are vibrant and more in line with the ones that I would wear daily. I think the colours are diverse enough that it would suit a lot of people, but I think it could use some variety in terms of finish, since this is an all shimmer palette, I wouldn’t normally use it as a full look palette.
It needs a at least one more matte shade and a satin or two. The micro-glitter/shimmer in every shade can a bit overwhelming, and it’s not something I’d encourage a rookie to get, although it doesn’t have as much fallout as you’d expect with shimmer shades.
At $34 it is a good value and does have some of UD’s best shades. Even though most of the shades are ones that are already a part of the UD arsenal, they’re the shades that don’t often make it into all the palettes, and as an added bonus it doesn’t have as many repeats as the Ammo Box. Like literally every single shade in the Ammo Box is one that I have, some of them more than one. I already have three Maui Wowie’s, I really don’t need a new one, plus a Mildew and an Oil Slick that I haven’t even made a dent in yet, so yeah.
If you’re looking for a good UD palette this season, this may be the one. Unless you’re new to UD, then I’d say get the Ammo Palette because it has all the UD superstars in it and it’s a good introduction to the brand and some of the colours that made it famous like Smog, Oil Slick, Maui Wowie, Grifter, Polyester Bride and Chopper.
I also just did a Sephora Haul for the VIB sale, so the review on the Vice3 palette is on the way!