Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Urban Decay Cosmetics Shadow Box Review and Swatches!

Hello there lovelies. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was a whirlwind. I feel like it just raced by. I can't wait to begin another wonderful New Year. What are some of your goals and hopes for the new year?

Today I am here to do a review on a product I picked up a little over a month ago. I am a huge fan of Urban Decay products and am an Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Hoarder! I admit it, it's a problem. It is one company that I am okay with splurging for. When I saw that they released an eyeshadow palette with 12 of their best sellers in it I immediately got excited. I got even more excited when I saw the $34 price tag which is pretty affordable for the brand.

Like I said the palette comes with 12 of their best selling eyeshadow shades which you can buy full size in singular form. Urban Decay Eyeshadows are normally $18 a piece and you get .05 oz in each one.


This palette is a cardboard type packaging with a magnetic hinge closure. I love the detail on this and I think it is beautiful. I wish the packaging was a little more durable though because I don't think this could withstand any major travel or any jostling around in a bag or anything. 

I like that there is a mirror as well. The one thing that really surprised me was the size. I ordered this off of the Ulta website so I didn't really know how big it would be. It is pretty small. I would say the size of a small envelope and the eyeshadow pans are also pretty tiny. I'll show you in comparison to one of my eyeshadow brushes. If you are using this on a daily basis it may go quicker than you'd think. Thank goodness they all come in a normal size if you run out. 


This was also something I found disappointing. I am usually a huge fan of Urban Decay because their shadows are so creamy and pigmented but this palette seemed to have a very powdery texture. I had fallout with most of these shades and found that if I didn't use a light hand with my brush that it produced a lot of kick up. However, I didn't see a lot of fallout when I used a cream base underneath like a Maybelline Color Tattoo or my Jordana Eyeshadow Pencil.


Swatches of the top row over the Revlon Photoready Primer
Swatches of the bottom row of shades. 

The pigmentation is still pretty good. Urban Decay usually doesn't drop the ball in this area. The colors applied true to color and blended nicely. I like that you get a variety of colors in this palette. You have all the tools to create a natural look or something more colorful. However, the downside is that all of these are a shimmer/glitter finish. The only matte shade is Blackout.I wish they had thrown in at least one matte brown shadow so you could create a good blending shade or depth. Some perform absolutely beautifully and others are not very good at all. 

My favorites from the palette are Mushroom, Indo, and Baked Cowboy. My least favorite are Freelove, Bordello, and Flash. 

Overall Verdict:

As a whole I think this is a good palette if you need something with a variety of color options and you want to try some of the popular Urban Decay shades. It is a nice little palette to have in your collection however, I think you'd be better off splurging on the Vice 3 Palette. It has much larger shadows and a very wide range of shades that all perform gorgeously. 

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