August 19, 2018

My Guide to Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes


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I've been a huge fan of Urban Decay makeup for years and still remember the excitement over waiting for the next Naked eyeshadow palette release like it was yesterday. This year, I've been fortunate enough to receive many of the new releases as PR but since I only had the chance to do a first impression and swatches on my Instagram page, I wanted to write a longer post later on my blog after I had more time to play with all of them. I didn't specifically address pigmentation and blendability as I had no problems with that with any of these palettes (one of the main reason I love Urban Decay eyeshadows!). Here is the breakdown of all the ones I enjoy using the most with some pros and cons below.

Favorite Multitasker: 

Urban Decay BackTalk Palette ($46) 


I've heard mixed reviews about Urban Decay BackTalk palette but to be honest, I've had absolutely no issues with it. I love the pretty color range, and even though I wasn't entirely sure if I would be able to rock all the pinks in this palette I was pleased to find them looking very flattering on my eyes. The blush/highlighter part is great! 

PROS:

Love the cheek and eyeshadow combo idea.
Flattering colors, both matte and shimmers.
You can create either neutral or richer, more colorful look.

CONS:

I am not a fan of the packaging, it's pretty but just seems a bit too complicated.

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Fun & creative: 

Urban Decay Distortion Eyeshadow Palette ($54 now $24 )


I remember how excited I was when I first heard about this Urban Decay Distortion palette. I loved the idea of eyeshadow toppers that transform any color into a completely different one once applied on top of it. I was expecting to reach out for this palette much often than I actually ended up doing. I think the reason for that is that I have so many eyeshadow palettes and I just don't remember all the combo colors I could create using Distortion so most of the time I would just use the toppers as my inner corner highlight but still it's a great eyeshadow palette!  

PROS:

Lots of new shades you can create using eyeshadow toppers
Decent mix of different finishes and colors
Big mirror and cool packaging

CONS:

Since I don't remember on the top of my head how many more shades I can create using eyeshadow toppers I just tend to not pick it up as often as I would wish to.

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Neutral must-have: 

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette ($54)


Urban Decay Naked palettes have been my favorite for years. I actually got my hands on Naked number one not that long ago (I've been a Naked 2 die-hard fan) and I absolutely love it. It's perfect for everyday use, daytime, nighttime, smoky eyes, natural makeup I mean there is a reason why it's still THAT popular and loved by many (including me). It's beautiful and it's a neutral makeup looks enthusiasts must-have without a doubt! 

PROS:

Everything plus it comes with a mirror and good quality synthetic two-sided brush! (sorry lost mine somewhere ha)

CONS:

Nothing, I love it.

Most loved at the moment: 

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette ($49)


Urban Decay Born To Run eyeshadow palette was one of those makeup releases that got my attention but at the same time, this product wasn't on my immediate must-have list. I was fortunate enough to receive it in a PR package and the second I started swatching those colors I knew I found my new favorite. Born To Run offers a beautiful range of colors and finishes with some gorgeous unique shades that I haven't seen a lot in the recent eyeshadow palette releases in general. It's so versatile and you can create so many different looks depending on the occasion. Out of all the eyeshadow palettes discussed in this post Naked and Born To Run are the ones I use the most on an everyday basis.

PROS:

Beautiful range of colors and finishes
Huge mirror
A total must-have in my opinion

CONS:

None

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Great shimmers-only eyeshadow palette:

Urban Decay Heavy Metals ($55 now $27)

Urban Decay Heavy Metals was such a fun release, especially since I live for shimmery eyeshadows. I am not a huge fan of the format of this palette even though it feels very sturdy and high quality. I like reaching out for it when I am done with my matte crease color and need a fun lid color.

PROS:

Beautiful jewel-toned eyeshadows
I love the idea of putting neutrals and more colorful shades separately
Unique metal made packaging (not my favorite, but have to admit it's an original idea!)

CONS:

No mattes (but that was the whole point of this eyeshadow palette)
Packaging (like I mentioned some love it some are not fans)

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I hope you Guys enjoyed this post and please let me know if you would like to see more of these types of reviews. I personally have a short attention span lol so I enjoy straight to the point, short posts.

Have a great day! 
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