January 31, 2016

Urban Decay Spectrum Palette

For Christmas, I admit to strongly hinting to my partner what I wanted. Urban Decay's limited edition spectrum palette. With the Gwen Stefani collection, it seems to have gone under the radar. The fear of missing out on this palette was way too strong. The palette consists of 15 shadows laid out in rows of 3 analogous eyeshadows, forming a ombre of greens, blues, purples, pinks and neutrals.

The palette contains 5 new shadows, 4 popular shades from the current collection and 6 returning shadows from past palettes:

Protest golden forest green shimmer
Junkie teal green shimmer 
Deep End bright teal shimmer

Madness bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro glitter
Evidence deep navy blue shimmer
Prank deep navy matte with turquoise floating pearl

Omen bright metallic purple with blue shift
Flashback bright deep purple with pink sparkle
Voodoo metallic purple shimmer with iridescent purple micro-glitter

Flatline metallic pale pink
Bordello pale mauve shimmer with gold micro-glitter
Backlash bright pink with orange floatng pearl

Daybreak soft bronze with silver glitter
Burn medium golden brown shimmer
West deep metallic brown shimmer

The packaging of the spectrum palette is very similar to their 15th anniversary palette which was released back in 2011. Lifting the lid of the box reveals the palette which are on a detachable tray. I will definitely be reusing the box for personal trinkets or maybe even to use as a customisable palette. There's also a big square mirror underneath the lid. The sides of the lid let's you stand the mirror while you do your makeup. A simple but extremely useful idea! 

So how do the eyeshadows actually perform? All the shadows have some sparkle or shimmer in the pan. None of them are matte, making them very pigmented. A little goes a long way and there's minimal building needed with most of the shadows in this palette. The downside of all shimmery shadows is that you'd definitely need a complementary matte palette to work with these. The main shadows I had issues with had chunky glitter in them and had fallout problems (curse you Voodoo & Bordello). The only other qualm I have is with Backlash, for not being as insanely bright on the lids as it is in the pan. Otherwise, Deep End is a mermaid dream come true, the turquoise, blues and purples are great for those who enjoy playing with colour.

Ultimately, while I do love these eyeshadows, I admit I own so many similar shadows. None of these colours seem to have anything truly unique to them. I wouldn't describe this as an 'unmissable' palette. Although, it definitely makes for a beautiful gift.

Unfortunately, it seems as though the Spectrum palette is sold out on the Urban Decay UK site. It was selling for £35. However, it seems as though Urban Decay may be bringing them back as they have began stocking them exclusively in Sephora US. Fingers crossed they'll be available in store here for those who missed out over the Christmas period.

1 comment:

  1. Loved your review! Beautiful palette too! One day I shall get my hands on one! <3

    Faye x