As the weeks went by, my heart seemed to break a little more and more with the reviews I was reading (and seeing) about this palette. Reviews went from ‘meh’ to ‘terrible’, and I was only seeing one ‘good’ review for every 3 bad ones. What the heck was going on? I decided against the social media trend, and went to check it out for myself. After I did, I knew I wanted it.
I saw the palette at my local Ulta, and after finger swatching, the colors felt so buttery and soft. I could tell that some were a little more faint than others after I rubbed the swatches on my arm with my fingertips, but who puts on eye shadow like that? Um, no one. I dabbed a little on my arm using each shade in a patting motion with a primer underneath, and immediately saw the difference. $OLD!!
The next couple of days consisted of a few “looks” using the palette. I wanted to try different techniques of blending, a halo effect, and maybe a rainbow. (I had never tried a rainbow look before *squee*!) I did all three.
If you follow me on my Instagram you’ve already seen these looks, but I’m pretty impressed with the outcomes. After a few days of experimenting, I have a final review.
What It Is
A Limited Edition Palette released by Urban Decay featuring 21 bold, vibrant shades of eye shadow coordinated by color family, and one double ended shadow brush. Eighteen shades are brand new to the Urban Decay lineup, and three of the shades are exclusives from previous palettes. The palette itself features one matte shade in white (Bump), the remaining shades are mixtures of glitter, shimmer, and pearl.
The Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette is probably one of the coolest looking palettes I’ve ever seen. The shadows come in a sleek black hard case with a gorgeous gem “UD” logo on the front. The case snaps open and closed and comes with a large cosmetic mirror. The mirror isn’t cheap, guys. It’s beautiful and crystal clear. The double ended brush included in the palette is an Urban Decay touch that allows you to take this palette on the go with you with everything you need for your looks.
Buttery, smooth consistency on most colors. I found Goldmine to be a tad bit on the light and gritty side and Midnight Blaze and Delirious to be a little patchy at first, but worked well with a primer.
The color payoff initially was less than impressive. Using most of the shades without a base or primer is not recommended unless you’re looking for a light wash of color or shimmer. With a primer, the colors are opaque and vibrant. Here are some unedited, unfiltered swatches with no flash using a ‘natural daylight’ light bulb. Please note, I did use a light-handed primer for each shadow swatch. (I used Elizabeth Mott “Thank Me Later” Primer.)
Over all I love the palette, and can use it for an unimaginable amount of looks. I resent that there aren’t any transition shades (then again, a warm-toned brown would probably, erm… okay, definitely, not go well with this palette, no matter how necessary I think it is), but using the lighter shades as transition works okay if you can tolerate the shimmer/glitter/pearl texture in your crease. The colors are extremely bendable with each other. Other shadows I used for transition seemed to work especially well with a white or black primer or base. All shades become even more opaque when used with a spritz of setting spray on your brush before application. The spritz adds a gorgeous foiled effect to the pearlescent shades, and a pop of ice cold “glow for the gods” vibrancy to Iced.
To end this post, I’d like to add that this is NOT sponsored by Urban Decay. They don’t know me, and the odds of them seeing this are very slim. But if you saw this post, and need to go grab this palette for yourself (or a friend, ahem) you can purchase it here or at your local Sephora or Ulta.
Do you have this palette? What are your reviews? Drop your comments below! 🙂