April 28, 2010

Reader Review: Urban Decay’s Deluxe Palette

4 stars out of 5

My first impression of this palette was not a stellar one…But as I used it, my view point changed entirely!
This is a great palette for someone just getting into Urban Decay, in my opinion. It was my first palette from the brand, and I was not disappointed.
First of all, colors:
You get a great mix of neutral and vivid colors. There’s a color for everyone. Even if you’re the type of makeup-wearer who leans towards neutrals, one of the vibrant colors can be used as a liner to spice things up. You get two colors in the purple/pink category (Fishnet/Ransom), one green (Graffiti–my favorite green I own), one blue (Peace), one yellow/gold (Honey), one black (Zero), and three neutrals (Shag, Scratch, and Underground).

These colors are BRIGHT! They barely need any building up! My suggestion (that I learned from the Muse herself) is to use a sponge applicator. It picks up the pigmentation much better than any other brush I’ve used. I still think a base is needed, but they are so intense that if you’re in a pinch, they’d last for a while. The shadows are creamy and smooth. They apply like butter! They are definitely no-hassle shadows.

The palette is $38 for nine 1.2 gram shadows, two sponge applicators, and a very mini Urban Decay Primer Potion. I think it is very worth it, as a little of these shadows goes a long way. The packaging is cute and has protected my shadows just fine, and I’ve carried it in my purse before. For the variety that you get, it is money well-spent.

The packaging is like a little two sided. It’s cute and sturdy, with a good sized mirror. The problem rests in it being made of a velvety/felt material. It is a magnet for dust and powder! So keep it in a safe, clean spot if you’d rather have it in pristine condition. Also, the inside stains easily and the powder from the shadows gets on the mirror and on the white cardboard.

This is the perfect palette for anyone interested in trying out something new and fun. The existence of the neutrals makes it practical, but the bright colors jazz it up and add something fresh to any makeup collection.
I’ve been wearing Underground for over a week already, which is something I rarely do! I’m so A.D.D. about changing my look from day to day that I rarely wear the same look twice in a week…but I’ve found this color to go with everything! I’ll be buying the separate shadow when I run out. I’ve also been wearing Scratch as a blush. I’m fair skinned, so it shows up just barely, and it gives a nice ‘barely rosey’ color to my cheeks.


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • mercedes (muses biggest fan or so i like to think ha)

    good review im just starting to get into the ud world,it wa insightful and informative.it adressed topics that need to be discussed and you werent jumping around all over the place with you lol’s or omgs.

    • Marina

      Thank you 🙂 I’m glad it was informative! I know when I read reviews, I prefer them to have the crucial points that I look for.

  • Yao

    This was my first UD purchase, too! And still my favorite. Peace is probably the best shade of eyeshadow I own. It’s just so gorgeously pigmented!

    • Marina

      I’m so glad this was my first UD palette! I’d had the liners and the primer before, but never the shadows. It’s a great introduction to the brand; I’m hooked for life now, haha! And Peace is so gorgeous!

  • Tsahi baxter

    I just got this palette too! i reviewed it on my blog as well. I love it!!! Great post 🙂 feel free to check out my post

  • UDnewbieinlove!

    This was my first time with UD and I have to say that i am absolutely 100% in love with this palette. Reason one… you can mix and match every shade in the box and that was a surprise to me. Two… when you use the primer it will last you all day. Three…. these colors are HOTTT! I do agree that the packaging is hard to keep clean. I kept the plastic shield that came with it. I am a lil OCD when it comes to my make-up. This palette got me hooked on Urban Decay! Good review!