Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette ($34) is a new, limited edition Summer 2018 palette that includes eight brand new Urban Decay Eyeshadows in aquatic and bronze shades.
The Beached Eyeshadow Palette isn’t a new color scheme by any means. It’s one Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, and a variety of other brands embrace towards to start of Spring and into the Summer. Estee Lauder is one of which that uses bronze shades with pops of aqua in their Bronze Goddess Collection year after year after year. Most recently the Tarte Be a Mermaid & Make Waves Eyeshadow Palette took on these shades as well.
I guess what I’m trying to say is you might have to question if you need this palette if you already own a few like it since the colors aren’t quite as unique as one would hope. But here’s the good news, it’s a gorgeous assortment of colors with a great formula. Did I hear a sigh of relief? Many of you like myself were disappointed with the Urban Decay Backtalk Eyeshadow Palette. I honestly went into my review of the Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette a little warily and worried it would disappoint. It did not. I was very happy with the texture, pigment, and formula of these shades and I do SO WISH with all my might that Backtalk was nearly as good.
Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette arrives in a sturdy cardboard rectangle that has a generously sized mirror inside. One thing missing from the palette is Urban Decay’s standard double-ended eyeshadow brush or an eyeliner which is typically included with their palettes. The palette has a palm tree print on the outside inspired by Southern California’s beach landscape. Each of the names of the shadows are printed under their well and the palette is made in the USA.
As I mentioned above this color scheme is fairly common but one thing I have to give Urban Decay props for is the pigment. Their version of this color scheme is really rich and intense. The aqua and turquoise shades are very rich in pigment and have an intense color pay off. Likewise for the gorgeous bronzes. You can’t get this kind of pigment from any of the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Palettes new or old in my humblest opinion and even Tarte’s newest palette doesn’t have this kind of intensity. That could push you into the buying zone. Although there is some sad news as I will say a lot of these shades are quite similiar to permanent Urban Decay colors and ones they’ve released in palettes before. There are shades here though that’d I’d totally want to own in a single pot like 16th St. and Wedge (used 16th St. in my outer V below with Double Dip all over my lid and a little Plunge in the crease to add depth)!
If you can get over that hurdle you’ll be quite happy with this formula. These are creamy, velvety, and oh so pigmented. I had no issues with application as they all applied smooth and even with no patchiness. The metallics have a velvety texture and apply without a super frosty finish or huge chunks of glitter. This is how I wish all metallics would look. The sole satin shade is smooth and lightly creamy with a smooth glide on my lids. I was concerned 7 of the 8 shades were metallic as it isn’t a finish I favor but I had no issues with the application or the completed look. There was some fall out but thankfully it was color particles and not huge chunks of shimmer or glitter plus it cleaned up easily enough.
I think another plus to the palette is the fact that’ll it work really great as a companion piece to the Urban Decay Heat Eyeshadow Palette which I felt didn’t quite work well by itself!
Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette turned out wonderfully well. I was quite happy with application, formula, finish, and color pay off. The shades are intense, richly pigmented, and have an easy to apply formula that applied very well. I did have some anxiety when trying this as I was concerned I’d feel the same way about it as I did the Backtalk Palette but it turned out great and I would recommend taking a look at it even if you do have shades like this in your stash already!
Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette is available now at ulta.com.
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