May 1, 2018

Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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.

Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Wedge, 16th St, Double Dip, Plunge)

Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Salt, Blaze, Heatwave, Daybreak)

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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This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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 or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • wendy

    OMG this looks SO GOOD ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Isabella Muse

      thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜‰ I used to love aqua/teals/etc but I don’t wear them as much as I used too!

      • wendy

        me too…i still love the colors, but my aging eyes look really bad in blues now — I can still pull off a matte teal. I had this great aunt, her name was Aunt Dottie. She was like 85 and still wore blue eyeshadow, with a full face of makeup and lipstick. I told my husband the other day — I will never stop wearing makeup, I’m going to be Aunt Dottie ROFL.

        • Isabella Muse

          BLESS! lol! That’ll be! 90 and wearing pink eyeshadow ;-D I’m going to be Aunt Dottie too! Screw it πŸ˜€

          • wendy

            excellent, we’ll hit some bars together (or old folks homes) and find some rich old duffers LOL

          • Isabella Muse

            can we find young ones!? When I’m 90 I want a 25 year old! lol!

  • Fey P

    Wow! That blue and brown look is incredible on you! Turquoise looks sooooo good on you

  • Janessa

    Love it! Have to have it. That’s a fabulous eye look on you!

  • Maria

    Wow! The shades look so nice on you. How does the palette compare to the Tarte mermaid one? Thanks.

    • Isabella Muse

      completely different. These are metallics, Tarte are shimmers, the intensity of the shades are much richer here and the formulas are vastly different πŸ™‚

  • Dee

    Oh My what a Gorgeous eye look!! This brings out your very pretty brown eyes! I sadly cannot use blue eyeshadow, as I have blue eyes, and I have always found that most blue shades look awful on me. But loving those copper/orange shades that do look good on me! I will probably pass on this palette though. I def DO NOT need anymore warm shades. lol.
    Great review as always Muse! πŸ˜€
    P.S. – If you don’t mind me asking, what are the blush/lip color you have on? Very pretty shades! Thank you.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Dee! πŸ™‚ <3! The blush is one of the shades from the Pur Cosmetics Blush Palette they launched this Spring!!! Love it! It's BOGO (buy 1, get 1 free) on their site ;-D and the gloss is just some clear gloss on top of a pink lip stain!

  • Deb

    These look great on you Muse, really suit your skin tone and make your eyes pop. Wear more blue lol!! OT, I didn’t find those new LancΓ΄me shadows at my local Ulta. I popped in late yesterday, they didn’t even know about them yet. I didn’t make it to any department store counters.

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks Deb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! darn! Likely they won’t get them for a few weeks which sucks! I’ll let you know if I find them around here ;-D

    • Isabella Muse

      omg really? I thought you were younger! Haha you can totally score a 19 year old ;-D My BF is a bit younger (not 19 though ha!) than I am but most people think I’m younger than he is lol! good skincare for the WIN!

      • wendy

        I never grew up LOL
        I get really young guys hitting on me all the time, then I tell them I could be your gramma and they run away screaming LOL You do look young!!!

        • Isabella Muse

          Me either. I swear I’m still 10 lol! Don’t tell them that’s the key lol! gosh not really but thanks <3!

          • wendy

            I’ll tell them “after” hahahahahaha!

          • Isabella Muse

            I’m not going to ask what after means ha…!

  • Paige

    Man. Now that I see what they could have done, I am so very sad that UD missed the mark on the Backtalk palette.

  • Carol

    Rejoice! I went ahead and pulled the trigger and ordered this last week. So glad it’s got great pigmentation! Mine shall arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait. I also got the 100 degrees Vice lipstick and the Lucky eyeliner. I love UD and am glad to hear that this did not disappoint. So excited now. Love bronze & aqua for summer. And I agree with you girls, as I have been saying this for awhile now: I, too, will be 80 years old and wearing whatever the hell I want! Once you reach a certain age, you just don’t care what other people think and you do stuff for yourself. I will definitely be wearing shimmer eye shadow the rest of my life.

    • Isabella Muse

      Yay fantastic! Let me know what you think!!!!!!!!!!! Amen! We can all be seniors together that are heavily made up lol!

  • Carol

    Oh, and I forgot to comment on how lovely that eye look is on you! Yowza! I love it…so pretty for summer, with a maxi dress, flip flops and a glass of wine in your hand, on a hot summer night…

  • Christina

    Oh wow! Looks so good on you! I haven’t worn blue in ages, but this makes me want to slap some on right now. LOL!

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks misses ;-D <3! Go get your blues and aquas out!

  • Jessica

    Wow, that blue really make your brown eyes pop! I have light skintone, brown eyes, and dark hair, was gonna pass but now I’m so tempted!

    • Isabella Muse

      thank you!!!!!! Def try it! Blues always go great with brown eyes ;-D

  • escapist

    Hey Musey!
    I gotta say, after all this time, you are still my fave blogger!

    I was wondering what your fave all time daytime moisturiser is – low end from say cvs or walgreens?
    thanks babe!
    never stop!
    x

      • escapist

        Thanks Musey!
        Buying today πŸ™‚
        And you fave night time moisturiser? (am i pushing the friendship now? πŸ˜› )

        I pretty much trust anything you say. Haha!

        • Isabella Muse

          lol not at all xo! ;-D Drugstore or higher end?! and thank you, truly flattered you trust me!

          • escapist

            oooh, both if possible would be great! I am off doing a Muse Approved shop today!!! πŸ™‚

          • Isabella Muse

            oh my gosh sorry escapist this ended up in my spam box! At the moment fav night time moisturizer would be CT’s magic night cream but likely switch it up soon as it is way too heavy for Summer! I don’t actually have a fav drugstore nightly moisturizer that I use!

  • The Samurai

    I can’t wear it, but that aqua shadow really is stunning on you, Muse. If I were you, I’d put that in my regular rotation of colors because it’s gorgeous, and it stands out from the crowd in the prettiest way possible.

    After all reviews I’ve read, I thought it was time to tell you how much I appreciate your blog. You give your honest opinion and you find great products for us. One of the things I like best is that you cover all price ranges, so that those of us who can’t or don’t want to spend $50+ on just one eye shadow palette have real alternatives.

    Seeing you looking great in so many different colors of shadow and lipstick has made me more adventurous, and I’ll be enjoying and wearing make-up to the end. I’ve learned a lot from you and discovered brands I would never have heard of without your blog.

    Thanks for the information, the fun and the virtual friendship. Have a great day, Muse, and keep it coming.

    • Isabella Muse

      oh my gosh thank you! you are too sweet thank you for making my day with this beautiful comment. You have no idea how happy it makes me that you enjoy the blog! πŸ™‚ thank you so so much! And I’m beyond thrilled to have so many of you to call friend! xoxoxo! Truly I can’t thank you enough for this lovely comment!

      • The Samurai

        You’re so welcome, Muse, and I meant every word. You’ve really earned my trust, and made so many of my days brighter, too.

        Make-up should be fun, and it should lift our spirits, and I think you see it that way, too. Do keep that aqua shadow handy — it’s a keeper.

        • Isabella Muse

          awwwwwwwwwww! thank you so so much! I’m flattered to have it. I completely agree! Makeup is fun and should make us smile ;-D I surely will! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo!

    • wendy

      I agree 100%. This is the only beauty blog that I read now. The rest of them are so BORING … yawn. I love that this one has personality! <3

      • Isabella Muse

        AWWW shucks <3! I love you Wendy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo!

        • wendy

          awww love you too girl — been reading your blog…10 years I think? You turned me on to concealer LOL

          • Isabella Muse

            I am the official concealer queen dontcha know! ;-D haha! love ya back and thanks for reading so long!!!!!!!!!! ;-D

  • Maria

    I also agree with the others above. Muse, I enjoy reading your honest review daily. Other bloggers on IG all say basically the same great reviews, blah blah. I also consider you my internet friend. My so called friends cannot be bothered with me and visit. I am paraplegic in a wheel chair for 13 years and I enjoy makeup. I have not worked in 16 years due to my disability. Thanks for my daily fix that I read many times a day.

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw Maria thank you so much! That means a lot to me. Girl, anyone who doesn’t take time to visit with you isn’t really a friend!!! You’re a sweetheart and I always look forward to chatting with you in comments! Thank YOU for taking time out of your day to visit me!!

      • Maria

        I also follow you on IG. Love your doggie and food pictures. your dog is too cute and Iove her clothing.

        • Isabella Muse

          ha thanks Maria!!!!!!!!! ;-D Believe me speaking for her she loves that you are enjoying her clothes. I swear she loves to dress up! HONEST to god! When I bring out an outfit she jumps around in a frenzy until I put it on her lol! ;-D

  • Joanna

    I have to join chorus and say how well you wear those colors! That look clinches it – I’ll have and buy it for my brown eyes.

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D

  • Stephanie

    Hi Muse! Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your review. The blue looks beautiful on you! πŸ™‚

    I love wearing blue and teal eyeshadow as a liner. I own the Urban Decay single eyeshadows in Radium and Evidence, which are both in the blue family. I’m really interested in this palette, but do you happen to know if the blue eyeshadows I own are very similar to the ones in this palette? Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thank you Stephanie! xoxox! I think you’re good because to be Radium and Evidence aren’t anything like Plunge and Double Dip. To me Radium and Evidence fall on the bluer side of the dence where as Plunge and Double Dip are more aquatic teals/turquoises. Plunge is a smokier, deeper teal blue where as Double Dip is a bluish aqua. Hope this helps!?

      • Stephanie

        Thank you Muse for your help! I’m going for it and with that, my “May No Buy” makeup challenge is finished lol.

        • Isabella Muse

          lol! πŸ˜€ My pleasure! Enjoy! I hope you love it. LMK watcha think!

  • Lynn

    *MOUTHDROP* Wow, Girl! You look stunning in these shades! Not trying to do lip service here, but I have seen many a many post of yours and eye looks you swatched, but I actually did a double take when I saw this. And I especially love your blog because we are so close in eye, skin tone (even got the dry skin as well), so you are like my virtual mirror (lol). Omg! Now I have to go get this palette too and do this look (gonna be a great look for walkin up and down the ocean boardwalk on beach day). πŸ˜€

    • Isabella Muse

      oh my gosh thanks Lynn! <3! πŸ™‚ Ha! That's awesome! ;-D I'll happily be your virtual mirror! That's the perfect location for wearing an eye look like this!

  • Jodi

    WOW !!!! WOW !!! ad finitum …
    Those shades are incredible on you! Terrific styling with your application – it looks so Beautyguruesque ! Once again you’ve made me want that which I’d previously overlooked !

    • Isabella Muse

      oh wow thank you so so much Jodi πŸ™‚ <3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Veronica

    Hi Muse!! I usually read your comments and I really do agree with your opinions and reviews. This is the first time I write a comment to you, but follow you long time ago. Just wanna say I like you so much, and this look is marvellous on you. Lots of love , from Madrid. Xoxo

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thanks Veronica! Very flattered πŸ™‚ Thank you for following so long! and thank you for the lovely compliment and comment it made my day! xoxoxoxox big hugs!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mari

    Love reading your blog Isabella! I have made many purchases based on your reviews. When I’m in a store about to purchase a beauty product on a whim I always do a search on your website first. I have similar skintone as you, dark brown hair and brown eyes. I have a few blue shadows but never wear them, I don’t think they look good on me. I really like this look on you!
    Have you ever thought about doing a video of your makeup application?
    I’m sure others would love to see as well. Thanks for your honest reviews!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Mari! How are you? Thank you so much I’m glad you enjoy my reviews! πŸ™‚ I’m flattered you trust my reviews! I always feel like as I get older the less I can wear shades like this. Thank you πŸ™‚ You made my day thinking so! Unfortunately I don’t have the time. I work full-time and I’m already up everyday at 4:30am to make time to run my blog so videos would be challenging for me to do as well! Maybe one day πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading them!

  • Nad

    Aahhhhhh love it when somebody validates my β€œwants” like this. I, too, was hesitant when this palette came out (after that major letdown with Backtalk). I can see UD making extra effort now promoting Backtalk in my country, like, none of their previous launches were of this extent (celebrity endorsement, gift with purchase, free Backtalk makeup workshop, etc etc). Sale must have been really bad. So yeah, THANKS a lot for this honest review. Especially as u mentioned that it’s a great complement to the Naked Heat. That’s another sound justification as to why it’s OK for me to purchase yet another palette . Can’t wait for the Beached palette to β€œhit our shores” lols. Stuff only come out months here after the USA launch. In the meantime I’ll go learn how to pull off blue shadows. Love you as always, Muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      omg backtalk was bad though! I know a lot of people who loved i but I just hated it. Love ya back πŸ™‚ xoxoxo! I’m glad I helped you decide if you needed this one or not! When it arrives let me know what you think!