Saturday, October 15, 2016

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches

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Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
New from Urban Decay for the holidays is a 21-shadow palette that's all about color. With a rainbow of brights and shimmers, the Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($80 CAD) is a dream come true for any daring eyeshadow addict. To see some swatches and my review of the palette, click.......
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Packaging:
The Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette from Urban Decay comes in a sleek black square palette etched with a three-dimensional spectrum line pattern. On the lower right corner, there is a large crystal-cut rainbow "UD" emblem that's nothing short of stunning.
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Inside you get 21 shadows weighing at 1.2 grams each, with 18 being completely new and exclusive to the palette. Included also is a duo-ended eyeshadow brush with a translucent acrylic handle. On one end is a flat shader brush and on the other is a fluffy crease brush.
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Formulation:
The Full Spectrum palette indeed includes a ton of bright and bold colors. The majority of the shades are shimmers with only one or two mattes/matte with subtle sparkles. Formulation-wise, the palette is a bit of a mixed bag. The reds and pinks and yellows are all pretty pigmented and buttery but a few of the darks and purples are disappointingly sheer and chalky. See below for a breakdown of the shades. Unless indicated, the formulation is smooth and pigmented.
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Goldmine: Sheer warm gold shimmer
Jones: Semi-sheer orange/gold shimmer
Paranoia: Semi-sheer pale lavender pink shimmer
Seize: Bold orange-red satin with subtle pearly sparkles
Gossip: Rich hot pink satin with subtle sparkles
Warning: Very pigmented metallic copper
Alchemy: Very pigmented plummy red metallic
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Bump: Slightly patchy matte white.
Minx: Deep matte navy with subtle sparkles; this one is a tad chalky and sheer
Metamorphosis: Periwinkle blue with an iridescent sheen; this one is pretty sheer
Blindsided: Pigmented bright sky blue with very subtle gold sparkles
Hatter: Pigmented grass green with subtle green sparkles
Mean: Very pigmented lime green shimmer
Calavera: Bold satin yellow with subtle gold shimmers
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Platonic: Gunmetal matte with iridescent shimmers; this one is patchy and sheer
Midnight Blaze: Soft matte black with gold shimmers; this one may be the sheerest out of all the shades
Hundred: Ultra pigmented forest green metallic with moss-gold shimmers
Delirious: Deep matte plum; this one is quite sheer and slightly chalky
Sketch: Satin purple with a slightly sheer pigmentation
Faded: Sheer dusty lavender with subtle gold shimmers
Iced: Sheer gray silver shimmer

Overall this is a decent palette. The packaging is beyond gorgeous as always but I was a little let down by the number of sheer and chalky shades (Faded, Delirious, Midnight Blaze, Platonic, and Minx). With that said, the palette definitely includes a great selection of unique and well-formulated brights, especially pinks and reds.

Availability:

Urban Decay is available in stores and online at Sephora and UrbanDecay.ca.
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