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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review and Swatchfest: Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV

Quick and dirty swatchest for you today!

The palette basics:
- Urban Decay shadows are unbelievably pigmented, smooth, creamy, and often have the sparkle a girl needs to take her look from day to night. This palette is no different.
- The Book of Shadows IV has an even mix of neutrals and brights. What's more is that, among those, there is an even mix of sparkly shadows to shimmers.
- Like most UD palettes, there is a lack of matte shadows, but they did throw one or two in the mix.

I noticed that, this time around, The Book of Shadows IV wasn't as viral some if their more popular palettes. From what I heard in beautyland, I gather it may be because the colors in this palette are very similar to those in other BOS. Now that the price has hopped down from $64 to $44, however, it may be right for those who were considering purchasing it before. Before you go to the Urban Decay site to purchase, let me show you the goods.

Aside from the shadows, the palette comes with a half way decent speaker, deluxe sample of their infamous primer potion, deluxe sample of their SuperCurl Mascara, and full sized liquid liner in Perversion.
Blue Bus

Although not the order in which they appear in the palette, the shadows on the top row are shown above. Blue Bus, first in the actual palette, is bright blue with a purple iridescence and a shimmer finish. Gunmetal, next in the actual row, is a dark grey with silver shimmer. Cobra is an olive green with gold shimmer. And Baked is a gold that is a little deeper than UD's Half Baked.


 Blogger needs to get their picture formatting in order. Bender is a grassier green with gold flecks. Lost is a medium dark brown with a hint of frosty blue undertones. Gravity is a shimmery grape-toned purple. Hijack is a dark teal with white frost.


Midnight Cowgirl


Midnight Rodeo
Crystal is a baby blue with white frost. Midnight Cowgirl is a yellow-leaning light gold with chunky gold sparkles. Sin is a pink-leaning shimmery nude and an exact duplicate of Sin in the Naked Palette. Midnight Rodeo is a light pink-leaning gold with chunky gold sparkles.





The mattes finally appear in the last row. Bust is a medium brown-grey taupe with a satin finish. Missionary is a light brown taupe, warmer than Bust. Skimp is a true light brown (borderline nude) matte. Zephyr is a frosty white if there ever was one.

So there it is. As someone who doesn't have any of the previous Shadow Books from Urban Decay, I think this palette is worth it (especially at the new price!). But, as I said before, those who collect UD shadows may find that this palette has repeats. But between the complementary mixture of colors, shadow quality we have come to expect, and extra bits and bobs included with the palette, I say "go getchu some".

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