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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review & Swatchfest: Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box



Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

I'm bringing it back old school today with the Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box! One of the last few palettes out there with the old Urben Decay eyeshadow formula, it went on sale at ULTA a few months ago to (I assume) clear out stock, and I was happy to help them! Even though the newer shadow formula is brilliant - very smooth and pigmented - there is a reason Urban Decay got the rep it did, so this palette shouldn't be dismissed so quickly. Despite it's limited online availability, I thought I would put up a review anyway since it's now down to a rock bottom $16 from $38.

The Deluxe Eyeshadow Palette comes with 9 shadows - all of them shimmery. Starting at the top, the first row contains Fishnet, Honey, and Ransom - an iridescent violet-purple, bright yellow gold, and blue-purple, respectively. The second row contains Graffiti, a grassy green, Zero a shimmery black, and Peace, a bright sky blue. The bottom row contains the neutrals with Shag, a light caramel, Scratch, a pink-leaning champagne, and Underground, a cooler light taupe-brown. While there is a great mix of shades for those who are more adventurous, but like their neutrals too, there is no room for a matte lover here. Luckily, the shimmer in each of the shadows is so fine, it's more like a satin or metallic finish.

Most all of the shades are smooth, pigmented, and apply evenly. The only shade that disappointed a little was Ransom. It was more sheer than the rest and went on slightly patchy. Still, but for Ransom, I was impressed with how all of the shades performed. Are they as smooth and creamy as the updated formula? No. But, they are still beautiful and great to use if you need a grassy green or sky blue. To see the shadows in action, check out the looks at the end of the post! The glitzy packaging feels sturdy and comes equipped with a nicely-sized mirror.

Overall, this palette is great for the color-lovers! Considering the neutrals only make up a third of the palette, I wouldn't recommend this to the dir-hard neutral fans - especially considering Scratch is so close to Sin (Naked 1 Palette) and Underground is similar to Suspect (Naked 2 Palette). If, however, you don't have either of these shades and the colorful shadows appeal to you, the $16 price tag can't be beat!




Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

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