I bought this on an impulse buy when they were on sale and I’m sure we can all relate to that feeling of, “I need to get this while it’s discounted so much and before they’re sold out! I already know I love the formulas so it’s a shoe-in,” and that’s basically how I end up down every rabbit hole of purchases. I don’t mind it because I almost always make some use of the products or give them to someone who I know will and this palette was no different. After buying it, I can easily get why it went on sale. The sponge applicator, cheap material used in packaging, and the small pans of shadows are pretty much the sum of the problems. The quality of product was no change from any other UD products I’ve used, but I was disappointed at the size of each of the eyeshadows when I opened it up.
Since I know that the eyeshadows themselves are still great products, I kept this, but this is one of those lessons learned to take the negative reviews at their word as much as the positive ones because I assumed the bad reviews were just picky people, but they were spot on with the issues with the palette. Lessons learned, wisdom gained.
Performance/Wear: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★/5
The eyeshadows are amazing as is with Urban Decay’s norm, but the sponge applicator is useless after one use. It just becomes unsanitary, even if you’re just using it on yourself because bacteria just builds up over time and there’s no sense in risking any of that going into your eyes and causing who-knows-what kind of damage. The colors are of decent variety, but it is a weird selection in my opinion. All of the colors are shimmer, but some contain a chunkier texture due to glitter being included in the formula. They all blend well and are very pigmented, even after blending. With primer, the colors will last all day without fading or creasing, even the vibrant ones.
All of the shadows can be applied wet or dry and hold up well either way. A few of these shadows are familiar in some of UD’s more popular palettes from the Naked collection so it was nice to have that familiarity with some of these colors instead of all of them being entirely new to me.
The swatches are in the following order: Cherry, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Grifter, Vert, Oil Slick, Shattered, Blunt, Chopper, Twice Baked
Price: ★ ★/5
This retailed for $36, but I got it on sale for at least half, but I’m not sure what exact amount I paid. For the eyeshadows alone, the price is decent for what I paid, but considering how small they are, this would be a rip-off to anyone who paid full price for it.
Awful. I’m sorry to be so harsh, but the packaging is very cheaply made which came at no surprise that it went on sale and was discontinued. It has a cute design and good intention, but the quality of the overall packaging just fell flat. I like that they put a mirror inside, but that’s the best part about the packaging aside from the eyeshadows inside.
Texture: Pressed powders
Recommend? The palette? No. The individual shadows? Yes.
Repurchase? Individual shadows, yes
I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊