Friday, 12 August 2011

Urban Decay - 15th Anniversary Palette

I'd been eyeing this one online for a while. I'm still not sure what won me over the most - the gorgeous packaging or the colours inside, maybe a combination of both.

All 15 shades are brand new and this palette manages to cover all the bases, pretty much. This one palette contains colours that go from neutral to bright to smoky.

This picture really doesn't do the shadows justice, the bad lighting in my house washed them out quite a bit.
As far as textures go, there's only the one matte shadow here - Blackout (a great, really deep black). Some Urban Decay shadows have a lot of glitter in them & as a result can cause the dreaded glitter-ball effect on your face. There's only one shadow inside the 15th Anniversary palette that does this - Midnight Rodeo.

Midnight Rodeo, Midnight 15, Vanilla, Flow, Chase

The neutrals of the palette. There doesn't seem to be as much of a bias towards warmer colours as with the Naked palette (which I also love). The downside for some here may be that there are no matte neutrals included, they all have frosty finishes & in the case of Midnight Rodeo, added glitter.

Tainted, Junkshow, Omen, Evidence, Deep End

The middle column houses the more colourful shadows in the palette. It's a pretty selection of colours that will create bright looks or make for great pops of colour when used with the smoky or neutral shades. It would've been nice to see a gorgeous green in there somewhere, but on the whole, these are great colours.
Tainted is somewhat of a surprise, in the pan it looks like a pale pink with golden shimmer but once on the skin, it has a distinct purple tinge to it. I adore Deep End, it reminds me of MAC's Parrot somewhat.

Deeper, M.I.A., Ace, Blackout, Half Truth

The last column is where the more smoky shades reside. With these five shadows, you could create either a warmer or cooler toned smoky eye. Blackout is the darkest black I've seen since Black Dog in UD's Black Palette. Although it's a matte, it does apply & blend really well.

Texture-wise, these are great shadows. Very soft, easy to apply & great to blend. The only minus would be the afore-mentioned glitter situation with Midnight Rodeo. I love glitter, but once this stuff gets all over your face it's hard to remove. A couple of less shimmery shadows might have been nice, but that's just a minor quibble.

Packaging is stunning. It's not a carboard palette, so it should be quite sturdy. The lid is adorned with a simple UD that looks like gemstones whilst the outer edges of the lid have a pretty pattern to them.
The actual palette can be removed once used & you have a pretty box to keep things in.

Great palette for those looking to add a good collection of colours & will no doubt appeal to collectors.

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