This Saturday, I leave you with pictures of the new Urban Decay 15th Anniversary palette.
Urban Decay turns 15 by launching a palette with 15 new eyeshadow shades.
My first foray into Urban Decay was from Heathrow airport many years ago. Because the brand was so raved about online, I picked up a palette with something like 8 shades in a slim handy silver palette. It was quite small and could fit into your pocket. Heaven knows what it was called. I remember it cost £17 which was quite astronomical at the exchange rate then. Well, I hated it. It was glittery, there was fall out everywhere and the colour payoff was crap. I never looked at Urban Decay again, until the Naked palette came about.
I still don’t look at other Urban Decay palettes. For some reason, I find their quality different from that in the Naked palette. In the latter, the shadows tend to be softer and smoother. However, there is still a problem with fall out.
The super shiny surface is marred by my prints already!
So, why did I get the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary palette? <- yes that’s its wordy name. I have no idea 😛 I thought it was pretty, that it was a nice palette with a good mix of brights and neutrals and because something about the tackiness of the design attracted me LOL!
The palette comes nestled in a royal purple velveteen covered box. For some reason, when I saw all the photos online, I thought that the shadows sat within that velvet base and I was wondering how on earth it could be re-used as they say you can.
Turns out that the velvet base is just a “free gift with purchase”. The actual palette is metal based (as opposed to cardboard based ala Naked palette) with a very lovely cut out design along the sides of the cover.
I like the intricacy of the design very much. I do think the corners are a little sharp so its worth to be a little careful, and this palette is also quite big so it can be awkward. Not something dinky you can hold in your hand comfortably and definitely not something you can travel with. I’m not even sure how to store this one.
Here’s an idea of size. It isn’t all that small and as I have noted, it can be a bit awkward to hold in one hand. The highly polished surface of the cover is a fingerprint magnet so if the CSI needs to take any prints, they just have to ask the perpetrator to hold this palette and they’d have him bang to rights 😛
The whole palette is metal based, including the inside. So lift off the cover and this is what you get.
15 brand new never seen before eyeshadow colours in the Urban Decay collection. Part of the reason I bothered to indulge was because I noted that this palette is skewed towards being cool toned. The warmer shades in here are Deeper (bronze) and Junkshow (fuchsia) but the rest tend towards being cool which is how I like my colours 🙂
I also liked the juxtaposition of the bright shades between the neutral ones. It is unexpected and makes you think the palette is bright when in fact, bright colours only make up 1/3 of the palette. The rest are wearable neutral shades.
My eye has been drawn to Omen – a complex looking purple shade that looks duo chrome. I will love to see how that looks when swatched on my skin. Hopefully it does not make people go “How did you get that bruise?”
I just received this in the mail so I hope to get some swatches done soon, subject to light availability, energy levels and interest 😛 I was told by the girl at Sephora KLCC that this palette is reaching Malaysian shores in September (possibly 1st September) but the price is unknown. So if you are really keen on it, do check it out in store then as it is limited edition (naturally 😛 )
Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette is limited edition and was purchased by me from the UK for £37. Local availability is in September 2011 at Sephora and price is unknown for now.