Hi guys! Today I bring you the first of many, many reviews! I’ve got about 22 reviews scheduled, I think, LOL. Many of them, like today’s, have pictures with my old watermark (or even some with no watermark because they’re that old!), so I apologize in advance for that, but I’m honestly too busy to re-edit the pictures.
|Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box ($38)|
Today I bring you a review of Urban Decay’s Deluxe Shadow Box. I bought this myself as a reward after finishing all my exams and projects last quarter and I used my $20 Sephora VIB voucher so I paid ~$20 for it. I’ve had it for over a month now, and I think I’ve used it enough to form a good opinion on it.
The Deluxe Shadow box comes with 9 of Urban Decay’s “Deluxe” shadows (these are purportedly nicer than their regular shadows), two double-ended sponge-tip applicators and a mini Primer Potion. I am honestly not a fan of any of UD’s packaging. I feel that it is downright bulky and awkward and a terrible utilization of space. Furthermore, I think the palettes are very THICK and it makes stacking them in my vanity drawer very awkward. I may seriously rip this palette apart and find some smaller container to put the shadows in in the future… except I do really like the big mirror in the palette. I honestly could care less for the velvet and chain mail cover. I am a minimalist when it comes to makeup packaging. I like things that are cute and pretty, but only if they are functional as well. Some of my favorite eyeshadow palette packaging is from Shu Uemura and Kat von D for Sephora. I don’t think the packaging on this is particularly pretty or functional and I hate that the velvet sticks dust and powder like crazy.
|Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box – Fishnet, Honey, Ransom, Graffiti, Zero, Peace, Shag, Scratch, Underground|
The actual contents of the palette are pretty nice. This was technically my second UD palette, but I bought it before I received my first one. What drew me to this palette from Urban Decay as opposed to some of their others was the lack of glitter shades in it. The eyeshadows are indeed very pigmented, but I have to say I wasn’t nearly as impressed with Urban Decay’s shadows as I thought I would be… I think perhaps the brand had been too hyped up for me.
First of all, I find the shadows to be not nearly as smooth as I would have liked them to be. There are 8 shades with a metallic sheen and one matte (Zero), but these shadows don’t behave like other metallic shadows that I have (Shu Uemura, MAC). They skip on the lid when applied with a brush and have about the same amount of fallout as the glitter shades in my Kat von D for Sephora palettes. I have to be very careful with them. Second, they’re not as pigmented as I thought they would be. I often find myself applying a second or third layer of eyeshadow to get the intensity of color I want (and thus adding to the fallout issue). Third, they crease very quickly (say 3-5 hours) if applied over UDPP and MAC Painterly. They actually work much better when applied over UDPP alone in that they don’t crease, but they loose all of their metallic sheen and fade noticeably by 8hrs (and since it’s over UDPP directly, you have to use more shadow to be able to blend at all). From a company that is known for the high quality and high pigmentation of their eyeshadows, I was quite disappointed.
That being said, not all eyeshadows in this palette were created equal. Fishnet and Underground are probably two of my absolute favorite eyeshadows ever. They’re both very smooth and have excellent staying power. Peace, Honey and Grafitti are also pretty nice, but they fade. I’m not a huge fan of the colors Shag and Scratch, but they wear as well as Underground. Ransom frustrates me to no end because I freaking LOVE the color (I basically chose this palette FOR Fishnet and Ransom), but it’s absolutely the worst offender as far as fading is concerned. In fact, I have to be super careful even when blending this color because it fades dramatically if you’re too rough with it. And… I hate Zero. With a passion. I will probably never ever use it. It is the chalkiest piece of crap ever. I can’t use it without getting large black crumbles all over my undereye area and cheeks. It blends horribly. That being said, after it’s on it seems to meld nicely with whatever other eyeshadows you have on over the course of a few hours until it’s perfection, but the effort it takes to get there is just far too great, especially when Kat von D for Sephora’s Lucifer kicks it’s ass in terms of texture, pigmentation, blendability and staying power.
Here are some swatches: (applied with finger, no base)
|L-R: Fishnet, Honey, Ransom, Graffiti, Zero, Peace, Shag, Scratch, Underground||Fishnet, Honey, Ransom|
|Graffiti, Zero, Peace||Shag, Scratch, Underground|
For the most part the swatches are pretty true to life, except for Underground with is actually a medium taupe (slightly darker and a good deal more grey than it looks here). You can full-size the pictures by click on them. It shows the texture much better. See how gross Zero is?
For the $20 I spent on this palette, I would say it’s worth it for Fishnet and Underground alone and I’m happy keeping it as it does add a considerable number of brights to my collection. I would not have kept this palette for $38 + tax.
Disclaimer: I will eventually have an editorial disclaimer under the About Me section, or something, but in the meantime I guess this will do. This was purchased by me with the money that I earn at my job for my personal use. My opinions about this product were formed through thorough, scientific testing performed by myself over the course of a month. My opinions were obviously influenced by the digital and print media that I consume, but I have absolutely no affiliation to the company in question. Please keep in mind that I am extremely harsh in my judgements. I have very little patience for products that do not live up to my expectations and I have very, very high expectations.
Tags: Urban Decay