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Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Palette Review, Swatches and Photos

Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Palette Review, Swatches and Photos

This bright Urban Spectrum palette was launched by Urban Decay as a limited edition for the Holiday 2015 season but many people were unable to get it early due to lack of supply. I was one of the fortunate ones and got my hands on one back in November 2015 and have loved it ever since.  

First of all, let me say how blown away I was just by the packaging alone. The black box it comes in is beautiful with its metallic rainbow lettering just inviting you in. Then when you get into the box the black palette with the jewel-like UD raised on the top is just another beautiful touch. To add to the beauty the outer edge of the palette lid has a laser cut filigree pattern. And as if that wasn’t enough it has a full mirror on the inside and the eyeshadows can be lifted out and underneath is a velvet lined box, so it can be used as a jewellery box too. Is there no end to this palette - oh yes, the eyeshadows!

As I mentioned there are 15 shadows and they are all shimmer, no dull mattes here. They are laid out in five rows of three and each row has its own colour range: green, blue, purple, pink and brown. I’ll start from the top and work down. All swatches are on top of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original.

Green Row: 

Left to right: Protest, Junkie and Deep End

Left to right: Protest, Junkie and Deep End

Protest is described by Urban Decay as a “golden forest green shimmer.” I would describe it as an warm olive green with slight shimmer. As it catches the light it changes from light to dark green. Very soft and blendable.
Junkie is described as a “teal green shimmer” and is definitely a green-blue shade with a shimmer. Again very soft and easily blendable. 
Deep End is described as a “bright teal shimmer.” A much lighter, brighter version of Junkie with more of a frosted shimmer. Very pretty, easily blendable and oh so shimmery.

Blue Row:

Left to right: Madness, Evidence and Prank

Left to right: Madness, Evidence and Prank

Madness: Described as a “bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-glitter.” This is a very pretty bright blue with cool undertones and of course shimmer. Soft and blendable with no fallout. 
Evidence is described as a “deep navy blue shimmer” which I agree with. It has a pretty sheen to it and once again is soft and blendable. 
Prank: Described as a “deep navy matte with turquoise floating pearl.” This is indeed a very dark black-navy with a hint of shimmer. It is almost a matte, but not quite. Good colour payoff, soft and blendable.

Purple Row: 

Left to right: Omen, Flashback and Voodoo

Left to right: Omen, Flashback and Voodoo

Omen is described as a “bright metallic purple with blue shift.” This is such a pretty shade that, depending on how you look at it shimmers purple or purple-blue. It can be applied light or built up for maximum colour. One of my favourites.
Flashback is described as a “bright deep purple with pink sparkle” and I think that pretty much sums this shade up. It is a very pretty colour and easily blendable. I love it. 
Voodoo is described as a “metallic purple shimmer with iridescent purple micro-glitter.” This is a deep purple with a lovely simmer. Another one I love - can you tell I love purple?

Pink Row:

Left to right: Flatline, Bordello and Backlash

Left to right: Flatline, Bordello and Backlash

Flatline is described as a “metallic pale pink.” The palest of all the eyeshadows in the palette it is a baby pink with warm undertones and a metallic finish. Easily blendable and buildable. 
Bordello: Described as a “pale mauve shimmer with gold micro-glitter.” I would call it a rose pink with shimmer as it has warm undertones and a good deal of sparkle.
Backlash is described as a “bright pink with orange floating pearl.” This is a wow shade of the bunch and is a fuschia pink with a definite blue shift to it. It is shimmery, but it is more subtle than some of the others. It is the shade I found had the most fallout.

Brown Row:

Left to right: Daybreak, Burn and West

Left to right: Daybreak, Burn and West

Daybreak is described as a “soft bronze with silver glitter.” I find this to have the least colour payoff of the palette and quite a bit of fallout. It needs to be built up to get a good colour from it. It is soft and blendable though.
Burn is described as a “medium golden brown shimmer.” A warm coppery brown with shimmer which is easily blendable.
West is described as a “deep metallic brown shimmer” which pretty much describes it. It has warm, reddish undertones and is less shimmery than the others in this row. 

Overall this is a great palette with some very pretty colours. All are soft and easily blendable with some having more shimmer than others. The staying power is impressive and if used over primer will last a good eight hours or more. You may want to use this palette in conjunction with another, perhaps a matte palette to get the look you want, but I love it and would definitely recommend it. 

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