Swatch-Fest! Urban Decay Holiday 2014 Eyeshadow Palettes
Thought I should do this quickly before I went off on my vacation the last 2 weeks of October. (Traveling to SF and LA actually!)
The new Urban Decay Vice 3 palette, Naked 2 Basics, as well as the Shadow Box will be launched in Sephoras island-wide (Singapore) on 1 November, so this might give you an idea about which ones you’re going to save up for.
I can tell you Urban Decay’s shadows are all consistently high-quality. Not a 100% hit-rate but there are always very few duds.
A lot of people have been waiting impatiently for this one.
And it’s not a disappointment. For those who are new to colors, Vice 1 and 2 can be a bit intimidating. This one may seem so at first, but I’ll give you a quick trick. Just look at each column as a 4-shade palette. There are actually 3 neutral palettes in there, and 2 color palettes. All in the usual smooth pigmented formula. VERY worth the investment if you think about the fact that you get 20 new colors (each weigh a little more than half a MAC shadow at 0.8g).
That’s 10 full size shadows.
If that’s a little too overwhelming for you, or you just want something more compact and portable, you might want to check out The Shadow Box.
This is 2014’s successor to the classic Ammo Palette. In it are 12 of UD’s regular shades. I do have to point out one dud in the collection; the matte black called Blackout isn’t the smoothest or most pigmented, but then the other 11 shades are gorgeous.
This is a small cardboard package with 12 x 0.5g of product, which is 4 full-size MAC shadows (sorry - MAC shadows are the easiest reference cos most people more or less know their size and value).
Naked 2 Basics
Ahh… one for the neutral lovers.
Let’s face it. Matte shadows are tricky. But UD does a brilliant job at creating matte shadows that are very silky and blendable.
I love the Naked 2 Basics a heck of a lot more than the first Naked Basics which - I’ll be honest and say - has too many pale beige shades, whereas this has a better and more flattering mix of light to deep in different undertones. In my opinion anyway.
Great for beginners and those who are looking for a hard-working neutral palette or just love the velvety texture and finish of matte shadows in general.
Are you eyeing any of these in particular?