As mentioned in my last post, I purchased the Urban Decay Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette as part of Mecca’s holiday release. I thought I’d give a little review and swatch the shadows. The palette includes five new shades, four permanent shades and six shades from other palettes.
The packaging is definitely high quality. It’s a smooth heavy plastic with neat plastic smokey bejewelling on top. The sides are laser cut. The lid simply picks up like a box, and you’ll see the reason for that further down. This can make it a little tricky to travel with. An elastic band or taping it together are two solutions if you want to go somewhere with it. Otherwise it is well constructed and sturdy.
Taking off the lid you have 15 full-sized pans on shiny thick plastic with the names labelled. It makes it an easy palette to have on your dressing table as you apply makeup. The first thing you notice is that every shade is a shimmer or glitter. If you want matte or satin shadows for a more dimensional look they’ll have to come from another palette or single. That’s not so hard to have since mattes and neutrals are so popular these days. It’d be easy to have this and a good matte palette and you’ll basically have every colour you could want if you love cool tones!
The swatches are just to die for. Almost every shade was buttery and the finishes are spectacular. I for one adore glitter and shimmery shades! Especially the purples and blues. You also get trendy metallics with some bronzey shades and a rose gold, as well as a shimmery bright highlight. Prank and West, the two darkest colours needed the most help with building up pigmentation but they looked amazing with a little work. With shadows like this I highly recommend using a primer underneath just to avoid creasing and keep that colour on for as long as possible. They seem to wear for 7 to 8 hours.
An added feature to this palette is that is can become a box once you’re done with the shadows. Although the shadow panel is very secure you can lift it off with a long object and underneath is a velvet lined inside. Thus, the reason for a lift off lid! This is something you can keep for a long time even after hitting pan!
Underneath the lid is a full mirror. Due to the palette’s size, that of an open hand, the mirror is big and really useful! You can see your whole face in it.
With a palette of mattes/neutrals you wouldn’t really need any thing else with this one. Although that would be a little boring, right? ;) In my opinion, shimmery gorgeous shades and a beautiful box for future use makes it worth the price.
I haven’t included an eye look in this post. Look out soon for my Holiday Makeup Looks post instead. I will show you 3 ideas for your holiday parties and events using this palette for a pop-of-colour/shimmer!
Spectrum is $89 and limited edition available now at Mecca!