Urban Decay are fast becoming the palette patrons of the makeup world. Naked, Naked 2, umpteen Book of Shadows, and the recently released Smoked, easily take up at least two thirds of the space of my eyeshadow drawer. Well here they come again, this time with three six-panned eyeshadow palettes based on the brands ‘ingredients’, complete with a mini Lip Junkie Lip Gloss. Say hello to the Feminine, Dangerous and Fun Palettes*…
The first thing that struck me was the packaging – it reminded me somewhat of a softmint. Hard on the outside and squidgy on the inner. The sleek, wipe-clean zippered pouches get a thumbs up, but I wasn’t overly keen on the cardboard interiors. However when I read all the bumf and realised the eyeshadow compartment can be removed and turn the cute cases into a little wallet I was somewhat appeased. Each palette contains six reformulated shadows, five from the existing line and one new shade. Feminine (purple palette) leans more to the soft and sultry side with shimmering neutrals to smokey hues, Dangerous (black palette) contains deep jewel tones and seductive nudes and Fun (turquoise palette) lives up to its name with experimental and quirky colours. The formulas are buttery and blendable as always with just a few shimmer-loaded shades that got through quality control – Bordello I’m looking at you. The Lip Junkie Lip Glosses are a nice touch, but none of the shades really stand out to me and I think a mini eyeliner or primer would have perhaps been a better fit. Fun has to be my favourite packaging-wise, but it isn’t too difficult to guess what palette a simple eyeshadow lover like myself would gravitate towards…..Feminine of course. DUH! Although a mix of all the neutral shades featured across the three palettes would make up the perfect everyday ‘grab’ mix for me.
When I posted a preview of these on Instagram, views were mixed. If you’ve already got a pile of Urban Decay palettes stacked up in your stash then you don’t need to add to it with these, however pretty they are. But if you’re a UD newbie, then perhaps it’s worth looking into it; although the original Naked Palette will always come up trumps for me (plus it’s the best value for money). The Feminine, Dangerous and Fun plattes are available now at all the usual Urban Decay outlets, for £25. Can you pick a favourite?