NEW Urban Decay Electric Palette Review!
Oooh, I know a lot of you are excited to see this review!!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you- The long awaited Urban Decay Electric Palette.
Out in UD Land, we have been Naked for quite a long time. Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Skin, Naked Blush, Naked BB Cream.. A lot of nakedness. Many people were asking “UD, where’s the color?! Where’s the bright?! WHERE?!”
Here, my friends, is your answer. This is the latest from Urban Decay- a palette filled with 10 super bright shades (many of which are matte) and 8 of which are new (We have the return of Chaos and Revolt Eyeshadows here as well, both of which we have seen before).
So for everyone who has been waiting for UD to show their bright side again, read on for more photos and swatches!
Revolt Eyeshadow Revolt Eyeshadow
Revolt is a repromote shade first seen in the Anarchy Face Case. This is a very pigmented metallic silver with silver glitter.
Gonzo Eyeshadow Gonzo Eyeshadow
Gonzo is a bright blue matte eyeshadow with silver micro glitter. UD describes this one as being turquoise, but I’d say its definitely more of a straight blue.
Slowburn Eyeshadow Slowburn Eyeshadow
Slowburn is an orangey red matte with slight pearl. Nice and pigmented, however I do wish this one was more red or more orange, not so in-the-middle.
Savage Eyeshadow Savage Eyeshadow
Savage is a bright, beautiful hot pink matte. Great color payoff here!
Fringe Eyeshadow Fringe Eyeshadow
Fringe is a metallic teal. AMAZING color payoff and texture! Possibly my favorite shade in the palette.
Chaos Eyeshadow Chaos Eyeshadow
Chaos is another repromote, and is a cobalt blue matte with blue pearl. You may remember this shade from the VIce palette a few years back. I remember having lunch with Wende, who is the co-founder of Urban Decay, and she secretly showed me this shade before the palette had even been talked about, and how she knew I’d be excited about it. I can’t say I didn’t feel special, haha!
Jilted Eyeshadow Jilted Eyeshadow
Jilted is a metallic fuchsia with a blue shift. Like all of the metallic shades in this palette, this has really great color payoff and blends great!
Urban Eyeshadow Urban Eyeshadow
Urban is a vivid true metallic purple. Beautiful Beautiful shade.
Freak Eyeshadow Freak Eyeshadow
Freak is a bright pastel green with lots of shimmer and a bit of a gold shift. I remember when Freak Eye Pencil came out and how excited I was, so you can imagine that excitement when I found out it was coming out in eyeshadow form!
Thrash Eyeshadow Thrash Eyeshadow
Thrash is a lime green matte with gold pearl.
I love that this palette comes with a variety of mattes and metallics. Most of the mattes aren’t true matte, as they do have some pearl to them, but it’s not enough to really notice when you apply them, it’s more to help the shade be easier to blend out (and it really does make a difference).
As pretty as these shades are, I do have a couple issues with this palette. First of all, it’s really, really blue toned. There’s three blue shades, and two blue-toned purples, in a 10 pan palette. I feel like at least one of the blues could go (Gonzo is probably my least favorite here, Fringe being my absolute fave!). Also, I don’t understand the point of Revolt. The shade is nice, but nothing revolutionary. It’s not too hard to come by a metallic silver, and I wish that spot in the palette was used for something else (Like a bright matte YELLOW! I can’t tell you guys how much I wish this palette had a yellow!) I also don’t really love Slowburn. Because the palette is so blue toned, it’s difficult to work the shade in to a look with the other colors without looking like Christmas or being a bit too contrasting for my taste. Also, some of these shades will definitely stain (I’m looking at you, Savage!)
Another thing to be aware of is blending the different textured eyeshadows. it definitely takes a bit more work to blend a matte and a metallic so that they are seamless, so just something to keep in mind.
Something else worth mentioning: on the back of the palette, it says “WARNING: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area”. This is pretty important and something I didn’t even notice until I was about to post this for you all! I have never had any issues with shades like those causing irritation around my eyes, but if you plan on using them, please be aware of the warning. It is surprising, considering this really seems to be marketed as an eyeshadow palette, yet has 4 of the 10 eyeshadows marked as not safe for eyes. Now, I know they need to post this warning as a liability, as some pigments in this are not FDA approved (simply meaning the FDA has not tested them for the eye area. These colors are safe in European countries) and they are covering themselves in case someone tries to sue, but I did want to make sure I mentioned that there was a warning here.
Overall I am excited about this palette, I just feel like they missed the mark a bit with some of the shade choices. Out of all of the shades here, Slowburn and Revolt are the two that just don’t seem to fit. I really do wish there was a brighter, warmer shade, like a yellow, to balance everything out.
This palette will be available March 18th on Urban Decay’s Website. Also worth mentioning- This palette is PERMANENT!!
What do you guys think? Is this an insta-buy or something to hold off on?