Urban Decay Afterdark

urban decay afterdark
When I first heard about the Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette I told myself I wasn’t going to buy it right away. It was coming out right before Christmas and I had already bought myself a few gifts for under the tree… but it was just too pretty to resist.

The UD Afterdark Palette features 10 beautiful jewel-toned shades – seven brand new, and three existing. It’s definitely not a stand alone palette for me. Every time I use it I have also used either my UDxGwen Palette or my Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette to blend out my crease. Not a negative as I love using multiple palettes for a look, just thought it was worth mentioning!

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urban decay x gwen stefani eyeshadow palette

urban decay x gwen stefani eyeshadow paletteHappy Friday everyone! This week’s feature in ‘palette’s I bought months ago and haven’t reviewed yet’: The Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette.

My husband actually bought this for me for Christmas. I unintentionally spoiled the surprise so he begrudgingly gave it to me early. I am in love with this limited edition palette… and honestly would have bought it regardless of the shades because it’s a collab between one of my favourite brands and one of my favourite artists.

First off, the packaging. To be blunt… It’s freaking gorgeous. I still haven’t thrown away the box that it came in because even it is just so pretty (I’ll let the pictures do the talking!). It closes magnetically and the mirror inside is as large as the palette, making it perfect for travel. I love how the shadows are laid out, and the mix of matte’s and shimmers make it easy to create a look without pulling out other shadows.

This palette contains 15 x 0.04 oz Eye shadows (swatches without primer below):
• Blonde (pale beige/pink iridescent shift)
• Bathwater (pale beige with gold pearl)
• Skimp (pale nude satin)
• Steady (medium rose/metallic gold shift)
• Punk (reddish brown matte)
• Baby (cool metallic rose)
• Anaheim (light taupe-brown matte)
• Stark (nude-pink matte)
• Zone (medium brown matte)
• Serious (smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl)
• Pop (pale coral with iridescent sparkle)
• Harajuku (metallic blue-pink/iridescent micro-shimmer)
• Danger (deep metallic royal blue/blue micro-sparkle)
• 1987 (bright metallic yellow-gold)
• Blackout (blackest black matte)

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The look below is with Stark, Anaheim, and Zone in the crease, a mix of Serious and Punk in the outer corner, Steady on the lid with a bit of Pop patted in the middle with my finger, and a bit of Blonde in the inner corner and on my browbone. The palette also came with 4 samples of the new UDxGS lipsticks so I paired with Ex-Girlfriend
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Is this palette on your list or have you picked it up? I love hearing from you, please leave me a comment!

urban decay urban spectrum palette

urban decay spectrum paletteHappy last monday of September! This month flew by so quick.. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away – yikes! I haven’t had the time or desire really to paint my nails lately, so instead of a mani monday today, I have swatches of one of my birthday presents – Urban Decay’s Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette.

I was sold the moment I saw the packaging. The filigreed edges on the lid, the UD jewel on top… it’s a thing of beauty, and the way the eyeshadows are laid out is extremely pleasing. Unlike any other palette I have, the lid just lifts right off so I have to regularly remind myself to grab it from the top and bottom and not the sides. I forgot to take a pic, but the eyeshadow tray also comes out, and then the box is velvet lined so you can use it long after you’ve used up all of the eyeshadow.

The palette itself has 5 new shades, 4 current shades, and 6 ‘returning favorites’ for a total of 15 x 0.05 oz shadows.

Protest (golden forest green shimmer) – Permanent
Junkie (green teal shimmer) – LE
Deep End (bright teal shimmer) – Permanent
Madness (bright metallic blue shimmer with micro-glitter) – LE
Evidence (deep navy blue shimmer) – Permanent
Prank (deep navy matte with turquoise pearl) – LE
Omen (bright metallic purple with blue shift) – Permanent
Flashback (bright deep purple with pink sparkle) – LE
Voodoo (metallic purple shimmer with micro-glitter) – LE
Flatline (metallic pale pink) – LE
Bordello (pale mauve shimmer with micro-glitter) – Permanent
Backlash (bright pink with orange pearl) – LE
Daybreak (soft bronze with silver glitter) – LE
Burn (medium golden brown shimmer) – LE
West (medium golden brown shimmer) – LE

There are no matte shades, which is fine with me because I love shimmery eyes, but if you don’t… it’s something to be aware of. There are a few shades I am noticing that need a base like NYX Milk – one of them being Omen which I am wearing in the look below, it didn’t seem to matter how much I applied I felt like I needed more. Overall though I am extremely happy I went ahead and splurged on this palette. Right now it is available for VIB and Rouge at Sephora, but will be available to everyone soon.urban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay spectrum paletteurban decay urban spectrum paletteurban decay urban spectrum

Love it? Hate it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!