The Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($80 CAD) is a colour lover’s dream come true. This limited edition palette really does offer an extensive variety of colourful hues with not a neutral to be seen. There are an impressive 21 shades. 18 are all new colours, while 3 of the shades are exclusive shades returning from previous palettes. Alchemy from Vice3, along with Hatter and Metamorphosis from the Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette.
The packaging is gorgeous. Urban Decay just keeps outdoing themselves when it comes to breathtaking presentation. The black palette features spectrum like lines that alternate from matte to shiny. The best part is the multifaceted, rainbow-hued, jewel like UD lettering. So pretty, and the contrast with the black packaging is really eye-catching. I love that they went this route with the packaging rather than making the whole palette a rainbow of colour. The dual ended brush that is included is also very nice quality and actually usable.
There is a range of finishes including mattes, shimmers, and glitters. I think my favorites are the brights! Overall the palette is very well done. The formula is a bit more on the dry side overall vs. buttery soft and intensely pigmented. Especially with an eyelid primer, you are still going to see beautiful, vibrant colour payoff from the majority of this palette. That said there are a few shades that didn’t excel. Midnight Blaze is quite sheer in the top row and I found myself wishing that the gorgeous shade Alchemy was more richly pigmented. It wasn’t bad, I just yearned for a bit more. From the middle row Iced was more of a sheer chunky glitter shade. It can be built up quite well though. The bright mattes were surprisingly well pigmented and really lovely. I found myself quite amused at the shade name Faded in the bottom row because I found the shade to be exactly that. Jones, Paranoia, and Goldmine were a touch on the sheer side as well but still performed well.
The 21 shades are:
- Alchemy – deep fuchsia satin
- Gossip – bright metallic pink with subtle floating pearl
- Paranoia – soft metallic blue-pink
- Warning – deep metallic copper
- Seize – bright metallic coral with subtle floating pearl
- Jones – metallic orange with subtle floating pearl
- Midnight Blaze – black matte with yellow-gold pearl
- Calavera – bright yellow with subtle floating pearl
- Goldmine – metallic yellow-gold
- Hundred – deep metallic forest green
- Hatter – vibrant green with tonal micro-sparkle
- Mean – bright metallic lime green
- Minx – deep navy matte with floating tonal pearl
- Blindsided – bright teal blue matte with floating pearl
- Metamorphosis – vibrant peri-winkle blue with micro-sparkle
- Delirious – deep plum matte with subtle floating pearl
- Sketch – metallic medium purple
- Faded – lavender with gold shimmer
- Platonic – black matte with iridescent glitter
- Iced – oyster silver with shimmer
- Bump – white matte
I love the mix of colours and finishes. It is probably one of the most colourful, vibrant, and versatile palettes for true colour lovers I’ve ever seen released. Having this baby in your collection means you will always have a palette to turn to when you are looking for a pop of colour to add to a look, or need some inspiration for some really creative looks. It makes me happy just looking at it. I don’t usually wear many boldly colourful eye looks but Urban Decay Full Spectrum certainly has me longing for more occasion to rock the rainbow!
The Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition release for Holiday 2016. It can be found in Canada at Sephora, Urban Decay freestanding stores, select Shoppers Drug Mart locations, as well as online at Sephora.com and urbandecay.ca.