Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Urban Decay Book of Shadows III - Swatches & Review

Hey Blogettes,

I'm in such a good mood this week, hmmmm I wonder why? Maybe because it's only 5 SLEEPS until me and one of my best friends Emily go to Tennessee! Wooooooo! I just baked some yummy cookies and eating them whilst writing this. Bliss!

So I posted previously that I received my Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows and as promised here is my full review. The swatches are from L-R and are pretty true to colour, although not as bright in the pictures as they are in real life. But first a few pictures to show off how prettyful this pallette really is. 

Perversion, Uzi, Loaded, Kush

Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar, Money

Haight, Maui Wowie, Smog, Bordello

Radium, Snatch, Suspect, Psychedelic Sister

Zero, Ransom, Primer Potion

So what do I think of it.... I LOVE it. The colours are really beautiful and so wearable, even the brightest ones. I'm generally not a huge fan of Urban Decay pallettes, I gave away the Ammo pallet cause it was just a hot mess of glitter and the only other one I owned before the Naked pallette is the Wallpaper palette which I do like. But the Naked pallette and this one have totally convinced me otherwise, if you were a beginner to makeup, you literally could have just these 2 palettes and have pretty much every colour you'll every need. Not to mention the really cool extras. The Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners are awesome, really easy to apply and very long lasting, and I don't need to go into detail about the Urban Decay Primer Potion except to say it is the one thing I cannot live without. I never ever apply any makeup without using this first. 

As far as dupes and duplicates go, these colours are not totally original and can be duped by many other brands if you don't manage to get your hands on this exact palette. A few of the colours cross over too and are in previous Book of Shadows or in the permanent collection. Also if you have any other Urban Decay Palettes you are most certain to have Smog as it's in almost every single Urban Decay Palette, but the thing I love about Smog with this palette is that you can team it with ANY other colour in the palette and it will work. From a really elaborate look pairing it with Radium and Haight or a toned down neutral eye with Suspect and Rockstar. I really think you are onto a winner with this pallet.

I feel like I have to mention that there are a few glitterbombs in this pallet too, most notably Uzi and Midnight Cowboy Rides Again. If you don't like fallout or glitter on your face then definitely steer clear of these shades. Snatch and Kush are following closely behind these two though and all four shades are not for the feint hearted. Lol! I personally don't mind a bit of glitter every now and then so it works out well for me. If you a lover of the matte and satin formulas then I would propose this palette isn't for you.

The packaging is just gorgeous and a lot more robust than I thought it would be. I was expecting a flimsy cardboard and awkward drawer mechanism. There is nothing like this and I love that the eyeshadow drawer comes completely out of the box, which is a lot easier to work with for everyday makeup application.

My overall rating is a solid 8/10.
(I would have given it 10/10 if only there were a couple of matte shades in the box and more new shades that were exclusive to this palette.)

If you have this already or it's on it way to you, be sure to let me know what you think of it. Urban Decay is fast becoming one of my my favourite makeup brands!

Until next time - XOXO


  1. I love it, but it is a little glittery, I agree that it would of been better with a few matte, and I already have two smog lol. Xxx

  2. Smog is in everything Gem, you don't get an UD palette without it. You'd think they know everyone has it by now. Lol! xxx



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