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Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 21 eyeshadows (each is 0.04 oz.) in a variety of rainbow-inspired hues. It’s a new, limited edition palette for the holidays. While it has some similarity to last year’s Spectrum palette, the packaging is different–the lid now is hinged and lifts off of the palette, rather than fully removes (which is a complaint often made about last year’s palette!)–and it also contains more eyeshadows (21 vs. 15). If you normally use a primer or don’t mind using a white base to get the most bang out of the eyeshadows in the palette, you might enjoy it. On the other hand, if you want intense, totally opaque coverage in one pass, this might leave you wanting more as there are several shades that are either sheerer, dustier, or a combination of both. The palette launches on October 26th at Urban Decay and will follow shortly to other retailers after that.

I liked the concept of the palette–brights, more muted takes on brights, mattes and frosts–and how it was arranged overall. I think they could have opted to put in a more matte black instead of Midnight Blaze/Platonic for more versatility. If all of the more matte shades were like Calavera, it might have been a really superb palette, but as is, it didn’t blow me away. The more shimmery shades were decent to good, but they are not as smooth or as richly pigmented as last year’s Urban Spectrum palette (which is what made it a real standout in a sea of palettes).

Also, I counted one more repromote than the press release–Alchemy, Hatter, Goldmine, and Metamorphosis are all repromotes. And for those who were curious how it overlaps with Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix, you can see the comparison here.

Alchemy is a subdued, medium-dark reddish plum with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that was just a touch dry in the pan, but it blended out without issue and adhered nicely to bare skin. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Viseart Bijoux Royal #9 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Plum Dressing (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). City Color It's a Girl (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sugarpill Magentric (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Rewind (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is more muted, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Lectra (DC, $5.00) is more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warning is a medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture felt a little looser in the pan, and as a result, somewhat dusty, but it seemed to go on better on the lid as I worked with it in a smaller area than swatched. It did apply better when patted on, rather than swept on. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. LORAC Rust (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Vintage (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Duke (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop White Rabbit (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Let's Roll (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Doce (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Siesta (P) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Oxidize (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Midnight Blaze is a blackened brown with warmer, olive undertones and a fine pearl sheen. This was a terrible shade; it was extremely stiff and firm in the pan, which resulted in very sheer, uneven coverage that was only achievable when I scraped powder from the surface of the pan as it was just that stiff in the pan. It was hard to blend, but on the upside, it lasted for a whole six hours. Makeup Geek High Tea (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Jade (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Khaki (08) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Misty Morning (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hundred is a medium-dark forest green with cooler undertones and warmer, golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, lightly dusty texture that blended out nicely and wore for eight hours. Sugarpill Junebug (P, $13.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 (DC, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Milani Bella Emerald (18) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #4 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Lemmy (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Luxurious Boot Camp (P, $10.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #11 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Craft (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.75) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Epic (P, $9.99) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Protest (-, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Whispering Ibis (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Humid (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Malachite (Left) (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Coloured Raine Unexpected (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Minx is a deep navy blue with fine, lighter blue pearl over a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft, silky to the touch, but it was thin and dusty, so it sheered out easily and could look patchy if applied without a primer. This is the type of eyeshadow texture that really needs the smoothness of a primer for better color payoff, wear, and application. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Inglot #321 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #4 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #9 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Delirious is a medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and very fine violet pearl over a matte finish. For all intents and purposes, it was a matte shade, as the shimmer was undetectable once applied to the lid. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, blendable texture that didn’t turn patchy even over bare skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #2 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Platonic is a deep black with warmer undertones and silver shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage, and part of that was due to the firmer, thinner texture that made it harder to work with–I had trouble just getting product onto the brush, on top of the frustration when I tried to get the color to apply evenly to the lid or diffuse around the edges. It lasted for seven hours on me. Lancome Midnight Purple (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Lunar Eclipse (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Espresso Blend #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Heather Belles (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Raven-Eyed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Night Sky (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #12 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Pandora (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Ebony Blend #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gossip is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a soft, pearl shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture, but it applied well and blended out easily. The color wore well for eight hours on me. Sephora Jerrica (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Hotsy Totsy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Noise (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Totally Fetch (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Cake (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Party Girl (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sugarpill Decora (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Dior Bow (887) (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cherry Topped (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Swoon (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seize is a bright, medium-dark coral-orange with warm undertones and an iridescent, pink-to-peach shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage paired with a soft, thinner texture that was a touch dusty but wouldn’t even be noticeable if used over a primer. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours. Hello Kitty Bow (LE) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Ensnare (P) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Free to Be (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Full of Flavour (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Early Bird (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #361 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Mortal #3 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M816 Rosewood (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Illamasqua Paranormal (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Destroyer (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Suspiciously Sweet (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Calavera is a bright, light-medium yellow with strong, warm undertones and fine gold pearl over a matte finish. The consistency was finely-milled, smooth, and a little denser while still being very blendable on the lid. There was noticeable fall out with this shade during application, but it did not sheer out too easily, so it was fairly easy to get true-to-pan color. I found that it tended to darken and look more muted when applied over bare skin, but over a primer, it retained more of its brightness. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Fran (LE)(95% similar). Illamasqua Hype (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Phresh (LE, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Jaune (DC, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Goldenrod (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #24 (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cave of Wonders (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fashion Rebel #1 (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #7 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Buttercupcake (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #323 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Banana Split (05) (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Chrome Yellow (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #4 (P) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Juicer (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M408 Mustard (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Royal Woo (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Lady Fingers (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up #1 (LE, $2.29) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hatter is a bright, medium grass green with cooler undertones and a fine pearl over a matte finish. On the lid, it looked and acted like a matte finish, as I could not see the shimmer. The consistency was thinner, dustier, and prone to sheering out without some sort of primer underneath it. The color started to fade after seven hours on me. I had faint staining with this shade when used without a primer. Make Up For Ever S312 Mint Green (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Cusp (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lightyear (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Hajar Karim (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Fledgling (P) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Mad Mad World #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Make Up For Ever #53 (DC, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). Inglot #384 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blindsided is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and fine, sky blue pearl over a matte finish. There was more shimmer in this shade than some of the other shimmer-and-matte eyeshadows in the palette, so I felt like they were more visible, but they were still subtle overall. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and felt velvety–had some bulk to it so that it applied well to bare skin and did not just blend away to a faded mess. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Gonzo (P) is brighter (95% similar). Inglot #371 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Mad Mad World #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Synth (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Milani Olympian Blue (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot #322 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Solomon Islands (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Blue Candy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Blue Mesa (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #72 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Electric Eel (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory #2 (LE, $2.29) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #8 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Hi-Def Cyan (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever #118 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Aveda Oceanica (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sketch is a medium-dark violet purple with subtle, cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a slightly firmer texture, though it wasn’t so firm that it became difficult to use. The color blended out without too much fuss, and it wore for eight hours before fading noticeably. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Satellite Dreams (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Violet (P) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $9.00) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Opaline (P, $12.00) is more muted, warmer, better quality (85% similar). Urban Decay Druggie (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced is a pale silver with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a lot of loose glitter/sparkle that separated from the base shade, so there was fall out during wear and during application. The consistency was drier, looser, and chunkier, which made it harder to use. The base color lasted six and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Gecko (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Filament (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Silver Screen (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC In the Meadow #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Steam (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Tower Bridge (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Chrome Angel (P, $18.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Rivage #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Eggplant Blend #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paranoia is a light-medium pinky-lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, lightly dusty texture that applied better over a primer than bare skin, but it was, at least, workable on bare skin. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Coax (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Punch Fuchsia (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Jelly (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Blooming Mad (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Stars 'n' Rockets (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Love (LE) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Asphyxia (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jones is a bright, medium tangerine orange with warm, golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too thin or too dense. This shade wore for just over eight hours on me. Kat Von D Platonic (LE)(100% similar). MAC Warm Wash #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Flipper (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Gingerluxe #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sin City (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Nirvana (P) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Sunnies (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Extravagance (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Tigerlily (P, $29.50) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sphinx (LE, $45.00) is more muted (85% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Viseart Orange Topaz (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Firefly (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). MAC Chessa (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mimosa (P, $14.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Goldmine is a light-medium gold with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen with some larger, chunkier sparkle. The sparkly bits tended to pull away from the base, so they ended up falling out during application or later on during wear. The consistency had a denser, chunkier feel to it, and I found a flatter, synthetic brush seemed to apply the eyeshadow best. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Heaven Loves You (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Telepathy (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 02 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Thrasher (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Prophet (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom 24KT Stilettos (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay 1987 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #3 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Sugarpill Goldilux (P, $13.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cheap Date (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). L'Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mean is a bright, light-medium chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and warmer golden sheen. It had nice color payoff paired with a smooth, thinner texture that wasn’t dusty or powdery, which made it easy to work with on bare skin for both my initial application as well as for blending it out. This shade wore for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Sour (DC, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #171 (DC, $20.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Green Clean #2 (LE) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lucky Green (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Mermaid Kiss (DC, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #17 (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Mojito (LE) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Nice Energy (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Vinyl (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Sugarpill Mint Soda (P, $13.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metamorphosis is a bright, medium-dark periwinkle blue with cool undertones and fine pearl over a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage as a result of the very thin, dusty texture–it was just so prone to sheering out. Even over a primer, it looked faded and somewhat uneven. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. Hello Kitty Dear Daniel (LE) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Luxe Life (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Piece of Cake (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Atlantic Blue (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Heroine (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Blueberry Scone (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Self Portrait 1 #2 (LE, $25.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Echo (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faded is a subdued, medium-dark purple with flecks of gold sparkle over a matte finish. While a lot of the “matte” eyeshadows had “floating pearl” (Urban Decay’s terminology), this one seemed to have larger sparkle. I found that the larger size seemed to make this even harder to apply, as the sparkles would pull away from the purple base but also pull some of the purple eyeshadow away, which resulted in sheer, uneven coverage. I had better luck using this over an eyeshadow primer, but it was still a fussy shade to blend out. It worked better layered over another eyeshadow. The color started to fade after seven hours on me. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Orchid (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Mulberry (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). MAC Indian Ink (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Venom (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Gone Mad (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Violet (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Ribbon (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bump is a stark white with a semi-matte finish. It seemed to have just a smidgen of shimmer to it–something to make it appear more satiny and not have as much excess product kicked up in the pan. The texture was finely-milled, smooth, and just a touch dusty at times. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage which stayed true for seven and a half hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Ivy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Linen (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #00 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vapour (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Por Vida (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Chill (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chandelier (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay 21-Eyeshadow Palette Full Spectrum
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette for Holiday 2016

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

When color is your drug of choice, you know where to get the good stuff. Satisfy your color addiction with Full Spectrum, a limited-edition set featuring 21 shades of our iconic Eyeshadow (the most ever in any UD palette!)—from bold brights to matte white.

We organized the shadows by color family, creating a rainbow of ombré trios: pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, and even a wildcard row that goes from white to black. The end result? A palette that not only looks stunning, but also delivers tons of options. Create dimensional ombré looks by working within the color-coordinated trios or experiment with multiple shade groups at once. With 18 NEW shades, three exclusives from past palettes, and a wide range of finishes, you’ll never run out of options.

In 2015, we launched Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette in limited quantities, and people freaked out trying to get their hands on it. And if you thought that palette was amazing, you’ll be blown away by Full Spectrum. This set ups the ante with our BIGGEST, most colorful palette yet! From super-smooth mattes to shimmer-laced shades, this palette has something for EVERY color junkie.

Availability

Early access for Urban Decay Beauty Junkies 10/13, October 26th at Urban Decay, then at other retailers

The Details

Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette | $55.00 | Limited Edition

  • 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 matte 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 periwinkle 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

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Urban Decay Vintage XX Lipsticks at Sephora + Naked Ultimate Basics Release Date!

Urban Decay Vintage XX Lipsticks
Urban Decay Vintage XX Lipsticks

You can now find the Vintage XX Lipsticks at Sephora (reviewed here, here, and here), and the new Naked Ultimate Basics palette will be available online on September 20th at Sephora and Ulta (in stores on the 22nd) (review here).

Edited: And the Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette is NOW at Sephora! 🙂

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Urban Decay Spacetime, Zodiac, Vega, Magnetic Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Spacetime Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a dirty, medium-dark khaki bronze with warm undertones and pink and green sparkle over a more metallic finish. The texture was smooth and more blendable than the majority of the shades in the formula, and this was one of the few that could actually be worn as an opaque layer of product. It was buildable from medium coverage. This shade wore well for nine hours with no fall out whether applied as a single layer or applied as two layers. The application was still fussy, and it was easy to blend it too much and get a patchy mess, but it was one of the few that I could actually apply decently. Anastasia Brownie (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Truffle Glitter (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sushi Green (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer, better quality (85% similar). Urban Decay Lithium (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Smoky Storm (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Zodiac Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a blackened green with warm undertones and copper, emerald green, and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque, buildable coverage. The consistency wasn’t as watery as other shades, though it had a tendency to sheer out rather than building up–you have to be completely certain that each layer has dried down. It started to look rough and textured with anything more than two layers. I had no fallout when I applied this as a sinigle layer, and I had no fallout or flaking when I applied two layers. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gingerluxe #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Midnight (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Bird of Prey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Sephora Luxurious Boot Camp (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Vega Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and silver and blue sparkle. It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation with two layers. The texture was unforgiving when used as two layers, as the color would clump up and look chunky. It was hard to blend out, so it always had a look of patchy, uneven coverage, so it would work better over a darker base color, which would help fill in the gaps. It wore well for nine hours with no fallout when I used one layer, and when I used two layers, I had some minor flakes over an eight hour period. MAC Midnight (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Vega (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Lit Cosmetics Bar Star (P, $12.95) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Gamma Ray (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Elton John (P, $12.95) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Star Cobalt (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Cressida (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Magnetic Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warmer undertones and pink and copper sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation. The texture of this shade seemed a bit thicker, a little more like a liquid-cream, and it remained blendable for longer (but fast enough that it didn’t crease). It does thicken and add texture to the lid if applied in two layers, but it was not as bad as some shades in the range. When I wore it as a single layer, it lasted for nine hours with no fall out, and when I wore it as two layers, it lasted well for nine hours with minor fall out but no flaking. NARS Canberra (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Kauai #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Get Physical (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #4 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Delinquent (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “liquid version” of the powder-based Moondust Eyeshadow formula. The difference (besides consistency!) is that these are designed to have a buildable formula that can be used on the lash line, over other eyeshadows on the lid, or on its own, and once it dries down, it “won’t budge or crease.” I felt like it was an overly fussy product, and I think it takes extra work and very specific preference to make them “worth it.” I’d much rather use the regular Moondust eyeshadow, which is even $1.00 cheaper (it is hard to compare liquid vs. powder weights, so there could be more uses in one than the other).

For the most part, they’re sheer to semi-sheer and somewhat buildable, but the texture doesn’t support layering. I don’t think they are that usable on their own, because they dry down quickly and are hard to blend out–they look patchy and uneven–and trying to build-up color by putting additional product on the same area always resulted in a thick, chunky, and uneven disaster on the eye. I tried layering them over eyeshadow as well, and from afar, it can be pretty, but they look horrific close-up as they are the same on top of something else: uneven with poorly distributed sparkle. The tiniest dab on the inner lid that you don’t touch or blend opened up the eye, but I tried brushes (including the brand’s Moondust brush), fingertips, silicone applicators, and the included brush (on the applicator) to no avail. I only had moderate success using the included applicator and layering it over eyeliner.

The formula itself was inconsistent every time I used a shade, because the product doesn’t seem to be well mixed, which results in sheerer and thinner, more pigmented and chunkier consistencies. They don’t really mix up, but you can try to twist and maneuver the wand into the product to try and mix it that way. The highlight of the formula is that there was virtually no fall out across all the shades except for when I tried to layer or build-up color, then sometimes I’d get a big chunk that would flake off entirely, but when worn on top of liner or as a single layer of product (on top of eyeshadow or alone), I had no fall out.

I also found the included applicator is particularly disappointing; it does nothing to improve application as it is a coarser brush that’s rather stiff, which means that it is hard to get any evenness out of it. It tends to glob product on rather than give you a sense of precision. The coarser bristles hold product in them unevenly as well. It is the type of brush that when pull it across the skin in one fluid motion, the product pulls to the side and leaves almost nothing in the middle.

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Spacetime
Spacetime
Spacetime
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Zodiac
Zodiac
Zodiac
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Vega
Vega
Vega
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
70%
Total
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Magnetic
Magnetic
Magnetic
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

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Urban Decay XX Vintage Nail Colors (Part 1)

Urban Decay Nail Color
Urban Decay Nail Color

Urban Decay Pallor Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a light, pinkish white with iridescent opal shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two coats, but it seemed too pigmented to be used as a layering shade, as the white base was rather strong and looked very streaky when applied over a more opaque base polish. The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it didn’t pool along the edges, but I had trouble with this shade bubbling as it was drying down. Dior Perle (187) (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Girl Trouble (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Asphyxia Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium pinky-lavender with warm undertones and threads of fine, lavender shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two layers of product, but it was a little uneven with some areas appearing almost opaque and others appearing a touch streaky. The texture was thinner, a little watery, and I couldn’t prevent brush strokes from appearing. Formula X Equinox (P, $12.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Scorching Haute (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Uzi Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a dark gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and fine silver shimmer that looked like threads of shimmer running through the polish. The consistency was thin, a little too liquidy, so I had to take greater care to ensure I didn’t load the brush up with too much product or else I would get pooling along the edges. There were some visible brush strokes, even after it dried down. It was fully opaque in two coats. MAC Grey Friday (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Formula X Metamorphic (P, $12.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Wrong Turn (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Oil Slick Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a grayish black with cool undertones and silver shimmer. It was fully opaque in two coats, though it was quite pigmented even in one layer. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, which made it an easy shade to apply. I had no issues with the color bubbling or pooling along the edges, and it dried down to a smooth, shiny finish. Color Club Show Time (P) is darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is darker (95% similar). China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (LE, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). Cult Nails Ignite (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Cosmic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Mildew Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a medium, olive green with warm undertones and lighter, greenish-gold shimmer. It had a more metallic finish, but that also meant that there were much more visible brush strokes as the thicker consistency made it harder to apply the color in really smooth, fluid strokes. It had full color coverage after two layers of product. Cult Nails In a Trance (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Zoya Yara (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Formula X Borealis (P, $12.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). China Glaze Agro (LE, $7.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Smog Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a blackened brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and fine burgundy and bronze shimmer. It was intensely pigmented with nearly opaque coverage in just one coat, though I did two just to be sure. The consistency was on the thinner side but did not seem to run when applied to the nail. I saw one or two visible brush strokes, but the majority disappeared as the polish dried and self-leveled. Cult Nails Swanbourne (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Cavaliere (526) (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Roach (LE, $15.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Other Side (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Farida (P, $50.00) is warmer (85% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I typically get seven days of wear out of Urban Decay’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping (with no base or top coat). This is normal wear for me with most formulas, though. I tested four of the twelve shades for wear, and the wear was consistent with my past experience with the brand’s formula (seven days).

Urban Decay Nail Color Pallor
Pallor
Pallor
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Asphyxia
Asphyxia
Asphyxia
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
77%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Uzi
Uzi
Uzi
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Oil Slick
Oil Slick
Oil Slick
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Mildew
Mildew
Mildew
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Smog
Smog
Smog
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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