Monday, July 11th, 2011

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

Here are the other nine shades from Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 15 x 0.05 oz.).

  • Vanilla is a pale white gold with yellow tones. It’s very shimmery and so smooth. It is extremely similar in color to MAC Nylon but has a less metallic finish.
  • Omen is a blue-based purple with a subtle pink layer. It’s a little pinker compared to Urban Decay Ecstasy. Initially, I was thinking it was more like Ransom, but not at all–Ranso is very blue-based and cool-toned. Inglot #441 is somewhat similar, but it’s quite a bit darker.
  • Ace is a darkened gray with a subtle silver sheen. It looks more interesting in the pan–like this mix of blue and green and gray, but it turns out rather gray when swatched. Urban Decay Gunmetal has a much blacker base, which gives it a darker, more intense look. It is very similar to theBalm Sexy Stacey.
  • Flow is a soft peach with a frosty finish. The color is similar to Inglot #330 but the finishes are different. theBalm Luscious Lani is less orange.
  • Evidence is a dark navy blue with a subtle sheen. This is a shade that most brands have–we’ve seen it often–and it’s similar to MAC Deep Truth (less intense), MAC Blue Sheen (less intense), Inglot #428, Make Up For Ever #308.
  • Blackout is a really deep, dark black with a matte finish. Make Up For Ever #57 is similar. Β It seems darker than Perversion and has such a smooth texture with great color payoff.
  • Chase is a golden bronze with a frosted finish. It’s kind of like a much lighter version of Deeper (in this palette). Inglot #406 has much more copper in it. Urban Decay Smog is much darker, but the feel is the same.
  • Deep End is teal with a frosted finish; it seems to lean green in the pan but blue when swatched, which leads me to think it’s right there in the middle. It is a bit bluer than MAC Surf USA, but it is very similar (just more pigmented) to Milani Teal the Truth. Urban Decay Minx is greener, as is Flipside.
  • Half Truth is a smoky purple. As soon as I saw it, I was reminded of Urban Decay Rockstar, because it’s the cool-toned sister of it–there is the same muted, smoky color, but Rockstar is more of an eggplant purple with strong, red undertones. theBalm All the Way Annie is similar but still redder–which is also how Giorgio Armani #3 compares.

Please read Part 1, which has detailed information about the color payoff, quality, texture, packaging, etc. for the entire palette.

The Glossover


15th Anniversary

There is a good variety of colors in this palette, though it does have a surprising amount of neutrals, with good color payoff and soft and smooth textures. You might find you have too many similar shades already, but for those who don't, it's a great way to snag high-end eyeshadows without breaking the bank.











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For photos of the palette itself, please see part one.

Vanilla, Omen, Ace

Flow, Evidence, Blackout

Chase, Deep End, Half Truth

Urban Decay Vanilla Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Vanilla Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ace Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ace Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Flow Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Flow Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Evidence Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Evidence Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Blackout Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Blackout Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Chase Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Chase Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Half Truth Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Half TruthEyeshadow

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase this palette? How much is it?

Urban Decay (July 12th), $55.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews.

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73 thoughts on “Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Photos, Review (Part 2)

  1. JC

    So many beautiful shades, and it’s releasing tomorrow?!

  2. This palette look so so great *_*, how could i resist !

  3. Tigress

    Must. Have. This.

  4. Ugh, so gorgeous! Now I’m glad that I skipped out on MAC’s Semi Precious collection. This palette is definitely worth it!

  5. Love this pallette… excellent swatches and review…wow…..

  6. Carrie Ann

    These are all gorgeous. Wow. I’m in love with Vanilla, Flow, Evidence and Chase. I think this is going to be my favorite UD palette (if I can get my hands on it).

  7. Perri

    OOh! These are pretty colors. I like this palette a lot.

  8. OMG I just have to get these! =)

  9. Rawan

    Wow! I think this is the firsr palette that i LOVE ALL colors in it!
    I love neutrals and the colors here are the ones i geavetate to
    Definetely on top of the wishlist

  10. Laurel

    Love it! Just ordered mine!!!

  11. classclio

    Ace & Half Truth look really interesting…can’t wait for the UK realease :)

  12. I need to see it in person, because I feel like the eyeshadow pans look so difficult to work with. I use brushes, but I personally prefer square or circular pans.

  13. Caroline

    Just bought this on!! Can’t wait for it to arrive. Thank you Christine for a great review!

  14. the colors are awesome and am so glad i didnt picked naked palette πŸ˜€ this one is looking more vibrant πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  15. Jenna

    I love the colours in the second half of the review!!! The first half had a lot of browns and golds which I already have a ton of, but these colours are beautiful! I really hate the packaging though!! Hmmmm…..not sure if I’ll pick this one up. I want to for the colours but I think I might regret it because of the packaging and because I already have browns, golds, matte black….. I’m torn!

  16. Alicia

    It’s up on the UD site now!

  17. I’m so excited for this palette. Great mix of neutrals and brights. Probably most excited that they are all new shades. I have a lifetime supply of shades like Midnight Cowboy and Half Baked.

  18. Carrie

    Agh! I want this, but I must be strong!

    There really are too many shades I won’t wear, and I feel like it’d be me with the BoS III all over again. Dang it :(

  19. ambersmile

    This looks very nice. It doesn’t look like any of them have the chunky glitter that UD is known for. Very nice.

  20. The colors are very pretty, but I feel like we can find similar shades in the permanent lineup anyway, and you’ve listed substitutes that can be sufficient for a lot of people.

  21. Devi

    Some of these shades are pretty neat, but I’m glad that I won’t be wanting this.

  22. Juliana Moraes

    Love it! Will it be available at Sephora? Urban Decay does not delivery in Canada. =(

  23. emi s.

    Oh man, I love this. I just can’t justify it, too many shades I wouldn’t use & that I own similar ones.

    I wish I could buy Half Truth as a single though.

  24. emi s.

    Hi Christine – I just checked the swatch gallery to try and find something similar to Half Truth (the Armani is too pricey for me, and theBalm also comes in a palette), and it looks like the purple from MAC Double Feature 8 is pretty close. Would you say they look close to you? Thanks!

  25. AmyD

    ugh, i’m so conflicted! i have the naked palette, and i don’t have a lot of makeup in general, and want to keep it that way, so i’m not sure about investing in this palette…the swatches look sooo beautiful and i’m in love with half-truth, evidence, ace, and blackout. deep end and junkshow look so good but i just don’t see myself wearing them enough to justify the purchase. if ud had put a deep olive-y green in there, i’d be all over this :/

  26. Maryel

    What a shame UD is not avaible in Mexico

    • Ana Lopez

      sephora is opening on October 21 in Antara Polanco and they sat they are going to have UD! I hope they can sell to all the country cause I don’t live in Mexico city

  27. Jilliterate

    Hmm…”Evidence” looks a lot like Annabelle’s “Lagoon.” Could it be that a big-name company is duping Annabelle for once, instead of the other way around? πŸ˜›

  28. Alison

    Tried to buy just now (9:25 AM PST) says it’s out of stock.

  29. Deb

    I am SOOO tempted to auto buy, but as someone else mentioned, I have BoS III and almost never use it. I could see myself using this more as the packaging is more practical, but the Naked palette really meets all of my needs right now.

  30. Nichole

    Out of stock already and it’s 11:30 am CST.

  31. Amalee

    Ugh, I really want to buy it now on their site but I must resist since I have a Sephora store credit D: I really hate going on this site cus now there are so many things I want. I think its interesting how other products launched on Sephora but this palette hasn’t. Urban Decay definitely wants to build up demand for this palette.. cryyyy.

  32. Melissa

    how can they all look so pretty?

  33. Absolutely ridiculous. Went to UD online. Sold out when I looked at 9:30 am PST. How many did they have? 10?

    • It was up since 2AM PST it appears – it still has to launch on Macy’s,, Sephora, and ULTA. I imagine keeps less stock than their major retailers.

      • Tigress

        Of course, the night that I decide to go to bed at 1am instead of after 2am like I usually do! FML

  34. Milli

    Any idea Christine when is it gonna hit selves in Sephora Canada? Looks like something i really need!

  35. Becca

    oh boy I think I’ve fallen into lust! πŸ˜‰

  36. nenetterory

    So beautiful!!
    I love it!
    A Must Have

  37. Leslie

    These shades are really pretty but the packaging just kills it for me. I pretty much live with my boyfriend on the weekends, so I’m always packing my Naked palette because it’s the smallest all-around palette I own. In fact, it’s even a little big for travel. This looks gigantic and unwieldy, and I’ve never liked the tacky purple Urban Decay uses on all their packaging. Sure I could depot…but what’s the fun in that?

    They need a lesson in package design from NARS.

  38. Adriana

    SOLD OUT !!!

  39. Erin

    Hey Christine,

    Question for you- I checked out the swatch gallery to compare blackout to inglot’s 391 and perhaps its just my computer screen, but is blackout a deeper black compared to inglot’s? I am always on the lookout for the blackest black shadow available. Your opinion is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

  40. Mel

    Blackout is gorge but I think I have most of these shades or similar shades in my stash already. So I’m going to skip this one.

  41. Eileen

    This is an absolutely stunning palette and I think I gave to have it! I’m 15 1/2 so I typically wear neutrals but I would love to incorporate a bit of colour into my makeup and I don’t have any high end eyeshadow so all 15 of these forge us shades for 60ish $ (it will be a little more expensive in Canada) is still a great deal and I will be sure to save up and get to sephora ASAP when it comes out so I can have it :) ahh I’m so excited

  42. Kathy

    Wow! This isn’t very unique at all. Some of these shades look like they’re from the BOS II.

  43. Marina

    Should I get this or the NAKED Palette first? (I plan on getting both…)

    • Naked is permanent, this is limited edition – so you can get the Naked palette anytime you want.

      • Jo

        I already put my name down on the Urban Decay website to notify me when it restocks, but is there a way to be notified when it comes out at Sephora and Ulta? I don’t own a lot of eyeshadows besides the Naked palette and this would be great for my collection but I’m afraid it’s going to sell out before I get one! :(

  44. OMG. The palette looks super beautiful πŸ˜€

  45. Bethy

    These swatches have sealed the deal. I DON’T have dupes of these and I want them. So much.

  46. maggy

    It looks cheap to me, like something you would buy at Clair’s in the mall. Im just not impressed i guess

  47. Paige

    Do you know when this palette will be at ulta and/or sephora?? I LOVE this palette and it was sold out already at noon yesterday! I’m dying to get my hands on it!

  48. Ahhhh so beautiful!! I can’t wait til it gets on Sephora so I can buy this!! I’m loving the look of Half Truth, Evidence and Midnight 15 especially!

  49. Maggie

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I love how these don’t seem to have chunky glitter or even micro glitter. The palette looks polished yet the colors still make it very Urban Decay. Very appropriate 15th anniversary palette.

    I agree with you that Deep End looks very much like the perfect teal and is also the one shadow that is luring me in. I wonder which would be a darker shadow: Blackout or Black Dog from the UD Black Palette?

  50. Liron

    Are the natural- brown colors similar to the colors of the naked palette? In other words – I have the naked, do I need this palette as well??? :)

  51. pearlyn

    hey christine, thanks for doing this, they are awesome. just wna ask if youre going to do a dupe post? (:

  52. SO want this palette!! πŸ˜€ Do u know when this palette will be released in the UK? :) x

  53. Alex

    Is Vanilla similar to Mac’s Femme-Fi??

  54. Memee

    Thank you Christine! The colors are so pretty.

    I don’t own a lot of make up and I can’t afford to buy every palette out there(even though I want to) I’m looking for the ‘one’ palette that I can use a lot, and probably will be the only palette I will have for now. I’m conflicting between getting 15yrs anniversary or the naked palette. What would you say is the best bet, in terms of overall quality, variety and price.

    • If you do more neutrals, the Naked palette. If you prefer color, the 15th Anniversary.

      • HappyLittleNinja

        I’m torn in the same way! I love these colours, especially the ones in Part 2. But, because I’m new to makeup… I wonder if it might be better to get the Naked Palette. Then again, the 15th Anniversary colours are gorgeous! I like how none of them (except for Midnight Rodeo) are glittery. I think I prefer my non-neutrals to have matte/sheen/slight frost finishes as a way to get into them. Oh gosh! What do I do?

  55. Nadia

    amazing!! i really want to get this, but I am not sure if I should with my UD naked palette and UD 3rd book of shadow, but it is so tempting!! Maybe I should? Help you guys! But Christine would you say that the Vanilla color looks similar to the Femme Fi shade from MAC? I really want that shade, but if this is similar I wouldn’t want to buy Femme Fi when I can buy this palette!

  56. Stef

    I just ordered mine online today. I can’t wait to get it! I LOVE the colors
    Omen, Ace, Deep End, & Half Truth. :)