Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Dangerous Palette: Haight, Mildew, Virgin, Oil Slick, Rockstar, Gunmetal

Urban Decay Spring 2011: Dangerous Palette

Urban Decay Dangerous Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.34 oz.) includes six eyeshadows: Haight (dark teal with shimmer), Mildew (deep green), Virgin (satin chamois), Oil Slick (black with silver glitter), Rockstar (deep red-purple with metallic base), and Gunmetal (gunmetal gray with silver glitter). Also included is Rockstar 24/7 Liner (eggplant) and Greed primer potion (gold).

Edited @ 7:10AM:  Images are fixed.

  • Haight is a brightened medium blue with a frost finish that pulls just an itsy bit teal. This shade is part of the permanent range and available individually, and it also appeared in the Book of Shadows, Vol. 3.
  • Mildew is a rich olive green with dirty bronze-brown lying underneath the richer green sheen. This shade is part of the permanent range and available individually and has appeared in the Show Pony, Preen, and Ammo palettes.
  • Virgin is a pale beige with a satin-shimmer finish. It’s very, very light, but it’s such a beautiful neutral. It’s a little frosty for a highlighter, particularly on darker skin tones, but it would make for a great all-over wash or pop of light on the inner tear duct. This shade was in the Naked palette and not available individually.
  • Oil Slick is a rich, deep black with silver glitter. The glitter is more of an overlay, so there will be fall out. It’s not as bad as ultra glittery shades like Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, but the fall out does occur. This shade is part of the permanent range and available individually and has appeared in the Alice in Wonderland, Ammo, and Sustainable palettes.
  • Rockstar is a deep shade of eggplant purple with burgundy-red undertones and a shimmer-sheen finish. This shade was in the Book of Shadows, Vol. 3 and not available individually.
  • Gunmetal is a dark gray with a deep silver sheen. Despite the glittre in the pan, it seems to disappear before you even apply it. I’ve had this shade for awhile, and I don’t find fall out to be an issue. This shade is part of the permanent range and available individually, and it has been in the Book of Shadows, Vol.2, Naked, and Vegan palettes.

my thoughts on the formula: Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are rich in pigment, apply evenly, and feel like butter. Generally speaking, their formula is excellent. I will warn and caution you against their shades with “glitter” or “sparkle” in the finish–some of these can be prone to fall out (for example, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again).

In terms of value, the palette includes 0.18 oz. of eyeshadow ($61.20 value), 0.03 oz. of eyeliner ($12.75 value), and 0.13 fl. oz. of primer potion ($6.88 value). The total value of the palette is $80.83, while the retail price is $34.

I think sometimes we lose sight of what the beauty industry and market are like as a whole — not every person purchases every palette or even much at all.  Not everyone enters at the same time, so even though you may find yourself owning many of the shades, it doesn’t make it a terrible product – Urban Decay does some really excellent shades that you can get year round, but these sure make those shades more accessible and affordable to people who don’t have a lot of Urban Decay or have always wanted to try it.  It would be great to see new shades, of course, but I recognize what value they may hold to others.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: Dangerous has shades we have all seen before, but ultimately, whether it’s a good value/purchase depends on just how many Urban Decay products you have in your arsenal. The palette itself is an excellent value, and if you like more than two shadows, it works out to be the same if you had bought then individually ($17 each). Oil Slick has a slightly fussy finish/texture, but the other five eyeshadows are really nice, especially Haight and Rockstar.

where to buy: Urban Decay

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Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
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Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
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Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Urban Decay Dangerous Palette

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Urban Decay Dangerous Palette

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Urban Decay Dangerous Palette

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Dangerous Palette: Haight, Mildew, Virgin, Oil Slick, Rockstar, Gunmetal

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Dangerous Palette: Haight, Mildew, Virgin, Oil Slick, Rockstar, Gunmetal

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Urban Decay Dangerous Palette

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Urban Decay Dangerous Palette

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Urban Decay Dangerous Palette

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Dangerous Palette: Haight, Mildew, Virgin, Oil Slick, Rockstar, Gunmetal

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Dangerous Palette: Haight, Mildew, Virgin

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Dangerous Palette: Oil Slick, Rockstar, Gunmetal

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Urban Decay Greed Primer Potion

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Rockstar, 1999, Ransom, Lust (just Rockstar is included)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Dangerous? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

For the shades not available permanently... Virgin is similar to MAC Shroom and Rockstar is closest to Hourglass' Exhibition.

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33 thoughts on “Urban Decay Dangerous Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. You are right Christine, not everyone has every palette ever sold by Urban Decay (even I don’t, hahaha!), and these are pretty nice and great value. I personally want to get the Sephora exclusive shades as singles since I don’t want 3 more palettes and I have enough eyueliners to last 2 lifetimes (I bought the 15-year-anniversary set of course). :)

  2. Nunuiviet

    Beautiful colours but already bought all th peacocky eyeshadows, so i’ ll pass on the UD collection , plus we don’t have this brand here in Thailand, I have to fly to the nearest location which is Singapore to get my hands on this brand!

  3. Great review. I agree with what you said about UDs palettes.

  4. Annette

    These new palettes are cute, but I have everything in this palette except mildew already, lol. It would be nice if Urban Decay released a palette with all new shades, for us UD junkies that have almost every palette they have released. I wish, lol.

  5. Stef

    Hi!! I like the feminine palette a lot….

    Out of curiosity…why did u swatch Ransom and 1999 etc?? Kinda new to this…so are they like, individual eyeshadows or something??

    • I re-used a swatch from a previous review. When I was swatching these, I decided not to swatch what was included so I could donate them unused to a local charity. I, however, was also trying to get these done quickly (I had class most of the day), so I didn’t have time to dig through and find the shades when I was already almost finished with the swatches.

      • leesie

        I actually really liked having the swatch of Ransom right there–I have that one in the BOS Vol. III, and your swatches are a reminder of how different they are.
        Also, I seriously love that you donate makeup to women’s shelters (or just one? Either way, you’re helping those women, and that is just fantastic). While you could theoretically make quite a bit having a blog sale, I understand your opposition to doing so, and the women your makeup helps need it far more than any of us do. I don’t think I’ve ever explicitly told you how much I, being myself of the belief that no woman deserves to be abused and all deserve a safe place (and having been an unwilling witness to abuse), appreciate it. But I do.

        • Thank you so very much, Leslie!! :)

          Right now, I donate to a local legal aid service who has a whole department to serve victims of domestic violence, so they distribute to their clients!

      • Becca

        You donate your unused products to charity! That’s such a groovy thing to hear! That deserves an A+ in any book. And by the way, thanks for your great review. It’s nice to see what the colors really look like.

  6. Ani_BEE

    I really want a full size pan of Virgin but the rest of the shades in the Dangerous palette are to dark for me to pull off.

  7. I agree with you Christine, while myself and many others have enough Urban Decay to last us into the next two millenia there are just as many if not more out there that do not. For those that are new to Urban Decay getting their palettes is a nice way to get a bunch of really fabulous shades with a travel size liner and primer potion. It’s a lovely economical way to give their products a go. I can’t think of a single UD palette that has ever been a let down, some haven’t been my cup of tea, but never a let down on quality, quantity, or price.

  8. leesie

    I have…all of these but Mildew, which I’ve been eyeing for some time but I love the other shades (and am more-or-less neutral on Oil Slick), and Rockstar and Virgin are exclusive to the other palettes I have them in, so it couldn’t hurt to have backups. As far as the liner and primer, I don’t have either of those shades, which is a plus. I might snag this one when it’s available at Sephora (if it will be) or at the spring F&F sale (assuming that happens).

  9. iliang25

    too many repeats on my end..skip!!!

  10. Dorna

    I already have four of those shades but WHOAH, that is some sexy packaging on the outside! Love how urban decay switches it up.

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Stephanie Stephanie S.

    Out of the three, this one seems the least interesting to me. I love that they put Virgin in another palette besides Naked, but this one seems like it would be the hardest to do stand-alone looks with. I might still buy it though, don’t get me wrong. :D

  12. Ashley

    This one is probably my favorite.. you can never have enough of shades like Virgin (since I pretty much use it as a highlighter every day)and Gunmetal and Oil Slick because doing a gray and black smokey eye never goes out of style.

  13. Lisa

    I wish Urban Decay would release virgin as an individual eyeshadow! :( I’m in love with that shade ever since I got the Naked Palette. Does anyone know if there is a dupe out there for Virgin? Maybe something from Mac?

    • Lisa

      Oops, please ignore my question about virgin’s mac dupe. Christine answered it in her post at the end but I somehow didn’t see it at first >_< lol

  14. anonymous

    If they’d done a matte black & aquarius I’d have jumped, otherwise it’s more something I’d like to have than a must-have.

  15. I just hope they don’t sell out, especially within a week or some crazy thing. I don’t mind seeing shade repeats but I do mind them not making enough stock so that everyone has a fair shot of purchasing.

  16. Right now I’m in a toss up between the Dangerous and Fun Palettes… Hmmm…

  17. Diane

    Is there anyway to have the glitter from Oil Slick stick on? Like use a MAC Paint Pot?

  18. Anna

    Hmm I’ve wanted mildew for a while, and haight would be so pretty for summer :) i’m choosing between this and the two faced romantic eye palette

  19. Lulee

    note to self: must use haight more. that shade is gorgeous and i got it in the BOS3 and i dont think ive ever gotten around to using it

  20. Ally_D

    I don’t consider myself to have many UD palettes but between the 3 I do own (Ammo, Naked & BOS3) I have all of those eyeshadows. Consequently I shall be skipping this BUT….

    Any of you readers with hazel eyes, you NEED rockstar eyeliner – it makes my eyes look sooo green whereas normally they appear brown from a distance.

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy Amy

    Couldn’t resist. Went ahead and ordered this one. I don’t have any Urban Decay products, nor any shadows that look quite like this, so I figured 6 shadows, and eye liner and a primer potion for $34 is a really good deal.

  22. victoria

    urban decay’s packaging is so lovely!

  23. babette

    I’ve been biting my lip ever since I’ve seen reviews on this – this palette looks awesomely gorrrrgeous.

    I’ve only been into make up for about 3 months, and so far I’ve done it quite mechanically. Foundation check, foundation brush check, primer check, blush + blush brush check, eye brushes check, now my very first eyeshadow palette (and an Urban Decay too!) and primer. I’ve just put it payment for this and receiving it next week! I’m soooo excited to get my hands on this palette.

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of SandraJT Sandra

    Oh my lord, I wish this was still available! The majority of the colors are absolutely spectacular! I’d use all of them on a regular basis, without a doubt. I wīsh Urban Decay would re-release some of their older palettes. None of the newer ones interest me at all. Book of Shadows 3 isn’t bad, but is still lacking. I don’t even like the 15th anniversary palette. Depressing :-( Wonder if I can find somebody online to swap with? Gonna give that a try immediately.

    Love this website. Absolutely everything in one place. I go straight from here to either Amazon, eBay or other online shops. Thanks for all the effort you put into this. It’s GOT to take up a very large amount of your time!

  25. VioletStevens

    Idk if you know this by now but virgin is available individually :)