Friday, August 31st, 2012

Urban Decay Feminine Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Oh, a Touch of a Feminine Edges

Urban Decay Feminine Eyeshadow Palette (2012) ($36.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes six eyeshadows: Bordello (pale mauve with gold micro-glitter), Skimp (light peachy pearl), AC/DC (smoky greyish purple), Gunmetal (dark metallic grey with silver micro-glitter). Hijack (deep metallic teal), and Lost (medium metallic brown) and one Lip Junkie in Wallflower (nude creamy pink).

Bordello is a pinky plum with a frosted finish and barely-there gold micro-glitter. This shade had good color payoff but it wasn’t great–slightly sheer in comparison to other shades in the palette. The micro-glitter wasn’t very noticeable, so there was very little fall out after it was applied. NARS Charade is darker, more matte, less plum. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is more matte and pinker. Inglot #399 is very similar, just slightly pinker. Giorgio Armani #7 is also very similar.

Skimp is a pale, light beige with subtle warm undertones and a satiny sheen. The color payoff was good, and it applied smoothly. It was a smidgen powdery. Urban Decay Sellout is more frosted. MAC Sahara Dust is quite similar. Illamasqua Slink is slightly pinker. theBalm Hiii-Yaaa! is more shimmery.

AC/DC is a medium-dark purple with a slight smokiness and noticeable red undertones. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly overall. Urban Decay Gravity is a smidgen darker. MAC Highly Charged is darker, less frosted. MAC Grand Galaxy is cooler-toned. Dior Garden Roses is very similar. Esete Lauder Cyber Lilac is a bit darker.

Gunmetal is a dark silver-shimmered charcoal gray with a frosted finish. This particular shade has been in a ton of palettes (I think it shows up in the Swatch Gallery three or four times). It’s nicely pigmented with a fairly smooth texture, though there is some micro-glitter there–a lot of disappears before it gets to the lid, though. Urban Decay Asphalt is less silvery. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes and Tarina Tarantino Lovely are both similar. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is more matte and slightly blue-tinged.

Hijack is a charcoal teal with a hint of green and a very frosty finish. It has good pigmentation, and it applies smoothly for the most part. Illamasqua Android is darker and more nuanced. Bare Escentuals Vapor is similar but more metallic in finish.

Lost is a warm coppery bronze with a frosted metallic sheen. It was the smoothest, softest shade of the six, and it had excellent color payoff. MAC Havana is a bit darker, warmer. NARS Surabaya has a stronger red undertone and more of a matte finish. Benefit Dandy Brandy is lighter. MAC Roasted Chestnut is has a softer sheen. MAC Make Your Mark is similar but mostly matte. Inglot #421 is more coppery.

Wallflower is a neutral pink with milky/creamy finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque, and it does settle into lip lines a bit, though not too noticeably from a distance. MAC Deelight is a bit pinker. This shade wore for three hours when I tested it.

Last year’s Feminine Palette included Stray Dog, SWF, Midnight Cowboy, Aquarius, Darkhorse, and Ecstasy, plus it came with an eyeliner and primer potion. It had a total value of $80.83 and retailed for $34. This year’s palette six 0.03 oz. eyeshadows and a 0.11 fl. oz. Lip Junkie. The value of this year’s palette is $64.80 worth of eyeshadow and $6.15 worth of gloss, which results in a total value of $70.95. There are surface similarities (e.g. both palettes contain a teal, brown, purple, and lighter color), but the only shade that’s somewhat duped is Lost (by Stray Dog/Darkhorse).

Overall, this palette has two shades with micro-glitter, which does mean that two shades were more prone to having some fall out both during and after application.  It’s more noticeable with Bordello than Gunmetal, and there wasn’t a lot, but I did spot a few stray glitter particles.  Bordello was also the weakest in pigmentation, though still good.

P.S. — Like the giant gouge in Lost? Courtesy of my thumb slipping while trying to remove the eyeshadow portion to show the clutch, LOL!

The Glossover



Overall, this palette has two shades with micro-glitter, which does mean that two shades were more prone to having some fall out both during and after application. It's more noticeable with Bordello than Gunmetal, and there wasn't a lot, but I did spot a few stray glitter particles. Bordello was also the weakest in pigmentation, though still good.











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Urban Decay Feminine Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Urban Decay Feminine Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Urban Decay Feminine Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Urban Decay Feminine Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Urban Decay Bordello Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Skimp Eyeshadow

Urban Decay AC/DC Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Gunmetal Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Hijack Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Lost Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Wallflower Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Wallflower Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Wallflower Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Wallflower Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Feminine Palette Look: Bordello (inner lid), Lost (outer lid),
AC/DC (crease), Skimp (browbone), Psychedelic Sister Eyeliner (8 Hours of Wear)

Urban Decay Feminine Palette Look: Bordello (inner lid), Lost (outer lid),
AC/DC (crease), Skimp (browbone), Psychedelic Sister Eyeliner (8 Hours of Wear)

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

ULTA, $36.00.

Is it limited edition?

Nothing says it is, but I'm still looking into it.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Urban Decay Fun Palette (Maui Wowie on inner tear duct, Stray Dog on middle of lid, Deep End on outer lid, Fishnet in crease and diffused above, Freakshow in crease, Sellout on brow bone), Urban Decay Perversion Eyeliner (waterline), Urban Decay LSD Eyeliner (lower lash line), and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Lengthening Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (125), NARS Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush, Guerlain Les Voilettes Mineral Powder. On lips: Urban Decay Wallflower Lip Junkie.

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37 thoughts on “Urban Decay Feminine Eyeshadow Palette (2012) Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. You’re a review machine this week! I totally needed these UD palette reviews. I have a set budget for Christmas this year and all of these palettes sound like easy answers for my gift list. I am an eyeshadow devotee and I’m trying to spread the gospel of eyeshadow to nonbelievers (read: friends and family).

  2. Kafka

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, GOD. An eyeshadow palette that I do NOT want. Hijack has been very high on my UD list (even more than Strip lately) along with Gunmetal, and yet this palette isn’t shrieking out to be kidnapped against all logic, sanity and current eyeshadow amounts. What a relief! Now, I just have to withstand the 12 to 24 new eyeshadows (once you review the NARS collection) that I will *somehow* have managed to talk myself into “needing.”

  3. sounds like I should pick up Inglot #399, as pinker is almost always better to me :)

    I absolutely love Gunmetal.

  4. Alyssa

    Urdan Decay needs to stop using gunmetal so many of their palette. I own three UD palettes and they all have gunmetal in them! I don’t need another one.

  5. blueraccoon

    Yeah, I think I want this one :) The look you did with it is lovely!

  6. Ohhh! Now this I may have to pick up! Lovely!

  7. I love the purple and black lace clutch here, but shadow-wise, my favorite of the three is definitely Fun!

  8. This didn’t convince me to buy the Feminine palette, but it did convince me that I absolutely need the Psychedelic Sister eyeliner in my life.

  9. Sasha

    This one seems the most wearable (for me) on a daily basis compared to the other UD palettes and thus makes it a better value for me. I like fishnet and freakshow from the fun palette but I could just buy mac’s stars and rockets to get that one “different” shade I might reach for.

  10. Again, a really pretty palette, but I’m still hands down loving the Fun palette the best. The colours just seem to have more oompf and sparkle. I think I gasped at Christine’s look because it was so freaking pretty! I may have to cave on this palette…in about a month while my pocketbook tries to recover from the full frontal assault I laid on it this August.

  11. Wow–this is stunning. It’s been a while since I purchased any palettes from UD (last one was the original Naked palette), but I LOVE this one and will probably have to get it now 😛 Oh, and I am in love with that gorgeous purple eye you created!!!

  12. OMG, I need Hijack in my life!

  13. Alexcia Redd

    I have so many shadows, I just cannot justify another palette…unless it’s the smoked palette which I started to get today but decided that I really only needed the color Mushroom and that blue color:)

  14. I love the packaging and the lipgloss but the eyeshadows don’t really appeal to me. They’re just not that special and original, I probably already have colours similar to those.

  15. Tigress

    I’m relieved I won’t be needing this palette. I have every eyeshadow but AC/CD and I have the lipgloss. The packaging is really pretty, I dig it.

  16. Hannah

    Christine, you should think about wearing more purples. This is gorgeous! Do you know what you’re doing for your wedding makeup yet?

  17. Jaz

    I think I will just buy bordello separately, as that is the shade that is really grabbing me

  18. Daniela

    Gunmetal? Again? I hope I’ll never see it again in another palette…

  19. I actually really love it! I saw the promotion photos a while back and wasn’t impressed with the packaging or the shades but seeing them swatched and the palette itself closer, I love it!

  20. Leeza

    Hey Christine- Bordello looks a lot like UD Toasted in these swatches! What do you think?

  21. Jacee

    This is my favorite of the three! I absolutely LOVE these colors together. I never would’ve thought of the look you did with this palette, either, but it looks phenomenal on you.

    However, I have fairly light skin and neutral-warm undertones (as in, pink blushes look terrible on me–so I go for the peaches). Do you think I can still pull off the colors in this palette (most seem fairly dark and cool), or should I stick to admiring it on others?