Friday, August 31st, 2012

Urban Decay Fun Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Have a Little Fun, Won’t You?

Urban Decay Fun Eyeshadow Palette (2012) ($36.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes six eyeshadows: Maui Wowie (metallic golden beige with silver glitter), Deep End (bright teal shimmer), Sellout (pinky champagne), Fishnet (bright pink with purple shift), Stray Dog (cool metallic ash brown), and Freakshow (deep royal purple pearl) and one Lip Junkie in Midnight Cowboy (sheer nude sparkle).

Maui Wowie is platinum gold, not quite antique gold, with silver micro-glitter. It seemed less glittery than previous iterations of Maui Wowie that I’ve come across. The texture was soft, applied smoothly, and had excellent color payoff. Maybelline Bold Gold is darker and more golden, yellower. Giorgio Armani #14 is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is grayer. MAC Retrospeck is more golden.

Deep End is a blue-based teal with a frosted finish. It had a soft, smooth texture, applied well, and had great color payoff. MAC Rain Drop is similar but has more of a silver shimmer/sheen. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is quite similar. MAC Cool Heat is bluer and less frosted. theBaml Open to Offers Olwen is similar.

Sellout is a soft champagne with a frosted, metallic shimmer-sheen. The texture felt smooth and silky, while it yielded nice color payoff. Milani Champagne Toast is warmer. Giorgio Armani Madreperla is lighter. MAC Summer Haze is darker and browner. Urban Decay Booty Call is more matte. Urban Decay Skimp is a smidgen lighter, less metallic. theBalm Hiii-Yaaa! is comparable.

Fishnet is a fuchsia purple with violet iridescence. It had a soft texture that applied smoothly with good color payoff (the weakest shade of the set, but I’d say it was still good, just not great!). MAC Infra-violet is pinker. NYX Violetta doesn’t have the iridescence. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is purpler. Bare Escentuals Boudoir is similar but less iridescent. MAC Stars ‘n Rockets is comparable.

Stray Dog is a barely gray-tinged brown with very subtle warm undertones. The pigmentation was nice, and the hue applied smoothly and evenly. Giorgio Armani #28 is warmer, no gray. MAC Havana is a bit darker. Benefit Dandy Brandy is warmer. Urban Decay YDK is lighter with no gray tinge. MAC Buckwheat is less frosted.

Freakshow is a medium-dark violet purple with subtle red-burgundy undertones and a frosted finish. The payoff was great, and it applied smoothly and softly. Worth noting, this applies much better in their new eyeshadow formula than it did when it was a deluxe eyeshadow. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister is similar, just slightly less red-toned. Urban Decay Delinquent is lighter. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple has less red undertones.

Midnight Cowboy (Lip Junkie) is a sheer champagne beige with champagne shimmer. What it does is add a lot of shimmer and a glossy shine. Because there’s not a lot of color, any shimmery sheer gloss will dupe it. The way it sparkles is lovely, and it’s a slightly thicker formula (without feeling heavy or tacky) that’s mint-scented. I will say that I don’t care for the baby-sized packaging, because it makes it difficult to hold and apply (even the slanted tip feels odd to use).  It wore for three hours when I tested it this go-round.

Yes, yes, we’ve seen these palettes before–kind of. Last spring, Urban Decay released three palettes (all with the same names). Last year’s Fun Palette included Woodstock, Baked, Uzi, Sin, Flipside, and Psychedelic Sister, 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. The palettes are similar, but not exact; I think the most obvious similarities is that there is a pink-beige, teal, and purple included. This palette doesn’t have a hot pink or a coppery-bronze kind of color, so it’s actually more wearable in some ways (but perhaps less “fun”).

It’s packaged in a sparkly teal patent/vinyl zippered pouch, and you can remove the eyeshadows entirely, so then you’d have a clutch so-to-speak. It’s pretty small, so you could fit an ID, maybe a key or two, and that’s about it. All three palettes when stacked do stick to each other a bit.  I didn’t have trouble with the zippers on two of them, but the third wasn’t sewn/stitched perfectly, and it’s extremely hard not to catch the zipper on the excess fabric (I have to figure how to get scissors in there to trim it).  I preferred the packaging of the previous palettes, as they slimmer.

Overall, these smaller palettes that Urban Decay releases are some of their better ones, because there aren’t so many shades that you risk getting duds, and they’re more compact thank big palettes like their previous Book of Shadows volumes. It’s also more affordable at $36 than their larger palettes at $50+ (of course, if that’s within your budget, it’s typically cheaper by the ounce buying the larger eyeshadow palettes).  This is a high-quality palette packed with pigmented eyeshadows that are soft to the touch, blend easily, and apply smoothly. I didn’t have any problems with these shades, and I had barely any fall out with Maui Wowie.

The Glossover



It's a lovely palette that has a few pops of color along with some neutrals, so you can go for different looks without being overwhelmed by color. If it wasn't for the small amount of fall out from Maui Wowie, this palette would have been an A.











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Urban Decay Fun Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Urban Decay Fun Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Urban Decay Fun Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Urban Decay Fun Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Urban Decay Fun Eyeshadow Palette (2012)

Urban Decay Maui Wowie Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Sellout Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Fishnet Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Stray Dog Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Freakshow Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Fun Palette Look: Maui Wowie (inner tear duct),
Stray Dog (middle of lid), Deep End (outer lid), Fishnet (in crease,
diffused upwards), Freakshow (in deep crease), Sellout (brow bone),
LSD Eyeliner (lower lash line), Perversion eyeliner (lower waterline)
(8 Hours of Wear)

Urban Decay Fun Palette Look: Maui Wowie (inner tear duct),
Stray Dog (middle of lid), Deep End (outer lid), Fishnet (in crease,
diffused upwards), Freakshow (in deep crease), Sellout (brow bone),
LSD Eyeliner (lower lash line), Perversion eyeliner (lower waterline)
(8 Hours of Wear)

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ULTA, $36.00.

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

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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 Midnight Cowboy Lip Junkie.

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64 thoughts on “Urban Decay Fun Eyeshadow Palette (2012) Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I love the look you’ve done with this palette! Gorgeous!

  2. That eye look is amazing! I was pretty on the fence when I saw the swatches, but if I can create a look with it like you did, it may be worth buying!

  3. barcodestan

    OMG Christine this palette is gorgeous! (Not as gorgeous as you of course) Those colors compliment your lightly golden skin… I’m jealous of how good everything looks on you lol! I might actually have to buy this palette!!

  4. Love your look with the colors! I did a look with all the eyeshadows in this palette this week and Nylon lip tar on the lips. Really love them!

    • Talk about a bright, daring look!

      • I kind of feel like the shades in this palette are my ‘go-to’ colors, because I often reach for deep purple, pink, and teal :) Sellout was probably my first UD single eyeshadow (surprise, I know!).

        I really like how you do your color placement. It’s inspirational :)

  5. blueraccoon

    The look you created is gorgeous. I guess my sticking point is that the palette seems so bulky for six shadows. I’m also not sure which palette I want, Fun, Feminine, or Dangerous. I was leaning toward Feminine but now I’m not sure.

    • Not as bulky as a BoS, but it’s not as slim as the previous 6-pan palettes. From UD, it didn’t feel SUPER bulky, as so much of their packaging feels, but it’s not as streamlined as other brands.

  6. Lauren

    Love it but I’m skipping it. I already have Maui Wowie, Deep End and Stray Dog.

  7. sophie

    This is really lovely, although ultimately the shades are a bit close to the ones in the Anniversary palette UD did last year so I think I’ll pass.

    For some reason I found the phrase “makeup, pens or prophylactics” really funny. Are they referring to condoms here or am I just making everything dirty as usual?!

    • Hard to need another six eyeshadows if one already has the 15-pan palette!

      • Plus Deep End is a re-promote in the 15th palette.

        From the 15th palettes Fishnet reminds me of Junkshow and Omen was mixed/had a baby. Sellout reminds me of Flow. Freakshow is a touch warmer to Half Truth. Stray Dog look like if you mixed Midnight Rodeo and Deeper you get something similar. Maui Wowie is a lighter version of Chase IMO.

        I recently got he 15th palette pans from OFRA cosmetics special (the also make the Naked palettes for UD). The shades are find of my new BBF when I don’t know what I want to try out. lol

      • sophie

        Yeah, honestly between the two Naked palettes, the Anniversary palette and the Black palette I have from them, I’m pretty much set for life with UD eyeshadows now! It’s so easy to get tempted by them anyway, though…

  8. AS1929

    Are all of these colors new and exclusive or are they in previous UD palettes? Honestly, listing if they are new or in previous palettes is more useful than listing dupes, since it is so hard to track what is in previous issues. The ultimate dupe is ending up with the same actual eyeshadow in multiple UD palettes! Thanks!

  9. Your look is soooo beautiful, Christine! As I was scrolling down the swatches, I was ooohing and aaaahhhing over Deep End and Freakshow and low and behold..your look! Gorgeous!!! What a treat to review some quality eyeshadows, I imagine :) Just what we needed after the MAC reviews.!!! Yay!!!

  10. Mariella

    The colours that I like in this palette, I already have in other palettes (um, does this mean they’re getting repetitive at UD, because I have a few of their palettes but not that many compared to some people?). I do hope they are managing to reformulate Maui Wowie to make it less of a glitter rain-shower because it is such a beautiful colour but the persistent fallout (not just when you apply it but as the day goes on) makes it almost unwearable for me. I can’t imagine what it must be like for contact lens wearers!

  11. Haha, I can’t believe it says to store your prophylactics in it! “Store your prophylactics in the FUN palette!”

  12. Laura

    I like the look you did – it reminds me of petrol :)

    I think I might have to get this, purely because I don’t think I have Freakshow and I’m a bit of a completionist (is that a word?) when it comes to UD shadows. I know I don’t need it, but I’m talking myself into it… I mean, I’ve been looking for a less glittery Maui Wowie for ages, and I use Sellout and Stray Dog all the time, and it’s just so pretty!

  13. I love the look yo created with this palette!

  14. Yellowlantern

    This seems like a really nice, quality palette. And it’s nice to see a reformulation that seems to have improved a product (I couldn’t believe that was Maui Wowie, I remember your last swatch of it being a huge fallout-y mess) rather than ruining it.

    It’s worth noting that the sticker inside the case says not to store credit cards in it because the magnet in case might mess up your credit card.

    • That’s what we were thinking, too, actually! And I’m not sure that driver licenses are clear to go in there? Because I think some have some super coding/mechanisms on them now.

  15. Terri

    Wow. Once again, this blog teaches me how much I have to learn. I have over 50 colors of UD shadows so when I saw this I was like, “OK, nothing special”. Then I scroll down and see your look and I am just….OMG.
    It is so, so beautiful and you are amazingly talented….but man, I have a ways to go!!!

  16. Kafka

    Good God, your eye look, your eye look! *faints* Now I want this palette as well, though lord only knows why since the only one I truly lust over is Freakshow. And Fishnet looks pretty, especially when worn. Still, this palette has shades that I would NEVER normally consider (browns, beiges, champagnes), so it’s a testament to your eyelook that I am actually tempted. Oh dear. Maybe I will wait for your NARS review of those eye palettes. Then again, maybe I just need psychiatric help; what could I possibly need 12-24+ new eyeshadows for??!

  17. My stash rages out of control, but I am getting this! Two of my favorite things together at last: Urban Decay eye shadows and cephalopods.

  18. Also, the look you made is beautiful, Christine.

  19. The look you did wit this palette is just amazing!!
    I love it, and the blue sparkly clutch is so cute!
    I’m not sure if I should get it though, the shade combination looks a lot like last year’s Feminine, which I already own…

  20. I love the look you did. I love the palette but own a lot of really similar shades to almost every shade in here except for Fishnet, which I NEEEEEEEED. Is it part of their permanent range?

  21. The look you created is the bomb! Thanks for sharing your talent to all of us 😉

  22. Jasmine

    I absolutely LOVE the look you did with this!! I just might have to buy this palette in addition to the Dangerous one after seeing this!

  23. Wenz

    I dont wanna sound like a scratch record but Ive read other reviews on this palette & was like mmmeeeehhh I’ll pass. Scroll down that look you created, WOW it single-handedly changed my mind- THEBOMB.COM!!!!!

  24. Amanda

    This is the one I was most interested in and now I need to have this :)! UD is really passing MAC as my favorite brand recently!

  25. Tigress

    I adore the octopus packaging!

  26. Dimaya

    The look you created is beautiful!

  27. Camille

    Hey, what’s the deal with Fishnet? It was one of their “deluxe” shadows, but now it’s available with the rest of the normal shadows. Not all the deluxe shades are like that.

  28. I love this eye makeup look! It’s probably my favorite one that you’ve done. I already have several Urban Decay palettes, so I’ll probably skip this one, and just try to use the palettes I already have to recreate your look :)

  29. Alex

    Wow – beautiful eye look! I’m always impressed by your ability to use all the shades of a palette in one look and make it look awesome!

    One question: how would you compare Sellout to MAC Naked Lunch? Dupes?

  30. catsngunsnyarn

    The cute octopus case had me… then the gorgeous look you did sealed the deal! I’m running out to buy this tomorrow!

  31. Jacee

    Wow! I have Maui Wowie in the Urban Ammo palette, and you’re right–it looks completely different here! If it swatches/wears how it looks in your photo here, I might like it better this time around. Wasn’t such a huge fan of the huge chunks of glitter before.

    Super helpful review. Thanks!