Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Urban Decay Show Pony Shadow Box ($30.00) contains six 0.03 oz. eyeshadows, a miniature sized Primer Potion (0.13 fl.oz.), and miniature sized Zero 24/7 Eye Pencil (0.03 oz.).

The palette contains…

  • Snatch is a peachy-pink champagne kind of shade.  It reminded me a bit of MAC’s Say Yeah eyeshadow, which was limited edition from eons ago.  I felt like Snatch was very glittery, though, so fall out may be a concern for some.  It didn’t feel as gritty as Midnight Cowboy Rides Again from their Book of Shadows, Vol. II.
  • Mildew is a medium-dark forest green with golden green shimmer weaved through it.  It’s very pretty, and it’s perfect for the fall.
  • Flash is a bright, cool-toned violet purple with an icy purple sheen.
  • Painkiller is a bright, lightened blue-based teal with a silvery sheen.  It reminded me a bit of Flipside 24/7 Eye Pencil.
  • Smog is a neutral-warm bronzy brown.  It’s pretty, but you may already have something like it in your stash.  It’s a good kind of shade to own, as it makes for a wonderful smoked out neutral eye.
  • Toasted is a cool-toned taupe brown with softer brown shimmer.

This palette contains some nice shades, and only one of them (Snatch) had a texture that left something to be desired.  The other five were soft and went on very pigmented.  While I like the shades, I don’t think this is the most original combination of colors, and I’m not sure if you’d find it hard to create color combinations within just these six.  I can definitely spot a few, but you’ll need to use a separate highlighter–Snatch is a bit too pigmented and glittery to serve as really a choice highlighter.  In a pinch, you could work it in, though.

Between this and the Book of Shadows, I’d opt for the Book of Shadows.  It’s pricier ($18 more), but you’ll get more shadows, more color combinations, and more use out of it, per my opinion.  I do like that it does come with a miniature UDPP – great for travel.  I personally have so many miniature sized Zeros that I don’t know if I’ll ever run out of Zero, so maybe a fun colored liner would have been nice to include in it.

  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re a fan of Urban Decay’s palettes, this is a cute little set, but make sure you have a separate highlighter on hand.

Availability: Urban Decay

See more photos and swatches


Snatch, Mildew, Flash


Flash, Painkiller, Smog


Painkiller, Smog, Toasted

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49 thoughts on “Urban Decay Show Pony Shadow Box Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. GLITTER PRINCESS

    REALLY LOVING THE COLOURS IN THIS PALLET GR8T REVIEW CHRISTINE

  2. HC

    I cant decide if I want to get this or the book of shadows vol 2 during Sephoras 20% off sale? Eeps! …hmm…both??? haha

  3. Alexis

    I love UD colors but I agree that you need a soft/light application when it comes to their shadows with glitter – fallout is pretty much a problem.

    Snatch is pretty but Im hesitant since I barely use the glittery shadows in my ammo palette.

    • Snatch is glittery so if you’re hesitant, I’d probably pass. Do you have the BoS II? That’s a better deal – only one glittery mess of a shadow, but the rest are much smoother.

  4. kaleen

    When Hard Candy was still at Sephora I got a quad there that had a purple that Im about to run out of. Ive been searching for a good dupe for the darker purple (http://www.savvyskin.com/pics/hardcandy.jpg) color in it, because I absolutely LOVE it. Flash looks almost identical to it. Do you know if Urban Decay sells this color alone?

  5. Jennifer

    Yea, I agree that book of shadows is a better value. However, these are six very pretty colors. Flash, mildew, and smog are my all time favorite UD colors. I think that this palette combines some of UDs best colors.

  6. Lily

    the sale at ULTA if u spend $25 on Urban Decay or more u get like 4 or 5 travel sized 24/7 liners for FREE

  7. Rachael

    Mildew is so pretty but I have so many green MAC eyeshadows already, I’m sure I have one that is similar to Mildew.

  8. amy

    Snatch, Mildew and Flash are pretty but not exactly extraordinary. I actually like the Book of Shadows Vol II better.

  9. alicia

    I really like this kit for travel, but I agree, I’d bring a separate highlighter or base color. The only color I could do without is Smog, but it would probably look great with the turquoise. Flash is my favorite purple color of all time. It’s jewel-toned enough to not make me look bruised, and can be used for colorful as well as more quiet looks. As for the liner and primer, they could’ve done without, and lowered the price.

    • So glad you’re enjoying this palette! I agree the liner and primer aren’t musts… particularly since the primer doesn’t actually fit in the palette.

  10. Jennifer

    Snatch- Interesting name there..Guess it goes with “Flash”…

    The colors are pretty, especially the purple.

    “Painkiller” just reminded me to take my vicodin for my chronic pain condition.

    Thanks Christine!

  11. Nice, but I think I’ll get the Book of Shadows if the F&F sale is on for Canada.

  12. Give or take a few colors, this looks like the deluxe pallete to me! Urban Decay seems to rename a few colors and put them in almost all of their palettes. I still love their products, but I can’t say they’re TOO original with their palette choices

    • I don’t have the deluxe palette, but it wouldn’t surprise me. I do find that they do a lot of variations of x, y, z and change up the names, but a lot of brands do that, too, LOL.

  13. Pamela

    I am a MAC fan all day, but lately I have been thinking of venturing out to experiment with urban decay and some other ones….Are the eyeshadows as good as MAC?

  14. ELYSIA

    painkiller is so freaking cute is tht sold separately

    • Lo

      it may be under a different name but most if not all ud shadows are sold sperately.you always sample the color and check!

  15. UD shadows are as good as Mac. This set is cute but I got the Baked palette and WOW. So I prob will pass. However.. those 24/7 pencils are so good, I sleep with them under my pillow!

  16. al

    I love this set, especially the Snatch, Flash, liner, and primer! Snatch is really glittery, but it really brightens up my green eyes. Flash is less glittery and goes well in the creases of my eyes. Very easy to combine shadows. The liner is tug free and a little goes a long way! Primer is wonderful to use with a smooth and creamy consistency.

  17. Rosie

    I finally got to see these last night at the Anaheim Sephora. I love Painkiller. It looks prettier in person. And I’ve been jonesing for Mildew forever, so I think I’m going to buy this during the FF sale!

  18. vanesa

    I just placed an order of this at the sephora website.. it’s $20!

  19. mary

    i just ordered this on sephora for 16 dollars. im really excited cuz ive never tried anything from urban decay before!

  20. Calayna

    This palette set is on sale for $10 on the Urban Decay website right now. It’s been renamed Preen and in new and imo better packaging!