Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes 20, never-before-seen eyeshadows in a brand new formula. The new formula was developed to “bump up the foiled effect” and have a “velvety feel” with “insane color payout and shiny metallic effects” that ‘blends like a dream.”
The formula felt different than the average Urban Decay eyeshadow, as they were denser and more firmly pressed in the pans than has been typical for the brand, but the formula still feels like a powder eyeshadow, so I didn’t feel like there was a learning curve to working with it. The finishes ranged from pearly to metallic with a few having larger sparkles as well. Except for Angelfire, they were quite pigmented, and Angelfire was more of a glitter-bomb eyeshadow and felt like it had less of a powder base. I haven’t had any issues blending or applying the eyeshadows overall, though there were a couple of more metallic shades that tended to work better with denser brushes over fluffy ones. I would expect that this palette’s impact would be maximized by combining it with your favorite mattes and satins rather than using only the shades in the palette, as they are all shimmery.
The packaging is certainly different from a lot of palettes, though it felt unnecessarily wide due to the mirror sandwiched between the two panels of eyeshadow.