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Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 21 eyeshadows (each is 0.04 oz.) in a variety of rainbow-inspired hues. It’s a new, limited edition palette for the holidays. While it has some similarity to last year’s Spectrum palette, the packaging is different–the lid now is hinged and lifts off of the palette, rather than fully removes (which is a complaint often made about last year’s palette!)–and it also contains more eyeshadows (21 vs. 15). If you normally use a primer or don’t mind using a white base to get the most bang out of the eyeshadows in the palette, you might enjoy it. On the other hand, if you want intense, totally opaque coverage in one pass, this might leave you wanting more as there are several shades that are either sheerer, dustier, or a combination of both. The palette launches on October 26th at Urban Decay and will follow shortly to other retailers after that.

I liked the concept of the palette–brights, more muted takes on brights, mattes and frosts–and how it was arranged overall. I think they could have opted to put in a more matte black instead of Midnight Blaze/Platonic for more versatility. If all of the more matte shades were like Calavera, it might have been a really superb palette, but as is, it didn’t blow me away. The more shimmery shades were decent to good, but they are not as smooth or as richly pigmented as last year’s Urban Spectrum palette (which is what made it a real standout in a sea of palettes).

Also, I counted one more repromote than the press release–Alchemy, Hatter, Goldmine, and Metamorphosis are all repromotes. And for those who were curious how it overlaps with Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix, you can see the comparison here.

Alchemy is a subdued, medium-dark reddish plum with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that was just a touch dry in the pan, but it blended out without issue and adhered nicely to bare skin. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Rosary (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Sunset (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #9 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). City Color It's a Girl (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Plum Dressing (DC, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sugarpill Magentric (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Blank Canvas (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Stila Next to Notte (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Rewind (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Shade (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Lit (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (PiP, ) is more muted, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Lectra (LE, $5.00) is more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warning is a medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture felt a little looser in the pan, and as a result, somewhat dusty, but it seemed to go on better on the lid as I worked with it in a smaller area than swatched. It did apply better when patted on, rather than swept on. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Urban Decay Ambitious (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Crush (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Rust (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Metal Cupid (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Gemstone #6 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Natasha Denona Apollo (PiP, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Bling (PiP, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (PiP, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Outfoxed (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Morphe Cranapple (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Pretty Penny (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Vintage (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Heat (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Duke (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Dragon Bite (148DC) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Atmosphere (120M) (PiP, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop DJ (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Midnight Blaze is a blackened brown with warmer, olive undertones and a fine pearl sheen. This was a terrible shade; it was extremely stiff and firm in the pan, which resulted in very sheer, uneven coverage that was only achievable when I scraped powder from the surface of the pan as it was just that stiff in the pan. It was hard to blend, but on the upside, it lasted for a whole six hours. Makeup Geek High Tea (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Jade (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Khaki (08) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clarins Forest #1 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Misty Morning (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hundred is a medium-dark forest green with cooler undertones and warmer, golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, lightly dusty texture that blended out nicely and wore for eight hours. Sugarpill Junebug (P, $13.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Momentum (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Indio (DC, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Milani Bella Emerald (18) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Emerald #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Lights Out #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 (DC, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #418 (P, $7.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #4 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Lemmy (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Luxurious Boot Camp (DC, $10.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Isles (Cream Color) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Poison Ivy (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Γ‰clat Γ‰nigmatique #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #11 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Protest (-, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Ciate Soul (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Craft (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Minx is a deep navy blue with fine, lighter blue pearl over a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft, silky to the touch, but it was thin and dusty, so it sheered out easily and could look patchy if applied without a primer. This is the type of eyeshadow texture that really needs the smoothness of a primer for better color payoff, wear, and application. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #9 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Panda Riot (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced De La Mer (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #321 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Serenity (Left) (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Daydream #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Long Game (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Mythicool Creatures #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Delirious is a medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and very fine violet pearl over a matte finish. For all intents and purposes, it was a matte shade, as the shimmer was undetectable once applied to the lid. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, blendable texture that didn’t turn patchy even over bare skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Magnify #5 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #2 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Amethyst #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Black Currant (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Platonic is a deep black with warmer undertones and silver shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage, and part of that was due to the firmer, thinner texture that made it harder to work with–I had trouble just getting product onto the brush, on top of the frustration when I tried to get the color to apply evenly to the lid or diffuse around the edges. It lasted for seven hours on me. Lancome Midnight Purple (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Lunar Eclipse (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Espresso Blend #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Heather Belles (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Raven-Eyed (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Night Sky (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #12 (PiP, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Pandora (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Ebony Blend #2 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gossip is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a soft, pearl shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture, but it applied well and blended out easily. The color wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Hickie (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Jerrica (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Gumdrop (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Rose Risque (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bad Habit Nebula (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Monaco (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Wildheart (PiP, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Totally Fetch (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Cake (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #13 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sugarpill Hotsy Totsy (PiP, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #9 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Noise (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Sugarpill Decora (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced New Money (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Bow (887) (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Magentic (142M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Cherry Topped (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seize is a bright, medium-dark coral-orange with warm undertones and an iridescent, pink-to-peach shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage paired with a soft, thinner texture that was a touch dusty but wouldn’t even be noticeable if used over a primer. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours. Colour Pop Pebbles (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #361 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Motel (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Ensnare (PiP, ) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Free to Be (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Full of Flavour (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Early Bird (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Vertigo (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hello Kitty Bow (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Paranormal (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Placebo (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Mortal #3 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop As You Wave (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Climbing Rose (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M816 Rosewood (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Uptight (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Destroyer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Suspiciously Sweet (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Lumbre (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Calavera is a bright, light-medium yellow with strong, warm undertones and fine gold pearl over a matte finish. The consistency was finely-milled, smooth, and a little denser while still being very blendable on the lid. There was noticeable fall out with this shade during application, but it did not sheer out too easily, so it was fairly easy to get true-to-pan color. I found that it tended to darken and look more muted when applied over bare skin, but over a primer, it retained more of its brightness. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Fran (LE, )(95% similar). MAC Goldenrod (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Illamasqua Hype (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Phresh (LE, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Jaune (DC, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Electric #5 (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Mischief (PiP, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Buttercupcake (P, $13.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #24 (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cave of Wonders (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fashion Rebel #1 (DC, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #7 (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tiki (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #323 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Chrome Yellow (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Ochre (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #4 (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up #1 (DC, $2.29) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Juicer (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M408 Mustard (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hatter is a bright, medium grass green with cooler undertones and a fine pearl over a matte finish. On the lid, it looked and acted like a matte finish, as I could not see the shimmer. The consistency was thinner, dustier, and prone to sheering out without some sort of primer underneath it. The color started to fade after seven hours on me. I had faint staining with this shade when used without a primer. Colour Pop Cusp (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S312 Mint Green (DC, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Exotic (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Hajar Karim (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Lightyear (PiP, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Illamasqua Fledgling (P, ) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #384 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop HWY (LE, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). NARS Mad Mad World #2 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Make Up For Ever #53 (DC, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blindsided is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and fine, sky blue pearl over a matte finish. There was more shimmer in this shade than some of the other shimmer-and-matte eyeshadows in the palette, so I felt like they were more visible, but they were still subtle overall. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and felt velvety–had some bulk to it so that it applied well to bare skin and did not just blend away to a faded mess. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Gonzo (PiP, ) is brighter (95% similar). Inglot #371 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Solomon Islands (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Blue Candy (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Mad Mad World #1 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Synth (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Milani Olympian Blue (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot #322 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Blue Mesa (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Electric Eel (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory #2 (DC, $2.29) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #8 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #72 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Showgirl (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #118 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Aveda Oceanica (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Hi-Def Cyan (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sketch is a medium-dark violet purple with subtle, cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a slightly firmer texture, though it wasn’t so firm that it became difficult to use. The color blended out without too much fuss, and it wore for eight hours before fading noticeably. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #26 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Promiscuous (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Satellite Dreams (DC, $17.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Hardwire (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Violet (PiP, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Electric #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Amethyst #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #441 (P, $7.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Dye (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Opaline (P, $12.00) is more muted, warmer, better quality (85% similar). Pretty Vulgar Brilliant (PiP, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 2) #20 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Magnify #3 (PiP, ) is more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Purple Reign (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $9.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Crown Jewel (DC, $5.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Amethyst #6 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Morphe Royalty (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced is a pale silver with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a lot of loose glitter/sparkle that separated from the base shade, so there was fall out during wear and during application. The consistency was drier, looser, and chunkier, which made it harder to use. The base color lasted six and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Gecko (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Silver Screen (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Virgin Silver (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Filament (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC In the Meadow #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Steam (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Tower Bridge (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Chrome Angel (P, $18.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Rivage #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Eggplant Blend #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paranoia is a light-medium pinky-lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, lightly dusty texture that applied better over a primer than bare skin, but it was, at least, workable on bare skin. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Coax (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Punch Fuchsia (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Jelly (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Stila Sea Siren (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Stila Sunset Cove (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Trixie (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Lilac Wonder (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Stars 'n' Rockets (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Switch (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Blooming Mad (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Asphyxia (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Kat Von D Love (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jones is a bright, medium tangerine orange with warm, golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too thin or too dense. This shade wore for just over eight hours on me. Kat Von D Platonic (LE, )(100% similar). MAC Warm Wash #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Starshine (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Burnt Terracotta/Green (1) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gingerluxe #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Party Favors (DC, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sin City (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Chauffeur (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Mandarine (123DC) (PiP, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Nirvana (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Lucky Star #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Extravagance (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Tigerlily (P, $29.50) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sphinx (P, $45.00) is more muted (85% similar). Tarte Rays (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). NARS Outer Limits (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Goldmine is a light-medium gold with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen with some larger, chunkier sparkle. The sparkly bits tended to pull away from the base, so they ended up falling out during application or later on during wear. The consistency had a denser, chunkier feel to it, and I found a flatter, synthetic brush seemed to apply the eyeshadow best. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Heaven Loves You (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Rule Breaker (PiP, $5.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Telepathy (PiP, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Isles (Eye Color) (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Ice Cream (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Prophet (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop The Gemini (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 2) #12 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Thrasher (DC, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 02 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Buxom 24KT Stilettos (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Licious (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay 1987 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel RΓͺve d'Orient #3 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mean is a bright, light-medium chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and warmer golden sheen. It had nice color payoff paired with a smooth, thinner texture that wasn’t dusty or powdery, which made it easy to work with on bare skin for both my initial application as well as for blending it out. This shade wore for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Sour (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #171 (DC, $20.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Green Clean #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Tropical Princess #1 (DC, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Bewitched (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Lucky Green (DC, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mermaid Kiss (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Fireflies (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Birdcage (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME338 Acidic Green (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Emerald #4 (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Deja Boo (DC, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #17 (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Mojito (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 2) #13 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Nice Energy (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metamorphosis is a bright, medium-dark periwinkle blue with cool undertones and fine pearl over a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage as a result of the very thin, dusty texture–it was just so prone to sheering out. Even over a primer, it looked faded and somewhat uneven. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. Hello Kitty Dear Daniel (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Luxe Life (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Piece of Cake (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Atlantic Blue (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Coloured Raine Jet Set (P, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop The Aquarius (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Denim (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Heroine (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop I'm Chillen (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Blueberry Scone (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Self Portrait 1 #2 (DC, $25.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Echo (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). NARS Stage Dive (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faded is a subdued, medium-dark purple with flecks of gold sparkle over a matte finish. While a lot of the “matte” eyeshadows had “floating pearl” (Urban Decay’s terminology), this one seemed to have larger sparkle. I found that the larger size seemed to make this even harder to apply, as the sparkles would pull away from the purple base but also pull some of the purple eyeshadow away, which resulted in sheer, uneven coverage. I had better luck using this over an eyeshadow primer, but it was still a fussy shade to blend out. It worked better layered over another eyeshadow. The color started to fade after seven hours on me. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Orchid (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Mulberry (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). MAC Indian Ink (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Gone Mad (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Violet (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Venom (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals In Vogue (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Ribbon (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bump is a stark white with a semi-matte finish. It seemed to have just a smidgen of shimmer to it–something to make it appear more satiny and not have as much excess product kicked up in the pan. The texture was finely-milled, smooth, and just a touch dusty at times. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage which stayed true for seven and a half hours. Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Chill (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Female Trouble (LE, )(95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #1 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Ivy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Porcelain (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Linen (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Por Vida (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #00 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $13.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Vapour (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Pandora I (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Chandelier (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Welp, I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty but a C+ is worse than I expected. So depressing. This is actually making me sad, the OPPOSITE of what a rainbow palette should do!! Dang it Urban Decay, why did you have to go and screw up what COULD have been my favorite UD palette EVER?!! ?
Seize, Jones and Calavera are the only shades that actually wow me here and make me want to buy this. No way I can justify it for only those standouts. I’m gonna be duping those for sure if I can. They’re more unique shades so it might be hard.

I’m still buying it. I’ve had many poorly reviewed palettes/singles that worked out much better when I played around with different applications (wet brush, synthetic brush, over primer/glitter glue, sponge-tip applicators, finger, whatnot). On the Spectrum palette, a lot of reddit users complained about pigmentation on what ended up being my favorite shades. If it’s a total waste of money, it can always be returned (which is a great way to give feedback to brands!)

I swatched it over Nyx Milk (white cream base), Urban Decay Primer in Eden (a matte flesh tone), concealer, and bare skin. I got great results with one to three passes over the Nyx and UD Primer, but on bare skin, it would take a LOT to build it up. I’m happy I got it before it’s sold out, and I am happy I didnt let the negative reviews deter me.

Also, I got a ton of sponge tip applicators from elf and have one side of each end dedicated to one shade. They work great! Also, using them wet helped on the darker and middle row colors.

Same about the grade. I know there were a few duds but…. 😑

That said I didn’t get the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette from last year and UD is a brand known for colour so it still want to get it.

I’m not sure when it will be available in Canada as Urbandecay.ca does not have it yet.

It reviewed where I expected to which makes me sad. I really do like Spectrum and as I had missed out on Mi Vida Loca had hopes for this. My wallet is happy at least!

Spectrum was a lot nicer, but it was also all shimmers, which UD tends to do well, but I was surprised the shimmers here weren’t all amazing.

I 100% trust your judgement calls and analyses so I’m bummed about this palette, rainbows in different finishes always capture my eye. I’ve already got enough bright colours to cover my bases for a very long time so my wallet is happy, haha. I guess I just think that the consumer shouldn’t have to work so hard to make shades like this (from a mainstream brand) work for them. The eye looks you did turned out beautifully, though!

If you already have brights, it’s definitely not groundbreaking or delivering the best of brights! Brights are harder to do, especially in matte finishes – Calavera was so surprising as yellows tend to be tough to nail!

Gah! Mine is supposed to be delivered today. I hate to say this, but I seriously hope there’s another batch issue and mine’s better than the one you got. Based on your swatches/review, I probably would have thought twice about buying it. Thanks for the review! (Great eye looks btw!)

Yup, just came and I swatched it (all on one arm – what was I thinking?!) Mine did swatch better than yours so it looks like there might be another QC issue. The only one that I really struggled with was the white one. Platonic and Faded were also not as good as the rest of the shades…just not quite as bad as yours were. I think you’re right though – with primer, they’ll all be good.

I think they did have different batches. My palette was similar to these here but not as bad. BUT my white was one of the best. So perhaps there were two or three different batches released. My swatches performed well for the shades I was most excited about so I don’t think I’ll be returning mine. But I’m not 100% sure just yet.

They will definitely be better! Something like Midnight Blaze seems pretty hopeless (short of turning it into a loose powder!) but the more middling shades should improve over NYX Milk. My only concern would be some of the thinner mattes may stick and be harder to blend over a cream base like NYX.

I had a feeling this was going to be on the more disappointing side of your review spectrum (ha!)… Still, it’s always a downer to see. I have last year’s Mi Vida Loca Remix palette, which is pretty much all the bright rainbow colors I need, but I was hoping this might be more of a replacement/revamp for the people who missed out.

I really love this updated packaging… I wish the insides weren’t so meh. πŸ™

I wasn’t expecting A+ as mattes and brights are often under-performing without a primer, but I was surprised at some of the shades here and how they worked out πŸ™

Hi! This is my first comment here. But I just had to let you know that I’m in awe of your color combination choices! That’s such a beautiful eye look in various hue’s of green:) it’s really making your eyes stand out. Gorgeous!

I stand by my original comment that I find it really odd that UD released a palette that manages decent to good iterations of tricky colors (matte yellow and white) while including mediocre iterations of colors that are usually well executed across brands, so are presumably not a nightmare to formulate (blue, gold), and a couple actual flops. IDK, I personally find Goldmine particularly disappointing, given that Blitz is a comparable shade from their own brand that achieved an A rating. I feel like their palettes often don’t show the commitment to quality that their pre-Naked and first few Naked palettes did. I know the price point is incredibly low per shadow, but they could have raised the price a few dollars or offered slightly fewer shades if the issue was cost of production vs price.

On the bright side, Alchemy, Hundred, and Seize are beautiful, and I love the looks you did for these, Christine. The green and blue one is fantastic! Gorgeous color saturation, shape, blending, and I love the black on the lower lashline. Well done!

The last version of Goldmine was better, I think – I did not recall it being quite as troublesome to work with! I was most surprised by Midnight Blaze’s stiffness, since none of the other shades had that trait!

It’s strange, they’ve always had some issues with the matte, medium blues that lead slightly periwinkle. I remember Blue Bus being particularly meh. I haven’t purchased enough colorful palettes from every brand to know if it’s a specific tone that’s more difficult to formulate, or someone at UD just can’t do that shade.

Wow, I was really worried when I saw the initial swatches, but this is SO disappointing! So many C/D/F’s πŸ™ The original Spectrum was SO awesome, this palette doesn’t deserve the name. Out of 21 shades, I only counted maybe 5-8 shades that I really liked, would use enough, and scored well, so hard to justify $55 for this. Unless I swatch in store, and it performs better, I’m going to skip. I would definitely recommend the KVD Metalmatte over this any day. I also have the NYX Ultimate Brights palette, and it’s about 95% colorful mattes, and it swatches and performs SO much better than many of the mattes here, and it was only $18. It was LE, but still listed on NYX’s website. But given NYX’s recent website and customer service issues (everything says sold out, slow shipping, no shipping, cancelled orders, incorrect refunds, no response), I recommend not ordering from them until they fix. Or if you do order, pay by Paypal or credit card, so you can get a refund if you run into issues with them.

Definitely second the whole “don’t buy NYX directly” comment… at least not until they get their act together. What they’re doing seems ridiculous – absolutely below the standard level of what a retailer should be doing.

Wonder what is up with Nyx. Only ordered from them once, a bunch of stuff Ulta did not have, and it wasn’t quick, but the packaging/protection was terrific. Air pillows, lace bag, small bundles in tissue, the whole 9 yards. Nyx seems a good option, as I suspect people don’t wear their real Brights quite as often. And if you are doing pops, who will know the difference? Maybe their workforce is on revolt. I would be, if I had tried to put out MAC’s latest fiascos. Anybody had any issues w/abh?

Wow! Incredible! Not in a good way. Urban Decay, you should be ashamed of yourselves for putting out such poorly performing product. UD is not a drugstore brand, but the quality of your recent releases is worse than Revlon.

Is there any better rainbow palette at the market? Or is it better to go through the dupe list. Because in the second case, it will be much more expensive.

I like this palette in theory, and the eye looks you did are stunning, but I wish the quality was a little better.

Although even if it had gotten a better grade I’d still be passing because I have dupes for all the colors I like πŸ™‚

This palette is everything I ever wanted back in 2004. Back in the day I loved Dior and hoped they would have a collection of rainbow spectrum in their quint format. Twelve years is a long time and a total pass for me.

I have last year’s palette and I love it. The pigmentation is excellent. IDK what happened here. It’s actually pretty shocking. Your green eye look is gorgeous!!!!

I think it’s safe to say that I became obsessed with your beauty blog. I have been reading for days!! Thanks so much for the reviews. I wish I had waited to buy this one. I read your review and I am now considering returning it once it hits my doorstep!

Again, thanks so much for all the reviews and the honest insights!

Mine just got delivered here… I had wanted a full rainbow palette ever since I missed Kat Von D’s last year, so I bought this as soon as I could. I’m still really optimistic and I always wear primer so I feel like I can make it work. Thank you for the review!

How depressing, Urban Decay! This thing was *supposed* to take the place of the EP? Really???
While I pretty much knew from the preliminary swatches that this one would fall short of last year’s absolute GEM, the original Spectrum, I wasn’t expecting a C+. But I most definitely appreciate your honest assessment and review of this sad disaster of what was touted by UD as the “perfect rainbow palette”. All one can hope for is getting it on sale when it fails to sell. Which it likely will. ?
I’m actually very happy that I nabbed Nyx’s Ultimate Brights palette this summer, though. Because while, yes, it still needs primer, the shades are way better quality than most of ones in this palette. ?

Apparently, they pulled the Electric palette from retailers to make more room but will still have it through their site for now.

Even if this had scored an A+, it’s just not the palette for me but how disappointing that it fares so poorly. And even the brush looks cr*p – the “fluffy” end looks like about the only use for it would be dusting crumbs out of my keyboard!

SOOOO glad that I have last years Spectrum palette and was able to purchase the Electric Palette(for $24) at Macy’s in NYC last month! As always, thanks for the swatches, all of your hard work and your eye-looks are beautiful!

Since my favorite colors are poorer-performing shades (Hatter, Minx, Metamorphosis, Faded), I’ll probably be skipping this one, even though I do wear primer — some of those shades look like they would really need a cream eyeshadow in the same color family underneath, IMO… Oh, Urban Decay, you can do better than this!

Sad. I saw your swatches and it was obvious they weren’t great. Then I saw Leesha’s positive review and that made me hope that maybe once you tested them, they would perform better than in the swatches. Obviously that wasn’t the case. :'(

Chalk up another disappointment. Man, is it like a low-quality assembly line in the makeup release world these days? This palette is not for me in any way, shape, or form, but I was hoping for better for women looking for these fun colors after being drowned in neutrals.

Thanks, Christine. Clear, fair, and objective.

I jumped on the new Tarte PRO palette because I don’t have a number of the shades it offers. It arrives tomorrow and will remain unopened until I see a review. I just don’t want to end up with something like this when I can just keep going with what I have.

Ohh, Christine! Between this and the Beccca cheek palette, you’re breaking my heart and saving my wallet. I was so looking forward to both of them, especially since the Becca stand alone products generally perform so well and my Spectrum palette from last year seemed to be the sleeper hit of my holiday shopping spree. But a C+ is so, so not worth it for the price tag. Pretty in the packaging, but I’d have liked it to be pretty on me, too!

Do you have anything from this holiday season so far that really stands out and wows you? I’ve caught all the reviews so far, but I’m wondering if there’s anything in particular you think is the must have for the LE collections being dropped right now.

Here’s a running list of the top rated holiday products – http://www.temptalia.com/best-of-holiday-2016-palettes-gifts/

But in terms of sets/palettes, the MAC Face Compacts, Bite Beauty Sets, NARS Lip Sets, ABH x Mario Palette, MJB About Last Night Palette, Tarte Color Wheel, Kat Von D MetalMatte are sort of the highlights thus far.

I think of what’s been out that’s interesting and good value – Bite Beauty sets, Tarte Color Wheel, Kat Von D MetalMatte are the most impressive.

The KVD Metal Matte is definitely on my short list. I’ve just been waiting for it to drop in stores so I can get my hands on its and swatch it myself before shelling out $60.

Now, if she’d bring back the Monarch palette or release ‘Plath’ from liquid lipstick set as a standalone, I’d pick those up without even batting an eye.

Loving the Becca LE Rose Quartz, too. I got to swatch that a few days ago and even after washing my hands, there was still a little bit of sheen where I’d tested it on my wrist. I’m hoping it’s still available when Ulta/Sephora have their 20% discount sales come November!

How disappointing after the original Spectrum! But I was blown away by your bold green eye look, it is STUNNING. I am definitely going to try and get a cheaper similar palette so I don’t miss out on those colours.

Seriously, I was really, really impressed with both of those looks — doubly so considering how badly the palette reviewed.

Claire, have you considered the NYX Ultimate Brights palette? It’s sold out at Ulta, but I think you can still get it directly off of their website for $18 + shipping, which is definitely way less than Full Spectrum or the KVD Mi Vida Loca palette from last Christmas. I’ve heard that it really needs a primer to pack a punch, but I’ve had good luck with another palette from that collection and again… it’s $18. (Plus I always wear primer or cream eyeshadow as a base, anyway.)

Thanks for the suggestion, Melanie! I’ve had a look at the NYX brights palette, I’m in the UK but it’s sold at Selfridges. It looks good however what I really want is something like the top row of the Full Spectrum palette, the deep jewel colours. I love Viseart’s Bijoux Royale but it’s a bit expensive at the mo so I might go for the soon to be released Sleek Makeup’s Rockstars Hidden Gems palette as flagged up here: http://britishbeautyblogger.com/makeup/sleek-makeup-rockstars-collection/

This is so disappointing. I do not have any other palette other than one of the Naked palettes from UD. I was waiting eagerly for this one to come out. I am glad I saw your review before buying it Christine! Thank you.

does anyone have suggestions for a palette that is similar to this but performs better? i was really hoping to buy this because i don’t have any colorful palettes and only two colorful single shades πŸ™

I don’t think there are that many permanent options that are also eye-safe – as in, they are listed as eye safe here in the U.S. Otherwise, Viseart has a bright palette, but it isn’t safe for eyes in the U.S.

Building your own Inglot palette is likely your best bet, though!

Shy – Inglot is my go to since discovering it in person and I’ve made a few of my own palettes. You can buy direct or go through Beautylish. They just helped me build cool version of Modern Renaissance. Inflict has so many shades and finishes, this may be a big help in picking out shades instead of guessing via online swatches.

Whatta fabulous idea! The MR is sold out everywhere, just when I thought to point/birthday it. A cool Mod Ren palette would be beyond super. And cheaper than self made cool Ren from mufe. Beautylish is good like that, right?

Definitely cheaper than building with MUFE since the pans are more expensive. Beautylish was really helpful in picking out shades; I gave them my skintone, eye and hair color and that I didn’t want the oranges from the MR palette and she walked me through her picks via the chat feature so I could see it all laid out. I ended up with 487DS, 449P, 614DS, 362M, 450P, 378M, 356M, 460DS, 75AMC, and 37 Shine in the 10 pan palette. Inglot also makes a magnet to help you pull the shadows out if you want to rearrange – otherwise it’s hard to get them in and out! Happy building!

Aw, I was actually looking forward to buying this palette. The looks you did with it are great, but I’ll probably skip out on getting it. I already own the electric palette and other colorful palettes so it’s no loss to me.

Love the layout. That’s about it. You guys might be right about the ‘corporatization’ of the brand. Cost control, etc. (Maybe corp issues are behind your issue, Katherine.). Think I’m done with brights, enough for my lifetime { (bijoux yes, being muted (justify, rationalize)} but thought about this as a gift. Hell, no. Glad I picked up a couple of Gwens earlier on sale, for that purpose. Hate it, when something looks UD, but doesn’t perform UD. They sure can do a world class miss. And will sell a S…ton to people who don’t read reviews. And that will justify continuing to produce subpar product. Dollar Tree close outs on Higher end ds brands perform better than this. Bloody shame. And Christine, I hope people do read the copy, or at least the glossovers, bec as usual, you make glorious looks out of very mediocre product.

I think people will be able to use it and get some good looks out of it, but I do think it will have a steeper learning curve for someone who isn’t prepared for the extra work that mattes/bright eyeshadow often needs (I think some are expecting to use a good primer/white base).

Wow beautiful eye looks! I’m surprised Urban Decay scored so low on this one. It looks so pretty and they usually make pigmented eye shadows. I own and love my Spectrum palette so I wasn’t getting this one anyway.

So late to the discussion today! Mine arrived today. I knew I was probably returning it before it came and I still feel that way. Granted, I’ve only gotten to swatch it and do one eye-look but yeah….not feeling it. I have multiple dupes for every remotely interesting color and those actually perform. Swatching it was a weird experience. The pans feel slim to me. Okay wait…I should go back. It ARRIVED strangely too…

There was green glitter all over the back of mine and on the mirror. However, none of the green shades were touched or at all broken. So someone else’s palette probably broke and got glitter on mine. Not a great start. Then the pans feel restrictively slim in this particular set. THEN the swatching was weird because it does not feel like UD. Even some of the iffier Vice Palettes blow this out of the water with smoothness. To the touch, many feel like drugstore or worse quality shadows (that sort of rough, scratchy feeling of cheaper products). It is NOT a follow-up for Electric at all. Nor is it really a follow-up to Spectrum. It’s its own weird thing.

Also, I suspect inconsistencies in the batch. For example, my Midnight Blaze is still pretty trash but not quite as trash as yours (tried to use it as liner today and that didn’t go great but it definitely went on more smoothly than yours). Again, it’s not good but mine at least swatches a color. One friend who got it said hers is like mine, another said his is like yours. That, to me, says batch consistency issues since it’s hard to mistake if your shadow has zero color payoff or very little.

In other words, it’s annoying me. Even though my career involves so much makeup, I still get happiness from playing with new items. I recently got two of Melt’s stacks for example and have been having a lot of fun with them even though not every color is created equal. But this palette is not having a happiness-inducing effect. Obviously I can’t go on my first impressions and have to test it out more but it doesn’t live up to other UD brights, let alone something like my MUFE brights. I have a feeling this one will go back (and I’m glad I paid with 20 USD off the cost. Even if you like this palette, maybe wait to pull the trigger til it’s on sale). Too many Fs. UD messed up on this one IMO.

Also, yes in practice the color selection is weird. I usually don’t complain much about color selection because I can always grab a separate crease, transition, etc from somewhere else. But it really is strange here. Sure, a crease green would be great but Midnight Blaze doesn’t show well enough for that. It’s weird that it’s in there. There’s a great lack of options for blending out and transitioning. Either go full Electric and embrace the brights or at least make sure the colors make sense together and can be used to create a look easily. Those hoping for an all-in-one won’t get what they want here and would be better of building a brights palette of their own choosing.

Very strange indeed. I can’t recall the last time that I had such a stiff, nearly unworkable Urban Decay eyeshadow – they usually skew the opposite: too soft, dusty, powdery. UD’s matte (and satin) formula has been getting thinner and drier since Naked Smoky, IMO.

I agree that it’s really not a follow-up to Spectrum – it has similar packaging, which was already taken from the 15th Anniversary… but it is really unlike it.

This wasn’t something I was interested in anyway, but wow. How disappointing. Your eye looks are so incredibly gorgeous though!

Wow that’s really disappointing. I’m probably going to pick it up anyway for the shades that will work, I’m sure pared with UDPP it will perform much better. It sure would have been nice to have a hit rainbow palette that wasn’t the size of my head though. Oh well.

I’m so disappointed. πŸ™ πŸ™ :(Urban Spectrum is my favorite palette of all time, but this one is not the same quality. I might wait and see if this goes on sale.

First the good. You created great eye looks again. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I really don’t like this palette at all even though I’m a UD lover. I did order the KVD is it Mixed Metals palette? It came today. Beautiful colors but haven’t had time to play yet. I think I’m happy I switched.

Thanks for the Mi Vida Loca palette comparison!

Sadly, this is an easy skip for me. When I was first getting into makeup, buying a Vice palette was like the biggest deal ever and the quality was so good (I’ll never forget how excited I was to get one)! Now, I feel like Urban Decay’s holiday releases are just not up to snuff. Seems like I’m not the only one who thinks so! I’ll be getting the Kat Von D Metal/Matte palette instead.

I find it really disappointing that a lot of the dupes for some of the poor performing shades are UD shades from other palettes that were MUCH better. UD does know how to make good eyeshadows, so what’s up with the past couple newer releases? UD needs to step it up! They used to be one of my favorite brands, but lately I haven’t had an urge to buy anything, which is makes me sad (though my wallet isn’t complaining!)

I was disappointed there wasn’t a red shadow in there at first, and now some of the lackluster swatches like Faded and Midnight Blaze have made this a pass for me :/ Sad, because I was super excited when the sneak previews of the palette first appeared. I guess it’s back to trying to decide if I can drop the money on Viseart’s Bright Editorials! :9

I know a few of UD’s recent LE palettes went on sale (Spectrum, Gwen, Vice LTD XX), so if this one does to, I’ll get it then…not paying full price for that, though.

The bright neon shades aren’t really my thing, but this palette is just disappointing for those who loved the shade selection. Kat Von D’s Metal Matte palette is so much better.

In spite of the sneak peak I hoped this would be good, sadly no. I’ll just save my money, as we’re not able to return makeup.
Thank you so much for reviewing it, can’t be as much fun with a palette like this as it must be with a really good one.

I really wanted this palette to work :(. I bought vice 3 hoping it would work well over a primer but it’s just frustrating compared to my dumb $3 wet n wild shadows haha. Still thinking about it though. I don’t think the drugstore will put out any better of a periwinkle any time soon and a lot of the crappy shades are ones I already have dupes of. Still though…you’re not supposed to bypass your $60 palette for a 60cent eyeshadow!

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