I mentioned this palette in my Christmas Beauty Tag post and it reminded me that I’d had pictures of this sitting to do a Beauty #TBT on this since November… 2015. I just came to edit them, but actually ended up redoing the pictures as you can really see some usage progress over the past year.
I received this in 2012 from my sister at Christmas time, I remember popping it on my Christmas wishlist after seeing it in the Boots catalogue (back when Urban Decay still sold in Boots!) and my sister managed to get this as it was a ‘star buy’ of the week and she worked at Boots so got staff discount on top, so it would have been a really silly cheap price compared to what an Urban Decay palette would cost you now.
This is from their ‘Book of Shadows’ Collection and I think more than any other item in my collection if I lost everything this would be the item that I would be most sad at it’s loss of. It’s chunky and impractical for travel, but at the time of receiving it as a university student it was a great palette for me, neutrals and bright colours for nights out, it was everything rolled into one.
The top flaps open to reveal a pop up NYC illustration which at one time lit up but sometime over the past year I seem to have exhausted the batteries and mine no longer does. It also has a mirror at the back but because the palette is so chunky, and all the pop ups in the way it’s really awkward to actually use.
Something I’ve only realised when doing this post is that the drawer which holds the shadows does actually slide all the way out. You’ll notice there’s some holes to the right of the shadows, this contained a mini travel sized primer potion and some half size 24/7 liners in Zero (black) and Ransom (a bright lilac), I have used up Zero and the primer potion, I know I have Ransom somewhere but I just can’t find it.
Perversion – My favourite black shadow, I like it because it’s pigmented, but not too pigmented so it’s really buildable and doesn’t totally ruin a smokey eye by being over the top. Very close to hitting pan on this.
Uzi – White shimmer with silver glitter, pretty but very chalky and almost itchy texture. Used to use this a lot and close to hitting pan but don’t use it very often any more.
Loaded – Blackened teal shimmer with forest green flecks. I’ve never used this colour too much but I think I will start to more now.
Kush – Definitely the least used colour in the palette for me, as it this bright ‘money’ green is not something I ever opt for, I am intrigued to have a play with it though since I’m more creative that I’ve ever been with colour.
Midnight Cowboy Rides Again – I think this has now been renamed to just Midnight Cowboy. Really pretty rose gold shimmer, this is a colour which has seen a significant dent in it over the past year.
Last Call – Kind of a cranberry but with a plummy undertone, a colour which I discovered I absolutely love this Autumn.
Rockstar – Blackened purple shimmer, have actually used this quite a bit under the lashes recently but it’s so, so pigmented I literally just need to touch my brush on it and it’s enough so still looks practically untouched.
Money – Icy mid blue shimmer with silvery green glitter flecks.
Haight – There’s two bright blues in this palette when I think there shuld have only been one personally as they’re pretty damn interchangeable. This is a slightly brighter turqoise shade but the difference between them is definitely minimal.
Maui Wowie – This is probably my favourite eyeshadow of all time and definitely has the biggest pan hit of the ones I’ve hit on. This is a gorgeous champagne gold with a few fine flecks of silver glitter. When I start using this shadow I fall into a rut of using it for weeks and weeks!
Smog – Everyone who knows Urban Decay knows smog, a gorgeous wearable bronzed brown shimmer. Hit pan on this shade in 2016.
Bordello – I’ve really overlooked this shadow in this palette, it’s a gorgeous dark rose colour which definitely deserves more love than what I give it.
Radium – The second blue, more of a ‘pure’ blue than Haight. They look more different in the pan then they do swatched.
Snatch – A pastel rose shade with gold glitter flecks, think I’m getting quite close to hitting pan on it. This shade reminds me a little bit of Uzi in that it’s texture is a bit chalkier than the others, but it’s not quite as bad and doesn’t have the same itchy feeling
Suspect – This pan has gone from untouched to a good chunk of pan hit in the year… It’s a great shimmery light taupe that is a great shade for when you’re in a rush and only have time to whack one colour all over the lid.
Psychedelic Sister – This is one of my favourite shades in the palette, although I don’t use it very regularly any more. A gorgeous bright jewel toned purple, wore this a lot for going out in university and will be trying to use it more often now I haven’t reached for this in ages.
Whilst this palette is was limited edition, it doesn’t come with totally bad news, at the time of it’s release all of these shadows were permanent in their normal collection, and there’s only one that’s been discontinued since – Uzi, which doesn’t surprise me as whilst it looks nice the formula of this is very chalky and scratchy compared to every other UD shadow. If there’s a shade here you like the look of you can get it still now.
Do you have any favourite shades from this palette? What are your favourite palettes that you’ve had forever?