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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Urban Decay Shadow Box, a Forgotten Treasure

A few months ago I discovered this Urban Decay palette, the Shadow Box, in the sale section of Sephora.com for $12, so obviously, into the cart it went. This purchase came at the same time as my beloved LORAC Pro palette, so simply due to bad timing, I've been neglecting this palette and not giving it the love it deserves. That stops today, hopefully, with this swatch post; I'm reminded of how much I liked most of the eyeshadows (even bright ones!), and am now resolving to use this baby much more often. Let's do it. 

Like I said, this palette was $12 online, and while I don't currently see it on sephora.com, it has made some spontaneous appearances in the months since my purchase. It is entirely likely that it may pop up again, so keep an eye out. The packaging is the usual for Urban Decay - fun and funky, although I could do without the velvet (touching it gives me the creeps). I'm really into the chainmail detail though, as well as the royal purple. It definitely stands out in my palette drawer, that's for sure. 

The palette contains nine eyeshadows, three of which are natural warm browns, while the other six offer a bit more excitement and impact. The colour names are Fishnet, Honey, Ransom, Graffiti, Zero, Peace, Shag, Scratch, and Underground, some of which have been or are currently available in single eyeshadows as well. I don't own any of Urban Decay's single shadows, so unfortunately I'm unable to compare them with their palette siblings, but if they're anything alike the singles must be pretty darn good! 

Urban Decay Shadow Box Swatches

Urban Decay Shadow Box Swatches

To be completely honest, all of these eyeshadows deliver great pigmentation and colour. The quality is there across the board. I haven't dabbled too much in the brights as of yet, but I've done some simple daytime looks with the browns and they were extremely easy to work with. As I have stupidly oily eyelids, eyeshadow meltdown is a daily reality for me, no matter what eye primer I use. That being the case, I can't really comment à-la-Temptalia about how long they wear for, because I'm quite certain my eyes are the exception, rather than the rule. 

So when it comes down to it, this little gem was absolutely worth the $12 I paid. Now to actually use it more often... and not just the browns! I'm a terrible wimp when it comes to bright eyeshadow, so I might have to dig into the xSparkage archives for some inspiration (and courage) as to what the heck I'm supposed to do with these. Wish me luck!

xo Chloë

p.s Just now realizing this is my second Urban Decay post in a row. Oops. 

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