Sunday, August 14, 2011

I'm glad it's your Birthday...Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Palette


IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE!!!!!!  Okay, breathe Liz, breathe ...So, I've been waiting to get my hands on the Urban Decay 15 year anniversary eye shadow palette (limited edition!!) ever since it hit the company’s website in July.  Unfortunately, Urban Decay isn't available in Japan :'(  ,  But lucky for me, I have a few enablers ( i.e. friends and family) in the states who are willing to send me occasional care packages filled with delectable treats, love you guys! (^3^)


First, I'd like to say that I am glad to see that all 15 featured shadows are new releases. Urban decay, you really need to put the "Smog" eye shadow down, I have enough of this shadow to last me six lifetimes. I found that these shadows have great color payoff, with the exception of  tainted, which requires a little extra tlc to achieve the same pigmentation on the lid as seen in the pan. I've  swatched all 15 shades and listed them below with color descriptions , enjoy : )

Color descriptions from left to right.

Midnight Rodeo: a taupey pink bronze metallic frost with some glitter
Midnight 15: a mushroom/oyster pearl frost with a slight tint of pink
Vanilla: a golden yellow white shimmer
Flow: a soft peach shimmer/frost
Chase: a medium metallic bronze


Tainted: a soft lilac with gold shimmer
Junkshow: a fuchsia with a slight lavender duochrome
Omen: a purple blue duochrome shimmer
Evidence: a shimmery deep sapphire blue
Deep End: a shimmery teal


Deeper:  a golden bronze shimmer
M.I.A.: a brown with golden shimmer
Ace: a dark gunmetal with a slight blue shimmer
Blackout: a matte coal black
Half Truth: a grayed violet purple shimmer

Onto the packaging! The packaging itself is gorgeous ;) . The two toned mirrored palette ( the lid being a gunmetal color and the tray in Urban Decay's signature purple) is encrusted with two plastic purple gems in the companies initials. I found the laser cut filigree design along the sides of the lid, to be reminiscent of the limited edition Urban Decay lipstick caps (Still available).  Also, the lid can be removed entirely, revealing a modest (large) size mirror on the back. Now, if you're a sucker for packaging and multi-tasking products, you'll love the fact that once you've worked your way through these lovely eye shadows, you can simply remove the tray and convert the palette into an attractive velvety lined storage box, BONUS!

Overall, Urban Decay's 15 year anniversary eye shadow palette offers a variety of great colors, 15 (full size) eye shadows with excellent pigmentation, texture, and quality. This palette is well worth the $55 investment and I highly recommend it. At this moment, the anniversary palette is still available at sephora.com and urbandecay.com, but don't sit on it for too long, since it is a limited edition item. Pleasant shopping :)

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

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