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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Urban Decay 15 yr Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection Review

I have been eyeballing this palette of shadows for awhile now. So when Urban Decay was offering the 20% friends and family sale, I went ahead and got myself an early Christmas gift. This palette hooked me with all the beautiful colors. I am a sucker for color! This is an excerpt from, "It’s our party, and we’ll launch 15 NEW (and only in this kit!) eyeshadow shades if we want to! With just the right balance of neutrals and brights, darks and lights, the 15-Year Anniversary Palette is both versatile and the ultimate UD junkie collection. Shades like “Junkshow” (a bright pink), “Evidence” (a deep metallic blue) and Midnight 15 (an oyster pearl shade) mesmerize the eyes. The collectible gunmetal outer box features a luxe faceted jewel “UD” on the cover and an eye-grabbing laser-cut filigree design on the sides. Inside, the shadow tray pulls out to reveal a velvet-lined compartment that can be used to stash jewelry or personal mementos."

Urban Decay started, in 1996, as a cosmetics line that offered unique colors with unique names such as: Roach, Smog, Rust, Oil Slick and Acid Rain. They are a globally known company and what I like most is that they are 100% free of animal testing, paraben-free, and carry many vegan products. They have a couple of products like their eye shadow primer and the Naked Palette that almost have a cult-like following. I have both and love them!

Now, let's talk about presentation. I was impressed when I got the palette and it had some weight to it. It came in a purple box and the was very aesthetically pleasing. The colors that interested me initially were Deep End and Evidence, but all of them are beautiful. Most have a lot of sheen to them, but Blackout is a very matte, deep-black. Also, one of the things I love most about Urban Decay eyeshadows is the pigment. It doesn't take much to get a lot of color. They are very pigmented. One thing I can't stand is seeing a shadow the looks pretty in the package, only to be disappointed when I put it on and can't see it and/or it doesn't look like the same color. This won't happen with Urban Decay's shadows.

The colors I used in the photograph were Deep End all over the lid, Evidence under the eye on the lower lid. I also pulled Deep End under the lower lid too. I used Midnight 15 as a highlight on the brow.

So, if you are looking for a high-quality, eye-shadow palette that can take you from day to night, the 15-yr Anniversary Shadow Palette by Urban Decay would be a perfect choice!