Have you ever met a makeup lover that doesn’t love Urban Decay eyeshadows? They’re definitely some of the best on the market, and it’s no wonder everyone falls over themselves to get their hands on Urban Decay’s latest release. I would pick up more of the palettes if I had the money, but the ones I do, I always love. And the Full Spectrum Palette is no exception!
First things first, the packaging is a little too gaudy for my taste. I love the rainbow embossed Full Spectrum on the front, but the crystalline UD is not me at all. But for the the sake of the palette, I’d rather it be like this than the velvet found on the original Naked Palette and the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette (this one will be so much easier to clean). The only other irritating part of the palette is the size – it doesn’t fit upright in the deep IKEA Alex drawers so I have to lay it down which means it will probably be forgotten after not too long as I’ll have to stack it. I seriously need to find a better way to store my palettes!
When I spotted it in the House of Fraser Boxing Day sale for under £30, I knew I had to pick it up and I have zero regrets. Retailing for £43 and housing 21 bright shadows, 18 of which are never before seen shades (2 were previously released in the Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette back in April 2016, and one was found in the Vice 3 Palette released in October 2014), it’s a must have for all eyeshadow junkies. Since I don’t own any bright high-end palettes despite eyeing up the Urban Decay Electric Palette for a couple of years, I snatched it up. I just had to see the difference in quality between the higher end bright shades to my trusty Sleek and Freedom palettes.
Like most of the Urban Decay palettes (although not all), a brush is included. I actually really love the brushes that Urban Decay produced for the original Naked line for packing on shadow although this brush is slightly different. It’s a lot shorter than the other brushes I have from Urban Decay with slightly different shaped bristles, but still synthetic like the previous brushes. One end is identical to the larger end of the brush found in the Naked Smoky palette which is great for blending shadows through the crease, with the shorter end working beautifully for dispersing a pop of colour along the lower lash line. As it is a little shorter, I find I have a lot more control over the brush but it makes it a little harder to be gentle with the blend.
True to Urban Decay form, the shadows are insanely pigmented and super easy to blend. A beautiful bright eye look can be achieved in minutes with shadows of this quality! Despite my aim this year to include more makeup looks on my page, I’m not brave enough yet. But if for any reason you’re lacking bright shadow inspo, check out Hayley’s looks that she created with this palette when it was first released.
Alchemy is a deep fuchsia satin (previously found in Vice 3), Warning is a deep metallic copper, Midnight Blaze is a black matte with a yellow shift, Hundred is a deep metallic forest green, Minx is a deep navy with tonal pearl, Delirious is a deep plum matte with a subtle pearl sheen, and Platonic is a black matte with iridescent glitter.
Gossip is a bright metallic pink with subtle pearl, Seize is a bright metallic red-coral with subtle pearl, Calvera is a bright yellow matte with subtle pearl, Hatter is a vibrant green with tonal sparkle (previously found in the Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette), Blindsided is a bright teal-blue matte with pearl, Sketch is a metallic medium purple, and Iced is an oyster-silver with shimmer
Paranoia is a soft metallic blue-toned pink, Jones is a metallic orange with subtle pearl, Goldmine is a metallic yellow-gold, Mean is a bright metallic lime-green, Metamorphosis is a vibrant periwinkle blue with sparkle (previously found in the Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette), Faded is a lavender with gold shimmer, and Bump is a white matte.
With the exception of Sketch, Goldmine and Midnight Blaze, very little work is required with these shadows. They have very little kick up and such fantastic pigmentation that anybody can make these work, even if you’re a total newbie to makeup. I can’t wait to use this more, especially as the warmer months roll around!
I’ll put my hands up – this palette isn’t an essential. But if you’re an Urban Decay junkie, a makeup hoarder or you just can’t resist a few bright shadows then this is a damn good palette to add to your collection. If you love bright shadows but haven’t bitten the bullet yet on picking up a high end palette then you’re missing out! Are you going to pick it up?