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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 1/29/2015 1:03:00 AM More reviews by katautumn

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue

I believe this palette is currently being phased out. It can only be found on the UD website now. I snagged it when Sephora marked it down to $20. After playing around with this I am glad I had passed up the opportunities I'd had to purchase this when it was full price ($49), but it's still a really nice palette. This palette contains ten shades. There are four matte shades and the rest are highly shimmery. There are seven neutral shades and three jewel tones enclosed in a smokey charcoal colored lycra material, zippered case. There is also a nice mirror inside the lid.

Kinky - a matte cream
Freestyle - similar to Kinky only warmer and with a peach undertone
Mushroom - a very shimmery taupe silver
Backdoor - a rich, dark, matte cocoa brown
Blackout - a super intense matte black. Black black. Stain your fingertips black.
Barlust - this is a gorgeous, very shimmery reddish brown with copper undertones
Rockstar - a shimmery plum
Evidence - a shimmery sapphire blue
Loaded - a shimmery emerald green
Asphalt - A shimmery dark silver grey

This palette also comes with a full size UD 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion, which is their blackest black eyeliner (that, alone, makes the rest of the palette free when you purchase it at the sale price!). It also comes with a deluxe size sample of the original Primer Potion (it's in a "secret compartment" at one end of the box, so you have to open the opposite end you opened to get the actual palette out to access the primer) and a look guide. Now, let me say that this is probably the most comprehensive look guide I've ever seen with a palette. Forget a cheesy three-look guide on a glossy slip of paper. Oh no. This is an UD quality, beautifully bound, gorgeous embossed cover, thorough look book. Not only does it give you explicitly detailed instructions on how to achieve twelve sultry smoky eye looks ranging from office-appropriate to rock concert to boudoir, but it explains the application techniques, what brushes work best, and how to finish off the looks with the right blush and lipstick.

Let's get into the good and the bad about this palette. The one huge downside is that there isn't a broad range of transition shades. Granted, this is a smokey eye palette, but the lack of a couple of matte transition shades completely takes away from any versatility it may have had and makes it, really, either just a smokey eye palette or one you pick and choose shades from and use them in conjuction with another palette or single shadows you own. Another bummer is that the three jewel tones are very "hard" shadows in texture. They aren't dry, but they aren't that buttery soft texture most people think of when they think Urban Decay. Loaded and Blackout have the most fallout so either shield under your eyes when working with them, or do your face makeup last. The other shades don't have as much fallout as you normally get with UD shadows. Kinky and Freestyle are very soft to the point where they kick up a bit of powdery excess when you dip a brush in them, but it's not awful.

But even beyond that I find that the most grievous flaw with this palette lies with the jewel tone shades. On the lid, when used with other shades from the palette, they look very muddy. You're expecting a vibrant pop of color and it just does not deliver. Today I used Loaded under my lower lash line and it looked brownish grey, and that was using a clean smudge brush for application. That beautiful emerald hue just did not translate from the pan to the skin. Evidence is even worse. It reads as more of a muted greyish blue on the lid and blends terribly. Rockstar is the best of the three, but still comes across very "dusty" in tone on the lid.

With that said, for what you get this is a nice palette to have. The colors are, for all intents and purposes, very workable if you aren't expecting the jewel tone shades to provide a "pop" of color. Some are more blendable than others. I gave this palette four lippies for the nice zippered case, the look guide, the full size 24/7, and all but three of the shades being really great to work with.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 11/8/2014 7:27:00 AM More reviews by 1017

Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown

I got this palette on sale for $29. At that price...it is awesome! I would not have paid full price for it as I never do really dark eyes. Most the colors are doable though and a good matte brown and black are always good to have (even though I don't use them much). I honestly will probably never use the bold colors (green, blue, etc), fun to have though. I loved the brown/bronze shade in here though, Rockstar and Mushroom. Now I have all three, plus a variety of other shades and a Perversion liner...for $29! I needed another palette like I needed a hole in the head, but this was a darn good deal that let me get my hands on 3 UD shades I wanted plus a whole lot more for $29. Did I mention $29? BTW, if you see this review soon, it is still on sale at Ulta and the UD website for this price. I am NW20, deep winter, almost black hair, brown eyes.

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rated 3 of 5 on 10/30/2014 7:39:00 AM More reviews by reggiemoon

Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

This is a nice palette but just not for me. The shadows are very dark and pigmented. In fact too dark and pigmented for my nw15 skin. My eyes are super dark brown and I have dark heavy eyebrows so I thought I could pull it off. My friend with darker skin looked amazing in the colors so I passed it onto her. I did love the big mirror and zip around closure. Pale girls might want to skip this one its more flattering on richer skintones.

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rated 5 of 5 on 10/4/2014 2:38:00 AM More reviews by wow2003

Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I had this palette last year getting upset i didn't find Naked in Romania. I must say is better than Naked 1.2.3. In quality and pigmentation. I wish it had more shades. This is my main palette that i use with all others. It's a must for dark shadows lovers. You have: gray. Blue. Green. Brown. Purple. Black. And great colours for base. A big like

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rated 1 of 5 on 9/12/2014 12:59:00 AM More reviews by UmmSalma

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I hate this pallete do your eye makeup the your face make up or theirs no fixing it back up u with ruin you foudation

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rated 1 of 5 on 5/1/2014 7:36:00 PM More reviews by starletdust

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue

I can't believe the reviews on this! This is my first UD palette and my last! I've trial and errored with this product on a daily basis for almost 4 months now, I use it as my day make up because I do like the neutrals and the browns and they do have good staying power, but when I want to make a statement eye I revert back to my trusty mac pigments or sleek palette!

The colours are very untrue. When worn, all the dark colours appear BLACK with VERY slight pigments showing IF you tilt them towards light. The dark colours are also a nightmare to blend and very dry rather than powdery, I find I have to add some translucent/irridescent powder on top of it where I want to blend. (I use a UD blender brush)

I work in a nightclub and love vibrant colours and a smoky eye that stands out, but if like me you were hoping for a smoky eye with a punch and you're very experienced with smoky eyes, this will only be a let down, the dark colours may as well all be black, at least now I have enough black eye shadow to last me 10 years!

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rated 4 of 5 on 3/29/2014 9:14:00 PM More reviews by MollieS

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green

I hate the zipper packaging, first of all. I find it to be inconvenient. That being said, I only really use the top row and the brown color in the bottom row. The blue is okay but I rarely wear blue. The green is nice but too dark for my taste and the gunmetal color is lacking in pigmentation. I will rave about the black, its fabulous. I will purchase the colors separately but not the blue, green, purple, or gray.

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rated 5 of 5 on 3/27/2014 12:11:00 AM More reviews by MaryMakeup121813

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

BEST SMOKEY EYE PALLET. I have hazel green eyes and all of the smokey looks you can get from this pallet make my eyes POP. also the freestyle (natural base color) and kinky (highlighter) with winged eyeliner looks super retro and very pretty with a bold lip ;)

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rated 5 of 5 on 2/11/2014 12:44:00 AM More reviews by cherlene88

Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

I have been on an UD rampage recently.. I only started my UD palettes collection from December 2013, and I have amassed all the Naked Palette, Vice 2, and this. I didn't give it much thought at first since the focus was on exploring the Nakeds and understanding what the hype was about (I am pretty laggy in this sense, but god! I can't leave without my UD palettes now) and only started playing with this baby recently.. I LOVEE THIS. I am ashamed to say that I have neglected my Nakeds and have been reaching for this EVERYDAY. I love how buildable the colour intensity is, and how gorgeous the quality of the shadows are. It was lotsa fun to try out the various looks from the lookbook and I love that it came with Perversion, which is good cos I always need an extra for that.

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rated 3 of 5 on 2/1/2014 11:25:00 AM More reviews by chupafabra21

Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Olive, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I was in love with this product till I bought it. The colors are okay...I wish there was more dark shades. The quality is good, when applied with the primer potion. price is terrible..bought mine for $67. Thats because it comes with a liner. The liner costs around $20. Overall the colors are nice just wish they had more dark shades

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