This is an incredibly versatile product. There are 16 shadows, primer, mascara, & liquid eyeliner. This pallete does not have too much shimmer in the shadows, so you can wear all of them. They have a lovely purple, cute Blue Bus, a speaker & instructions on how to apply the m/u that you can use if you have an I-phone. If you like UD but are leery of too much glitter or too much bizarre color in the eye shadows, this pallete is for you. I have 0 bad & all good to say. I also own the Naked pallete & this is a good complement to it. I loved trying the liquid liner which is really pretty & not hard to apply after you practice a little!
This is the first BOS I've ever bought, and overall, I'm very impressed. I got it on clearance from UD's web site and got an extra $15 off the clearance price using a code they provided. With shipping and tax, it came to around $37.
As others have noted, the package is bulky and the bottom drawer can be tough to open. I accidentally knicked a chunk of shadow out of the bottom right-hand shade when trying to pull the drawer open.
The colors are a beautiful mix of bright and neutral shades. Some of them, especially Blue Bus and Crystal, are drier than usual and lack pigmentation, although with Blue Bus I actually found this to be a plus as I was able to use it for a more subtle, office-friendly purple smoky eye that would have been too "loud" with a more pigmented shadow. Gunmetal and Sin are already in my Naked palette, but the rest of the shades are new for me.
I love the how-to QRF scan card and the phone holder. I was able to use it to do the Monochrome look, which turned out beautifully. Being able to have the phone playing the video and mounted right beside the product and mirror was a plus. The speaker sounds surprisingly good for what it is.
I'm not sure I would have paid full price for this. The colors are nice but not new-and-exciting, but for what I paid, it was an excellent value for some great quality products and some cool tecnhology to match.
The products contained in this set are wonderful, but the packaging really interferes with its usability. As of late February 2012 the item is on sale for $29 plus shipping in the US, which is a phenomenal value for a full size liquid liner, travel size mascara and primer, plus 16 really gorgeous high quality shadows. And to solve the functionality issue I've posted a modification video which can be found on youtube(dot)com /watch?v=feJZSjno0OI
I love this palette! Yes the packaging is bulky, but it is very pretty. The shadows are very pigmented and most have a very creamy feel. A few of the shadows do have the typical UD chunky glitter, but my little trick to use too faced glitter glue as my primer and then I have no problem whatsoever. The technology is kind of useless but for only $44. the 16 wonderful shadows and great eyeliner make this palette a great value. Also, there is a great mix of brights and neutrals leaving me with great choices for both day and nighttime wear.
Love the color selection of this palette, but worst packaging ever. Very bulky even while completely closed, and yet the drawer containing the shadows extends past that if you want to access them. Tons of wasted space, so I'm often awkwardly clearing counter space and knocking things over. Not cool.
For the colors, I'm impressed with the versatility of this palette. I also bought the 15th anniversary palette, and although I love its colors, I really struggle to find uses for all the bright and dark colors. The BOS IV contains 7 lighter, neutral colors (midnight cowgirl, sin, bust, missionary, skimp, zephyr, crystal) each very different and beautiful; 8 deeper colors (blue bus, gunmetal, cobra, bender, gravity, lost, hijack, midnight rodeo), and one beautiful gold (baked). I find that most of the lighter colors complement any of the darker colors, which is really a rare feat. Unlike some other palettes I own, I feel like this collection is cohesive and makes sense. It's nice, because I don't have to reach for multiple products and palettes while getting ready.
I especially love gravity (deep purple with silver shimmer) and hijack (deep teal, silvery glitter). The speaker is cute, but pretty useless, and I definitely wouldn't have paid money for it alone. The perversion liner is a deep black, and nice if you use liquid liner.
The Book of Shadows 4 is a very good value. It comes with a full size liner in perversion, which i really wanted but didn't want to shell out the $18 the formula lasts up to two days on my upper lid if i'm lazy and don't take it off haha. It also comes with a mini Supercurl Curling Mascara a $10 value and a very nice product. It makes my eyelashes look a lot longer then they really are, even without a lash curler. A mini primer potion is also included, Urban Decay by far has my favorite primer potion with it my shadows stay all day. The speaker and cord are nice but not that useful for makeup, the tutorials on the cards are nice but i don't see myself watching them often. The packaging is very pretty with the white shiny butterflies and colorful design. I do however like the pocket for your phone by the mirror. I have a flashlight app that i turn on and place my phone in the pocket because i have not so great lighting where i do my makeup. Like most Urban Decay shadows they are all pretty silky and smooth. The colors aren't extremely unique but they are very long lasting and pretty colors. Blue Bus is the only color that isn't extremely pigmented, but pan color can be achieved with 2-4 swipes. I personally do not have fallout or glitter problems with the midnight shades, or the other colors for that matter.
This is an okay palette. I do love the colors but the packaging is ridiculously clunky. I wish they would of made it smaller and without the speaker jazz for a smaller price.
I would only buy this again at the discounted price and for the shadows. As far as being a Book of Shadows I think this is probably the worst one UD had put out for packaging, but the best (for me) for colour range.
I gave this 4 lippies because of the packaging, which is way to bulky and kind of useless (even the pretty butterflies because I struggle to keep the lid upright and never use the mirror), and the tech stuff that was useless to me as my phone couldn't read the QR codes. I hope that next year they don't waste time with that stuff and reduce the price.
I really love the colour range in this palette. Yes, some of the colours are hard to work with but I find using the finger pat method and applying before my base is fine. There are some great combinations that can be done with the palette and, lets face it, you only buy these palettes if you really are a collector and travelling with it isn't important. I haven't had the issues that some bloggers have had with it but I am very fair skinned and I have the patience to layer the colour on. All-in-all I think it deserves 4 lippies but I wish that I hadn't paid full price for it.
My first palette ever! I love a lot of the colours in it, especially Skimp, Hijack, Crystal, Gunmetal, Gravity, Blue Bus & Cobra. Midnight Cowgirl & Midnight Rodeo are nice colours too, but the chunky glitter fallout...ugh! I tried on just a tiny bit of Midnight Cowgirl and had glitter ALL OVER my cheeks. Crystal & Gunmetal are nice together, and what I like about those two is that they're shimmery but not at all frosty (the way some non-matte shadows tend to be).
Haven't tried the mascara or liner yet, but I already use Primer Potion anyway, so am glad that's included.
Okay, the packaging...it SUCKS. Nice looking, but so heavy and bulky, and what's with the speaker & video nonsense? I feel like this is just adding to the price of the palette. I'd much rather have a sleeker palette with a lid on it and, if they want to charge us extra for something, they should have thrown in a brush instead.
My mom and I were out shopping before Christmas and she wanted to get this for me. I was impressed that she picked it out and thought the colors looked interesting. Well I have to say that the palette got returned. I just couldn't deal with the huge glitter chunks all over my face. It was a hot mess! I knew from previous experience that the primer potion doesn't work for me and I found the liquid liner to be extremely sub-par. Want a FABULOUS liquid liner pen? LORAC front of the line pro...
Now let's talk about the packaging, I mean wtf?? Who's got that kind of room to store such a monster of a palette? The drawer holding the eyeshadows was difficult to pull out and top part (while very pretty with the butterflies) was completely useless.
Lastly, my mom paid the full retail price of $64. Then recently I guess UD realized it was grossly overpriced and dropped it by $20. Strike 3.