Urban Decay • Book of Shadows Vol. IV • Palettes
|Would buy this product again.||72%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Love the shadows! Only complaint is the package not very travel friendly.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Urban Decay palettes are amazing value for money, and this one is no exception. The shadows are all beautiful - although I don't use them all, but let's face it everyone has their favourites colours in a palette and neglects the others. Sin is a beautiful colour that reminds me a little of all that glitters by mac. It can be used for just all over the lid for an everyday look, or can be dressed up with a darker colour in the crease and outer corner and some eyeliner. Zephyr is a great colour for the inner corner, it brightens the eyes but it's still suitable for the day, it's a white-ish colour but the slight gold in it doesn't make it look scary on the eyes. Skimp could also be used as an inner corner colour, it's a peachy toned colour although I find the texture of this very chalky. Crystal is also a really nice inner corner colour for the summer, it's nice for just a touch of blue for colour. Gravity is a purple that I absolutely adore! I love Midnight Rodeo and Bust too. All the colours are beautiful but those would be my honourable mentions.
Moving on to the packaging, which is this product's downfall. ITS SO BULKY AND IMPRACTICAL. This was a Christmas gift, so when I first opened it and seen the pretty butterflies, the mirror and all the gimmicky thingsI thought WOW what a great gift, then as time went on I started to hate the impracticality of it. I also really don't get the thing you plug your ipod in to, it's not that great. I wasn't a fan of the tutorials, I would much rather just stick to Tanya Burr and Pixiwoo, thanks. In other news I like the mascara it comes with, as well as the primer potion. The eyeliner is decent too.
As much as I love the colours in this palette, I wouldn't repurchase because of the size, I'd rather try out another UD palette.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I received this as a gift and was thrilled to get it. I'm usually too broke for Urban Decay, so it is a real treat whenever I get my hands on some of their great eye shadows (I use the Naked 1 palette religiously).
The formula of the shadows is consistent with all UD shadows (in my experience): the shimmery ones are beautiful and well pigmented, the glittery ones have big chunky specs of glitter that show up more than the pigment does, and the matte ones are decently pigmented but sort of chalky in texture. Depending on what sort of looks you like to do, this set provides a lot of options. I usually go more for neutrals/bronze shades or purples, but I've grown to love Lost (medium grayish with a hint of purple), Bust (subtle silver) and Missionary (light silver purple). It is not easy to find gray-toned shadows that are flattering on my warm, pale complexion, but these actually are. Baked, Bender and Cobra are all quite pretty as well. The more glittery shades - the Midnight shades, etc. - are not my favorites because there is a lot of confetti glitter fallout. To be honest, I haven't tried the other shades yet because they are not really in my wheelhouse.
Onto the other things: the curling mascara is not great (I have a separate review for that you can check out for more details), and the liner is good - if you like waterproof (ditto review for that). I don't use primer, but it is the standard UD primer everyone seems to love, but I'm sure it's great (I gave it to a friend who swear by the stuff).
The box is my biggest complaint about this set. It's freakin' huge, and inconvenient and you either have to leave it out, cluttering up your stuff, or put it away in a drawer and forget it's there because it's not with your other makeup. It's got a speaker and earphones and all of this other technological crap included, for watching their tutorials I guess, but all that really just bulks up the whole package and I'd rather just have the shadows in a sleek palette.
The bottom line is if you're into doing lots of dramatic looks with different colors and you love tutorials and all that, this is probably a great set you'll love. If not, you can probably skip this one.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I got this for $29 off HauteLook, so I'm basing my review off this price point. Totally worth it!! Love the color selection, love the mascara (SuperCurl), and of course, can't go wrong with the travel-size UDPP. Yes, the packaging is awkward and comes with too much fluff (e.g. the pop-up butterflies/the keychain), but I think everything that's in the packaging is quality. My favorite colors are Lost (dark matte brown), Cobra (they say it's matte black with gold micro-glitter, but I see it as a shimmery olive-black), and Sin (pinky-champagne). Oh, and you also get a full-size 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion, which might be my most-used item out of everything in this box.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I really like this palette overall. Great variety of colours, and since I only wear neutrals, I only use a few of them and stay away from the bolder colours. Of course like all the UD shadows, they are very pigmented and smooth, and stay for a very long time. The only bad thing about this is the bulky and awkward packaging. Its really hard to pull out the shadows palette from the box and it gets stuck a lot. The whole box is a bit too large and bulky for me. I love how it comes with the eyeliner, primer, and mascara (which is great!). The price very reasonable too! Got it as a gift, but I looked online and they are selling for $30
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This was one of my first high end purchases, so it really impressed me. I love the packaging, I love every one of the colors, and I love that it comes with an eyeliner, mascara, primer, and even a speaker, too. Of course, I paid the $29 when it was on sale, so I got a better price than most others.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
LOVE LOVE LOVE this palette! Purchased it in early September and have been using it nonstop every day! Would defiantly recommend this to anyone!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I do enjoy experimenting with this pallete as it has both natural and wild colours to mess about with, but some shadows were very disappointing.
Blue Bus looks very vibrant in the pan but on the eye, it looks very washed out.
Gunmetal is a very beautiful and pigmented colour that works well in any smokey eye or in the lower lash line.
Cobra is a very dark green colour with subtle sparkles, but again I was expecting a bit more of a vibrant green undertone.
Baked is, again, a very pigmented coper/gold colour that unfortunately doesn't get enough use from me.
Bender is a dark green but I don't like something about it, I don't know what though.
Gravity is a purple with a bit of a greyish undertone in my palette, whether this is just a dud, I cant be sure.
Lost is definitely one of my most used colour as it works so well in the crease and "outer v" if I want a lot of dark and dramatic definition.
Hijack is also one of my most unused colours as it never looks right on my eyes.
Midnight Cowgirl is a very girly colour and could possibly be worn everyday if used appropriately but the only downfall is the fallout.
Sin is one of my most used colours as it works so well as a base colour which I use pretty much every time I work with this pallette.
Midnight Rodeo is a good colour for the crease and "outer v" if I don't want my eyes to be too dramatic.
Crystal was definitely a very disappointing colour as it is very hard to get a lot of pigment on my eyes.
Bust is a very gentle brown which I usually use as a wash of colour on my lower lid.
Missionary is probably my most used wash of colour over my eyes as its so shimmery and just beautiful.
Skimp is a very sheer but shimmery colour and I also use it as a wash of colour.
Zephyr is one of my favourite inner corner and brow bone highlighters as it is so shimmery and very flattering on my eyes.
I always use UDPP on my eyes for maximum pigmentation and use a flat shadder brush for the best control of the shadow.
This pallette also comes with a speaker and cables to connect it with your phone, so you can scan the code on the code card and watch the tutorials provided to create looks using the pallette. There is also a pocket and mirror so you can watch the tutorial and use the mirror instead of stuggling to carry a mobile, a pallette pocket and mirror at once. Your are also provided with a mini UDPP, a curling mascara which is AMAZING, and liquid eyeliner which I really did not like.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I am quite dissapointed I payed like 50 pounds which is quite a lot for a palette. I bought it online and I was super excited. But the colours are kind of the same as the other palettes so i am not really happy. If you dont have the other palettes then i recommend it however if you do it's not worth it.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Found it at Nordstrom Rack for 28 dollars! Half the price! Looking at the shadows, I owned both Naked palettes, so the netural shadows seemed a bit redundant, but I couldn't pass up the price markdown for more Urban Decay shadows.
I hate the packaging on their Book of Shadows line, it's cute but definitely unnecessary. The bottom drawer that holds the makeup was hard to pull out at first, but I loosened it up after a couple tries.
The shadows are buttery as always, although the only one that disappointed me was Blue Bus. I wanted it to be vibrant as it was in the pan, but it didn't really work for me, with or without primer.
The small sample of the mascara and the primer potion are wonderful! The primer potion is amazing, but I don't really like the mascara since it's a wet formula and weighs my lashes down, clumping them.
The full sized liquid eyeliner was my first try at Urban Decay's liquid eyeliners. The pen shaped packaging led me to believe that it was a felt tip eyeliner, which I would liked, but sadly I was mistaken. It's still very pigmented and dries quickly, with no smudging. The only thing is that when I remove it, it comes off in clumps and flecks of it still cover my eye.
All in all, I'd definitely purchase this again but not at the $60 price tag that it had when it was first released.