We all know that Urban Decay are well known for their dramatic, bold hues of colour but many people were surprised to see the new Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette, as they’ve been concentrating on their Naked Collection in the last few years.
Was I surprised? No.
Let me explain..
I used to love vibrant eyeshadows around ten years ago and would regularly wear blues and greens, even during the day. However in recent years, I’ve almost felt too old for it and have become a boring neutrals girl, living in 50 shades of brown with the odd purple tone thrown in.
So yes, I was slightly nervous when this palette arrived, but it genuinely makes me smile every time I open it and I am ready to push myself out of this rut that I am currently stuck in.
Housed in beautiful, sturdy black packaging are 21 bold shades that reflect the spectrum of a rainbow; a variety of matte, shimmer and metallic shades.
Although I am not brave enough to try the yellow, on closer inspection I can see that the majority of these shades are wearable and day-time appropriate which is fab.
Sadly, the soft, buttery texture that Urban Decay is known for isn’t quite there, but with a good base and a dense blending brush, I can see past that. The pigmentation is decent and the shadows blend well, though some of them do kick up a fair amount of powder in the pan which I think is normal with many palettes.
The shade arrangement is very clever and takes the guess work out of creating a look. If, like me, you sometimes get overwhelmed when you open up a bright colourful palette, you’ll be pleased to see that each column has a trio of complementary shades, with the exception of the last row that goes from black to white.
These can be used together in a single look, but of course, if you want to experiment with colour, you can mix and match the shades in any way you want to.
I loved this look I created a couple of months ago using the Electric palette, and I’m now on a mission to create more wearable bold looks using this palette! If you are wanting an everyday eyeshadow palette then this probably wouldn’t be my first choice, however if you are a little more adventurous, I think this would definitely brighten up your collection.
It is available here for £43.