Hey everyone, happy Monday! What better way to celebrate the beginning of a new week with some colors right? I laid my hands on the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette very recently. I am not going to review this palette in full because it’s old news, but with the “new” eyeshadows coming out, I would like to share my thoughts on the ones that are available as individual eyeshadows with you. I also got Rockstar as an individual shadow, so you’ll know what you can expect packaging-wise!
The shades in the 15th Anniversary Palette that are available as individual eyeshadows now are Midnight Rodeo, Vanilla, Evidence, Blackout, and Chase. They were brand-new and exclusive to the palette when they came out, but have become popular enough to be purchased individually. Want to see why they’re such charmers? Read on to find out!
Midnight Rodeo is a beautiful taupy-brown… with silver glitter. The color payoff is excellent with this one. It feels almost creamy, and I would advise you not put too much pressure on your brush/fingertip when you swatch/use it. As much as I love the base color, I have not yet plucked up enough courage to try it on my lids, as I am more or less sure there is going to be quite a bit of glitter fallout. It’s the same story with Sidecar from the Naked palette all over again. I use it once in a blue moon just because the glitter is not so much fun to deal with, and as far as I can tell Midnight Rodeo has way more glitter than Sidecar or Chopper.
Vanilla is a pale yellowish white gold. The color payoff is again very good with this one. I think it’s a great shade for highlighting the inner corners as well as for the inner third/half of the lids.
Evidence is a dark navy blue with a beautiful sheen. Texture-wise however, it doesn’t seem to work as well as the others. It is a bit harder, and it doesn’t pack as much pigment as most other shades in the palette. It takes some building-up for it to show the pan color on the lids. I do kind of wonder if I just got a bad batch though, as I haven’t read about many similar complaints.
Chase is a highly metallic golden broze. The quality of this one is out of the world. I can tell you in all honestly that if I don’t have this palette and I get to swatch this, I would purchase it individually. The fact that it’s a golden bronze helps, but quality-wise it’s definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen as well!
Blackout is a matte black that has since made it into Naked2. I personally don’t use a lot of black, but it is a solid matte one that’s easy enough to work with.
Here you see Midnight Rodeo, Vanilla, Evidence, Chase, and Blackout swatched.
Just in case you want something even better-focused, here are Midnight Rodeo, Vanilla, and Evidence.
Chase and Blackout:
I’ve been drooling over Rockstar forever, and I decided to purchase it as a single eyeshadow also to check out the new packaging.
I quite like the packaging, including the box it came in. I do own some old-style Urban Decay single eyeshadows (though they have long been depotted to fit into my MAC palette), and I think the new ones are definitely more modern-looking.
The idea is that you open up the compact and push the pan out from the bottom. If you don’t want to lay a towel out for the process, I would advise you to do it with the other hand strategically positioned around the edge, just so that it doesn’t pop out and fall. It’s easy enough.
In terms of color, Rockstar is a smoked-out eggplant purple with some shimmer (I see pink and blue) and sheen. The texture and color payoff are again excellent!
I mean just look at this! The swatch was done with me running my finger across the pan twice!
Bottom line: I have always been impressed with most Urban Decay eyeshadows, and most of these do live up to my expectations. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t repurchase the old eyeshadows I already have, because I believe the difference would be minimal. At the moment I am not interested in the palette, because it is pricey, and purchasing it does not give you any discount for the eye shadows (that and I don’t feel the need for Walk of Shame nor the brush). I am still waiting for those factors to be changed as well as being able to buy for example an 8-pan or 10-pan palette to reconsider. In the meantime however, there are definitely some more single eyshadows I would like to check out!
Have you tried any Urban Decay’s new eyeshadows? Are there any out of the six that you might consider purchasing individually? If not, what shades from their new line catch your eye?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
PS: I know this palette is again available on Sephora.com. If there are shades that you would like to see me swatch, please leave a comment down below and I will happily comply! To be honest though, with the individual eyeshadows going for 18 dollars a pop, as long as you are sure you will like more than three eyeshadows from the palette, it would be a good deal! I purchased it because I want to play with colors that I don’t yet own, and would otherwise not purchase on their own.