Friday, November 22, 2013

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case Review, Swatches and Photos

I have a love-hate relationship with Urban Decay...I love their products and formulations, but strongly dislike their packaging. Though I know distinctive packaging is a crucial part of branding, and Urban Decay's packaging is some of the most unique on the market, their packaging is almost always too bulky, gaudy ad cumbersome for my tastes. Even their custom build palettes seem too big and wasteful (in terms of materials and space) to me.

I was then, very pleasantly surprised when I received their Shattered Face Case, which I purchased during their Friends and Family 20% sale a few weeks back. Shattered has a very well designed case which fits all of the below in a neat 5" x 2.5" x 1" case:

- 5 new eye shadows in Shakedown, Remix, Nameless, Minor Sin and Bleach
- a full sized Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Lovechild
- a mini 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero
- two new blushes in Overexposed and Temper
- a highlighter in Glint
- two mirrors, one on each tier

Photos in natural light on NC 40 skin.

Shakedown, Remix, Nameless, Minor Sin and Bleach

Shakedown is a gun metal grey shimmer with a brown base, which translates to a dark, fairly neutral taupe. It has a shimmer but it's understated, which makes it look like a very luminous satin finish. The texture is a bit on the powdery side, but the pigmentation is good.

Remix is a medium dark purple shimmer, which neither leans red or blue. Like Shakedown, the finish is shimmery but not frosty. Again, the texture is on the powdery side but the pigmentation is good.

Nameless is a medium, warm toned grey-brown taupe. Like Shakedown and Remix it has a fine shimmer. Fantastic pigmentation on this shade and a creamy texture.

Minor Sin is a satin finish light pinky beige. Again, good pigmentation and a creamier texture.

Bleach is a light yellow beige matte finish, with excellent pigmentation and creamy texture. By far the least powdery shadow in the palette. It's a powder version of MAC's Soft Ochre Paint Pot.

Overexposed, Temper, Glint, Lovechild and Zero

Overexposed is a dusty rose blush, with good pigmentation and a finely milled, blendable texture. A great warm neutral blush which will look good on any skin tone.

Temper is a cool baby pink blush, again with good pigmentation and a finely milled, blendable texture. A great "pop" colour for the cheeks and universally good on all skin tones.

Glint is a warm, champagne beige highlighter with a strong frost/metallic finish. Because of it's heavy frost, I would recommend using it lightly with a duo fibre or fan brush for more natural results.

Lovechild is a cool, mid tone pink glossy lipstick. Good opaque pigmentation with a naturally glossy finish. This could double as a lovely cream blush too.

Zero is a dense neutral black eye liner with excellent staying power and a creamy texture which sets after a few seconds.

General Thoughts

I have to say I am very impressed with this palette - not only are the colours wearable and versatile, the actual physical design and dimensions of the kit has my approval. This palette could fit in most clutches! The shadows have a good tonal range and have enough neutral shades to truly make this wearable day or night. The inclusion of Remix also means you can do a more colourful look if you wish. Similarly, the inclusion of both a warm and cool toned blush also gives this palette a lot of flexibility.

This palette has enough product in it that you could build numerous different looks out of it, which makes it perfect for travel. I also appreciate that you can switch out the High Gloss Lip Color and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil for other shades in your stash.

Shattered Face Case is exclusively available on Urban Decay's website and retails for $44.00 USD. Urban Decay online also offers shipping to Canada.

Grade: A


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