The Urban Decay Shattered Face Case ($44) is one of two new Urban Decay offering for their Holiday 2013 Collection. The other Face Case is Anarchy (cool toned) and I’ve heard not as good quality. I chose the Shattered palette based on expert advice from my blogger friends Beauty Blogging Junkie and Phyrra. They both knew the highly wearable and mostly neutral shades in Shattered would suit my tastes and they are absolutely right! These Face Cases contain everything you need for lips, eyes, and cheeks in a two tier palette that travels well and is small enough to tote in your makeup bag. Not only is this palette convenient, but the shades are very well coordinated for an easy no-brainer look on a busy morning.
As you can tell (I hope) the case itself is supposed to resemble a shattered mirror or perhaps shattered glass. I had trouble getting the lighting correct to fully demonstrate the effect but I hope you can see a little bit of dimension in the picture; if not, just go with it please Each tier has a mirror AND the lip crayon travels to both upper and lower tiers–very thoughtful UD! This edgy but practical packaging gets an A from this teacher.
All of the shades in the Shattered palette are new and exclusive. I hate brands that keep using the same two or three shades over and over in palettes. The idea that the Shattered palette was totally new (with the exception of the liner in Zero) got me a little verklempt.
Each palette contains five eyeshadows–0.03 oz in size (quite generous considering single UD eyeshadows are 0.05 oz) a mini 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil, a full Size Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Pencil, and two blushes and a highlighter. Urban Decay doesn’t sell single powder blushes (the Naked Flushed palette has some), but I hope that will change soon as I really like the two in the Shattered palette.
The first tier of the palette houses:
- Nameless (medium gray brown satin) (exclusive)
- Remix (rich purple shimmer with tonal micro glitter) (exclusive)
- Shakedown (rich brown gunmetal satin) (exclusive)
- Minor Sin (champagne pink satin) (exclusive)
- Bleach (yellow beige matte) (exclusive)
Nameless is a beautiful warm, gray/brown with a nice satin finish–not too shimmery. It reminds me a bit of MAC Satin Taupe, though for me, Satin Taupe has more purple in it. It pairs very will the the next shade, Remix. Remix is what originally drew me to this palette; it’s a plummy purple with pink undertones and a slight bit of micro-glitter. I needed to dab my eyeshadow brush into this shade more than Nameless and Shakedown because the texture is slightly harder, but still easy enough to work with. Shakedown, to my eye is a medium bronze with warm, golden metallic sheen. These are the types of shades I live for! Minor Sin is a pale pink shimmer that works wonderfully as a brow highlighter or on the inside corner of the eye. Bleach is a yellow beige matte that blends into my skin perfectly so I could not get a shot of it with camera to save my life! I think the texture of this one is a bit powdery but it still performs well. The texture of the shadows are soft and buttery and the color payoff is fantastic. Remix is slightly harder than the rest, and Bleach is a tiny bit powdery but that would definitely not dissuade me from this palette.
For this look I used Minor Sin on the brow bone, Nameless on the lid and Remix in the crease. I also used Zero to line and finished with two coats of tarte’s Light, Cameras, Flashes Statement mascara (reviewed here).
Urban Decay Travel Size 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero (black cream)
I have a bone to pick with you Urban Decay! Remember how I was saying that I get über annoyed when brands continue to use the same eyeshadow shades in palettes? Well, ENOUGH with the black zero eyeliner!!! None of us need another black eyeliner!! I would have much preferred a gray or brown or SOMETHING different! ‘Nuf said.
Full Size Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Lovechild (cool pink cream)
Love, love, love this lip color! The texture is amaze-balls, it glides on like Johnny Weir on skates. It has glossy shine and lasted for a good four hours on me! I usually can’t wear cool toned lippies, but this one works like a charm (an ice skating charm).
Wait!…. There’s more!… On to the second tier:
- Overexposed (dusty rose) (exclusive)
- Temper (soft baby pink) (exclusive)
- Glint (soft pink champagne shimmer) (exclusive)
Both of the blushes are smooth and silky and very wearable. Overexposed looks somewhat nude in the pan but it’s a lovely warm dusty rose shade that is perfect for fall. On my warmer skin tone is has an orange undertone. Temper is a cool baby pink and was a little harder to work with than Overexposed. Both wore extremely well and have good pigmentation. Glint is a gorgeous warm golden beige with a frosted finish. I thought it was a cream product at first, because the texture is that good! With a light hand it warms up the skin and brings an instant glow to the skin. As with any highlighter, just don’t over do it–especially if you have large pores.
Bottom Line: The Urban Decay Shattered Face Case Palette is a winner! The quality is outstanding, the packaging unique AND practical, the shades highly wearable and the value incredible! I am very glad to have this handy palette in my collection, it’s great for weekend trips as well as busy mornings (are there any other kind?)
Prime Beauty Grade: A