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5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails – Urban Decay Palettes

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes

One of my favourite brands is Urban Decay. They are always coming out with something new and exciting that gets a lot of hype in the makeup community.

Most of the time their shadows are completely awesome, cult faves and sometimes they just don’t do well and underperform.

Here is a round up of 5 Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes that are either HOLY GRAILS or HOLY FAILS. Thanks for stopping by!


Moondust

Result: FAIL

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes

Price: $49.00 CAD (always on sale)

Found at: Sephora

Findings:

I’m starting this off with the palette that is always on sale. Moondust is exciting to look at. It’s truly mesmorizing with the sparkly vibrant colours. It really makes you think, I need this in my life.

Then you get home and the regret sets in. I spent $50 on a palette that I can maybe use 2-3 times a year realistically. New Years, Halloween, maybe another holiday too? These are foiled eyeshadows so I do expect them to be difficult to work with, probably requiring a glitter primer to work best, so I don’t think I am going in with high expectations.

Seriously, Urban Decay? This is a crumbly mess. I tried to apply with a concealer brush and ended up with crumbly glitter all over my face. I tried to swatch it and it pretty much fell apart. This, in my opinion, is a complete waste of money.

Go and get some glitter and glue from NYX if a super sparkly eye is what you want. Otherwise, learn from my mistakes and hard pass on this one.


Beached

Result: GRAIL

5 Holy GRAILS and Holy FAILS: Urban Decay Palettes

Price: $45.00 CAD

Found at: Ulta

Findings:

I went back and forth in my head above this palette. Did I really need it? It is only 8 shades, how many looks could I do? I eventually caved in.

I love that this has some gold, copper, red and blue tones in it, which makes it very easy to incorporate into any eye look. All of the colours pack a ton of pigment and glide on super smooth.

The shade “double dip” is absolutely one of the most beautiful blues that I have ever seen. I love smudging this one on my lower lash line to amp up my eye look.

My biggest complaint about this palette is that it has 1 matte shade. 1. Matte. Shade. What were you thinking Urban Decay? This makes about 1 or 2 looks achievable from this palette.

If I want to create more looks, I have to pull from other palettes and that is kind of a bummer.


Born to Run

Result: GRAIL

5 Holy GRAILS and Holy FAILS: Urban Decay Palettes

Price: $59.00 CAD

Found at: Sephora and Ulta

Findings:

This one really surprised me. At first, when I looked at the colours, I didn’t think that this was going to be a hit. There is a huge variety of colours, so you can really make any look out of this palette.

This is one of the biggest Urban Decay palettes with 21 shades in it. You can have a large variety of eye looks. I love that there are many matte and shimmer shades in it, so that you can create a full look without having to pull from another palette.

All of the colours in this palette are super pigmented and blend able. I really expected these to be chalky but they outperformed my expectations.

The rest of the Born to Run collection wasn’t as awesome, as I felt that it was unimaginative and colours we have already seen. You can see my full review on the collection here.

I really like the versatility and size of this palette for travel. I usually take my Naked palettes for travel but I will definitely be replacing them with this one for my future travels!

My only complaint is that you have to lean the mirror on something, it doesn’t have a hinge so it just lays flat. I wish that there was a hinge in the packaging for this palette.


Naked Heat

Result: FAIL

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes

Price: $66.00 CAD

Found at: Sephora and Ulta

Findings:

This is another palette that I was excited for, and I bought it during a pre-sale. Which led to stalking the mailman, you can read about that here.

Anyways, after a bit of playing, I found that this palette is unimaginative and similar. Every shade is similar and create the same muddy type of look. I feel like this is one that I would like to revisit but wearing these colours aren’t the most flattering on me. I’m thinking that this palette may be the perfect compliment to the Beached palette. (Hello Blues and Reds?)

I don’t feel that this should be in the Naked collection, as I associate that with being neutral colours that pull slightly off of different colours schemes, this should have been the Heat collection. No Naked association.

I feel that this is a FAIL because they misled us by grouping this in with the other Naked palettes.


Naked 3

Result: GRAIL

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes

Price: $66.00 CAD

Found at: Sephora and Ulta

Findings:

What Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette review would be complete without a mention of a Naked palette? I love my Naked palettes (referring to Naked, Naked2 and Naked3 only here-Heat you are not a Naked palette).

I’m picking Naked 3 as my all-time favourite Naked palette, simply because when I’m lazy and want something effortless, this is the one that I reach for the most often. That is very apparent by how many colours in this that I have hit pan in.

I love the rose-gold undertones and that there is such a good selection of colours that you really can make a TON of different eye looks with this palette. This is a cult fave and a holy grail for all the good reasons.

Out of all the palettes, I am going to pick this one as the OG die hard, best Urban Decay palette made.


Which eyeshadow palette is your fave? If you only had to take one, which would it be?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Check out my round-up of Summer 2018 Eyeshadow Palettes here.

Check out some of my previous HOLY GRAIL and HOLY FAIL series below:

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Drybar Hair Care

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Skincare

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Foundation

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes

4 thoughts on “5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails – Urban Decay Palettes”

  1. I heard you’re supposed to apply Moondust with your fingertips, like the brand actually suggests it. I tried applying one of the shades from my friend’s palette with a brush and it was a terrible time.

  2. Naked heat works well on darker skin. All my dark skinned friends use it and say it’s perfect naked pallet.
    Also you definitely need to apply moon dust with your fingers like the product says. It can be used for everyday but in a subtle way I think

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