Friday, 2 December 2016

A Review of Urban Decay's Beautiful Rainbow Offering - the Full Spectrum Palette

Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette
  When I first saw the Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette, I immediately fell in love. There were such beautiful colours, it was so well presented, and the sheer beauty of how well the whole thing was put together just made me want it immediately.

  However, I just wasn't sure as to how much I would actually use it. That being said, the only other palette I own from Urban Decay, the Naked Basics 2, was one that I just didn't see myself using all that much and has instead become the palette I pick up more than any other and so when I saw that this palette had been reduced I just had to go out and buy it myself.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette box
 The Full Spectrum palette is a limited edition set featuring 21 beautiful colours - 17 of which are exclusive colours to this set. It comes presented in this beautiful box, which feels luxury from the moment you get your hands on it.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette case
 This is the outside of the palette. The box is a bit larger than I was expecting it to be but feels solid and well made. It features this brightly coloured raised logo which again makes the product feel very luxury - even my boyfriend liked the outside of this. He's not normally even remotely interested in any of the beauty products I buy, but when he saw me handling this box he came straight on over to see what it was. He really liked the outside of this and said he didn't even want to know how much it had cost - well, actually nowhere near as much as you may think, but we'll get onto that!

Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette
 Here are the beautiful shades themselves. As you can see there is a full rainbow of colours featuring three different tones to each colour. This is perfect for people like me who don't already own a million shades as it makes it incredibly easy to know what to wear together. If you want to create the perfect blended eye, use them from top to bottom to create a full look. If you want to create a bright and vibrant look, go for the middle row. More subtle? Take the bottom. A master of the shadowed look? The top row is for you. And of course, if you're more talented than that, mix and match as much as you see fit!

Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette

Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette
 The box hinges open nicely and keeps itself upright. The inside of the lid is a large mirror which is of course very helpful - although due to the size of this palette, it's unlikely to be something you're really going to be carrying around with you!

Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette
 Even the brush that comes with this palette is beautiful and fits right in with the rest of the box.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette brush
 It's a double ended brush and, unusually for a palette, is actually really good quality. I will personally be making great use of this side of it, but I love the inclusion of a double ended one as it means you can create great looks straight from the beginning if this is your first higher end palette and you don't already own your own set of brushes. Normally brands include cheap awful brushes that you can't really do anything with and so I appreciate the inclusion of a brush that you can actually really work with.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette
 Here's another look at the colours themselves. My personal favourite is Mean, as it's a beautiful more subtle green that I think will work well for more of an every day look. Metamorphosis is another beautiful colour in a more unusual shade of blue, and Iced is a colour that I didn't really think I'd like but I now see as a colour that I'll be able to incorporate into a lot of different colours.

I will say one more thing about this palette that may be a bit of a turn off for some of you but was actually a really big positive for me - the colours aren't quite as terrifyingly bright as some may look. You can build them up to that amount, but most of the colours do not immediately go straight onto your eyelids in neon bursts. For me, this is actually a really big positive - it actually means I'm much more likely to use the colours, as as much as I like looking at bright looks on other people it's not something I can personally get away with all that often. If the neon bursts ARE more your thing, then perhaps this palette isn't the one for you unless you're prepared to spend the time building the colours up.

Another thing to keep in mind is the size - this is a good size palette, which means you're probably not going to want to carry it around with you. If you tend to apply your make up on the brush or at work, then this probably won't work for you as well as just owning smaller, more individual colours or palettes. That being said, if you do choose to take it around with you, it's a very well made box and there's absolutely no risk of it coming open and filling your purse with a dusting of purple glitter.

Overall though, I really love this palette. I think it's just so beautiful, and in a strange sort of way it actually makes me feel happy to look at it. I don't have the space to own as many smaller palettes as I used to and as such I love having a collection like this which includes a lot of different colours that are already nicely paired up and matched for me to be able to use. I like how it's set out and it actually inspires me to look at it - I don't normally wear make up that often and when I do I've become boring and tend to stick to more natural colours and so I've loved this palette for the fact that it encourages me to take a look at it in the morning and sort of pick out which colour I'm most drawn to on that day and work from there. I really like that some of the colours are softer and though I don't typically use more shimmery shades, I've found that the ones in this palette really work for me.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette
I bought my palette from John Lewis as it is currently selling it for the lowest price - you can buy it here for £38.70!

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