I’ve always been a fan of Urban Decay. The first eyeshadow palette I ever bought back in 2009 was the Book Of Shadows Vol II palette and I haven’t looked back – the only proper palettes I’ve ever owned in my life have been either Urban Decay or Morphe.
Recently I’ve been getting really into bright and weird makeup and was after the NYX Ultimate Brights palette, but my Boots has only just got a NYX counter and the eyeshadow range consists of exactly three palettes, which is disappointing to say the least. I’d popped into Debenhams to pick up one of the new MAC Colour Rocker lipsticks and ended up walking out with not only lipstick, but the UD Full Spectrum palette too.
First off, the packaging is pretty standard Urban Decay – a nice outer box with a description of the palette and a picture of all the shades. The palette itself is sturdy plastic with a decent-sized mirror, always one of the reasons I love Urban Decay. I am absolutely in love with the design of the palette itself – the faceted rainbow jewel design on the lid had me screaming at my housemate about how pretty it is.
Something that fuels my obsession with organisation is how the shadows are arranged in ombre rows by colour. This makes it really easy to create a look that is based on one colour family, or easy to mix and match shades which go together.
The Full Spectrum palette features 18 brand new shades and three returning shades from other palettes. One thing I didn’t realise when I bought it was that one of the returning shadows is Alchemy – my favourite and most-used colour from my Vice 3 palette – so I was buzzing when I realised it was in the Full Spectrum palette.
The shadows are all really easy to blend, however my one small complaint is they aren’t as pigmented as they could be. This is quite fixable by using a wet brush, but that is a pain in the arse sometimes. I wish the colour payoff was slightly better, but there is very little fallout and all the colours are gorgeous so it’s only a slight annoyance.
The brush that comes with the palette is nice to use. I always prefer double-ended brushes for their ease, and this one makes it easy to both pack and blend colour, although I’ve been using it along with a couple of Eco Tools brushes I bought to really blend easily.
Some of my favourite shades in the palette are Gossip (the brightest pink), Hatter (the mid-green), Metamorphosis (a sky blue) and Seize (a pale red). Something that concerned me when I bought it was the number of shimmery shades, as I hate shimmers, but most of them come off more metallic in real life and the amount of shimmer is something even I can cope with. Plus, I’ve been really liking the shimmers as inner corner highlights when I’ve been creating bold looks.
Swatches left to right: Delirious, Blindsided, Mean, Calavera, Gossip. No primer used.
These shadows are really buildable – finger swatches without a primer come out pretty bright but the brush picks up less colour when used dry. Below is a look I created using Mean, Metamorphosis, Blindsided, Hatter and Gossip. Lips were done using MAC Colour Rocker Lipstick in Deep With Envy with eyeshadow shades Heroine, Dragon and Bobby Dazzle from the Vice 3 palette pressed on top.
The Full Spectrum palette retails for £43, however is now on sale in Debenhams for £30.