Where the heck is the fallout? RIGHT? If you’re an Urban Decay fan, you expect a little fallout — OK, a ton of fallout — when you’re working with their eyeshadows. You just learn to live with it…
At least I have. At least most people I know who love and use the brand have in the past. I mean, it’s no big whoop if you do your eyes first and cleanup later, but wouldn’t it be a nice option to just, like, be able to do your eyes and not have to worry about dealing with massive amounts of stray eyeshadow? The $55 Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette, which is part of the brand’s holiday collection and houses a bevvy of shimmery metallics, gives you that option.
I don’t know what happened over at UD, but a few of their recent eyeshadow palettes have exhibited very little fallout, including this one, and it’s been awesome. They’ve totally “leveled up” their eyeshadow game.
The eyeshadows in this palette have a completely new formula, and it’s exclusive to this palette. (I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if they eventually added it to the permanent line.)
There are 20 shadows, with brights on one side, neutrals on the other, and they’re all completely new colors. New formula. New, new, new, new, new!
The shadows have a foiled effect, meaning that when you pat them on with a finger or brush, they’re super shiny — not glossy, as in a wet way, but shiny like chrome or tinfoil.
Most of the time to get that intensely shiny, foiled effect with shadows you have to apply them wet. This palette removes that step. You can do a dry application, and it’s just as shiny as a wet one.
You can also apply them wet, of course, and they look super cool, but really, I don’t see that much of a difference them whether I do a wet or dry application. Either way, there’s lots of pigment and lots of shine, and they blend like a dream.
There’s just a teeny, tiny bit of fallout, but whatever, clean that ish up and move on with your life. That’s all you’ve gotta do.
FYI, some of the chunkier eyeshadows, like Anglefire, for example, have larger chunks of glitter, so you’ll want to swipe those (or, for some reason, I wanna say “whisk” because I have cooking on my brain) rather than pat them on if you really want to see the metallic finish, because if you pat to apply the chunky ones, you’ll end up with more of the bigger pieces of glitter left.
Patting works fine for the other shadows, though, like Afterparty. They end up super shiny. I’ve got Afterparty (which I love!) on my lids in this look. Afterparty is like a rusty red, which sounds scary, but it isn’t at all. It has hints of copper, which I think make it more wearable.
I’m also wearing Demo mixed with Base on the lower lash line, Glory in the inner corner, and Roadie on the outer third of my lid.
Brace yourself before you open this palette for the first time because — tra-la-la! — Urban Decay changed the packaging. The tray with the shadows and mirror slides completely out of the case now, and when you slip it back into the case, you’ll hear a “click” when it locks into place.
Thing is, the locking mechanism isn’t very strong… I’ve had the tray slide out and fall on the floor a couple times (nothing broke, thank goodness), so I might put a rubber band around the outside.
Even with the funky packaging, I adore this palette. I think UD has another winner. It’s easy and fun.
The Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette is $55 and available now (you can also find it at Sephora, and it’ll be coming to Ulta on October 29th).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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