The Urban Decay Elements Palette featured in this post was provided for editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own.
The Urban Decay Elements Palette is the latest eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay and, as the kids say, I’m shook!
From what I understand, shook means to be surprised or shocked. And I am! The texture of these shadows is unlike anything I’ve seen from Urban Decay to date. There are 3 mattes and 16 shimmery shades within.
I will say this set of 19 eyeshadows is visually stunning from the outer packaging to the actual choices of the eyeshadow shades. This foiling is eye catching!
The Urban Decay Elements Palette is inspired by the four elements of the earth, which are water, fire, air and earth. As you can see by the design of the palette, all the shadows revolve around a shimmery white shade inspired by the moon right in the middle called Luna. Here’s a closer look at the shadows.
The reason I’m feeling all kind of shook over this palette? The textures! Urban Decay’s shadows run the gamut when it comes to texture and color payoff. This is the first time ever I’ve seen Urban Decay release a palette with those interesting cream/silicone-y feeling eyeshadows. They remind me of the eye colors in the Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes , Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette, Flesh Palette and the shimmery shades in the Makeup Revolution The Emily Edit The Wants palette.
For this look I used Tectonic in the outer corner of my lid, Heavy Water on the inner corner, Fortune Teller in the Middle, Luna on the tear duct and Volcanic on my lower lid with Sapphire Dream as the liner.
In my opinion, this isn’t a bad thing, but it also makes me wonder – is this the direction the beauty industry is headed in? Is this the texture we can expect from the upcoming Urban Decay Naked Cherry collection? These shadows are, for lack of a better term, cheap! The difference between these shadows and the ones in the recent Urban Decay Born To Run eyeshadow palette are vast!
With that being said, I will tell you two things: a) The price of $52 is a tad bit high, so wait until the Urban Decay Elements palette marked down a bit if you’re interested, b) I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I like the color intensity and payoff of these shadows. They’re intense in a way I kind of wished the Born To Run shadows had been!
My Final Thoughts: The Urban Decay Elements Palette surprised me in many ways! I do like this palette but do think it’s a bit overpriced – keep an eye on it and wait for coupon codes if you’re interested in making a purchase.
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