Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette Review


 Urban Decay have knocked it out of the park with this new release. A few days ago I opened my mail to see the Full Spectrum Palette* (£43) which launched this month, and is limited edition filled with 21 shades of their iconic eyeshadows. From bold and bright to matte white, this palette has you covered for creating looks with every colour. Urban Decay organised the shadows by colour family, thus creating a rainbow of ombré trios of pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples and wildcard row that goes from white to black. Either work within the colour-coordinated trios or mix it up and experiment with multiple shade groups at once. With 18 new shades, three exclusives from past palettes and a wide range of finishes, you can never run out of options.


Urban Decay actually launched a Spectrum palette in 2015 with limited quantities and apparently people went crazy for it when they couldn't get their hands on it. So for this year, they've launched the Full Spectrum Palette. They've upped the ante with their biggest, most colourful palette yet with different finishes and it's definitely intriguing to look at. From ultra smooth mattes like Midnight Blaze (black with yellow-gold pearl) and Calavera (a bright, pigmented yellow) to shimmer-laced shades like Faded (a super-dimensional lavender that's unlike anything they've ever made) and Iced (the perfect silver that sparkles). The palette has something for everyone and they even brought back a few fan favourites such as Alchemy from Vice 3, and two shades from the last Alice palettes; Hatter and Metamorphosis. The palette can be directly contrasted to the Urban Decay Electric Palette which is a ten shadow palette filled with saturated brights that are quite pigmented, but I think the Full Spectrum is better. It has more colours, I think it's more pigmented and the mixture of finishes really makes this palette.


The sleek black case is compact and glamorous, with tonal spectrum-like lines that alternate from matte to shiny and 'rainbowed-out', faceted UD jewel.  They equipped Full Spectrum with a huge mirror and double-ended brush. The tapered crease brush was created for laying down shadow, defining the crease or blending out colour. The shadow brush is used to pack on colour on the lid or do detailed shading. Since using the palette I've found that the brush didn't lay on as much colour as I'd like, so I press the shadows on with my finger then use the double-ended brush the blend it out. 

Each eyeshadow in the Full Spectrum Palette features Urban Decay's Pigment Infusion System, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every single shadow its velvety texture, rich colour, serious staying power and blendability. I'm so impressed with this palette and it most certainly exceeded my expectations. Since I loved the Electric palette so much, this has so many more shades in that I'll definitely be using this so much more. You can buy the palette for £43 from the Urban Decay website now.


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