Urban Decay Spectrum Palette:100 Days of Makeup Week 3 17

Urban Decay Spectrum Palette:100 Days of Makeup Week 3

I have two confessions.

Confession #1: I love color. Honestly, I have a harder time using neutral palettes than I do deeply colored ones, so it’s no surprise that when Urban Decay announced their Spectrum Palette back in the fall, I was very exited. Naked 1, 2, 3, onto oblivion is all well and good, but I crave color. So as soon as I could get my hands on the palette, I bought it, and I decided to use it for week 3 of my #100daysofmakeup and #paletteaweek challenges.

Not exactly a deep dark secret, but there you have it.

Confession #2: When I say I bought the palette, I meant to say I panicked and bought the palette. If you’ve been watching the makeup space, you’ll know that Urban Decay sent this beautiful palette out to bloggers (not me! I’m not that special, haha) and the like for promotion and review back in early to mid fall. It was lovely and everyone expected it to be a holiday palette that would compete with Kat Von D’s Mi Vida Loca palette (So.Beautiful.). Search for either palette online and you’ll find a ton of articles and discussions in forums about just which palette of the two to get. My answer now that I have both is both; they are not really alike although they both have a good color range. So you’d think that the Spectrum palette would have actually come out around the same time. Turns out not, but I didn’t know that. I thought I’d missed it! Clutching my Mi Vida Loca palette, somehow still sad without even more color in my life, I thought it had been such a limited holiday run that I’d missed it entirely. So when I saw it in Sephora in January/February, I panicked and bought it thinking that they just happened to have one. The reality, as I learned later, was that Urban Decay was just starting to roll it out then as a Sephora exclusive, and only now at the end of March have they even launched it on their own site. All that panic for nothing, but at least I have it!

Week 3: Urban Decay Spectrum Palette Mini-Review

So after all of that, how do I like it? It’s lovely! Much better than the Vice & Vice LTD palettes from last year. The palette has a cohesive color theme, but also some range, and most of the colors had really great color payoff.. This is another palette though where I was missing my neutral/skin tone shades though. There were some lighter shades for highlighting, but nothing to use as a base color or a brow highlight.

Best thing about the palette: So many beautiful colors and great color payoff for most of them.

Worst thing about the palette: Not all of the colors were as pigmented or nicely formulated as some of the others. The blues and greens – basically the top two rows – were amazing, but the rest of the palette varied. Also for a palette advertising itself as a spectrum and talked up as a competitor for the Mi Vida Loca (a literal color wheel), the range of colors isn’t that complete. No reds, oranges, or yellows in the whole palette which could have been amazing. Not a cream or black to be found either, though I’m a little more forgiving with this palette on that score than others simply because the point of it was color.

Favorite Shades: Deep End, Junkie, Madness, Protest, Omen, Daybreak, West, and Burn.

Disappointing Shades: Flashback, Bordello, Flatline, Voodoo.

Find a more in depth review at Temptalia.

Urban Decay Spectrum Palette Looks

This palette was great to work with, and although I used some of the Makeup Geek neutrals from Week 2 as a base, the looks were really created with all of the color I could handle.

#100daysofmakeup Look #14

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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Primer is Smashbox Cosmetics primer oil. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and Nars blush in orgasm.

Eye: Rapunzel and vanilla bean from Makeupgeek Cosmetic sas a base. Bordello in the crease, west in the outer corner, flatline all over the lid and inner corner, backlash on the outer third, and madness under the lower lash line with the Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper.

Lip: NYX Macaron lipstick in Violet. 💋

Comments: Pinks! I was a little disappointed with how much work it took to get some color payoff with backlash, bordello, and flatline, but I made it work! It really made the green of my eyes pop in photos which was a huge plus.

#100daysofmakeup Look #15


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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Primer is Smashbox Cosmetics primer oil. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and Makeup Geek Cosmetics blush in bliss.

Eye: Rapunzel and vanilla bean from Makeupgeek Cosmetics as a base. Primed with NYX cosmetics milk base, colors are madness in the crease, evidence and prank in the outer corner, deep end all over the lid, junkie on the outer third, and madness under the lower lash line with the Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper.

Lip: I actually don’t know what color this is which is tragic because it’s great! 💋

Comments: So basically I used all of the best colors in one look… Just kidding…kinda. Seriously though, the blues and greens are stellar. I put the milk base down, but I don’t think I needed it. These were so beautifully pigmented and textured.

#100daysofmakeup Look #16

 

Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Primer is Smashbox Cosmetics primer oil. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and Makeup Geek Cosmetics blush in bliss.

Eye: Rapunzel and vanilla bean from Makeupgeek Cosmetics as a base. Colors are madness in the crease and up toward the brow, bordello in the crease, flashback in the outer corner and under the bottom lash line, omen all over the lid, and flatline on the inner corner paired with Nyx Cosmetics studio liquid liner in extreme violet.

Lip: Kat Von D studded lipstick in Mercy with the Omen patted over the top. 💋

Comments: Omen is just the best color. Seriously. All I wanted to do was use this color for the rest of the week. I didn’t, but I seriously considered it.

#100daysofmakeup Look #17

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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Primer is Smashbox Cosmetics primer oil. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and Nars blush in orgasm.

Eye: Rapunzel and vanilla bean from Makeupgeek Cosmetics as a base. Bordello in the crease up toward the brow and under the bottom lid, burn in the crease, west in the outer corner, daybreak all over the lid, and flatline on the inner corner with the Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper.

Lip: Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipstick in bow & arrow. 💋

Comments: Although this was the least colorful look of the week, I really love it actually. The overall bronze look ended up highlighting some of my favorite colors in the palette like west, burn, and daybreak. Despite the lighting not being great, there’s something beautiful about the softness of the image. One day I’ll learn to do these things on purpose!

#100daysofmakeup Look #18

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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Primer is Smashbox Cosmetics primer oil. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and Urban Decay electric palette eyeshadow in urban as blush.

Eye: Rapunzel and vanilla bean from Makeupgeek Cosmetics as a base. Colors are daybreak in the crease up toward the brow, voodoo and flashback in the crease and under the bottom lid, protest and junkie on the lid, junkie on the inner corner, paired with Urban Decay Cosmetics 24hr waterproof liner in radium..

Lip: NYX wicked lippie in betrayal. 💋

Comments: I was trying to do something a little further out there, but I definitely didn’t have the right environment to photograph it. The lip came out super shiny and between the dark lip and eye, the white balance of the photo makes me look a little corpse-like! It looked pretty cool in person and I had a lot of fun using a non-typical color as a blush.

#100daysofmakeup Look #19

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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Primer is Smashbox Cosmetics primer oil. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and Makeup Geek Cosmetics blush in bliss.

Eye: Rapunzel and vanilla bean from Makeupgeek Cosmetics as a base. Colors madness in the crease, evidence, prank, and voodoo on the inner and outer corners, omen all over the lid, flatline in the center, and flashback under the lower lashline and in the crease paired with Urban Decay Cosmetics 24hr waterproof liner in bobby dazzle.

Lip: Kat Von D studded lipstick in Mercy with the Omen patted over the top. 💋

Comments: I love how frosty, yet saturated this turned out. I always love using pinks and purples with blue. It was a pretty perfect match to the KVD lipstick that has quickly become my favorite since I bought it.

#100daysofmakeup Look #20

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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Primer is Smashbox Cosmetics primer oil. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and Makeup Geek Cosmetics blush in bliss.

Eye: Rapunzel and vanilla bean from Makeupgeek Cosmetics as a base. Nyx cosmetics milk used as a base. Colors are west and burn above the crease, and deep end all over the lid paired with Urban Decay Cosmetics 24hr waterproof liner in bobby dazzle above the crease and Kat Von D tattoo liner at the lashline.

Lip: Kat Von D studded lipstick in magick. 💋

Comments: This look which is a little outside of my comfort zone in terms of technique was presented as a challenge by a friend of mine to reproduce the look below by @cinda.beauty. This was so much fun to try, and while it’s not the most amazing cut crease ever, it wasn’t as hard as I thought to do and will get a lot easier with more practice. Challenges like this are definitely an awesome way to learn.

 

What did I Learn?

  1. Take a chance on the colors you’re ignoring: This isn’t the first time I’ve been surprised to fall in love with some of the colors in a palette I thought might be somewhat underwhelming. As I said in the beginning, I love color, so I often shy away from using some of the more tan/brown shades. If I’d done that I wouldn’t have learned how much I really do like the whole bottom row of this palette.
  2. Take on challenges: It was super fun to take on a challenge to reproduce a look based only on a picture. It’s a totally different process from watching a tutorial. I think more than anything it showed me that I have enough knowledge to be able to break down a look and at least approximate how to create it, but is a confidence boost in itself!

What about you?

  1. Any colors that you found yourself loving that you didn’t expect?
  2. Any advice for me? Any advice I can give?
  3. Want to give me a challenge?

That’s it for today. Later!