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OK, I am a few months late with Urban Decay’s Electric palette and this is in spite of buying it on the day it was released but it makes a change to visit something after the mad flurry for swatches on other beauty blogs.
I wanted to take my time with this product, which is why it was buried in my drawer, waiting for the ideal opportunity to break into.
The Electric Palette is not for the weak, it’s not for the whimsical-floating-on-a-cloud lot either. That’s what the Naked palettes are for. Electric is a chaotic and insane palette of acid tones, neon shades and bright colours – it’s crack for eye-make-up addicts.
It’s about time Urban Decay stepped away from the comfort zone and done something spectacular and Electric signals the move to be bold and play bold.
Some will argue these kind of colours have already been done by Sleek but I’ve not been convinced by some of their palettes because their quality doesn’t measure up. Let’s be straight about this, Urban Decay makes the finest, most buttery soft and blendable eyeshadows. Eye make-up takes on a whole new meaning in fact.
With such faith in Urban Decay and with my devotion to the brand, I had big hopes for Electric. The packaging alone is brilliant – robust, slick and solid.
Open it up and you’re met with 10 pressed pigments, which aren’t limited to the eyes only. Urban Decay boasts of a new and special formula created to make these intense shades, which are a mix of shimmers, glitters and mattes. You can adjust some of these shades to work as eyeliners, blushers and lips – even on hair too.
As I explained, I’m a lover of Urban Decay eyeshadows, but this is the first time I feel let down by some of the shades. You see, the results vary with a handful of them falling foul.
I used six shades to create this look:
These were Thrash (bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl), Fringe (teal), Gonzo (turquoise matte), Chaos (royal blue), Urban (metallic purple) and Jilted (metallic fuschia with blue shift).
The one colour I struggled repeatedly with was Thrash. It faded away almost immediately upon application and I delicately patted it on with a brush. I know anything yellow is usually difficult to work with when it comes to eye make-up but Thrash by Urban Decay’s high standards didn’t cut the mustard – even with the use of a primer. As for blending, it was a nightmare to attempt it when Thrash withered away so quickly. (By the way, all pictures were taken in natural daylight.)
I discussed this with the wife, Leanne and she suggested I use NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk to allow the powdery glitter shadow to stick to it. Usually I use Milk but on this occasion I didn’t think I would need to. Any way, I will try it, if anything it will create a neutral base for the colours to pop.
The remaining colours I used are classic UD, easy to blend and beyond beautiful with Gonzo my favourite because I am a total sucker for anything turquoise.
Interestingly I had been told by a few (and read some posts too) that the shades stain the skin even with a primer but I didn’t find this to be the case. The products came off effortlessly with a micellar water cleanser.
It’s a dynamic, blow-your-mind palette but it comes with some teething problems. I’m going to attempt to work around these because I’m in love with the colours and am determined to get along famously with them. I would like to know what your thoughts on working with Electric are. Disappointing or out of this world?
Electric will set you back by £38, which equates to £3.80 per colour.
I think it’s safe to assume there were a lot of happy faces at Christmas with many of you finding a Naked 3 palette in your stockings. A part of me feels guilty for relegating 1 and 2 to the back in favour of this but it’s so fiiiiine. I have been really enjoying using the Naked 3 palette with my absolute favourite shade being the sexy and dark Blackheart (I can see me hitting the pan on this one).
Here’s a smoky look I did recently. I used UD’s Primer Potion in Sin with its champagne coloured base and patted on the pink Buzz over the lids and the russet Trick in the inner eye corners before smoking out with Blackheart.
These pictures were taken after 7 hours wear so it’s a very good indication of Urban Decay eyeshadows’ lasting power.
Which shades do you gravitate towards on Naked 3? Are there any unusual combinations you’ve come up with this palette? Do let me know!