Friday, September 21, 2012

UD Black Palette + FOTN

Colors are much darker in person.

"A gorgeous palette of eyeshadow... dipped in black. Dangerous sparkly-shift jewel tones and a sooty, blacker-than-black matte.

This provocative, stimulating palette of sexy black-based shades comes in a compact so dangerously cool, you'll want to put it on display. Everything you need to create a range of alluring looks (from a smudged rocker eye to a chic cat eye) is packed inside, as well as a built in mirror for on-the-go touch ups." (Urban Decay)

The compact sleek packaging of the Black Palette houses 6 shadows (.04 oz each), a travel sized 24/7 Gilde-On Eye Pencil in Zero (.03 oz) and a mini sized primer potion in Eden (.13 fl oz). It's conveniently sized for traveling. The shadows apply evenly and smoothly while offering great pigmentation which didn't come as a surprise, this is what the UD shadows are most famous for. All the shadows are packed with flecks of glitter with the exception of Black Dog. Since these are pigmented dark shadows I do recommend tapping off the excess or applying a base before applying your eyeshadow.

NOTE: colors in pictures of the palette are not true, they appear a bit lighter. (Blame it on bad lighting)

Color Descriptions:

  • Black Dog is a dark black matte shadow. (Does not contain any glitter. Glitter seen in swatch is fallout glitter) It is very intense, these pictures don't do it justice. (See pics of swatches down below)
  • Barracuda is a steel grey with flecks of grey glitter. 
  • Jet is a dark purple with blue glitter flecks. (ShugaAndSpice favorite)
  • Sabbath is a dark blue with blue fleck of glitter. (ShugaAndSpice favorite)
  • Cobra is a deep antique gold. When swatched it looks as if its a black base with gold flecks of glitter.
  • Libertine is a darkened base with green glitter. My least favorite of the palette, instead a nice transitional color would have benefited in its place.

Color close-ups
All in all I am of a fan of the palette but just when it comes to the individual colors.  I do think that they missed out on including some transitional colors themselves. We all know that no smokey look is complete without  a transition color so that it is smokey yet soft at the same time. It doesn't seem worth having both Cobra and Libertine as part of the palette since they are so close in color when applied. It appears they're a black base with flecks of gold and green glitter. I also wouldn't use more than 2 colors together on a smokey eye, actually the only 2 colors I would use in one look is any one shadow with a pop of Black Dog on the outer v or lashline of my eye. As with any dark smokey eye, I apply a dark base before applying my shadow, whether it be cream liner or pencils. NYX's jumbo eye pencils work great for this purpose. My favorites for smokey eyes are Black Bean and Knight.

For my FOTN I used Black Bean and layered Cobra over it. I made this smokey look a bit more dramatic by popping on a bright red toned lip which was made up of a few colors. (See details below)

UD 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Zero)

UD 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Comparison (Zero & Perversion)

The palette comes with a travel-sized 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Zero. It is described as a zealous black. Initially swatch, one would assume it's pretty much a deep black but swatched next to Perversion, you'd think twice. If you're looking for a very deep black matte liner, then Perversion will become your new best friend. I posted a review on Perversion not too long ago. (Click here to check out that post)


Left to right: Black dog, Barracuda, Jet, Sabbath, Cobra, Libertine
No flash
Left to right: Black dog, Barracuda, Jet, Sabbath, Cobra, Libertine
With flash
Shirt: F21 / Belt: J Crew / Shorts: Express / Earrings: F21 / Necklace: F21 / Shoes: Steve Madden

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Concealer (medium)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NW20 & NW22)
Amazing Cosmetics Concealer (medium golden)
Airspun Loose Face Powder (translucent)
MUD Cosmetics Bronzer (endless summer)
theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer Bronzer
Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten (apricot berry)
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter -- inner corner of eyes, top of cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupid's bow

MUFE Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector (0)
Ardell Brow Powder (taupe)
Great Lash Clear Mascara

UDPP (eden)
Physician's Formula Organic Wear Mascara (ultra black) -- top lashes
Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara (very black) -- bottom lashes
NYX Jumbo Pencil (black bean)
UD Black Palette (cobra) -- eyelid
Wet n Wild Coloricon Palette (comfort zone) -- brown crease & green crease for outer v
NYX Eyeshadow (highlight) -- browbone highlight

Covergirl Lip Perfection Liner (passion)
Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color (cherry picking) -- outer ends of lips
Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color (purty persimmon) -- center of lips
Covergirl Lip Perfection (hot) -- used to blend all colors together
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter -- center of lips for fuller effect

Pricing & Availability: On sale for $16, original $36 @ Urban Decay

*Products shown here were purchased by me. I am not being sponsored or paid to review these products.*


  1. the make up with the high bun is so chic!

  2. So pretty! Such perfect shades for Fall!

    ox from NYC!


  3. thanks! I use the 50mm lens for the close up photos :)

  4. Great Blog! Would you like to follow each other?

    Much Love,


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