Okay, so I said a while back that I would review this absolute beauty of a palette and it was only a fortnight ago that I felt ready. There is a little story behind this palette and why I wanted it so badly. Many moons ago when I was 15 or 16 I sat underneath my Christmas tree and unwrapped my presents from my Auntie. My Auntie always bought amazing presents, so I was a bit like ‘what is she giving me this for?’ when I opened up a box containing a Virgin Vie palette. I must say at the time I didn’t really wear all that much make-up : a quick slick of lip gloss and maybe some eye-shadow if I was going somewhere nice. My only palette at that time was from Pupa and was shaped like a teddy bear (I bought it in Tenerife when I was 12/ turning 13). Back when I was a child/teen I don’t think make-up was as big/as much the norm when you were young, so I didn’t wear it much. Anyway, after my Auntie explaining the make-up was to make me look nice in the shop I worked in at the time in case any nice boys came in, I cracked it open.
So this is what it looked like new (I stole the picture from Ebay). Mine (yes I still have it, I can’t part with it) no longer looks like this. I finished the powder, lost the puff and finished 3 or 4 lip glosses. The highlighter I decanted into a small tub and threw the bottom layer out. The palette came on many a night out and as such was in 3 pieces and held together with a hair bobble. The silver, grey and black shadows are empty, as are the 3 blushes on the right. The pink eye-shadow has almost hit pan, as has the orangey-bronze. Needless to say it was well loved., even after the initial scepticism And this is where Urban Decay comes into the mix. I needed a new ‘night out palette’ and the shattered face case fitted. So 8 years after receiving this one, I opened my parcels on Christmas day to receive a new beauty from my Auntie!
This comes in a neat little box showing you the contents on the reverse. It is only when you take it out of the box that the full beauty is revealed. A ‘shattered’ looking and very sturdy purple and silver case, which looks the part in any woman’s handbag. It is in 2 layers, the top housing the eye products and the bottom the face products. What I like the most is the inclusion of two full size and great quality mirrors. I mean we have all been there….doing the make up on the train/bus/taxi ride, or even at the bar. This is the perfect night out case! It is also pretty compact as you can see in the comparison to the naked basics palette. Bear in mind naked basics is the same size as a modern smart phone (sony xperia or htc one are what I have to compare). It is also very sturdy and snaps shut, so no pink or grey inners of the handbag!
What Urban Decay Say
‘Urban Decay Shattered Face Case. Urban Decay launches Shattered Face Case, an all-in-one palette for the most discriminating beauty junkies. This LIMITED-edition palette includes colours for your eyes, lips and cheeks (most of them NEW and EXCLUSIVE), giving you all the essentials for a range of looks. Perfect for quick getaways, rushed mornings and last-minute invites to stay the night, this travel-size palette fits stealthily into your bag making it easy to create a hot look no matter where you are.
Shattered Face Case includes five EXCLUSIVE shades of Eyeshadow (featuring our Pigment Infusion System for rich, velvety colour that lasts), two shades of blush (in an exclusive new powder formula), a highlighter, a Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour and a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. With most all-in-one palettes, you run out of lip colour long before everything else. Not so with Shattered Face Case, because the Super-Saturated pencil is FULL-SIZE. And when you want to change up your look, you can just swap out the pencils for your favourite Urban Decay shades.’ -Urban Decay
Okay, so from the above paragraph or should I say essay from Urban Decay you get the idea of what’s inside.
5x eyeshadows (exclusive shades)
2 x blushes (exclusive formula)
1 x highlighter
1 x Full Size super saturated lip colour
1x travel eye liner
I had never tried any of the eyeliners from Urban Decay, but upon opening this on Christmas day my mum informed me of how good they were. Yes, you read that right! My mum had tried Urban Decay eyeliners and I had not. Eyeliner is generally something I only wear at the weekends and even then not that often, but since getting this palette I have worn it every weekend. This is the softest eyeliner I have ever bought and as such is so easy to blend out. I love wearing this on my bottom lash line and on the lids smudged out for a smokey look. Normally the bf complains when I wear makeup, but after our 10mile bike ride on saturday I felt the need to put this on. As I knew I wouldn’t be leaving the house in the evening I didn’t bother with a base and he commented on how gorgeous my makeup was. Even he liked this eyeliner. It is a lovely black shade which is so easy to apply and smudge if that’s your thing. I love this so much that I’ve decided to but the set of 6 mini UD eyeliners come payday. This is a mini eyeliner, but I think it will last me for ages and when it runs out I can easily replace it. You can see how black it is in the swatch, perfect for smokey eyes. Also once you have this on it doesn’t budge! I have worn this to a hot, sweaty gig and it was still perfect. That’s without primer ladies. Expect a good 10 hours wear from this.
Yay! I finally got a lip crayon. This full size lip crayon normally retails at £14 from House of Fraser. The colour of this one was quite difficult to capture, it’s a little bit of a murky rose pink and is called lovechild. How do UD come up with their names? Anyway this is really creamy and gives a lovely glossy finish but I found it a little drying. Laterly I have been applying a good coat of lip balm underneath this and it has helped massively. This really does not survive through eating or drinking, but you could get 3 hours wear from it if your not doing either of those. It applies easily and is fairly fool proof so if you are new to lip colour this could be a good one to try out. The colour is fairly safe and should suit most people, although if you are dark skinned it may not show up as well.
These are really the show stoppers in this palette, five super pigmented shades that will suit most skin tones.
Nameless is a medium grey with a bit of a brown undertone and is satin in finish. The texture is soft and I experienced no issues with fallout. Wear time was excellent with all of the shadows and this is probably my favourite shade in the palette.
Remix is a royal purple with tiny micro glitter. This one is not as soft as nameless, probably due to the glitter, but still a great formula. Excellent colour payoff and definitely one for the party season.
Shakedown is another satin, this time in gunmetal. I found the texture of this one to be a little drier than the other two, but it still applied well and I didn’t have very much fallout.
Minor Sin is a pink champagne shade with micro glitter and you could probably use this to highlight if you wanted. The shimmer is golden and the base colour has warm undertones, which I liked. Colour payoff is really good with this one and it has such a smooth texture. Another favourite. In fact I am wearing it right now!
Bleach is the only matte in this palette and is a yellowey beige. It reminded me of one of the shades from the basics palette, so I did a little comparison. As you can see it is similar to W.O.S but not the same. This one is very soft and as such a little bit prone to fallout. Still wears well, but is not as pigmented as the others. Makes a great all over shade.
Blush and Highlighter
In this palette are two shades of blush and one highlighter. They are all lovely powder offerings and are extremely pigmented, so a light hand is needed with them!
Overexposed is a matte dusky pink, which has coral undertones. This is my favourite blush in the palette and lasts on my skin for around 6 hours with no primer before it needs reapplying. Again it has a soft texture and can easily be blended out.
Temper has a little bit of shimmer and is a medium pink shade. I am not so much of a fan of this one as overexposed, but it is still nice. The texture is again lovely and smooth and can easily be blended. A little goes a long way with this one.
Glint s a frosty golden highlighter packed with shimmer. This is not great if you have enlarged pores like me as it accentuates them, but I have used this on the lids and it looked great. Payoff is great and the texture is soft, but not as soft as the blushes.
Price and Where to buy
The shattered face case is £30 and can be purchased from House of Fraser.
Overall I am in love with this palette, the only thing it is missing is a brush, but I guess if they included that it might get a bit bulky. The lasting power of all the items is great and they are all super pigmented. A big winner in my book. I would recommend this to anyone looking for something small to chuck in their handbag.
What is your go to palette? Would you use this one?
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