The Urban Decay Anarchy Palette
Every now and again, my other half will surprise me by doing something really thoughtful and sweet. It makes up for all the times he just thinks of himself, I don’t think he realises he does it sometimes. You may remember I posted about the Urban Decay Shattered Face Case a few months ago and how much I loved it. I really wanted to rush out and buy the Anarchy Face Case too, but refrained. I went for 5 years with just one handbag palette, so I couldn’t really justify buying this one. Fast forward a few months and I have the Anarchy Face Case, Shattereds edgier sister. I have now also convinced myself that I need all the Naked palettes and probably the electric palette too. I can’t see myself ever buying the electric palette as my raver days are long behind me (I still have a little rave to myself every now and again, especially if I am in the house alone). Anyway a few weeks ago I went shopping in Leicester with my other half and he took a blooming age in House of Fraser and I mean an age. Probably over an hour. I was patient and waited while he tried on a million t-shirts and pairs of shoes. Passing through Debenhams, I really wanted to look at the beauty section but normally he moans so I didn’t. In some twist of fate, we ended up leaving with a Mac Lipstick and this palette. I’m not sure what got over him…
The Urban Decay Anarchy Palette
The gorgeous logo on the palette
What Urban Decay Say…
‘Anarchy Face Case the all-in-one palettes for the most discriminating beauty junkies. The LIMITED-edition Face Case includes colors for your eyes, lips and cheeks, 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 fit stealthily into your bag – making it easy to create a hot look no matter where you are. The double-layer compact keeps everything organized and prevents the shadows from mixing with the blushes and highlighter. Lift the lid to reveal the first tier, which houses the shadows, the lip color, the eye pencil and a big mirror. Delve into the lower tier and you’ll find the blushes and highlighter, along with another mirror.’ – Urban Decay
Showing the 2 Layers of the palette
The loose middle shadow
When does Urban Decay ever get their packaging wrong? Although this isn’t quite as impressive as the Shattered, it is still pretty with the logo detailing on the front. I’m not sure if it is just me, but the plastic case doesn’t feel as sturdy as the Shattered and is slightly easier to open. It comes in a double layer layout, with two massive mirrors making it extremely great fro on the go application. I feel like this palette is definitely one for parties – the Shattered one does have shades that could be a day to night transition but this one is very sexy. The case is a bit more sophisticated than the Shattered, so I guess UD have anticipated that people will be carrying this around while all glammed up. Nice one UD, very well thought out. It is also really compact for the amount of stuff UD have packed in there: five eyeshadows, 2 powder blushers (which aren’t sold individually), a highlighter, mini eyeliner and full size lip crayon. Big thumbs up.
The top layer of the palette
Crammed into this little case are 5 shadows, most of which are packed with glitter and a travel 24/7 eyeliner pencil. One gripe I have with these palettes is that the middle shade of shadow is loose in both this one and the Shattered Face Case. I figured it was just my Shattered Face Case and my bad luck before, but now I am starting to think that they just aren’t gluing the middle shades down properly. It’s not a big deal as it can be pushed back into place, but still annoying. Inside you get 5 powder eyeshadows:
Redemption: A deep gunmetal satin. This is a true dark grey and the texture is very smooth and silky. Pigmentation and wear time was excellent and I experienced minimal fallout with this one. This does have tiny particles of shimmer in it, but it is quite subtle.
Fray: A warm mauve matte. I wouldn’t necessarily refer to this as mauve, it’s more of an off pale pink if you know what I mean. This one takes a few layers to build up any sort of colour and I imagine on very dark skins this could look a bit ashy. The texture is really buttery and it applied like a dream. Makes a great all over shade.
Redemption and Fray
Vaporize: Deep metallic grey-taupe shimmer. This leans a lot more brown than grey, but had really cool undertones in it and quite a bit of glitter. This one was awful for product fallout and application was not as smooth as the first two. Pigmentation was very good and wear time with a primer was still 8 hours.
Provacateur: Light metallic mauve with multi-dimensional metallic glitter. This one is jammed full of glitter and as it is pink kinda reminded me of something Barbie might wear? It’s quite a pale pink in itself, with the glitter being much darker. Pigmentation was great, but fall out was ridiculous. The glitter just goes everywhere and wear time suffers as a result. I think this one might benefit from a wet brush and I can’t see myself using this often except maybe for a party.
Revolt: Bright metallic silver shimmer with silver micro-glitter. This is a true silver colour, much like the colour of 10, 20 and 50p coins in the UK. Even in the pan it looked like a total glitter bomb and it did make a bit of mess, with some fall out, but nothing like it’s pink sister. Pigmentation of this one was a bit poor – I needed 3 or 4 swipes to get the pigmentation shown in the swatches. It is buildable, but I think I would use this over the top of a more muted shadow to add a little bling.
Provocateur and Revolt
In comparison to its sister palette, the eyeshadows in the Anarchy Face Case are a little disappointing. I can see me getting a lot of use from Redemption and Fray, but the other 3 just had too much fallout to make a regular appearance on my face. Let’s hope the rest of the palette doesn’t disappoint!
The pencils in the palette
Perversion: Blacker than black matte 24/7 glide on eye-pencil. Wow. This certainly packs a punch. It is so incredibly black. The pencil in itself glides onto the lid without dragging or pulling and can easily be smudged out for a softer look. Wear time on this is incredible – 12 hours plus. The swatch on my arm has been there for a few hours and didn’t budge with soap and water so it looks like a cleanser job for that. The pencil is really really soft and easy to work with. I really like it and would probably buy this in full size when this runs out (it’s a mini and is 0.8g).
Scandal: Bright metallic raspberry shimmer. This is definitely raspberry coloured and contains a little shimmer but nothing too noticeable. The pencil is really hydrating and can be built up for full coverage . I like to apply lip balm first, then this pencil and blot it off for a subtle hint of colour. I then top it with a gloss as I love a glossy lip. Wear time on this alone is good – around 4 hours and it partially survives eating and drinking. This shade is exclusive to this palette, but normally these pencils retail at £14 so if you like it, it’s worth buying the palette. Note that if you wear this alone it does stain the lips slightly – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if your out and about.
Scandal lip crayon
Scandal lip crayon
The bottom layer in the palette
Fetish: A mauve-pink. This blush is a bit meh for me. It’s a peachy-plum colour with shimmer in it and the formula was quite dry and difficult to work with. I tried blending this out with little joy so be wary if your applying it to use a light hand. Wear time is not great, but not bad either. I got this to last for around 6 hours on my skin with a primer, but I really didn’t like it so have only worn it 3 times.
Quickie: A bright pink. This colour looks gorgeous in the pan, it is so vivid and I was initially a little apprehensive that I would end up with clown cheeks. This blush has cool undertones and is completely matte and the pigmentation was amazing. This blusher is really, really soft but blends easily and wore for a good 8/9 hours. I’m really impressed with this one.
Craze: A pale gold shimmer. Me and highlighters don’t get on so I didn’t expect to like this one but I did. I love it! It is a yellow toned beige, with the shimmer we have come to expect in most highlighters. As with any shimmer, it emphasises pores if you use too much. It is very soft in texture and blends well. Where this really stood out for me was used on the cupids bow and brow-bone. Wear time was in excess of 8 hours for this, which I thought was impressive.
From L-R: Redemption, Fray, Vaporize, Provacateur, Revolt
Out of focus to show shimmer. From L-R: Redemption, Fray, Vaporize, Provacateur, Revolt
Left: Perversion 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil
Right: Scandal Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour
From L-R: Craze, Quickie and Fetish
Showing the shimmer better. From L-R: Craze, Quickie and Fetish
Final Thoughts and Where to Buy
I definitely don’t like this as much as the Shattered Face Case, but I do like more than half of the palette so I guess it’s not too bad. For me the stand out products are the lip crayon, eye liner and the bright pink blusher. The eyeshadows are pretty disappointing by UD standards, but I think they will get some use come the party season.
This is currently on sale at Debenhams for £21 and they are offering free delivery on orders over £30. The shattered Face Case is also reduced to £21 and I would say buy it over this one, unless you love glittery eyes or really like the lip crayon (it is gorgeous).
What do you think of this palette? Are you tempted to buy it? Would anyone like to see side by side swatches of this and the Shattered?
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