Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette Swatches and Review

So, I figured out why I was so tired yesterday! After sleeping for 16 hours straight (seriously), I woke up sick. Yay for having the crappiest immune system ever. the worst thing about being sick is having to go about your regular responsibilities anyway, even when all you want to do is hide under the covers. Sometimes I wonder why I signed up for this "being an adult" crap anyway. Hmm, it's still not too late to move back home!

Anyway, in addition to being sick, I'm a bad girl. I spend entirely too much money. I hated having to hide things I bought from my boyfriend and being ashamed because I really shouldn't have bought them. I wasn't making us go into debt or anything, but I recognize it could have got that bad if I let myself continue to spiral out of control. I still have a few orders still in in bubble mailers I haven't even opened that I received a month ago or so. That is when you know you have a problem. I'm terrible at self-control, but it's time I sucked it up and learned. Now where did I leave my big girl panties?

I know I'm a bad girl, but I'm glad I was able to sneak in Urban Decay's 15th Anniversary palette before I decided to clean up my act. It's absolutely gorgeous. I know everyone has seen a million and a half pictures of this by now, but I don't care. I'm pretty sure you need it.

I had the most ridiculous time taking pictures of this palette. It is so shiny and reflective it made good pictures impossible. I think I need a better camera!

It also attracts fingerprints. They magically appear if you even THINK about touching it. The palette comes in a pretty purple velvet box that I couldn't bring myself to throw away, and I'm not usually so sentimental about packaging.

Here is the whole shebang disassembled. The actual eyeshadow part sits in a little square that is shiny purple on the outside and lined with more of the purple velvety stuff on the inside. The top silver part with the "jewelled" UD initials fits over this part. This a large mirror on the inside of the lid.

This isn't a small palette by any means, but still probably smaller than 15 single eyeshadows (and cheaper, too!)

This picture was taken in the sun. Unfortunately this was the only sun picture I could get before the sun decided to be an asshole and hide behind the clouds. Or was it that the clouds were assholes and hid the sun? I'm not sure, but someone was definitely an asshole.

I swatched these as how they are grouped in columns.

Group 1 (1st column): Midnight Rodeo, Midnight 15, Vanilla, flow, Chase
Group 2 (2nd column): Tainted, Junkshow, Omen, Evidence, Deep End
Group 3 (3rd column): Deeper, M.I.A., Ace, Blackout, Half Truth

This was taken inside with the flash.

Urban Decay makes some of the best eyeshadows on the market and their palettes are usually "must buy"s for people. Urban Decay is also known for ruining perfectly good eyeshadows by sticking them full of craft glitter. Okay, I might be exaggerating the craft glitter bit, but I'm sure you guys know what I mean. Due to the fallout, it makes these color unusable for me, even if I used a sticky base. Luckily I haven't had an issues with  huge chunky glitter from this palette. Midnight Rodeo was the only one with the larger glitter, but I didn't have any problems when wearing it.

This palette is awesome because of it's huge range of colors. There are a good amount of neutrals, brights, and darker shades. I do wish they had taken out one of the neutrals and had a green shade though.

From left- Midnight Rodeo, Midnight 15, Vanilla, flow, Chase
From left- Tainted, Junkshow, Omen, Evidence, Deep End
From left- Deeper, M.I.A., Ace, Blackout, Half Truth
Like most matte blacks, Blackout was patchy, sheer, and a bit hard to work with. It wasn't the worst matte black I've used, however.

Look, look! I found dupes! Well, not perfect dupes, but pretty damn close. The two outer colors are from Wet n Wild's Blue Had Me At Hello palette (which I've reviewed here) and the inner two are from Urban Decay's 15 Anniversary palette. The WnW teal is a tad lighter and more green than Urban Decay's Deep End, and UD's Evidence has a slightly brighter blue sheen than the one from WnW, but I bet you would not be able to tell when worn on the eye. Also, the dark blue from Wet n wild was a bit more pigmented than Evidence.

Yay for dupes!

If you can still find this palette I highly recommend it. It is my favorite palette from Urban Decay either. I was impressed with swatches of the upcoming Book of Shadows palette and I'm glad I didn't pass up this one to get it!

  • Retails for $55 and can be found on Urban Decay's website. I've also seen this in Ulta and Sephora stores recently.

Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!


  1. Om nom nom! I was eyeing up Deep End so I'm glad to see that I don't *actually* need it! I do still kind of want this... but I know I just won't reach for it to be honest!

  2. You're a makeup addict like the rest of us. What can you do but sucuumb to the urge?

    I sometimes take online surveys at to earn extra cash for lemmings.

  3. Deep End is such a gorgeous color! It would be so fun in the summer- but summer is over :(

    xoxo, Lera

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  4. Wow these are amazing!! I have the dupe shade so that makes me happy. :)

  5. Wah!!!! I want this. I need this. Crap! Great swatches, Bad girl! :)

  6. These colors ARE gorgeous! I've started limiting myself to using what I have and only buying new things I'll use OR palettes that are cheap for fun (like wet n wild, 3 bucks or less things). I hear you about the buying thing. I do that with clothing. I hate when I find a shirt in my closet I forgot I purchased STILL tagged. Granted I'm cheap on clothes so the clothing is probably like 5 bucks, BUT STILL. Eh, shopping makes me happy. And we're not broke. So there's that ;)

  7. I love Urban Decay. It might take me a year to get this, though. I only just got my hands on a Naked palette!

  8. OMG. Your pictures make me seriously want this... more than I did before. Those purples are like screaming my name.

  9. all those colors are stunning!
    great palette!

    <3 BB

  10. Oooh look at all the pretty colours! MUST....RESIST!!!


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