Nov 4, 2010

Urban Decay The Black Palette - SWATCHES and THOUGHTS....

Urban Decay The Black Palette - SWATCHES and THOUGHTS....


The Black Palette
A provocative palette of six black-based eyeshadows and one 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. This glittery black compact with mirror features a daring palette of five black-based, glimmering, jewel-toned eyeshadows, and Urban Decay's darkest matte black eyeshadow, Black Dog, for adding dimension like never before. The set comes complete with a travel-size 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero and a mini genie bottle of Eyeshadow Primer Potion, so your color stays deep, dark and alluring all day and night.

This set contains:
- 6 x 0.04 oz Eyeshadows in Black Dog (richest matte black), Barracuda (black with silver sparkly shift), Jet (black with purple sparkly shift), Sabbath (black with blue sparkly shift), Cobra (black with golden sparkly shift), Libertine (black with emerald sparkly shift)

- 0.03 oz Travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero (black)

- Mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte nude)

Price: $36


My Four P's

This palette costs $36 and contains 6 eyeshadows, a 24/7 eye pencil and a mini primer potion. I usually exclude these bonuses when looking at the price though since Urban Decay always includes eye pencils and primer potions with their sets. Anyhow, simply put this equates to $6 per eyeshadow (0.04 oz) in my little head which is a steal considering that Urban Decay eyeshadows are $17 a pop for 0.05 oz. Definite bargain here.

We all know Urban Decay usually gets flack for their bulky palette packaging but this package is sleek and in line with the Naked Palette. The package sports a decent sized mirror (which most of us may never use) and the 6 eyeshadows in circular pans plus a cutout that holds the 24/7 eye pencil. The mini primer potion is separate. The palette closes flat with a metallic clasp that is actually quite strong thankfully.

The eyeshadows are all black as implied by the name of the palette with varying color flashes. The colors are pretty much a blackened matte base with fine micro-glitter similar to the pigments from the MAC A Tartan Tale Collection but the glitter is much more refined and subtle. These are great for smokey looks! They are highly pigmented and take very little to get full on color albeit mostly black. LOL.

I have heard complaints about the colors coming off as plain black when used on the eye. I think the thing people need to remember with these eyeshadows are that they will act somewhat like a duochrome. The colors will show up darkest (near black) when used over a neutral base/primer. The color flashes (green, blue, purple, etc.) will show up best when used over a similar colored base/primer. I think this palette is great for smokey looks and just for deepening your outer V. I'm trying to branch out into more smokey looks even though I don't really like them on myself so this is a great addition to my stash.

If you like dark eyeshadows (think near black) and smokey looks then this palette is perfect for you. The price is just right for what you get. Don't expect full on glitter or shimmer from these though since these are more of a blackened base with subtle color flashes.

Black Dog (richest matte black)
This is one bad b!tch. It is a rich dark black indeed with a matte finish.

Barracuda (black with silver sparkly shift)
This is a rich gunmetal silver color.

Jet (black with purple sparkly shift)
This is a nice dark purple shade.

Sabbath (black with blue sparkly shift)
The blue really shows up in this one. It's somewhat of a silvery dark blue.

Cobra (black with golden sparkly shift)
This is a great color. It's a golden sparkly black.

Libertine (black with emerald sparkly shift)
This is my fave. It's a true dark emerald green color.
(swatched over original Urban Decay Primer Potion)
Top: Black Dog, Barracuda, Jet 
Bottom: Sabbath, Cobra, Libertine
24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero


  1. this palette looks really nice! i'm loving urban decay this year.. first the naked palette and then this! xoxo

  2. Oh yea girl! Urban Decay is on point this year for sure. I got two palettes versus none from previous years.

  3. This palette is right up my alley! Thanks for the review and swatches Tina :)

  4. I thought about u when I got this Saadeh. This is PERFECT for u!

  5. Hmmm, I may have to go play in the palette some time soon...

  6. This one looks better than the night series from Nars!


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