Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette: a review
I saw Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment palette for the first time during the Italian Sephora Press Day in March. Urban Decay Electric palette had been already launched in U.S. but it hit Italian stores only in June. When I saw first images of this palette on web I wasn’t too much impressed; well, I love Urban Decay eyeshadows and despite the fact I was really glad that a colourful palette came out after the infamous Naked series, I didn’t feel I had to have this palette at any cost. But when a lovely mua used this palette on me during that press day I couldn’t help to fell desperately in love. I was worried about those fuchsia and orange, not because of the *colourful* factor but I feared that they couldn’t suit my colouring well (brown eyes, fair skin). Well, the mua used almost every colour from this palette – indeed! – and the result was stunning. Every colour was well balanced in order to create an harmonius multi-coloured smoky eyes.
After one week of its official launch it was already sold out but I managed to get after a couple of days of waiting at Sephora, with a yummy 25% discount off.
You know, I don’t live in a country with a strong make up culture. I’d dare to say that there’s a lack of culture in lots of fields.
I read various opinions tagging this palette as clownish, ridiculous, unwearable, not to be used on a daily basis etc.
Really, I can’t understand how many people could be so narrow-minded and uncultured.
However, let’s talk about the Urban Decay Electric palette in detail.
What about packaging. Urban Decay Electric’s packaging is a solid, sturdy plastic case with a colourful pattern on a black base. It’s really thick and heavy so it’s not really ideal for travelling. It has a strong magnetic closure, your eyeshadows will be well protected from damages.
As I previously said I love Urban Decay eyeshadows, I own 4 palettes and some mono. Metallic and matte eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, long lasting, blendable… the eyeshadwo perfection. Though, I’m highly disappointed with their glittery eyeshadows: you’ll experience the worst fall out of your life.
The eyeshadows in Urban Decay Electric palette are a totally new kind of eyeshadows, even for Urban Decay range. They are pressed pigments, aka pure colour in a pressed form. Finishes are different: there are shimmers, mattes, pearlized, glittery mattes. When you deal with pigments – loose or pressed – you have to pay a bit of attention during application. Pure colour with maximum pigment concentration may be tricky to blend and prone to fall out, especially if you don’t use the right make up brush. With pigments I love using MAC 239 brush: it has natural, dense and packed bristles. It picks a good amount of colour so you can pack it on eyelids with the maximum colour payoff without any fall out.
Let’s take a look at colours. Only two of them are repromotes. Swathces are made without a primer, dry and under undirect natural light.
Revolt: repromote from Anarchy Face Case. It is an extremely shimmer silver. It is finely milled so you won’t get chunky, obvious glitters. I wasn’t really excited about this colour because it’s not like a metallic silver so it doesn’t have that ‘liquid metal’ texture but it’s more of a silvery diamonds’ concentrate. I found that it’s best use is for layering: it adds a beautiful extra shiny effect to the other colours in this palette.
Gonzo: it is a ‘Smurf’ like blue, leading towards turquoise. Well, maybe I’d say better if its the same blue from Muppet’s Gonzo, indeed. It has a matte base filled with teal micro-shimmers. With this one I experienced a bit of stained eyelid when I tested it without a base. It’s really frequent with pure pigments and high impact colours; in my experience you don’t have to worry about, you have only to make sure to use an eyeshadow base underneath.
Slowburn: in real life in the pan it looks way more orange but it has a lot of red in it. I’d say it’s a vibrant coral maybe? Or an orange based red. Again, it’s a matte base with micro-glitters. I was worried about this colour because I thought it wouldn’t pair well with my colouring but it surprisingly looked good on me! If you fear read eyeshadows give this one a try 😉
Savage: high impact pure fuchsia, completely matte. I was worried about this one too. I’m not really a fuchsia person but I found that it works great on my brown eyes when paired with Slowburn, Jilted or Urban. Of course, if you’re a pink lover you can go for bloder contrasts with Freak or Chaos.
Fringe: this is one of the most beautiful teals I’ve ever seen. It has an incredibly smooth pearlized texture and you get full pigment. It has the perfect balance between blue and green and it’s not too dark nor to light. It’s perfect for deepen outer v or crease but even on its own for a smoky eyes. Brown-eyed ladies will love it 😀
Chaos: I bought this palette mainly for this colour, maybe. It is a repromote from Vice palette but they reformulated because that one had a poor colour payoff. This is a bold, vibrant indigo blue. It has matte base with micro-glitters which don’t transfer well though. It is really difficult to find this kind of colour with so much pigment in it. It is my absolute favourite from the bunch.
Jilted: pearlized magenta with a violet sheen. It has the same smooth texture as Fringe. In order to avoid the tired-eye effect I love to pair it with a darker colour such as Chaos or Urban. I think this is the Radiant Orchid effectHere again, stained eyelids warning!
Urban: this is the most iconic shade not only from this palette but fron entire Urban Decay range. Till the point that they gave it the omen nomen Urban. Pearlized warm based purple with a cool purple sheen. I can say that this purple is perfection? So well balanced, so great performance. And you, purple lovers out there, that this is a troubling colour.
Freak: this is a surprisingly delicate colour, especially compared to the others. It’s a refreshening light green. There’s no mint in it, it’s a yellow based grass green with great pigmentation.
Thrash: acid yellow with a lime green undertone. It is full of shimmers but with a velvet base. I really like it on my inner eyelid for an extra pop of impact.
How these eyeshadows perform. Urban Decay Electric eyeshadows are top-notch. They have extreme colour payoff even without a base and they don’t crease. I wore them for more than 10 hours and they are still fresh in the end of the day. Of course it is better using an eyeshadow primer to avoid any stain risk. Even if they have so much impact they blend well but you have to be careful to pick tiny amounts. And make sure to use right make up brushes. In the palette you’ll find a synthetic double-ended brush. I like it because on one end it is good to pack colour and you can use it to make a little blending and the smaller end is perfect for detailing.
If you are worried about the wearability of this palette I’d want to reassure you: yes, they’re colourful eyeshadows. Yes, they’re bold and vibrant. But I didn’t call them neon – you know thare a lot of alternative brand which produce real neon colours and this is not the case. I enjoyed this palette a lot, day and night and I managed to get even some toned-down look. I’ve used even 5 colours at the same time and nobody called me a freak 😉
And finally some comparisons. I’m sorry but I don’t own so many comparable eyeshadows.