I love getting new makeup to try out and to be perfectly honest, I'm a sucker for limited edition eye palettes. Just the other day I received Urban Decay's Nocturnal eyeshadow palette and two (of the four) lipstick shades from the collection. As much as I wanted to start swatching the colours like crazy, I held off until I had a chance to photograph them. That's willpower guys! Okay, not really.
Now that I've swatched and had a chance to play around with the colours, I can tell you that the Nocturnal collection is exactly what you would expect from Urban Decay. If you're familiar with the brand already, you're going to get the same quality, high pigmentation and easy-to-work-with formulas as always.
If you're new to the brand or if you're looking to experiment with more with colour in your makeup, you'll love this palette as there's lots of versatility in the shades. The lipsticks are equally as easy to work with and are excellent for everyday use. They're super creamy and hydrating and long wearing with a lipliner.
"The palette has 12 amazing shades of eyeshadow — eight must-haves from our current collection, plus four exclusives from past sets."
Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box, $42
There are six neutral shades to work with in this eyeshadow palette; two matte (ABC Gum and Delete), one shimmery (Riff) and three frosty shades (Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Baby and Half Baked).
Six colours line the bottom of the palette; two mattes (Blackout and Heroine) and four frosted/ metallic shades (Fireball, Backfire, Lounge and Armor).
The colours aren't too out there considering the brand is known for making producing neon eye shadows and intense glitters in their collections. Personally I love that side of Urban Decay and that's what keeps me faithful to the brand. If you're looking for a palette to take you from day to night - this is an excellent one to have in your collection. It also comes with a dual ended brush - one side flat and one side small that's perfect for smudging.
The colour payoff is amazing and so is the longevity of these shadows. I was inspired by the neutral shades and created a golden smokey eye on my recent tutorial so make sure you check that out!
"The perfect pairing for the Nocturnal Shadow Box... limited-edition Nocturnal Vice Lipstick shades range from neutral to bold."
Urban Decay Nocturnal Vice Lipsticks, $21 each
Four never-before-released lipstick shades are available for the Nocturnal collection - Lawbreaker (sheer brown), Fireball (peach satin with pink shift) , Backstab (creamy purple-red) and Nonsense (muted rose).
UB says these lipsticks are highly pigmented and comfort wearing. While I find the latter to be true, I'll have to disagree with the highly pigmented claim. You can see from the swatches above that even Backstab, the matte shade, is still pretty sheer in formulation. If you're looking for more of a colour payoff, I'd suggest wearing a lipliner underneath.
These shades are very pretty regardless and I even like Lawbreaker a lot and I'm never much of a fan of brown shades as they don't do anything for my skin tone. These lipsticks are limited edition so make sure you big them up if you see anything you like!
Photography by Nathalie Martin.
Urban Decay Nocturnal collection is a PR sample provided by Shoppers Drug Mart.
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