Thursday, 20 March 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette - review and swatches

Urban Decay Electric Palette* (£38.00)

I am a self-confessed Urban Decay addict and I consider their eye shadows THE BEST on the market. I am pretty sure that everyone who knows their formula will definitely agree with me. Their new Electric Palette was designed with colour addicts in mind, containing 10 insanely bright pressed pigments, with 8 of them being totally new and 2 featured in previous limited edition palettes. There is a nice selection of matte and shimmers, all super pigmented and and with a velvety texture.

The packaging of the palette is really cool, featuring a bright, multicoloured smoke-screen print on a sleek black case, brand logo and the name of the palette - Electric. The mirror is a great size and the full design feels very sturdy. The palette also comes with a synthetic double-ended pressed pigment brush. The quality of it is amazing and both sides pick up the perfect amount of product to provide easy application and a good colour payoff, without fallout.

The formula of the pressed pigments in the Urban Decay Electric Palette is out of this world! In fact - I have never seen anything sooo bright and pigmented in my entire life. The texture of all the shades (matte and shimmers) is velvety smooth, applies and blends beautifully and provides the most incredible colour payoff ever, thanks to the Pigment Infusion System™ used by Urban Decay to make their eye shadows the best ones on the market. The lasting power is very impressive too and the colour of all mattes and shimmers stays on the lids for 12h+ without fading, creasing or smudging (used with or without a primer).

The shades include:

Revolt - bright metallic silver shimmer with silver glitter
Gonzo - bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl
Slowburn - bright red-orange matte with floating pearl
Savage - bright hot pink matte
Fringe - bright metallic teal
Chaos - bright blue matte with floating tonal pearl
Jilted - bright metallic fuchsia with blue shift
 Urban - bright metallic purple
 Freak - bright green with gold shift
 Thrash - bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl

My favourite shade from the palette is Urban, followed by Fringe, Freak and Trash. Two of the matte shades - Slowburn and Savage can be used as blushers as well, which makes the palette a little bit more versatile.

I also wanted to mention that the colours look even brighter and more pigmented in real life.

Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage, Fringe

Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak, Thrash
Swatches with flash: Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage, Fringe, Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak, Thrash 

Left: Urban used as liner. Right: Savage used allover the lid, Urban as liner.
Urban allover the lid, blended out with the tiniest amount of Revolt.

Overall, I am blown away by the quality of the pressed pigments in the Urban Decay Electric Palette and I will definitely get a lot of use out of it, because I don't own any pressed pigments except these. I love experimenting with colour, so this is perfect for me. If you are an Urban Decay fan and want some bright, fun shades to play with this Spring/Summer, this beaut is a must have! 

The Electric palette will be available from the 1st April 2014 from Debenhams, House Of Fraser,  Feelunique, BeautyBay, HQhair, and Lookfantastic. RRP £38.00 / €45.00

*PR sample



  1. Wow! That is beautiful & super vibrant! Urban Decay always pulls through!

  2. Such lovely colours. Cant believe how pigmented they are!

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

  3. love this pallet but I don't know other than halloween when I'd use it

  4. Such a beautiful palette!

  5. These are gorgeous colours, and I think I'd stick to using them as eyeliners rather than full on eye looks. But godddd...they are so nice!!

  6. I wasn't part of the Naked 3 hype but I saw an UD MUA swatch this palette on Instagram and instantly fell in love. I've never worn eyeshadow, I can't get to grips with it, I have a lot of lovely brushes and love smokey eyes but all my attempts usually make it look more like I've lost a girlfight! :(

    I am really tempted to pick this palette up as working with brighter colours might build my eyeshadow confidence a little more and ... y'know ... it's beautiful!


  7. what a beautiful palette both on the outside and inside!!!

  8. I'm not big into bright shadows but I have to say those swatches look AMAZING and I love the look you created! Gorgeous!!

  9. This palette looks beautiful and the purple eyeshadow looks beautiful on you!

  10. Haven't heard of this before but it looks amazing, I couldn't wear it though xx

  11. I really do love this, I just don't know if I would use it! I'm trying to use more colours in my eye looks and I do like a pop of colour on my lower lash line, so maybe I'll cave in and get it. Xx

    The Beauty Fiend

  12. Wow! Gorgeous! I am determined to get this!!!

  13. Those colours are amazing! I love the looks you created with them :)

  14. Definitely a MUST HAVE pallet, well, I' say almost all UD pallets are must have, off course it how depends on your make up budget! I am so anxious to get this here in Lisbon, since they kind arrive a little late over here.
    The colors look Great... Can't wait!!!

  15. The colors are so bright and so beautiful. Urban Decay never fails me :D

  16. Yet again another stunning palette from Urban Decay. I personally wouldn't wear these shades but there is no denying that they are beautiful.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  17. Fantastic review! I also love it how you used bright shadow and made it so wearable - I wish I had brown eyes, they just look even more gorgeous with a little purple make-up... x

  18. Wow! Perfect palette if you're into bright shades. I wouldn't be brave enough but they look gorgeous on you.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  19. These are so ridiculously pretty, especially Urban! I really want this, but I already have one of Sleek's really bright palettes and despite the colours being great I think I've used it about three times...still really tempted by this one though, hmmm.

    Nicola //

  20. Amazing photos! The palette is so bright I don't think it would actually suit me but you, as always, look gorgeous, love your eye lashes xxx

  21. wow this looks unreal! Don't know if it's for me though, I'm not very brave when it comes to eye shadows. x

  22. It's a lovely palette, I don't think it is one that I will be purchasing, as I don't think the colours would suit my skin tone, but love Slowburn, Jilted and Savage!

    Paula at Beauty Lover xx

  23. The shades are stunning, but i don't think i'm daring enough to ever wear them x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


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