Urban Decay Backtalk Palette

It’s no big secret that I really love me an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. This brand was my first real introduction into the world of higher end make up than what I can buy in my local Boots and I’ve always got my eye out for a latest release.

When Rick and I were celebrating our first year of marriage in April he asked me what I wanted for an anniversary gift and I then spent a good week pondering over a pair of Vans or the new Urban Decay Backtalk palette. Needless to say I went with the palette because I was far too curious about a multi-functional palette including a selection of eyeshadows and blushers to be used together.

As a rule I don’t often do multi-functional palettes because in my experience they can be tacky and difficult to transport if you’ve fallen for one blusher or shadow shade so it was a surprise to myself that I was even looking in the direction of this palette. I think after falling in love with the Naked Heat Palette I felt like I needed to give collections from Urban Decay that weren’t in the Naked range a go.

The Backtalk palette is travel-focused with a total of eight eyeshadows and four coordinating shades of blusher and highlighter with a handy detachable mirror to complete the product. I’m lucky that I have pink undertones because all of the eyeshadow shades in this palette suit me and I’ve had all sorts of fun playing around with different combinations – my favourites being attitudeshade and bare. I’m a tad disappointed by 3 sheets though because it doesn’t perform very well as a brow bone shade but I think that’s just because I like to user a much lighter shade to highlight my brows but overall I’m pleased with the selection on offer and I’ve made use of every shade so far.

The shades that Urban Decay have developed around the Vice Lipstick in Backtalk for this collection are very wearable for day-to-day so this isn’t really a night-out palette because of that. However, there’s nothing wrong with going a bit harder with 180 and smoking it out to really transition a look successfully for a date night because anything goes with your own personal look. Therefore, this palette can be chucked into a suitcase or handbag for a full day out if needs be… oh but you need to pack your own eyeshadow and blusher brushes though because they’ve not provided their own in this palette. A first for any palette purchase I’ve made from Urban Decay to be honest, and it did feel a little strange not having a new themed brush to play with.

For the highlighters and blushers I’ve been enjoying combining party foul and low key the most because I find the other two to be a little harsh on my skin-tone. I’ve discovered that they take a bit of extra time to buff out without looking like I’ve had my face in an oven and there are other blushers are own in the same tones that are quicker on application. I do like having an eyeshadow collection and then an accompanying blusher set that automatically coordinates though, I wasn’t expecting to find this so useful but having the collection rather than rooting around my drawers for whatever blusher I fancy that day is quite a time-saver.

Sadly, I’m not impressed with this palette as much as I was the Naked Heat. I’ve learnt not to pay heed to the nay-sayers when it comes to a new Urban Decay release because I think their formula is usually very good and the products don’t crumble in the pan like other brands I own do but they just didn’t hit the mark on this one for me. I think I was a little too spoiled by the colour payoff of Naked Heat to be honest and as I have them side-by-side to use I’m much more comfortable going for burnt oranges and browns rather these dusty-roses and nude-mauves.

Have you used this palette? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.

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