Friday, 16 November 2012

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Dangerous Palette

Another day, another pretty zippy Urban Decay palette.  The Dangerous palette is one of the three available for Christmas 2012 - there's also Feminine and Fun, which we'll be showing you later.  Dangerous is, as you might expect, a little bit dark and sultry - it comes in a flat black PVC case and contains some of UD's deeper jewel toned eyeshadow shades.
I really do love the fact that UD are choosing to package their latest palettes with this zip secured style.  The combination of the cardboard inner and the fabric-and-plastic outer give it a bit of strength and structure, and the zip keeps everything secure.  Much better than the packaging of Naked or Naked 2 for example.

In the box, you get Gravity, a cool purple; Loaded, a deep green; Evidence, a rich electric blue; Deeper, a copper brown; Mushroom, a silver taupe; and Ace, a gunmetal grey.  You also get a mini version of UD's Lip Junkie lipgloss in Naked, a neutral pink.

Now, on to swatches.

Gravity, Loaded, Evidence, Deeper, Mushroom, Ace
natural light

Gravity, Loaded, Evidence, Deeper, Mushroom, Ace
direct sunlight

Of the six eyeshadows, the bottom row of Deeper, Mushroom and Ace are the most pigmented.  Gravity, Loaded and Evidence look pigmented in the pan but are a little sheerer once swatched - they do have a significant amount of shimmer in them, though, which really catches the light.

So, what's the verdict on this palette?  Well, I'm personally not convinced.  I recently swatched the Smoked palette, which contains three of the shades in this palette - Loaded, Evidence, and Mushroom.  And while the shades in this collection are just as nice, and just as suitable for a gloriously smoky evening look, I think I'd rather buy the Smoked palette.  For £10 more, you get four more shadows and a black 24/7 liner, instead of the gloss, which is much more useful in my mind.

You'll find the Dangerous palette at Urban Decay counters now, and online via BeautyBay, where it'll cost you £25.  

Disclosure: PR sample

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