Thursday, March 20, 2014

Urban Decay ELECTRIC Palette Review and Swatches!

Super exciting post for you guys today! I just got my Urban Decay Cosmetics Electric Palette in the mail!

As soon as this palette was 'leaked' or even hinted about, I was beyond excited, and knew I HAD TO HAVE IT as soon as it was released. I don't know about you guys, but I'm so sick of getting 'Naked'. Naked palettes galore, Naked skin Foundation (which I do love!), Naked Lip Gloss, I'M OVER IT URBAN DECAY! Well, it seems they've finally heard our cries for color, and so the Electric palette is born.

Urban Decay describes this palette as:
"It's a color addict's ultimate fix: a mind-blowing palette filled with 10 of the brightest, most amazing shades you've ever laid eyes on - including eight never-before-seen shares you won't find anywhere else - plus a double-ended brush. Choose from matte, satin, and shimmer textures. From current exclusive Chaos (the most highly coveted shade from The Vice Palette) and Freak (neon green) to Urban (metallic purple) and Jilted (fuchsia with a blue shift), this palette has it all. And the color payout? INSANE. Our Pigment Infusion System delivers soft, creamy, blendable color that lasts."
-Taken from the Electric Palette Box

I do wish they had skipped the re-promoted colors Chaos and Revolt. I have The Vice Palette, and I'm not a fan of Chaos in it. It just doesn't go with The Vice Palette, and I hardly use it. Revolt can be found in one of the Face Case palettes as well. A silver has no place in this palette. Sure, maybe a silver and blue or purple look, but honestly I just don't like that they included it in this palette. I'd be happier with this if they left both those shades out and made it an 8 color palette even. I'd would have LOVED to see a matte yellow, or a matte black in place of those shades, I really think including those colors instead of re-promoted shades would have made it a more complete palette.

I also don't think any of the shades in this are a true 'matte' shadow. Chaos and Savage come close, but there are still hints of sparkle in the pan, even though they hardly show up on the eyes/swatched. I DO, however, think that the fact that most of these have a hint of shimmer to them makes them easier to blend, especially for those just beginning to dip your toes into brighter colors. 

Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage, and Fringe (Swatched over UDPP)
Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak, and Thrash (Swatched over UDPP)
  • Revolt - Shimmering metallic Silver. I find this to be a true, neutral (but more cool toned) silver. Not a fan of it in this palette, but it's not a bad color.
  • Gonzo - Turquoise blue. I love the brightness of this color. Mostly matte, similar to Sugarpill's Afterparty eyeshadow.
  • Slowburn (not safe for eyes) - Bright, red based orange. Super pigmentation in this color!
  • Savage (not safe for eyes) - Matte neon pink. Gorgeous and opaque.
  • Fringe - Shimmering forest green with hints of blue. A great crease shade for this palette. Blends beautifully with the blues AND the greens.
  • Chaos - Bright matte royal blue. Slightly patchy, but applies better to the eyes than in a swatch.
  • Jilted (not safe for eyes) - Bright fuchsia with a blue shift. Blue shift isn't as pronounced as some of UD's other shades. Swatched a lot more pink than it looks in the pan.
  • Urban (not safe for eyes) - Deep pink-toned purple. I'm surprised this one is on the 'not safe for eyes' list honestly. Has pink shimmer through it.
  • Freak - Shimmer light green. I ADORE this shade in the eyeliner, so happy it's an eyeshadow as well now!
  • Thrash - Bright vibrant chartreuse. Amazing pigmentation with bright sparkle. This shade made me gasp out loud when I swatched it!

In this look, I used:
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Electric Palette Eyeshadows in Freak, Thrash, Fringe, Chaos, and Gonzo
  • Wet N Wild Eyeshadow in Brulee
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in Perversion
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Freak
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Deviant
  • Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara
Now, Urban Decay pulls a little fun here, and includes a sneaky little insert that reads that "Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are NOT intended for use in the immediate eye area." Also, notice that this palette is not marketed directly as an 'eyeshadow palette', but rather, a 'pressed pigment palette'. Here's why that is. 'Neon' shades in cosmetics have not been FDA approved in the United States. However, have been approved for use in the eye area in Canada and Europe. (Think of the Sleek Acid palette!) So basically, UD is covering their asses by including that little bit of info, and marketing this as a 'Pressed Pigment Palette'. Most people who have allergies to cosmetics tend to react to the dyes and pigments used in reds, and pinks, and ingredients used to make these colors. In my own personal opinion, I choose to not heed these warnings, and will be using said shades on my eyes. This is because I KNOW my body, and I know that I have no problems or irritations using shades like this around my eyes. It's you to YOU, and YOU ONLY to decide how you will use these pigments. Don't say I (or Urban Decay) didn't warn you. It's very possible that you could be allergic to these strong pigments. So proceed with caution!

Overall, I'm in love with this palette. No palette is perfect, so I can work with the re-promoted shades, and the 'Not safe for eyes' shades do not bother me. You can check out my video review of it here!:

Are you planning on picking up this palette? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments section! Also feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer them, I want to help you decide if this palette is right for you!

[This product was purchased by me with my own money and I'm not in any way endorsed or affiliated with Urban Decay Cosmetics.]


  1. I don't own a single naked palette but this will definitely be my first Urban Decay palette. Loooove the colors, also missed out on vice 1 and regretted it because of Chaos, sooo glad it's in this! Just gutted it's not out here yet!

    1. I've heard it won't be available in stores until April!

  2. I'll be getting this when it becomes available in the UK!

    I love the look you've created with it. Stunning! :)

    Ray xo

  3. As I said on your video, I'm bummed about the color choices. I was hoping this palette would have like a rainbow choice with a basic (like you suggested) of black or a even a pure white would have been nice since they don't really have that in their collections. I think someone on the UD team or a head of production is partial to blues. I find a LOT of their palettes will have at least 1 or 2 blues in them even if they don't go. I don't know about anyone else, but I really don't wear blue a lot (reminds me so much of Mimi from Drew Carrey even when it's done nicely lol). I prefer purples and grays and I find purple doesn't get a lot of attention in the eye shadow community. Anyways, this review was super helpful. I'm glad the formula is at least worth the buy, just wish the color choice was, too.

  4. The colours look great and the packaging look gorgeous! Love the look you created!

    Would love it if they did a variations of this palette and took one colour and did different shades with it that, would be great for those who don't like to mix and match contrasting colours so much or wanted a more subtle but vibrant look.

    Did you need to apply a white base first to get the most out of the colour pigments or is it strong on it's own?

    Anna :} x

  5. Yay! You look gorgeous wearing it! I’d love to have it but I’m not yet superb in using palettes.
    ~Pauline @Kallony

  6. it's not safe cosmetics? you look beautiful lady.
    Greetings it from me beauty water Indonesian.

  7. I love this palette, so bright and beautiful **

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