Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV

Do I need more eyeshadow... of course I don't NEED any more, beauty addiction is not about need is it?  Urban Decay are one of my favourite brands. I happen to think their eye shadows are the best around (in yo face MAC), although they are €17.00 per eyeshadow which is a bit spendy so when I see that they have released a palette I am all over it.   Urban Decay's Books of Shadows IV made me have a small internal debate.  I had just bought the Anniversary palette and the new palette is covered with butterflies. Some people love butterflies. I HATE BUTTERFLIES, they freak me out.  BUT out of the 16 shadows in this palette 10 of them are new.  My greed won and I bought the palette.

So here is the box - the inside has (feckin) butterflies that bounce out at you and it also contains a portable speaker which you connect to your phone.  Inside there is a card with QR codes you scan with your phone and this brings you to how-to videos with Urban Decay's five newest looks. I have a slight issue with the QR codes - you need to have great light and a steady hand to read these codes, every time I try I have neither so I have yet to unlock the how to videos.

Here is a little comparison between the Book of Shadows II and IV, although IV looks bigger its really just to accommodate the liner and the speaker.

I have a little rant in relation to the packaging, I loved the packaging of the Anniversary palette and I think that Urban Decay spoiled us a little with it.  The packaging on the Book of Shadows IV is made of heavy cardboard (covered in those feckin butterflies). When I got the palette home I tried to open the palette.. I COULD'NT.  The little sleeve would not pull out, it wouldn't budge.  I was already in  (unusually) bad form and when I pulled the sleeve I managed to tear the opposite end of the packaging but the sleeve still wouldn't budge.  As I went for a "time out" in the other room (count to ten and let the red mist dissipate) himself tried to open the palette, with a little more tear and a big man size finger going into one of the shadows the palette was finally open.  I don't expect to have this much trouble trying to get at a product so the packaging is a big FAIL for me.

The shadow Zephyr that has big man size print in it.
Here are the shadows... they are so pretty it makes up for the red mist inducing packaging.  Inside you also get a 24/7 Liquid Liner in Perversion (black), A Primer Potion and a Curling Mascara.
How about some swatches?
Blue Bus, Gunmetal, Cobra, Baked
Bender, Gravity, Lost, Hijack
Midnight Cowgirl, Sin, Midnight Rodeo, Crystal
Bust, Missionary, Skimp, Zephyr.

I love that the top two rows are vibrant and colourful and the bottom two have beautiful neutral colours.  As always Urban Decay's shadows are brilliant quality but the glittery shadows can be a bit gritty and expect some fall out (you can see the chunks in the swatches).  The shadows that are glitter free are so soft (like butter). Baked and Bender are particularly smooth. I absolutely love them.  All of these are one swipe/swatch, the colour Blue Bus could have been a little more pigmented but all it takes is another swipe to bring out the amazing colour.

The 24/7 liner.
Do you think that you will be picking up Urban Decays new Book of Shadows IV?

Urban Decays new Book of Shadows IV costs €52.00 and is available from Debenhams and House of Fraser.
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