Thursday, October 10, 2013

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case: Review & Swatches

Today I'm going into the realm of higher end cosmetics. Especially since the holiday season is when a bunch of awesome palettes from different brands are released. It just makes me so happy! So today I'll be reviewing the new Shattered Face Case from one of my favorite brands, Urban Decay. This palette retails for $44, but the worth is in the $100s.

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There are actually two Face Cases available, but the second one is only available through Sephora. Both have the same set up, but with different color schemes. The Shattered Face Case contains 5 shadows, 2 blushes, highlighter, Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, and a 24/7 Glide-On Pencil that is incased in a two-tier palette. The slot for the Super-Saturated Gloss actually is continuous between the two tiers, while the eyeliner only has a slot on the top tier. Also, each tier contains its own mirror, making application easy. The packaging is a little bulky because of the two tier system, but it does seem sturdy. I haven't taken this on a trip to test that theory out, and I probably won't anytime soon (since I don't have any trips planned).

The shadows included in the kit (from left to right) are Shakedown, Remix, Nameless, Minor Sin, and Bleach. All five of these are new and limited edition. The two blushes and highlight (from left to right) are Overexposed, Temper, and Glint, which are all new colors and products. These shade names are written on the cardboard packaging, but not on the actual palette.

Personal color descriptions:

  • Shakedown: charcoal grey shimmer with strong brown undertone
  • Remix: deep violet-purple shimmer
  • Nameless: warm chocolate brown shimmer
  • Minor Sin: pale peachy-pink shimmer
  • Bleach: matte pale beige 
  • Overexposed: dusty rose
  • Temper: mid-tone blue-based hot pink
  • Glint: subtle golden-champagne shimmer

In terms of quality, all the shadows (including the matte shade) performed true to Urban Decay fashion. They are buttery, soft, and blend BEAUTIFULLY. They pack a good pigment/color punch as well. Bleach makes a perfect near skin tone corrector/highlight shade for lighter skin tones. As for the blushes, Overexposed has great pigment and softer, blendable texture like the shadows. Temper on the other hand is much harder powder and nearly impossible to swatch. Luckily it's visible on my cheeks (my coloring is about NW 20 in MAC), and can be built up to some intensity. However, it probably won't show up on darker skin tones. Glint is a perfect subtle shimmering highlight that adds a perfect touch of glow to the cheeks. On my skin tone it very nearly blends in, and leaves behind a beautiful sheen.

The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero has to be the single most promoted liner ever on the face of the planet. I really wish they would stop putting Zero in their sets. Not because it's a bad liner, but because I want some variety in my life. It's a super creamy opaque black liner that lasts a long time. This isn't THE darkest black that Urban Decay has, but it is still a nice pigmented color. I highly doubt it's a 24 hour pencil, but it last throughout the day without budging. It also works decently well on the water line. I might switch out Zero for some other travel sized liner. At least it's a usable everyday shade.

The Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Lovechild, is a full-sized product that is part of the permanent lineup. That's a good thing if you love the color (so you can have access to it after it's used up), or a bad thing if you like limited edition shades. It's a nice light-tone baby pink with a slight yellow base (but mostly neutral in color). It's very creamy and glides on the lips without tugging. The wear is comfortable as well.


All hand swatches below are on bare skin, no base of any kind.  Bleach isn't as powdery as it looks in the swatch, but I had to build it up to create a contrast from my skin. It's a great blending color for that reason.

Shakedown, Remix, Nameless, Minor Sin, Bleach

Shakedown, Remix, Nameless, Minor Sin, Bleach
Eye look using Minor Sin in the inner corner, Nameless on the lid, Shakedown in the crease, Remix to blend it out and soften, Bleach to highlight the brow bone, and Zero along the top lashes.

Glint highlighter. As you can see on my skin tone it shows up more as a subtle sheen.

Blushes in Overexposed on the left, and Temper on the right. The outer swatches are the blended out versions of the blushes, and a more accurate portrayal of how you would wear it in real life.

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero on the left (single pass color, then concentrated color), and Lovechild Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color on the right.

Lovechild lip swatch. It's a demure light neutral pink that is not fully opaque, but super shiny on the lips. It's comfortable to wear and lasts 1-2 hours.

Bottom Line: It's a great palette that helps your achieve a full and wearable look. Just add mascara. Yes it's a slightly more expensive item, but the quality and quantity of the products make it worthwhile. You even get to try out new items that you otherwise would not.

BONUS: If you go to the UD website they have a 20% sale off their entire site until midnight 10/12/13. It's a good time to check it out! Just use code FFHOLIDAY13.