Urban Decay: Book of Shadows 4
Urban Decay recently released the fourth version of their Book Of Shadows and this years version is a little different to previous versions. In some ways this is good and in other ways not so good. Watch the video below for a quick over view and keep reading for shade descriptions and swatches.
The Book Of Shadows 4 includes 16 eyeshadows, a full size 24/7 Liquid Liner in Perversion, a mini Primer Potion, a mini Super curl mascara as well as a set of QR codes which you can scan with your smart phone to watch some tutorials that had been created using products from this palette. To go with the QR codes you also get a mini speaker as well as USB cable. This palette is the most expensive version that Urban Decay have made and it costs a whopping £46 / $64. This is also limited edition so grab it while you can.
In the palette you get the following shades -
Blue Bus – a light blue purple colour that reminds me of Tilt from MAC. The payoff seems ok at first however because the shadow is dry it blends away so much that it practically disappears!
Gunmetal – a silvery grey shade that has some shimmers. This is pretty pigmented and easy to work with.
Cobra – a dark brown that is filled with green and gold shimmers. I find this shadow quite dry and it looks nothing like it does in the pan when applied – the sparkles that make it look interesting just disappear.
Baked – a firm favorite of mine. This is a buttery soft gold colour that looks great on any skin tone.
Bender – a forest green shade that is very soft, pigmented and blends very easily. This is one of my favorites from the palette.
Gravity – a frosty purple shade that is quite pigmented but can be a little dusty.
Lost – a deep bronzy brown shade that has a frost finish. It is very opaque and soft and easy to work with.
Hijack – a teal shade that leans more blue than green. It has a metallic finish and has good pigmentation. Another favorite of mine from this palette.
Midnight cowgirl – a glittery shadow that has a light gold base colour and filled with golden shimmers. I actually quite like this shade and although it is chunky I do think it is worth the effort.
Sin – a familiar shadow that is a champagne colour. It’s also in the Naked palette as well as previous Book Of Shadows. Very smooth and opaque.
Midnight Rodeo – the fail eyeshadow from the 15th Anniversary Palette. It is packed with glitter and has a crazy amount of fall out. However the taupe base colour is quite nice.
Crystal – a bluey purple grey shade. It looks very pretty in the palette however the payoff is so poor – this is a very sheer shade that I struggle to build up.
Bust – a pale grey taupe shade that has a slightly frosty finish. I have been using this in my crease lots recently and I really like this shade.
Missionary – a taupey beige shade that is quite nice to work with however payoff isn’t the best. But you can build the colour up on this shadow.
Skimp – a beige shade with a hint of pink. This makes a great highlight shade and for the first time Urban Decay actually included a highlight shade with no glitter or shimmer!
Zephyr – a white shade with golden sheen that reminds me of a less in your face version of Nylon from MAC.
Overall I actually find this palette a little boring. I am used to having great colour choices as well as good textures from Urban Decay and this just hasn’t got that. Half the shadows are nice shades that are easy to work with and the other half sadly are boring shades that are difficult to work with. I also don’t like how bulky this palette is. I know it contains more than the older palettes – but it is still very large. The butterflies on the top layer are too much and not needed and to be honest I don’t feel that many people will use the built in tutorials as most people look on Youtube for tutorials. I think that if you are new to makeup and Urban Decay this will be a good purchase – it has half bright shades and half neutral as well as having the tutorials built in to show you how to create looks. But if you are like me and have all all the other palettes from Urban Decay, you do not need this one.
You can buy this palette from www.debenhams.com or www.sephora.com however I am now wishing that I had saved my money because this is not a palette I will be reaching for that often. Did you but the Book Of Shadows 4? Let me know what you think in the comments.