Urban Decay Makeup Review/First Impressions! Shadow Box.

If you have seen any of my tutorials then you will know that I’m a big Urban Decay fan! I have been for many years but I still only have a fraction of UD’ collection, I’m slowly building up to more and in my efforts to I have decided to purchase the Shadow Box Palette.

From what I can remember I only have tried 3 of these shadows before despite already having 4 large palettes so it seemed like the best one to go for, below are pictures of the unboxing and of swatches. Keep reading to find out what I thought!


First thoughts



The packaging is cute, not too dissimilar from UD usual leading colours but the palette feels a little bit more luxurious. Palette’s I have purchased from UD in the past have been slightly on the cheap side to touch i.e made of card board or bendable plastic but this one has some weight to it with a nice pad topped case.


Inside the palette


Now if you are anything like me you never look at the back of the palette to see the colours you just open it right up and be amazed or displeased by what’s in front of you. Recently (in December) I began to love jewel toned shades, so when I seen Indo, Moonshadow & Baked Cowboy I could not wait to swatch these and see how good they were!




All of the above swatches shown are singular swipe swatches and are taken with camera flash, no edits. 

My first thoughts when swatching these shades are how buttery they are! I will share my thoughts about the shades individually listed below (from left to right):

  • Baked Cowboy – I couldn’t wait to try this one out as it looked highly pigmented and shimmery. I wasn’t disappointed however I would of liked a little more colour payoff within the first swipe. However Haui Wowie has great colour pay off but you do tend to get a little bit of fall out from the glitter the shade contains so maybe its a saving grace?!
  • Moon shadow – this beautiful jewel toned blue would be beautiful for a night out! it has great build able coverage so it can be highly pigmented or just used as a wash of colour along the eyes. Soft & creamy in texture with no fall out.
  • Freelove – I actually wasn’t expecting to like this shade but I do, it’s as buttery as the rest of the group with really good pigmentation. I’m looking forward to doing a high sheen summer look with his shade!
  • Lost – instantly fell in love with this shadow as soon as a swatches it. It as a nice medium-sheer coverage which is build able would be beautiful used as an all over colour or transition for a smokey eye.
  • Mushroom – this shade just melts into the skin with it’s soft velvety texture making it easy to blend. Has very good coverage with a silver shimmer shade, I went off silver tones for a very long time however I think this has pinged me back in to loving them cool tones!
  • Flash – at first this colour reminded me of Betrayal from the Vice 2 palette but it doesn’t wear like that at all. It’s silky in texture with a wonderful colour pay off and it’s very wearable for almost all skin tones!
  • Blackout – to be honest this is the only shade in the palette that I was disappointed with. I wanted it to be as black as it could be on the first swatch however it was washed out and had more of a blue tinge to it so it’s wasn’t what I was expecting. However it is very build able so you can achieve a blacked out smokey effect with this shade.
  • Smog – this shade is a long standing favourite of mine and I use it almost everyday as it’s in my every day to day routine. It’s extremely blend able and can be worn as a sheen or built up for a good smokey coverage.
  • Tornado – I found this shade be quite interesting, the pay off is great in terms of colour. Good coverage too but there’s something about this shade that doesn’t make me love it even though I can see several uses for it in my minds eye. I’ll have to try it out and see how it wears!
  • Bordello – I have this colour in another palette however I am convinced that UD has changed the formula between me buying that palette and this one. There’s no fallout with the shade in this palette which is great, beautifully wearable and soft in texture. Wonderful!
  • Indo – WOW! This shade is wear I’m at, it’s beautiful. It rich in pigment, soft and creamy in texture, blends well and is amazingly eye-catching. Think I may just have a new favourite
  • Sin – this has actually been one of my favourite shades for a couple of years now! I love how it looks for brow or inner eye highlight, it’s great for a pop of colour on the lid too. Highly bendable can be buffed out to achieve more of a sheen then a highlight, great pigmentation.


Final thoughts

For me this palette is great and I think it would be great for anyone who likes to be creative with makeup. Regardless of whether you are a makeup beginner or an experienced makeup artist, there are some wonderful & workable shades in this palette. Personally I cant wait to start trying out some looks with it, I having a feeling it’s going to take over the Naked 2 Palette and become my new travel buddy as there’s so many more looks to create with this!


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