Like a Ballroom Blitz? Urban Decay's Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

 Urban Decay's Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Urban Decay's Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, is an Indian tradition celebrated at the start of every Spring. When I saw Urban Decay's teaser video on Instagram a few months ago I knew almost immediately where they could've pulled their inspiration from.

 The mighty ten

The mighty ten

Nine pressed pigment shades were paired with its muse, Chaos, to tantalise the rainbow lovers. Personally, I'm a colour admirer -- I know what I like, but I've never been too bold in the makeup realm. Urban Decay's newest palette has given me a chance to taste that rainbow.

 Revolt

Revolt

Revolt is a shimmery silver. I wouldn't necessarily say its super pigmented, yet it does make for a great colour for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes.

 Gonzo (the not so great)

Gonzo (the not so great)

Gonzo is described as a "bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl." 'Tis bright, but chalky and patchy. 

 Slowburn

Slowburn

Slowburn is as orange as the setting summer sun. Matte and pearl collide in the finish.

 Savage

Savage

Savage is the apple of Barbie's eye. It's a matte fuchsia pink that'd make Ken jealous.

 Fringe

Fringe

Fringe is a metallic teal; just think of a peacock's feather.

 Chaos

Chaos

Chaos (not the kind in Britney's life) is a vibrant, matte cerulean blue and is probably just as patchy as Gonzo. This is a buildable blue that requires a bit of patience during the application process.

 Jilted

Jilted

Jilted is a cranberry pink with hints of plum. This shade happens to be one of my personal favourites.

 Urban

Urban

Urban is a punk-y regal purple that Queen Elizabeth could even get behind.

 Freak

Freak

Freak is a moss green with golden undertones. Kermit knows full well it's not easy being green.

 Thrash 

Thrash 

Chartreuse is the baby of lemon and lime. Urban Decay classifies Thrash as a matte, but I beg to differ.

 Swatches from left to right: Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage and Fringe

Swatches from left to right: Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage and Fringe

 Swatches from left to right: Gonzo, Jilted, Urban, Freak and Thrash

Swatches from left to right: Gonzo, Jilted, Urban, Freak and Thrash

 Swatches of all ten shades

Swatches of all ten shades

I have no real tricks up my sleeve in the makeup skills department, so I watched a tutorial filmed by Leesha of xSparkage for advice -- for me, she is a master at whipping up wearable looks with extraordinary colour palettes.

Just like Leesha I kept things in the family and paired several colours (Gonzo, Jilted, Urban and Revolt) from the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette with the a few colours from the Naked 3 Palette.

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Prior to applying the six or seven shades seen above, I first applied NARS Smudge Proof Primer, which was followed by NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk in order to have a proper canvas. This duo (primer and white eyeliner) helped to make the eyeshadow stay put, so much that I didn't fret about colour fallout.

This palette made me super giddy, I felt like a kid in a candy store as I wrangled up my brushes before trotting off to create this look. I can't wait to see how the other six shades perform.

Overall, I'm impressed by this leap of faith purchase. Thanks to Tacita for helping to make this possible!

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for Urban Decay's Electric Pressed Pigment Palette:

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 9 out of 10 bags — There were more hits than misses.

Would another purchase be on the horizon?:

  • Tacita also picked up a couple of tubes of UD's Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss I just so happen to be wearing Naked in these very pictures :)