Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Urban Decay Anarchy & Shattered: Face Cases For Holiday 2013

Urban Decay has two travel sets for Holiday 2013. One of them, Anarchy Face Case is a Sephora exclusive, while the other one, Shattered, is available anywhere Urban Decay products are sold, including the company's website where it can currently be purchased on sale: 20% off with code FFHOLIDAY13.

Urban Decay Face Cases were designed to be used on the go and easily slide into evening clutches and other small spaces. Both palettes are double-deckers and include a good sized mirror on each tier. There are five eye shadows, three face colors (blush, bronzer, highlighter), an eyeliner pencil (24/7), and a lip crayon. Here are the specific of each Face Case:

Shattered, which is a very useful neutralish combination:
*Eye shadows: Nameless (medium gray-brown satin), Remix (rich purple shimmer with tonal micro-glitter), Shakedown (rich brown-gunmetal satin), Minor Sin (champagne-pink satin) and Bleach (yellow-beige matte).
*Blushes: Overexposed (dusty rose) and Temper (soft baby pink).
*Highlighter: Glint (soft pink-champagne shimmer).
*Lip Color: Lovechild (cool pink cream).
*Eye Pencil: Zero (black cream).
Obviously, the eye shadows here are my favorite. They're pretty and versatile with little to no fallout. The blush is a new formula, creamy and soft. I do find Temper a bit chalky. The highlighter is better suited for the eyes than for the face, in my opinion. This is true to both palettes, actually, as I find that the highlighters have too much color to serve as an accent.

Now for some Anarchy:

Anarchy, the Sephora exclusive, is a very glam palette:
*Eye shadows in Redemption (deep gunmetal satin), Fray (warm mauve matte), Vaporize (deep metallic gray-taupe shimmer), Provocateur (light metallic mauve shimmer w/ multidimensional micro-glitter) and Revolt (bright metallic silver shimmer w/ silver micro-glitter).
*Blushs in Fetish (mauve-pink) and Quickie (bright pink)
*Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Scandal.
*24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (blackest black matte) 

The eye shadows here are on the shimmery and glittery side. If you;re familiar with Urban Decay's glitter texture you know to expect some debris (a primer is non negotiable). I love the matte color here which is a mauvish flesh tone that works as an allover base for many looks. The pink blush is definitely chalky, but the other one makes up for it. It's a wonderful color and texture. The highlighter here befuddles me. It's too yellow and doesn't highlight anything. It's a good eye shadow, though.

The cases are sturdy but opening them carries the risk of breaking one's nails. I saw an Urban Decay rep struggles with them, so it's not just my klutzy self. And one last thing: those of you who recommended that I try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion were right. It's even blacker than my beloved Zero.

Bottom Line: Shattered is probably the better value as an everyday palette, especially with the current F&F sale at Urban Decay.

Urban Decay Anarchy ($44) is a Sephora exclusive (online and in store), while Shattered ($44 before discount) can be purchased at Ulta and from The products in this review were press samples given to me by the company.

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