Sephora gave me $20 to spend last month via their V.I.B. Beauty Insiders Program, so despite the fact I swore I wasn’t going to purchase the Urban Decay Vol. III NYC Palette, I did exactly that. I can only hope this isn’t going to be a theme I’ll be carrying over into the new year or else it is likely me swearing off junk food will have me walking out of Dylan’s Candy Bar with a bus load of sour patch kids very soon thereafter. In this case, I’m going to accept that I made myself out to be a liar and try to make the best of it by enjoying this palette…
|Lighted pop-up display w/ mirror and pull-out drawer with shadows, liners, and mini primer potion|
The palette is exactly like the Alice In Wonderland palette in lay-out. There is a pull out drawer with the product and a top cover that opens with a pop-up display and mirror. In the case of the NYC palette the display is lit which gives the pop up display a cool city feel. The mirror does not stay open on its own while sitting on a table. In order to use the mirror you have to tilt the palette backwards or hold the lid open. The palette is certainly pleasing to the eye, but the mirror, much like the pop-up display, is more of a novelty.
|Lighted Pop-Up Display w/out flash|
The pull-out shadow drawer includes the following products:
Perversion – matte charcoal black (Permanent)
Uzi – white silver w/ glitter (Permanent)
Loaded – dark forest green with sheen (New Shade)
Kush – grassy green (New Shade) – similar to UD’s Homegrown
Midnight Cowboy Rides Again– champagne with lots of glitter (Permanent) –This shadow is known for its fall out and though it is a pretty shade, it requires a lot of extra work. The extra work for me isn’t really worth it given that this is a shade that is very easy to duplicate. I own this a few times over, and I really wish that UD would stop insisting on putting it in its palettes. At this point, I feel like they are mocking me. 🙂
Last Call – plum with red undertones and a shimmery finish (Permanent) — One of my all time favorite shadows, but I already own it a couple of times over.
Rockstar – deep shade of eggplant (New Shade) — I own the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Rockstar and it is one of my favorites! I use the eyeliner frequently in place of a dark brown liner.
Money – silvered blue with a metallic blue-green sheen (New Shade)
Haight – shimmering teal (was sold as a Sephora Exclusive)
Maui Wowie – medium gold w/ silver glitter (Permanent) a very pretty shade, has some fall out issues though…
Smog – coppery bronze (Permanent) This is a beautiful shadow also in Urban Decay’s Naked Palette
Bordello – mauve-pink with glitter (New Shade)
Radium – bright medium blue w/ frost finish (New Shade)
Snatch – peachy pink w/ glitter (Permanent) This shade was in Urban Decay’s Show Pony palette
Suspect – taupe with a hint of bronze (New Shade)
Psychedelic Sister – Purple Amethyst (Sephora Exclusive shade)
Zero– a fantastic black liner
Ransom– an iridescent violet liner
Primer Potion- a mini version of the now ubiquitous primer potion
A look at the liners:
|24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils in Ransom & Zero|
|Glide-On Eye Pencil Swatches: Zero, Ransom|
Ransom is a nice addition to my liner collection as I have nothing like it. It reminds me of M.A.C.’s violet pigment in a liner form. I own L’Oreal Hip’s Violet Volt Chrome Eyeliner which is by comparison much darker and more purple than Ransom.
|Perversion, Uzi, Loaded, Kush, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar, Money, Haight, Maui Wowie, Smog, Bordello|
|Swatches: Perversion, Uzi, Loaded, Kush, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar & Money|
|Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar, Money, Haight, Maui Wowie, Smog, Bordello, Radium, Snatch, Suspect, Psychedelic Sister|
|Swatches: Haight, Maui Wowie, Smog, Bordello, Radium, Snatch, Suspect, Psychedelic Sister|
I now have a ton of Last Call, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Mauie Wowie, & Smog eye shadows so unless I have a serious lapse in judgement I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any additional palettes from Urban Decay that contain any of those shadows. This time I plan on sticking to my guns! I mean it this time!