Thursday, 29 March 2012

Urban Decay 'Build Your Own' Palette: Review


When I heard that Urban Decay were releasing a 'Build Your Own' palette, it got me very excited. Urban Decay eyeshadows are my ultimate favourites (and yes, I prefer them to MAC!). I was very kindly invited to get a sneak peak of these palettes before their release in May, so I thought I'd let you all know what I think...

The Good

The eyeshadows are fabulous as ever. They've actually reformulated them slightly but to be honest I haven't noticed a huge difference in the colours I've tried. They are creamy and soft with fantastic pigmentation. As far as the product goes, I cannot fault them.
Left -Right: Walk of Shame, Sellout, Tease, Maui Wowie, Bordello, Blackout


The palette itself is large and sturdy with a huge mirror inside. I love the design on the front too.

Unlike the MAC palettes, the eyeshadows that you buy come in a pot (also lovely chrome packaging!)

You can easily pop them in and out so you can mix and match between the palette and the singles.


I think this is a huge bonus as I know from experience how frustrating it is when you just want to take one MAC eyeshadow with you, but you've depotted it... There's no going back!

The Palette itself is £14 to buy and comes with a travel sized brush and one neutral matte eyeshadow already in there, 'Walk of Shame', that is exclusive to this palette.


The Bad

Each individual eyeshadow will set you back £14, making the total cost of a full palette £84. This is my only big gripe with this palette. While I love the shadows and I love the concept and design of the palette, it just seems a little too steep when you compare it to the price point of their pre-made palettes. Why spend £84 buying 6 shades when you can buy a Naked Palette or Book of Shadows and get 12-16 shadows for less than half the price? I love the customisable element, but I think it comes at too high a price.

Overall I think the concept of the palette is wonderful, but I think they'll only be a hit with hardcore Urban Decay fans. I was lucky enough to be given a palette with 6 gorgeous shades of my choice, but I have to say I'd have a hard time parting with £84 for it. Sorry Urban Decay, but I'm with the Naked Palettes all the way!

What do you think girls? Do you like the 'Build Your Own' Palette? Will you be buying one?
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54 comments

  1. I agree, the matt Urban Decay eye-shadows are very creamy, unlike some that are chalky!

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  2. The concept is great, with the whole pop-out-pop-in structure, but if you compare this to their pre-made palettes, like you said, the cost is just ridiculous! Thanks for the honest review, Fleur :)x

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  3. I think they're qualified products but they're very expensive.

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  4. It's a fabulous palette, but for that price you could fill half a MAC palette! You're right about the Naked Palette- its around €50! Much better value £84 is too expensive!

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  5. WOW! This looks incredible, but it is a shame it's so expensive, if you got a few more shades for the price it would be better. xo

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  6. It looks good, it´s a good idea, always the free system is the best option to create your own type of palette, thanks for sharing

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  7. Such a good idea, and I love UD shadows, but the cost is simply to high for me.

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  8. Ahh this looks pretty nice :) I agree about the cost situation, £14 per eyeshadow is a tad pricey considering you can buy MAC ones for a lot less :)

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  9. I think it's an absolute rip off! It's cheeky to offer way more shades in a cheaper palette then expect your buyers to dish out double the price for less product! I do like the format and the fact you don't have to de pot it though! :)

    whatrebeccasaid.blogspot.com xxxx

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  10. It is a clever idea, but i wouldn't pay that much for one at all. I would definitely opt for on of the naked pallets.

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  11. Deffo don't have £84 to spend on 6 shadows but if I did I'd be all over these! It's a great Idea and I suppose of you buy a shadow a month or something it wont seem as steep? Thanks for the post though

    xoxox

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  12. I was so disappointed with the price of these, UD always make their palettes such good value, why would you pay over twice as much, for less product, just because they're customisable??? makes no sense. Unless they up the price of their palettes to match. Urggh I hope not :(

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  13. Eeek far too expensive for my liking! Maybe over time I'd quite like to build one up, I'm not sure. I love Urban Decay so I'm torn.

    lauraxamy.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I agree - far too expensive. When I heard there was a buildable palette I was sooo excited, but now it will probably be ages before I can actually afford one :(

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  15. wow! That is expensive, I saved up for my naked 2 palette as I had just bought other palettes from Too Faced and Benefit - so put all my spare change in my piggy bank until I could justify buying another palette! So this is a definate no from me, i'll stick with my Mac pan refils for now!

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  16. I love the palette you put together, Walk of Shame looks really pigmented for a matte shadow, and Sellout and Bordello are gorgeous! It's a shame they're so expensive though, I don't think I could ever bring myself to spend so much on a six shadow palette.

    Frances x
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  17. I was SO excited when I saw you show this on instagram, but £84?! holy moly! Unless they chill out with the price tag I'll be sticking to my naked palettes!

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  18. wow, looks really great ;) Cant wait to try them

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  19. I love this but the price is far too steep! Gutted because I'd love to own it. X

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  20. Hmmmm I agree with you. I doubt It will do as well as the Naked Palette, which I love! :) xx

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  21. Love the idea, just wish it was cheaper! :(

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  22. this is a good idea, but it's overpriced and the packaging is tacky!

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  23. i do love the idea but the price puts me off. x

    http://beauty-riot.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. I love the idea, the design of the shadows, but the price is stopping me. Shame, I swear by UD! It's all I use for eyeshadow.

    Lucy
    http://lucyywrites01.blogspot.com
    x

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  25. I ordered this palette two days ago. I only bought ONE additional eyeshadow (in addition to the one thats already included) I wanted to buy more, but WOW I have to agree sooo costly!.. I have potted UD eyeshadows already so I'm going to use the ones I have to fill up this palette. I am with you... Urban Decay is my favorite brand of eyeshadows hands down! I'm not just a fan, but a collector too.. so it was a must have for me... however I will wait to add new shadows later on..The price is going to be the breaking point for many.. xo

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  26. I want this! Urban decay shadows are the best! x

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  27. I would make my own pallette but the price just stop me

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  28. Love Urban Decay!
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  29. Like pretty much everyone and yourself have said Fleur, price is a real killer. Concept is really great though, makes sense and is conveinient, but they need to lower the cost per eye shadow or not many people will be inclined to buy it.

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  30. love the colours you've chosen and the urban decay shadows are renowned for being good quality and worth the money. i personally would buy it but i would use it for special occasions, and make sure, like you, i picked neutral colours that i could easily wear, as opposed to bright pinks or blues that i would only wear once in a blue moon!
    emma xo

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  31. I think for £14 it's not as bad as you think - yes the naked pallet may seem like better value, but you don't get a massive amount of each product, these are full size eyeshadows so a lot more product - plus you could treat yourself to one a month :)

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  32. really gorg colours!! totally agree on the fact that its really expensive though!!

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  33. I think £14 for the initial palette, brush and eyeshadow is very good, but then spending £14 each on a further 5 shades is a bit steep. You'd think they'd decrease it to £10!

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  34. I'd rather buy a pair of shoes with that £84 and stick to my naked palette :)

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  35. Maybe a makeup artist would find it useful, but I think most people will stick with their Naked pallets.

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  36. £84 it waaay too steep for me. I think they should do doing some sort of deal if your buy the palette and 5/6 shadows to go in it. £50 wouldn't be as bad ;)

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  37. While I love UD shadows and agree that depotted MAC shadows are hard to transport as singles, I find the small-sized Z Palette is a perfect solution. Cheap, portable, clear lid to see the contents and fits most brands of shadow or blush, meaning you can mix & match in the one palette.

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  38. I love the idea of the flexibility of being able to use it in a palette or a single eye shadow! I agree with you, it's way too expensive, even for the quality! Maybe they can sell the single e/s without the packaging? Cause if you have the palettes, you don't need 5 individual packaging... you probably only need 2 or 3.

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  39. $84 does seem like a lot of money for this, i wouldnt spend that much. i still love the idea though and the color selection is wonderful!

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  40. Lovely shades and neat concept, but absolutely far too expensive. Makes no sense when their palettes hold the same amount of product or more, but are far cheaper.

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  41. I think it's a great concept, I've never seen an UD pallet that sold me. The Book of Shadows Pallets always have one or two dud colours and the Naked pallets bore me senseless. If I'm going to buy the single eyeshadows anyway, it's nice to have somewhere to store them and make them truly portable. At last I can have an UD pallet that has all of the truly beautiful shades in one place!

    Lea x

    http://shebeginstosee.blogspot.com

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  42. Great review Fleur! I love that the pots can go back into their containers if you change your mind. I unfortunately have had de-potters remorse with my MAC eyeshadows so this is great for me :)

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  43. yeah i adore this idea ! xx

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  44. i really want to try this! i jsut started using UD shadows and i love them!

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  45. i love urban decay eyeshadows but this is to expensive :( x

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  46. hi! great review! i love your honest discussion of the cost of this palette. it's so refreshing to read when most other bloggers are just looking to hype the next big thing! thank you!!

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  47. This looks NICE but I don't think I would splurdge to get it since its so expensive and I still have the 2 NAKED pallette to use (more than I do now)-Sorry for the mistakes I am french speaking:)

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  48. I love the idea that you get to choose which shades go into the palette, and you can change it up as often as you want, but it's way too expensive!

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  49. Can't believe UD shadows are more expensive than MAC

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  50. t looks great and I would LOVE it but when u think you could get naked, naked 2 and book of shadows for practically the same price :( if you already have both the nakeds you have practically got all the eyeshadow u need xx

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  51. I seem to be far too much of an urban decay fan & I shall most definitely be buying this. I have my favourites from all their palettes I have and it's a brilliant idea to be able to combine the favourites together instead of carrying 4,5 or 6 different palettes around. This is wonderful x

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  52. I got this palette and use points from Debenhams to help me out with the cost but I do love it.

    http://sarahsbeautyspace.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/urban-decay-make-your-own-6-pan-palette.html

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  53. I have to agree with everything you just said. I love how easily they shadows seem to pop in and out of their individual cases!

    Making It Sparkle

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