In Our Makeup Bag: Urban Decay Vegan Palette

Is it just me or is there another “revolutionary” new makeup product introduced every freaking day?! Just walking into Ulta or Sephora (or even Walgreens!) sends many chicas into fits of hysteria, reaching for the nearest brown bag to regulate their breathing. It’s all so overwhelming.

So how can you know which product – among the sea of thousands – is the best? Which does what you need it to do? Which ones are worth the extra money? Let me help. I don’t know every beauty product out there, but I’ve tested a lot of them and I’ll let you know which are worth the money and which are not.

(Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review purposes)

What it is: Urban Decay Vegan Palette

Why this should be in your bag: Every girl needs a nice eyeshadow palette. They are totally foolproof, since the company itself picked out an array of complimentary shades for you. Whether you’re a shadow newbie, or simply trying to expand your horizons, a palette is a great place to start. It also comes complete with an eyeliner and mini shadow primer. Plus, they are ideal for travel! This palette has a magnetic closure, which ensures that it won’t open in your checked luggage. Also, if you’re an animal lover like me, you’ll really feel good about using totally vegan, cruelty-free products. Even the super cute packaging on this palette is vegan!

How to use it: The palette comes with 6 shadows in total. They are diverse, but really work well together. I like using the bottom three in the palette (Twice Baked, Smog and Half Baked) for a bronze smokey eye. The included primer is a new shade, Sin, which intensifies your shadows and makes them pop, all while holding strong.  Simply swipe Smog on your lid, add Twice Baked in the outer “V” and smudged into the crease and then use Half Baked as a highlight and to blend it out towards your brow bone. Urb is a great all over wash, while Minx and Gunmetal are fun highlighters. The three colorful shades work well with the neutrals, making for endless combinations. And who doesn’t love a silky, black eyeliner?

(Top: Zero eyeliner. Middle: Twice Baked, Smog, Half Baked. Bottom: Minx, Urb, Gunmetal)

(Left: Minx – Middle: Minx over Sin Primer Potion – Left: Sin Primer Potion)

CC Rating: A

The packaging and versatility of the Urban Decay Vegan Palette really make it unforgettable. I find myself constantly reaching for this before work, as I know it will make me look great! Urban Decay’s shadows are so smooth and buttery and always look like a million bucks on. Initially, I didn’t like the giant pieces of glitter in Minx, Urb and Gunmetal, but when you build-up the color, they tend to dissipate and not look so obvious. The packaging is absolutely to-die-for and the included eyeliner, primer and mirror make it a great travel buddy. And the animals decorating it remind you that you’re doing a good job by shopping vegan! All in all, the Urban Decay Vegan Palette is fun and functional and will satisfy most makeup junkies. Although not nearly as good of a deal as the Naked Palette (my other new fav!), it’s still a great buy with lots of options.

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