In Our Makeup Bag: Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4

Why This Should Be in Your Bag:

Palettes and sets are the most fun and exciting makeup products, in my opinion. You’re usually getting a great value and a convenient package of matching products.

Urban Decay is one of my favorite cosmetic brands. They make high-quality products, are always animal-friendly and have a great design aesthetic. The packaging and names of products are always funky and kitschy and, most importantly, what’s inside works! I’ve never tried one of their famed Book of Shadows, but am super excited about testing out numero 4!

How To Use It:

This palette comes with 16 shades of eyeshadows, a mini eyeshadow primer, a mini mascara and a full-size liquid liner! Talk about haulage! What’s unique about this palette is that it also comes with a mini speaker and QR codes that take you to videos of six looks you can create with the palette. You simply scan the code using a smartphone, insert the speaker into the headphone jack, place the phone in the holder and create your look. This is super unique – I’ve never seen another brand utilize technology quite like this, but I feel like many will hop on the bandwagon Urban Decay has started. Here are swatches of the 16 shadows and products!

(L-R: Blue Bus, Gunmetal, Cobra, Baked, Bender, Gravity, Lost, Hijack)

(L-R: Midnight Cowgirl, Sin, Midnight Rodeo, Crystal, Bust, Missionary, Skimp, Zephyr)

(L-R: Original Primer Potion, Supercurl Curling Mascara, 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion)

For my look with this palette, I started with the Primer Potion, then used Missionary on the lid and Midnight Rodeo in the crease and outer “V”. Voila!

CC Rating: B

I’m pleased with the new Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume 4. Most of the shadows are up to par as far as quality goes, however, I did find Cobra and Crystal to be very sheer. There was lots of fallout from the two “Midnight” shades (as per usual with Urban Decay), but if you use a stickier base, you can avoid mega glitterface. Overall, the shadows are blendable, smooth and pigmented.

The Primer Potion is one of my everyday, must-haves, and even though I have a full-size bottle currently on the go, I appreciate the mini for travel. I’ve never tried the liquid liner or mascara, but find the liner to be a super-pigmented black. The mascara is slightly dry, but does make your lashes darker and longer. I always curl my lashes, and I can’t say the mascara improves or adds curl.

The mix of shades was a bit strange. There are lots of neutrals in this palette, but a neutral-lover would be better off with the Naked Palette, as it has greater value (12 full-size shadows). I think I would have preferred 2-3 more colorful shades, pumping it up to 8-9 instead of 6. However, that’s just my personal preference!

The QR codes and incorporated technology are a nice idea in theory and a good option for people who are new to makeup. I guess it’s fair to assume that most people who can spend $64 on makeup have a smartphone, but people who don’t have one will find the QR codes useless. I had some trouble scanning the QR codes on my Blackberry Curve, but the iPhone seems to fair fine. The looks are a nice mix and a neat addition.

The value of this palette is undeniable. The eyeshadows in this palette alone are worth over $150, nevermind the Primer Potion, liquid liner or mascara! Even if you are only 100% sure of half of the shadows, you’re still getting a steal at $64. The palette is slightly bulky, making it difficult to travel with. Overall, it’s a fun item, with great quality products, and would make a great addition to any junkie’s arsenal!

[Need some new makeup but not sure what to buy? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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