Today I have the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette to show you. Back in late March I turned 32 and my boyfriend kept asking me what I wanted for my birthday. I gave him a couple options, and when I said the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette… he looked it up, said I would never use it and to pick something else.
Right before my birthday he gave me a gorgeous Swarovski necklace I wanted and a couple other items. No palette. Oh well, I was planning my order for it anyway! But then on my birthday he brought out one more gift… and it was my Urban Decay Electric palette!
I was ecstatic! I really didn’t think he would buy it for me, but he knew I wanted it BAD!
The packaging alone is just vibrant and gorgeous. Yes I’m a sucker for packaging, but still!
One thing I want to touch on before I get into more photos and swatches, this isn’t an eye shadow palette. Can it be used as one? Of course. But this is a pigment palette. I’m a pigment fanatic and own several from various companies. Pigments can be used for a wide range of things. It can go on the lips, cheeks, hair, nails… you name it. Pigment is extremely fun to play with. The difference though is that usually pigments are found loose in larger containers. Urban Decay simplified it and pressed them into a palette.
There is a warning on the back of the box as well. Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban are not intended for use around the immediate eye area. People can and do use it, but it isn’t recommended. So just keep that in mind. Most pigments in these color groups have the same warnings. Mainly it’s because some pigments are not FDA approved and this has to be printed as a liability. The FDA has not tested them for use in the eye area, so the warning has to be there.
Ok now lets get into the palette!
The casing of the palette matches the box (which was shown first) This is a fun and colorful case that is pretty sturdy with a magnetic closure.
And the inside! Look at how vibrant these shades are! My favorites right off the bat are Revolt, Fringe, Jilted, Urban and Freak. I do keep my age somewhat in mind when I buy (or ask for) palettes or cosmetics this vibrant. I’m 32, I work in a professional office setting… so I can’t exactly bust out colors like Chaos and show up to work looking like Mimi.
Generally what I have been doing is using Naked 1, 2 or 3 palette shades as a base shade and blending in other “hotter” shades on the outer corners or as an eyeliner. These are pigments, so I can use some mixing medium and easily turn them into eyeliners without issues.
The palette also comes with a double ended brush for application. The brush works pretty well, but I have a ton of brushes in my caddy, and I’m pretty attached to many of them so for now I consider the brush a bonus. I still would have wanted the palette without a brush.
And the swatches! I did all of these on my arm with NO primer. These are the shades in all of their vibrancy without any help.
Not surprisingly, the 5 I liked when I opened the palette (Revolt, Fringe, Jilted, Urban and Freak) are still my top loves from the palette. BUT I was shocked to find Thrash was also a color I will use a lot (and already have).
All 10 shades were easily blendable and the color payoff was incredible.
Here is a run down of the swatches above:
Revolt: Revolt is a repromote from a shade in the Anarchy Face Case. Revolt is a metallic silver.
Gonzo: Gonzo is a bright blue matte shadow with a fine silver shimmer throughout.
Slowburn: Slowburn is an orange leaning red matte. This is a shade not recommended for eyes. You may see some staining if you use it.
Savage: Savage is a hot pink matte shade. I LOVE this color, but haven’t quite figured out how I want to use it yet. This is another shade not recommended for eyes, and again, some staining may occur when you use it.
Fringe: Fringe is a metallic teal shade. Very pigmented and incredibly gorgeous. I love using my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette shades and then Fringe as an eyeliner. It’s amazing.
Chaos: Chaos is another repromote and was originally seen in the Vice Palette. Chaos is a vibrant cobalt blue matte.
Jilted: Quite possibly my favorite shade in the palette. Jilted is a fuchsia metallic shade with a slight blue shift to it. It says it isn’t meant to be used around the eyes, but I will admit I have used it there. I didn’t experience any issues, but doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
Urban: Urban is another love! What can I say? I’m a purple fanatic! Urban is a metallic purple. Another shade that isn’t suppose to be used in the eye area, and it can possibly cause staining.
Freak: Freak is a bright Spring green with a fine shimmer throughout. This is probably my second most used in the entire palette. It’s amazing.
Thrash: Thrash was the unexpected favorite of the group. This is a vibrant chartreuse with a slight gold pearl to it.
Is this a palette for everyone? Definitely not. Is it a fun palette to play with? Absolutely! I will admit I’m not brave enough to use too many shades within this palette together, and have been grabbing one of my Urban Decay Naked Palettes to kind of mix and match so I can have my milder shades with a pop of color added in. I do think that people need to be aware that this is a pigment palette so the colors will be slightly more intense, and the shades I noted earlier (Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban) are not recommended for use in the immediate eye area.
Overall though, I am so happy I have this palette and had my boyfriend not given it to me as a gift… I still would have purchased it anyway.
Where To Buy: Sephora
While I’m thrilled with my present, I can see why this palette isn’t for everyone. I do use a lighter hand with them and mix them up with neutral palettes.
I will have some eye looks on the blog soon with these. I promise! I was planning on doing it last week, but things have been so hectic I haven’t had a chance, but I keep delaying putting swatches up!