‘Tis the season for holiday collections! As a beauty addict, this is my favorite time of year, because all the gorgeous sets are released. This year, Urban Decay took holiday shimmer up a notch, with their Heavy Metal Holiday collection. I’ve got the eyeshadow palette, lip palette, and glitter liners to talk about. So grab your Starbucks holiday cup, and get ready for lots 0f sparkle!
URBAN DECAY HEAVY METAL HOLIDAY
Included in this collection, is a metallic eyeshadow palette, a metal matte lip palette, and six new glitter liner shades. If shimmer and glimmer is your jam, then this collection is for you!
HEAVY METALS METALLIC EYESHADOW PALETTE $55
This crushed metal palette features 20 all new shades, separated into two sections. There are 10 brights on the left, and 10 neutrals on the right. Also included, is a large mirror in the center, and the palette itself slides out from the case (instead of a traditional snap closure). Here’s what Urban Decay has to say about this unique formula:
We bumped up the foiled effect to create our most metallic shadows ever. In doing so, we carefully crafted the formula on every shade to make sure each one would apply with a soft and creamy texture and create intense, shiny metallic effects. Every shade has a velvety feel for the perfect application, provides insane color payout and blends like a dream.”
True to fashion, these shadows swatch beautifully and leave behind a fully opaque finish in one or two swipes. A few of the neutrals felt a tiny bit chunky, but when applied to the lid with a damp brush that issue went away. Every single shade in this palette is metallic, so you’ll need to reach for separate shadows to create depth in the crease. For example, I prefer to use darker mattes for the crease and outer v, so for that any of the Naked palettes work great.
I’m a huge fan of metallic lids, so this has been a great add-on palette. I create my eye look using a matte transition, crease, and blending shade, then top the lids with one of these fabulous metal shadows. They don’t fade, or travel, so the shimmer stays on the lid – and not all over your face. Because of their unique metal texture, you’ll want to apply them with your fingers or with a synthetic flat shader brush (like the MAC 242). Using Fix + (or water) to wet your brush before hand also amps up the foiled effect.
HEAVY METAL GLITTER EYELINER $20
Urban Decay makes playing with glitter easy, and mess-free, with their high shine glitter eyeliners. These finely milled shimmers are formulated to stay on the lids, thanks to their special gel like formula.
Because the glitter is suspended in a gel, it won’t separate in the bottle (so you don’t need to shake it like you do with watery formulas). Peach and cucumber extract condition the skin, while carrot extract smooths and softens.”
You can rock these liners alone, or layer two shades together for a high intensity glam look. They feature thin brushes, for precise application near the lash line, or through the crease. You can even use the side of the brush to sweep sparkle all over the lids. My favorite way to wear them, is dabbed into my inner corner, or placed above liquid liner.
VICE METAL MEETS MATTE LIPSTICK PALETTE $35
The final part of this collection, is the lipstick palette, which features 12 shades (six of them new). They are designed to take you from day to night, and are uniquely organized by finish and color family. The metallics are on top, while the coordinating matte shades are on the bottom.
Start with a metallized shade for a night out. When that night rolls into the next morning and you haven’t made it back home, channel your alter ego by switching to the corresponding matte shade for daytime.”
According to Urban Decay, the formula is the same as the beloved Vice Lipsticks, just poured into a palette. On my lips, both the metallics and mattes feel creamy and smooth. I didn’t notice any drying effects, and the convenient retractable brush makes application simple and easy on-the-go. In terms of packaging, it feels sturdy, and perfect for travel, plus it comes with a convenient protective cover for sanitary storage.
URBAN DECAY HOLIDAY
You can purchase all this shimmery goodness online, or everywhere Urban Decay is sold, including (but not limited to) Sephora, ULTA, and Macy’s. What items do you love from this collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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