Urban Decay Palettes of 2018 – Rated and Swatched

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes Comparison 2018

This year, Urban Decay came out with a few new collections that truly caught my attention. It all started with the Backtalk Palette which is until this day my go-to travel pick. The next launch, Beached Palette, upgraded our summer looks with vivid hues. And the latest launch, Born to Run Palette, broke the internet becoming the new cult-classic Urban Decay palette. In this abundance of new launches, it’s not easy to make up your mind on which palette to pick. This post includes swatches, full review, and mini-tutorials designed to help you to make a decision on Urban Decay’s latest and greatest new makeup launches.

Urban Decay Born to Run Palette

Urban Decay Born to Run Palette

The latest Urban Decay launch is a heavy-duty palette that offers a variety of colors and textures. From shimmery coppers to matte neutrals and everything in between, this 21-shadow set is the ultimate must-have for everyone’s makeup collection. You can travel with it, you can proudly display it on your vanity, you can gift it – the opportunities are endless. Oh yeah, you can also create tons of different looks for both day and night. I’m sold!

The Formula: The palette is as diverse as it could get: expect Naked Ultimate Basics-like mattes, Naked Heat metallics and shimmers, and UD singles micro-sparkle shades.

Packaging: Heavy-duty with a mirror. Love the magnetic closure and collage-like cover design.

Shade Range: 21 shades for any taste!

Top Row: Breakaway (warm ivory shimmer), Stranded (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer), Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift), Weekender (light neutral beige matte), Still Shot (bright peach), Riff (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle), Good As Gone (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer).

Middle Row: Hell Ride (deep fuchsia matte), Baja (burnt orange matte), Accelerate (reddish copper metallic), Guilt Trip (smoky purple shimmer), Ignite (rose gold metallic), Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Wanderlust (forest green with gold micro-shimmer).

Bottom Row: Wildheart (bright fuchsia), Punk (red-brown matte), Double Life (metallic rust), Jet (black with deep shimmering purple shift), Drift (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle), Radio (deep emerald satin), Big Sky (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)

Price Point: $49 at Ulta Beauty.

Perfect For: Adventurer who loves makeup and prefers packing light!

urban decay backtalk palette review

Urban Decay Backtalk Palette

I traveled way more than I usually do this summer and Backtalk Palette became one of my favorite travel companions. It combines both check and eyeshadow products and features a convenient double-sided mirror. If you stuck on a desert island, that’s the one and only makeup palette you need.

The Formula: The eyeshadow quality in this palette reminds me of cult-favorite Naked 3 Palette. The shades of the Low-Key blush and Party Foul highlighter are dupes for Becca x Chrissy Teigen palette (Beach Nectar and Rose Gold illuminators).

Packaging: Two-sided “book” with a detachable mirror in between. The cardboard design of the palette is lightweight and features a magnetic closure.

Shade Range: 8 matte and shimmer eyeshadow shades, 3 blushes, and 1 highlighter.

Eyeshadows: 3 Sheets (pale pink-nude matte), Bare (light pinky-peach satin), Curve (metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter), Backtalk (soft rosy mauve matte), Shade (deep fuchsia satin), Attitude (metallic red-copper), WTF (reddish brown matte), 180 (metallic brown-red)

Blush: Cheap Shot (medium pink-nude), Double Take (rich mauve with slight shimmer), Low Key (pink-peach).

Highlighter: Party Foul (light pink-nude shimmer).

Favorite Shade: 3 Sheets Eyeshadow is a perfect base eyeshadow. My most-used crease shade is Backtalk — I reach out to it even when playing with different palettes. A combo of Double Take and Low Key blushes is my go-to everyday cheek favorite.

Price Point: $46 at Sephora. It’s a great deal considering that you are getting the 2-in-1 palette.

Perfect For:  A frequent traveler who is into neutral and natural makeup.


Urban Decay Beached Palette

What if an eyeshadow palette featured both warm tones and some cool tone shimmers? It’s definitely thinking outside of the box which I personally value. It’s also a great way to expand your makeup “wardrobe” with some unique pigment shades.

The Formula: Some shades apply similarly to Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette. There is some fall-out when swatched on the hand which is less obvious when applied with a brush. The shades look more vivid and pigmented with applied with a wet brush – in fact, that’s my favorite way to wear these eyeshadows.

Packaging: Palm print immediately puts me in the summer mood and this palette features a beautiful shot of this tropical creature. Unexpectedly, the palette opens up from its shorter side and features a mirror.

Shade Range: 8 shimmer eyeshadow shades.

Salt (ivory satin), Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift), Heatwave (metallic rust), Daybreak (deep reddish terra-cotta matte), 16th St. (metallic bronze-gold), BLAZE (light metallic peach with pink shift), Double Dip (bright metallic teal), Plunge (deep metallic blue-green), and Wedge (deep metallic brown-copper).

Favorite Shade: 16th St. is a beautiful shimmery copper with the gold undertone that looks fabulous when combined with the Heatwave shade from the same palette.

Price Point: $34 at Ulta Beauty.

Perfect For: Makeup junkie who wants to expand the collection into cool tones.

My Rating: 7 out of 10! I rarely use blues in my makeup so 2 out of 8 shades are not very usable for me. I also don’t feel that the way the palette opens is the most convenient way of using the mirror.

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Urban Decay surprised us with a set of amazing eyeshadow palettes in 2018. From neutrals to coppers and vivid cold shades, there are a lot of options to pick from. The question is, which of these three palettes you love the most?


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