Urban Decay Distortion Palette

Thursday, April 05, 2018

I usually love when Urban Decay bring out a new eyeshadow palette but for some reason the Urban Decay Distortion palette (£39.50) didn't catch my eye when it was launched at the end of last year.

I picked this up in House of Fraser recently as I was on the hunt for a nice burnt orange shade like First Offence. I've been wearing lots of warm, smokey colours on my eyes at the moment and absolutely adore the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette at the moment.

The Distortion palette is similar in size and shape to the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette that launched in 2015. It's nice and chunky and sturdy enough to throw in your bag for a weekend away. The big mirror is great too. I really like that the packaging is classic UD purple and the distorted holographic case is pretty cool.

It contains 15 shades, ten are normal UD eyeshadows in a mix of matte and shimmer and five are 'shiifty' shades. These are iridescent colours designed to be worn on top of others to change/distort the look (hence the name Distortion) they can also be worn alone or used as highlight shades.

The shades are:
BLEACH (gold shift)
SHIFTY (green shift)
SPACE (blue shift)
BLUR (pink shift)
FIRST OFFENSE (metallic burnt orange)
HOT BOX (deep green satin w/green micro-sparkle)
5.0 (metallic medium blue)
ROGUE (muted medium purple shimmer)
TRASH TALK (muted medium pink shimmer w/purple shift)
TERRITORIAL (deep metallic bronze)
BLACKOUT (blackest black matte)
OLD SMOKE (smoky metallic medium gray)
SHAG (metallic silver w/iridescent micro-sparkle)
VELVET (metallic burgundy w/gold micro-sparkle)
MIND GAME (lavender shift)

In all honesty, I'm still not sure about this palette. I really wanted to love it but I've not found a way it works for me yet. I find it quite difficult to work with as it doesn't blend well.
I've used a lot of shades from the bottom row as well as First Offense and Hot Box a lot on their own but haven't had much joy when using the shifting shades. (I've actually been using these as highlighters for my face instead as they are quite pretty)
The colours aren't as pigmented as I'm used to from Urban Decay but I'll keep trying with it and hopefully find a way it works for me. Distortion isn't a bad product, far from it, but definately not my favourite offering from UD.

Have you tried the Urban Decay Distortion palette? I'd love to know what you think of it, let me know in the comments or on social media.

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