I’m so excited to review this palette, This is a collaboration between Urban Decay Cosmetics and Kristen Leanne, If you don’t know who Kristen is she is a popular personality on Youtube and owner of the hair dye brand called Arctic Fox, she does reviews and tutorials on her channel using cruelty-free brands.
This collaboration is a huge milestone for Urban Decay because it is their first ever Influencer collaboration, I’m so glad that they choose Kristen to be their first because I knew she would create something fun and interesting.
I love makeup that challenges me and I love creating dramatic looks with colourful eyeshadows so the ‘Kaleidoscope Dream‘ palette was right up my alley. I know a lot of people had mixed thoughts on this palette because of the palette layout I did initially to but it honestly doesn’t bother me because I think it challenges me to create interesting colour combinations.
I feel like the way this palette is laid out, it already gives you combinations that you can use together like the blues and purple would look fabulous with ‘Spitfire‘ which is a gorgeous magenta shade that matches well with all of these colours. Also, I feel like ‘Corona’ would look interesting with either ‘DYE‘ (purple) or with ‘Tajin‘ the matte orange but would also pair great with ‘Lime Time’ the green shade.
‘Stay Gold‘ would pair great with the cooler or warmer colours like a pop on the centre of the lid or inner corner. ‘13th Floor‘ is great to deepen up a look or could be used as a shadow liner and ‘Leo+Brixton‘ is a split pan with a blue shift and pink shift which would pair great with any combination as a topper or on the inner corner.
I’ve created a multitude of looks with this palette, some more wearable in combination with other palettes and some more bold looks using colours like ‘LCW’ (lighter blue) and ‘TRM’ (darker blue).
I feel like this palette did really challenge me because I’m not used to using shimmery eyeshadows all over the lid, like most people I tend to use them on the lid portion of my eye and I use matte shadows in my crease and above. So using a palette that only contained two matte eyeshadows was a new thing for me, If you saw my post earlier this month on the Too Faced ‘Chocolate Gold‘ palette you might know that it at least had a quad of matte shades to use as a base, transition and a black to deepen up a look. For me, though a palette not having these base or transitions doesn’t bother me I can always use another palette from my collection that has eyeshadows that I can dip into to help me with those extra elements.
I could have bought the ‘Daydream‘ palette for some extra transition shades but I felt like it wouldn’t add anything new to my collection so I decided not to. When I created the looks for this post I tried to keep it to just using the shades in this palette, and not adding in too many outside shades just so I could see how versatile it actually was.
I was quite surprised actually, while some of the looks I created may not show it I felt like some of the shades in this palette actually blended out quite well, it’s just the looks I created were quite bold and I wanted to do some more dramatic looks so I didn’t blend them out too much just along the edges.
When using this palette I find that the shades are easy to build up to get an opaque application, I thought they showed off quite well without using any setting spray but when I did use it holy moly it looked so good.
I think my favourite shades in this palette would have to be ‘Spitfire‘, ‘Lime Time’ and ‘Leo + Brixton‘. I have a few palettes with bright greens in them but most of them are matte’s, so I love that Kristen added a metallic green in here because I’ve been wanting one for so long. ‘Spitfire’ has to be one of the most unique shades in this palette it’s a duo-chromatic magenta pink with a slight shift it beautiful, I love using this in the centre of my lid or on the inner corner topped with ‘Leo’ or ‘Brixton’.
While this palette is quite bold and may scare some people I feel like I could use this to create some more wearable looks, for example, I created a look using ‘Tajin‘ as my transition and used both ‘Corona‘ and ‘Stay gold‘ on my lid, I put ‘Lime Time’ on my inner corner for a pop of colour. This look could be deepened up by using ‘13th floor’ on the outer corner as well as the inner portion of your eye for a halo effect.
Final Thoughts –
I think this is a fantastic palette, the eyeshadows are beautiful, they have great pigmentation and the blend nicely. You could definitely use this on its own but it’s probably a secondary palette for most people. If your not a person who likes bold colours this may not be your cup of tea and If you prefer matte eyeshadows you probably won’t either. But if you are the type of person who loves bright or bold colours and likes metallic eyeshadows this might be right up your alley.
I also think the price point for this palette is great, the packaging isn’t like UD’s usual heavy duty plastic packaging, I guess to keep the cost down they decided to go with cardboard packaging but this makes the price point better. I was super surprised to see that it was around $60 Australian Dollars on Mecca.com.au, Its great considering most UD palettes start at around $80 here.
I think the packaging is fun and the fact that its cardboard doesn’t bother me because I can still feel that its quality is nice. It has a magnetic closer so that’s nice and the brush that comes with the palette is great quality.
Overall I think this is pretty good and I would totally recommend this if its something that interests you go for it.
If you are in the U.S. I think that this collection is currently on sale through Ulta I believe, unfortunately for Aussies, it still new here and Mecca rarely have sales but like I said this is cheaper than other Urban Decay palettes out at the moment.
Have you tried anything from this collection? let me know what you thought in the comments below
You can find the Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne Collection at some of the following places:
AUS – Mecca.com.au & instore at Mecca Maxima
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