I’m excited to share with you my Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette review. Urban Decay has gone back to its roots with this palette and brought you 10 bright, velvety shades. Two of the eyeshadows you’ve seen before – Revolt from Anarchy (see my review) and Chaos from Vice 1 (see my review). The other 8 shades are brand new.
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About the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette
As much as we love Naked, we’re serious color junkies at heart. When we launched The Vice Palette and saw how CRAZY everyone went over Chaos (a brilliant matte blue), we realized our fans craved bright shades as much as us. Inspired by Chaos, Urban Decay launches Electric Pressed Pigment Palette. The ultimate fix for color addicts, this gorgeous palette is packed with ten of the brightest, most amazing shades you’ve ever laid eyes on. In addition to Chaos (yes, it’s back!), this palette marks the return of Revolt (a silver standout from our Anarchy Face Case). All the other shades are NEW! From ultra-smooth mattes to highly dimensional shimmers, each VELVETY shade delivers insane color payout. Why do a Pressed Pigment Palette? Using pressed pigments was the only way to create heavily saturated brights with the intense pigment load we craved. Traditional eyeshadow formulas just wouldn’t cut it.
If you’ve tried seemingly bright shades like these before, you know that a lot of them appear brilliant in the pan, but in reality look chalky, lack smooth application and don’t look anywhere near as vibrant on your eye. Not so with Electric. We carefully crafted the formula on every shade to make sure each one would apply with a soft and creamy texture and deliver serious color payout. Wende can’t get enough of Jilted (an unbelievable bright metallic fuchsia with a blue shift). And our Product Development team is really into Fringe (a gorgeous, bright metallic teal), Urban (the most amazing bright metallic purple) and Freak (a bright green with a gold shift, inspired by our 24/7 Eye Pencil shade).
- Every shade in our Electric Pressed Pigment Palette features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.
- Leaping Bunny Certified
- Cruelty free
- 4 shades are not recommended for use in the immediate eye area in the USA (Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, Urban)
$49 for .04 oz x 10.
Sephora, Ulta, Macys, Beauty.com, UrbanDecay.com starting March 18.
I emailed Urban Decay to ask about Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban:
“I know that 4 of the colors in the Electric Palette are not intended for use in the immediate eye area. Is this because the FDA has not yet tested or approved neon pigments for use in the immediate eye area here in the USA? Are these the same pigments that are safe in Europe and Canada?”
Their response to me was:
You are correct. These shades contain a colorant that is not FDA-approved for the use around the immediate eye area; however, it is FDA-approved for external use on the lips, face and body. It’s important to note that this restriction only applies in the U.S.; in every other market where Urban Decay is sold, this colorant is approved for use around the immediate eye area.
If you are looking for dupes for the colors that are not FDA approved, see my Electric Palette Dupes.
Because I have sensitive eyes, I recommend using those colors carefully, especially if you have sensitive eyes. Make sure that you are not sensitive to them. If you have any issues, see your doctor immediately. I wore Urban all day yesterday with no issue, but I’m still going to be careful as I try out the other 3 shades on my eyes, just to make sure I won’t have a reaction.
If you know you are sensitive and don’t want to risk using the 4 non-FDA-approved colors, I would recommend trying Urban Decay Frigid or Freakshow instead of Urban, Urban Decay Fishnet or Junkshow (or maybe the two mixed together) instead of Jilted, and Urban Decay Woodstock instead of Savage, though Woodstock is not matte. Alternately you could try Sugarpill Dollipop instead of Savage. For Slowburn I would recommend Makeup Geek Mandarine.
Similar shades that are FDA-approved
- Instead of Urban, try UD Freakshow or Frigid
- Instead of Jilted, try UD Fishnet or UD Junkshow (or try mixing the two together)
- Instead of Savage, try UD Woodstock or Sugarpill Dollipop
- Instead of Slowburn, try Makeup Geek Mandarine
You’re getting 10 slightly less than full size eyeshadows since typical eyeshadows are .05 and these are .04. So you’re getting a good deal at $49 for 10 eyeshadows.
I absolutely love the packaging. I loved the Vice 2 (see my review) and its smoky purple packaging, so the smoky electric neons for this palette is definitely to my taste. The palette is sturdy, yet compact and I could see this working well for travel if you want to take brights with you. The double ended brush that comes with it is super cute. I love the purple bristles with the black handle. Inside the sleek palette there’s a large mirror with UD embossed on it. It’s a really fabulous design.
All swatches are on Cover FX Eyeshadow Primer.
Revolt – bright metallic silver shimmer with silver glitter
This has a lot of fallout, though it’s not as bad as the one in the Anarchy Face Case.
Gonzo – bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl
This is my ideal bright turquoise / teal blue shade. I absolutely love it. It’s my favorite color in the entire palette. It’s very pigmented. There was only the tiniest amount of fallout during application with it for me, and that was easy to clean up with makeup remover.
Fringe – bright metallic teal
This is a beautiful metallic teal shade that I felt was perfectly balanced. Not too green, not too blue. I felt it leaned a tiny bit more towards blue, which I prefer. It was easy to work with.
Freak – bright green with gold shift
This is a really cute frosty bright green. It makes me think of limes.
Thrash – bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl
This is my second favorite color in the palette. It’s got a velvety finish with the way the gold floats on top of the lime green. I love this color to bits.
Chaos – bright blue matte with floating tonal pearl
This is a stunning bright blue, definitely not for the faint of heart.
Urban – bright metallic purple
This is a great shimmery purple and it was very easy to blend out. This one leaves a slight stain on the skin after removing. My eyes are still slightly stained after wearing it yesterday.
Jilted – bright metallic fuchsia with blue shift
It really does remind me of the Jilted lipstick and the blue shift is very strong. Great color. This one leaves a slight stain on the skin after removing.
Savage – bright hot pink matte
Cheerful bright hot pink. This one leaves a slight stain on the skin after removing.
Slowburn – bright red-orange matte with floating pearl
Super bright orange with red tones. This one leaves a slight stain on the skin after removing.
I created a tutorial featuring Gonzo (lid), Urban (crease), Thrash (inner v and inner lower lash line), and Fringe (outer lower lash line).
Overall I’m thrilled by the Electric palette. I love the brights. My favorites from the palette are Gonzo, Thrash, Fringe, Jilted and Urban. These colors can easily be worn as a pop of color with more neutral shades, or as a super bright all over color with graphic black liner. They’re lots of fun.
- Bright, fun colors
- Easy to apply, good formula (except Revolt, which has fallout issues), lasted 12+ hours on prime for me without creasing or fading
- Cruelty free
- Leaping Bunny Certified
- Good value for the price
- Some colors may temporarily stain your skin
- 4 shades are not FDA approved for use in the immediate eye area.
- If you don’t like brights, skip this palette
I love this palette so much that I am buying one the moment it goes on sale & will be giving it away! This giveaway is open Worldwide. You must be 18 or older to enter. See my official rules. Ends 3/20/2014 at Midnight EST. You must enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.