From the brand that knows a thing or two (more like a bajillion) about beauty palettes, comes Urban Decay’s latest release: Backtalk, an entire rose-mauve theme for both eyes and face … in one convenient package. Inspired by the Vice Lipstick by the same name, this palette is exactly what anyone with a blush-coloured addiction (like me) has been looking for, not to mention a nice departure from the usual nudes.
Backtalk Eye & Face Palette, limited edition (CAN $59.00) | Housed in a sturdy cardboard casing, this palette comes with a removable mirror/divider (which I actually didn’t realize it did that, until I wound up “pulling” it out and then panicked thinking I had Hulk-smashed the thing. Doh). Created around a blush monochromic theme, the eight eyeshadow shades all feature the brand’s Pigment Infusion System™ technology — which basically means the powder is quite saturated, blends easily, stays colour-true, and lasts intact until removed (when worn over primer, that is). The other side holds 2 blushes and 2 highlighters, all of which can be mixed, matched, or layered, and designed to complement the eyeshadows as well.
All eight eyeshadow shades show amazing pigmentation with no fallout and display excellent blendability as well. With an interesting mix of finishes along with light-to-dark hues, you’re given the option of creating a variety of looks that can easily take you from day to night.
- 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 (terracotta)
- 180 – metallic brown-red
The blush shades are quite colour-rich, so I suggest starting with a light amount and building up, if needed. The texture on both is almost creamy-smooth and blends beautifully along the skin without looking as though its simply sitting at surface level. Staying power is increased when either is applied over primer/foundation. The highlighters have an excellent texture as well, with both blending effortlessly and providing a gorgeous glow — just go easy with application here too, unless being EXTRA is your thing (then by all means, go to town). BONUS TIP: the blushes can also be worn as eyeshadows as well, thereby increasing the eye palette to 10 hues).
- Cheap Shot – rich mauve with slight shimmer
- Double Take – medium pink-nude
- Low Key – pink/peach shimmer
- Party Foul – light pink-nude shimmer
Just when I think that Urban Decay can’t possibly top either the Naked or Naked Heat series of palettes, the brand comes up with this little jewel — almost as a soft & romantic response to either of the aforementioned. It’s a well documented fact that rosy hues have a brightening effect along the skin, and with the variety offered in this palette you’ll not only be pretty in pink, but berry, mauve, and blush too. More colourful than nude but less intense than red, this palette fits perfectly right in between the two ranges and is an absolutely welcome addition to my collection. If these tones are something that interest you, then I suggest not delaying checking it out … but hurry, as it is limited.
Available at Sephora and online
Kindly provided by Urban Decay for my unbiased consideration