It’s SBBC Day two! I’m loving how everyone doing the challenge is forming into a little community
My favourite eyeshadow palette, without a doubt, is the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. III
You can see that the box is a little worse for wear. That’s because I’ve used it constantly for two years. I bought this palette in Derry Airport when I was on the way to Wimbledon in 2011. I don’t remember how much it was at the time, and unfortunately it’s not available to buy any more.
First of all, the packaging is great. The box features a drawer with a ribbon handle pull-out, revealing 16 eye shadows.
The palette has a top flap that I didn’t even notice until months after I bought it. This section has a mirror and 3D pop up cards of New York buildings and street characters. It lights up too, which makes it so much cooler for some reason.
(I may or may not have taken this photo under my duvet to block out the daylight )
The light-up feature, while not very practical, is simply fun and adds to the NYC nightlife feel of the palette.
The 16 eyeshadows are so varied that you can create almost any look from the palette – neutral, soft, electric bright, or smokey.
Can you tell which shade is my favourite? The suspect colour third from the left on the last row has been the lid-base for almost every neutral look that I’ve done. It’s a great warm shade and has a lovely pearl sheen.
A little fault I have with this palette is the lack of matte shadows. A matte brown would have been perfect as a warm blending colour to complete the smokey eye looks. Perversion is the only matte colour, and it makes a very useful deep black shade for intense smokey eyes.
I loved Last Call or Rockstar combined with Bordello. Bordello is a gorgeous pearlescent pink shade that blends perfectly. It works as a middle third colour, or even on the outer third when blended with Money.
I’ve avoided some colours, like Radium in the bottom left corner, which is an electric blue that would never suit my brown hair and green-eyed colouring. I like to stick to the browns, pinks and purples.
Also, beware of fall out! Maui Wowie, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (what a mouthful), and Uzi all end up more on my cheeks than on the lid. It’s a pity because Maui Wowie is a perfect cool-gold colour, but it’s not too bad if applied with plenty of primer.
The palette did come with a small primer and two liner pencils in Zero and Ransom. But they have long since disappeared. Zero was a good staple black liner. Ransom worked as a statement purple addition to the under-eye area.
If not for Suspect being almost finished, I’d say that this palette would last me another two years. It’s my ultimate go-to night out palette.