The Urban Decay Show Pony Palette Is Ready to Party

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Makeup

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The food, generosity and general merriment in the air make the holidays a great excuse to par-tay!


In keeping with that spirit, tomorrow I’m meeting some good friends from college for grub in the city (we try to meet around this time every year).

Because we can’t hang out that often, I kinda feel like getting all dolled up.

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I’m thinking of going with something sassy, like this shimmery teal and peach look I tried today using Urban Decay’s Show Pony Palette.


It’s one of four holiday 2009 looks the Urban Decay geniuses cooked up in their yummy makeup kitchen.

I used almost everything listed above with a few exceptions — I left out Urban Decay Rocks (wasn’t in the mood for the gems), and substituted MAC Blushbaby for UD Quickie Afterglow.

I started with a layer of Urban Decay Sin Primer Potion beneath the shadows to increase their staying power and added Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara for extra oomph on my lashes.

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A few things occurred to me while I was working my way through the look…

  • Snatch eyeshadow causes glitter blizzards! The glitter fallout got all over my brown bone and crease. If you decide to give it a try, consider applying your eye makeup first, and clean up any stray glitter before applying concealer and/or foundation.
  • Try a variation of this look using a golden brown shadow in the crease. Getting the teal shadow, Painkiller, to blend into Snatch was a big pain in the you-know-what; I think it might have to do with how much the colors contrast. Next time I try this look, I plan to pop a golden brown into my crease — maybe one like NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna or MAC Eyeshadow in Soba. Either one should smooth the transition from the teal to pink.
  • Applying Naked Lipstick with a lip brush is pure genius! Most of the time I slap this rosy pink lipstick on straight from the tube, but that can look thick and heavy. After seeing it today, Naked looks so much prettier when applied with a lip brush. I think it’s worth the extra time it takes to do, resulting in a lighter, more natural lip.

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Are you planning any holiday makeup looks? Let me know what you’ve got brewing in the hopper. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Carla says:

    You look gorgeous! Loving the new hair.
    .-= Carla’s last blog post… Jane Iredale Chocoholicks Lip Glosses =-.

  2. Roxanne says:

    You look so good in these picures! You’ve got a glow UV lights would be jealous of. I might do some holiday looks if my skin clears up. Boo on christmas pimples!
    I hope you have fun, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Roxanne,

      Boo on them indeed. I had a killer one on my chin that finally settled down… thank goodness for benzoyl peroxide and foundation, yikes!

      How’s your Friday going? Got any plans for tonight?

  3. Kelly says:

    Karen that is gorgeous and I’m wondering why I don’t have that palette yet! It looks so good with your dark hair. I am so jealous of your locks! 🙂
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Vampy Varnish Fav’s Featuring: Red =-.

  4. Rori says:

    That looks gorgeous, I wouldn’t have thought Snatch and Painkiller would look so good together! Gotta try this NOW!
    .-= Rori’s last blog post… Sponsored: Espresso (Douwe Egberts) – The Viennese Substitute for Blood?! =-.

  5. amy says:

    You like so cute with teal eyeshadow. I don’t have my heart set out on a holiday look yet but I am leaning towards silver because I recently picked up a lot of silver and metallic eyeshadows.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Skinfood Black Sesame Hot Mask: Not so Hot =-.

  6. Stacie says:

    Wow, looks great Karen! I’m so impressed you got those two to blend and play nice! I’ve got that palette, and I know that Painkiller is super pigmented. And you’re right, Snatch has serious fallout. I’d like to do that look, but I think it would turn out way too bright for my super pale skin. Still, I may try it for fun! (After all, that’s why the makeup gods created eye makeup remover, right?)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stacie,

      You’ve gotta do it! I was really shocked with how bright Painkiller looked… it’ll definitely be dramatic on pale skin, but that could be really hot. If you have a camera and feel like sharing you can always send me a pic. 🙂 I love seeing how makeup looks on different people.

      Hope you’re having a great Friday so far!

  7. Maggie says:

    Oh, I love it!
    I definitely need to try this look, seeing as I bought the Show Pony palette! 😀
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… November 2009 Favorites. =-.

  8. Katie says:

    This is my favorite look on you I think!!! I will def try this but using the brown for the crease, but not until next weekend…right now I am studying for finals:(

    P.s. I’m loving the haircut too!

  9. Shiny says:

    Wow, I like the hair even more with it half back like that…. I may take that top pic in with me when I get a haircut. I wish I could rock those bangs but I worry it’ll make the bottom half of my face super prominent.

  10. Citrine says:

    You look dolly with the blue eyeshadow and new haircut…I wish I can pull off blue like you.

  11. Molly says:

    c’est tres purty!
    If it was possible, I think I would marry Urban Decay. Jus’ sayin.

  12. Glosslizard says:

    Ooh, pretty and fun! I think I’m falling in lemming with Naked!

    As a side note, I picked up UD’s mini eye pencil in Corrupt via Evil-Bay, and I am so happy! It is beautiful, creamy, espresso-brown goodness! I really hope they make this a perm color somewhere down the line!

  13. Trude says:

    You look gorg!! Love the teal on you.
    .-= Trude’s last blog post… Wishing =-.

  14. Leanne says:

    So pretty!

  15. JJ says:

    Love painkiller! Gorgeous color and really love the look too. Your new hair is really cute! 🙂

  16. Karen B says:

    Pretty pretty pretty. I think this look would work perfectly with Mutiny pigment so… hehe (you know I love me some Mutiny piggie)

  17. Kypris says:

    Sooo beautiful! The eye colour is actually similar to what I used for my dance competition, to go with my costume, but I think your application looks much more ‘pro’ 😉

  18. Danielle says:

    You look great in these pictures! I love your new haircut and the half-up hairstyle. Great look for meeting up with friends you haven’t seen in a while. Have fun!

  19. Nancy says:

    Pretty look! Hope you had a great time…I stopped at my MAC counter today to get some advice on creating a green and gold look for my holiday staff party. I already had Humid and Sumptuous Olive, and wanted a gold color. Amber Lights was suggested, and I liked the swatch, so I got it. So happy with my purchase! I needed to rinse the hair from my hair cut away (I had the itchy back!), and thought I’d play too. I paired it with Naked Lunch and Sumptuous Olive. So nice, I thought. Didn’t know if it was the way the Amber Lights looked on me, or the combo of everything, but I can’t wait to wear it for real! I came home and searched Amber Lights on MBB, and see that you think it’s a good color too! On another note, what yummy food did you end up eating out with the girls?

  20. Syl says:

    Beautiful makeup! Your hair looks good too, it looks like you’ve been trying the hot rollers in this pic. I like using hot rollers when I’m getting dressed up because while my hair is curling, I’m doing my makeup at the same time. Thus, I feel like I’m cutting down on time getting ready. Have fun going out with your girls!!!

  21. Megan says:

    I love this look!! Your hair looks amazing as well!! I’ve been wanting to get the show pony for sooo long & after seeing this look, I’m sold :).

    I would love to see your Makeup storage one day if you ever need an idea for a post!!

  22. Rae says:

    Aww, you look so cute!! I love the eye look and I LOVE the hair. Have fun with the girls tomorrow 🙂
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Just a buff away =-.

  23. Anh says:

    I love this on you! I like cool colors on warm skin tones and blues and pinks make me think of icy winters.
    .-= Anh’s last blog post… silly youtubers, tricks are for lawyers =-.

  24. Jen says:

    Sending you some UD love…

    My sister and I were browsing in Sephora the other day (well, I was browsing… she was looking around half-heartedly and complaining about her backpack being too heavy), and she surprised me by saying the UD Show Pony palette is pretty and she kinda wants it. Smelling a potential makeup addict convert, I told her I’d buy it for her for Christmas. So I did.. with the semi-selfish reasoning that if she changes her mind and decides she wants something else instead, I will cut my losses and keep the palette for myself 🙂

    That being said, I’d love to see this look on her. She’s a total newbie at applying and blending though, so mebbe she’d let me do her makeup one day…

  25. gio says:

    This is gorgeous! Teal looks great on you 🙂
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Online Store Review: Cocktail Cosmetics =-.

  26. Tavia says:

    Hi Karen! Just a few days ago I’ve seen the same look done by a makeup artist and it was amazingly beautiful. Too bad I can’t remember on which blog I read about it…:(
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Estee Lauder TOP 10 Holiday 2009 Makeup Gifts =-.

  27. Marisol says:

    You look amazing and you are rocking that hair!
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Gals Guide meet up =-.

  28. Catherine says:

    I missed this last week, but wow! Gorgeous and fun!! I haven’t given this palette very much thought (I’m actually just about to get the Get Baked palette from the Hautelook sale – mostly because of your last post on it teehee) but I feel like I should give it another look! I’m planning on rewarding myself with 1 makeup item after I finish my final exams and this might be it – so pretty!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… New NOTW – Gold Glitter Tips and Heart Gem on Zoya Ginessa =-.

  29. loyda says:

    thanks karen, really appreciated!

  30. loyda says:

    so true! your skin has a beautiful glow!!!
    luv it!

  31. anarpmendes says:

    Aw you look so super pretty on the first pic *.* (not counting that you look always good, but specially on that one).
    For the holidays I’m planing on staying home just studying, and when I stay at home I don’t put any make on. So I’ll just be using any on days that I’ll need to go shop, or to the library, stuff like that.
    My make up is never much elaborated. I’m kinda “gothy”, so I just put base, some pinkish blush (which is a eyeshadow originally), apply the same blush on my eye lids (all over), and some other color over it (usually is just white on the inside corner). Then I apply eyeliner, mascara and gloss. yey

  32. Whirl says:

    Karen,you actually look 10 years younger with this hair and make up.
    Keep going for bright clean colors and tousled looks.

    Browns and plums are truly boring and never add any youthfulness ever to the youngest girls.
    Lord,I wish cosmetic brands listened to us and stopped making utterly crap bronze and dirty mud colors and had to follow a legislation on producing anything but bright and clean!!!

    Sorry for being emotional,it’s just frustration over last Chanel spring collection,what a piece of crap!

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