No, the colors will not shock your @ss when you touch them, and your hair will not stand on end, but the colors in Urban Decay’s new Electric Pressed Pigment Palette are very bright — like neon sign bright.
Buuut, not everybody likes brights, right? This one is for the risk takers — the guys and dolls who aren’t afraid to wear a bright teal eye to the bank on a Wednesday, which is not to say that those are the only makeup lovers who might like it. Just that they’d probably be more attracted to it immediately. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a bright teal, electric blue or chartreuse fan, however, does not mean you would not be able to rock this.
I just got back from a quick 10-minute walk around the neighborhood, and it was so beautiful outside. It rained here last night, and all of the flowers and grasses and trees are covered in raindrops from the storm. The colors are intensified because of the rain — the pinks, the greens, the blues, the yellow daffodils — but they’re also surrounded by neutrals — the brown dirt, the gray tree bark and the boring-@ss beige buildings in my neighborhood. The neutrals make the bright colors a little less shocking, but a little more at home in their environment at the same time.
Similarly, I think the brights in this palette also look that much more beautiful when they’re used in tandem with neutrals.
Sorry…I rambled on there!
My point is this: you can use your existing wardrobe of neutrals, take this palette, and incorporate one or two of its colors as accents in your looks, making the palette into something perfectly wearable.
You know, I had a feeling that Urban Decay was about to release something bright soon… I mean, shoot — after all of the Nakedness dominating the line over the past few years, it was only a matter of time.
Speaking of time…
The first time I saw Electric, I said, “Ooh! I think I have a Pop Beauty palette just like this sitting in a drawer.” It was a palette from last fall, and it’s only sitting in the drawer because I get easily distracted. Not because I don’t like it. I do (incidentally, it’s still available and much less expensive than Electric).
Then when I opened Electric for the first time, I thought, “I have to get Fringe on my lids.”
Fringe, the metallic teal all the way to the right in the first row, is all that and a bag of deep-fried chips. Deep and rich and shimmery and pigmented, and it buffs out perfectly.
Seriously, I would want this palette for Fringe alone, but there are other standout colors, like Revolt, the very sci-fi silvery shimmer. Packed on with a flat brush, it looks like melted metal skin, like from the second Terminator movie (everything always leads back to Terminator, LOL!).
I think I need to spend more time with Thrash, the chartreuse… I tried wearing it yesterday in my inner corner, and it — I don’t know… I looked like I hadn’t had enough Vitamin C for a really long time.
And then there’s matte blue Chaos. Another standout — previously released (with the Vice Palette). Very intense when you put it on, and beautiful! — but I wish it didn’t fade so much when I buff it out.
Also, apparently, some of the colors in the palette aren’t technically approved for use on the eyes, as odd as that sounds. On the back there’s a blurb that states, “Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area.”
No big surprise there, even though it does sound weird, but I have seen similar warnings over the years, not just with Urban Decay, but with other makeup lines, especially with multi-use pink and red products.
I did wear Savage and Slowburn yesterday, but I mixed them together and wore them on my cheeks. No, they did not hurt or burn in any way, but will I be using any of the aforementioned prohibited shades on my eyes? Me, personally, no, because I already have sensitive eyes, and I don’t need any more drama up in there.
As for the formula of these pigments, I think the shimmers are off the hook! The two colors I tried last night — Freak, which is the shimmery green, and Fringe, that shimmery teal I was talking about earlier — were flawless. Both applied smoothly and blended together with ease. Just top-notch as far as bold eyeshadows/pigments go.
Even though I haven’t used these long enough to really assess wear time, I did apply them yesterday at 3 o’clock in the afternoon and had them on until 8, so that’s five hours, and they held up fine. I didn’t see any creasing or fading, so I think these will perform up to par for Urban Decay powder products, which I’ve always had good luck with in terms of wear.
Overall, I’m pretty charged up by Electric. Another good one from Urban Decay.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,