Like Actual Shadowboxing Is for Boxers, Urban Decay Shadow Box Is Great for Beauty Beginners (and More Experienced Makeup Mavens)

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Urban Decay Shadow Box

Wearing the new Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette ($34), available now exclusively at Ulta stores and

Urban Decay’s new $34 Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette has better balance than an advanced yoga class! — and that gives me So. Much. Hope.

I may never be able to achieve perfect balance in my day-to-day life, but with my makeup? Haaay! Girl can get close. 🙂

Urban Decay Shadow Box

The Urban Decay Shadow Box, $34

With this palette, I’ll be able to push what my makeup-averse friend Cindy calls “my makeup agenda,” and next time I see her and my friend Jen (my two best childhood gal pals), you better believe I’m going to do that.

This is a great one for beginners (makeup-averse friends) and people new to the brand.

Urban Decay Shadow Box

New shades: Indo, Moonshadow and Baked Cowboy; Re-promotes: Sin, Bordello, Tornado, Smog, Blackout, Flash, Mushroom, Lost and Freelove

Jen and Cindy aren’t exactly makeup obsessed, but it’s been my life’s mission to change that. One day, I will be victorious!

Here’s my plan: first, I’ll lure them in with Shadow Box’s stylin’ black and purple case, which houses 12 powder shadows — nine of UD’s bestselling shades and three brand new ones (Indo, Moonshadow and Baked Cowboy).

Next, I’ll hook ’em with the neutrals, and the browns, black, golds and bronzes. Yup, half of this palette is comprised of everyday shades, which makes it gloriously practical.

Urban Decay Shadow Box Swatches from the left: Sin, Indo (new), Bordello and Tornado

Swatches from the left: Sin, Indo (new), Bordello and Tornado

Urban Decay Shadow Box swatches from the left: Smog, Blackout, Flash and Mushroom

Smog, Blackout, Flash and Mushroom

Urban Decay Shadow Box Swatches from the left: Lost, Freelove, Moonshadow (new) and Baked Cowboy (new)

Urban Decay Shadow Box swatches from the left: Lost, Freelove, Moonshadow (new) and Baked Cowboy (new)

Then, I’ll seal the deal with the boisterous brights and jewel tones.

I know, greens and blues can be scary if you’re not used to them, but seriously, they don’t have to be. You can wear brights. It just helps to ease your way in…

A dash of brown on your lids, a smudgy jewel-toned shade on your lash line — easy does it.

Urban Decay Shadow Box

Wearing Sin (lid and inner corner), Smog mixed with Baked Cowboy (crease), Lost (lower lash line) and Blackout (upper lash line)

Urban Decay Shadow Box

I’m also wearing the It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette on my cheeks and Hourglass Nude Stylo No. 5 topped with Urban Decay Liar Gloss on my lips

I can see it now…

I’ll convince Cindy to let me do her eye makeup. “Dude!” I’ll tell her, “It’s just brown. You can totally wear brown eyeshadow. It’s not going to kill you to try. I promise. And while we’re at it, why don’t we just smudge a bit of this green on your lower lash lines… Trust me, this is gonna look awesome.”

Hehe… 🙂

Urban Decay Shadow Box

Urban Decay Shadow Box

Urban Decay Shadow Box

Per usual for Urban Decay, these shadows lay down loads o’ pigment, blend easily and cling to the skin (I get at least 10-11 hours out of them when I use them on top of primer), but the fallout… It’s like dealing with a 20-pound tabby’s litter box.




Do yourself a favor, and do your eye makeup first, before your face makeup. Then, clean up the inevitable mess that ends up on your cheeks before going back in to finish your foundation, concealer, powder, etc.

Urban Decay Shadow Box with a MAC Lipglass for scale

With a MAC Lipglass for scale

Lastly, I’d like to give a shout-out to Baked Cowboy, one of the new shades. This shimmery golden bronze is like the Hall to my Oates, the Wendy to my Lisa. Mix it with your favorite brown eyeshadow (you know, one of those 7,000 you’re hoarding), shimmer or matte, and watch it transform into something even more lovely. 🙂

In these pics, I’m wearing it in the crease mixed with Smog (also from the palette). It just adds a little extra dash of magic fairy dust.

PRICE: $34
AVAILABILITY: Available now exclusively at Ulta stores and

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Marisa says:

    The CC radiance palette looks so natural and radiant. Now I have to get it…

  2. Rachel says:

    Just bought the electric palette this weekend after wanting it for quite some time. This looks like a good mix of some pretty brights and neutrals!

  3. Jessica says:

    You look exceptionally stunning! Gonna have to check out that radiance palette! Haha

  4. That’s a great palette! Smog is one of my favorites from UD!
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  5. Laarni says:

    Hello Baked Cowboy!!! These shades are crazy good. I wanna cry!!! — 2nd fotd photo was WOW!
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  6. Tiffany says:

    I love the shades in this palette. I may have to check it out in person. I have fair that your friends can turn into makeup lovers. One of best friends was SO not into makeup when I first met her. Now? She loves it!
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  7. V says:

    Love the leopard print peek-a-boo!

  8. The eye look you created is STUNNING, Karen!
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  9. Dee says:

    Love the look here Karen!! Im SO glad youve reviewed this favourably because I ordered it but afterwards read some not so great things about it. Did you find the texture to be very different from the regular UD eyeshadows? I loveeee all the colours Im almost leaning towards I dont even care what the texture is like right now lol. Oh – I managed to convert my sister who never used to wear a stitch of makeup to having quite a few drawers/boxes assigned to her makeup now :))
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  10. Kim says:

    This is what I like about you – your stick-to-it-iveness. Those girls WILL love makeup someday if you just keep working on them. HAHA! Your own eyes look flawless in these pics and, as usual, I’m totally jealous of your cat liner. Curse my droopy lids, it just won’t happen for me until I get that inevitable lid lift. 🙂

  11. Fancie says:

    These colors look so rich against your skin tone! Makes me want to head to Ulta for some play time lol
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