MAN, people are FIRED UP 🔥 about the $46 Urban Decay Backtalk Palette, and it’s not just because of the warm tones. If you read some of the reviews on Sephora… My goodness! They make it sound like you’re smearing melted cat poop all over you eyelids when you use it. I mean, people have FEELINGS about it, and the main complaint seems to be the level of pigment, which I don’t really understand because I’m not having problems with it.
Granted, I don’t think the palette is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I’m not raving about it, but…
It was inspired by a lipstick.
Anyway, let me rewind a second. First things first — the packaging. There’s a mirror in the middle that separates eight powder eyeshadows and four blushes, and the mirror slides out, which I like.
The shades are predominantly varieties of warm mauve and pink, which again, is because the palette was inspired by Urban Decay’s Backtalk Vice Lipstick in the permanent line.
It’s actually pretty good!
I’ve been wearing it, and I haven’t had a problem with the pigment, which is generally on the more intense side of medium, so the shades aren’t quite “full on,” but they aren’t as sheer as some of the reviews have said.
I don’t feel like I’m building a bridge up to the sky or anything when I build up the shadows. They’re easy to build up and easy to sheer out. And I’ve used A LOT of sheer palettes in my day, where you have to sit there and put in work to build up their intensity, like the MAC Jeremy Scott palette. Now THAT’s sheer, and you gotta use elbow grease, but Backtalk isn’t like that.
I’m wearing a bold-ish eye look in this review, so there’s a decent amount of color on my lids, and to get the intensity I did, I applied four or five layers at the most, so, yeah, it was more than one or two, but four or five layers isn’t unusual for this kind of eye look. Blending them also wasn’t a big deal.
For the most part, yeah, I like this palette. The blushes blend out beautifully, and I can still see plenty of color on my lids and cheeks at the end of the day. I do notice a decent amount of fallout when I use the shimmery dark brown shade, probably because it’s the most powdery of the bunch, but with the other shadows, I just get a few flecks here and there.
Overall, pretty good.
It’s hella warm, though, even for me.
Now for a caveat. If anything will keep this from becoming an everyday palette for me, it’s how warm toned the colors are. UD says this one’s for everybody, but I have to disagree. I’m warm toned, and I find these shades borderline too warm pink for me. Sometimes they look a little off, I think. But that’s on me. If you like warm pinks and UD, give it a chance, because I really don’t think it’s as bad as some people are saying.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,