Today I am (finally!) reviewing Urban Decay’s Electric Pressed Pigment Palette. Before I just right into it we do have to talk about the name itself — “Pressed Pigment Palette” — not “eyeshadow palette.” Why? Well, pigments used in Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban are not deemed safe to use on the eyes in the USA, Canada and Brazil. But I’m a gal who likes to live dangerously. While I certainly can’t tell you to use those particular shades on your eyes, I will say that I have with no problem at all — no itching or irritation etc. Ok, now that that’s out of the way…. LOOK AT IT:
It’s gorgeous, no? Each color practically glows. And it comes with a double-ended brush that is actually pretty darn good for applying the shadows.
Top Row, from Left to Right:
REVOLT — a buttery-smooth burnished silver with some barely-there sparkles
GONZO — incredibly bright turquoise blue semi-satin
SLOWBURN — safety-orange, nearly matte with some barely-there shimmer
SAVAGE — day-glow pink, matte
FRINGE — deep, shimmery peacock-green
Bottom Row, from Left to right:
CHAOS — neon cobalt blue, nearly matte satin
JILTED — warm, pinky-purple, satin
URBAN — deeper, more blue-toned purple, nearly matte satin
FREAK — shimmery bright grassy green
THRASH — semi-matte, chartreuse
All of the colors are intensely pigmented and blend really well. You barely have to touch your brush to them to pick up a ton of color. You can use them on bare skin but using a normal eye shadow primer will make these colors really sing. While I’d love if all the colors were matte, I think adding in some semi-matte and satins really helped the formula blend well. The only problem I had was that I found the pinks and purples stained my eyelids a little — though not badly and not enough to put me off using them.
The only color I didn’t like that much was Revolt. Not because it’s not a great eyeshadow — it is. But in a palette of bright and bold colors, silver just seems so out of place and boring. I have a ton of great silver shadows — I didn’t need this one taking up room in a palette like this. I’d have rather have seen another green or a bright yellow.
I think this palette is surprisingly versatile. Sure you can use only the colors in the palette to do a super bright and bold eye look — like the one below. I used Slowburn in the inner corner, blending out to Savage on my lid. I use Jilted across the crease and Urban to deepen the outer corner. I used Chaos to line the upper lid and again used Jilted and Urban on the lower lid.
But as you can see below, you can take some of the shades and use them with other palettes to create a more wearable look. Below I’ve used Freak and Fringe alongside the Comfort Zone Palette by Wet N Wild to make something a little more subtle and work-friendly.
And because I’m me, I did it them at the same time.
I think if you’re drawn to bright colors, this palette is a great investment. If you’ve always been curious about incorporating bright and bold colors into your look but have been hesitant — again, you can’t go far wrong here. The pigments are all of the best quality — easy to use and blend. And remember, you’re not limited to using ONLY the colors here. Think about using them in unexpected ways, like using Gonzo as a liner in an otherwise neutral eye look. Or a dab of Freak on the center of the lid to punch up some olive green shades. Never be afraid of bright colors — it’s make up. It washes off!
Disclaimer: All products listed were purchased by me and my opinions are mine alone.