I’m sure most of you have already seen by now, but there’s a new product on the market that I’m kind of freaking out about – the Urban Decay Backtalk Eye & Face Palette! This latest eye palette offering is kind of like the sassy big sister of Urban Decay’s cult favorite Naked3 Palette, and is the perfect option for those of us who love to wear pinks and purples but aren’t a fan of the overly bright, warm-toned palettes that are so popular right now. I’ve seen some mixed reviews about this product since it’s release a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d give my two cents and show some swatches of all of the colors.
First, I have to talk about the packaging. I’m forever a fan of palettes because they’re so travel-friendly, and the Urban Decay Backtalk Palette* just takes it to the next level. The overall packaging feels really sturdy, and I definitely feel comfortable throwing this in my travel bag. One side contains the eyeshadows, the other houses the highlights and blush, and in the middle is a nice big double-sided mirror thats perfect for makeup application on the go. The best part? The mirror magnetizes to the palette, so you can remove it, set the palette down, and then get the mirror right up close to your eye for precise application. This also means that the palette can lay flat when open, which is a feature that I definitely like.
On one side of the palette we have 8 eyeshadows, ranging from soft pinks and shimmery rose golds to bright magentas and glittery browns. You get a total of 3 matte shades (3 Sheets, Backtalk, and WTF) and 5 shimmer/satin shades (Bare, Curve, Shade, Attitude, and 180). Here’s a quick description of each color:
- 3 Sheets (pale pink-nude matte)
- Bare (light pinky-peach satin)
- Curve (metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter)
- Backtalk (soft rosy mauve matte)
- Shade (deep fuchsia satin)
- Attitude (metallic red-copper)
- WTF (reddish brown matte)
- 180 (metallic brown-red)
These eyeshadows feel very buttery to the touch and blend out super easily, and the shimmery shades definitely come across more vibrant when applied with a damp brush (as most shimmer/metallic shadows tend to do). You get the same amount of product and pan size as with the standard Naked palettes which is nice. The only issues I’ve noticed with these is that 3 Sheets is really rather light for my pale complexion so it doesn’t show up too well (but it is really nice for blending out harsh edges), and Bare takes a little bit of work to get it to show up with the intensity that I like. Minor problems really, but I thought I should mention them.
On the other side of the palette, we have 4 larger pans that house two highlighters and two blushes. All four shades compliment the eyeshadows in their own way, but offer different finishes and colors to play around with. Here’s a quick summary of each:
- Cheap Shot (medium pink-nude)
- Double Take (rich mauve with slight shimmer)
- Low Key (pink-peach)
- Party Foul (light pink-nude shimmer)
Right off the bat, Party Foul has become one of my favorite highlighters to reach for. It’s a gorgeous light rose gold that gives such a pretty glow to the skin. Low Key has sadly been a bit of a disappointment, as it takes so much layering to actually get it to show up enough. It kind of feels like a baked blush, so I’m going to try scraping the top layer off and seeing if that allows for more color/shine payoff since that worked with an E.L.F. highlighter that I tried in the past.
Double Take is a beautiful rouge-y blush but it definitely requires a gentle hand to avoid looking clownish. This is one of those deep rose shades that I’m super excited to use for fall and winter to create that perfect cold weather flush. Lastly, there’s Cheap Shot, and I’m really digging this shade because it’s a nice berry purple with a pretty sheen to it. I have to apply a bit lightly as I’m so fair skinned, but I think medium and deep skin tones will look absolutely beautiful rocking this shade. Also, I have to mention that I totally think you could use these highlighters and blushes on the eyes as well. Party Foul looks amazing as an inner corner highlight and I love sweeping Cheap Shot all over the lid for a quick pop of color.
All in all, I’m a huge fan of this palette. I love that the colors aren’t too warm-toned, and that there’s finally a palette with pinks and purples without being super bright and dramatic. The Backtalk Lipstick* has been one of my most used shades for the past few months, so to have an eye & face palette that compliments it is kind of the best thing ever. Hopefully Urban Decay will continue with this trend going forward!
Are you going to give the new Backtalk Palette a try?