Thursday 29 March 2018

Urban Decay X Kristen Leanne Kaleidoscope Palette

In case you hadn't noticed, I love colour. I especially love colour on my eyes, because life is too short to wear neutral colours day in, day out.

The Urban Decay Kaleidoscope palette appeared on my Instagram news feed before it was officially launched, and I must admit I wasn't overly excited for it. That was until I saw it in real life and swatched a couple of the bright, eye catching shades.

I had also not been aware of Kristen Leanne... Sorry! Anyway, within this collection there are two eyeshadow palettes, a highlighter palette, three lipsticks, and three liquid lipsticks. The Daydream palette is gorgeous if neutrals are more your thing, as it has five matte shades perfect for everyday.

The Kaleidoscope palette has nine shades, and two duotones that can be layered over any of the other shadows to create a colour shifting effect. If you shy away from colourful eyeshadow, this palette would probably be your worst nightmare.

The two bottom shades, Dye and Corona are the standout colours for me. They are both so smooth and Corona is so pigmented, it really took me by surprise. Dye requires a bit more work to get the shade to translate onto the eyes, but once it's on it's beautiful. The satin shades are definitely more pigmented than the matte shades, but this just means the latter require a bit more effort when working with them.

In terms of packaging and presentation, I don't know if I am a big fan of how all of the colours are laid out. The fact they are different shapes and there's no continuity makes it look slightly cheap, but I think the range of shades and potential to create so many different looks really makes up for it. They even included a matte orange shade, perfect for a transition colour.  I must also mention the double ended brush that is included in the palette, as it's actually quite soft and useful. Hooray!

This collection is limited edition, so if you're interested you would need to snap it up quickly! This palette is £28 and is available along with the rest of the Kristen Leanne collection right here.

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