Urban Decay’s Fun eyeshadow palette ($36, Ulta and UrbanDecay.com) has been re-released for 2012 with mostly different shades, all of which have been tweaked. It’s not completely dissimilar to the earlier Fun palette, but neither is it a dupe. All six eyeshadow colors are from the permanent collection. It comes in a zippered vinyl palette with a mirror in the lid and a mini lipgloss that fits in a small compartment. You can remove the cardboard that holds the shadows anytime and use the palette as a little makeup bag – just don’t put anything in it that could get de-magnetized, such as credit cards.
When I first picked up this palette, I thought it would be less useful to me than Feminine – it’s not always easy to work in such bright, fun colors with whatever you’re wearing. But I was wrong – I ended up liking this palette more because the bright colors here can go on light and soft, whereas the colors in Feminine are all relatively more dark.
All of these colors conform to the best Urban Decay has to offer: creamy, densely pigmented and long wearing, without noticeable fallout. While a few Urban Decay shades have glitter fallout issues or are a bit too soft and powdery, that’s not true of any of these. They’re all a pleasure to work with.
- Maui Wowie is pale gold with greenish undertones and gold micro glitter. I expected to have fallout problems with it, as I do with some Urban Decay glitters, but the fallout is very mild here – just a few particles near the tear duct. And that’s without taking any special steps, just using a good primer. It reminds me a little of Queen Phyllis by Bare Minerals, but Phyllis lacks the green tinge that makes Maui more of an antique gold.
- Deep End, featured in the 15th Anniversary palette, is a metallic teal which is equally blue and green. This is a dense, rich color with loads of pigment.
- Sellout is a light pinkish champagne color with a frosted, metallic sheen. It’s great as a highlighter, but pretty dupable – it’s a tiny bit peachier than Mac’s Naked Lunch and a little paler than Stila’s Kitten.
- Fishnet is a vibrant purple with a magenta base and an iridescent blue-toned finish. I thought it would be super-bright and hard to work into many looks, but it’s very versatile and can be applied quite softly if you use a less dense brush and/or blend well.
- Stray Dog is a metallic medium neutral bronze that’s heading toward taupe. This is another rather dupable color, but like Sellout, it’s one of those colors every palette could use to be complete. Deeper is very similar, with a hint of green undertone instead of gray.
- Freakshow is a dark-medium metallic purple with slight blue undertones. It’s like Bare Minerals Encore, only darker and without the blue iridescence.
Should you buy this palette? In my review of the Feminine palette, I mentioned that the colors didn’t all go together for me, and it wasn’t that easy to put together looks from just those six colors. With this one, I feel it’s very easy to come up with a number of really stunning looks. The colors make a good combination, and because you have Sellout for a highlight, you could even travel with nothing but this palette for eyeshadow. You can even go neutral with this palette by using Sellout (or Maui, if a touch of glitter isn’t too much for your neutral look) with Stray Dog. But even when you go wild with these colors, they’re so easy to blend that you can make a look that’s very colorful, yet soft.
The mini Lip Junkie in Midnight Cowboy was more impressive than I expected. I’m not a big fan of the Lip Junkie formula – it’s good, I just don’t feel it’s outstanding in any particular way. But this shade did impress me. It’s just a light wash of something very pale with glitter, which makes it sound pretty common, but the way it shimmers is surprisingly flattering.