Urban Decay's palettes need no introduction - we all know and love them for their pigment-packed formulas, the selection of sultry shades and the variety of textures. Sticking to its crowd-pleasing formula, the new Backtalk palette not only contains 12 eyeshadows but four radiance-making powders as well. Its predecessors have all reached cult status and have become as much a collector's item as they are a makeup bag staple. So, it's little wonder why there's so much hype surrounding this new launch - expectations couldn't be higher. No pressure then.
Lottie Winter, Beauty Editor
If you weren't sold by the whole 12 eyeshadows and four powders thing, you'll be sold on the packaging. The eyeshadow palette has a magnetic, detachable mirror. I mean, it's every makeup junkie's dream come true, promising to transform on-the-go application as well as minimising precious handbag space.
After five minutes of playing around with the packaging, it was time to apply. I eased my way in with the creamy base eyeshadow shades (3 Sheets, Bare and Curve), building up to the pinky purples (Backtalk in the crease and Shade along the top and bottom lash lines) and finishing with a sweep of 180 to create outer corner definition.
Now for the powder - two blushers (Cheap Shot, a rich mauve, and Double Take, a medium pink) and two shimmering, pinkish highlighters. I mixed the blushers together, tapped off the excess (the pigments are so rich, a little goes a long way) and dusted my cheekbones and brow bone with the lighter shimmer using a fan brush for maximum shine.
The eyeshadows blended together beautifully and while I could have packed on more for a bolder finish, I was able to create a soft smokey eye with a hint-of-pink. I did notice some fall out on my cheeks from the eyeshadows, but that might be because my excitement made me a tad heavy handed. I loved the blushers - they delivered the perfect flush of colour - but I wanted more of a glow out of the highlighters.
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