Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Urban Decay Book Of Shadows Vol.4

First off, let's talk about the exterior packaging of this super palette...I am in love with the psychedelic butterfly theme! It's beautiful!
And once you open it up, there are loads of transparent butterflies that pop pretty!

Here's a little more info about the palette:

"Complete with our smart-phone-ready ‘Get the Look’ tutorials and a pocket-sized speaker, get your beauty on to your favourite beats. Book of Shadows Vol. IV features more than ever before: a pull-out drawer showcasing 16 phenomenal shadows (10 of which are brand-new, exclusive to this collection), a full-sized version of our new 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion (blackest black), travel-sized Supercurl Curling Mascara, travel-sized Eyeshadow Primer Potion and a mirror. But it’s more than just makeup…Cross over into the virtual dimension of beauty with a portable speaker, a USB cord, audio cable, and ‘Get the Look’ QR card. A veritable Willy Wonka experience for makeup enthusiasts, BOS IV actually provides you with five strut-worthy looks via video tutorial to boot. A gift that will be sure please the eyes in more ways than one, we’ve adorned this palette with a mesmerizing, feminine laser light show and filled it with translucent, multi-coloured, pop-up butterflies. This sleek little device makes the impromptu dance party a reality for all!"

I was impressed with the range of shades in this palette and I can honestly say that I would wear all of them. So often with large eye shadow palettes, only half of the colours are wearable and some just seem like 'fillers'.

Here's a breakdown of the eye shadow pans:

Blue Bus - Cool-toned, blue-based purple with a soft, frosted finish. This is similar to MAC Parfait Amour and I would say the colour pay off is reasonable and a bit better than I expected after reading some reviews.

Gunmetal - Blue-based grey with silver sheen. Nice texture, smooth and very good colour intensity.

Cobra - Cool-toned brown infused with green-gold shimmer.  Being one of the more glittery shades, you have to be slightly more careful when applying this shade as there can be some fall out.  This wouldn't stop me from using it though.

Baked - Bright copper with high-frost finish.  This is one of my favourite shades from Urban Decay because it's buttery smooth, intensely metallic and is so easy to blend.

Bender - Dark forest green with green-gold sheen.  This shade is dense, has great colour pay off and looks great using some of the neutral shades as a base.

Gravity - Plum-tinged medium purple with frosted finish.  A nice shade of purple that applies smoothly, not as much as the likes of Baked but it's still very easy to work with.

Lost - Dark Bronze with subtle red undertones and a frosted finish.  This looks incredible as a crease colour with Baked.  It's soft and buttery, smooth as can be and a dream to blend.  One of the best shades in the palette.

Hijack - Bluish-teal with a silvery sheen and part-frost/part metallic finish.  Nice texture, a lovely effect on eyes and very easy to blend.

Midnight Cowgirl - Warm pale peach-gold with frosted finish.  This is a gorgeous neutral base colour but once again, be careful with the glitter as it can cause some fall out.  Probably best kept as a night-time shade.

Sin - Pinkish-champagne with frosted finish and a slightly metallic sheen.  Another favourite of mine from Urban Decay.  This is really smooth, has great colour pay off and looks amazing with warm toned browns.

Midnight Rodeo - Sparkly taupe brown.  The difference with this shade with regards to it's sparkly finish is that the particles are much smaller so there isn't any fall-out with this one.  The texture is quite smooth, not the best in the palette but still easy to work with.

Crystal - Bluish-purple grey with silvered sheen.  I do like this shade but it's the only one that you have to spend time packing on to get it to show up.  if you're willing to spend the time, then it creates a lovely effect but it's probably my least favourite in terms of texture and intensity.

Bust - Softened, grey-tinged taupe brown.  It's like a lighter version of Mac Satin Taupe.  This shade has an excellent texture, colour pay off and smoothness to it.  Love this!

Missionary - Soft beige-taupe with frosted finish. This is a lighter version of Sin and I love it.  It's such a brilliant every day shade, it's buttery and smooth and the colour pay off is great.

Skimp - Beige-peach with soft pearlised sheen.  This is a fantastic brow bone shade that isn't too shiny (i generally favour matte brow bone highlights).  I feel like this shade was designed to be used for the brow bone because it's not hugely pigmented BUT that works out perfectly for me and the way I use it.

Zephyr - Warm Ivory with golden sheen.  This is PERFECT as an inner corner highlight to open up and brighten the eyes.  It has really good colour pay off and absolutely no fall out. 

Have you tried this palette yet? What were your thoughts?

I must be the only person in the blogosphere that DOESN'T own the Urban Decay Naked palette so let me know if it's still worth getting when I have this palette?


  1. Gorgeous colours here, but definitely different to the NP. The NP has more matte shades, which I think makes it a more everyday versatile palette. Whereas this one is good for more of a glam sparkly look IMO. That said, I'd love to see a FOTD with this palette when you get the chance.


  2. wow gorgeous palette!! I love Urban Decay eyeshadows - the only downside is that there is far too much shimmer!! xx

  3. UD really has the prettiest eye shadows. I wear Sin almost daily!

  4. never tried urban decay anything! but this palette looks like a goodmix of neutrals and colours! so maybe a must have! xx

  5. I just picked up this palette myself!!

  6. this is seriously a must have! wayy better than the naked palette, look at all the shimmery shade!!:)

  7. Oh god i need it in my life!!!

  8. @Makeup And Macaroons - I'm not that much into matte shades to be honest so this palette is possibly more suited to me :)

  9. @Roshas - I love shimmer as long as it isn't too glittery with lots of fall out

  10. @AmyRoto - Sin is an amazing eyeshadow...I now reach for it daily!

  11. @Kerrymarie - I really like this palette...I would say check it out! x

    @LovelyMissMakeup - What do you think of it? x

    @Ellen - I really like the colour can do a neutral eye or something more colourful :)

    @Tali - I think you would really like this! Especially Sin, Gunmetal, Cobra and Lost!!! x

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  13. I've always wanted to get volume 4 but its just so expensive. I do love Midnight Rodeo so much though. I like how its not overly glittery. Great review chick x
    Heroine In Heels


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