Monday, February 26, 2018

First look! Urban Decay Kristen Leanne Collection, photos, swatches!

When some of the Urban Decay X Kristen Leanne arrived for me to test out, my first thought was "Who is Kristen Leanne", followed by "Ok I must be very old now not to know who she is", followed by "She does my kinda packaging, bright, in your face, yes, I must learn more about this Kristen Leanne".  So for those not in the know, Kristen Leanne is a cruelty free influencer who's mad about bright colours and glitter, tattoos and loves makeup.  I'm going to follow her on the social medias and see what she's all about!

The Urban Decay X Kristen Leanne palette is not for the faint hearted and if you think the packaging is in your face, wait until you see what's inside!

Inside we have 10 eyeshadows, some jewel toned, some bright, a couple of mattes and a couple of iridescent shades in the middle.  Now, when I was doing a first impressions on Instastories, I mentioned that I felt there was a lot of wasted space in the palette.  I'd have liked either a smaller palette with less cardboard, or bigger eyeshadows.  After swatching them, I want more product because they're gorgeous!  Also, and this is just me being picky, I'd prefer the shadows to be all the same shape and size, but maybe that says more about boring me and Kristen went outside the box and tried something different.  But I've waffled enough here, let's get to the swatches shall we?

The shadows swatch beautifully...  I've tried to organise them in sections, but I've labelled the photo underneath.

Top left photo: Spitfire, Stay Gold, Tajin
Top right photo: LCW, TRM, DYE
Bottom left photo: Leo, Brixton, Lime Time
Bottom right photo: Corona, 13th floor

If you love bold makeup and aren't afraid of colour, I think you'll love this palette.  I'm going to step outside my comfort zone and give them a proper go for Instagram!  Being the neutral lover that I am, I love Tajin, that matte orange, Corona, a beautiful coppery rose gold and Leo, that mint duochrome shade.  The rest are beautiful, don't get me wrong, these are just the shades I was drawn to initially.  I want to wear more colour on my eyes this year so this palette might just do the trick!  I think the €34 price tag is fair considering the shadows are a bit small.  I went to check it online, expecting it to be around the €47 mark like the Naked palettes, but €34 is much better.  There's also a neutral eyeshadow palette in the collection that looks to be right up my street and it's €31, so not bad at all.

Kristen also has the Beauty Beam Highlight Palette and I've fallen hard and fast for this.

The three shades definitely lean towards the warmer, more golden end of the highlight spectrum and they're ones I'd usually go for myself.  I tend to wear these hues over cooler, more silvery shades.  They all apply like butter and I'll show them in action on Instagram this week.  I'd even wear each of them as eyeshadows too.  They're soft, almost creamy with little to no fallout.  The palette is €29, I'll get lots of use out of it and I'm happy that Kristen kept this a bit more wearable for less brave folk like me!

Kristen has three Vice lipsticks in her collection and I was sent Bun Bun.  It's a warm matte light brown shade that feels comfortable on the lips and if I was to wear this, I'd need a lighter shade in the centre of the lips, or a lighter gloss over the top because it's quite dark on me.  But if you love your brown toned nudes, you'll love this and it'll set you back €19.50.

The Urban Decay X Kristen Leanne collection is available to buy now in stores and online.  Will you be picking anything up yourself?!

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