When I got my Backtalk lipstick from Urban Decay last summer, I had no idea that this lip color was UD’s #1 selling, cult-favorite Vice Lipstick shade. I picked it because I loved its rosy mauve hue with a hint of cool undertone that just looked so beautiful and I’m not surprised to learn now that so many other makeup lovers adore it as much as I do — it’s a beautiful, universally flattering color! Flash forward to earlier this month, Urban Decay announced that they are launching a monochromatic eye and face palette, inspired this popular lipstick, and my whole world shook! I was so ecstatic for this palette and couldn’t believe how incredibly stunning all of the shades were in the promo photos; I placed it at the top of my to-buy list and had my heart set on adding this beauty to my collection. Little did I know — UD must have sense my desperate longing for this palette — the brand surprised me with the palette in the mail!
I’m beyond elated to introduce you all to the Backtalk Palette ($46.00), a limited edition double-sided palette that contains eight satin, matte, and shimmer eyeshadows on one side, and four complementary blushes and highlighters on the other with a detachable mirror in the center that works as a divider. The packaging is simply stunning and it feels very sturdy with a bit of weight to it. I love the sleek presentation and thought the design was quite unique. It’s a two-in-one palette with a convenient aspect that allows for an easy makeup application, while also being great for travel, which is really nice. In terms of packaging and layout, this palette wins my heart, for sure!
Now, pretty exterior aside, the actual colors are what’s important! There’s a nice blend of matte and shimmer eyeshadows in this palette with an appealing mix of warm and cool tones. These eight shades felt consistently smooth and velvety throughout, are softly pigmented, and very workable. They need layering to achieve full intensity when applying on the eyes, otherwise, the effect can be quite subtle and natural, which isn’t a bad thing, if that’s the look you’re into or going for. They build and blend easily, so creating a pigmented look isn’t difficult to achieve. I had no issues working with these eyeshadows — they weren’t uneven or patchy, and I loved the cohesive and long lasting finish that they gave. On another note, I do have one dislike about the color arrangement that kept this palette from being perfect for me: the shades Bare and Curve look too similar on the eyes to be in the same palette and I wish UD had replaced one of them with a different color (a matte cool-toned pink would have been a nice addition).
The face powders are all beautiful and I really enjoy the inclusion of cool and warm undertones for these blushes and highlighters. Both blushes contain ultra fine shimmers that apply on to give a smooth, satin finish. They’re beautifully pigmented and can be worn softly for a natural flush of color or be layered for more vibrancy. The two highlighters pack a shimmery punch, delivering a totally build-able coverage that can go from dewy to straight up blinding. They have wonderful payoff, applies on effortlessly, and are very long lasting.
The eyeshadow shades include:
- 3 Sheets – matte pale pink
- Bare – shimmery muted peachy pink
- Curve – shimmery soft pink with silver sparkles
- Backtalk – matte medium rosy pink
- Shade – satin warm deep berry with subtle shimmers
- Attitude – shimmery reddish copper
- WTF – matte orange brown
- 180 – shimmery warm medium brown
The face shades include:
- Cheap Shot – satin cool-toned berry with fine shimmers
- Double Take – shimmery deepened coral
- Low Key – light pinky coral with golden shimmers
- Party Foul – shimmery nude pink with a silvery sheen
In this monochromatic makeup look, I wore the colors:
- Backtalk – Crease
- WTF – Crease / Outer Lid
- Shade – Outer Lid
- 3 Sheets – Inner Lid
- 180 – Lower Lash Line
- Cheap Shot – Blush
- Party Foul – Highlighter (cheekbones, nose tip, brow bone, and tear duct)
Of course, I had to finish off the look with the lipstick that started it all, Backtalk Vice Lipstick.
My final thoughts are these:
- The palette’s packaging is super stunning and unique.
- The double-sided design is convenient to use and travel-friendly.
- The monochromatic color scheme is very beautiful and if you’re a fan of pink/mauve tones, you will definitely love these eye and face colors.
- I enjoy the quality of these powders — they’re easy to work with, apply, blend, and have wonderful longevity.
- Even if this palette wasn’t gifted to me, I would still go out and purchase it!
There you have it! What do you think about this palette? Leave your thoughts below!
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(I received this product complimentary of Urban Decay. The opinions expressed in this post were completely genuine. Links are affiliated.)