Urban Decay is one of the best brands for eyeshadows and they constantly release new palettes, often 4+ a year. A while ago, they released the Naked Cherry palette which is based on cherry shades and undertones. But since then, they released other palettes and I’m sure there’s many more coming, so how do you decide whether this one is worth buying?
Let’s have a look at the palette in detail.
Urban Decay packages almost all their palettes in the same way. They all come with the same cardboard outer packaging (but of course with different design printed on it) and the palette itself comes in a durable plastic palette with a giant mirror. The palette also has a different decoration design, but the general packaging is the same.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I personally love how all my Urban Decay palettes have the same footprint and can be stored in the same way, or on top of each other. They are also immediately recognisable which is great.
The cherry palette is decorated with beautiful cherries and cherry-like colours. The palette closes magnetically and the writing at the front is elevated.
It also contains a brush which is typical for the Urban Decay palettes. However, the brushes tend to differ from palette to palette but they are always of good quality. This double-sided brush has a blending and a buffing side.
Pigmentation and texture
If Urban Decay does something well is pigmentation. I have yet to find an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette that is not appropriately pigmented for the shade of colours it contains.
All colours are nicely pigmented and you can control how intense they are by the amount of product you use or how much you blend it. The shadows have minimal kickback and none of them are patchy. Their texture is somewhere between powdery and creamy which is perfect.
I love the colours of this palette! There is a white, a nude, some light pinks, two gold-toned colours, purple-pinks and a brown. It doesn’t contain a black but in this case I think that’s absolutely fine, it would have been too harsh and too dark for the looks you will create from these shades. The brown contained will help you achieve that shadow with a little less harshness.
This palette contains 12 colours of which 7 are matte and 5 are shimmers.
Let’s have a look at the colours in more detail:
Matte: Hot Spot, Caution, Feelz, Juicy, Bing, Devilish, Privacy.
Shimmer: Bang Bang, Turn on, Ambitious.
Dual-chrome: Young Love, Drunk Dial.
Buttery but also powdery: Hot spot, Caution, Feelz, Juicy.
A little harsh but also powdery: Bang Bang, Turn on, Ambitious, Bing, Young Love, Drunk Dial.
A little chalky: Hot Spot, Privacy.
All colours look beautiful and can be used for casual and professional looks as well as both at day and night.
TIP: If you need a shimmer shadow to be more intense, try this trick. Pick up the shadow on your brush and then spray a little setting spray on it. Apply the shadow by dragging it onto the skin. The intensity of the shimmer should be much higher. The Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray works perfectly for this. Alternatively do the same using your fingers and spray the setting spray directly on the product that you picked up on your finger.
These eye shadows are easily blendable and very easy to work with. The Urban Decay eyeshadow formulation is as always top notch.
I always use the Urban Decay original eye shadow primer and with that the shadows last all day, do not crease and only loose minimal colour intensity.
Transfer proof tests
The shadows don’t come off if you simply touch them but of course, if you rub them they will slowly fade away.
In general, Urban Decay shadows are one of the best, if not the best. This palette is generally top Urban Decay quality and the only reason to not buy it would be if you don’t like the colours.
This palette retails for £42 which is the price for the new Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes. However, this price often goes down after a palette has been around for a while and you can also find the item discounted.
Bear in mind though that this palette contains 12 x 1.1g of product which is less than the normal Urban Decay 1.3g per shade. So essentially, this is the most expensive 12 colour Urban Decay palette as you get 2.4g less product.
In terms of overall price, it isn’t cheap but neither especially expensive. Eye shadow palettes from reputable brands of high quality tend to retail for £35-45 and so this fits the general ballpark. Of course, the ingredients and cost to make this palette is nowhere near the sale price but it is an item that will last you 1-2 years.
This palette doesn’t smell of anything. There is no added scent but neither a natural one from the ingredients. There is only a faint powder smell from the eyeshadows which is neither pleasant or unpleasant.
This palette lasts for 24M which is a good amount of time. If you haven’t used up this palette in two years you probably didn’t like the colours anyways.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“These 12 all-new shades include of-the-moment soft mattes and sizzling metallics, ranging from creamy ivory and shimmering rose gold to the most intense black cherry. We’re addicted to Bing—a deep mauve matte that is right on trend. And we can’t get enough of Drunk Dial, a shimmery metallic burgundy that takes smoky looks to a smoldering climax.
Because serious staying power and shadow that doesn’t flake or fade out on you are non-negotiables, each shade is made from our mind-blowing formula that gives its velvety texture, rich color and blendability.
Adorned with a row of metallic cherries, the crimson compact includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush—ready for precision application on one end and seamless blending on the other. Whether you’re at the office, in between flights or getting ready at the apartment, Naked Cherry spices up everything from chill neutrals and sexy shimmers to super smoky eyes.
Hot Spot (ivory matte)
Caution (soft neutral beige matte)
Bang Bang (shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle)
Feelz (soft dusty rose matte)
Juicy (soft warm peach)
Turn On (pale metallic rose shimmer)
Ambitious (metallic rose copper)
Bing (deep mauve matte)
Devilish (reddish plum matte)
Young Love (metallic cranberry)
Drunk Dial (deep metallic burgundy)
Privacy (deep brownish-plum matte)
Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free.
Urban Decay is beauty with an edge™.”
Eyeshadow palettes don’t often contain any nutritious for your skin ingredients but rather just the ones required to create the formulation and pigmentation. As a result, there isn’t much to say in this category. If there is an ingredient found in this palette that you’d rather avoid you’d likely have a hard time finding another palette you can use as the ingredients contained are pretty standard.
However, I would like to address the ingredient talc as there is much speculation about its safety. As a chemist I can tell you that there is no scientific proof that talc is harmful, for more information check out: Is talc in cosmetics safe?
Talc is classed as a skin irritant on its Material Safety Data Sheet (aka MSDS) however, so is table or cooking salt also known as sodium chloride and….we eat it. Pretty much almost everything can be classed as a skin irritant, especially to those with sensitive skin and these labels are very loosely defined. If you use it and you don’t get skin irritation, then there is no reason to worry. The only time when talc can be dangerous to health is if it is breathed in, in large quantities, as a free powder. So…as I’ve said before, don’t mash up this palette and breath it in.
Same goes for silica, it is only dangerous in free powder form, if you breathe it in and if it’s in large quantities or repeated breathing in exposure.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation or pigmentation purposes. For the full list of this product’s ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients. Can act as a cleanser too and provide a lightweight non-greasy barrier of lubrication.
- Zinc Stearate – A lubricant with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
- PTFE – Also known as Teflon, acts as a lubricant and skin conditioner in cosmetics, amongst other formulation roles, can help with a smoother application and fill in lines and wrinkles.
- Polymethyl Methacrylate – Can act as a lubrication enhancer and make it easier to apply cosmetics smoothly while at the same time covering up lines and wrinkles. Depending on the type of particles it is, it can also be an absorbent.
- PTFE– Some studies have linked this compound with cancer, immune system and developmental effects as well as affecting the nervous system. However, more studies are needed to confirm these results and the amounts of this compound found in cosmetics are usually lower than its toxic limits.
- Sorbic Acid – This compound has mixed evidence with some suggesting that it could be a human skin toxicant where others find it only slightly irritating. There are some studies that link it to cancer and some have reported it as an allergen.
- Alumina – Although it is approved by the FDA and BDIH, the metal itself can bioaccumulate and it is a neurotoxin. However, it is believed that it does not penetrate the skin.
- Polybutylene Terephthalate – Although there is still no conclusive evidence, some studies mention concerns over carcinogenicity, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity and its ability to increase exposure of other ingredients.
- Magnesium Stearate – A lubricating agent, amongst other formulation roles, that can enhance the silkiness of the product.
- Carmine – Some report skin staining (redish colour) after the use of carmine. However, this is highly unlikely to happen, especially if you use an eyeshadow primer that you set first therefore, creating a small barrier layer.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in the Urban Decay Naked Cherry eyeshadow palette have either been proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Acrylates Copolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate.
Full list of ingredients:
Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Alumina, Polyurethane-33, Tin Oxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polylactic Acid, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Stearic Acid, Calcium Stearate, Magnesium Stearate. [+/- (All shades may contain /Toutes les couleurs peuvent contenir): Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77400 / Bronze Powder, CI 77400 / Copper Powder, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5, CI 77289 / Chromium Hydroxide Green].
This is a great eyeshadow palette if you love cherry-toned colours. The formulation is good, the packaging is durable, and it can give you both day and night, as well as casual and professional looks.
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