Urban Decay is on a roll, creating widely interesting eyeshadow palettes, season after season. Just when you think they’ve done it all, they bring out another palette. The high quality of the eyeshadows combined with the durable and cute packaging makes almost all of their palettes a must-have with the only downside being the high-end price.
This month Urban Decay launched the Honey palette which contains 12 shades of honey-like colours ranging from light browns to yellow-golds. So, it looks great but is it as good as the others and most importantly, is it worth your money and time? Let’s find out.
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.
The honey palette came in the same outer and inner packaging as most of the Urban Decay palettes with the only difference being the colour of it and the honey writing at the front. The golden-honey top design is simple but gorgeous and it stands out!
I personally love that most Urban Decay palettes have the same footprint, they stack and store easily plus they are quickly identifiable.
This palette also came with a double-sided brush like most Urban Decay palettes. This brush has a blending and a colour packing or buffing side (although you can use it in any way suits you). The brush is soft and of high quality and it even has the Naked Honey branding on it.
Pigmentation and texture
Urban Decay creates excellent eyeshadows with good 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 in this palette are nicely pigmented and you can control how intense they are by the amount of product you use or how much you blend. The shadows have minimal kickback and none of them are patchy. Their texture is somewhere between powdery and creamy which is perfect.
I know I say this for almost all Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes but, I love the colours of this palette! There is a yellow toned bone colour, a purple-toned medium brown and a lot of yellow-browns in between.
This palette contains 12 colours of which 7 are matte and 5 are shimmers. This is most of the time the standard Urban Decay setup.
Let’s have a look at the colours in more detail:
Matte: flyby, sweet, swarm, keeper, hive, drip, sting.
Shimmer: amber, golden, honey, queen, hbic.
Buttery-powdery = all matte shades: flyby, sweet, swarm, keeper, hive, drip, sting.
Powdery = all shimmer shades: amber, golden, honey, queen, hbic. Although all shimmer shades felt more powdery than the mattes, they became more and more buttery as I kept using them up. It feels as if the initial layer on top is a littler harsh but the shades not so much.
Patchy: None. Sting was slightly patchy when swatched but not enough to categorise it as problematic.
I love this palette because it can be used for both casual and professional looks as well as during day and night. Multi-tasking palettes like this are always worth their cash as they can be used in so many ways. The honey-brown shades are also fairly unique, I can’t quickly recall a palette with similar shades (there probably is one though), so if you like these colours then it’s worth it.
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. The only reason to not buy this palette 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 0.95g of product which is less than the normal Urban Decay 1.3-1.1g per shade. So essentially, this is the most expensive 12 colour Urban Decay palette as you get 2.4-2.6g 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:
“A buzzed-about eyeshadow palette with 12 golden neutrals perfect for creating a swarm of looks, from bright and sunny to dangerously seductive after dark.
Raw and sticky sweet—just the way nature intended. Get hooked on Urban Decay’s Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette; its 12 golden neutrals include classic golds, warm ambers, and rich chocolate browns. Reach for Amber (it practically glows), create the perfect hazy, smoked-out eye with Sting (warm brown matte), or get hooked on Honey (intense gold metallic) for the ultimate ’70s statement eye.
Blending your best look, from daytime matte to sultry metallic, is easy since the Naked Honey Palette comes with a vegan* and cruelty-free double-ended brush. You won’t find another palette that’s this sweet.
*Vegan formula: does not contain animal-derived ingredients or by products”
It wouldn’t be ethical if we didn’t talk about the credibility of this section. It is very hard to impossible most of the time to verify the information or credibility of the sources, so please take this section with a pinch of salt unless stated otherwise. This section is not meant to be definitive and is most likely more about reputation around those subjects than credible information. If you have additional or more correct information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Urban Decay is a cruelty-free brand (PETA certified) and committed to ending animal testing. Although Urban Decay creates vegan products, only the brush in this palette is actually vegan.
Eyeshadow palettes don’t often contain any nutritious for your skin ingredients but rather just the ones required to create the formulation and pigmentation. This means that 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, lets immediately 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.
- Oryza Sativa Extract / Rice Extract – Hair and skin conditioner.
- 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.
- 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.
- Boron Nitride – Can function as a lubricant and an optical diffuser (due to its light scattering properties) creating a soft focus with a shimmery and translucent finish. Has a silky-smooth feel and adheres to the skin well. Can also absorb excess oils and helps disperse pigments evenly.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Honey eyeshadow palette have either been proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.
Full list of ingredients:
AMBER / HONEY Ingredients: Talc, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Oryza Sativa Extract / Rice Extract, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, PTFE, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sorbic Acid. [+/- (Shades may contain / Couleurs): Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77400 / Bronze Powder, CI 75470 / Carmine]. D237632/1. G2014459 DRIP / HBIC / HIVE / KEEPER / SWARM Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Alumina, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Silica, Tin Oxide. [+/- (Shades may contain): Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77400 / Copper Powder, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77400 / Bronze Powder, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens]. D238137/1. G2029214 FLYBY / GOLDEN / STING / SWEET Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Alumina, Boron Nitride, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide. [+/- (Shades may contain): Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77400 / Bronze Powder, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide]. D238141/1. 2029285 1 QUEEN Ingredients: Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Oryza Sativa Extract / Rice Extract, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, PTFE, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. [+/- (May contain): Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide]. D237636/1.
This is a unique eyeshadow palette with yellow-gold-brown shades that can be used to create both day and night, casual and professional looks. This palette is a multi-tasker and if you like the colours it is a must-have. Plus, the formulation is good and the packaging is beautiful and durable.
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