I’m having something of a palette party these days. Not a day goes by that I don’t reach for one palette or another of a morning when I’m slapping on the makeup. But to carry one around with me? Well, that’s quite another thing altogether. I’m always on the lookout for a full face palette that will truly take me from day to night without having to pack an assortment of other beauty bits to ramp up the look from work-appropriate neutralness through to a sultry evening look. I mean, otherwise, what’s the point of carting around a clunky palette that just weighs you down?

So I was truly excited to get my mitts on the Shattered Face Case, the latest limited edition palette from Urban Decay. Quite apart from the fact that it’s insanely beautiful  –  beautiful enough to draw out the requisite oohs and aahs as you pull this out of your makeup bag – it contains just about everything you’d need to go from a natural looking day face through to a full on smokey eye/nude lip look, and just about everything in between.

The top layer houses five eyeshadows (each of them new and exclusive to the this palette, so no doubling up on shades you may already have), each of them as creamy and pigmented as you’ve come to expect from Urban Decay. The well-chosen line up of shades will work across all skintones; for a daytime look (first photo) I’m wearing Minor Sin, a warm champagne pink, all over the eyelid, with Shakedown, a taupe brown in the crease and outer corner, with a hint of Nameless, a blueish, greyish deep brown to accentuate the crease. A touch of Remix, the shimmery purple, is under the lower lash line to define, while the yellow-cream Bleach, the only matte shade, is perfect to highlight under the eyebrow. A decent sized 24/7 GlideOn Eye Pencil in Zero provides the perfect eye definition for both the lashline and the waterline – essential for an dramatic smokey eye. The second photo shows an amped up smokey eye to take this into evening / party territory.

The lower layer has the perfect mix of blush and highlight, even for Indian skin tones like mine – so unusual for a ready made palette. Overexposed is a  warm, brownish dusty pink that could almost work like a matte bronzer, Temper is a more vibrant rose-coloured pink that works well as a pop of colour on the fullest part of the cheeks, while Glint is a beautiful rose-gold finely milled shimmer without even a hint of glitter that I’ll confess I’ve been wearing almost every day. There’s also a full sized Super Saturated Lip Colour in Lovechild – a true baby pink that works perfectly with the other shades the the palette.

The first photos show a daytime look, while the second shows an amped-up smokey eye using more Nameless, Remix and of course, buckets more of the Zero eyeliner! You’d pretty much only need to add in your face base (I’m wearing the By Terry Densiliss foundation), a concealer (I’m wearing NARS Creamy  Radiant Concealer) and a mascara (I’m trying a new one here, the recently launched Lengthening Mascara from Neals Yard Remedies, review coming soon). I’ve also been trying out some new brushes, including one from the hotly anticipated brush range from Wayne Goss.

I’ve been wearing pretty much this palette and nothing else this week, using it to take me from day to night, with the addition of only a few other items.  I LOVE that it’s got a mirror in each layer, making it one of the most user-friendly palettes I own. It’s not the sleekest of palettes; how could it be with its two layers? But it’s certainly one of the most comprehensive and that’s enough for it to earn its place in my handbag. It’s a great gift idea too, as it would really suit most skin tones, and it’s currently 10% off at Debenhams, making it a purse-friendly £27. It’s limited edition, and already sold out at HQ Hair and Look Fantastic, but you can also buy it at House of Fraser and of course, from the regular beauty sites such as Beauty Bay


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