Our Editors Created 4 Different Eye Looks Using the Urban Decay Ultraviolet PaletteSeptember 23, 2020
Sarah, Senior Editor
When I first went into this experiment, my plan was to stick to the left side of the palette — the safe, neutral side. But after applying Hacked, a soft terracotta shade, all over my lid, I couldn’t help but veer over to the right, bold side of the palette. I dipped my brush into Purple Dust, a shimmery blue violet hue, and applied the color in my crease for definition. Next, I layered Cyber Punk, a warm-toned purple, and Euphoric, a cool-toned, holographic purple, over the outer half of my lid. To brighten things up, I went in with Optimized, a lavender shade, on the inner half of my lid and Trippin’, a peachy highlight shade, on the inner corner and brow bone. For a finishing touch, I applied a swipe of Purple Dust along my lower lash line. Overall, this palette is way more versatile than I expected. While the look I created was fun and bold, it wasn’t over the top. I could have taken it up a notch, but I also could have taken it into more of a neutral territory as well — the options are endless.
Genesis, Assistant Editor
To be completely honest, upon first glance, I didn’t think I would like this palette as much as I did. Don’t get me wrong, the colors are gorgeous, but it’s one of those palettes I saw myself buying and then never using because purple shades are not typically my aesthetic. However, because the shade Warning, a shimmery magenta shade, is so captivating, I felt compelled to try it out.
First, I applied the shade Warning all over my eyelid using a fluffy shadow brush. These shadows are super buildable so I layered the color until I reached the perfect intensity. Then, I used my finger to apply the shade V.R, a glittery soft pink, on the center of my eyelid to add some sparkle and dimension. To finish, I used an eyeliner brush to create a wing with a mix of the rich purple shades Cyber Punk and Euphoric. I also applied those two colors along my lower lash line. The result, a shimmery purple-pink eye, was way more wearable than I expected.
Jillian, Senior Social Media EditorI’m not the biggest eyeshadow user, but all I could think about when I got this palette was that I wanted to play. The vibrant and moody purples were enough to inspire me to create a look that was out of my everyday comfort zone: a colorful smoky eye. First, I applied tape to my outer eye area so I could create a sharp wing. Next, I primed my eye with a concealer before applying Hacked, a light orange shade, all over my lid, stopping just above the crease. For my medium smoky shade, I applied Cyber Punk using the small-tipped side of the provided brush. This is a major pro tip: For a dramatic look, wet the brush before applying any of the shimmer shades and thank me later. To create my wing, I applied Purple Dust on the outer corner of my eyes and dusted it over the tape to create a clean line before removing it. Finally, I added a swipe of Lucid on my brow bone and in my inner corner to add some contrast and dimension to the whole look. It takes a lot for me to go bold with my eyeshadow, but the fact that this palette was able to do that speaks a lot to the color story and quality. I’m keeping this on hand, for sure.
Alanna, Associate EditorI’m typically not much of an eyeshadow gal — I often keep my eye makeup to a minimum with just a swipe of black winged liner. When I do wear shadow, I gravitate towards warm shades that complement my olive skin. Luckily this palette contains plenty of options to work with.
I started by applying Hacked, the perfect pinky-taupe all over my lid. Next, I picked up Optimized, a light lilac, and applied it in my crease, blending it outwards. I then added V.R in the center of my lid for a glittery pop. To complete the look, I lined my lower lash line with Optimized and added a swipe of Lucid, a light aqua shade, in each inner corner. This palette certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone but I think I might just use it again and again!