Today I want to show you the new Urban Decay Shattered Face Case that was released along with the Vice 2 palette last month. Though I usually try to stick to budget beauty products on this blog, this review was requested by Caroline and I’m happy to do it. I picked up the Shattered Face Case when Urban Decay was having the 20% off friends & family sale that I told you about a few weeks ago. Keep reading to see what I think about it, and if I think the Shattered Face Case is worth the money.
A Face Case is a new travel-friendly small palette that contains almost everything you need for a full makeup look. Each case (there are two, Shattered and Anarchy) contains 5 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 1 highlight shade, 1travel-size 24/7 liner pencil, and 1 Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color. You just need to add foundation and mascara and you are all set. It’s about the size of a sunglasses case, and easily fits in your purse or travel bag. I think the packaging is ingenious.
The lid flips up to reveal a full size mirror and your eye shadows and eye liner. Then that layer also flips up to reveal another mirror and your cheek and lip products. The mirrors in this case are high-quality real mirrors, not the junky fun-house cheap kind. Both the travel-size 24/7 liner pencil and the Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color are removable so you can exchange them with any shade you want. The lip pencil is about the size of a NYX Jumbo pencil, so you don’t have to stick to Urban Decay. I was also able to fit a Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color in the slot.
Though everyone is buzzing about Vice 2, of all the Urban Decay products released for Holiday 2013 I was most interested in the Shattered Face Case. I don’t know why, but it called to me. I was less thrilled by the $44 price tag. At first glance that seems really steep. But, the quality of products is great, and the number of products you get is pretty good. Let me break it down.
I love the shades in this palette. UD didn’t sacrifice quality in any way, and these shadows are just as pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable as I am used to in my Naked 2 palette. Starting on the left, Shakedown is a dark, smoky gray with brown tones. Remix is a vibrant, jewel toned purple. Nameless is a gorgeous taupe-y brown. Minor Sin is an iced pink shade. Bleach is a matte beige, the perfect highlight.
As you can see, all of the shades except Bleach are shimmery. I am so glad that they included Bleach. If you have read my blog at all, you know how much I love WnW Brulee for a matte cream highlight. It blends everything out and finishes the look. I use it all the time. Bleach is a similar shade and makes this palette so much more complete in my opinion because I don’t have to go outside the palette for my highlight shade. The shadows are gorgeous and they have the same buttery formula and awesome pigmentation that has made Urban Decay such a cult favorite in the first place.
I was speaking to the Urban Decay rep at Ulta, and he pointed out that one of the things that sets the Face Cases apart is that they contain powder blushes. Other than the Naked Flush palette, UD doesn’t make powder blushes. The more natural shade on the left is called Overexposed, and I love it. It’s a beautiful warm mauve-toned nude. I think it’s a relatively unique shade, and it looks beautiful on my skin. The pink shade is called Temper and it’s a typical cool toned pink. the highglight shade is called Glint and it’s a pink-toned champagne color. It kind of reminds me of the swatches I’ve seen of Benefit Rockateur boxed blush.
I love, love Overexposed. It’s pigmented, applies smoothly and looks fantastic. Temper wasn’t as good. I thought the formula was a little more chalky and less pigmented. It’s not bad and is certainly usable, but it’s not as good a formula as Overexposed. UD needs to work on consistency before releasing a line of powder blushes. Glint is a lovely shade, though a little dark for a highlight for my personal taste. I will probably use it as a sixth eyeshadow shade because it would look awesome with Nameless. Just saying. It has a smooth, creamy formula and applied evenly.
The Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color that comes in the Shattered Face Case is in Lovechild and the 24/7 glide on eye pencil is in Zero. Some people bemoan that UD didn’t include Perversion (which is in the Anarchy Face Case) but I am fine with Zero. I think Perversion has its place, but I think it is often too black for everyday use. Lovechild is a medium carnation pink. Frankly, it is not my color. Many women will be able to get good use out of it, but it’s too light for my skin tone and looks terrible on me. I’m going to have to play around with it and layer it with other shades to make it work, but that’s just me.
So, to summarize, I am really pleased with the Shattered Face Case. I really wanted it and I am glad that I got it, especially for 20% off which put it at a little over $35. Is it worth the full $44? Well, The Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color is full size, and retails for $19. A regular UD eyeshadow is 1.5g and retails for $18, the five shades in the Face Case are .8g each, so a little over half the size. Each blush is .10 oz and the highlighter is .05 oz so the total weight of the cheek products is .25 oz. For comparison, the Naked Flushed palette of a bronzer, blush, and highlight is $30 for .49 oz. If you use the $36 Black Market liner set of 6 travel-sized liners as a guideline, Zero in this palette is worth $6. Add it all up, and the products in the palette total $85 based on how Urban prices their products. Do I think it’s worth it as someone who has way more makeup than she needs? Yes. But try to snag a sale if you can. The Urban Decay Shattered Face Case is available on Urban Decay’s website, and through Ulta. (The Anarchy case is exclusive to Sephora.) I think that it’s a great product.
Tip: Ulta is offering a 20% discount to platinum members through 11/2. If you received the card in the mail with your account number, you can apply it to the Face Case.