Urban Decay Shadowbox Palette Review & Swatches


The Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow palette is no big news, but I felt like I need to do some swatches & review since I’ve been using it for a while.

I got it around 8 months ago, hoping that I’ll change my neutral ways and include more colors in my makeup looks. It’s funny when I think about it now, realizing that I’ve barely touched the colorful shades, and almost used up the nude ones.

Anyways, I find it very useful and think it’s a great pick for makeup beginners and everyone trying to add more colors to their eye makeup.




The packaging is very good – small, light and easy to carry around. I especially like the magnetic closure and the Urban Decay initials popping up at the front. The smoky mixture of purple and black gives a little hint of what’s inside – an explosion of colors.




However, considering the little amount of product it holds, I feel like the packaging could be a bit thinner.  As I opened it I looked inside and tried to pull again cause it’s kinda thick and it looks like there could be something else hiding behind the eye shadows (like a brush, or a primer). Sadly there wasn’t.


The size of the palette compared to a brush (Urban Decay Naked 2).

The shades are very colorful and there’s pretty much a little bit of everything, which is exactly why I would recommend this palette to makeup beginners. However, if you’re not a shimmer lover and want to keep things matte, this palette is not for you.

These are the 12 shades :

  • Sin – champagne with a hint of pink.
  • Indo – emerald, deep green.
  • Bordello – pinky mauve.
  • Tornado – warm toned purple.
  • Smog – coppery bronze.
  • Blackout – deep black.
  • Flash – bright purple.
  • Mushroom – warm grey.
  • Lost – medium – dark brown.
  • Freelove – bright pinky peach.
  • Moonshadow – medium- dark navy blue.
  • Baked cowboy – golden bronze.




All of these have a shimmery, frosted finish, except Blackout. They weigh in at 0.001 oz each and I guess that’s exactly how much you’ll need for experimenting with colors.

For daily use, I think there’s just not enough product and you can see that just by looking at Lost, my favorite shade from this palette (I’ve used it up so quickly!). They also weight in a lot less than the other UD eyeshadows, but hey, it’s supposed to be a travel sized packaging and the price is lower than the Naked palettes.

Over to the swatches



Sin, Indo, Bordello, Tornado



Smog, Blackout, Flash, Mushroom



Lost, Freelove, Moonshadow, Baked Cowboy


The formula is very good: the shades are highly pigmented, vibrant and easy to blend. The only shade that disappointed me is Blackout – it’s quite difficult to blend and the texture seems to be different than the Blackout I already have in the UD Naked 2 palette. All of the shades don’t seem to have the same formula: Sin, Bordello, Smog, Blackout, Mushroom, Lost and Baked Cowboy are rich and vibrant, while Tornado, Flash, Freelove and Moonshadow are a bit sheer, dry and chalky.

Although some of the shades are powdery and there’s fallout from each one, they seem to be very long lasting. I mean, 8 – 10 hours of lasting color!

So, I don’t really mind making a little mess while doing my makeup, as long as I’m sure that I have a pigmented and long lasting eyeshadow on.


Over to the pros and cons…


  • Easy to blend
  • Pigmented
  • Compact packaging
  • Good range of colors



  • Fallouts
  • Powdery


Is there anything else you’d like to know about this palette? Let me know!

Xoxo, Ana.

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