Look, I bought the Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette BEFORE I promised myself that I would take it easy on the eyeshadow palettes, okay? Also, there was a sale on Feelunique, it has blue eyeshadows and I’m weak.
Price point, packaging, and quantity
On the US Urban Decay website $34
On the UK Urban Decay website £28
On Feelunique Europe €33,60
The cardboard packaging is real cute:
It’s a limited edition. Like all Urban Decay products, this palette is 100% cruelty free and made in the USA. It doesn’t have a double-ended brush, like most UD palettes. It has a mirror, but because the palette is vertical, it’s kind of awkward to hold.
There are 8 shadows for a total of 10.4g
The Beached collection also includes three lipstick shades and two bronzer shades. I bought the bronzer in the shade Sunkissed and I really like it. It’s subtle and really easy to blend.
Review and swatches
The “hot summer sunset on a Californian beach” theme is pretty clear. This palette aims to help you channel your inner gold goddess and your inner sexy mermaid.
The palette consists of 8 shadows: 6 metallics, 1 satin and 1 matte. Basically, your transition shade will always be the same: Daybreak.
Texture: all of the shadows are creamy, velvety and soft to the touch, which is normally a sign of good blendability.
Application: And yes, they are really easy to blend, especially Daybreak which is a dream of a shadow. This is good news, since it’s the only transition shade of the palette 😉 There is some fallout from the metallics, but nothing you can’t remove with the swipe of a brush.
Staying power: excellent, and I guess that’s the point of this summer palette: not to budge despite hot temperatures. The pigmentation is very intense.
Final thoughts on the Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette
The first (and until last week, only) Urban Decay palette I had was the Naked Ultimate Basics and it was a huge disappointment.
This palette allows you to do fun, summery, colourful eye looks without too much hassle.
As usual, the blue shades are what drew me in, but in the long run I know those are not the shades I’ll use the most. I can see myself wearing Daybreak for the rest of my life. This shadow is the star of the palette in my opinion. I love to just blend it in the crease and be out the door, but I can also see myself mixing it with other warm matte browns that I have in other palettes. And that’s probably the only negative thing I’d have to say about the Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette: if you want to create a look that’s a bit more complex than ‘matte transition + metallic eyelid’, you will have to resort to another palette for variety.
However, overall, I cannot see any reason why you wouldn’t buy this. The price point is usual (or slightly below average) for Urban Decay and I find it to be extremely good value considering the quality of all the shadows and the fun looks you can create. This is definitely a must-wear summer palette.