July 25, 2017


It's pretty safe to say that Urban Decay has been killing the game of cosmetics for the first half of 2017. With the release of the Naked Heat palette and a gang of primers for different skin types and concerns, Urban Decay has been demanding our attention since January. So when the brand came out with the Shape Shifter palette, a product geared towards highlighting and contour, I fell right into the sunken place with the rest of the beauty community. In this post we will be discussing if this palette is worth the hype or if you should give this a side eye and put your money elsewhere.

 So within the palette, there are four powders and five creams contours and the sections are separated by a double-sided mirror. Now, I haven't tried any complexion products from Urban Decay because their darker skin tones run quite red for my complexion (like every other makeup brand), but what I did notice about this palette is that the contour shades are cool/neutral which is what you want to contour with. I would also like to say whoever is in charge of the packaging for Urban Decay deserve some type of a raise. The packaging is always so gorgeous and is ideal for travel. Nice and compact! The fact that there is two mirrors for each side is well thought out because I don't want to be flipping back and forth to use one damn mirror when I go from my creams to my powders. Done with the rambling, let's get down to the nitty-gritty: The formula.

The powder shades are super soft to the touch! The darkest shade, for my skin tone, is perfect for a DEEP set contour. Like, if you want to have Naomi Campbell contour, the darkest shade is your girl. Now I was wondering what I would possibly use the lighter brown contour shade for because it is very close to my natural skin tone, but its very nice to diffuse and blend out a deep contour. They are also very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Also they are a bit powdery, so when you dip your brush into the pans, either use a denser brush to limit the amount 

of kick back or use a lighter hand. Now the real star of the show: the highlight shade! Fam, the highlight shade! So poppin' and so golden. It looks like a light pink in the pan, but it shows up so golden and is absolutely stunning. Now I would NOT apply this with a fan brush because this is one of those powders that will fly on other parts of the face, so I would use a teardrop brush to have more control and prevent the gold flex from messing up the rest of your beat. The cream contours are very buttery and blend over the skin very easily. The orange, color correcting shade is one of the better shades I have tried (If you use lipstick to color correct, you need Father God, btw). I applied it underneath the eyes and around my mouth to cancel out discoloration and boy, did she work wonders (the before and after picture down below)! I set down the cream highlight for a great base for my powder highlight, but it is grittier than the other creams, but I'm guessing because of the concentration of the flex of shimmer. But overall, I really enjoyed this palette! If you are dipping your toe in the waters and want to try contouring for the first time, I really recommend the palette as a beginner's guide. It is $45, but you do get a lot of product and I used every single cream and powder in the palette. Great job, Urban Decay!


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