Sephora recently released a new 500-Point Perk from Urban Decay. I’ve been saving my Sephora points because I haven’t been too impressed with their perks lately, but I jumped at the chance to get this. Unlike the recent perks (typically four small samples or foils of things I already have) this one is a pretty good value. Urban Decay created the Urban Decay Urban Obsessions mini palette just for Sephora. It contains four shadows (including two they claim are exclusive to this palette) and a deluxe eyeliner in one of their most popular shades, plus a teeny tiny sample of their eye primer.
The new mini palette is called Urban Obsessions. It’s a pretty decent size for a promo. The packaging is very similar in feel to their Full Frontal Lipstick Stash Set packaging. It has a slick, heavy feel to it and has a magnetic closure. It is almost like the original Naked palette but with a different material on the outside. Urban Obsessions is small enough for travel but sturdy enough to throw in your bag. I was really impressed with the size and quality of the packaging (it is actually bigger than my Julep Sweep Eyeshadow Palette, and that’s something they really sell).
Urban Obsessions comes with four different eye shadow shades: Skimp, Bust, Guilt, and Oil Slick. Skimp is a color from the Naked2 Basics Palette, Bust is part of Urban Decay’s permanent line, Guilt was originally released as part of a limited-edition holiday set, and Oil Slick is also part of the permanent line. The packaging claims this comes with two exclusive shades, which I guess means Skimp and Guilt since they can’t currently be purchased separately. The palette also holds a deluxe size of their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Zero. I love the idea of having an eyeliner with the palette, but it barely fits in the slot for it and is really hard to get out. Once I sharpen it for the first time it will be fine, but it is a pain until then. Urban Obsessions has a mirror on the lid, so it’s easy to use on the go.
Also included with the palette is a foil sample of Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I love this eye primer and wish this came with a bigger sample so people who haven’t tried it yet could see how well it works. I’ve tried a quite a few primers over the years that never seemed to do anything but I noticed a huge difference when I started using this. My eye makeup lasts all day and doesn’t smudge or crease at all. This has made a big difference in my makeup routine and it really helps my eye makeup look fresh and like it was recently applied all day long. If you aren’t using an eye primer, pick this up and see the difference it makes!
Zero is Urban Decay’s black-but-not-super-black liner. I love Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils and they include Zero in a lot of their sets, but this is actually the first one I’ve ever gotten. I don’t wear much black eyeliner (with the exception of Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner), so I’m not sure how much use I will get out of Zero, but I’m excited to finally try it. Urban Decay’s eyeliners have great pigmentation with only one pass, and they really do glide-on without smudging and last all day.
Skimp is a peachy-nude satin highlight color. It doesn’t show up very well on me but it is a nice highlight shade that isn’t too flashy or light. This is more of an everyday highlight color rather than a smoky-eye-standout highlight color. Bust is a pale sable brown satin. This is a really pretty shade that leans more towards taupe than brown. It has just a hint of shimmer to it. I love Urban Decay’s satin finishes because they add some dimension without being too sparkly. Guilt is a very pretty pink shade with shimmer that turns more lilac once it’s on. It’s not as pigmented as I would like and I have to use a wet brush to get the amount of color I want. Oil Slick is a matte black with silver micro-glitter. It is very pigmented and the glitter adds a nice touch, but I have more black shadows than I could ever need. They always seem to be included in palettes but they are so hard to wear. Unless I’m doing a dramatic smoky eye (and even then I prefer gunmetal shadows), I never touch them. I know a lot of people use black shadows for eyeliner, but I find that to be too messy and I don’t wear much black anyway. Zero is a black eyeliner that glides on easily and stays put. It’s not as dark as Urban Decay’s Perversion, but it’s still a good black with great color payoff after one one pass.
I am really happy with this 500-Point Perk. The palette is a good size and the colors are really pretty and wearable, with the exception of Oil Slick. I think this palette has a lot of versatility to it and is a good fit for my collection. Skimp is a great highlight shade, Bust is a beautiful taupe, and I love the shimmer and color of Guilt, even if it is a bit of a pain to apply. Having a black shadow and a black eyeliner in this palette seems a little redundant and I wish they had replaced Oil Slick with another color. I’ve been using Urban Obsessions every day since I got it. I love using Skimp in my inner corner, Bust in the outer corner and crease, and Guilt in the middle of my lid for a pop of color. I haven’t used Zero with it yet and instead have been trying different colored eyeliners (blue, taupe, grey). It’s a pretty, feminine look that is easy to wear every day. At 0.02 oz each, the eyeshadows are a little less than half the size of a full-size shadow, and at 0.03 oz, the eyeliner is 3/4 the size of a full size, for a total value of about $43.80. Not bad for a Sephora point perk!
You can get Sephora’s Urban Decay Urban Obsessions 500-Point Perk at your local Sephora or online here.