A Colorful Spectrum



Ah. The Urban Decay Spectrum Palette.


I reviewed this one back in October after it briefly popped up online for the holidays. Unfortunately, even I wasn’t fast enough to grab it from Sephora, so I ended up purchasing it for a large mark-up off of eBay.. and now my tears of regret can be your tears of joy!


The good news for you guys is that Spectrum is coming back for Spring, AND it will be in stores this time! I don’t know of a launch date, but it should be very soon. That’s why I thought we could revisit it for a minute, and I’ve added swatches as well!

I’m actually really excited that this is re-launching, because it’s very pretty and deserves some more attention.

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Where does this Urban palette fall on the Spectrum?



This baby was a complete PAIN to track down! I knew I should’ve ordered it as soon as I saw it appear on Sephora’s website, but I thought I’d be okay to wait a couple weeks..


And I thought wrong!


By the time I went to purchase, it was already completely unavailable from any retailer I could find. Except, of course, eBay. I’m always wary of purchasing cosmetics from the site because of the abundance of fake cosmetics being sold, as well as hygienic issues. When I finally found a seller who had tons of positive feedback and had a product that was authentic and new, I snatched it up – at a hefty markup, unfortunately. The sad truth, I’m afraid, is that even though Urban Decay’s Spectrum palette was released less than a month ago, it is already gone for good unless you’re willing to try your luck from a private seller.


All that being said, it was so worth it! The packaging is very reminiscent of Urban’s 16th anniversary palette release, and sold out just as quickly. The difference here being that not all of these colors are exclusive to the palette.


I was really excited to see the inclusion of Junkie, one of my favorite shadows for its gorgeous jewel-toned depth. Voodoo is also a rich, complex shade, as are the rest of the colors, with all the pigmentation and blendability you’d expect from this brand. I think the packaging is very pretty, but for some reason, the lid to my palette seems a little on the loose side. I’m not sure if this is something unique to me, or if others have noticed it as well.


If you’re a collector, you’ll have to do some serious investigative work to get your hands on this one. For the casual Urban Decay fan, it may not be worth the effort, as some of the shades are repeats. Perhaps the Gwen Stefani collaboration will trump this palette anyway!