Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette, Full Spectrum Palette, UD Full Spectrum Palette

Though neutral eyeshadows are hot in the 2010s, I can't seem to let go of bright colors.

Rainbow shades are what got me into playing around in makeup when I was a teen, especially green and purple shades. I loved how purples popped against my brown eyes and suited my skintone better than blues, and I had a Milani green baked eyeshadow that I used for years and couldn't part ways with.

Before Urban Decay went Naked, they were more known for there punk rock motif and bright, punchy shades. They brought back the rainbow with the Electric Palette, which I purchased and reviewed here, but ended up returning. (Oh man, I cringe at my 2014 posts but it's fun to look back and see how far I've come as a blogger!) I loved the shades from the Electric Palette, but I wanted more variety in the purples, greens, and pinks. I got my wish 2 and a half years later with the Full Spectrum Palette, which is the extended version of the Electric Palette.

The Full Spectrum Palette has 21 shades that consist of, you guessed it—the full spectrum of the rainbow. There are different shade ranges for each row of pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, and the last row which has black, silver and white. There is a double-ended brush: one side is for blending, and the other is for packing on color on the lid or or crease. I love this brush because it picks up a lot of product. 

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette, Full Spectrum Palette, UD Full Spectrum Palette
Alchemy (satin fuscia)
Gossip (metallic hot pink)
Paranoia (shimmer bubblegum pink)
Warning (metallic orange copper)
Seize (metallic reddish orange)
Jones (metallic bright orange)
Midnight Blaze (olive green with metallic yellow-gold)
Calavera (matte bright yellow)
Gold Mine (metallic yellow-gold)
Hundred (metallic forest green)
Hatter (shimmer kelly green)
Mean (metallic light green)

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Minx (metallic navy blue)
Blindsided (matte cerulean blue with micro shimmer)
Metamorphosis (matte baby blue with micro shimmer)
Delirious (matte deep purple)
Sketch (metallic medium purple)
Faded (shimmer lavander)
Platonic (metallic charcoal black)
Iced (metallic silver)
Bump (white matte)

I'm glad I was able to purchase the Full Spectrum Palette before it discontinued, and on sale for $29 (I got it at a deeper discount by buying it during the Sephora VIB Rouge Sale) instead of the full $55. I was on the fence about even buying it because of the mixed reviews. I do have to agree that a lot of the shades aren't pigmented, such as Seize, Jones, and Goldmine. Sketch, Faded and Iced are also severely lacking in pigmentation, and hardly show up. Thats 6 out of 21 shades, which isn't too bad but still annoying. Calavera is way too chalky and has a lot of fallout. I am super impressed with Hundred, Minx and Delirious. For metallic shades, they do not fall out and pack a punch of pigmentation. The majority of the shades on the palette are either metallic or shimmer, but even most of the mattes (with the exception of Calavera and Bump) have a teeny bit of shimmer layered over it.

I bump up the pigmentation by applying the NYX white eyeshadow base. I did that with the look I created below: I blended Jones and Goldmine together and layered Seize on top of Jones, and was happier with the pigmentation, and how much it popped.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette, Full Spectrum Palette, UD Full Spectrum Palette

Even though I am a bit disappointed with the quality of the shades, I am still able to make it work applying the NYX white eyeshadow base first before the shadows. That way, the shadows are much more vibrant. I'm glad that I didn't pay full-price for this, and instead waited until it was on sale, and then bought it during the VIB Rouge sale. I don't think it's worth the $55, but I think this is a great palette for getting out of your comfort zone and experimenting with new makeup looks! I am turning 28 but playing around with this palette makes me feel...youthful and taken back to the days where neutrals were downright boring.

Since this palette is discontinued, I recommend you find single pressed shadows from Makeup Geek or ColourPop to put in a Z-palette. In fact, that's what I'll do next...order some Makeup Geek shadows (especially the greens). Their quality and pigmentation are much better.

Do you have any bright-colored palettes similar to the Full Spectrum Palette?


  1. I love vibrant shades for summer but I sometimes feel too shy to wear them. I purchased an affordable version from Technic with bright vibrant shades and I cannot wait to test it and try looks I haven't worn before!!


    Wow the colors look so pretty in the palette but that's a shame that some of them weren't as pigmented. You pulled off the vivid colors so well in your look, and that's such a great tip about using a white eyeshadow to make the colors pop more! I don't think I could ever pull off bright colors (I have so many neutral palettes it's getting ridiculous), but I always love seeing them on others!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  3. Those purples are absolutely stunning, I love them on brown eyes, too! x


  4. My first UD palette was a really bright one too, filled with shimmers! I think I still have it somewhere, the gold and purple aren't too bad. Although, I just don't think I would get any use from these bright palettes any more, and I agree that they weren't great value at full price. I think mines was on offer too x

    Velvet Blush

  5. I stay away from colour eyeshadows so this palette was a complete pass for me. Shame about the quality of the eyeshadows though.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  6. Holy Moley! That's a lot of color. Such a shame that the quality the shades are disappointing. Calavera is beautiful. :]

    // itsCarmen.com

  7. I love NYX White eyeshadow base, great review! A shame it didn't live up to your expectations but some really lovely colours here. Thank you for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  8. What a wonderful colours! Love your makeup! °₊·ˈ

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    Blog de la Licorne

  9. Shame that the quality of the eyeshadows didn't impress you as much as you'd hoped! :( I hate fall-out with eyeshadows, especially when they're so expensive! I haven't seen this palette before but I do like the colour range, they're so vibrant and look beautiful in the packaging! I am definitely more of a smoky/neutral girl myself though, I don't think I could pull off any real colours but you wear them beautifully! :) <3 Thanks for sharing the fab review, darling. xoxo


  10. Ah how annoying about the quality, and I can't stand fall out, its really frustrating. Although the shades aren't for my taste, they're so vibrant and bright x