Get It or Forget It?: Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Palette

Welcome back, Beauties!! I hope you’re enjoying your week so far. Today, I’m going to give you my review of the Urban Decay Heavy Metals palette, and let you know if it’s worth the splurge or not. 

Initially, I wasn’t going to get this palette. I tend to be drawn to palettes with both mattes and shimmers/metallics. However, after seeing some reviews from YouTubers I trust in which they were singing its praises, I finally went and got it. I’ve been testing it out and wanted to share my thoughts on it with you.


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The Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette will run you $55, and is available everywhere Urban Decay products are sold. The palette comes with 20 metallic shadows that are split into two sections; one side with colorful metallics and he other with more neutral metallic shades. Speaking of the separate sides, the design of this palette is different than anything else I have in my collection for sure. To access the shadows, you have to slide the palette itself out of the purple cover. The funny thing is, you would think that this palette is weighty just looking at the packaging, but it actually feels super lightweight.


Here are some finger swatches I did of a few different shades in the palette. There is no primer underneath or anything, so you can get a good idea of the pigmentation of the shadows on my skintone. As you can see, the shadows have great pigmentation. They show up nicely on my skin whether I use a primer (aka my concealer when I remember to do it lol) or not.

If you’re familiar with the UD Moondust shadow formula, you may get similar vibes from these. Those are more on the glittery side, but I found that these in the Heavy Metals palette have a similar amount of fallout upon application. So, I definitely suggest doing your eyes before your base when you use these. I do find these to be much creamier than the Moondust shadows, which is a plus because those just don’t ring my bell so to speak.

There are some really great shadows in the palette, but there are also some duds. Angelfire is definitely my least favorite shadow in the palette. It has a weird texture to it that I found made it super difficult to work with. It definitely doesn’t stand on its own for me, so I have used it as a topper for mattes I used.

As I stated earlier, I’m not a huge metallic or shimmery palette fan. Maybe that’s why I have mixed feelings about this palette. I mean, I like it and all, but I’m not super in love with it, you know? It’s great quality and works well, believe that, but I’m just not super duper excited to reach for it like I wanted to be.

So, here’s the verdict. I’m going to say that you should GET IT if you are heavily into metallic shadows and don’t mind having to reach for more than one palette when getting ready. If you use these with a glitter glue or mixing medium, you won’t have the fallout issues. Like I said, it’s not a total fail, but it’s not a favorite for me either.

Have any of you tried this palette yet? What did you think of it if you have? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, Beauties!! xoxo


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