The latest release from Urban Decay is here…
And somehow, I nearly missed it. I’d seen the reveal on social media back at the start of the year and made a vague mental note of the UK release which was set for mid-May. I imagined, like most Urban Decay releases, it would be all over the blogosphere and that there was no way whatsoever I would forget that it was coming out – but I did.
For some reason, I’ve not seen many people talking about this beautiful palette, and I can’t figure out why. As soon as I saw it at the turn of the year I knew I had to buy it, despite me rarely reaching for pink shadows, and the second I realised it was available on the website it was in my basket and on the way.
Like many bloggers, I don’t like using shiny new makeup until I’ve had a chance to photograph it, and a palette as pretty as Backtalk was no exception. It arrived last Friday, so I’ve only had it for a week now, but I’ve used it most days since and feel like I can give a decent rundown of my first impressions.
Of the eight shades, 3 are matte, and the rest have a shimmer. They range from 3 Sheets, a barely-there shade with a hint of peach, to the beautifully rich chocolate 180. At first glance, Bare and Curve looked very similar, but they have a slightly different cast when applied, with Bare being a bit warmer and Curve leaning pinker.
What I love about this is that the shades all work so well together. For the most part, I think Urban Decay are great at creating really versatile palettes, and this is no exception. You’ll find the perfect daytime combinations in here, but then the vibrant shades like Shade, Attitude and 180 are perfect for a more dramatic look too.
Yeah, I’m not a makeup artist, and I am horrendous at taking pictures of my makeup, so you’ll just have to suffer through the classic arm swatches like the basic bitch I am. If you know the Urban Decay eyeshadows, you’ll know that they’re really nice quality. Buttery soft and blend like a dream, with minimal fallout and great pigment. They definitely work noticeably better with an eyeshadow primer, but I rarely wear eyeshadow without a primer these days anyway.
I’m not a huge blusher person, as with cheeks that flush red at a second’s notice I typically avoid things that make my face any pinker. That being said, the two blusher shades in Backtalk are both exactly the sort of shades I would use, which is handy. Cheap Shot is a gorgeous berry and Double Take leans on the mauve side. They’re a little bit bolder than I feel confident enough for, but with a light hand, they apply beautifully – even for a blusher noob like myself.
Highlighter, again, is something I don’t really experiment with much. I wear it often enough, but I tend to stick to similar shades. I think Low Key – a pink-peach with golden shimmer – is a little bit too peachy for me, but I am head over heels in love with Party Foul, which is a lighter pink-nude shimmer instead. It suits my pale skin a lot better, and has a really nice sheen without being too over the top.
I’d been really disappointed with some of Urban Decay’s more recent launches (I’m looking at you, Naked Heat) but Backtalk has been the palette I needed. It makes a welcome change from the plethora of nude shades that I always lean towards, but it’s still wearable. It’s different enough that it’s encouraging me to be a tiny bit more adventurous with my makeup, but it’s not too far out of my comfort zone, either.
I was a bit apprehensive about the cardboard packaging, but it seems sturdy enough and has a decent magnetic closure so I’d be happy to travel with it. I love the detachable mirror and the dual-sided pans, which again would be very handy for travelling. Even though I probably won’t use the blusher side quite as much I think the dual-sided nature of the palette gives you extra bang for your buck. Who knows, maybe having the blushers right next to the shadows will make me more likely to use them?
I think they’ve hit the nail on the head with this one, and I for one am very glad I bought it. My bank account is now waiting in fear of what they bring out next. Hopefully, it’s just as good as Backtalk!