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The star of the Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Makeup Collection is of course the Eyeshadow Palette. I’m not sure I even need to explain why but even if you just scroll this post to look at the pics you’ll figure it out. 😉
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what is it
The Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00) is a collection of shadows that makes it incredibly easy to declare your allegiance. Would you choose House Targaryen, House Lannister, House Stark, or to defeat the White Walkers?
Inspired by the strong women of the Seven Kingdoms, these jewel tones and earthy neutrals give way to dark metallics and frosty shimmers—they can all be customized with the four transformer shades. Prepare for battle with Stormborn, a glittery metallic purple, and unwind with Lannister Red, a matte reddish-brown.
Within this palette you’ll get 20 eyeshadow shades in several different finishes including matte, satin, metallic, transformer shades, micro-shimmers and shifts.
The Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette shades are:
16 x 0.85 g eyeshadows in Bend the Knee (lilac with blue shift), Dothraki (gold metallic), Stormborn (purple metallic with iridescent micro-shimmer), House Targaryen (pale rose-gold metallic), Lannister Red (burgundy brick matte), House Lannister (peach matte), Red Keep (warm copper metallic), Casterly Rock (dark bronze metallic), Weirwood Leaves (deep plum satin), Nymeria (warm terracotta matte), Winter Is Here (dark brown with iridescent micro-shimmer), The Sight (metallic green with iridescent micro-shimmer), White Walker (blue shift), Frozen North (deep teal with iridescent micro-shimmer), Take the Black (jet black with iridescent micro-shimmer) and Free Folk (silver metallic).
As well as 4 x 1.42 g eyeshadows in Bay of Dragons (sparkling pink transformer shade), King’s Landing (pale gold transformer shade), Winterfell (antique gold transformer shade) and Hardhome (sparkling white transformer shade).
No one does pop-up eyeshadow packaging like Urban Decay. That throne, though. I don’t know if they were trying, but it actually makes an old-sounding, creaky noise when you open it. The entire aesthetic is so on point and well-done.
As you open the top of the Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette box you have a decent sized mirror on one side opposite a quote from Daenerys Targaryen. If you lift that quote you’re greeted with the throne I was talking about above and a quote from Tyrion Lannister. The eyeshadow palette slides completely out from the side (like a drawer) which I love because it makes it less bulky to hold while you’re applying.
I was impressed with the overall performance of the eyeshadow shades in the Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette.
The matte shades (Nymeria, House Lannister, Lannister Red) were all fantastic. Way more pigmented than I anticipate & easy to work with. I know we’re all about extravagance here but I’d have loved to have had a few more matte shadows.
The metallic shades (Free Folk, Red Keep, Casterly Rock, House Targaryen, Dothraki) were also all fantastic. Incredible pigment, super-soft and easy to work with.
The micro-shimmer shades (Take the Black, Frozen North, Winter is Here, The Sight, Stormborn) gave quite a bit of fallout dust so if you plan to use those I’d recommend doing so before you do your face makeup. Pigmentation was hit-or-miss, depending on the shade you’re using (Frozen North being the exception – IMO it performed more like the metallics). I found them to mostly be buildable when using a firm brush and a pressing motion. These shades were easy to blend out on their own as well as into other shades.
The satin shade (Weirwood Leaves) performed similarly to the micro-shimmer shades – in particular Winter is Here. It’s got more of a dullness to the overall color which I guess is what puts it into the satin category.
The shift shades (Bend the Knee, White Walker) fell rather flat when worn dry but when applied with a damp brush they really pop more and are also buildable. They blended into the other shades well and layered nicely.
The four transformer shades (Hardhome, Winterfell, King’s Landing, Bay of Dragons) 100% need to be applied with your finger. I tried them dry & found when used that way they’re good for blending/buffing after applying the shade with your finger. When used with a damp brush hardly any product transferred to my lid (or from the pan to the brush, for that matter).
In the swatches below I did one swatch dry and one swatch a little damp (both with my finger). There is a slight difference in those swatches but on the lid you don’t even need to dampen your finger.
I would also recommend using a sticky base for the transformer shades. In the eye look below I used Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme in L5 Neutral. I’m trying to use up what I have from the brand because I’m not buying the products any longer. Basically any concealer that feels thick, has good coverage and dries semi-quickly will work. I hated this product as a concealer but love it for doing these types of eye looks.
Obviously if you’re a Game of Thrones fan you’re already on board with this entire line. Overall, I feel that I can recommend the Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette if you’re a fan of shimmer and metallic eyeshadows, enjoy colorful looks and thinking outside the box. The palette isn’t perfect performance wise but it is fun, has creative packaging and it’s different.
As much as I love a neutral look and wear it more often than not I also love a palette that forces me to get creative. The 20 eye shadow shades in the Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette had me thinking outside the box and itching to get wild.
The Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette is swatched below dry (unless otherwise marked) and on bare skin (no primers):
get the look
Below is a wild (for me) eye look featuring the Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette. I don’t often do a halo cut-crease on my hooded eyes so I used Lannister Gold Eye Pencil to try to even out the top part a bit, so that is a little thicker than I’d like. Basically it was a lot of tinkering and blending with the products below. I don’t often do a bold, green look but I’m really loving this one.
When I post tomorrow’s round-up I’ll be showing a more wearable look along with a full face using other products from this collection.
Urban Decay Primer Potion | MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly | Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray | Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme in L5 Neutral (to cut crease/halo) | Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette: House Lannister (transition shade blended almost up to the brow), Nymeria (crease shade blended out lower than House Lannister), Take the Black (inner & outer corners of the eye), The Sight (inner & outer corners of the eye over Take the Black – use same combo under inner & outer lower lash line), Winterfell (wet, center of lid for halo for the lid and bottom lash line), King’s Landing (wet at inner corner then buffed with a dry layer) | Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper | Urban Decay x Game of Thrones 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Lannister Gold | Benefit High Brow in Universal | MILK Makeup KUSH Mascara
The Urban Decay Game of Thrones Collection will be available beginning on April 14, 2019 at urbandecay.com (the same day that the season 8 series finale will premiere on HBO).
All pieces of this collection are limited edition.