Urban Decay just released their fourth Book of Shadows palette — and this one really has all the bells and whistles. You get 16 shadows (10 of which are new shades), a mini Supercurl mascara, a mini Primer Potion eyeshadow base, and a full-sized waterproof liquid liner in Perversion (black). But wait, there’s more!
Instead of diagrams and written instructions on how to wear these products, you get a card with QR codes. Scan these barcodes with your smartphone to play video tutorials. (The fold up lid of the palette even has a little paper sleeve to hold your phone, so you can apply while you watch.) And Urban Decay has included a tiny-but-powerful keychain speaker, which you can connect to your phone for listening to the tutorials — and then take with you as a highly portable boombox.
Book of Shadows IV is $64 and limited edition. All of these shadows are extremely pigmented and a pleasure to swatch.
Blue Bus is a very blue purple frost/shimmer. Gunmetal is a charcoal frost/shimmer. Cobra is a fabulous matte super-dark-brown (nearly black) with ultra fine gold and green shimmer. Baked is an extremely frosty orange copper. Bender is a shimmery gold-green (evergreen). Gravity is a slightly chunky royal plum (blue-purple). Lost is a shimmery/frosty warm wood brown. Hijack is a gorgeous shimmery/frosty muted alpine blue-teal (if it were gum, I think it would be called wintermint).
Midnight Cowgirl is a warm pale gold/beige-gold frost. Sin is a pink shimmer/frost. Midnight Rodeo is rose-brown shimmer/frost. Midnight Cowgirl, Sin, and Midnight Rodeo all have some bigger sparkle pieces.
Crystal is muted, ice-skater pale blue-grey with tiny blue sparkles (it’s sheerer on first swipe). Bust is a lovely satin/shimmer mink-colored, slightly purpled taupe. Missionary is a shimmery/frosty slightly purpled metallic pink.
Skimp is vanilla-colored satin, a pinked-beige that I think would make a fabulous face highlight. Zephyr is a shimmery, bright warm white.
Urban Decay’s new waterproof liquid liners have the most fabulously narrow brush applicator — maybe 10 fibers make up the “needlepoint” brush. I tried to capture that narrowness with my series of swipes. If you want the finest line possible, wipe the excess liquid on the mouth of the tube before you apply brush to eye. Also very important: shake the liquid liners WELL before applying.