The Urban Decay Backtalk palette has been on my lust list ever since it was launched. That’s the worst bit of being on the mother of all spending bans – it’s like you can look but you can’t touch.
Thankfully I have the best fiance ever who knew just how much I wanted this and he took me to Debenhams last week and treated me to it. The palette is prettier than I’d even imagined and I started playing with it straight away.
Normally I wouldn’t tend to go for a pinky toned palette, but this is actually far more neutral than I’d realised with a gorgeous mix of soft berry, mauve and rose toned shadows. It’s quite a muted palette and that’s what I like – bold and bright shadows just don’t do it for me, so this is ideal. Backtalk is very pretty and feminine and it has surprised me a lot.
The palette is made up of 8 eyeshadows and 4 cheek shades so it’s handy for taking away with you on holiday. It also comes with a double-sided removable mirror which is a good size. Unlike other palettes from Urban Decay, Backtalk doesn’t come with a brush, but I don’t mind that. Sometimes brushes take up space that could either be given over to the shadows, or make the palette too bulky.
Urban Decay Backtalk has 8 beautiful eyeshadows on one side of the palette. They are velvety soft and blend easily. Some of the shades aren’t as pigmented as I’d expected (this is certainly no Naked palette), but they’re still good and of a nice quality.
3 SHEETS – pale pink-nude matte
BARE – light pinky-peach satin
CURVE – metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter
BACKTALK – soft rosy mauve matte
SHADE – deep fuchsia satin
ATTITUDE – metallic red copper
WTF – reddish brown matte
180 – metallic brown red
I wasn’t overly excited about the cheek side of the palette at first … until I tried it and now I actually think this is my favourite side. The shades are a lot more pigmented than they’ve shown up in the photo. At first I thought the highlight shade Party Foul was a bit too subtle, but when the light hits it there’s the most gorgeous glow.
CHEAP SHOT – medium pink nude
DOUBLE TAKE – rich mauve with slight shimmer
LOW KEY – pinky-peach
PARTY FOUL – light pink-nude shimmer
Overall, I’m really pleased with this palette. It does lack some of the quality of the Nakeds, but it’s still a bloody lovely palette. Some of the eyeshadow shads took a bit of work, but you can come up with some gorgeous looks with it. It’s well worth buying.