This palette is so cool looking! To the left of the mirror, there is a little cardboard stand, intended for use as an iPhone/iPod holder. That probably sounds totally random, but also included in this kit is a mini speaker. So you can listen to music while using the generously sized mirror to put on your makeup anywhere you want! The "get the look" pouch contains a couple of diagrams of different looks you can get with this palette.
A drawer pulls out to reveal the palette itself. I love that everything has a little ribbon pull, so it's super easy to get everything out of the box. Inside we have 16 eyeshadows, one full size 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion, one trial size Supercurl Curling Mascara, one trial size Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original, and the mini speaker and cables.
Five out of 20 shades (Virgin, Sin, Sidecar, Creep, Gunmetal) in this collection are from the ever-popular Naked palette. I also spy a couple of colors from last year's holiday Feminine palette (Gunmetal, Hijack, Lost), and some from this year's Ammo palette (Sin, Grifter, Polyester Bride). Apologies for the weirdly warped photo, I'll blame that one on my camera and try to replace it with a better one ASAP.
One full size eyeliner and two awesome trial size products? Not too shabby, considering you typically only get one extra product with a UD palette. The mini speaker set is an unexpected and interesting touch.
Now that we've got all the product shots out of the way, onto the swatches...
24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Supercurl Curling Mascara, and Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I'm sure none of these products are in need of introduction, as they are indeed some of UD's premiere products.
Kiddie Pool, a baby blue shimmer
Gunmetal, a charcoal grey shimmer (sort of greigey, no?)
Creep, a black shimmer
Baked, a copper metallic
Grifter, a lavender with microglitter
Psychedelic Sister, a purple shimmer
Lost, a brown shimmer
Hijack, a teal shimmer
Midnight Cowgirl, a light tan shimmer
Sin, a champagne shimmer
Sidecar, a metallic medium brown
Strip, a metallic silver
Stray Dog, a dark brown with satiny finish
Missionary, a taupe with satiny finish
Virgin, a beige with satiny finish
Polyester Bride, a white metallic with silver microglitter
I have loved Urban Decay products for half my life now, and I have gone through many a UD palette over the years. The Book of Shadows is definitely worth the $32 price tag, and I got it for $25! However, I will say the original Book of Shadows IV had more visually interesting colors. A few of the eyeshadows in this palette weren't really all that pigmented (which is disappointing, as UD is known for their pigmentation). One way it could have vastly improved would be to replace the mini speakers with perhaps a blush or lip gloss to really make this a fully functional palette. (Or really anything else! Maybe a full size Primer Potion?) I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm going to use the heck out of this. I just wish this go 'round could've seen a few less pastels is all, especially since it's fall. So, authoritatively, I'm giving this palette a B+.
Are you a hardcore Urban Decay devotee like me? Did you manage to snag this while it was available? (You can find a similar palette here.) Also, swatching in low light is REALLY HARD. Anyone have any suggestions for swatching during fall/winter?