Ulta Exclusive Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV Redux Palette 2013

Ulta recently released a Limited Edition Urban Decay palette, essentially a redo of the Book of Shadows IV with different colors. I managed to snatch up one of these bad boys while Ulta had a "20% off your entire order" coupon. They've taken them off the site now, but you may still be able to find them in store. (Of course, you can also find them on eBay for a ridiculously inflated price.) Let's crack this thing open, shall we?

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...
From left: 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.
From left:
Kiddie Pool, a baby blue shimmer
Gunmetal, a charcoal grey shimmer (sort of greigey, no?)
Creep, a black shimmer
Baked, a copper metallic

From left:
Grifter, a lavender with microglitter
Psychedelic Sister, a purple shimmer
Lost, a brown shimmer
Hijack, a teal shimmer

From left:
Midnight Cowgirl, a light tan shimmer
Sin, a champagne shimmer
Sidecar, a metallic medium brown
Strip, a metallic silver

From left:
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?


  1. I saw this but passed. Ugh. Makeup woes! I wish I were an awesome MUA but alas I am not. I got the Vice 2 palette and I wasn't impressed. I really wanted to be but several other colors looked so similar that I wasn't going to spend $60 on. This did look in intriguing though.

  2. The price was right on this one! That eyeliner alone costs what I paid for the whole thing. I usually just let my mom and boyfriend buy me UD palettes for birthdays/Christmas, hahah.

  3. I love the book of shadows! However, I never buy UD unless its massively discounted. The origional one I had also had the cute little speaker, unfortunately it just stopped working after a few uses. So I would have to agree a blush would be a nice addition. The colors in your set look like they are very versatile even if some aren't amazing, and is usually what I look for in palettes.

    -Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com

  4. I'm kind of mystified by the mini speaker. . . that seems gimmicky. Everything else looks lovely, but I know nothing about makeup and just like pictures that shimmer, haha

  5. I'm a total slave to the primer potion, I actually need a new one very soon!

  6. I was really interested in this palette, but Ulta doesn't ship to APO/FPO addresses. Womp womp. The liquid liner and mascara are both fantastic, but I wish that Kiddie Pool and Grifter were more pigmented. That's a bummer.

  7. You know like a million times what I know about makeup. You should give me a make up make over.

  8. Why did they come out with this redux version? I just received it as my mom held onto it to make it an even more special surprise at Easter. I'm thrilled with it because I have Naked 2&3 but not Naked 1. It has perfect brown shades for me and I don't wear color often. I'm just so confused about why there are 2 versions?