Urban Decay Distortion Palette | Review & Swatches

*Products mentioned were sent for review, opinions are my own* Urban Decay has had a lot of releases lately. I've already reviewed ...

*Products mentioned were sent for review, opinions are my own*

Urban Decay has had a lot of releases lately. I've already reviewed the Heavy Metals Palette, Metal Meets Matte Lip Palette, and All Nighter Concealer, so now it's time to review the Distortion palette.

The Distortion Palette has 15 shades, 10 of the shades are regular shadows and the other 5 are transforming shadows. 9 of the 10 regular shadows are also new. The transformer shades are reflective and have a shift to them. They're gorgeous layered over the other shades in this palette. 

The packaging for this palette is absolutely stunning. It reflects so many different colors, it's actually perfect. It seems sturdy, it stays closed, and it's secure, so it seems safe for travel.

The colors:



  • BLEACH (GOLD SHIFT)
  • SHIFTY (GREEN SHIFT)
  • SPACE (BLUE SHIFT)
  • MIND GAME (LAVENDER SHIFT)
  • BLUR (PINK SHIFT)
  • FIRST OFFENSE (METALLIC BURNT ORANGE)
  • HOT BOX (DEEP GREEN WITH GREEN MICRO SHIMMER)
  • 5.0 (METALLIC BLUE)
  • ROGUE (MUTED PURPLE SHIMMER)
  • TRASH TALK (MUTED PINK SHIMMER WITH PURPLE SHIFT)
  • TERRITORIAL (DEEP METALLIC BRONZE)
  • BLACKOUT (BLACK MATTE)
  • OLD SMOKE (SMOKEY METALLIC GRAY)
  • SHAG (METALLIC SILVER WITH IRIDESCENT MICRO SHIMMER)
  • VELVET (METALLIC BURGUNDY WITH GOLD MICRO SHIMMER)
(Top row is finger swatches, bottom row is brush swatches)



The only eyeshadow in this palette that isn't new is Blackout.

The variety of shades in this palette is awesome. There are colors and neutrals, so there's definitely enough variety to keep most makeup junkies happy. The only matte shade is Blackout, which may be an issue for some people. This being the case, there are no transition shades. This is a palette of lid shades and it's up to you whether or not you're okay with that.

The eyeshadows in this palette are extremely buttery and pigmented. The only shade that wasn't super pigmented is Shag. It's a little drier and a little more glitter-like but with a base, it's perfect. 

The shadows are laid out in vertical trios. Obviously, you can mix and match as you please, but they're laid out this way to help you get an idea of what to use together. If you're looking at the palette as a whole or in horizontal rows, it can be a bit daunting.

Much like the Heavy Metals palette, this is a companion palette. You will still need transition shades, highlight shades, and deeper shades for the outer corner if you don't want to solely rely on a matte black. I don't have an issue with this personally as I have so many palettes and eyeshadows already but someone who isn't as into makeup may need another palette to complete a look.

Overall, I love this palette. The formula is nice, the colors are beautiful, and I love the idea of creating your own colors and looks. It's much more creative and in-depth and as someone who looks at makeup as art, I love it. As I said, the cons of this palette are that there are no transition, highlight, or crease/outer corner deepening shades. There is also only one matte shade in the palette, which can also be seen as a con. I definitely feel like the pros outweigh the cons by far, but whether or not you need this palette is for you to decide.

The Urban Decay Distortion palette is now available for $48.

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17 comments

  1. I need this for the packaging alone. This looks like a killer palette!

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  2. Both the packaging and the pigmentation of the shades are amazing!

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  3. This looks so cool! Love the packaging.

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  4. I think this is a good palette for editorial looks or anyone w/ penchant for bright and bold colors

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  5. The packaging is stunning! You captured the rainbow effect magically!

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  6. This beautiful palette is one I labored over buying but then just used my Kat Von D instead. I love the light shades that transform the others though. If it ever goes on sale I'll buy the palette.

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  7. Velvet is my type of color!

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  8. Looks great in particular holographic eyeshadows:) Regards!:*

    www.windowtothebeauty.com

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  9. Love the shades in this palette!

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  10. Wow, all those eyeshadows pop on you! They are so pretty by themselves; they don't really "need" the transforming shadows layered to make them look great!

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  11. THIS is what I live for when it comes to Urban Decay. I love the pigmented beautiful colors.

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  12. I love this packaging!!! The shadows are pretty stunning too so I may have to check this one out!

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  13. The formulas look so creamy!

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  14. Rogue is such a delicious shade!

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  15. This looks like so much fun. I'm glad you pointed out that it's laid out in a series of vertical trios - that does make it less overwhelming!

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  16. I usually pass on these types because I hate having to reach for another palette. But I recently had to work with a palette similar to this one and ended up loving it. Urban Decay has some of the prettiest most colorful palettes. I might have to check this one out. Those transition shades look fun to play with. And I really like how it’s laid out.

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  17. such a gorgeous looking palette and such beautiful color pay off ..

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