Sunday, September 18, 2011

Urban Decay BOOK OF SHADOWS IV Swatches, Photos, and Review *PIC HEAVY*

It's that time again! New for Holiday 2011, Urban Decay has released it's Book of Shadows IV (hereby referred to as BOS4). To view the official press release, please right click HERE to open a new window.

Outside Box Packaging:

Inner Box Exterior Packaging

Interior Top Flap

Features & Products
Get The Look Card:

Bottom Tray featuring 16 eye shadows (10 are new!), Travel Size Original Primer Potion, Travel Size Super Curl Mascara, and a full size 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion, a portable speaker, and cords for downloading:

Travel Size Super Curl Mascara:

Full Size 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion:

Eye Shadows & Swatches:
ROW 1 - Blue Bus (bright blue w/ purple shimmer), Gunmetal (dark metallic silver w/silver sparkle), Cobra (sooty black w/golden shimmer), Baked (shimmering bright copper)

ROW 2 - Bender (shimmering dark mossy green), Gravity (deep vibrant purple w/ multi-dimensional glitter), Lost (shimmering dark brown), Hijack (greyish green w/blue and green shimmer)

ROW 3 - Midnight Cowgirl (shimmering gold w/gold sparkle), Sin (shimmering champagne), Midnight Rodeo (metallic medium brown w/silver and gold glitter), Crystal (light silvery blue w/multi-dimensional shimmer)

ROW 4 - Bust (taupe brown w/subtle gray shimmer), Missionary (light taupe w/pink shimmer), Skimp (shimmering ultra-light nude), Zephyr (shimmering off-white)

L-R: Blue Bus, Gunmetal, Cobra, Baked, Bender, Gravity, Lost, Hijack

L-R: Midnight Cowgirl, Sin, Midnight Rodeo, Crystal, Bust, Missionary, Skimp, Zephyr, Perversion 24/7

Almost all of the shades are buttery smooth and nicely pigmented. I thought that Cobra and Gravity weren't the easiest to swatch, and may look nicer when used wet. Crystal is gorgeous, but not very pigmented. Other than that, I was extremely pleased with the selection.

I'm a little surprised to see a Book of Shadows 4 this year, since the 15th Anniversary Palette was just released not that long ago. It's a lot to digest for UD junkies that want to collect it all! What is different and awesome about this particular palette is that it comes with a FULL SIZE Waterproof Liner, that alone retails for $18. The value for everything that you get is really a great deal.

Personally, I was drawn to this particular palette to play with shades like Blue Bus, Crystal, Hijack, and Cobra. Once I'm able to do a few looks with these, I'll be able to comment on how they wear on the eye and how easy they are to apply. I plan to do several looks over the next week or two using each of the shadows at least once, and from there I can comment further. I also LOVE the packaging (I know, sucker!) because I adore butterflies.

I don't own a smartphone, and I guess that makes me technologically challenged... so all of those features are lost on me... but my sister in law has one, so perhaps I'll play around a bit with hers, just to see what they have on there.

In my time as a blogger, I've also reviewed a few other popular palettes from Urban Decay:
~ 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection
~ Book of Shadows III
~ Alice in Wonderland BOS
~ Naked Palette (unfortunately I never swatched this... weird! But there are pics!)

The Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV retails for $64 and can be purchased at, Sephora, and Ulta. It is Limited Edition.

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Unknown said...

I'm kind of bummed. I don't NEED this one! I don't even feel like I do. Oh well, more money saved! Thanks for the great pics! :)

Unknown said...

have tried scanning the codes they led me to youtube videos :) lovely shades.. wonder when i can have my first UD. ;0 dream on

Unknown said...

Thanks for the swatches. i was debating picking up this palette but I think I will now

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Anonymous said...

I thought I was the last one without a smart phone ;) but glad to know I am still in the league with some really cool people! Talking about being way behind: I just got my very first UD palettes, the 10th anniversary palette & the vegan palette (sale!), an they are so pretty. Although I'm afraid my eyes are getting a bit too old for all the shimmer and glimmer. But so so pretty... Have fun playing, looking forward to your looks!

S. said...

I like this palette and I think it's going on my wish list. My birthday is coming!

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