If I only had to have one palette for Spring, this would be it. I had been planning on treating myself to Backtalk since it was announced and thankfully when it arrived, I wasn’t disappointed. Which is good, given I simultaneously broke my ‘must swatch in person’ and ‘no buying new releases’ rules in one fowl swoop.
I think I read once you’re not supposed to wear pink after 30. But then again, you’re probably not supposed to wear Nike Airmax post 30. Or spend several hours a day playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. But whatever, rules are meant to be broken (or in the case of ones like that, entirely ignored).
As I countdown to the big 3 0, I find myself wearing more pink than ever before. There are so many blush pink items of clothing I’m currently coveting. And my pink toned makeup is getting a hammering. Which is slightly ironic, given that for the past 29 years I’ve been the queen of darkness. My wardrobe looking like an inverted version of Simon Cowell’s. Not a coloured item in sight, spare for a bit of leopard print when I was clearly feeling adventurous.
Dusty pink is my current jam. And Backtalk is giving me all the Spring vibes. It contains 8 eyeshadows, 2 blushes and 2 highlighters, along with a handy mirror. Urban Decay describe them as universally flattering and I’d have to agree, this palette is so wearable.
The palette was inspired by Urban Decay’s lipstick shade Backtalk, a mauve shade which has been created as an eyeshadow for the palette. The shade Backtalk serves as the backbone of the palette, literally and figeratively setting the tone. To the left of Backtalk are three neutral pink toned shades, which are lighter than Backtalk. And after follow two pinks and two browns. As with most of Urban Decay’s neutral palettes, the first shade 3 Sheets seems intended as a base. In addition to a transition shade for the following two darker shimmer shades. The palette follows that pattern, with each matte transition shade being followed by a corresponding darker shimmer.
Naturally there are tons of combinations which could be used, but I like how Urban Decay structure their palettes in this way. As it’s a great starting point for creating easy looks.
All of the eyeshadows perform well and have great colour payoff. Although 3 Sheets gets slightly lost on my eye unless it’s packed on as it’s such a light shade.
Opposite are four cheek powders, the first two pink tones being blushes and the other lighter, more shimmery shades working as either a blush or highlighter. These are all lovely wearable shades with just the right amount of colour payoff. A pet hate of mine are beautiful blushes which have to be used with extreme caution, for fear of looking like Pikachu with one swipe.
From left to right: 3 Sheets, Bare, Curve, Backtalk.
From left to right: Shade, Attitude, WTF, 180.
Blush & Highlight Shades
Apologies these aren’t the best quality, I took and edited the photos for this post using my phone. I’m writing this from my shiny new computer, so I hope to be back to posting regularly and with my normal level of rubbish photography soon. I’ve swatched first with my finger and then using a brush to give a more realistic idea of how it would look on the cheek.
I’ve been wearing this palette constantly and know it’s going to continue to be one of my most used. I’d love to see more palettes from Urban Decay with coordinating eyeshadow and cheek products. Backtalk launched to far less hype, especially in comparison with Urban Decay’s last major palette drop Naked Heat. Perhaps a sign of the times, as I think we’ve all had enough of the ridiculously overhyped launches the past 12 months have seen.
Let me know if you’re feeling warm and pink tones this Spring. And if you’re going to be adding Backtalk to your collection.