One of my favorite ways to get high-end makeup for practically nothing is from HauteLook!
If you don't know what Hautelook is, it's basically a website that has "flash sales" or, more specifically: they sell different high end products for a short period of time for a VERY low price. Everything from shoes, to housewares to jewelry to...makeup! The one downfall is it takes about a month to actually GET to you. It is very much worth the wait, though! Let's take a look at what I got from the Urban Decay sale.
First off, I got the Deluxe Shadow Box. I've seen this palette around for years. It was originally $38, but it is currently on sale through Urban Decay's website for $10. I believe I got it for $7 from Hautelook. Incredible deal either way you look at it!
As you can see, it's a decent sized palette, and it comes in the old-school UD palette format, which is the purple velvet and the silver metal on top. It's quite cute! It also came with a small UD Primer Potion sample, as well as two small foam tip applicators. This is a VERY bright palette upon first glance, but there are also a few neutrals that you can mix with these colors to make them all very wearable!
You've got all your basic brights: Pink, yellow, purple, green and blue. These are all very jewel-toned so you will get a really gorgeous color payoff from them. You also have a deep black, a taupe, a rose gold and a brown. All of these colors have a sheen to them. I would call them more shimmery than GLITTER. Urban Decay is known for their over-the-top, chunky glitter, but none of these shadows have that appearance. Here's a quick swatch to get a better idea. These were swatched without primer, so imagine how vibrant they are on the lid with a primer!
As I said above, this palette can come off a bit unwearable at first glance, but if you focus more on the neutrals at the bottom, you could come up with a nice smokey eye! You can also get a really cute neutral eye with a pop of color on the lower lid as a liner. Heck, you could even go a bit nuts and do a rainbow eye! It's an excellent array of bright colors along with some pretty neutrals to make this a very wearable palette overall. My favorite color is definitely "Peace" which is the peacock blue. It swatches so brightly and is such an incredibly gorgeous color. I have NOTHING like it, and that's hard to accomplish!!
Finally, I picked up one of the Urban Decay Afterglow cream blushes. These are also available on their site right now for about $6. They were originally $24. I don't have many cream blushes, so I was curious how an Urban Decay cream blush would perform. Most of them were sold out, but I was a little daring and got what looked like a dark pink color called, "Fetish."
Once I received it, I realized it's not as scary of a pink as it looks like on the site. The great thing about this color is that you can make it a more intense pink, or you can use it very lightly and sheer it out for a natural flush. I swatched it on the back of my hand so you can get a better idea of how different it can look depending on application:
You can see on the top I did a heavier application and below it a more sheer one. I love the versatility of this product and it really looks beautiful and natural on the skin.
I'm quite happy with my purchase, as I saved about 80% off with Hautelook! If you're interested in these products, they are still available on Urban Decay's website for about 75% off in the sale section. Grab them while you can!