Regular readers of my blog will be aware of my adoration for Urban Decay, they’re my favourite makeup brand of all time. Their eyeshadows, eyeliners, lipsticks and any other product I’ve ever tried have always been of incredible quality. Urban Decay release some fantastic seasonal collections, which usually involve a new palette or two and always an eyeliner gift set. The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencils are the best eyeliners I have ever tried, and I own a pretty impressive collection of them now. Full size they retail for £14 each, but their giftsets always work out to be of brilliant value. For Christmas 2013, Urban Decay have released two eyeliner giftsets; The Ocho Loco 2 £40 (8 full size pencils and a Grindhouse sharpener) and the Urban Decay Black Market Set £26, which is the set I have.
The Urban Decay Black Market Set includes six ‘travel size’ eyeliners, five of which are exclusive shades unique to this giftset. This is why I opted for this set over the Ocho Loco 2, as I already own three of the shades contained within the Ocho Loco 2 as well as the Grindhouse sharpener.
The full size pencils contain 1.2g of product, whereas the travel size pencils have 0.8g of product meaning that they are two thirds the size of a full size pencil. Full price they’re £14 each, so considering these travel size pencils are two-thirds the size that makes them worth £9.33 each which means that this giftset has a value of £56, when it retails for just £26 – fantastic value I think you’ll agree.
The shades included within the Urban Decay Black Market Set are;
West, Desperation, Black Market, Riot, Apathy and Ink.
West: Dark Chocolate Brown, with subtle gold pearl – similar to their Bourbon liner, except West doesn’t have a red undertone.
Desperation: Matte Deep Taupe Grey – very creamy and soft. Almost identical to their Mushroom liner, except Desperation has a matte finish, whereas Mushroom has a shimmery finish.
Black Market: Charcoal Black Satin. Nice black shade but not as pigmented as their Perversion liner. Black Market has a more satin finish than the Zero liner. If you already own Zero and/or Perversion you really won’t need Black Market.
Riot: Smoky Purple Shimmer with Violet Micro Sparkle. Such a stunning shade, which looks black in some lights but the violet micro sparkle sparkles in daylight or under electric light. Unfortunately Riot isn’t as creamy or pigmented as the other five shades within the set, but its unique beautiful shade more than makes up for it.
Apathy: Metallic Olive Green Shimmer. I’d describe Apathy as being more khaki green than olive, as their Stash liner is a true olive green. Nonetheless it’s a gorgeous shade, and really stands out against my green eyes. The pigmentation is a little under par, but not enough for me to not recommend it.
Ink: Deep Navy Blue Satin. Ink is similar to how Riot shifts colour and effect depending on light. Such a nice deep blue that almost looks as if it’s a black liner, with blue satin particles running through it. Urban Decay’s Sabbath liner is a lot more pigmented, and creamy compared to Ink.
All six shades within the Urban Decay Black Market Set are very wearable as they all have a black base to them, hence the Black Market name of the set. The colours aren’t bold and in your face, they’re more subtle which means I’d be more inclined to wear them more often.
My favourite has to be Riot, as it’s seriously stunning and when drawn all over the lid, and then blended out with a blending brush.. looks so sparkly and pretty without being OTT. I think £26 is such good value for these pencils, and would make the perfect Christmas present for any eyeliner lover! All of the pencils are creamy, and easy to blend – although once they’ve dried down after about 30 seconds, NOTHING will budge them.
They’re totally smudge proof, and even stand the test of time within the waterline. Even though I adore my Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Covet Eyeliner set, this Black Market set wins hands down for me.. as I’m Urban Decay obsessed, and these liners are more creamy and easier to blend.
The Urban Decay Black Market Set is a limited edition set for the ‘holiday’ season, so I suggest you get your hands on it sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. A giftset worth £56, for just £26 makes this the perfect present – I love it!
Would you be happy to discover this giftset underneath your tree?