Now that Halloween has come and gone, people are officially starting to play holiday music and making their wishlists. The biggest question on some of their minds is do I want the Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette or the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette? Because both palettes are similarly packed with glittery shadows, it’s become an either/or situation. Luckily, I have both in front of me, so I can break down the pros and cons of each limited-edition palette. Hopefully, this little analysis will make choosing which one is best for your beauty routine a little easier. One thing is for sure: No matter which palette you add to your holiday wish list, your lids are guaranteed to glisten like the Kira Kira app IRL.
Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the Urban Decay palette’s 20 shadows are incredibly easy to navigate. On the left side, you have 10 bold shades like a teal called Amp and an emerald green adorably called Mullet. The right-hand side is populated by 10 neutrals. With this in mind, you’ll probably find more use out of the Heavy Metals Palette if you prefer warm-toned and neutral shades or just getting into eye shadow.
If you experiment with eye shadow on a daily basis like yours truly, you’ll love the 14 pastel and duo chrome shades in the Galaxy Palette. I hoard eye shadow palettes and can confidently say you’ll find shades in this palette that you can’t find in any others. I dare you to find a dupe for Cosmic Ocean (an aqua glitter). Many appear to be one color in the pan, but once you swipe it onto your lids, it transforms into a completely different one. Even the two shades that look like basic, standard white shadows are like that. One is actually a smoky gray with gold glitter, though, and the other is more of a prismatic champagne shade.
Urban Decay debuted a brand-new formula with the Heavy Metals Palette. The creamy shadows have a solid, metallic base with super fine glitter interspersed in it. The pigmentation is unreal, too. It’s so intense that you only need one swipe of it for it to be opaque on lids. You can also easily sheer the shadows out with a fluffy brush if you want to keep your look more low key.
As for the Fenty Beauty palette, you’ll find two different formulas inside. Five of the shadows — including the aforementioned Cosmic Ocean, as well as Sublime (a mint green) — are considered toppers, so you dab them on top of a base shadow for optimum color pay off. The other nine are more pigmented.
Honestly, neither of the palettes have ideal packaging. Urban Decay’s makes no sense to me. To get to the shadows, you slide out the base from the chunky outer packaging. I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do with that outer part while you play with the shadows.
It should have come with a slot for you to prop the base on. Alas, it’s not exactly the most travel-friendly, even though it has a mirror on the center of the base.
The Galaxy Palette is a lot easier to travel with and makes use of every inch of its packaging. The only downside of it is the palette could be difficult open up at first.
Overall, both palettes are stunning. I love the holographic vibes the Fenty Beauty one has, and the metallic purple packaging for Urban Decay’s is so true to the beauty brand and so right.
Price and Availability
The Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette rings up at $55, making each shadow $2.75. You can shop it now on urbandecay.com, ulta.com, and sephora.com.
The Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette, on the other hand, is available now for $59 on sephora.com and fentybeauty.com. If you do the math, each shadow is about $4.21.
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