Urban Decay's new palette covers the colour spectrum

Urban Decay's new palette covers the colour spectrum

I can see a rainbow

Text: Renée Batchelor

Tired of neutrals and a million shades of brown in your eyeshadow wardrobe? The technicolour shades in Urban Decay's Full Spectrum palette will be a welcome addition to your collection

It's time that ROY G. BIV had a field day when it comes to our eye makeup. Women (and men) have been getting more adventurous when it comes to playing with odd colours — from blues to greens — on their lips, but many have stuck to safe eyeshadow colours and simple black liners. Case in point, even the infamous Kylie Lip Kits come in hues like black and intense brown, but her eyeshadow palettes and liners are strictly neutrals. Urban Decay is known for its Naked Palettes, but this time the brand has gone full technicolour with the Full Spectrum Palette. Launched in time for Christmas, this contains 21 small, but pigment-packed slivers of eyeshadow that run the gamut from yellow to pink.

Full Spectrum palette

The shades are all organised by colour family, creating a rainbow effect of ombré trios so that you can create multi-dimensional single colour looks or go for a more multi-hued approach. The rows include pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, and a 'wildcard' row that goes from white to black. 18 of the shades are brand new so you won't find dupes from other palettes or single eyeshadows. Star shades include Midnight Blaze (black with a yellow-gold pearl), Calavera (a super bright, pigmented yellow) and Faded (a dimensional lavender with a gold shimmer). Designed to make you play and experiment with colour without the need for a big commitment — it comes with an extra large mirror and a double-sided eyeshadow brush to get you started — it's time to switch up your eyeshadow options this festive season with a piece of a rainbow.

$88. At Urban Decay counters and stores from December