Matte Eyeshadow Palettes: Urban Decay BASICS and Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage

by Lindsay on January 4, 2013

in eyes

Matte Eyeshadow Palette Face Off // Belle Belle Beauty

I must have a thing for matte shadows lately. Somehow these similar palettes have snuck onto my vanity and I can’t stop reaching for them. Both have their pros and both have their cons. But each is such a universal and wearable set, that they are both winners in my book. Here is the rundown:

Matte Eyeshadow Palette Face Off // Belle Belle Beauty

  • Total amount of product: Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage ($75) .35 ounces vs Urban Decay BASICS ($27) .30 ounces
  • Range of shades: both cover a spectrum but Urban Decay BASICS has more options
  • Blendability: Tom Ford takes the cake here – the shadows go on with even color and blend beautifully
  • Formula: I prefer the slightly creamer powder of the Urban Decay BASICS and both have outstanding staying powder with no fall out
  • Packaging: Tom Ford comes with applicators but I find those worthless anyway – Tom Ford still wins with a beautifully made palette
  • Exclusivity and “Cool Factor”: Tie – Tom Ford gets credit for being an iconic brand and Urban Decay wins for being such an iconic product (and probably brand in my humble option too)
  • Travel: Both are slim and nimble for lots of looks, but the Urban Decay BASICS has Crave (black at far right) which can be used as an eyeliner and W.O.S. (third from left) which can be used to set concealer

Hope you guys enjoyed this face off. Bottom line, Urban Decay BASICS wins. The smooth, satin formula, range of shades and price point make it a a classic. But frankly, I love having them both.

I purchased both of these products: Tom Ford from Neiman Marcus and Urban Decay from Sephora.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Olivia January 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Need to get my hands on Naked Basics stat!


Lindsay January 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

You do! It is that good. Can’t wait to hear what you think.


Adiel January 7, 2013 at 12:32 am

Okay, now I feel like I need the Naked Basics palette even though I already own way more eyeshadow than I know what to do with. 😉


Lindsay January 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

I definitely know about owning more eyeshadow than I know what to do with! 🙂 But it really is a great palette – I am wearing it today. Love the matte for a change of pace. Let me know if you pick it up! I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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