Project Swatch #11: Purple Eyeshadow Swatches & Comparison

Next up, my purples! Although I’m more of a neutral girl, if I do wear color it tends to be purple – in fact, the eyeshadow that made Urban Decay’s 15th Anniversary Palette a must-have for me was Half Truth, which is swatched below.

Swatched over bare skin

Inglot 377 is a gorgeous color, but the texture is a little bit chalky. It’s not very easy to work with, but I think it’s worth it for the color.  Sometimes I use it wet as liner.

From the 15th Anniversary Palette, we have Urban Decay Omen and Half Truth. Both are really high quality shadows – soft, smooth, and pigmented.  They also work really well together. I absolutely love Half Truth, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get the right color to show up on camera.

The purple from the Sleek Original palette is not up to par with the rest of the shadows in that palette. It’s not very pigmented; it took several swipes to get the color shown here. It’s a pretty color, but a bit of a pain to work with.

Even worse is the purple from Wet n Wild Dancing In The Clouds trio. It is very, very sheer – what you see is many layers. It’s a little better over an eyeshadow base, but not much better.

After swatching, photographing, editing, uploading, and writing the post, I realized I had one more purple in my stash – oops!

This is the purple from the upper right hand corner of the Wet n Wild Greed palette, shown here. It’s a very sheer purple – it took several swipes to get it to show up like this on my hand. It’s very uncharacteristic of Wet n Wild to put out a shadow this sheer! It does have a really nice gold sheen, and it’s soft. Due to the sheerness, I never use it – which is why I forgot about it in the first place!

Tomorrow: Green!


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  • Wow Omen and Half Truth are so beautiful! I need more purples!!

    • Half truth is my favorite, it’s SO pretty in person 🙂

  • gosh i see swatches over the anniversary palette from urban decay like everywhere, and i’ve come to the conclusion that i want it more and more with the swatches and looks i see! so maybe i should buy it, whatcha think? is it a keeper?//Azure

    • I bet you’d get a lot of use out of it – it has some beautiful brights! the shadows are really nice quality. I don’t use it as much as I’d like to / it deserves because of the bulky packaging, though.

  • I love Half Truth too! And I agree with you about the WNW dancing in the clouds purple – mine is super hard and barely shows up when I swatch it!

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