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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol III

What it is:A playful, pop-up eyeshadow kit that lights up when you open it.What it does:Inspired by the glimmering lights and iconic landmarks of New York City, Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Volume III features 16 versatile, shimmering eyeshadows, two 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, and a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The pop-up book package is so cool and artful, you’ll want to keep this scene of the Big Apple on display.This set contains:- 16 x 0.03 oz Eyeshadows in: Loaded (sparkly emerald green), Kush (green metallic with silver glitter), Rockstar (deep red-purple with metallic base), Money (metallic light green), Bordello (pale pink-purple with shift), Radium (bright blue), Suspect (sheer sparkly beige), Snatch (pale peach with golden sparkle), Psychedelic Sister (vibrant purple), Haight (deep teal), Perversion (matte black), Uzi (metallic white with chunky silver glitter), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (golden beige with glitter), Smog (deep coppery bronze)- 2 x 0.03 oz 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Random (bright purple) and Zero (black)- 0.13 oz Mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion in OriginalWhat else you need to know:This set, inspired by the Big Apple, features a pop-up collage of iconic New York City icons such as the Statue of Liberty and the yellow taxi cab. Pull out the drawer to reveal the array of products.

Key features

  • 16 eyeshadows in a unique box with NYC features

Honest reviews


best book of shadows yet!

I love every color in this book of shadows and theres not that many repeats from the others!!!! I love it well worth the price and I LOVEEE the purple eyeliner that comes with it. So good to just line under your eyelashs

Sofia Brush Valley, PA

Bright, long-lasting, great pigmentation, and well-rounded.

Everyone loves UD’s palette’s, and this one really outdoes itself. I don’t have to pre-plan my shadows with this sucker, just open it up and get inspired. I’ve really got to hand it to the really decent pigments, although the glitter fallout can be a bit much at times. Even the colors that don’t seem that compelling look really great on. I like that I can grab this and go on vacation…you know what I mean, not having a makeup bag full of shadows is real convenient! I ended up liking this book of shadows more than the Alice in Wonderland one, surprisingly. Bright, long-lasting, great pigmentation, and well-rounded.

Shelley Shawnee Mission, KS

Love it!!

I am so excited about this collection of shadows. It contains so many wearable shades. My favorites are Radium (bright blue)and Psychedelic Sister (dark purple). The greens are also very cool. The neutral colors that are included are perfect for daytime/work looks. This set did contain four colors I already own but the other colors were so great that I didn’t think twice about buying it.I like that the shadow boxes come with eyeliner pencils but I wish they would quit including Zero(black) with every set. I have around five Zero pencils and I rarely use black eyeliner! When I do use black eyeliner I actually use the Perversion shadow because it is great for doing a smokey eye. The Ransom (Purple) eyeliner is amazing. I already had that color but I use it almost daily so I was glad to get another one.The Primer Potion does keep the shadow from falling off, but it also makes it go on darker so I never use it. It seems to amp up whatever color you put on top of it and you can’t really start out light and build up the color. Without the primer the eyeshadow lasts for most of the day without fading. Also, the bottle the primer comes in is a pain. You can’t get all the product out of it and you end up wasting a lot of it. I don’t know why they don’t just put it in a squeeze tube.The packaging for this Book of Shadows is the best so far. I love that the pop up NYC scene is lit up. Even my hubby thought it was cool.I was disappointed by the increase in price from the last volume. I think the last one was $48 and this one is $54. I guess the difference is for the lighting in the pop up scene.

Leta Mill Creek, OK

I love this set

I’ve been quite a makeup addict for a while now, but more recently have I been adding to my high-end pile of cosmetics. Urban Decay being my current obsession. I received this palette on time (the earliest delivery estimate date) with no problems. It was packaged well and nothing was broken, everything that should be included was included.Before we talk about the makeup itself I’d like to make a few point-outs:The clear plastic box the palette comes in, inside the shipping box was open. Why? I don’t know. But the palette was still in itAnd the lights on mine in the NYC scene don’t light up. They flicker every now and again but don’t stay lit. This is a disappointment since at least 25% of what you pay for Urban Decay is the cute packaging. That aside, the pop-up is cute.The palette is also heavy so I don’t recommend for travel. I often like to take my makeup with me for touch-ups through the day but I don’t know how possible this will be. (the size in width, height, and length is small but the weight is bulky.)This set comes with 16 shadows, 2 liners (Zero, a lack & Ransom, a purple) along with a miniature sized bottle of Urban Decay Primer potion. All of this for $54 is great, especially when normally buying individual shadows from UD at $17!Now for the shadows themselves. The only duplicate this had for me was Smog which came in the Naked palette. I don’t have the other two BOS but I have a few of the smaller sets and surprisingly, there was only one shadow of the same color in this new one.I have only played with this for one day, so this is like a first impression. But what I will tell you is the four colors I used were highly pigmented and blended miraculously.Having heard the glitter-bomb rumors of Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, I had to test it out to see for myself how bad it was. At first, after tapping my brush off and being very careful, using a stickier base atop my UDPP, I escaped the fallout. It wasn’t until I began to add and blend other colors that the glitter made it’s way onto my already foundation’d face. Honestly, I am not too bothered by this because it mostly stayed on the highs of my cheekbones like glitter highlighter. I could see how this could be a problem if you really aren’t a fan of glitter or at least not on your face. The best thing you can do to avoid that is apply your foundation afterward OR apply a loose powder under your eyes to wipe away when you’re done your eye makeup, so your face stays intact.Anyway, I used MCRA, Bordello, Psychedelic Sister, and Last Call to create a pinky/purpley smoky eye and it came out wonderful. I swatched the rest of the colors and they are, as pretty much always with UD, very pigmented and I’m eager to work with them. I will update this review once I’ve played with the colors more. Generally, I’m pleased with is palette from what I’ve seen so far (pigmentation, blendability (new word haha), price, colors). The liners are pigmented, long lasting and great for the waterline. My general opinion is that if you don’t have a BOS already, or a lot of makeup and want to expand your color options/collection, then this is a good buy.It is the packing flaws from Sephora, and the lack of lighting up that knocked off a star. Also, the underside of the shelf that holds the makeup’s paper backing is a little warped like the glue became melted and re-dried. This does not effect the use of the product and is pretty much invisible unless you’re inspecting it thoroughly so this is not a big problem for me :)update: it’s been about a week give or take a day or two and I am falling more and more in love with this product. I also have gotten the lights to work. I have to open it, close it about half way then open it up fully and they come on just fine so that’s all fixed! I’ve used the colors on my friends and fam and they all want to know what it is and where I got it, too! Lovin’ the BOS3!

Melba Osprey, FL



Bianca Sale City, GA

Bright Delight!

I once heard, “blue eye shadow should be illegal.” Well, I guess I’m going to jail. I love all the colors in this palette, especially the brilliant blue (radium). The purple (psychedelic sister) is also one of my favorites. Actually, I don’t think I dislike any color in this palette, which is not for the faint of heart though. If you are a “natural look” gal, then stick to the Naked palette.

Constance Stryker, OH