Urban Decay Mariposa Palette Review

by - June 21, 2013

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette

I am finally getting around reviewing my Urban Decay Mariposa palette! Yikes. I have been so in love with my Naked Basics palette lately that I have totally ignored all other palettes O_o

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette

But I have used this palette and I have to say it is a pretty darn good palette from Urban Decay. I like that it has some really useable smoky colours, some decent neutrals (although all have shimmer) and a few pops of colour. I originally wanted the Smoked Palette but I couldn’t handle the price tag so I went with the Mariposa palette instead. I believe it was $19 then with 20% off. It is now priced at $12 on the UD website but is currently sold out.

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette inside

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette tin

Anyhow, the Mariposa palette comes in a sturdy tin that will easily fit in your hand . This is a plus because it makes it easy to tote around.  The tin has a butterfly (mariposa means butterfly in Spanish) embossed on the top. Really snazzy. The tin can be tricky to open, sometimes I felt like I struggled to get it open. Inside there are 10 eyeshadows encased in a purple cardboard bed also decorated with butterflies. It comes with a small version of the brush that comes in the Naked palette. There is no mirror which is a little bit of a bummer but I generally have a mirror kicking around so I guess that isn’t that big of a deal. The shadows in the Mariposa palette are a bit smaller than the ones in the Naked palette (Mariposa .03 oz each Naked .05 oz each).

First Row
Rockstar is a dark purple satin
Gunmetal is a metallic gray with silver micro glitter
Skimp is a light peachy cream satin
Infamous is a plumy pink satin
Wreckage is a bronzy medium brown shimmer
Second Row
Haight is a teal blue satin
Money is a light gray green shimmer
Mushroom is a gray silverishy taupe
Spotlight is a light champagne with gold micro glitter
Limelight is a light golden copper with gold micro glitter

The shadows for the most part are in true UD fashion; buttery and pigmented. Rockstar was a teensy bit patchy. Spotlight and Limelight took a bit more to get an even swatch and there was a bit of micro glitter fallout but nothing that would put me off. All the shadows are satiny/shimmers. My favorites (right now) are Rockstar and Wreckage.

These swatches are just over bare skin taken by the window in daylight
Urban Decay Mariposa Palette swatches indirect sunlight
Urban Decay Mariposa Palette swatches indirect sunlight over bare skin

This set of swatches are over UDPP in Eden. Just for fun I thought I would swatch these over a matte primer to show how one can tone down the shimmer intensity in these shadows (pic also taken by the window in daylight)

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette swatches indirect sunlight
Urban Decay Mariposa Palette (heavy) swatches indirect sunlight over Eden UDPP

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette size
the Mariposa palette beside a regular UDPP for size reference

Overall I would say the Mariposa palette is a pretty good palette with a good assortment of neutrals, smoky colours and a couple pops of colour. If it ever comes back in stock at Urban Decay, I would say yes it is a definite grab!


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  1. Loved the swatches! I love the colours of this palette +.+

    1. Thanks silviabia! It has some pretty colours. Money is starting to grow on me...

  2. Love this palette! I need to buy it


  3. You got it at such a great price! The swatches look lovely and I love Mushroom so much I got the chubby pencil during one of the Shoppers events!

  4. Thanks Jayne! Agghh I am still so jealous your Shoppers carries UD!


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