Urban Decay Backtalk Palette Review

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Urban Decay Backtalk Palette

Believe it or not, this is my first Urban Decay Palette. I'm pretty sure I'm the only Beauty Blogger that doesn't own one of Urban Decay's iconic and very popular, Naked Palettes. Click To TweetWhen I saw the new Backtalk Palette was going to be released, I knew I wanted to try it as it appeared to be a good all in one palette and looked like it would be perfect for travel.

Urban Decay’s Backtalk Eye & Face Palette contains eight eyeshadows, two blushes and two highlighters.  The shades in the palette were inspired by the brand’s Backtalk Vice Lipstick shade which is a nude-mauve that’s supposed to be flattering across all skin tones.  It was released as a limited edition palette and is available exclusively at Sephora.

Urban Decay Backtalk Palette Review
A double-sided, removable mirror acts as a divider between the eyeshadow shades and the blush and highlighter shades in the Urban Decay Backtalk Palette.

Urban Decay Backtalk Palette is a mixture of berries, pinky rose and copper shades which Urban Decay claims is universally flattering on all skin tones.  The packaging of the palette is unique with the eyeshadows on one side and the blush/highlighters on the other side.  A double-sided, removable mirror acts as a divider between the eyeshadow shades and the blush and highlighter shades.  I don’t know that I’ll use the mirror very much unless I’m traveling but I appreciate the mirror more than I do the useless brushes that normally come in a palette like this!

Let’s dive in to my thoughts on this palette…

Urban Decay Backtalk Palette Eyeshadows
Urban Decay’s Backtalk Palette contains eight beautiful shades, 3 mattes, 2 satins and 3 metallic/shimmers.

I’ll start with the eyeshadow.  There are eight beautiful shades, 3 mattes, 2 satins and 3 metallic/shimmers.  The shades included in the palette are (shown from left to right in the picture above)

  • 3 SHEETS (pale pink-nude matte)
  • BARE (light pinky-peach satin)
  • CURVE (metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter)
  • BACKTALK (soft rosy mauve matte)
  • SHADE (deep fuchsia satin)
  • ATTITUDE (metallic red-copper)
  • WTF (reddish-brown matte)
  • 180 (metallic brown-red)

I love that they named one of the shades WTF !  I am not sure what the significance of that is, but…. on my not so good days, I’ll definitely be wearing that one! Lol

I’ve tried multiple combinations with these shades normally using 3 Sheets, Bare and Curve as a base color and using Backtalk in the crease.  I then apply either Shade or Attitude along the top and bottom lashes and finish with 180 in the outer corners.  As for WTF, it just goes well… wherever, normally just above or in the crease.

The shadows blend beautifully and the pigment is decent, although I must say I was expecting a little bit more based on what I’ve heard about the Naked Palettes.  These shadows create a soft pink, smokey eye look.  For a bolder finish, you would definitely need to apply multiple layers.  During application, there was a small amount of fall out from the shadows.  And I found that true to Urban Decay’s claim, these eyeshadows were long wearing, with the color lasting all day.

On to the Blushes and Highlighters…

Urban Decays Backtalk Palette
Two Blushes & Two Highlighters complete the other side of Urban Decay’s Backtalk Palette.

The Blush and Highlighter side of the palette contains two blushes (shown left to right in the picture above) and two highlighters.  Again, the shades are quite beautiful.


  • CHEAP SHOT (medium pink-nude)
  • DOUBLE TAKE (rich mauve with slight shimmer)


  • LOW KEY (pink-peach)
  • PARTY FOUL (light pink-nude shimmer)

The texture of both the Blush and Highlighters is a creamy powder and they both blend beautifully.  Again, I was a little disappointed with the pigmentation of the blushes.  While they look very vibrant in the pan, I didn’t find that during application.  I have very fair skin and I needed at least 2  or 3 layers of the blush for a daytime look and even more for an evening look.  I tried them both separately and mixing the two together. That being said, the colors are very pretty and provide a nice, natural looking flush.

The Highlighters are, in my opinion, the star of show in this Palette.  The texture is perfect and they blend so nicely into the skin.  For those of us with mature skin, these highlighters are perfect.  They don’t contain a lot of glitter or too much shimmer and the result is a nice smooth finish that doesn’t settle into fine lines & wrinkles. I use them along the upper cheekbone, down the bridge of the nose, under the eyebrows and the Low Key shade is perfect on the apple of the cheek for that red carpet glowy look.

If you prefer a bold, blinded by the light highlighter, you probably won’t like these.  But if you like a subtle, pretty glow, these highlighters are great.  Both shades give a beautiful, lit from within glow to the skin.

The Verdict…

My final verdict on the Urban Decay Backtalk Palette is somewhat of a mixed bag.  While I love the Highlighters, the Eyeshadow and Blushes were just okay and I was a little disappointed with them.  Maybe I was expecting more after being exposed to all of the hype around the Naked Palettes. Overall, I think this is just an average palette.  I will use it for travel and I’ll definitely use the highlighters a lot.  Otherwise, I probably won’t be reaching for this palette on an every day basis.

Urban Decay Backtalk Palette retails for $46.00 USD and while that is a price I’d be willing to pay if this were a holy grail palette, I don’t think this particular one is worth it.  I still plan on trying one of the Naked Palettes and I love a lot of other Urban Decay products but sadly, I think they missed it for the most part on this one.

Have you tried Urban Decay’s Backtalk Palette?  What are your favorite palettes?  As always, I’d love to hear from you.  Please leave your comments below!

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  1. Oh this palette looks amazing and so convenient for traveling! Since it’s almost my birthday I might need to add this one to my birthday wishlist !
    Xoxo Annaleid

  2. I just recently purchased my first Urban Decay palette myself, and it wasn’t a Naked one either, haha. I’ve really enjoyed mine, the Kakiedoscope Dreams Palette. It wont be fore everyone, it has a lot of bright colours in it, but has a great mix of matte, shimmer, glitter, highlighter, for fun looks, holidays, themed parties.

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