3 wearable looks with the Urban Decay Afterdark Palette

I really wanted to call this post “A Three Way with Urban Decay” but that would probably have been pushing things a bit too far.

Never the less, here it is, the Afterdark palette from Urban Decay. First off, lets talk about the absolutely insane packaging. I love the UD packaging in general but this moonstone/irridecent/all round magnificent look for the Afterdark palette is just next level! The only downside is that it is really easy to leave fingerprints on, so if you’re slightly OCD about your products looking perfect at all times, this may drive you slightly nuts.

The Afterdark palette comes with ten gorgeous jewel tone shadows. Seven of them are brand new and the other three are well loved classics. You also get a double ended shadow brush in the palette, I really love the smudger side for the lash line – it works like a bomb.

The top row of shadows are more warm toned with beautiful rust and browns, the bottom row are more cool toned and are absolute show stoppers, Fringe is just out of this world! I did find that there was a fair amount of kick back when picking up product and with the more dark colours, there was some fallout. This honestly isn’t the end of the world though, I have been doing my eye make up first for a few months so that fallout doesn’t ruin my foundation that took twenty years to get flawless. The colours are wonderfully pigmented and I found that they blended out and into each other brilliantly and for someone who isn’t a make up artist, they were really easy to work with. The swatches below have not been edited so that you can see the true colours.

I’ve been having lots of fun with my Afterdark palette over the past few weeks and so here are three of my favourite looks to create with this surprisingly wearable palette from Urban Decay.

This first look is a super easy natural look that I have been wearing most days, it literally takes me five minutes to do, throw on some BB cream and a lippie and you’re good to go!

I used Scene all over the lid, Off Duty in the outer corner and a tiny bit of Supersonic in the crease.

I’m so obsessed with this next look. It’s a slightly winged out smokey eye. I used quite a few different shades (Druggie, Backfire, Supersonic, Off Duty) on the lid for this look and then flicked them out towards the outer corner of the eye. I popped a bit of Alter on the inner corner of the eye.

I saved my absolute favourite for last. I had to use fringe, it’s just so striking and completely different to what I usually wear. I combined it with Paralyzed and I love how it turned out. Definitely not an every day look (for me at least), but really fun to wear every now and again.

The Afterdark palette is available from Urban Decay stores (Eastgate and Sandton) or on Foschini online for R850.


South African Influencer Sarah Booyens

I’m Sarah, shameless coffee addict, brazen beauty fiend, mid-size style gal and the heart behind parentingbeauty and lifestyle blog, Mascara & Mimosas.


  1. All of those are fabulous. Personally always been a fan of the smokey eye. Wish I was 20 years younger.

  2. Absolutely stunning. Love all the looks you created. Very fun and flirty. Fringe looks amazing on you.



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