So, the final review of my Urban Decay haul, and it’s a goodun. This is the Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 set, which has eight full-size 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils and a Grindhouse sharpener. Exclusive to House of Fraser, and retailing at £40, this is a set that you really can’t afford to miss, if you love these pencils (doing the maths – these pencils normally cost £14 each, so eight would cost £112. For £40 the set, they cost £5 each. Cheaper than the high street.)
The packaging is, as with most Urban Decay products, absolutely gorgeous. Like the Smoked and Black Market sets, the pencils are embedded in a squarish pod, which is really sleek and stylish, and this one in particular is stunning. The metallic rainbow floral pattern really makes this set look special and kind of magical…
In this set, then, there’s a good mix of everyday neutrals and brighter, more exciting colours. It would make a great starter set, if you don’t have any already, and if you do, then it’s a nice supplement to your collection, since five of these colours are new and exclusive! You get:
- Roach – “deep copper-brown shimmer”. Their colour description is spot on here, but a little bit of glitter too.
- Twice Baked – “rich brown satin with gold micro-sparkle”. Mid-brown, a small amount of glitter.
- Crave – “deepest, darkest brown-black matte”. Straightforward matte chocolate brown.
- Perversion – “blackest black”. Urban Decay staple very black black.
- Deep End – “bright metallic peacock shimmer”. Bright turquoise shimmer.
- Mars – “bright metallic green shimmer”. Soft teal shimmer.
- Ultraviolet – “bright blue-violet shimmer”. Glittery cobalt blue.
- Tornado – “dark eggplant pearl”. Dark purple shimmer.
The exclusive shades are listed as Twice Baked, Crave, Mars, Ultraviolet and Tornado (although they’ve since released Crave in the Naked Basics pencil).
One nice little bonus with this set is a full-sized Grindhouse pencil sharpener. This has been recoloured (normally it’s purple), and since it costs £7 to buy on its own, it’s a nice little freebie. Because it’s designed as an eye pencil sharpener (not a writing pencil one), it’s less likely to crush the softer lead, plus it comes with a little dibber stick to get out the mess that inevitably results.
Don’t they look lovely all lined up like that? I like the Urban Decay style – the shiny pencils have shiny packaging, and the matte ones have matte. It’s a really nice idea. As always, the formula of these pencils is gorgeous. They are creamy, buttery soft, and they apply like a dream. Generally, they have a great colour payoff – Urban Decay really is the king of colours you want to be bright and bold, and they don’t disappoint. If you’ve never tried one, then you should.
And finally, swatches! From top to bottom: Tornado, Ultraviolet, Mars, Deep End, Perversion, Crave, Twice Baked and Roach.
I love the depth of the brown shades, with the glitter adding a bit of dimension, and how beautiful are those blues? I love the opacity of Mars, the greenish teal, in particular. I’m not too fussed about Perversion, since this often pops up in sets (although don’t get me wrong, it’s great!), and I’m a bit underwhelmed by Tornado, which doesn’t have the pop of the other colours – however, I think it is quite different to the other purple pencils they have (I own Rockstar and Riot), so I think it will be useful.
And… that wraps up my huge Urban Decay haul. There’s nothing in this haul that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly – Urban Decay is probably my favourite high-end brand, and I’m thrilled with all these beautiful things. What’s your favourite product of the lot? Do I have too much eyeliner (NEVER)?