Wende’s Contraband Disclosure: Product has been purchased by me. No compensation has been given to me for this review.
What is Wende’s Contraband all about
Wende’s Contraband collection is a travel-friendly sized pallet with six eyeshadow (0.03 oz each) that were handpicked by Urban Decay’s founder Wende Zomir as her favorites. It also includes (no shocker here) travel sized 24/7 eyeliner in the shade Zero
The packing is awesome. A sleek and smokey look (as you can see in the picture on top of the post). But overall I have to say, it is too much packaging for a very little product!
As this is a collection of Wende’s favorites, I can’t hold it against Urban Decay that they included yet again Zero as an eyeliner (as this is her favorite)! I have collected – involuntary – that many travel/sample sized Zeros that I now give them out like candy to friends.
The Eyeshadow of Wende’s Contraband
Now on to the important part! The eyeshadow themselves! There are six shades, but no new colors! But out of the six I only own two already (Smog, Reign)! On the other hand, I do own shadows from Urban Decay that are very similar to the other four (I mean twin same)
Here is a swatch of the 3 top shades Trick, Smog, and Reign. You can tell that Wende’s Contraband is more on the shimmer site! Also, I am a little bummed that none of the neutral shades are a transition color nor a good highlighting color!
So if you take this with you on vacation, don’t forget to pack a blending and a highlighting color also! Especially the blending color will come in handy if you use the brighter shades of the bottom three.
Final Verdict on Wende’s Contraband
I like the collection of the colors, and they are all in the range of shades I use every time I do my eye makeup. But the missing highlighting and transition shadow, is what makes me not want to stick to this for travel!
I also noticed that the texture is different to the other Urban Decay shadows. The Contraband shadows are more powdery compared to the creamy texture of their UD shadow sisters.
[infobox style=”alert-info”] My recommendation is: You can skip it!
For the selling price, you can get a more complete (with brush and shadows I mentioned earlier) travel palette for the same or even better quality! [/infobox]
Wende’s Contraband is exclusively available at Sephora.com for $34.00 for VIB/VIB Rouge right now. Rumor has it that when it gets closer to Fall, Sephora will make this palette available to everyone.
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