As I mentioned earlier in my birthday post, I bought the Urban Decay Book of Shadows III despite not lusting over it before. Although I am not thrilled about the two repeating colors that can be found in the Book of Shadows II (Perversion and Midnight Cowboy Rides Again), which I already own, I do like some of the shades in this palette and they are quite unique. I am not going to do a full review on this palette since there are many reviews and swatches out there already. My personal favorite is Temptalia's review HERE.
I will say that when I first swatched the colors in the palette I reached for four specific colors which caught my eye.
As usual, the eyeshadow quality is amazing. The shadows are creamy and highly pigmented, qualities I can depend on Urban Decay for. I will say I enjoy Urban Decay's eyeshadow quality over Too Faced's because I feel like the shadows are more buttery and pigmented. These are just a sampling of the gorgeous colors in this palette.
Being an eyeshadow fanatic, I had to look for dupes for these amazing shades in my existing collection and I found a few worthy of being shared with you guys!
The first similarity I noticed was also the most spot-on dupe! This is a side by side comparison of Wet n' Wild's single eyeshadow in Lagoon and Radium. My lighting washes out these deep vibrant blues but they really are gorgeous royal blues in real life.
They are super similar and I can imagine they would look pretty much identical once applied. The quality of the Wet n' Wild shadow is suberb and silky so I highly recommend this is if you are looking for a deep sea blue.
Next, I looked through my light pink shadows for a dupe for Bordello. I thought the lighter side of my Loreal HIP duo in Sculpted looked quite similar.
However, when swatched, they look quite different. Bordello is more silver while Sculpted is a true mauve, pink color. No dupe here but they are both great shades!
The darker side of Sculpted also reminded me of Rockstar even though I knew Rockstar was going to be deeper of a color.
The pigmentation is what differs most between these two shadows. The darker shade in Sculpted is not as pigmented although it does work well in the crease. Rockstar is extremely pigmented and is a rich burgandy purple. It really is an amazing shade that I can't wait to use. These are similar shade wish but drastically different in terms of pigmentation.
One of the more neutral shades in the palette, Suspect, caught my eye. Amongst my sea of neutral eyeshadows, surely I must have a dupe somewhere! In the pan, the center color in Covergirl's Shimmering Sands trio looked very similar to Suspect.
They are pretty close dupes when swatched as well. Suspect is a bit more yellow and gold while the Covergirl shade has a hint of peach in it.
I went back to my collection and rummaged around for another dupe for Suspect and the second color in the Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Bronze Hazel Eyes palette looked really close to it!
But when swatched, the Physician's Formula shadow is very gold and they do not look similar at all anymore. The pigmentation on it looks amazing nonetheless.
So those are all the dupes I managed to find in my collection! I would recommend the Book of Shadows III if you have some extra money to spend or if you like to collect the shadow boxes in general. Now that I have two of the palettes, I will probably continue buying them since they are an excellent value! The Naked Palette is next on my wishlist and I will pick it up as soon as it is restocked at