Urban Decay Ammo Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

It started raining 24 hours ago so I didn’t even bother styling my hair this morning.  Hair gone wild!!  Clearly I need to get some curl enhancing (and controlling!) products.  Any favorites you want to recommend?  To cheer up the rainy day gloom, I pulled out the Urban Decay Ammo Palette for a colorful eye look.

Wearing Urban Decay Ammo Palette

During my transition from winter to spring makeup, I’m slowly adding bright color to my looks.  A recent purchase of the Urban Decay Ammo Eyeshadow Palette is proving a good fit in my makeup collection.

Urban Decay Ammo PaletteHousing ten of Urban Decay’s most popular shadows in an edgy case, Ammo brings shimmering brights and deeps to the table.

Urban Decay Ammo Palette EyeshadowsSix of the ten shades fall into the neutral family while four can be used to add a pop of color to the eyes.

Urban Decay Ammo Palette Swatches Top Row

 Smog / Mildew / Oil Slick / Last Call / Chopper

Together the top row resembles Christmas, doesn’t it?  Smog eyeshadow single is the only other eyeshadow I own from Urban Decay.  Simply put, I adore it.  It’s a great shade for buildable color and is neither too bronze nor too gold.  Mildew is a golden medium green.  Oil Slick is a matte black with silver glitter.  Last Call is a deep mauve. Chopper is an orange toned gold.

Urban Decay Ammo Palette Swatches Bottom Row

Maui Wowie / Shattered / Polyester Bride / Grifter / Sin

This row definitely screams Easter.  Two holidays are officially covered…though neither really require “ammo” !  Maui Wowie is a gorgeous vintage gold.  Shattered is a beach glass blue with pistachio green shimmer.  Polyester Bride is a glittering muslin.  Grifter is a pink-lilac.  Sin is a cool nude champagne.

My biggest issue with the Ammo palette is the fall-out from the shadows.  If you look at the opened package photo above, you can see shimmer all over the package.  I didn’t even use the shadows before taking the photo.  Definitely apply concealer and setting powder after these eyeshadows.  Even then, I was brushing the occasional stray glitter off my face throughout the day.  I did use a tacky primer first, patted on the color, and did not sweep it, but still had minor fall-out.

Urban Decay Ammo How to Eye

Sin on inner lid and browbone / Shattered at outer 1/3 and lower lashline / Maui Wowie in center / Smog in crease / Smog Glide-on Pencil

The goal of the look I created was to show how easy it can be to wear blue eyeshadow.  This is not something most women are comfortable with but there are a few key tricks to keep it looking sophisticated and not clownish.

  • Use neutral shadow in the crease.
  • Use neutral eyeliner on the waterline and at the top lashline.
  • Keep cheek and lip colors minimal.

How to wear Urban Decay Ammo Palette

Fun fact:  (Not including the shimmer) Shattered is the same shade as one of my favorite scrapbooking inks – Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass.  The resemblance is striking!

I can’t wait to play around with some more color.  Mildew, Grifter, Shattered, and Last Call are warm enough for me to wear and I anticipate a lot of experimentation.


Price: $34.00

Availability: Urban Decay, Sephora, Ulta

Summary: The Ammo Palette by Urban Decay offers wearable color with moderate shimmer.  It is a great introduction to colorful eyeshadows.

10am Beauty Approved?: Yes

Disclaimer: I purchased this item with my own money.

  • WillWorkForMakeup

    Oh, you’re right – the second row definitely screams Easter! I actually really like how your hair looks here, even if you didn’t bother styling it. It’s getting so long! Love the look on you!

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      I’ll just have to make sure I don’t wear the whole second row at the same time :) My hair definitely is getting long…it’s so strange dealing with so much hair! The more I look at these pictures, the more I think I look like a 12 year old. Hmm… lol

  • http://www.unprofessionalbeautyblog.com/ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Love how this look on you. It really brightens up the entire makeup look.

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      It really does! Thanks :)

  • http://twitter.com/kellybelly04 Kelly C.

    I used to love the Ammo palette – I ended up giving it to one of my cousins because she likes to wear bright makeup more than I do, and I knew I would never finish it. I never thought about how it screams easter, but it totally does!

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      I think that’s why I used to avoid brights or pastels. They all look so terrifying in the pan next to each other.

  • Procrast1nato2

    I love your hair all curly like this! I`ve been rewatching the 5th season of Sex and the City and it looks like Carrie’s hair! Also, Smog is easily the best colour I`ve ever tried from UD. I think Bustle or Snakebite would be my second favourite.

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      Aw, thanks :) Mr. M and I agree it makes me look sooo much younger. Like 10 years younger. Not a good thing! Smog is amazing. I have it in another post coming up!

  • KaylaBeautyCharade

    Your hair is SUPER pretty in these photos! :D

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      Thanks! I guess it needs some getting used to. It’s been 10 years since I’ve worn it with natural curls :)

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  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    Another great post / look! Last Call was my favorite shadow in my very first UD palette that I had years ago. I love your hair! And what’s wrong with looking 10 years younger?! This is a gift, lol! You have no lines or wrinkles and a youthful face – keep doing whatever you’re doing, Alison! You look super fab.

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      I’ve been in the mood for a burgundy or cranberry eye look lately. I’m hoping to play around with some shadows soon. Last Call will probably make the cut :)

      • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

        Excellent! Can’t wait to see that – you will look amazing with cranberry eyes (that sounds quite strange)!

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