I have been pleasantly surprised that I prefer this to the UD palette (got that as a gift recently). This palette has a nice mix of matte, soft pearl and soft metallic shades as well as rich and dark shades. The UD palette did not have enough matte shades for me and had a little too much shimmer since I was looking for something versatile enough to create multiple looks for my conservative job.
The other good thing about this palette is that it includes a rich matte black shadow. I have used it as a liner or smoked it out for a traditonal smokey eye.
The colors are very intense with a good color payoff. They do not fade throughout the day. The brush is ok and I have used it when I didn't have my own brushes. The palette itself is about the same size as the UD palette and it also has a magnetic closure.
There are several shades that are similar to the original UD palette (specifically Buck and darkhorse and Sin) but they do not contain the same amount of shimmer.
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