Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

It's been a while since I've gotten around to a beauty review, but this particular palette got me so excited I put together a full blogpost within six hours after receiving the delivery. I'm talking about the new Urban Decay Backtalk palette!

I have three My Lips But Better type lip products I keep going back to: Kat Von D Double Dare, l'Oréal Color Riche Érotique, and Urban Decay Backtalk. All three have a slightly different undertone. Double Dare is a mid-tone muted coral, Érotique is a slightly lighter peachy nude, and Backtalk is mauve: cooler than the other two, but still has a warm tinge. Backtalk is incredibly flattering on my complexion and really gives you that luscious pink lips look, the classy kind of pink. I love it so much I have it both in regular matte lipstick and in liquid form - and no press samples. 

Not surprisingly, Backtalk has become a top-selling UD lipstick, so much so that it has inspired the launch of a new face and eye palette! And the product is a beauty, striking that balance between cool and warm, pink and neutral. Let's take a closer look.
Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review
Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

As you can see, the palette has two sides, featuring two of Urban Decay's strongest product ranges: eye shadows and afterglow blushes. I was especially psyched to see the blushes because UD creates some of my all-time favourite blushes and highlighters. But the range of eyeshadows is gorgeous as well!BTW the mirror divider in the middle comes out, if that's what you want - I think this is the perfect travel-sized palette.

Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

Let's zoom in on the blushes: we see  Cheap shot, a cool plum with a gold sheen - Double Take, a mostly matte coral - Low Key, that type of gorgeous gold flecked peachy pink that everyone loves - and Party Foul, a beige blush/highlighter that will work great for layering and will flatter most skintones.

I swatched them on my arm without packing on the product, to get the best representation of what these will do for your face.

Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

I'm already in love. Cheap Shot and Double Take both strike that perfect balance between colour and wearability, and blend out smoothly. Obviously the blush/highlighters on the right are total winners too, although you might want to use a more densely bristled brush to get that bright poppin' highlight if that's what you're into. I applied with a light hand.
Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

On to the eyeshadows. Doesn't this palette look like the perfect love child of my two favourite UD Nakeds - Naked 3 and Naked Heat? YES IT DO.

The palette boasts three mattes - 3 Sheets, Backtalk and WTF; and 5 shimmers - Bare, Curve, Shade, Attitude and 180. First impressions, I'm drawn primarily towards Curve, Backtalk, Shade, Attitude and 180. I rarely use super light mattes like 3 Sheets because they disappear on my skintone, I don't get the inclusion of Bare because it's SO similar to Curve, and I feel like WTF might be slightly too warm to truly vibe with the rest of the palette. But I'm reserving my final judgment until after swatching and playing with the palette some more.
Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

After swatching I still feel like Bare and Curve are too similar, but WTF works nicely against all the colours except Shade. That plummy metallic purple does not work next to the rusty brown of WTF if you ask me, but if you're able to make it work - more power to ya! Apart from that, my impression-after-swatching is that these will definitely need a primer to truly pop. The pigmentation is there, but the shadows are slightly dry and very easy to blend into nothingness if there isn't a sticky base underneath. 

On the flipside, that means that despite their colourful appearance, these eyeshadows will be very easy to use in your daily makeup routine. Exactly the reason why I still sing the praises of the Urban Decay Naked palettes: a perfect, easy to use palette to make you look your best during the workweek.

I created a very quick-and-easy look using Shade and Attitude layered all over the lid, Backtalk blended throughout the crease and WTF + 180 in the outer corner and under the eye, finishing off the look with some sparkle in the shape of my Stila Liquid Eyeshadow in Sea Siren, applied lightly from the inner corner to the middle of the lid. This is definitely my favourite type of look for those days when I know I need a little extra to look awake but don't feel like making too much of an effort. 

Of course, I'm also wearing my Backtalk liquid on the lips, and I used the Double Take and Party Foul blushes to complete the look. No primer was used for this look, I definitely could have created a brighter and neater look if I had taken more time and applied a primer, but I wanted to represent what this palette would do for me on those hurried Monday mornings.
Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review
Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

And this is the look before adding the Stila liquid eyeshadow, using Bare as a more subtle highlight.

Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

So soft, so pretty! I feel like this palette is going to be a crowdpleaser, just like its namesake lipstick.

I really do like it very much. I've read a lot of negative or neutral reviews out there, but only after playing around with this palette myself, so I was completely unbiased. I feel like negative reviews are a total hype right now, so don't believe the hype please. 

Let me sum up my experience: if you expect a hyper pigmented performance, skip on this palette (unless you're in it for the blushes). If you want a playful pink palette that will work well for everyday use and flatter a wide range of skintones. If you want great blushes, pounce. UD does great blushes like no other, and these four blush shades are very versatile but also easy to wear and to combine.

I'm definitely feeling it, are you?

Outfit: striped knit and Monki/Dickies trousers


Outfit: day out in off shoulder dress and birkenstocks

Outfit: day out in off shoulder dress and birkenstocks

Outfit: floral wrap dress, Happysocks and hummingbird sneakers

Outfit: floral wrap dress, Happysocks and hummingbird sneakers

Outfit: floral embroidery and fringe sandals

Striped shorts, flowers in basket, embroidered tee, heart shaped glasses

Outfit: synchronised swimmer dress

Outfit: Sugarhill Boutique synchronised swimmer dress, belt bag

Outfit: 70s inspired in flared knit trousers and ruffled blouse

Outfit: 70s inspired in flared knit trousers and ruffled blouse

Wishlist: summer feelings

hat: Forever21 - hoodie: c/o Shein - shorts: Bershka - sunglasses: c/o Shein

Hi babes! The weather has been absolutely GORGEOUS for the past week or so, and I am 100% in summer mood. What better time to post a little summer inspo wishlist? I ordered this California 1987 crop sweater on Shein because hello it's my birth year and my favourite road trip destination in a perfect Baywatch type hoodie situation, how could I resist - and I couldn't help spotting a few cute pieces along the way. Enjoy!

from top left:

My favourites are definitely the striped skirt, the cat eye sunnies and the white wrap dress. I absolutely do not need anything new in my closet, but another pair of sunglasses only takes up little space and makes for a perfect finishing touch to any outfit... Perfect impulse buy when you feel like celebrating the arrival of summer with a little something. And nothing makes me feel gorgeous like a feminine wrap dress. Hope you like my picks! ;-)


Travel: a weekend in Hotel Franq

Travel: a weekend in Hotel Franq
 crop top: Forever21 - white high waisted straight leg denim: Monki Kimomo jeans - sandals: c/o Wonders shoes - suitcase: c/o Kipling - handbag: Kate Spade NY

Hi babes! We've just turned our back on an extended weekend with, sadly, super crappy weather, so let's enjoy a throwback to the night we spent at Hotel Franq a couple of weeks ago. Beautiful venue, my favourite Belgian city and weather that felt like high summer - heaven. Also, because the hotel provided such stunning backdrops, I took full advantage of that by making frequent outfit changes, swanning around in my vintage Dolce & Gabbana (finally found an occasion to wear it!) and Laura Ashley dresses. Enjoy!

Outfit: ruffled jumpsuit and magnolias

Outfit: ruffled jumpsuit and magnolias

Outfit: red accents and ruby slippers

Wedgie fit levi's, rainbow sweater, red mules

Outfit: cream silk on white denim

Outfit: monochrome in cream silk on white denim

Outfit: Sunday in Antwerp, vintage yellow dress

Outfit: Sunday in Antwerp, vintage yellow dress with vans

Outfit: wiggle dress and bamboo bag

Outfit: wiggle dress, pink trench, slip on loafers and bamboo bag

Outfit: first of spring in Anonyme palazzo pants

Outfit: first of spring in Anonyme palazzo pants

Outfit: 70s vibes in crop top and Adidas gazelles

Outfit: 70s vibes in crop top, yellow pilot glasses and a belt bag

Outfit: red tights and boots

Outfit: parisian inspired in beret, red tights and boots

Outfit: rediscovering yellow tights

Outfit: how to wear bright coloured tights

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden
 coat: c/o Lidl - yellow knit sweater: & Other Stories - plaid skirt: Zara - beret: BHV Le Marais - sunglasses: c/o Shein - oldskool Vans: c/o ZEB - handbag: Kate Spade NY

Hi babes! We've been struggling to recover from a family-sized serving of the flu over here, and things have been hectic at work - what else is new, right? Well, this blog post is new! Some pictures from our third and final day in London, when the sun finally broke through the clouds and we explored our way from Westminster to Covent Garden. Enjoy!

We had seen much of Westminster already on Thursday, but since the weather was so gorgeous, everything looked more beautiful and we stopped every few steps to marvel at the views and snap some last pictures.

Outfit: yellow plaid trousers, military coat and loafers

Outfit: yellow plaid trousers, Gucci belt, military coat and loafers

Beauty: Clinique Marimekko collection review

Beauty: Clinique Marimekko collection review

Hey babes! Today I will be showing you the beautiful new Marimekko for Clinique collection. The line boasts some of Clinique's existing Pop Splash lip glosses and Clinique Pop lip colour/primers in collectible tubes featuring Marimekko's signature bright, playful designs, retailing at €22. I received five press samples, and even though the colours and formulas aren't new, I haven't tried these myself so I will be reviewing them for you. A bit of sunshine on a cold winter's day - enjoy!

Wishlist: spring footwear trends


Hi babes! As I'm writing this, it is Sunday night and the end of a gorgeously sunny, surprisingly warm winter weekend, I'm soooo ready for spring. I'm basically dreaming of airy dresses, sandals and soft serve ice cream, but it all seems so far away still. Especially since the "upcoming trips" tab in my Airbnb profile is 100% empty right now - so depressing. Once you start travelling, you really start living from trip to trip because those moments (to me at least) are like a concentrated dose of everything that makes life worth living, to hype you up enough to get through the daily grind. 

There are upsides, though! Next weekend I'm meeting up with my besties to start planning our California road trip which I'm sooooo psyched for, and I just received the new Schoenen Torfs Choez magazine in the mail (available online here), which I contributed to by writing up some style tips for spring 2018.

Travel: Carnaby street and Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre

Travel: Carnaby street and Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre

Time for a second post on our weekend in London, featuring our second day in the city. As I mentioned in my first post, we didn't have a clear itinerary of what to do and see on every day, but there were some shops we wanted to check out (Dr. Martens specifically), so after a short underground trip + some walking, we found ourselves on Carnaby street, which ended up being one of my favourite parts of the whole London trip. Definitely the place where you can get a whiff of the swinging sixties, with little Mod stores offering bright tailored suits, but also an abundance of trendy new places to check out! 

Travel: rainbow sweater in Westminster, London

Travel: rainbow sweater in London
burgundy teddy coat: c/o Lidl - rainbow stripe sweater: Only via Zalando - belt: Gucci - jeans: Levi's Wedgie fit - beret: BHV Le Marais - sneakers: Vans - handbag: Kate Spade NY

Hey babes! As I told you last week, we had planned a weekend in London to go see Hamilton (omg) and get to know the city a little bit better. It had been ages since I had really visited London, and my boyfriend had never even been there so we were pretty unprepared. I had booked us a sweet little Airbnb 10 minutes on foot from the Victoria underground station, so we were ideally positioned to explore the center of London. We arrived on Friday morning, after taking the Eurostar from Brussels, and stayed until Sunday late afternoon. Plenty of time to get reacquainted! This post will feature the pictures we took around the city of Westminster

Since my sister and her boyfriend came with us, we had the chance to take a whole lot of corny couple pictures without having to bother strangers or resort to selfies, so enjoy!

PS: I am in utter love with this rainbow sweater after searching for one all winter, so happy I finally found my perfect Sesame Street bright knit by Only, via Zalando. I had it express-delivered to be able to take it with me to London, woops!


Outfit: red scallop hem dress, pussybow blouse

Outfit: red pinafore, white pussybow blouse, gucci belt, studded oxfords

Travel: the Eiffel tower and a red beret

Travel: the Eiffel tower and a red beret

I think this is my fifth blogpost set in Paris, crazy to think that before late 2016, I'd never even visited the city of love. I'm happy that changed, because it has become one of my favourite destinations for a quick getaway filled with beauty, good food and lots of walking. We snuck off for a weekend in the city center just before Christmas, and it was just what the doctor ordered: a break from the daily grind and some quality time to be spent with my love.

I already blogged about the first two days, and this post features the pics we took when we stopped by the Eiffel tower just before heading home. Get yourself a guy who will make an hour-long detour before a 3h drive just so you can see the Eiffel tower again. The pics were totally worth it, though, we were blessed with a chilly but mostly clear day and I was wearing a super cute (Christmassy) outfit so everything was working for me.

Btw, just before checking out we had brunch at Benedict in Le Marais: total recommendation. Friendly, attractive staff, truffle fries and delicious variations on my fav breakfast dish: eggs benedict. Bookmark that shit! And enjoy the pics.

Outfit: printmixing with checks on checks

tweed coat, velvet purse, polkadot tights, leather fiddler cap

Review: soothing sensitive skin with Kruidvat Skin Science Derma Sensitive

Review: soothing sensitive skin with Kruidvat Skin Science Derma Sensitive

Hi babes! I have some light Sunday reading material ready for you, as I'll be reviewing Kruidvat's new Skin Science Derma Sensitive skincare line. Let's get to it!

Outfit: tweed pinafore, over knee boots

Outfit: tweed  pinafore, over knee boots, fiddler cap

Outfit: channeling Woodstock in shaggy faux fur and leopard boots

Outfit: channeling Woodstock in shaggy faux fur and leopard boots

Giveaway: e-Polette blue light filter glasses


Hi babes! Raise your hand if you have a job where you spent most of your day staring at screens. Yep, technology is basically the best thing ever if you ask me, but it also means being stuck at your desk, developing eye strain and headaches that make it hard to perform at your best capacity. If all of this sounds familiar, I have three tips for you:

- use the 20-20-20 rule, which means that every 20 minutes you should give your eyes a break by focusing on something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This is an optician's tip to prevent tired eyes
- invest in a matte screen, set it at a brightness that is similar to the light level of your current surroundings, and use the blue light filter that most devices come with these days when it starts getting late
- if all else fails, get yourself some prescription eye-drops and try out glasses that filter blue light out. Like these e-Polette Joplin glasses I'm wearing today.

Interested? I'm giving away a pair of e-glasses (without prescription lenses) today. You can choose the frames yourself from Polette's e-polette range - worth a try, right?

All you have to do is:
- follow Polette on instagram (@poletteeyewear)
- follow me on instagram (@stylingdutchman)
- leave a comment or email me at thestylingdutchman@hotmail.com, mentioning your instagram handle and the e-polette frame you'd like to win

and that's it! I will pick a winner  on the 28th of January, 8pm. Good luck!

Beauty: Urban Decay Heavy Metal palette review

Beauty: Urban Decay Heavy Metal palette review

Hi babes! Time for another beauty review. A little late, because this palette is a holiday release by Urban Decay, but things have been crazy busy and I have seen this palette still on sale everywhere so I bet someone will find this useful!

The Heavy Metal palette is quintessential Urban Decay: the shimmers, the brights and the statement packaging. But is it a must have for you? Let's find out.

Outfit: polkadots and red boots

Outfit: polkadots and red boots

Outfit: Statement loafers and 60s vibes

Outfit: Statement loafers and 60s vibes

Outfit: red tights and nighttime in Paris

Outfit: red tights and nighttime in Paris
 military coat: Zara - polkadot wrap dress: New Look - bright red tights: H&M - brogues: c/o Softwaves - faux leather baker boy cap: c/o Shein - handbag: Kate Spade NY - turtleneck top: Uniqlo

Hi darlings! Happy New Year! I had an extra day off today, and I made the most of it by basically doing as little as possible. I cleaned up a bit after having over the in-laws for New Year's, but I spent 90% of my time reading a book and napping on the couch. There's something extra sweet about having a day off when everyone's back to work, you know?

We have another busy month ahead of us at the office, so what better time to reminisce a bit more about our little Parisian getaway? Today's pics were all shot mid-december when we arrived in Paris on a sunny, cold afternoon. We spent our evening like we generally do when we travel: walking around for hours on end, going where our feet take us, talking, stopping for food/drinks and taking pictures. Despite wearing a bunch of layers here, I was still quite cold. Should have worn a longer coat but once in a while I let style prevail over function. What better place to be cold but stylish than Paris, right? And I really liked taking these red tights out for a spin again. At least my head was nice and toasty with my faux leather cap. Featured in this blogpost: cute streets in le Marais, the Nôtre-Dame de Paris, the BHV Marais, the Seine and some bars. Enjoy the pics!