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I have been looking at this for ages and finally for Christmas I decided to treat myself. Here are my thoughts.
This is where it falls down a little bit the palette is an velour material with gold lettering. The gold lettering wears really easily making it quite hard to keep the palette looking perfect. There is a small mirror inside that could also do with being a little bigger. I understand that these little kinks were straightened out for the Naked 2. There are twelve shadows in here and as you can imagine they are all on the neutral side. There are a couple of darker ones that would be great for day to night eyes.
This is a nice sleek palette though and the selection means it would be great for travel.
These are all amazing quality. The shimmers are my favourite as they really stand out , however 'Buck' is an amazing matte that is perfect for my eyebrows! I have heard the texture of these described as buttery and I have to say I agree. They blend perfectly and create a seamless eye look. I have had Urban Decay palettes before and have had trouble with fall out of this glitter but this does not happen with this one at all. Also ' Virgin' can be used as a highlight for the brow bone and possibly in the inner corner.
Now this is a premium product so you will need to pay a little more for it. It currently retails at £37 and can be found at department stores and also at Beauty Bay. I feel this is well worth the cost there is a lot of product here I have used sin as a base everyday for a full month and I still have dozens of uses.
A great palette that I would thoroughly recommend - next stop Naked 2!
Best Eye shadows ever. It has 12 eye shadows, beautiful colours - a lot of lovely brown colours which I use a lot of.
Comes with a brush, which is nice and soft, and some also come with small bottle of Urban Decay Potion Primer which I already have the full sized so I know how good that is.
I am very happy with this Item. It will last forever, no need to buy any more eye shadows.
I paid £36 for it from Debenhams. I was going to buy it from ebay for cheaper but I looked on youtube at reviews and there were a lot of people saying there is a fake Urban Decay Naked Palette so I didn't get it from ebay and make the mistake of it being fake. At least buying it from Debenhams I know its real.
There is a second Urban Decay Naked Palette but reviews on youtube said the first one was better so I went with the first one and maybe in future I will get the second one.
The colours are so amazing.
Although I'm a self confessed make up junkie, I have never been one for wearing much eyeshadow and in all honesty could never really be bothered to put the effort in to make it look good! This was until I purchased this Naked palette from Urban Decay. I had read lots of rave reviews about it so decided I would it give it a go to try and inspire me to make more effort with eyeshadow.
This palette appealed to me particularly because I am very much a neutrals girl. I enjoy warm browns and creams rather than bold, bright colours. This palette is perfect for somebody like me as it the colours are so wearable, allowing me to create a natural look for daytime as well as more of a smokey eye look for night time or special occasions. It includes a good selection of shimmer and matte shades.
Here is a brief description of the 12 colours in the palette:
Gunmetal - gray metallic with hints of blue.
Sidecar - medium bronze.
Half baked - coppery bronze.
Sin - frosty pink champagne.
Smog - dark shimmery bronze.
Toasted - rich copper.
Darkhorse - dark brown with hints of bronze shimmer.
Hustle - satin plummy brown.
Virgin - pale shimmery satin beige, good for inner tear ducts.
Buck - matte nutmeg
Naked - matte light brown.
Creeps - onyx with blue sparkle.
Each shadow is 1.3g. I have found the eyeshadows to be long lasting, with little to no fall out, especially paired with the fantastic Urban Decay primer potion that comes with the palette. The texture of each eyeshadow is of high quality, not at all powdery or dusty. All the colours are wearable and easy to blend which are the two most important factors for me!
The palette is packaged in a long rectangular brown velvet case with gold writing on it. It shuts magnetically and has a mirror on the inside. It comes with the primer potion as mentioned earlier (3.7 ml) and an eyeshadow brush. I like the packaging however after a while the velvet casing can look a little worn out and dusty. It is also quite big so probably not something to use if you're on the go.
It comes in at a pricey £37 but is often on offer in places such as Debenhams. In my opinion it is worth the price as for me, this is all the eyeshadow I would need in my make up collection. It covers all the neutrals you could possibly need and has inspired me to experiment more as I'd hoped ( still only with neutrals!)
I have to confess to owning far too much makeup; however, I justify it by buying cheap and cheerful bits in the main! When I read all the positive reviews for this eyeshadow palette I was very tempted. However the price tag of over £30 put me off! But then I found a brand new palette on ebay for £20 so I decided to take the plunge. This palette is currently selling at House of Fraser for £36 and at Debenhams for £37 - it does also come with the Urban Decay eye primer potion which I have to say is excellent.
Long, slim and naked
So on to the palette itself. It is long and slim, and is dark brown with a velvety feel to it. On the front in large, bold, gold letters it says NAKED. Open it up and inside there is a mirror in the lid and the 12 strips of eyeshadow. There is also a long metallic handled brush.
So as mentioned the palette contains 12 colours - ten of which are different shades of beige, brown and gold, with a few dark greys thrown in for good measure. This could be boring but it is anything but. This is because the colours all work together and complement each other, and can be used in different ways to create various looks. A few of the colours are quite plain and matt, while others have a more shimmery or metallic appearance.
50 shades of beige
I won't try and describe all the colours as there are only so many descriptive words you can find for shades of beige and gold! But my favourite shades, and the ones I use the most, are as follows:
Sin - this is a pale shade of beige with a nice golden shimmer to it.
Toasted - a darker version of the above! This has a nice metallic finish and is almost coppery in some lights.
Hustle - a chocolate brown shade. I use this to line the eyes or to create a smoky effect.
Creep - this is actually a really dark grey that I again use to line the eyes.
Since buying this palette I have used it virtually every day - this is quite an achievement for me as I'm usually quite fickle and chop and change between different compacts and shades all the time. I usually experiment with different colours too, but I find the colours in this palette so nice that I have started going 'neutral' most days! This may be partly old age (!) but actually these colours are so nice and definitely not boring - they have bought neutral shades to life a bit for me!
The quality of the eyeshadows is really good as well - they are nice, firm shadows that don't crumble at all, and despite the amount I have been using the palette they are all still going strong - even those I tend to use daily! The colours are strong and come out really well and don't crease at all - although I do always wear a primer underneath.
My only very, very minor complaint is that I have had to pop my own pointy sponge applicator into the compact as the brush is quite full so is no good for lining my eyes with. This is hardly a major gripe though, and I had plenty lying around!
Overall I really like this eyeshadow compact. Despite the colours looking a bit boring at a glance, they are actually really versatile and let you create all sorts of different looks, from quite fresh and natural to much more dramatic. Even at the full price of £36 or so, I think this is good value as each shadow only costs £3, and I think they are really worth it. So a full five stars from me!
Why not? I love Naked. Ever since I saw the effect in Debenhams I wanted to get Naked. Oh yeah. Urban Decay is a firm favourite of mine - this brand is quality so I didn't expect this palette to be inexpensive. I waited till my birthday to get Naked and it was not a disappointing experience.
What is Naked?...
Bare. There, that's as good a word as any. Nude. That's another but Naked, in essence and in this case, is an eye shadow palette by Urban Decay (who are pretty animal friendly too). Matte and dazzling effects are mingled together to give you sheer or total coverage. Lets get trialing.
First off a tip. If, like me, you like to try and get stuff for a bargain or at least a little bit less be very careful when purchasing this one. There are a heck of a lot of fake palettes of the Naked variety on eBay. If you Google it there are some youtube videos that show you what to look out for and if a seller seems to have a bulk amount that is normally a give away. This set should come with a bottle of Primer Potion in a silver bottle, some of the fakes didn't have that. I made a decision that I would purchase from Debenhams and then I was getting the real deal.
Not much to say about the packaging as it is minimalistic. Clear to the front and easy to dispose of. Enough said.
As already mentioned you get a fab bottle of primer with this and it really is the business, the way it slides onto your lid is a sleek treat and it's not too thick either as the older version in the bronze bottle was. It's a small bottle but lasts ages and is applied with a sponge style, slanted wand - magic. Basically it provides a great base for your quality nakedness to sit on.
On to the box. The box is an impressive looking piece of kit. It's not really handbag sized unless you have a grab bag style one of good dimensions. I'd say take care if transporting it as even though it closes with some sort of magnetic source it can be nudged open easily.
It feels plush. It's like velvet, I like to stroke it - is that a concern? Stroking my palette? Should I worry? I'm not bothered, it is so attractive and lovely.
Open up the box - easy to do. Inside sit twelve shades of wonder. I am always drawn to these neutral shades and was so excited to see them all together. Each day is a joy as I decide on what look I shall have, what colour scheme and effect I shall go for. Three of these colours are a matte finish and on those days I'm an oh so natural girl! Or you can apply matte to lid and sweep metallic haze to the brow line. The choices are endless.
My favourite shades are Virgin and Naked. Naked Virgin - see how well that goes and they do go really well when applied. They are the matte ones. Dark horse sits well as a brow filler and on the upper lid as a liner (applied with the Real Techniques slanted brow brush for both). Dark horse is an intense brown with a very slight sheen so it's fine for the brows too.
On days when I'm in an alluring and sexy mood - oh yes those days do come. I like to play about with the Creep. Creep is black as night and when you look at this shade under a light it looks like night sky with sparkling stars. Applied to the lids as a liner this one looks really smoky and slick. It lasts all day without a smudge too.
I have to give Sidecar a mention as this was one of my first Urban Decay loves. It goes on quite sheer but you can build it up and blend to your hearts content in the crease of the eye (Real Techniques blending brush is excellent - highly recommended). The effect is a wonderful sparkle to the eye but not one of those caked on looks.
What I love about this palette is that these colours look fab and stay fab. I've used them with and without the primer and they don't crease or smudge as the day wears on. I've even rubbed my eye by accident and not much damage done. When used with the primer I don't feel I need as much eye colour applied as when used without. It's a luxury and feels really nice on.
I have sensitive skin and eyes. In the past I've had eye make up that has caused severe irritation (another reason why I wanted to make sure I got the real thing) and my eyes have watered like a tap. I have not experienced any adverse reactions during my time being Naked, I mean wearing Naked. It is a pleasure to use and I really look forward to choosing my look for the day. It's quality and looks professional - of course I am now an experienced eye make up creator and I have Samantha Chapman's excellent tools by Real Techniques - these really have made a difference.
I forget about the included brush that comes with the set due to my love of my own brushes. Yes, you get a really nice, quality brush with this set and it's great at application but I have to say it's not in line with the Real Techniques ones and of course I don't just use one brush I use three - flat, blending and slanted.
Oh, there is a mirror too. So, for those times when you may be out and about with your large bag and you want to top up your dramatic nakedness (I have never felt the need) you can whip out your palette and get creative on the go.
This set holds endless possibility for us girls who love the neutral shades that sit under the umbrella of naked. I totally love it.
I recommend a reputable seller such as:
Debenhams, House of Fraser or Urban Decay.
Absolutely yes. Are you a fanatic of those neutral shades, do you get drawn to them time and again? Well you will love this palette which houses 12 magical shades in a long, sleek box. It's plush and very tempting to feel - or maybe that's just me. Please make sure you take care when purchasing as there are fakes about, I'd rather wait and pay a little more for the real thing - wouldn't you? You'll have such fun with this one girls. Daytime classic or sexy, drama for the evening - the choice is yours. I would recommend purchase of Samantha Chapmans Real Techniques brush sets for use with this and contouring too as they really do make a difference. You get the cutest little primer bottle with this too and it feels lush. This is naked in a box, it has appeal of the sexiest kind whilst being quality and classy at the same time. High class Nakedness. Go get one and see.
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(c) dawnymarie 2013
I was originally skeptical about the Naked palette - I was always in the mindset that if you wanted to buy expensive make-up products, they should be totally 'out there' in zaney shades rather then something you would use everyday. But after being stuck about what to ask for this Christmas, this appeared on my list on whim. If you have got heavy lids and circular eyes like me, this is a godsend! I've been able to manipulate the shape of my eyes using online tutorials, finally perfect the smokey eye, emulate some vintage looks (this came in VERY handy for a 1920s do), found a shade that also doubled up as a fantastic eyebrow filler and practiced some more professional blending techniques with the brush it comes with (far better than the cosmetic sponges on a stick that so many eyeshadow sets come with - a professional brush in it's own right).
It's important to note that the Naked palette is more suited to warm toned skin, and the Naked palette 2 is marginally better for cool; however, I have found that both have been used pretty much alternately and daily. Both palettes come with a good mixture of metallic and matte/contour shades. I have also used a shade of this palette to very subtlety contour under my cheekbones which comes in useful if (like me) your cheekbones are almost non-existent.
A quick Google Image search will bring up some pictures of the colour range, and swatches by bloggers. My personal favourites are: Half baked, Sidecar, Sin and Toasted for everyday colours. I tend to use Creep and Hustle on top of these for a nighttime eye.
The Naked Palettes from Urban Decay are another very hyped up product in the world of make up so of course I had to try it. When I went to Debenhams I was stuck between choosing this Naked palette or the Naked 2 which is full of greys and smoky colours that are suited to cooler skin tones. In the end I chose the first one as it come with a primer potion and the second came with lip gloss.
The palette is quite large but not uncomfortable to hold when applying the eye shadows. The packaging is a sturdy, cardboard case covered in a brown velvet finish with Naked embossed in gold across the top and Urban Decay underneath. The packaging feels and looks expensive which of course isn't always important but when buying something as expensive as this I think it is. The palette is kept closed with a magnetic lid and I am never worried about it opening by itself. Inside is a small, rectangular mirror that is perfect for looking at eyes when doing make up but not much else. The eye shadows are in a neat line in small rectangular shapes, which reminds me a lot of the red tinned watercolour sets I have or that you might use in school. Each colour is labelled clearly in gold underneath and under the colours is a deep dip for the brush which is kept in securely.
Seeing two of my friends Naked palettes which are older than mine, they are extremely grubby and much of the gold on the lettering has worn away, however this is because they use theirs a lot more than me and also do full make up (foundation etc) which can mean messier hands so a messier palette. A small part of the gold has come of the N and the D on mine from where I hold the palette open but otherwise it looks almost brand new. This is probably the only downside to the product though. I don't keep this in my make up bag because it is too big to fit and not something I use every single day so it is stored in a clean draw, I also do not keep the brush in the palette which may help to keep it clean too.
The palette is designed to suit everyone as they are neutral shades, I say neutral but 10 out 12 of the colours are extremely shimmery or glittery but what I mean is all the colours are different bronzes, shimmery nudes, golds or browns so they are more wearable and less scary than bright colours. Plus there won't be that one colour no one touches in any other palette.
The 12 colours are:
Virgin - A light shimmery nude
Sin - A slightly darker, golder shade of Virgin
Naked - A nude matte
Sidecar - A dark glittery beige
Buck - A brown matte
Half Baked - A shimmery gold
Smog - A golden brown shimmer
Darkhorse - A dark bronze shimmer
Toasted - A taupe shimmer that has slight pink tone to it
Hustle - A browny, bronze shimmer
Creep - A black with glitter
Gunmetal - A shimmery grey
The colours are all different but all work well together, I doubt I have even tried all the combinations yet. I tend to use Virgin as a high lighter under my brows and Creep along my lash line or very subtly blended into the corner for a dark smokey eye. The two mattes are most used as I like these for a simple natural look for everyday and use all the other colours for a more dramatic look if I want an extra sparkle or am going out. The eye shadows are all extremely good quality, very highly pigmented and blend well on the skin and with each other and can be built up for a dramatic look. There can be a little fallout with the darker colours so I suggest doing eye shadow before concealer or foundation.
A big worry with palettes is not using all of the colours, however I always find I'm stuck for choice as I want to use them all! They all work together, which I think is what's so special about this palette. With others I find there's one I don't use or colours that don't match or I'm just too overwhelmed because the colours are so different. I also like that you are not told what to do, like small shadow kits that come with a highlighter, base and contour, or ones that are three similar shades. With the Naked palette you are free to do what you want without it ever looking wrong.
The brush that comes with the palette is a bit useless, it looks great but I find it a bit stiff and not the right shape for applying eye shadow (I use a mix of Real Techniques and Mac brushes instead as they are softer and better for blending). I use the brush to sometimes apply a line of shadow along my bottom lashes but there are other brushes better for this. However it is still easy to clean and the Urban Decay writing has not come off the side.
The Primer Potion that comes with the palette deserves its own review (which I will get round to at some point!) so I will just give it a little overview here. You only receive 3.7ml which I used up pretty quickly as I found it was so amazing I used it everyday! The bottle is like the old urban decay packaging like a tiny potion bottle with a screw top and sponge applicator. The primer is used all over the lids before applying any shadow to stop creasing or sliding, it also helps create a smooth, clear base by hiding any discolouration caused by veins. I'd say it performs very well and my eye shadow stays in place without any need to reapply it. I use this primer everyday even when not wearing shadow as it helps to keep my eyeliner looking great and keeps my lids looking soft and matte which I like as I often get oily eyelids.
The palette is an expensive £36, although Debenhams often have an offer across all their makeup that can bring the price down to about £30 so I suggest waiting to see these offers before buying! That said I do think it is worth the full £36 if you consider that a single eye shadow from Urban Decay costs £14.00. You are getting 12 colours in this palette which also includes a small bottle of their famous primer potion which in full size is about £15 as well as an eye shadow brush that is worth £14.50.
I really, really recommend this product. I don't use eye shadow a huge amount so I am expecting this to last me for years and years (I know you should throw makeup away but I look after mine and keep it very clean so I feel it can last longer). The fact that the shadows perform so well and you can create so countless looks from just one product that can suit everyone makes it well worth £36 and is most definitely worth the hype. I'd say the only downsides are that the packaging can become very grubby and the brush is not best suited for applying eye shadow.
An after thought....
I do wish a little bit that I had gone for the Naked 2 Palette because the palette is in a metal case which is much more durable which makes it better for travelling and it is cleaner. Also, although the Naked palette is full of colours to suit everyone, the Naked 2 probably would have suited me better, personally, as it is full of shades that suit cooler skin tones and is full of darker colours which I am usually more drawn to. The mirror inside is much bigger and the brush included is double ended and much better suited to applying eye shadow. However I do love and use my Naked Palette a lot and do not regret buying it. I'll just have to save and buy the second one too... hehe
Also how many times have I used the word Palette!? This may be the longest review I ever written too, so I apologize if you got bored.
This product is literally everywhere, I'd seen it in every magazine, read about it on every beauty blog and watched a zillion make-up tutorials online about it. I'd had my eye on it for ages and decided I simply could not go on without it.
Urban Decay is available in department stores and online. They are a high-end brand with vibrant colours, quirky shade names and generally really fun, exciting products.
* Urban Decay Naked Palette is the bestselling, must have collection of gorgeous natural eye shadows - far from boring, this is how Urban Decay does neutral!
* Featuring a shade range that runs from the palest champagne to the grittiest gunmetal grey, this isn't just 'shades of beige'. Each shadow has a distinctly Urban look, yet works for everyone
* Longer and leaner than most Urban Decay collections, this gorgeous palette holds 12 shadows, including 7 best sellers and 5 brand new shades. Experiment with office-appropriate neutrals, summertime bronzy looks or sultry smokiness (with options for gold, brown or grey combos).
* Urban Decay's Naked Palette means anyone can look fabulous Naked! This stunning neutrals suit all skin tones and are a must have in everyone's makeup collection.
The palette arrived and I literally couldn't wait to get it open and try it, the question was which would I try first?! I've found with the palette's I've tried in the past, there's a couple of shades I love....a couple that are ok and several that I would simply never use. After swatching all the shades in the palette on the back of my hand I was surprised by the fact that I couldn't pick out a shade I would never use!
Over the next few weeks I tried all the different shades and was so impressed, the colours are beautiful, high-pigmented and most of all wearable. The quality is amazing...the colours stay put and don't crease throughout the day, they also blend effortlessly. My favourite thing is how versatile the product is...there are so many different combinations and looks you can try. It never gets boring.
* Virgin - Nude satin
* Sin - Champagne shimmer (similar to MAC Naked Lunch)
* Naked - Buff matte
* Sidecar - Beige with glitter
* Buck - Brown matte
* Half Baked - Bronze shimmer (similar to MAC Amber Lights)
* Smog - Golden brown shimmer
* Darkhorse - Dark bronze shimmer
* Toasted - Taupe shimmer (similar to MAC Sable)
* Hustle - Mocha shimmer
* Creep - Black with sparkle (similar to MAC Black Tied)
* Gunmetal - Dark grey with sparkle
The palette also came with a flat eyeshadow brush and a sample-size of there 'Eye Shadow Primer Potion. The brush is of excellent quality with a long handle which mades applying the shadows even easier. The primer was amazing to, the shadows stay on well on there own but if you have a really long day ahead I'd definately recommend the use of a primer. The primer was easy to apply with the wand applicator. There is also a slot where the brush sits.
The packaging in super luxurious, the case is velvet! It is a chocolatey brown colour with big gold writing. It closes with a magnet so doesn't fly open easily. The lid contains a decent sized mirror which I don't personally use but it's handy to have I guess.
VALUE FOR MONEY:
It costs £36.00 which isn't cheap but I love the product so much I'm happy I bought it. I've had it for a few months and have used it a lot but have loads left, some of the colours are not even dented! The colour is so pigmented a little goes a long way. You also get a free brush and the 'primer potion'. It was definately a treat for me, I don't spend this much money on make-up items all the time but I am pleased with the value for money.
I literally can't say enough about this product I love it! I'd love to try the 'Naked 2' palette aswell! I highly recommend it!
I am lucky enough to be able to get pretty funky make up items at duty free prices and one of my favourite things in my collection is the Urban Decay Naked Palette. There are actually two versions of this, the one I am reviewing here and the newer version which is imaginatively called Naked 2. I really love the palette, I think it is really quite versatile for an eye makeup palette and it makes a great gift idea too.
The palette is made up of twelve 1.3 gram eye shadows as well as a Good Karma shadow brush and a small bottle of Urban Decay's primer Portion. It comes in a plastic box because the Primer Potion is not actually part of the palette, but the palette itself is a lovely brown velvet box with Naked written on in huge gold letters. The box is really expensive looking and actually quite pretty, which is why I think it would make a good gift. It isn't too big either so it will fit in most handbags so is easy to carry around. There is a fairly decent sized mirror on the inside of the lid too, which is handy as long as you don't get it covered in shadow powder!
The eye shadows are all quite neutral in colour, hence the name Naked, but they are all surprisingly different considering they are all shades of beige and brown. They all different types too, some of them are matt, others are shimmery and you can combine different ones to get completely different looks.
The colours all have really bizarre names that don't give away much about the shadows themselves, but I think the weird names are what the Urban Decay brand is all about. Within the palette they are ordered from light to dark, starting with Virgin and going up to Gunmetal. I have found that they all stay on really well and none of them irritate my eyes - even the glittery ones - and I am prone to sensitive eyes.
Virgin is a very pale colour, I'd say almost white but not quite. It looks a bit like the colour of magnolia paint. It is the one I use the least because it is too pale for me, although I do find that it makes a nice base colour for if you are using the others on top. It is also one of the matt shadows and I sometimes use it under my eyes to lighten them a bit.
Sin is a glittery shadow which is still quite pale. I actually really love this one because when I put it on my eyes, you almost can't see it apart from the glitter which I think gives my eyes a little bit of sparkle without being over the top in any way. It is good for everyday use because it isn't too much, but it does highlight your eyes a bit. For this reason you can use it has a highlighter on brow bones which is nice and just gives a little bit of shimmer under light.
Naked is a matt shadow and is one of the few that I don't use. It is a beige colour and it is invisible on my eyelids so I don't see the point of it for me personally. In the palette it actually looks more like a concealer because it is just that colour.
Sidecar is one of the most bizarre named ones of the palette. I don't know what sidecars they are comparing it against but it looks like none I have ever seen! It is a similar colour to the Naked one although the difference with this one is that it is shimmery. It adds a little bit of brown colour to my lids but with sparkle which I love. It is one that I use quite a lot because I think it compliments my brown eyes and draws a bit of attention to them but, again, without being too over the top.
Buck is another matt one that I don't use very often although I think it makes a great base underneath one of the darker and more striking colours. It actually goes on a little bit darker than it looks in the palette, so don't dismiss as being too light straight away.
Half Baked is a golden colour when you put it on with a bit of sparkle in it. I sometimes put a little bit underneath my eyes when I am in party mode because it is a lovely colour and looks really good. I find that if I put it on over the top of one of the lighter colours it stays on really well and I really like it, it is one of my favourites in the palette.
Smog looks a lot nicer than it sounds from its name! It's a sort of bronze colour and has a tiny bit of sparkle in it but not as much as some of the others. It's a really good one for a top coat when you are giving yourself the smoky eyes look and works really well when you put just a bit of it at the edges of your eyes.
Darkhorse is brown one with a little bit of sparkle in it, but only a really little bit. It goes on much darker than it looks on the palette and you only need a little bit of it, again for the smoky eyes look. If you have a thin brush, you can actually use it as an eyeliner or even on your eyebrows. It is quite a versatile shadow.
Toasted is quite accurately named actually, it looks like toasted sesame seeds if you can imagine that! It is shimmery rather than glittery and is slightly darker on than it looks in the palette. I use this one an awful lot because I really like the metallic look that it gives to my lids, it is almost like a copper glow.
Hustle is a darker brown colour that almost verges on grey although it looks like a chocolate colour in the palette. It looks kind of silvery on because it is one of the shimmery ones in the palette. It is another one that is good for creating the smoky eyes look.
Creep is the darkest of the lot and it is very dark. I use it as an eyeliner as it is just too dark as a shadow for me, but I find that it does look really good as an under eye liner. I smudge it is a little bit and it really accents my eyes and makes them stand out. It is good for a night out with a little black dress especially. I think if you were to try it as an actual shadow, you'd have to put it on very sparingly with your finger rather than with a brush.
The last one is Gunmetal, which as you'd imagine is a silver colour. It is a glittery one and is my favourite in the set. I use it as a shadow when I have used the darker one as a liner and it almost has a bluey kind of look to it. It lasts really well and I think it is quite striking.
The Good Karma brush is really good and I love using it. When the palette finally runs out, I'll definitely be keeping the brush because it is that good. It is a full sized brush, which is great because you usually get a really difficult to use small brush in these kind of palettes.
The handle is really smooth and it makes it easy to hold so you can position the brush well when you are applying the shadows and it is easy to sweep the shadows across your eyes in a really natural way. The bristles on the end of the brush are super soft and really flexible and they feel really gentle on your eyes when you are applying the shadows. I have really sensitive eyes and I can't stand stiff eye shadow brushes, but this one really is perfect.
The Primer Potion
The Primer Potion is really good. It is designed as a base coat to make your eye shadow stay on longer and I think it does the job really well. It is also designed to stop your shadow from creasing when you wear it which is does surprisingly well. It is supposed to last for 24 hours which is not a claim I can verify since I never have my make up on for that long, but I can tell you that it makes it pretty tough to get off even with makeup remover which should give you an indication of how durable it makes eye shadow.
The primer comes in a little bottle that is a bit like a nail varnish bottle because it has a spongy little brush inside the lid. It is pretty easy to use although I know they have no replaced this style of bottle with a squeezy tube, which I would imagine will also be easy to use. I like the original style of pot because it is really easy to regulate the amount of primer you put on your eyes and you can easily get any excess back into the bottle - it won't be as easy to do this with the new style.
The potion is very soft and velvety so it feels really nice on your eyes and it is light so that it doesn't feel very heavy on which is good since you still have to put shadow over the top of it. It is a sort of beige colour but when I apply it I find that it is totally invisible on my actually lids so it doesn't have any effect on the colour of the shadows.
Price and Value for Money
The palette is available in places like Boots and Debenhams for about £36 and at airports in duty free shops for about £5 less than that. It isn't cheap, but then Urban Decay stuff isn't cheap in general. The Primer Potion on its own will set you back about £20 and the brush is around £15, which shows you just how good value the palette is comparatively.
I have had the palette for about a year now and I use it all the time, but it is nowhere near used up. There are so many different shadows that even if you use it every day, it will last ages. Half of mine hardly even look like they have been touched so it will last me for a long time to come no doubt - in fact I think I will have just treated myself to something else before I have used up this palette so I really do think you are getting good value for money.
Absolutely yes. I think the palette is really versatile and all of the colours are good and, because there are lots of different textures and styles, it is a really varied palette. It would make a really good gift for somebody else (especially if you can get it at duty free prices!) or a nice treat for yourself.
Okay so I'm a little late to jump on the naked band wagon but I'm in love the Naked Palette by Urban Decay! I had been eyeing this product up for a while so when I got some House of Fraser vouchers I just couldn't resist.
The palette comes with 12 shades varying colours from neutral shades of light champagne to deep browns, but all the shades are neutral hence the name' Naked'. Coming with a flat headed brush to replace the eyeliner that used to accompany the palette and a miniature version of the urban decay primer potion, I don't think the price of £36 is high at all. Another touch I find very useful is the large mirror on the lid of the palette, the mirror is big and is very handy for applying eye shadow quickly or on the go, it is also incredibly long lasting.
All twelve shades are a lovely creamy rich texture making them so easy to apply. The pigmentation of the product is very very impressive ( If a product is heavily pigmented it means you don't need to apply a lot of product to get a good result) Although I have been using this palette daily for almost 2 months there is barely a dint in any of the pans. When the colours are applied they feel very light on the eye and don't look to caked even if a lot is applied. The colours are all very compacted which means fallout is also never an issue with this palette which is always good as I don't like making a mess.
I am surprised to say that I have used absolutely all of the shades although some like the shimmery gold's and dark browns I thought I would find hard to make work with my skin tone. It is very easy to get many different looks with just this single palette, some looks just a little brightening for the eye to really bold eyes for going out on a night. The smoky eye effect is one of my favourites with this colour range, I find trying to make a smoky eye with greys and blacks on my very pale skin makes me look a bit gothic so making it with dark browns and beiges is a great alternative and I find it really compliments my ivory skin.
The colour range In the naked palette is exquisite and I can't fault it at all. The colours are all different in ways but similar in others so all work together In beautiful harmony in a single look. The shades are easily blended with one another making the amount of looks possible endless. If you are a fan of matte eyeshadows I wouldn't recommend this product too you as it only contains two matte shades, the rest are usually shimmery or glitters enabling you to make your eyes look stunning and catch the attention of anyone who passes by.
This is the first shade of the 12 and is also the lightest shade in the palette, although I wouldn't use this colour on its own on my eye lid I find it very good for underneath the eyebrow and on the brow bone to highlight and brighten up the eye. It is a sheer shimmery colour and is less pigmented than the rest of the shades because it is mainly used for highlighting and not an actual eyeshadow.
Sin is the next lightest shade; it is a shimmery slightly pink champagne colour which I also find to be very pleasant on the brow bone if you are going out on an evening. I wouldn't recommend using this on the bone as an everyday look because it is very shimmery.
Naked is one of the two matte colours in this collection and is a beautiful light brown/beige nude. I find this looks good just swept over the whole eye if you want a rather subtle look on the eye or if you are in a rush. This is one of the much pigmented colours so you don't need a lot on the brush to get a good coverage
Sideacar is a lovely warm brown often described as hot chocolate colour, with very slight hints of gold shimmer running through, this colour is very unique and looks beautiful just above the top eyelashes and right in the inner corner of the eye. Although it is a very shimmery colour I find that I can pull this off for every day because it isn't a bright vibrant colour.
Buck is the second of the two matte colours and probably one of my favourites from the collection, it is quite similar to naked in the way that its very pigmented and easily applied but it is significantly darker and richer, this also looks good as an all over the eye colour. Can be worn with ease day or night.
Half-baked is probably one of my least favourite colours in the collection, however I do still like it and use it I find it only looks suitable on a night time and with certain outfits and colours. The colour is a very shimmery bright gold colour which catches the light beautifully. If I am going to wear this colour I would put it in the corner of my eye or sparingly in the crease.
Smog is by far my favourite of the bunch, It is such an easy shade to wear day and night and has amazing pigmentation and colouration, it blends with most if not all the other colours very well and suits lighter skin tones perfectly. The colour is a slightly shimmery bronze, I find it blends fantastically with darkhorse and sidecar.
Darkhorse is rather similar to smog as it has the same pigmentation and the same base colour-bronze- but this is a lot darker, this shade is harder to wear over the whole lid because it is very dark but in the crease and on the lash line it looks lovely.
Toasted is a wonderful warm shimmery pinky nude which is beautiful for an everyday look, it is very pigmented but not overly shimmery and compliments the other colours very well.
Hustle is a shade very similar to darkhorse but it is a bit brighter and less shimmery, the shade is similar to that of milky coffee and I think it is a gorgeous colour. I usually wear hustle with a pinkier colour such as toasted or sin to brighten it up a bit, the more of this colour you put on the darker it gets so you can control the intensity of the end result with the amount of product applied.
Creep is by far the darkest of all the shades and I would say the hardest to work with as its it such a dark brown its almost black, this is another one which gets darker the more you apply but it is still very dark, it has shimmery hints of grey/silver in it which gives it a very glamorous edge on the rest of the colours. I find this colour easiest to wear in the crease or thinly on the lashline.
Gunmetal is the last of the colours in the collection and personally I think it's the one that stands out the most, it doesn't follow the general idea of the naked palette being all neutral colours as it is a dark silver grey shimmery tone with a slight blue hue. I think this adds a little bit of attitude to the palette and makes it a little more exciting. The only downside to this colour is that since it is pretty much the only grey in the palette it doesn't blend with most of the browns, the ones it goes best with are creep and virgin in my opinion.
I wouldn't say primer was a necessary make up item for my make up bag as I don't think k it does very much and think it's a bit of a waste of money however since the Urban Decay Primer Potion came with my naked palette I thought I might as well use it up. I had heard good things about this primer so I had wanted to try it out for myself. I tried the eyeshadows with and without the primer to see what difference it made and I found it did make the colour stay on for a little bit longer and kept the colour a lot brighter. Also the primer potion made applying the colour a lot easier as it gave a really smooth even base, I probably wouldn't buy this product on its own though because I didn't see a sufficient difference in the quality of the colour when I didn't use it but I did think it was a nice added extra to the palette.
I use the brush I got with the palette every time I apply any eyeshadow I just think it is amazing quality. The bristles feel very soft on the skin and don't leave my eyes feeling irritated, it holds the product amazingly well resulting in no or hardly any fallout and the bristles are very strong and don't fall out or snap. You do need to clean the brush if you wish to blend more than one colour with this brush and sometimes I do think it is a bit heavy and clumsy for applying to such a sensitive area.
Overall I am chuffed with the standard of this product and couldn't live without it, the amount of looks you can make with the one palette are endless and they all look amazing however this doesn't affect the quality of the colours at all, they are all super pigmented easy to blend and all compliment each other really well I would happily recommend this to anybody. And the fact that you get 12 gorgeous shades a brush and the urban decay primer potion I think £36 is a bargain and I would happily spend it again on a product of such high quality. Absolute Brilliance!
A couple of months ago I received some Debenhams vouchers and having not really seen anything that took my fancy in the clothing/ bag section I decided to go and look at the make up. One of thing that I had been lusting after for a while was the Urban Decay Naked Palette and upon looking it I decided to purchase it with my vouchers.
==~~What is it~~==
The Naked Palette is an eye shadow palette by Urban Decay in which all the colours are neutral or brown based hence giving it the name 'Naked'. Within the palette you receive 12 eye shadows varying from very light shimmery colours to much darker browns, you also receive a flat headed shadow brush (this replaced the dual ended eyeliner that used to come in a palette) and also a miniature version of their Eye Primer Potion.
==~~Price and Availability~~==
The Naked Palette costs £36 and it was originally the price that put me off this palette, however not having used this everyday for a few months and seeing what you get in the palette I believe it is fully worth this price. As there is 12 eye shadows in the palette this makes them just £3 each (a basic / average price for single eye shadow), however as there is also the shadow brush and primer potion individually they cost under £3 each which in turn makes the palette very good value for money.
The Naked Palette is available at free standing Urban Decay stores (in larger department stores such as that as Debenhams) and also the Uk online site. I purchased mine off the Debenhams website as they had 10% off all make up items making it a little cheaper, also due to the fact I am a Beauty Card holder I receive free postage with every order.
==~~The eye shadows~~==
The eye shadows are all of a lovely soft, almost velvety texture making them very easy to apply. They are all very pigmented meaning that a little of the eye shadow goes a very long way, so despite the fact that I have been using this palette for almost 3 months now on a daily basis the eye shadows either have no or very little dips/ dents in them. The eye shadows sweep across the eye very easily and feel very light on the eye, yet do not have a powdery texture. These eye shadows are also quite compact so I very little get any fallout from these eye shadows and if I do it is mainly due to the fact that I have packed too much on the brush.
The colours blend really easily with one another and due to many of them being similar colours of the same family when blended together they all complement one another. Although the brush that this palette isn't the best for blending the colours with, with almost any other blending brush I have used these colours blend out really softly, yet keep some of their colour and pigmentation.
I really love the array of colours you get and although thinking that there may be some that I may not use, especially the darker ones I was surprised to find that I have used all of them, some not as often as others but due to the range on offer it is very easy to complete different eye make up looks. The fact that many of the eye shadows have different finishes also means that you can create many different make up looks, although if you are a fan of matte looks then I would suggest that this palette is not for you as there are only two matte eye shadows in the palette and the others are mainly shimmer or glitter finishes.
This is the lightest colour in the palette and although I don't use this colour too often as I personally find it a little too pale (an off white soft shimmer colour) it makes a great highlighter for use on the brow bone or inner eye corner. I do find this colour to be one of the least pigmented, which I actually enjoy as it makes the colour easier to blend and doesn't come out too stark white.
This is a really lovely soft champagne colour with light rose gold elements. This has a very soft shimmer making it look really light and delicate on the eye, making it perfect for everyday use. Despite this, I do find that it can sometimes get lost when paired with a too darker colour in the crease, so I find I do have to wear quite pale/ neutral colours with this eye shadow.
This colour is a perfect matte brown, which is great to either sweep all over the eyelid if you are in a rush, or just to run through the crease for a little definition. This colour is also really pigmented, meaning that a little goes a long way; however I do find if you build this colour it does add a little more depth and even begins to look a little darker.
This is one of my favourite eye shadows in the palette; it is a very shimmery colour, with flakes of gold glitter in it. It is a lovely warm brown with bronze in it, so looks really great with a tan or just for a warm look in the winter. Despite it being glittery and shimmery I find that it is still suitable for daywear due to the fact that the brown is not too dark and the glitter is quite soft and subtle and only really noticed when reflected in the light.
Buck is the second and last matte colour in the palette. It is again a brown colour like Naked; however is a much more rich, dark brown, yet still looks soft and warm. I find that this colour works well with almost any of the colours in the palette, making it a very versatile eye shadow. The only thing I find with this eye shadow is that it is not quite as pigmented as I would have liked it to be, however is very buildable meaning that you can easily get the 'true' colour.
To me, this colour stands out the most in the palette as it is not quite as neutral or brown based as the other eye shadows and in turn is a bright yellow/brown based gold. Despite this I really love this colour, though do find it works best in the summer. I really love the finish of this as it is very shimmery, yet does not catch the light in the same way that other shimmer eye shadows do and in turn almost looks like a layer of foil. The only downside to this eye shadow is that it does sometimes fade a little in the crease (even when teamed with the primer potion) and it is also hard to pick other colours to blend with it.
This is again one of my favourite colours in the palette. It is a deep bronze/ brown colour with a very soft shimmer to it. Despite it being quite a deep, dark bronze, the colour is surprisingly warm once applied making it easy to blend with any of the colours in the naked palette. I also believe this to be one of the most pigmented in the naked palette meaning that a little goes a really long way.
I also really like this colour and find it a perfect colour for blending through the crease when wearing smog. This is a very dark brown colour, with tiny flecks of gold and bronze shimmer / glitter in it. Despite it being a very dark colour, this eye shadow has a very soft colour making it very easy blend able and blends out to a lovely slightly softer bronze colour.
This colour is another really soft shimmer colour, it is slightly different to many of the others in the palette due to the fact it is quite a pink toned, taupe colour. Nonetheless I find that the pinkness of this colour works really well the darker brown colours (such as Buck) as it really gives the eye depth. This colour is also much pigmented meaning a little goes a long way.
I find that this colour also works well with Toasted as it as a mauve / purple based brown colour. Once applied this looks like a very soft, delicate colour and actually looks more matte than I had expected, yet still does have a soft shimmer to it.
This is the darkest colour in the palette and perhaps my least used, nonetheless this colour does come in very handy when creating a dark smoky eye or to define the last line with a little shadow. What I really love about this colour is that it is a very dark, pigmented black meaning that you can create really dark looks, or even use it as a blended out eyeliner, opposed to other black eye shadows which can be a little grey based. This eye shadow does have some very soft flecks of silver shimmer to it, though because the black is so dark I often find that these aren't all that noticeable.
I really like this colour, yet unfortunately find myself not using it too often as there are not really any other colours in the palette to blend it with. It is a lovely blue toned grey, again with soft shimmer running through it. This eye shadow is also extremely pigmented, meaning that you really do only need a little bit and again has the lovely texture of all the other eye shadows.
Although I do not normally use the brushes that come in palettes as they often tend to be quite 'cheap', I was really pleasantly surprised at the quality of this brush - probably due to the fact it is made by Urban Decay opposed to other nameless brands. Due to the fact it is flat headed it is really great for packing the colour onto the eye and does so easily due to the soft bristles. This is a synthetic brush and due to this the brush as stayed in shape very well where the bristles have not shed and neither have they become loose.
The brush does sit comfortably in my hand and is easy to use, however it is quite a heavy brush and sometimes I do feel that it is not quite as delicate as it could be for the eye area, nonetheless I continue to use it due to the fact it transfers the eye shadows from the palette to my area very well. It is not really designed for blending the colours, meaning that you do need another brush if you wish to blend more than one colour from the palette together.
==~~The Primer Potion~~==
I had never used Urban Decays Eye Primer Potion before buying this palette, though I had heard lots about it so I was very excited to try it. Eye shadows tend to last on my eyelids all day anyway, so I didn't think that this primer potion could really improve that and unfortunately it didn't really. However, it did make a big difference in how easy the eye shadows were to apply as it created a really soft based to apply the eye shadows onto. It also made the eye shadows seem a lot more pigmented and bright when wearing the primer potion with the eye shadows compared to without. I did find that it kept my eye shadow looking freshly applied for longer and stopped if from feathering, so in some way it did help the longevity of the eye shadow and I was very impressed with it.
Overall I am thoroughly impressed with the Naked Palette and I only wish that I had bought is sooner. I love how versatile it is and how easy it is to create many different looks. The quality of the eye shadows is far superior to others I have used in the past and the soft, velvety texture to them makes them apply with ease. Though it does seem a little steep priced at £36, having now tried it out I would happily pay this price for it, especially due to the fact I now where the eye shadows from it on a daily basis.
I have also found the palette/ eye shadows to both be very robust as I tend to travel with it every day as the palette is not too big and fits comfortably in make up bag and therefore it does often get thrown around a bit, yet none of the eye shadows have cracked/ become powdery and neither has the palette become less sturdy. One thing that is a little disappointing about the packaging is that where it says 'NAKED' in gold lettering much of this has peeled off and therefore this does look a little untidy.
I would definitely recommend this palette as I really do believe that the colours in the palette would suit everyone and can create both day and night looks - after using this palette I am not tempted to buy Naked 2 Palette!
I LOVE eyeshadow, and have tried numerous brands on the quest to find the perfect one for me.
Urban decay palettes are gorgeous. The range of colours never fails to amaze me.
I was bought the NAKED palette for a gift for Christmas last year. The colours are mainly natural browns and greys. Gorgeous colours for all of the seasons. The number of shades in this palette means there will be a shade to suit everyone. The colours are mainly shimmery, but there are 2 matte colours in the palette as well.
The palette comes with a lovely soft brush that is ideal for applying the shadow. When applying the eyeshadow, in my experience the shadow just glides on.
Unfortunately I have very sensitive skin, and I find that after a few days of wearing the urban decay shadows the skin around my eyes becomes red and inflamed. I therefore usually only keep this shadow for special occasions and perhaps don't get as much use of it as I would like to!
This palette usually retails somewhere between £25-35 depending on where you get it. If you are thinking of buying this, shop around and also look online. Urban decay also often have offers on e.g. buy two products and get something free. This can be good around Christmas time if you are looking for gifts for a special someone.
Overall this is a lovely palette and would make a lovely present for a friend or a treat for yourself!
HAHA, no, not in that way, I mean makeup wise of course!
For those not in the know, Urban Decay is a USA company that makes and excels in all types of makeup products. Their most well known being eyeshadows and primers in particular. I found out about this company through watching various youtube videos on makeup and one day came across this eyeshadow palette named 'naked'.
Why is it called that I hear you say. Well, its to do with the colours included in the palette itself, not that someone was naked when they came up with the idea, well maybe they were but I hope not! No, its called naked because all 12 of the shades are natural and nude.
There is a wide variety of natural colours and this is ideal for day to day wear and also to do great smokey eyes at night time. Its very versatile and fantastic to work with.
I purchased this product over a year ago now, so I feel that I have had enough experience with it in order to give my honest opinion and tell you what colours I use the most etc. Lets start off by telling you what each of the colours are:
Virgin - Basically a shimmery white colour/ light beige, great for highlighing/ inner corner use.
Sin- A very light frosty pink colour.
Naked - A matte light brown. great paired up with Buck for an everyday look.
Sidecar- A light shimmery brown.
Buck - A darker matte brown
Half baked- A more golden colour with a lot of shimmer.
Smog- A darker version of smog.
Dark horse- A deep shimmery brown.
Toasted- A deep pink shimmer
Hustle- Shimmery dark brown.
Creep- Shimmery black, great for a dramatic smokey eye.
Gunmetal- Exactly what it says on the tin.
I must say in my honest opinion that I am not too keen on the matte colours, I don't use them very often as I prefer a more dramatic look to my eyes, however being the only two matte shades in the palette, I wouldn't recommend it if you are not looking for shimmery colours.
my favourite combination is 'Toasted' all over the lid, with 'Hustle' as my crease colour, complimented by 'Creep' on the outer corner and finished off with 'Virgin' as the highlight/inner corner. This creates a great smokey eye for nights out and I am often complimented on how they look/ asking me what I am using.
They are by far my most used colours, especially 'toasted' as that looks great even just on the lid on its own, its not too bright, but looks natural too.
With the variety of colours available, so many different combinations can be made, its just a case of experimenting, after all, if it doesn't look right you can always wipe it off and start again.
So what does the palette look like?
Well, it is in a rectangle shape, quite narrow and long. The case is brown and the material is sort of furry, but not like a fur coat, just a slight furry texture if that makes sense? On the top of the palette it has the word 'NAKED' in large golden letters. Mine has worn off a little bit over the year but it can still be seen. I have just put this down to general wear and tear. The lid open up to reveal a good sized rectangular mirror, which is great for use when travelling and touch ups. The lid is held down by magnets, you cannot see these, but it holds the palette together well and stops it from opening when travelling which is great. No one wants splattered eye shadow over their bag right?
The shadows themselves are about 1cm wide and id say 3cm long, so there is a lot of product in each colour. These are all separate which is great and never seem to smudge into each other unlike other palettes I have used.
Underneath the shadows is an Urban Decay brush, this is purple and very soft with Urban Decay clearly written on it. It packs the eye shadow on well, but is only really useful for the lid. If you want to do smokey eyes and such, I would recommend buying some more brushes to aid this. I will say, that not all Naked palettes come with a brush anymore as I think the more recent ones include a double ended eyeliner instead.
The palette itself came in a clear plastic casing to protect it and this also included a mini version of their primer potion, which by the way is amazing! I mean the colours last all day anyway but with the potion it makes the shadows stand out even more and very useful when you are going on a night out etc as we all know how annoying it is when eyes smudge etc.
Where can you get it from?
Basically anywhere that stocks Urban Decay, I know some larger Boots stores have counters, along with places like Debenham's and some Houses of Fraiser. I actually managed to get mine on a Monach flight coming back off holiday, it was sold out everywhere and of all the places, I got one in the middle of the air! This itself shows you how popular it is. However it was knew then and therefore everyone wanted one. I do believe they are almost always in stock now, so you should manage to buy one. Also they have released a knew version now called the 'NAKED 2', I am yet to try this, but f its anything like this one then its a done deal.
Not forgetting though that you can purchase online, using the official website and probably Ebay, however be careful as ebay can get a lot of fakes so please make sure its genuine. I will include a couple of links at the end for purchases.
How much did it cost me?
On the flight, it cost me 25 Euros, however most shops retail it at £25-£35 depending on where you go, yes it sounds expensive but if you were to buy them seperatly it would cost a lot more. Also the amount of use in it is incredible. I have not hit pan on any of the colours yet in over a year, not even in toasted, my favourite colour!
So to summarise, if you are looking for some natural colours that look great and have amazing staying power, check this palette out. Trust me, you'll thank me :)
http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/ Urban+Decay+Naked+Palette/151534794,default,pd.html (no space)
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Now my headlines got your attention, I can talk about how impressed I am with the Naked Palette by Urban Decay. Like most of my make up, it was bought for me as a present so I can't comment on the price but I don't think it's too expensive. I was never really in the market for neutral colours as I like to try out the more daring of eye make up but hey it was free make up so I'd give it a try.
The packaging i really nice and what the picture above doesn't show is that it comes with a small sample of Urban Decay's notoriously good eye primer which is an added bonus! The box has a soft exterior and is secured shut through magnets which line the edges of the box. This makes it very easy to open but it also does stay pretty secure. I haven't had any mishaps as of yet where the box opens in my mass of a make up bag and goes everywhere, bonus. There is also a decent sized mirror inside the lid which I'm sure will come in handy when I take it outside of my room.
The free brush inside is lovely and soft and makes it very easy to apply eye shadow and distribute it well. No matter what skin tone you are, I can't see how you would have a problem finding a particular shadow colour for you. There are an all mighty 12 shades to pick from, including enough variety to make as many different smokey eyes as you want. Eye shadow that reals grates on me are the ones that are so powdery that they go absolutely everywhere and are so flaky that they don't last very long on your eyelid. Urban Decay have knocked those failures of eye shadows right out of the park. In terms of consistency, they are the smoothest eye shadows I own which is surprising considering they are still black eye shadows not mousse eye shadows. Because of this silky texture, I have found that the eye shadow quite a long time. The colour wears down slightly throughout the day but not by much, it still looks pretty well kept by the end of the day. I have found if you apply a small layer of foundation or some kind of smooth make up over the lid before applying the make up, the colour does stay more vivd for longer, either that or use the included primer.
Genuinely very impressed with this product and it's quickly become one of my must haves for days when I CBA to do something very elaborate. Thumbs up from me!
Why has it taken me so very long to discover Urban Decay Make-up? And what did i do before i discovered it?
This palette is magic and every girl should have one. At least one. And would never need to buy eyeshadow from another brand again! I love it that much.
First of all, the box is light, magnetic and comes with a really good brush and a handy mirror. A luxurious velvet feel with gold lettering.
There are 12 colours in this palette and all can be worn alone or for a better look, two together. Don't look at the really dark and scary colours and think they are too harsh. The trick is to wear a lighter colour on the lid and then the darker colour you use less of and blend it into the crease of your eyelid to create a nice shadowy effect. Smokey eyes for a gorgeous sultry look. Urban Decay sell a lovely blender brush which is good for this, but the brush that it comes with will do the job as well, just make sure you flick the bristles a bit before changing colours.
The eye shadow is light to wear and it doesn't run into the creases of your eye (a problem i find often happens). My friend who is fast approaching 60 wears this and her eyelids are a little more creased and more papery than mine (don't tell her i said that!) and it doesn't ever look heavy on her either, even the dark colours. She is amazed she doesn't have a nice shadow collection in her creases at the end of the day. In fact it actually helps even out the colours on her lids as well and goes over any small veins too (she is going to kill me!). Because the shadow is a little sparkly, you only need a small amount, so it will last a good while. It goes on really well and stays on really well.
The palette costs £36 at House of Fraser and there is a beauty counter where i went and a very knowledgable, paient and helpful lady there gave me and my friends a free face, explained all the products and answered all our beauty problem questions. I truely recommend this brand for its quality and also because i know if i have questions about anything make-up related, the brand Rep will be there for me.