Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Urban Decay - Naked Palette

Yes, I am a little late in getting this. Still, better late than never.

I'd had my eye on the Naked palette for some time. Santa was kind enough to make sure I got one. I'd read numerous glowing reviews for this and, after a couple of weeks or so of playing with it, I can see why.

It's less of a naked look, there's a fabulous frosty black in there after all, more of a neutral palette. Two shades are matte, and fabulous, blendable, pigmented, soft mattes they are. The rest are shimmery shades. Unlike some of UD's other shadows, none here have the large chunks of glitter that cover your face when applying.

12 shadows all in all, each of a good size, you're definitely getting bang for your buck with this one. The double-ended pencil boasts two shades of 24-7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero (black) & Whiskey (dark brown). Also included, but not inside the actual palette, is a mini Primer Potion.

Inside the palette

Virgin, Sin, Naked & Sidecar
Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted

Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

Although the colours do tend to lean a little more toward warm tones, they aren't out & out warm-toned. They can be worn by those with either warm or cool skin-tones.

The textures are fantastic. As previously mentioned, there's two matte shades, Naked & Buck, the rest are shimmery. Not disco-ball, but shimmer that can work for day or night. All the shadows are soft and smooth, great to blend without becoming muddy. With a good primer (I use NARS, UDPP unfortunately doesn't work for me), these will last you all day.

Packaging is nice, brown velvet with the Naked Palette embossed in gold. Feels reasonably sturdy but the velvet covering probably wouldn't take too kindly to being carried around all the time. No applicators come with the palette, which I prefer. I'd rather the space they would take up be used for something else.

This is definitely a palette that has something to offer most eyeshadow lovers. Lots of looks from neutral, pin-up, office-friendly to super-smoky can be achieved with this collection of shadows.
If you haven't already indulged, get hold of the Naked palette as soon as you can. You won't regret it.

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