Friday, March 30, 2012

Urban Decay Naked Palette


The Urban Decay Naked palette is a classic for a reason. There are a great variety of shimmery neutrals and classic colors. If you are just starting your makeup collection or if you are looking for a comprehensive palette, Naked is worth a try.

The set comes with 12 eyeshadows, a mini primer potion and an eyeshadow brush. I'm a longtime fan of UD's eye primer, so I loved the pocket-sized mini. I was shocked at the high quality of the brush, as most kits contain subpar applicators. I wouldn't use it to apply all my eyeshadow, but the flat shape and smooth bristles would be great for applying shadow to your crease when you want a precise shape. The whole shebang costs $50.

The fun colors have pushed me to explore different looks just to try out all the great combinations. The shades coordinate well together and allow you to go from a day look to a diva evening look with the same kit. Pigment, as always with Urban Decay, is strong and bold and the shadows blend smoothly. If anything, because the shadow is so smooth, it's easy to pick up too much on a brush, causing fallout. Remember this Hot Tip to avoid that.

There are two matte shades, a neutral and a brown, so if you aren't a fan of shimmer or need something a little more natural, I'd look elsewhere.

(From left to right, Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog,
Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal)

The above photo is of the swatched colors on my arm. The top half of the swatch has UD Primer Potion layered under, the bottom half is plain skin. The lack of primer explains some of the streakiness at the bottom. The other explaination is that I'm a spaz. You can't really see the Virgin at the far left, but it does work as a nice highlighter.

7/8 Tentacles. Great value for the cash, but the highly shimmery colors won't be suitable for everyone.

Rating: 7/8 tentacles

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