Sunday, April 17, 2011

Review: Urban Decay Naked Palette

I know there are many reviews about the Urban Decay Naked Palette, but tonight I felt inspired to write, so I hope you enjoy this post! :)

My boss actually bought me the Naked Palette as a thank you for helping her out during a transition time at work. I was SO amazed at her generosity, and so excited to actually have the Naked Palette on the way to my house!

I've had it for about a month now, and I must say - the shadows are like butter. In my eyes, they blend a lot easier than MAC eyeshadows. Now don't get me wrong, I do love MAC shadows. But there is something about Urban Decay shadows - blending is a dream!

I love that it's felt, but I am bit paranoid to have my hands covered in shadows when I'm around it. Ha, I'm a bit of a klutz sometimes. I'm sure eventually I'll end up smothering the felt in random shadow bits.

Conveniently it comes with a travel size of the original Urban Decay Primer Potion. Currently, in order to make the UDPP easier to smooth on my lid, I've been mixing it with the Michael Todd Eye Shadow Base. I've been finding that to help a lot.

The beautiful shadows! I think the only down side for me is how soft the shadows are. Crazy, right? It's just that when I swipe my brush, there are bits that scatter all over the place.

Here are some close ups of the shadows...

Now... swatches galore!!

One of my absolute favorite shades. I love using Virgin on my inner corner to brighten it up. Or lightly on the brown bone. One of these days I'll try it on it's own all over the lid for a soft day look.

Sin is an equally gorgeous shade that I think would also work for the inner corner and all over the lid. I'm slowly starting to use the colors in this palette that would be out of my comfort zone ;)

Naked is one of few shades in this palette I haven't used. Not to say it's not usable - I think it could work the same way as MAC's Soft Brown.

Sidecar is the only shadow in this palette I could do without. But if Urban Decay would just remove the chunkyfalloutexpected glitter, then it would be a beautiful and well used shadow. Ah well. Here's hoping.

Buck is the other one that I haven't used yet. I'd imagine this would work for subtle crease color for work or daytime.

I wore a touch of Half Baked today over MAC's Quite Natural paintpot. I loved it! Such a gorgeous color.

Smog I wore under Half Baked all over the lid today, over MAC's paint pot Quite Natural. It went on smoothly and blended like a dream.

I absolutely ADORE Darkhorse in the crease or outer v! I've worn this almost every day.

Toasted is one of my favorites. I like to put it in the crease for a soft every day look with Virgin all over the lid. I love the sheen in both of them :)

On days when I want a little bit more definition in the crease, I'll throw Hustle in over Toasted, which I think looks fabulous.

Creep is your standard black shadow, but as I've said a million times already - these shadows blend like a dream, and this one is no exception.

Gunmetal is the also in the category of the ones I haven't used. Gosh, I need to jump out of my comfort zone already! It's a gorgeous color - what a waste if I don't use it, right?! Right!

The last thing to mention is the brush it comes with. Now, I'm sure I'm the only one who feels this way, but I actually don't really care for the brush. To me it doesn't pick up enough product. Maybe I'll test it out more to see if I can find a use for it. But as of right now, I'd much rather use my MAC 239 brush.

Was this post helpful? I hope it was! I'm happy to finally have posted again. It's been far too long, but it felt so good writing this :)