Thursday, 10 September 2015

Beauty: My First Palette | Naked, Urban Decay

My second beauty post and straight into my second scandalous revelation: until a month ago I had never owned an eyeshadow palette. Not a single one.

Well this is embarrassing. First off I admit to having no skincare routine and now I’m really showing how behind the times I am. Oh well, we’re all friends here. Right?

So whilst the rest of the blogging and beauty world are swooning over the Naked Smokey Palette (that’s the forth in the series for those of you who are as clueless as me), I’m sat over here trying to work out the first.

I’ve read a lot of reviews that say they prefer the packaging for the later palettes in the more tin-like cases, but I actually really like the easily-accessible design of the magnetic lid on this one. I don’t really use the mirror because I find the angle a bit awkward, but I guess it would be a useful addition if you were using it on the go.

Being a complete eyeshadow novice, I was super happy that the palette comes with a double-ended brush, so that I didn’t have to try and pick out my own brushes for applying and blending.

I think that one of the reasons I hadn’t been all that bothered with eyeshadow before is because every product I’d tried had rubbed off within minutes or ended up all over my face. But Urban Decay has been a complete game-changer. Amazingly the shadow lasts all day, and will still be as vibrant as when I first applied it. At first I found that my cheeks would end up a little sparkly if I applied the more shimmery shades, but using the primer samples that came in the box fixed that.

The palette came with four Eyeshadow Primer Potion Samples: Original, Eden, Sin and Anti-Aging. I’m definitely considering buying the Original primer, as it really helped with preventing the shadow from dropping down my face. Honestly, I don’t really see the point of the other primers though. Eden is supposed to be a matte version, but I noticed no real difference, and Sin is a shimmering formula which seems unnecessary for a primer.

And finally, the colours. They’re beautiful. What more can I say? The Naked palette has such a lovely range of browns and golds, both matte and shimmery. I love that I can just pick up the palette, regardless of the occasion, and know that I’ll be able to find a shade to suit. I use Virgin, Sin and Naked for an everyday look and tend to go to Half Baked or Smog for anything dressier. I’m not going to lie, Creep and Gunmetal scare me a bit, and I can’t think of an occasion I would want to wear them. Although I might give them another go if I’m going on a night out…

I’m definitely now an eyeshadow-palette convert, and am already forming all the palette-related wishlists. Damnit beauty posts, you are going to be a costly addition to the blog.

Have you got any of Urban Decay Palettes? Which other brands would you recommend?


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