Sunday, January 20, 2013

urban decay naked basics eyeshadow palette review

hello dahlings,

i hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! i spent my entire day lounging around in my jammies and watching football... it was nice :) 

so today i have a brand new palette that Urban Decay released called Naked Basics ($27.00) to review for you! my lovely bestie, Mia, gave this palette to me as a birthday gift as well as an awesome dual-ended shadow brush (review at the end!). i was super excited to try this because i am a huge fan of matte eye shadows and these colors are perfect for every day! here are some pics and review....lets see if it is worth the hype!

sooo tiny!

urban decay fans finally got what they've been asking for! UD has launched a neutral, matte eye palette! their website describes this new palette as such: "our first MATTE palette, featuring six gorgeously Naked neutrals to build on or wear alone—including four never-before-seen shades." 

the palette comes in six matte shades: 
Venus: a slightly shimmery creamy white
 Foxy: yellowed beige
Walk of Shame: off-white, somewhat pinky nude
 Naked 2: rose taupe
Faint: warm brown
Crave: deep brownish black

indoor shot with flash

outdoor shot with the blue sky and clouds!

this palette may be tiny, but it surely packs a punch! i love that i can slick on two of the colors and be set for the day with a simple look for work. it is perfect for travel (it's small enough to throw in your back pocket!) and has an array of colors that would work well for day or night. 

the colors are perfect for my current coloring (i'm uber pale at the moment) and i loved that i could mix and match shades beautifully for a different, yet simple, look! 

a basic eye using Walk of Shame on the entire lid with Faint in the crease

Overall Thoughts:

-light, rubbery packaging makes for a great travel item
-deeply pigmented
-full sized eye shadows in a tiny container 
-colors are perfect for everyday use
-silky, smooth texture
-shadows last a full work day without creasing or breaking down
-at $27.00 a palette, each eye shadow is only $4.50!

-its a bit hard to open, but otherwise NONE!

You can pick this palette up at any stores that sell Urban Decay, like Sephora or Ulta or directly from their website

YES!! a must-have for those who love neutrals! onto the brush that Mia picked up for me as well :)

it's the Studio Basics Eye Blending and Smudging Brush ($6.29). this dual-sided brush is used to achieve that smokey eyed look: the larger end to deliver eye shadow across the entire lid and the smaller smudging brush to apply a darker shadow from the lash line to the crease.

i was pleasantly surprised when using this brush! the larger brush was perfect for getting into the entire eye area, as it had a great design to it (almost an upside down U shape) and the smudging brush was perfect for getting into the crease.

dual ended makes for a convenient tool!

smudging end of the brush

eye blending end

Overall Thoughts:

-dual ended brushes save you time and space 
-great quality
-shaped perfectly for the eye area
-soft bristles

-minor bristle fall out

pick this great brush up at Ulta or on their website. I also heard this line is sold at Harmon, Target, many drugstores and online at Drugstore.

Yes! this is a great multi-use brush for a fraction of the price of higher-end brushes!

so there you have it... two great products from the lovely Mia. thank you again, love!

Talk to everyone soon :)

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