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Urban Decay Naked Basics – Back to Basics.

Hello everyone.

Do you guys remember how excited I was when I found out that Urban Decay was releasing a (not quite) all-matte eyeshadow palette? If not, you can refresh your memory here. The Naked Basics palette did come out on 20th December in the UK and is exclusive to Debenhams (for now). I had to get it on the day! I grabbed one for me, and another one to gift.

I knew the palette was smaller but didn’t quite imagine it to be as small as it is. I have an iPhone 5, and though the palette contains six full size eyeshadows, it is smaller than the phone.

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The packaging is very nice if you ask me, Naked Basics might be very compact, but it is heavy and sturdy. Could be because the plastic the packaging is made out of is quite thick but also because there is a full size mirror in the top half of the palette.

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As mentioned in my previous article about this product, what I find appealing in this palette is that all but one shadows have a matte finish, this is something that I feel was lacking in Naked and the Naked2.

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I did some heavy swatches of all six colours on my arm. Every colour was applied with a clean finger, directly on bare skin.

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From left to right, as presented in the palette:

– Venus – soft, off-white. This is meant to be a demi-matte colour, I don’t find it extremely shimmery but it is my least favourite colour in the palette.

– Foxy – very light yellow/beige. This colour is available in the Naked 2 palette or can be purchased as an individual eye shadow. Colour is quasi invisible against my arm as it is so close to the colour of my skin.

– Walk of Shame – very light pinky nude. This colour can be bought to fit the Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette). I can only see it on my arm because it has a pink undertone.

– Naked2 – rosy taupe. New colour. I like taupe colours, this one is perfect to add a soft shadow to the crease.

– Faint – warm, dusty brown. New colour. I feel this one is very good for adding a more obvious shadow to the crease.

– Crave – deepest, darkest brown/black. New colour. Can’t say I see much brown in this colour, just reminds me of M.A.C. Carbon. It’s harder to get an even coat of this colour, but I’d say I always find black (extremely dark brown) matte shadows hard to work with. I suppose it could be used wet for tight lining though.

So what do I think?

I’m not really an eyeshadow girl, I kind of just stick  to drawing a very thin brown eyeliner line in the outer corner for my eyes for add definition and make my rather big eyes a little more feline-like. I keep this subtle and never wing the liner. So having these neutral eyeshadows is perfect for keeping the subtle eye makeup going. I like applying Foxy all over the eyelid as it evens out the colour of my eyelids. I then like blending a bit of Faint in the crease. If I do want something even more subtle (kind of not even there at all look), I replace Faint with Naked2.

The palette does contain basic colours indeed but they’ll only work with pale to medium skin tones. I feel like it is lacking in darker colours that would suit darker complexions. Saying that, maybe the palette can be used in a different purpose? Highlighting the brow bone or the inner corners of the eyes, rather than a full natural eye makeup?

I mentioned earlier in the article that I like the packaging, it’s a good quality product and compact enough that it could be put in a makeup bag for touch-ups throughout the day, or taken away on holiday.

Another positive point is the price. The palette retails at £20 ($27 in the US), this is a very good price for six high quality, highly pigmented, high-end eyeshadows.

The only not so positive comment I can make on this is that the palette doesn’t come with anything else, Urban Decay has always included, a shadow brush, a gloss or a sample of their famous Eyeshadow Primer Potion with any Naked palette, Naked Basics comes with no extras. This small detail doesn’t bother but I can understand why some customers might be disappointed.

All in all, I think this is an excellent palette to have, wether you are a beginner or a makeup addict. I feel like you can never have enough nude and matte colours.

You can get your Urban Decay Naked Basics palette at Debenhams, online or in store. Please let me know what you think of this palette, and tell me what your favourite colours are.

Juliette

PS: Though, I wouldn’t go out and buy the first Naked palette, I did get it for Christmas and will have swatches and a review up very soon.

Advent Calendar – Day 14.

Hello everyone.

Today is day 14 of the YOU Advent Beauty CalendarI will keep this one short because I am not terribly excited about today’s product, Bellapierre Shimmer Powder in SP017 Celebration.

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I’m sure many makeup enthusiasts will love this, especially now, with all the Christmas parties and the festive spirit but I am not one for gold, I very rarely wear eyeshadow and if I do I avoid shimmer like the plague. This is actually the second Bellapierre loose pigment I get  and I gave the first one away a few months ago.

Here is a picture of the actual product for those of you who are curious about it and looking for a gold shimmer loose pigment.

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Right… Bring on day 15!

Juliette

 

 

Christmas Gift Guide #2 – For Makeup Lovers.

Hello everyone.

This is my second ‘Christmas Gift Guide‘. Maybe you need a little inspiration with something to buy for a sister, a friend, maybe your mother, or even yourself? Well this guide will help if she likes makeup.

The nude eyeshadow palette.

If you’re thinking of buying eyeshadows for someone, remember, getting nude colours is a lesser risk than going for statement colours. I’ve got a couple of suggestions that I believe would be perfect for anyone.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – £20. This is a new product, already out in the U.S., still trying to figure out when it’ll be out in the U.K. (thought it was 20th December but my local Urban Decay counter has a release date for Boxing Day. But then, I went to another Urban Decay counter and the poor makeup artists seemed pretty clueless…). If it does come out before Christmas, it would make a perfect present. Read more about it here.

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Stila Natural Beauty Eye Shadow Palette 13.9g – £14.50 (value £78). This is a steal! With 13 colours, everyone should find something they like, and I think this is a great starter pack too. Buy here.

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The fancy palette

If you are after something special and fancy, then some of the following suggestions are limited editions palettes and they will make gorgeous presents.

Chantecaille, The Elephant Palette – £74. Four gorgeous colours, in a gorgeous palette, a little something special that will look lovely on a dressing table, plus some of the profit will go to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Buy here.

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Nars American Dream – £39.50. Well… This is a Nars palette, the colours are gorgeous just be aware that they are rather shimmery, but again, who wouldn’t want to wear a bit of shimmer for New Year Eve? Buy here.

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Something for the lips.

Why not get a lip product?

DIOR DIORIFIC Grand Bal High Fashion Lipstick – £25. This is a limited edition lipstick, it comes in four different reds. Just look at this gorgeous packaging. Buy here.

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Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain L’Extrait Lipgloss – £29.50. This is actually a liquid lipstick, it’s super pigmented and dries almost matte, there are a few colours to pick from too. Plus it has an amazing packaging. Buy here.

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Cheek products

It’s quite hard to buy face products for someone else, I personally wouldn’t want someone to get me foundation or concealer but bronzer and blush is always a good idea.

Nars Blush Bronzer Duo – £30. This small palette contains two of the most popular Nars product, the Orgasm blush and the Laguna bronzer. Both products are considered cult products so this is a perfect buy. Get here.

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Nars Foreplay Palette – £39.50. Four cheeks products, three blushes and a highlighter, all in the classic Nars packaging. Again, a great present. Buy here.

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Hope this second Christmas Gift Guide helps, check back for the third guide very soon.

Juliette

New Product Alert.

Hello everyone.

I’ve just heard and read about a new product which I am rather excited about and I thought I’d let you know about it, if you haven’t heard already!

I’m sure everyone knows about Urban Decay‘s two bestselling palettes, Naked and Naked 2, well I certainly have. I own neither and for a few reasons : I’m don’t wear eyeshadows too often, those palettes have only a few matte colours and I probably would only use a couple shadows from these palettes.

Well my prayers have been answered. A palette with mostly nude colours with a matte finish is being released very soon! Urban Decay Naked Basics.

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So this palette is small and compact, contains six shadows (five of which are matte) and it is going to retail at £20 ($27 in the US).

The colours included in the palette :

Venus – soft, off-white. This is meant to be a demi-matte colour but it looks shimmery to me from what I’ve seen so far.

Foxy – very light yellow/beige. This colour is available in the Naked 2 palette or can be purchased as an individual eye shadow.

Walk of Shame – very light pinky nude. This colour can be bought to fit the Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette)

Naked2 – rosy taupe. New colour.

Faint – warm, dusty brown. New colour.

Crave – deepest, darkest brown/black. New colour.

Whilst the palette will be coming out on 20th December in the UK, it’s actually already out in the US and so a few reviews and swatches are available online. I am very excited about this palette and I am looking forward to get my hands on one as soon as it’s launched here.

If you’d like to read an in depth review, see some swatches and a tutorial, I’d recommend you head to temptalia.com.

Are you excited about this new product?

Juliette

Looking forward to – M.A.C. Carine Roitfeld Collection

Hello everyone.

This is a quick post about a collection I am really looking forward to. I can’t wait for the M.A.C. & Carine Roitfeld Collection for Fall 2012 to come out in October!

For those of you how haven’t heard of Carine Roitfeld, she was Vogue Paris’ editor in chief from 2001 until 2011. She has a very distinctive style and while some find that her signature smokey eyes give make her look tired, others think she has the best smokey eyes out there. I personally like her makeup very much, bare skin, smokey eyes and sheer nude lips ; all that hidden behind her hair.

 

While many products are in the permanent collection, a few are obviously limited  edition and these are the ones I have my eyes on.

Two kits will be available and I can’t decide which one to go for :

Jungle Camouflage Full Face Kit or Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit

I’m also quite curious as to how the Eye Browns pencil in Brunette (Grey brown) turns out, I love Spike but I’m always happy to try new brow stuff.

Details of the full collection can be found here.

Are you as excited as I am?

Juliette