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Urban Decay “Naked” Palette Review

I did it! I finally got my hands on the ever elusive Urban Decay “Naked” Palette. The Palette that flies off the shelves and vanishes from websites literally hours upon release.

 I first became interested in this palette after watching a few YouTube videos exalting the merits of this product. I thought to myself I HAVE to have it but one trip to Sephora.com and a few calls to my local Sephoras made that prospect a bleak one. They had none in stock and no idea when they would return. I signed up on the website for an email alert when the product was available, made a wish and a prayer and hoped for the best. So imagine my joy when I checked my email one morning and saw “Sephora Customer Service: UD Palette in stock” in one of the subject lines. But a sister was BROKE!

 I BEGGED my husband to give me his credit card number so I could buy it before it disappears into myth once again but he wouldn’t budge. Secretly, he was planning on buying it himself for my impending birthday later that week (did I mention I love that man?). However his plans were dashed as, within hours, the palette vanished into oblivion. I sunk in defeat as it slipped through my fingers. But I still had one hope to cling to. A quick call to Sephora Fashion Valley revealed that the palette might be in the shipment they would be receiving that Thursday morning and, if it was, they would be more than willing to hold one for me to pick up. Oh happy day!

I waited with bated breath for Thursday to arrive and called the store nearest to me (Sephora Otay Ranch) before it even opened. They had it! It was there! And they would hold one for me provided I could be in to pick it up that day. Nothing and I mean NOTHING was going to keep me from picking that palette up. Not even the fact that I got a tubal sterilization procedure that day and was doped up on a vicodin/valium/ibuprofen cocktail. I actually felt pretty stable so it was no problem for me to go there and I had a friend driving for me so I was safe.

So what was the hullabaloo about? Was the palette worth all that angst? Am I glad I captured it? ON WITH THE REVIEW:

First, let’s start with a photo:

So there it is. The packaging on the palette itself is a chocolate brown felt with gold foil lettering and inside there is a decent sized mirror. The box it came in was plastic and inside is a cardboard insert showcasing the different shadows and how they look outside the palette:

It also comes with a travel sized Urban Decay Prep and Prime Potion located to the right of the Palette in the box. Personally, I could have taken or left this item. I purchased a full size Primer Potion some years ago and just wasn’t that impressed with it. I am a DIE HARD Too Faced Shadow Insurance fan. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the stuff. But since it came in the palette I figured “What the heck? Everything deserves a second chance right?”. Well, I am happy to report that I am slowly changing my opinion on the Primer Potion. I am not as enamored with it as I am with the Shadow insurance bit it is definitely a close runner up. I am going to do a side by side comparison of the two primers soon.

So now lets open the palette and look inside. It has a magnetic closure and the mirror is located on the top flap. It contains 12 shades, color names written underneath each shade which I will outline for you from left to right. It also has a Good Karma Shadow brush which I will discuss later.

Virgin– pearlescent off-white, velvet finish

 

 

Sin- frosty light beige with a slight pink undertone, reminiscent of a champagne color

 

 

Naked– matte light brown, slightly ashen, like an ash blonde color

 

 

Sidecar– very shimmery, pale gold color with minute gold flecks

 

 

Buck- matte medium brown, with a beige undertone, not a red-brown

 

 

Half Baked– very true gold, more like a frost than a shimmer

 

 

Smog– very real bronze, metallic in finish

 

 

Dark Horse– One of my favorite colors. Looks like what you would get if you mixed dark brown, olive and grey and added a touch of gold sparkle. A very unique shade

 

 

Toasted– a frosty rose gold

 

 

Hustle– Also a personal favorite, this is a chocolate brown color with a rich, almost burgundy, undertone and a velvet finish. *In my Rick Ross voice* “EVERYDAY I’M HUSTLIN’! EVERYDAY I’M HUSTLIN’!”

 

 

Creep– off black with multicolored sparkles, another gorgeous color. I love a good, sparkly, black color.

 

 

Gunmetal– dark slate grey with a frost finish and silver sparkles.

 

Whew, that’s all of them! My hands are covered in shadow, LOL! This is definitely a must-buy and it works on so many levels for so many different skin-tones. There is literally something for everyone in this palette. From your nominal makeup wearers to the more flamboyant of us, like myself.

Now as for the brush. I have a little bit of attitude about it. The first edition of the Naked Palettes had a double-ended 24/7 liner in the shades “Zero” (black) and “Whiskey” (dark brown). Now if you know anything about the 24/7 liners they are supposed to be very good (most users swear by them) and very expensive, almost $20 a pencil. That’s crazy talk to a person who is accustomed to spending no more than $2 to $5 on a liner and that’s on a generous day. I really wanted the double ended pencil to see if they were all they were cracked up to be so you can imagine my disappointment in finding that they were absent from this edition’s release of the palette and, in place of them, was the Good Karma Brush. I mean the brush is ok but nothing noteworthy in my opinion. It is a VERY stiff medium shadow brush and I find that it works well in applying my M.A.C. reflects glitters because the bristles are so stiff that the glitter just sits right on top of them, they don’t nestle into the brush. So I am getting usage out of the brush but would have preferred the liner seeing as how if I were to go purchase both liner pencils separately, it would put me back about forty bucks. I can imagine my conversation with my husband:

 “Honey, I spent $40 today.”

“WHAT?!?!?!?!?! WHAT THE HECK DID YOU GET?”

“Two pencils…….”

O_o……..*blank stare*

So, what is my overall opinion of the palette as a whole? Is it worth the $48 price tag? My answer is an enthusiastic and an emphatic “YES!”. This has become a favorite of mine and I am constantly grabbing it when I do my makeup now. I even keep it in the original plastic box to maintain it’s look (obsessed much?).  I love it. If you can manage to catch one. by the light of the full moon, you should. It is currently sold out on the website, as I am sure it is everywhere else, but don’t let that deterr you. With a little luck and persistence anything you want can be yours, I believe that wholeheartedly. Whether it be this palette or a personal endeavor.

 At any rate I have rambled long enough. I hope this was as entertaining for you to read as it was for me to write. Until next time…….stay gorgeous and fabulous!

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Everyday look using Urban Decay “Naked” Palette and ONE eyeshadow brush!

Here is an everyday natural look  using my brand new (yay!) Urban Decay “Naked” Palette and only ONE (gasp!) eyeshadow brush, M.A.C.’s #217. I was aked to do this by a friend and I really liked the result. I wanted to only use one brush because I wanted this look to be as no-fuss as possible seeing as how this is probably something that you would do if you were on the go and didn’t have as much time on your hands to get ready or just something you wanted to do first thing in the morning to prepare yourself for the day. I really want to empasize the fact that you can achieve great looks using a minimal amount of products and tools.

I am going to be doing a separate post about the Palette itself and some of the other things I got at Sephora so stay tuned for that. I think I’ve said enough, on with the show! 🙂

Products used:

*Face*

M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Foundation “NW55”

M.A.C. Select Sheer Pressed Powder “NC55”

*Eyes*

Urban Decay Prep and Prime Potion

Urban Decay “Naked” Palette, Colors: Sin, Naked, and Hustle, Creep

Rimmel London Soft Kohl Eyeliner “Black”

L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara “Black”

*Cheeks*

M.A.C. Blush “Coppertone”

*Lips*

Tarina Tarantion Lip Gloss “Carousel”

An Ode to Fix Plus…..

Oh, M.A.C Fix Plus, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! No, seriously, where have you been all my life?!?!

I ordered the MAC Plum Noir (VERY pretty metallic kind of purple) from the Peacocky collection online the other day because they didn’t have any in the store and I was like “What the heck? Throw in a bottle of Fix Plus setting spray!” mainly because I had seen some YouTube tutorials that used the spray to set glitter on applied eyeshadow. I purchased some reflects glitter pigments during my recent trip to the M.A.C. Pro Store in LA and wanted to get some so I could start using them. It’s in a translucent bottle that looks like this, and I believe the price is $19.50.

O.M.G. I LOVE THIS STUFF! It feels so cooling and calming on the skin and it really sets my makeup nicely. I use a lot of powder on my face because it’s so oily and this really gives my skin a smooth, touchable look. It makes it look more matte but not like paper. Just very dewy and fresh. I feel like “How did I ever do my makeup without this?”

Now I am sure there are other products out there (and maybe even better ones) but so far, I am DEFINITELY feeling this one. That is what makeup is all about. Finding what works for you. One primer may work great on someone else but you may not like it or it may not achieve the same effect on you. You may swear by a certain mascara and someone else might not stand it. You may love green eyeshadow your friend might hate it. It’s all about using whatever works to achieve a look that you love.

If you are interested in this product but not sure if you want to buy it, I would reccommend going into M.A.C. one day with your makeup completely done and just spraying this on to test it. Then periodically check your makeup during the day to see how it feels, how it holds up, if it irritates your skin and just the overall look of the setting spray. You may not need to use it everyday but maybe on special occasions when you need your makeup to wear a little longer.

Hope this helps and keep, reading, subscribing, and requesting. 🙂

Neutral Smoky Eye Tutorial

Here it is! The much requested smoky eye tutorial. I really love this look. It’s super sexy and surprisingly easy. Watch the video for how to do this and I am listing the products I used below. Enjoy! 🙂

*Face*

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in “Mocha”

ViseArt Concealer

M.A.C. Select Sheer Pressed Powder in “NW55”

*Eyes*

Too Faced Shadow insurance

M.A.C. Paint Pot in “Constructivist”

M.A.C. Eyeshadow in “Sketch”

M.A.C. Eyeshadow in “Carbon”

Mary Kay Eyeshadow in “Opal”

M.A.C. Fluidline Eyeliner in “Blacktrack”

L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara in “Black”

Ardell “Demi Wispies” False Lashes

M.A.C. Brow Pencil in Spiked

*Cheeks*

La Femme Blush Palette (don’t know the color, sorry)

*Lips*

Tarina Tarantino Lip Gloss in “Barette”

*Brushes*

M.A.C. #219, #226, #217

Sonia Kashuk Fluffy Crease Brush and Medium Shadow Brush

First Edition of “The Bargain Basement”

Hi, everyone, or anyone, this is a periodic segment I am going to do called “The Bargain Basement” and these segments are going to feature products that I buy at random places for SUPER cheap. I mean places like Big Lots, Everything 5 dollars stores, the swap meet, wherever.

So the first stop I made was Big Lots. There wasn’t a large cosmetic section but I was able to score a few finds. Three Revlon nail polishes for $1 each, a L’Oreal mascara for $4, and some makeup remover wipes, also for $1. Two of the polishes are my new favorites (not like I have a lot of polish to choose from anyway, working on that) and I am fond of the mascara so it was a definite score.

Next stop, man, I don’t even remember the name of the place but I got a baked shadow quad, a marbelize mineral (I think?) shadow, each $2.99, and a NYX shadow for-get this- 99cents!!!!!!! You read that right! 99cents! I don’t remember the names of the other stuff and already put them in my makeup case and am way too lazy to get it right now. I wish that I could swatch everything and put pics of the stuff on here but my camera is HORRIBLE and wouldn’t show squat. I hope I get a new one ASAP.

Anyhoo, watch the video so at least you can see the stuff 🙂

M.A.C. Wonder Woman “Valiant” Look

Here is a look I created using the Wonder Woman Palette in “Valiant”. This was my favorite palette of the whole collection. I love green eyeshadows and this one has some really pretty ones, my personal fave being the dark green color called “Diana Undercover”. This would be PERFECT for the impending St. Patty’s Day holiday. It’s very festive. Maybe add a little green glitter liner under the bottom lid for and extra pop. Hmmmm, I might have to try that!

Anyhoo, here is the list of products that I used and the link to the tutorial video (sorry it’s so long, I’m new to this). If you don’t have these exact shadows just use something similar. I hope you enjoy it and, more importantly, I hope you TRY it!

*Face*

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in “Mocha”

Makeup Forever HD translucent Powder

ViseArt concealer

*Eyes*

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Nyx Jumbo Eyeshadow in “Rocky Green Mountain”

M.A.C. Wonder Woman “Valiant” Palette

Rimmel London Soft Kohl Eyeliner “Black”

Maybelline One by One Mascara “Black”

M.A.C. Retractable Brow Pencil in “Spiked”

E.L.F. Brow Powder/Brow Wax and Clear Mascara

M.A.C. #35 Lashes and Duo Eyelash Adhesive

*Cheeks*

M.A.C. Blush in “Coppertone”

*Lips*

Sephora Shimmery Lip Gloss in “Orange Juice”

Sephora Lipstick in “R06”

*Brushes*

Face: Sephora Jumbo Powder Brush, Eyes: M.A.C. #239, #217, #219, #226, Cheeks: Sonia Kashuk Angled Blush Brush

Target Haul

So in order to be beauty blogger you have to have products to blog about, right? On limited funds? Problem.

I went to target to score some low-cost goods to try out. Since I really would like to strike a chord with the stay-at-home-mom types, I needed to find some good buys in places that us mom-types frequent. Like Target (pronounced Tar-jay) and Wal-Mart (ain’t no way to make Wal-Mart sound fancy).

I got a few items. Some Sally Hansen nail polishes, a Revlon Colorstay Foundation, an IMAN eyeshadow (when did her line get to Target? Hello! Where have I been?), and an E.L.F. Eyebrow kit.

So here are my thoughts on all.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in “Grape going

It’s a pretty  color. Sort of an iridescent bluish purple. I liked it in the bottle but when I painted on my nails it didn’t really look good on me. But it did dry FAST and two days later it has not chipped AT ALL. I LOVE this product! I will definitely be buying more of these polishes.

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Rockstar Pink”

This is a really pretty glitter polish. The primary glitter color is pink but there are also some other colors mixed in (blue, silver, gold). I was very impressed with this as well because most glitter polishes that I have seen and purchased over the years don’t really have a lot of glitter in the product. I usually have to layer it over a similar color to get it to standout. This one is FULL of glitter! You can wear it alone and your nails will be filled with glitter. Actually, I layered it over another polish just to see what it looked like and you couldn’t even see the other polish underneath. And it also hasn’t chipped in two days, well, the nail that I painted with just that polish. The ones that I layered with the polish chipped within 24 hours but I think that was from too many layers of polish. So I would DEFINITELY buy this again.

Sally Hansen “Diamond Shine” Base and Top Coat

This was not as fabulous as the other polishes. It works pretty good as a base coat. It added a noticeable durability to my nail polish. However I think the term “Diamond Shine” is a bit of a stretch since it really isn’t that shiny……. I will be in the marker for a more luminescent top coat.

IMAN Luxury Eyeshadow in “African Violet”

This is an absolutely GORGEOUS purple and such a bargain at 8 bucks! The color is like a dusty gray/purple with a blue iridescence. Perfect for the crease or a really pretty purple smoky eye that’s not too dark. And it’s pretty big too,  1.42g to be exact. The only drawback is that it’s kind of soft so you definitely don’t want to drop it. The container is nice and has a screw top. I will definitely be playing around with this soon and will post a tutorial as soon as I get a good look nailed down.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in “Mocha”

This was a surprise to me. I am kind of a foundation powder snob. I scoff at drugstore brands usually. I always say “If you are to splurge on makeup, do it on your foundation and powder because your skin is the cavas for the rest of the artwork and if your skin looks crappy, it won’t matter how good the rest of your makeup is.” But I watched a review of this foundation on YouTube by Makeupgeek.com’s Marlena and it got her stamp of approval.

 I normally use M.A.C.’s Studio Sculpt foundation in NW55 and I’m pretty happy with it but I am running out and figured this would be the perfect time to give this a whirl. It is a steal at 9.99 and it comes in a wide range of colors. I got the darkest shade because I am usually the darkest shade in most brands. You can’t really test it in the store but I’m a rebel, right?, so I opened the top just to take a peek and make sure the color would suit me.

 So what do I think of it? Pretty damn good stuff. The color was perfect, a little more yellow undertone than my M.A.C. foundation which is a little redder but i like that. It’s thinner than my other foundation so I have to use a little more and it’s lighter (weight-wise). It smells good but there is less in the bottle. 1.0 fl ounces vice M.A.C.’s 1.3 fl ounces. It lasted all day and performed about on par with the M.A.C. one. If you are looking for a good drugstore foundation this one is the one to get. They also have another line of photo-ready foundations that I am going to pick up and try as well. I also want to buy these in other shades to build my foundation collection for clients.

As for the E.L.F. eyebrow kit, I couldn’t find a photo of it. None of these photos are mine. Just random ones I find on google images and my camera sucks. I am hoping to get a new one for my birthday coming up. Anyhoo, I was looking for a clear mascara for my brows and couldn’t find one and this kit had one. It also had a set of tweezers, brow stencils, a concealer brush, and a combination brow wax/brow powder compact. It was only five bucks so it was definitly worth the money just with the mascara alone. I like the gel it’s sort of a translucent dark brown but not too dark. The powder doesn’t leave any color, it’s translucent as well. I already have a touch-them-and-you-die set of tweezers that I use for everything but an extra pair doesn’t hurt. And the little brush is handy too. As for the macara , it’s pretty standard (I mean how special can a clear mascara be?) but it needs a better wiper. It comes out of the tube with TONS of product on it, boo. But for five bucks who’s complainin’? Not me.

Well, that concludes my haul. Won’t be buying makeup for a little bit (yeah, right). I spent a little too much what with an online M.A.C. purchase (Plum Noir eyeshadow, Fix Plus), Target, and a covert trip to Sephora (STUNNING orange lipstick and gloss, will be reviewing that soon). I hope you liked and you were able to make some cosmetic purchase decisions with it. Here’s a link to my video on it which has some examples of the products in real life. Talk to you later lovelies.