One of my favourite things to do whenever I have some free time on my hands -which does not happen that often the past months as you might have guessed from the lack of regular posts on this blog- and besides running, writing, jewellery making,cooking, shopping- is to watch videos from Beauty-Gurus on YouTube (hey, don't judge, I am still a girl, right?).
Almost every single one of them uses or at least mentions the Naked Palettes from Urban Decay.
You should know, there are 2 Palettes, the "Naked" and the "Naked 2". Both of them hold 12 high-pigmented, beautiful nude to neutral eye-shadow colours. I have never bought a big eye-shadow palette before, mostly because, usually, the good ones are either expensive, or they have a lot of colours which I can not use (who the heck is wearing poison-ivy-green, canary-yellow and lavender-lilac eye-shadow nowadays?), or both.
The Naked Palettes too seemed a bit pricey (approx. 50€ each), and besides that, I could not find them anywhere in Germany! Shipping from the US was not an option since I am afraid of additional customs cost. So you can imagine how jaw-dropping-thrilled, speechless and happy I was when I saw the Naked 2 palette at a Sephora 3 months ago during my stay in Greece! AND it was 50% off!!! So of course I jumped right into it and bought it! The Naked 2 is perfect for my cool-toned skin (where as the Naked palette is more on the warm colours side).
So here you have it:
The Naked 2 palette came with a double-end soft brush (I do not use it though as it looses too much of the colour, I prefer my good ol' MAC 217 and 239 brushes) and a tiny tube of a minty light-pink lip-gloss (which is great!). The palette comes in a metal case which is sometimes hard to open, and has a big mirror on the inside, which is very usefull.
The colours themselves are exactly what I expected: high-pigmented, buttery, easy to apply and blend. I love love love the fact that the palette holds matte, sparkly and shimmery shades. My favourite shades for an everyday look are Foxy (a yellowish matte cream colour perfect for an all over the lid base and the brow bone), Bootycall (as a highlight on the brow bone and the tear duct) and Tease (as a crease colour, for depth and texture). I will upload a short eye-make-up tutorial using these shades soon (hopefully, if my camera will cooperate).
I have not tried the darker shades in a complete make up look yet, but I have tested them and absolutely love them! Busted, Snakebite, Pistol and Blackout are perfect for those smokey-eye evening looks! I find the palette is very practical for travelling, it does not take too much space, you pack just one piece and you have so many options for eye-make-up available.
Have you tried any of the Naked Palettes? What are your favourite colour combos? Any other tips on palettes out there?