Friday, July 23, 2010

Round Up! All Seven Days of Going "Naked" With Urban Decay and Final Thoughts

Day 1
I originally chose the Urban Decay Naked Palette for a 7 day trial because I really did want to see how many eyes I could get out of a standard set of shadows. I'm not the greatest artist in the world (especially in 5 minutes as I'm running out the door). But what could I do with this palette? Clearly it was meant for versatility. Could I do dramatic and easy-daytime eyes with it? You bet! So I decided to give a whirl. I know you have been seeing the fruits of my labor all week, but I wanted to put them all in one post for ease of access in the future.I also thought I should do a thorough review of this palette given how much experience I now have with it.

Review -  The Shadows and Liners
Here is what I think in detail about each color in this palette:
  • Virgin - Creamy off-white. I love this color. It makes a great brow highlight, inner corner highlight. It is a bit frosty, though.
  • Day 2
  • Sin - This shade is just a bit more pink than Virgin, and just a touch more frosty. I used it as a brow highlight quite often but I don't think that is the best use of it. It's great lid color if you need something light.
  • Naked - Sort of a tan nude shade. It's matte, which I was excited about. I found that I loved using this on the brow highlight rather than a shimmery color. I don't have a lot of mattes like this, that blend really well into my skin tone. This one is a keeper for sure.
  • Day 3
  • Sidecar - Taupe shimmer glitter! Problem child that I just couldn't give up on. It is disco ball glitter and has a lot of fallout issues. But I still kept reaching for it.
  • Buck - Matte Brown. This was too much of a neutral brown for me to use it as an eyebrow powder. I only used it once I think. Forgettable shade for me.
  • Day 4
  • Half Baked - Golden shimmer. You know this is an old Urban Decay favorite. I love it when it looks really golden, but in this set it was so much the opposite of naked. That being said, it is a stellar color and if you don't own it you definitely should. 
  • Day 5
  • Smog - Versatile light dirty brown with shimmer. Great color to have on hand for a medium brown.
  • Darkhorse - Awesome dark brown shimmer shade in the palette but you know what? On my eye it was really hard to see it as being different from a charcoal. Might just be my skintone. I still loved it, though.
  • Day 6
  • Toasted - Great champagne-brown-pink. Complex color. I loved it! Easily one of my favorites of the bunch.
  • Hustle - Almost brown burgundy with a bit of satin finish. I love this shade. But they put it right next to Creep and so Creep kept getting on my brush I think because I never got the burgundy color onto my lid the way a burgundy should look. 
  • Creep - Dark black-grey shimmer. Skip it. Seriously, this one is hard to control! I kept getting it all over my face. A little goes a very long way. I understand why it's in this palette but I just had such a hard time  with it I can't recommend it.
  • Day 7
  • Gunmetal - Grey Shimmer. Gorgeous color. I loved it along my lash line. For a silver-gray, it's practically perfect. 
  • 24/7 Liner in Zero - You need to have this pencil. If you don't, pick it up. It's awesome. But the Zero with this palette didn't stay put as well as my regular 24/7 Zero for some reason.
  • 24/7 Liner in Whiskey - Almost too light of a brown with a little too much red in it for me to love it. I would have preferred a darker brown than this. I had a difficult time getting this one to actually show up on me. Like the Zero in this palette, it didn't stick as well to my lid.
Mini Urban Decay Primer Potion
Yes this palette came with a primer potion like many of the other Urban Decay Palettes. I'm getting a little tired of always getting these tiny things. I don't need them. But I guess if you were buying this as a beginner it's a good thing to be exposed to. I know I haven't found a primer I like better yet. Then again, I haven't tried too many.

Final Thoughts
Overall, I really loved my Urban Decay Naked palette. My only complaints about the shadows is that some of them have a lot of fall out (I'm looking at you Creep). Sometimes the shadows are so close together in the palette it's hard not to accidentally pick up a stray bit of color form another shadow. It was especially hard with Creep, which likes to cling to everything.

I absolutely recommend this palette. The colors are very well coordinated neutrals and you can't go wrong with any color pairing. My favorite colors, as you probably could tell, were Virgin, Sin, Naked, Toasted, and Hustle.

Bottom Line
You just can't go wrong with this palette. But get the regular sized eye liners and a full sized Primer Potion.
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