After a winter of sultry make up looks, heavily made up eyes and lips, an optimistic, slightly impatient gal might already be looking towards spring for her next beauty influences. I love the smoky eye look for its timelessness and sex appeal and usually favour shades of deep purple, black and grey hues when making up my party eyes. With the new year in full swing I have fridge full of fresh veg and a list of resolutions as long as my arm I am craving a fresher face to match. Nothing heavy or too complicated but something that still wows and looks like I have made an effort.
Cue the Nude Eye Look – lots of brands are bringing out a nude eye palette. Why? It suits everyone, is easier and more mistake proof to use than your darker hues and it is demure enough for day time and with a little extra eyeliner takes you through to evening. Perfect.
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. The Naked Basics Palette is a good place to start (6 matte nude shades which are interchangeable and buildable depending on your look) but as I don’t always make eye shadow part of my everyday look I am not wanting to spend £20 on this palette. Collection cosmetics recently launched a rival Palette: Work the colour: Nude Eye Palette might just be Urbans Basic rival and at a tasty £3.99 this one is definitely worth a try.
It comes in Collections standard no frills, shiny card packaging with magnetic click closure. I will say you are going to have to use your own brushes with this one as the double ended foam applicator just wont be up to the job.
Ease of application is superb. There are 8 nude colours in total (3 x matte and 5 x with a slight shimmer) and a creamy highlighter for the brow bone. On the back of the packaging it very clearly explains where each shades should go on the eye so in total it’s a 3-4 step process. Each shade has its step number imprinted in it – totally idiot proof. For my trial I chose the middle line of colours. I also added a thin slick of liquid eye liner and mascara to complete the look.
The over all look is really fresh, soft and feminine with a side of sultry. By missing out the 1 shades and using a mixture of the 2’s and 3’s shades you can get more of an evening look. The top shadow from row 3 has larger chunks of glitter which I imagine would very alluring for a party look. The product is really nice and buildable. I prefer the matte shades so it would be nice if there was an even split between the mattes and shimmers. The highlighter is really creamy and finishes the look if you want a more “done” look but this palette would also be great for a quick on-the-go eye as it’s pretty much mistake proof. Just make sure your BYOB (bring your own brushes).
Comparing it to the Naked Basics palette I’m really not sure what Urban Decay can offer that is better than Collections palette, other than sleeker packaging and a mirror – which is always handy on the move. So if like me don’t always use shadow and you are looking to work a nude eye this year but aren’t fussed on aesthetics this really is worth all 399 of your pennies! Otherwise, if you are a bit of a eye shadow junkie then I would recommend the Naked 2 or 3 Palette by Urban Decay (RRP£37) might be more your thing as there’s no denying these palettes have a dreamy rainbow of seriously juicy hues. Buy at Debenhams or House of Fraser.