Since getting Urban Decay Naked Palette about a year ago, I have no real need for another eye shadow palette. It’s my go-to shadow set for both light day makeup and dramatic night looks. My used-to-death colors are Naked and Buck, two neutral mattes, along with the super glittery Half Baked, Darkhorse and Creep. I also love the frosted shimmery delights of Toasted and Hustle, which I use with the coppery Smog, Sidecar and Sin for a bronzed look. The only shade I didn’t like was the cool, silvery Gunmetal. Oh, the Good Karma shadow brush and Eyeshadow Primer Potion that come with this set is fantastic too.
Urban Decay Naked Palette Colors
Virgin – satiny cool pale beige
Sin – champagne with a frosted sheen
Naked – nude matte
Sidecar – shimmery beige
Buck – matte fawn brown
Half Baked – golden bronze
Smog – warm coppery brown
Darkhorse – deep mocha with luminous sheen
Toasted – ”shimmery antique copper penny”
Hustle – metallic eggplant brown
Creep – dark cool gray with glitter
Gunmetal – dark metallic bluish grey with silver micro-glitter
I’d love to bring this set with me everywhere but because of the length of the palette (it’s about 8 inches long) it can’t fit in my small makeup bag or any of my bag pockets. Yes, this is actually one of the reasons I used to justify the need for the smaller Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. Ha ha! Well, the other, more rational reason is that I am running out of Buck, Naked and Darkhorse and it seemed that like that the mini version has similar shades in the form of Naked2 and Faint.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Colors
Venus – yellowish off-white demi-matte (just a hint of sheen)
Foxy – pale cream matte (yellowish)
Walk of Shame – light nude matte (doesn’t look as pink in real life)
Naked 2 – taupe matte
Faint – dusty brown matte
Crave - very dark brown, almost black
I got the Urban Decay Naked Basics matte eyeshadow set recently and must say that I absolutely adore Foxy (a yellowish neutral, PERFECT for my skin) and satiny Venus, which is now the default color I use to highlight my brow bone. I’m also loving the very pigmented intensity of Crave, a deep brownish-black, which I sometimes use as a liner, but for some reason this color is a bit too soft and crumbly when used with a dry brush. Walk of Shame and Naked 2 are a little too ashy on my skin, while Faint is a little too dark for to be used for subtle contouring. To be honest, I’m a quite disappointed with the shade Naked 2 because it looks almost identical to Naked from the first set HOWEVER it looks so different when applied on the eyes – who knew such slight variation in color would look so different on the skin! Naked suits my skin with warm, yellow undertones, so I’m guessing Naked 2 is more suitable for people with cooler undertones?
For my perfect basic eye palette, I’d swap W.O.S and Naked 2 for Naked and Buck from the original set (oh how I love these two shades) and have either Darkhorse or Halfbaked in place of Faint.
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Sweet Recipe is a delightful new range from Korean beauty brand Etude House. The packaging is designed to look like mouthwatering desserts, with the campaign fronted by K-pop stars Sulli and Krystal of the group f(x), alongside the members of the boy band SHINee.
The lovely designs and soft, pastel shades, especially that of the Baby Choux makeup base pot, brings to mind another food-themed make-up collection, i.e the 2012 limited edition Jill Stuart Patisserie make-up collection.
Etude House Sweet Recipe make-up range include jelly lipsticks, candy stick lip gloss ice-cream nail colors, chocolate bar shaped eye shadow and highlighter, multi-color cotton candy style cotton balls, chocolate chip cookie compact, liner in heart shaped choco pots and sliced cake makeup puffs.
Jill Stuart Patisserie 2012 is a limited edition collection of prettily packaged makeup for the lips, eyes, cheeks and nails. The packaging, colors and product names are inspired by pastry shops. “Only girls know the joy of trying to choose something… Enjoy makeup in the same way you enjoy a delicious selection of treats!”
Nail Lacquer N in 5 colors — Condensed Milk (shown below), Marron Cappuccino, Maple Chai, Strawberry Macchiato, Fruity Cocoa; Blush Mix in 2 palettes — Fig Tart, Berry Tiramisu (shown); Sugar Glitter Eyes in 5 colors – Caramelized Sugar, Vanilla Sugar, Rose Sugar, Honey Sugar, Framboise Sugar (swatches, from left to right).
I got the Custard Lip pot (so pretty!) in Orange Custard (center color, below). It has a gentle, sweet smell (not really custardy) and comes in a “semi-matte finish”. I was hoping that the color would look as pigmented and matte as the model in the picture but it turned somewhat sheer and lip-balm-ish in texture. Upon layering it looks a bit too neon bright against my tanned skin, but as a base for slightly darker lipsticks, it works great.
Custard Lip pots are available in Orange Custard , Cherry Custard , Almond Custard, Chocolate Custard and Apple Custard.