As part of my November Glossybox, I received a full sized MUA Eyeshadow palette containing 12 shades that may or may not be a dupes for the the Urban Decay Naked palette.
Naked… Undressed… it sounds promising.
I actually haven’t got the original Naked palette, yet this gave me the ability to judge the product on it’s own terms without constantly comparing it to another palette. This palette retails for about £4.00, so it is on the lower end of the drug store price range.
The packaging is okay, the generic drug store palette type in a clear/black plastic case. You know that really annoying thing where you peel off the security sticker, and you’re left with this sticky unsightly residue stuff, that happened – and I can’t get it off. Plus, I’ve only used it for up to two weeks and the silver lettering on the front is wearing off, which is a major pet hate of mine. It does come with one of those sponge applicators, which I really don’t see the point in because it’s really not great for getting the product precisely applied to your little lids.
The palette does actually have the shade names on the sicker on the back, which is a bit rare for such a cheap products – many companies wouldn’t both for a £4.00 item, so I was pretty impressed with the effort.
Because I was really torn about some of the shades in the palette I’ve done this slightly differently:
Good shades: Puff, Fawn, Gild, Hazel, Lion, Bronze Ore, Cool Grey
I absolutely loved all of these shades, and I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality and pigmentation, they feel a lot more expensive than £4.00. Naturally I went for the warmer, golden tones as they suit me more, and all of these shades are stunning. Although Fawn and Hazel look like should be matte shades, to me they definitely have some shimmer in them so that’s something to keep in mind. Even though Cool Grey is something that I would never wear, as I feel like cool-toned eyeshadows wash me out, there is no denying that it’s a really attractive colour that swatched and blends out well.
Not-so-good shades: Rose Ash, Barnished Brown, Tawny, Henna, Fuel
I really really wanted to like the golden pink/rose toned shades, Fawn & Rose Ash. When applied they looked exactly the same as the golden bronze shades, and I’m guessing that this is down to some lack of pigmentation of the pink undertone. This means that you end up accidentally having slightly more rubbish doubles of Bronze Ore and Gild. Barnished Brown and Henna are stunning colours, they have brown base tones yet are filled with tiny multicoloured shimmer that brings them to life. Sadly, this is why these shadow shades have such terrible fall out. When applied, both of these shades just went all over my face and there was no avoiding it. Fuel, a dark cool blue, again is a colour that I wouldn’t normally go for. I did give it a go for the sake of this review and it was awful, the pigmentation was laughable and it disappeared when blended, avoid at all costs!
My two favourite looks from this palette were:
1) Molten gold lids – Puff in the inner eye corner/brow highlight,
Bronze Ore on the lid, and Gild in the inner V.
(Natural lighting // Indoor lighting)
2) Matte Base – Puff in the inner eye corner/brow highlight,Fawn on the lid, and Hazel in the crease.
(Finished with Stila Waterproof Eye Liner in Black)
A great starter palette for those who want the high end shades, but don’t want to splash out.
Although I did say that I was pleasantly surprised by the pigmentation, this is only because the product is retailed at £4.00. The colour pay off is good, not great, and this means that you can only tackle simple make up looks (as above) with this one palette on it’s own. As well as this, the lack of a decent dark bronze/brown tone did leave me feeling pretty restricted.
On the other hand I am a massive fan of 6 out of the 12 shades, which is definitely acceptable at this sort of product price. Unlike the majority of my drug store palettes that are assigned a spot at the back of my make up drawer, this palette will definitely be used more often.
What are your favourite budget eyeshadow palettes?