Me and makeup, we go way back. OK, just 10 years back when I was allowed to wear kajal and lipstick in college. OK, confession time, I have truly known makeup for 5 years. Around the time when I got married. That was the time when I truly learned the foundations (pun intended) of makeup. How to apply foundation, concealer, even draw a lipline. But the only product that really attracted me in makeup was eyeshadows. All those gorgeous, beautiful colors and the way they draw attention to your eyes. So, I have always been on a hunt for those perfect eyeshadows, the ones that have gorgeous colors, amazing quality and good payoff. I had been unsuccessful in my search, UNTIL NOW…
To say that Urban Decay’s range of eye makeup makes them KING OF THE WORLD wouldn’t be far from the truth. They are the The Da Vinci Code of eyeshadows, the Avatar of eyeliners and…and…well, you get the picture. I discovered their Naked palette when a fellow makeup lover happened to mention it and asked me to check it out. And ever since I laid my eyes on this palette, I have coveted it as a dieter would covet a hamburger. Except you don’t gain calories with Naked, but it does lighten your pocket. Significantly. I finally managed to obtain this Holy Grail of makeup sometime back and didn’t feel guilty at all about the price.
A little bit of history about Urban Decay. UD is an American makeup company set up 15 years back by a group of people (Sandy Lerner, David Soward, Wende Zomnir) who wanted to introduce new and shades unheard of, during the 1990s. They have an apt motto Beauty with an edge.
It was the introduction of their Naked palette in 2010, that really catapulted them to fame and brought them on the international scene. And rightly so. Never have nudes looked any better.
What UD has to say about their palette :
Everybody wants to look good NAKED! Far from a group of boring beige shadows, Naked Palette’s long, lean, seductive case is packed with TWELVE gorgeous neutrals.
Initially when this palette was launched it came with a dual ended eyeliner in Zero and Whiskey. And I am not sure if their travel size primer potion was included or not. However, during the next one to two years, they revamped the palette and it now comes with a shadow brush and a travel size Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
The naked palette includes 12 neutral shades. They range from light champagne to gunmetal grey. The case is velvety to touch and has NAKED written in bold gold lettering on the top. It has a magnetic clasp which opens up quite easily. When you open it up, there’s a medium sized mirror on one side and the 12 shades on the other. Also, UD has provided their own Good Karma eyeshadow brush alongside the eyeshadows. Personally, I didn’t like the eyeshadow brush much. The bristles are very stiff and it was a bit difficult to pick eyeshadow up with it.
Virgin is a light shimmery nude beige. It’s a good color for highlighting.
Sin is a pink-champagne with a frosty finish.
Naked is a matte beige-brown. It’s very soft and smooth to touch.
Sidecar is a shimmery bronze and slightly brown in color.
Buck is a matte dark beige-brown.
Half Baked is a coppery metallic bronze.
Smog is a darker bronze with a little bit of gold.
Darkhorse is a deep chocolate brown.
Toasted is a shimmery dark pinkish brown.
Hustle is a dark plummy chocolate brown.
Creep is dark blue-black with some silver glitter in it.
Gunmetal is a bluish metallic grey.
Here is the weight and ingredients of the eyeshadows as listed on Urban Decay’s website
Fill Weight: Eyeshadows: 12 x 1.3g e 12 x 0.05 US oz; Eyeshadow Primer Potion: 3.7ml e 0.13 US fl oz
Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Methylparaben, Acrylates Copolymer, Propylparaben
Polyethylene Terephthalate, Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
SIN / SMOG / TOASTED:
Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
DARKHORSE / HUSTLE / VIRGIN:
Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehyroacetate, Sorbic Acid
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehyroacetate, Sorbic Acid
Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehyroacetate, Sorbic Acid
Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehyroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide
All Shades May Contain:
CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77400 (Bronze Powder), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake)
Urban Decay claims to be cruelty free and does not practice animal testing.
Below are the swatches of the 12 shades and the primer potion
The primer potion is a skin color but once blended becomes nearly transparent. It does not provide any coverage on the eyelids. Just primes the lids so that the color payoff is more vibrant and increases the lasting power of eyeshadows.
The swatches have been taken with the primer potion applied first.
Aren’t these gorgeous colors? It’s a complete must have for any makeup lover. You can create various looks from this palette. From office-appropriate neutrals, summertime bronzy looks, or sultry smokiness. I have created a look with this palette which I will be sharing with you.
Before one starts applying eye makeup, it’s highly essential to know the various parts of the eye. And then with a little bit of practice and experimentation, one can master the beautiful art of applying eyeshadows and other eye makeup. You can visit here where my friend and fellow blogger Samareen, has explained the various sections of the eye.
Now let’s proceed towards my look
What I have used for my look :
Urban Decay Naked palette (ofcourse)
Urban Decay primer potion (it’s very essential to use an eye primer before applying eye makeup)
Nyx jumbo eye pencil in Milk
Loreal Contour Khol for lining the waterline (as kajal)
Deborah 24 ORE eyeliner pen
Loreal Volume Million Lashed mascara
Coastal Scents crease brush, BH Cosmetics’ angled eyeshadow brush, blending brush, classic smudge brush and small smudge brush
Now assuming you want this look for going outside, you start applying eye makeup after you have primed and applied foundation. And if required concealer as well.
Start by applying Urban Decay’s primer potion all over the lid. Dab it in well from lash line to brow bone. And also apply some below the lower lash line as well.
Leave it on for about a minute or so, and then swatch the Nyx jumbo pencil in Milk a couple of times on the lid. Dab and mix it over the lid with your ring finger or you can use a small concealer brush. This will create a sort of a white canvas of your lid so that the eyeshadows you apply will come out looking well. If you don’t have a pencil like this, it’s fine. It’s not really so important.
Now, taking the BH angled eyeshadow brush, load it with Naked and apply all over the lid, from lash line to upper crease. You can use a normal eyeshadow brush for this as well.
Taking the Coastal Scents crease brush, dab it a couple of times with Buck and apply into the crease of your eye in a windscreen wiper like motion. Make sure to keep your eye open during this. Take a clean blending brush and blend this color slightly. This will give a slight definition to the eye.
Take the smudge brush, or any other small eyeshadow brush and apply Virgin all over your brow bone and slightly beneath the brow line. Blend again with the blending brush into the crease color. Using a small precision brush or your ring finger, apply the same color lightly into the inner corner of the eye.
Now, take the eyeshadow brush, load it with Half Baked and apply all over the lid, keeping it below the crease.
Taking the crease brush, dab it into Darkhorse and apply into the outer crease and outer corner of the eye. Dab the eyeshadow into the outer corner of the eye and drag it up into the crease. Start by applying the color lightly and gradually make it as dark as you want. Blend the outer corners of Darkhorse, upper into the eye with the blending brush. If you find your lid color fading out, apply more of Half Baked on your lid
Take a pencil brush or a small smudge brush and apply Darkhorse into the lower lash line, about two-thirds of the way. Darken it for more effect.
Now to make the look more dramatic, take the crease brush and lightly dab it with Creep and apply into the outer corner of the eye in this shape <. Blend it into the the Darkhorse. Apply more if you want to make it darker. But make sure to blend each time.
Important thing to note is NOT to extend your eyeshadows more then the length of your eyebrows. Because that would just look weird. And also to use clean brushes, cleaning them between applying different shades.
Now, take your kajal pencil and apply it into your waterline. Then using your eyeliner pen/gel liner/ pencil, apply it above your upper lash line. Make it thin or fat, according to your preference. Apply two coats of mascara and…
Ofcourse, don’t forget to apply blush and lipstick before stepping outside.
Here is my finished look
Availability and Price : It’s available for $50 at the Urban Decay website and AED 236 (approx) at Sephora in UAE. I got mine from an online shopping website http://www.lookfantastic.com (amazing website). They had 10% discount at the time so my palette cost around $50 itself. So, cheaper then Sephora here. Plus free shipping and I got a free gift too! (hair care set)
Final Verdict : Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes. Totally worth the price. High quality. Awesome color payoff. And beautiful colors.
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