Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky eye palette must have been one of the most lusted after beauty products of the year. There were countless email sign up lists to get it first but any early stock sold out within minutes. A big buzz was created by the help of many beauty bloggers & the online sellers themselves and it’s safe to say their efforts paid off as we were all desperate to get our mitts on one!
I have had my palette for a little while now & I’ve loved using it. There are twelve shades in total and they glide on smoothly & evenly onto the eyelid. Nine of those colours have never been released by Urban Decay (UD) before and the other three are exclusive to the Naked Smoky palette. This palette allows you to experiment with warm bronze shades, dimensional greys, rich browns & deep blacks plus there’s a mixture of matte, satin & sparkle textures. A dual ended brush is included with the palette; the first end is a soft fluffy brush that’s great for applying the eyeshadow all over the lids and the other end is great for more detailed things such as lining the eyes. It’s really great to use an eye palette that comes with a good useable brush for once! Too many eye palettes provide cheap brushes that simply can’t do the job, whereas this one is perfect! As the palette is quite long this means the mirror is pretty big so it’s also ideal to use when applying other make-up such as foundation. I really like the packaging & I like that it fits into the theme of “smoky”. The front of the palette has a background of lighter & darker grey smoke with the palette name & brand name in 3D silver writing. I wouldn’t say this palette is ideal for travelling as it’s quite big and not the lightest but that’s the price you pay to have a wider selection of good quality eye shadows. The colours are also flattering on all skin tones, even very light skin tones like mine. I’ve really been enjoying experimenting with different looks with this palette & I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of it as I’ve found shades that are perfect for many different occasions. I love! The Naked Smoky palette is priced at £38 & available from www.urbandecay.co.uk or www.feelunique.com
Before applying any eye shadow prime the eyelids with UD’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in original. It’s long lasting & makes sure your eyeshadow stays put. After using this product I didn’t need to top up my eyeshadow before going out in the evening. It lasted all day from desk to bar. The brush built into the lid of the primer potion makes application onto the eyelids easy peasy. The creamy parben-free formula doesn’t dry the skin out either! Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Postion is priced at £16 & available from the same websites as above.
There’s nothing more annoying than spending ages perfecting your make-up to have it fade away or rub off within a matter of hours. Sometimes even the best quality make-up has trouble surviving through our typical British weather conditions (as we do too. It can be a nightmare knowing what to wear in the mornings as one minute it can be hot & sunny then the next it’s tipping it down!)…Anyway as I was saying many different weather conditions can take its toll on our make-up (and hair) so when I discovered setting sprays I was delighted. A setting spray can be used as a primer under make-up or you can spray it on after make-up to keep it in place all day. I tend to use a creamy long lasting primer as a base then I spray a setting spray once I’ve completed my face. This Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is oil-free, parben-free & has patented temperature control technology which works to lower the temperature of the skin, even in hot & humid conditions to keep all your make-up in place for up to 16 hours. Personally I’ve found that this setting spray has made a great difference in my make-up’s staying power & it’s great to mist over the face when your hot as it won’t ruin your make-up either. UD’s All Nighter Make-Up Setting Spray is priced at £21 for 118ml and available from the websites mentioned above.
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