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Worth the Hype? – Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

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Everyone and their mum have heard of the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (unless you’ve been living in a hole, in which case I commend you for not giving in to the cravings to watch YouTube videos and read blogs all night instead of studying). But is it worth the hype? I could never bring myself to pay so much money for six eye shadows that, if I’m honest, don’t really look like much, but when I was asked what I wanted for my birthday in June I jumped at the opportunity and quickly put the palette at the top of my wish list.

So, are the shadows as creamy and pigmented as everyone claims they are? In short… Yes.

 

The texture: I’ve had butter that is harder than these eye shadows. They are so creamy and bendable that you almost don’t actually need to bother blending at all when you apply them. They blend seamlessly with your skin, which makes it easy to correct the mistakes that I seem to make more often than not.

Pigmentation: One quick swipe of these buttery shadows and you have enough colour to paint your whole body, which makes them last a really long time.

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Colours: The palette has five matte shades including a matte black (crave), dark matte brown (faint), cool toned light matte brown (naked 2), a matte chickpea colour (W.O.S), a matte yellow (foxy) and a more shimmery highlight colour (Venus) that is great for highlighting the inner corners and brow bone. At first I didn’t understand how these colours could be so amazing but after one use I realized just how perfectly matched they are. Because all of the colours apart from Venus are matte it’s super easy to create lots of different looks from super natural to a dark smokey eye for a night out.

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Here’s my favourite everyday eye look using the Naked Basics Palette. I use foxy all over my lid, blend naked 2 into my crease and faint into the outer corner of my eye to create a bit of depth. Then I place Venus into my inner corner and on my brow bone to open up my eyes a bit (oh the pains of having eternally small eyes).

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If you’re new to makeup and looking for one eye shadow palette to use for every day and more dramatic looks or just want an amazing eye shadow palette to add to your collection, then the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is for you! This is one product that I would definitely re-purchase over and over again. I can’t live without it!

You can pick up the Naked Basics palette online from Beauty Bay for $45.80 AUD with free shipping to Australia. http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/urbandecay/nakedbasicspalette/

-M x

 

 

Chi Chi Cosmetics Review

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Bronzes Eyeshadow Palette

Maddy gave me this as a gift when I was having a rough week (lovely sister? Yes indeedy). I had been drooling over her Naked 3 palette but unwilling to spend the money to get one of my own. Whilst not exactly the same colour range as the Urban Decay palette, the Chi Chi Bronzes palette is amazing! The price tag is tiny compared to the Naked 3, but the quality is almost the same. The eyeshadows are so buttery and pigmented and the colours are incredible, ranging from dark browns and coppers to lighter opals; Perfect for coming into spring.

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They have a whole range of different coloured palettes in the Glamorous Eyes range, all of which I am keen to try out. I definitely recommend giving them a go if you’re I the market for high-quality eyeshadows but don’t want to spend high-end prices.

Masterpiece Eyeshadow Palette

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I also have the Masterpiece palette, a limited edition item. I am not as crazy about this palette as the others in their range. The eyeshadows themselves are (mostly) still lovely and buttery; the smaller eyeshadows in the pack haven’t kept their quality as well in the smaller size. There is also a lot of excess packaging, a lot. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s something I do take into consideration.  I still adore all the colours in the palette, the brighter blues and purples are amazeballs.

 

Fabulous & Flawless Foundation

I was in the market for a medium-full coverage foundation for quite a while. I adore my Mac Face & Body for everyday wear, but sometimes I feel like something with a little more polished and glam – especially on those weeks where my skin is being a total pain in the bum.

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Mac’s studio fix fluid was lovely if not slightly too much coverage and also a little more than I was willing to spend; foundations can feel great in the shop and then the next time you use it you’re like “what was I thinking this is awful!”. After much Googling and YouTubeing of reviews, I finally decided to try our ChiChi’s Fabulous and Flawless foundation in the shade 1. This shade is for fair skin with yellow undertones; there are descriptions like this for all 10 shades which I love! I was pretty skeptical that I would get a nice finish from such a cheap foundation, but oh. My. God. I love love love this stuff. It’s medium coverage and yet buildable if need be. The colour is perfect. The finish is demi-matte (my favourite) meaning I can look refined and matte or youthful and dewy, depending on my mood. This is my new favourite foundation; I wear it almost every day. Massive thumbs-up for this product, especially for the price! 10/10.

 

Eyeliners

I finally branched out from my black and brown eyeliners; beautiful purples and blues! As with the Masterpiece eyeshadow palette, these are from a limited edition collection. (Colours are ‘Space Cadet’ and ‘Boogie Nights’.)

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Maddy and I have differing opinions on these eyeliners. If you’re a fan of a creamy eyeliner that is easily smudged, these are not for you. They are quite dry, but the pigmentation (particularly on the ‘Space Cadet’ blue) is great! They add a great pop of colour to your eye look without being too in-you-face-woah-I’m-wearing-coloured-eyeliner.  They aren’t fantastic but I am still keen to try out other Chi Chi eyeliners. Definitely a great way to introduced bolder eyeliner colours into your regime.

 

Bronze Diva Bronzer

This is a lovely gentle highlighting bronzer; something that I have been wanting for a while. I have a body shop bronzer that I love love love, and I have been looking for something to match it. This bronzer might just do it.

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The colours blend to make a lovely opal bronze with a light but buildable coverage; just enough to give you a natural bronzed glow. It’s perfect for everyday wear or as a highlighter for a darker nighttime look. I’m really happy with this product!

For the most part, Chi Chi’s products are great bang for you buck. They don’t skimp on quality whilst keeping the prices low. That’s my kind of make-up.

 

– N x

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