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Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

I love pink. Call me extra, but there’s nothing that speaks to my soul like fuchsia (well, except for maybe millennial pink or a white furry throw). I don’t wear a lot of color (I tend to go for the all- black look whenever possible) […]

Juvia’s Place “The Nubian” Eyeshadow Palette Review

Juvia’s Place “The Nubian” Eyeshadow Palette Review

I’ve been infatuated with this eyeshadow palette since I first saw it. A Youtube favorite of mine, NikkieTutorials, was wearing the eyeshadows in one of her videos, and I thought “my gosh, what is she wearing on her eyes?” I had been looking for the […]

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes are iconic and popular. Their larger palettes (Naked, Naked2, Naked3, and Naked Smokey) are arguably some of the most coveted palettes in the game. But are they worth the hype?

I was interested in purchasing the Naked3 palette, but I was hesitant because I thought a swatch test produced an allergic reaction on my arm. I am not allergic to my Naked Basics Palette, but they aren’t the most comfortable eyeshadows I’ve worn. I find that when I layer them (e.g. to create a smokey eye) they feel chalky and heavy on my lids.

The palette contains six neutral shades. The eyeshadow formula is smooth, but with some fallout. I would not consider these eyeshadows as buttery as some of the other formulas I have tried. The one shimmery shadow in my pan has a different consistency from all the rest, and it hasn’t behaved the same ever since I dipped a semi-wet brush into the pan. I had washed the brush the night prior to using the palette, so the brush got the eyeshadow wet when I dipped it into the pan. However, that shadow (Venus) has never been the same. It has a splotch on it that has permeated into deeper layers of the shadow (I can’t seem to get rid of it by scraping off the top layer). I have gotten eyeshadows wet in the past, and they’ve always dried back to normal, so I’m not sure what happened with Venus.

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Despite my reservations about this palette, I use it frequently because of its cool-neutral browns(perfect for channeling a ’90s supermodel like Cindy Crawford or a low-key daytime look). The shades are:

Venus: A sheer white with a slight shimmer; this is the least pigmented shade in the palette.

Foxy: An off-white, slightly yellow neutral and one of my favorites in the palette. I use this eyeshadow all over the lid or as an eraser shade. I find this to be the easiest eyeshadow to work with in the palette, because it is so smooth.

W.O.S.: This eyeshadow is very similar in texture to Foxy, but more of a pink-peach hue.

Naked2: This shade is great for blending out your crease. It is a cool light brown, verging on taupe. The formula is drier and has more fallout than Foxy and W.O.S.

Faint: This is the warmest shade in the palette, but it is on the neutral side of the warm spectrum. It is a milk chocolate brown, similar to Naked2 in texture.

Crave: I love black eyeshadow, but I just can’t seem to fall in love with Crave. It isn’t as black as I want it to be.  Whenever I blend it out, it ends up looking like a dark gray.FullSizeRender (38).jpg

I like that this palette is compact and great for travel. It has wearable matte shades that are great for everyday use. I don’t like this palette for heavier nighttime looks, because the eyeshadows feel thick and uncomfortable when you try to build them up for a dramatic look. They blend very nicely into my skin, but they don’t blend into each other very well. The eyeshadows in the Naked Basics palette are not as easy to work with as eyeshadows from M.A.C., Morphe, or Melt Cosmetics. A 35 shadow Morphe palette costs $22, while the Naked Basics Palette costs $29 and you only get six eyeshadows.

I will continue to use the Naked Basics Palette because I like the colors and because its small size is convenient, but the eyeshadow formula is just average. You can easily find better eyeshadows, often at a more affordable price.

Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette Review

Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette Review

The Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette by Tarte has been a go-to for me since Christmas. It is an ideal staple because of its varied neutral matte hues. The shades are all cool-toned or neutral; there are no warm colors in this palette. The palette can create many […]

Morphe Palette and Brush Review

Morphe Palette and Brush Review

Morphe is a small makeup company that has been making big waves in the social media makeup world. If you watch Youtube or follow Instagram, you have probably seen some of Morphe’s products, especially their 35O palette. The overall consensus is that Morphe makes great […]