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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Review and Swatchfest: Urban Decay NAKED Palette!!

The phrase "mother knows best" is truer than most of us like to let on. It could be because most of the time we are reminded of it when we hear our mother's voice in our heads after we, say, briefly misplace our wallets because we weren't carrying a purse (like she told us to), or we find ourselves cold and without a light jacket in the middle of fall (she told us to carry one...). Sometimes, however, we are reminded by more pleasant, less guilt ridden or embarrassing ways.

I told myself for ages that I didn't need the Naked Palette. It's a palette of neutrals, and how hard could it be to dupe those? So, in an effort to find the drugstore equivalent of the colors I didn't have, I found myself buying singles and palettes that had some, but not all of what I was looking for. All in all, I probably spent the cost of the palette on all of the drugstore/bargain products I bought to dupe it. My 'mother knows best" reminder came in the form of a phone call from my mom telling me that I had a Naked palette on its way to my apartment. While she didn't come out and say it, she was implicitly saying "This is because, despite swatching it every time you walk into a cosmetic store, you still refuse to buy it. Quit filling the void you feel in your makeup collection with 'good enoughs' and get the real deal." Well, lesson learned, mom. Lesson learned.

I won't try and put my love for this palette in words, I will let the swatches do the talking.

Urban Decay's Naked Palette ($48)

From the left: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

From the left: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked
From the left: Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal
Among the many great things this palette offers, the two most notable are the mattes (Naked and Buck) that will prove effective in blending lid and crease colors together, and the rich pigmentation of all of the colors. Urban Decay is known for their lush, smooth, brightly pigmented shadows. They have proved with this palette that they can do it with neutrals too.

Of course, none of this information is new to anyone, as it's likely the 945,765th review you have seen on it. This is really more of a message to those like me who were holding out on buying it because they thought they could do it better, cheaper. Listen to your mom's voice. If it's worth having, have it.

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