Monday, December 05, 2016


"Standing in the sunlight laughing, hiding behind a rainbow's wall, slipping and sliding, all along the water fall, with you, my brown eyed girl…"
- Van Morrison

Apart from the fleeting moment in my teenage years when I wished for them to be blue, I have always rather liked having big brown eyes. Certainly, there are more exotic colours, but Van Morrison never wrote a song and my mother never subsequently sung to me, about those.

When it comes to framing them, my dark eyes combined with my pale skin tone, have always led me to select the warmest browns and sparkling golden eyeshadows. Perhaps that is why, nearly two years after I first received it on Christmas morning, the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is still my favourite.
Comprising of both dark and light matte and shimmer shades, there is an array of neutral options for the daytime as well as deeper metallic to really vamp up a more dramatic evening look.

From left to right: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

In the time that I have had this palette, my confidence when it comes to creating different makeup looks has really soared. I really enjoy experimenting by putting different shades together to give different effects. One of the best things about the popularity of the Urban Decay palettes is that there is also an abundance of tutorials to be found on YouTube, to give you more inspiration about what to do with these hues.

If I had to clear out all of my other makeup palettes and live with just one, this would be it. Aside from the sheer range of options colour-wise, the quality of these shadows are impeccable. I tend to wear these with UD eyeshadow primer underneath, but even without, these stay on so well. The morning that I woke up after one to many cocktails the evening before and realised I had shamefully forgotten to cleanse, tone and moisturise, only to find my eye makeup completely intact, was certainly testament to this!

Aside from the super staying power and the fact the shadows are also super pigmented, another winning aspect is that UD has paid close attention to the detail with the brush that is included. With Naked 2 retailing at almost £40, it feels that you are getting a little more value for your money when the brush is of a good quality. The bristles are soft but firm, so it’s easy to blend.

I would undoubtedly recommend the Naked 2 palette and, given that I am so well-acquainted with this one, I think that it is probably high time that I invest in another.

What are your favourite Urban Decay palettes? Which one should I be buying next? Let me know in the comments...

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