Hello everyone! Welcome back to my series, Palette Roulette, where I randomly select one eyeshadow palette that I will have to use for an entire week. I will only be allowed to use this palette, and this palette alone, unless it is an all shimmer/metallic palette.
For each Palette Roulette, I create 4-7 looks from that week’s randomly selected palette. I will share these looks with you, tell you which shades I used and where, and my overall thoughts on that palette.
Last week’s Palette Roulette was the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 3 – Florals. If you have missed any of my past Palette Roulettes, you can check them out here!
Here is my current list of eyeshadow palettes, excluding the palettes that have already been chosen. As you can see, I have moved those palettes into another “used” column, so that I don’t select them again. I have also moved over my most recently purchased palettes that I have already reviewed, since the whole point of this challenge is to use palettes that I haven’t touched in a while, or at all!
As usual, to select a palette, I used the Google random number generator. I set the range to be 1-24, and I generated the number!
This week’s Palette Roulette is #16, the Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette.
Like many people, this was actually my first high end palette. Before this, I didn’t even really know high end makeup, or even Sephora, existed. I was an undergraduate student just barely making it, so it was drugstore all the way. Boy oh boy how things have changed… haha.
When I first purchased this palette, I definitely used it a good amount. Although, I really didn’t wear eyeshadow all that often back then. But, since I’ve gotten way more into high end makeup in the last year and a half, I have not touched this AT ALL. What’s my problem?
This palette is certainly a neutral lover’s dream. Every shade in here is really a variation of brown/bronze, with the exception of a few golds and charcoals. This palette really does give you a good shade range within the bronze/gold family, although some of the shades do appear quite similar.
In this palette, there are 2 matte shades, 2 satins and 8 shimmers. One of the biggest downfalls of this palette that has been mentioned over and over again is the fact that there are only two mattes. However, I would say that with the shades that you have been given, this palette is super user-friendly, and still gives you plenty of options for every day and smokey looks.
I’ve decided I don’t want to name my looks anymore.. It’s cringey doing it and takes too much brain power sometimes lol. Especially with all of these neutral looks!
Virgin: Brow bone. This has got to be my most favourite brow bone shade ever! Wow, was I impressed! It is a satin that gives just the right amount of sheen and brightness to your brow bone, without over illuminating it! It doesn’t necessarily pick up in pictures, but when you apply it in person, it looks great (I actually have a bit of highlighter up there too, which is why there is a bit of sparkle; it’s not this shade)! This will no doubt be my brow bone shade for all of my eye looks in the future, regardless of which palette I am using.
Naked: Crease. This is the lightest matte brown in the palette that is always my first go to shade when using this palette. It is nice because it is very neutral, not warm or cool. It has some pigmentation, but it is certainly lighter. It is buildable though.
Buck: Crease and outer corner. This is the deepest matte brown in the palette, which is really a medium brown, so not that deep. I do not find it buildable, so one of my main issues with this palette is that you really can’t easily build depth. But this matte, and Naked, blend beautifully!
Sin: Inner corner and inner half of the lid after applying concealer to the lid. I freaking love this shade. It is such a beautiful toasted champagne. So shimmery and pretty.
Sidecar: Outer half of the lid. This shade is similar to Sin, but just a touch deeper. Also very shimmery and pretty. But I’m not sure that you need both this shade and Sin in the palette.
Hustle: Outer corner. Because you really can’t build up the outer corner with the matte shades that you have, I tried stamping this shimmer on the outer corner to deepen it up, but I don’t think it made a huge impact, like a deeper matte would have. To be fair, I didn’t try wetting this shade, so I should have done that.
Buck: Crease and outer corner. As you can see, I really wasn’t able to build depth in this look, although I really tried!
Virgin: Inner corner, brow bone and all over the lid after cutting the crease with concealer. This shade packed on really well and was very brightening.
Virgin: Brow bone and inner corner.
Buck: Crease and outer corner.
Half Baked: Inner half of the lid after applying concealer. This is a great classic gold shimmer that has great pigmentation and is very sparkly. To be honest, I enjoyed most of the shimmers in this palette!
Smog: Outer half of the lid. This is a gold shimmer with a bronze base. Also very pretty and sparkly!
Hustle: Outer corner. Again, I tried to deepen the outer corner with this shade, but probably failed again lol.
Virgin: Brow bone and inner corner.
Buck: Crease and outer corner.
Toasted: Inner half of the lid after cutting the crease with concealer. This is another pretty shimmer, but I swear it is so similar to Sin and Sidecar. I love all of these shades, but do we need them all?
Hustle: Outer half of the lid. Ok, in this look this shade showed up. So maybe it needs to be applied on top of concealer for it to work.
Overall, I was actually really surprised and happy with this palette! I know that this week’s looks are pretty boring, especially compared to last week’s colourful looks, but I was so happy with the performance of this palette after not using it for almost two years. For some reason I had gotten it in my head that this palette was no good, and I had been thinking about getting rid of it for a while. Well I am very glad that I didn’t. However, there are definitely some improvements that could be made to this palette.
First of all, I do like the shade range you get in this palette. That might seem like a misnomer, because there isn’t much of a “range”. But you do get a spectrum of lighter to darker shades. Where this palette falls short is of course the fact that there is no deeper matte shade. That is a huge missing point for me, because it is impossible to deepen looks, unless you want to use a shimmery black or something. Also, I swear Sin, Sidecar and Toasted are the same shade. There are slight differences in deepness, but they are SO similar. I could have done without one or two of them. Maybe give us Sin and Toasted, and nix Sidecar. Regardless, they are all really beautiful shimmer shades.
The formula of this palette is great! I was so pleasantly surprised after not using it for so long. Also, this palette has got to be way past its expiry, but it’s fine. The shimmers feel nice and creamy, and apply pretty sparkly, which I love. The mattes are smooth and blend really easily. Buck, however, is not buildable, which is too bad. This time around I didn’t play with Creep or Gunmetal just because it is spring and I’m not feeling the smokey looks. But as far as I could tell, the performance was consistent across all of the shades. I do recommend using a wet brush or a sticky base for the shimmers, since Hustle, in particular, really didn’t seem to adhere without one. But I always use a sticky base for lid shades, because all shadows perform better when applied this way.
All of the shades still looked great after a day of wear. One of the pictures above was actually taken after wearing that look all day because I forgot to snap a photo that morning. Can you tell which one it was? I bet not. No fading, no creasing!
Overall, I have been reminded that this is a great staple palette for beginners and makeup lovers in general. It gives you a great library of neutral browns, which is actually kind of hard to find these days (everything is so warm)! The shades are easy to work with, and because you have so many shimmer shades, you can come up with quite a variety of everyday looks! I will be continuing to play with this palette in the future, and I won’t forget it again!
Well, that’s it for this week’s Palette Roulette! What do you think of this OG Naked palette? Do you still use yours, if you own it?
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