I like eyeshadow palettes. They provide a few (or many) colours to choose from while maintaining harmony between them either in the whole palette (if its small) or by a specific arrangement. Having a quality palette takes the worry away from application and wear – the colours will be easier to blend and will last longer.
Urban Decay’s Naked Palette is almost a standard. The colours are neutral and, while every colour may not be flattering on every skin tone individually, the palette as a whole works for everyone. Colours that are not flattering on the lid will still work well in the crease. All colours are easy to blend. Below are the specifics of each shade.
Virgin (nude satin) – will wash out darker complexions, will look native on fairer skins.
Sin (champagne shimmer) – pale pink. Festive and feminine. My favourite.
Naked (buff matte) – will look native with medium complexions. Neutral, great for blending or to gradient from light to dark.
Sidecar (beige sparkle) – watch out for fallout. Sparkles may end up all over the face. Otherwise, a beautiful shade.
Buck (brown matte) – will look native with dark complexions. Neutral, goes well with Naked for a natural look.
Half Baked (gold) – liquid gold, metallic, festive. Can be too yellow on cool skin.
Smog (golden brown shimmer) – Half Baked darkened, gold/bronze metal.
Darkhorse (bronze-plum shimmer) – looks dark-green.
Toasted (taupe-bronze) – Neutral. Sin, Toasted, and Hustle go well together.
Hustle (mocha shimmer) – not a good lid colour for pale skin, may be flattering on dark.
Creep (black with shimmer) – very little shimmer. Mostly matte black.
Gunmetal (blue grey metallic) – looks grey with light application. Although pretty, I can’t use this anywhere but the crease because it is unflattering on me. If I could, I would replace this with a neutral hue.
I found the Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush that comes with the palette to be too hard, making application difficult. A soft, but dense brush will make the shadows go on easier and will pack them well enough for good colour payoff.
Urban Decay Naked Palette: 12x 0.05oz (1.4g) for C$62.00 @ Sephora.ca.