Sigma Beauty Smoke Screen Palette Review

eye shadow Sigma Beauty is well known for its makeup brushes, but not as commonly known for their makeup line in the beauty world. Although, I think that Sigma Beauty is getting more and more into the makeup world with them bringing out more and more palettes, blushes, lip-glosses, and even lately gel eyeliners. I was quite impressed with their previous palette which is called, Warm Neutrals,  so when they came out with this Smoke Screen palette, I knew I had to pick it up. If you’re interested on my review of the Warm Neutrals palette you can find that here. Both palettes are still available online and at Sigma Beauty. Sigma Beauty’s flagship store is at Mall of America so I always have to stop in whenever I am at MOA.

What Sigma Beauty says about this palette, “The Sigma Beauty Smoke Screen Eye Shadow Palette features 12 different shades and finishes with cool undertones, perfect that give the ability to transform your look from desk to dancing. Each shade is represented by sophisticated neutrals to bold brights offset by dark, dusty hues. Paraben-free.” More information found here

Price: $39.00

PACKAGING

The Smoke Screen palette comes with the same look and feel as the Warm Neutrals palette. It comes with an outer white sleeve that I already threw away. I don’t see a point in keeping it.

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Here is the back of the outer sleeve showing the colors shades, the ingredients, and amount of product included.

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The actual palette itself is nice and sturdy. I really like the sleek look of it. The Sigma logo makes it look nice and high quality. The palette does have a magnetic closure.

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This is what the back of the palette looks like. It shows the shades, amount of product, and that it was made in China.

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It comes with a nice sized mirror, but the mirror does not stay up by itself.

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Overall, I am quite impressed with the packaging. I do like that they went with the same packaging look as with the Warm Neutrals palette.

THE EYE SHADOWS

This palette has an amazing array of colors and finishes. I do not have any other palettes quite like this. This palette is perfect for creating smokey eye looks. They also included some fun shades like the lavender shade and of course the amazing blue shade. Nobody says that smokey eyes can’t be fun! 😀 Each shadow is imprinted with Sigma Beauty which I think is cool, but over time that disappears.

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THE SWATCHES

Row 1  VEILED: shimmery peach OPULENT: frosty copper EMBER: frosty medium bronze- brown THUNDERHEAD: matte medium brown

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Row 2 MISTY: matte light lavender HAZE: matte light mauve-brown SVELTE: matte olive brown RAVE: shimmery brown with gold glitter

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Row 3 NEBULA: shimmery turquoise blue ATMOSPHERE: shimmery milk chocolate brown CINDERS: frosty slate-gun-metal ALMOST JET: charcoal-black

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FORMULA & MY THOUGHTS I love this palette because I find it to be very unique. It has quite a few different shades that I have never seen in other palettes. Some of my favorites shades include: nebula, opulent, svelte, and rave. Nebula is pretty amazing and I loved using it in my look down below. Also, I think that Svelte is super unique with its olive tones. The formula is just like the Warm Neutrals one. I feel like they have improved their formula quite a bit compared to some previous palettes of theirs. The shadows are very easy to work with. They’re very pigmented, blendable, and soft. They’re aren’t powdery which is nice, but some of the glittery shades have a little fall-out. Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Easy to work with
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Unique and fun shades
  • Paraben free!

Cons

  • Price, although I don’t personally think it is all that bad compared to other palettes out on the market.
  • Mirror doesn’t stand up
  • Glittery shades have some fall-out
  • Not available in a lot of stores so hard to find unless purchasing online.

FOTDs

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With that, I hope that you enjoyed this post! Do you have this palette? What do you think of it? Comment and let me know if you enjoy my palette reviews and what palette review you would like to see next. Hope you all have a wonderful day and weekend!

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Kat Von D Monarch Eye Shadow Palette Review

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I blame YouTube and Kat Von D herself for me buying the butterfly eye shadow palette collection. Awhile back, Sephora’s YouTube channel had released a video of Kat Von D herself introducing her two new palettes. The two palettes from this collection are called Monarch and Chrysalis. If you have been following me, it may be no surprise to you that I love palettes. So I had to jump on the opportunity to purchase them. I first will be doing the Monarch palette review and then soon after I will be doing the Chrysalis review.

A SEPHORA OVERVIEW
All information down below in italics can be found on the Sephora site found here.

What it is: An alluring, warm-toned eyeshadow palette with a stunning composition of colors—three large base shades and nine transformative accent hues—for a spectrum of stunning eye looks. 

What it does: From delicate to daring, experience a rebirth of color and explore endless eye looks with the Monarch Eyeshadow Palette. Featuring warm-toned shades in an ingenious arrangement that gives you the biggest basics and the most accent hues, now you’ll have the freedom to create your heart out without running out of the go-to colors. Relish in the luxurious texture of triple-milled powder, which picks up instantly and lays down with a one-sweep, full-coverage application. The patented Power Last™, long-wearing formula gives you buildable, from dawn-to-dusk drama, while an infusion of antioxidants including rose extract and vitamins A, C, and E all work to keep your eyelids hydrated and protected. 

What else you need to know: Inspired by the metamorphosis of the butterfly, Kat created this palette to give you endless ways to transform your eyes every day. The palette is decorated with original artwork derived from her love of butterflies—a symbol of rebirth and renewal. Follow Kat’s tutorials for tips and inspiration.

PACKAGING

Something about Kat Von D’s palettes are they all have amazing packaging!  With Kat Von D being an artist herself, she of course designs her own palettes covers. You can tell that she spends a lot of time perfecting each and every detail of her design. This palette cover is probably one of my favorites of the ones I have seen of her brand. I love butterflies! I even have a tattoo of a butterfly. I feel like a butterfly symbolizes freedom because it has the ability to fly wherever it wants to. Maybe, that sounds cheesy, but that is what my tattoo symbolizes to me. Anyway, the cover has a monarch butterfly on it as you can see in the photo below. The cover to this palette is so very her, especially since she added the skulls to the end of the butterfly wings. The back of the palette has a lot of detail in it as well because on each side of the names there is the same butterfly wings. This palette feels very sturdy and does have a magnetic closure. I know I heard a lot of people were upset that it wasn’t her usual tin packaging. Well, I actually like this cardboard type of packaging over her normal tin. The inside of the palette has a nice sized mirror which isn’t that important to me because I never use those mirrors. But, it would be nice for travel purposes.

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PRICING AND SIZE

The price of this palette is $46.00 which is expensive, but most palettes from Sephora are around that price range. That is because it is more of a “prestige” brand. Also, remember that this is a Sephora only exclusive brand. You can either buy it in store or online. Also, with the always moving makeup industry this palette won’t be available for much longer. I assume she is working on her next palette by now. It is crazy that some makeup brands are already bringing out Fall 2014 collections! Aaaahhh…. slow down! It is still Summer!

On the back of the palette it says, “Keep your look ever-changing, highlight eyes with 3 textural bases and accentuate with 9 transformative colors.” According to Sephora the amount of shadows included are: 3 x 0.095 oz and 9 x 0.049 oz. Those are pretty nice sizes if you ask me. More information found here

THE SHADES
This palette comes with a bunch of different finishes and shades. This is a very warm toned palette with brown, gold, copper, and orange shades. This palette has shimmery, pearl, and matte finishes as well. Because of that, there is a multitude of looks that a person could come up with using this palette.  I am horrible at describing colors, so I am showing you the descriptions off of Sephora’s website for each of the shades. I would try and describe them, but I feel like the most important part of the review is the use and ease of the shadows.

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Textural Bases

  1. entomology: matte cream
  2. telopathy: pearl gold
  3. tiny death: glitter cream

Transformative Colors

  1. wrath: deep pearl orange
  2. papillo: pearl chocolate
  3. summerfly: glitter gold
  4. killing jar: pearl copper
  5. delaney: pearl silver
  6. vanish: matte taupe
  7. disintegration: pearl brown
  8. shadow box: matte chocolate
  9. deadhead: matte black

THE SWATCHES

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FORMULATION

What I love about eye shadow is each makeup brand has a different formulation for their shadows. Some are better than others and some are more expensive than others as well. But, pricing doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Something that I noticed about the formula from this palette is that they’re super soft. Due to the softness, it makes them very powdery.  If you put too much on your brush the shadow will go everywhere. So what I recommend is a light hand. With that being said, I really do enjoy the formula. The shadows being powdery does not bother me at all because they’re soft and easy to work with. It does have some fall out so usually I do my foundation afterwards. But, the fallout isn’t terrible either. The shadows are super pigmented so only a little amount is needed. My favorite shades are the first 3 of the tranformative shadows: wrath, papillo, and summerfly. Using those shadows creates a gorgeous look! Another thing that I love about this palette is that it is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. That is a big time pro for me!  I think that this palette is perfect for Fall, but in all reality could be used all year around.

PROS

  • Gorgeous and unique packaging
  • Softness of shadows
  • Pigmentation
  • Only need a tiny amount so palette will last a long time
  • Size/amount of shadows included
  • Study palette with mirror included
  • Paraben, sulfate, and phthlate free
  • Made in the USA

CONS

  • Price
  • Powdery
  • Limited Edition
  • Only available through Sephora

A RANDOM FOTD

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Overall, I highly recommend picking up this palette if you get the chance. This is such a fun warm toned palette and I have had a lot of fun creating looks using it. So far, I am quite impressed with Kat Von D’s makeup brand. Recently, I picked up one of her blushers so that review will be coming up soon. Comment down below if you have this palette or are thinking about picking it up. I love reading your comments!

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Sephora +Pantone Universe Color of the Year Palette Review

I blame this purchase on Coffee Break with Dani! If you don’t know who she is, you need to check her out! Well, I watched one of her videos on this palette, and yeah, I had to get it! I got this palette during my huge haul a couple months ago. I know, you’re probably thinking, Brittany, another palette? Yes, palettes are my favorite makeup item and this one is totally different from anything that I have!

Each year Pantone Universe decides on a color and gives it the crown of being,  “the color of the year.” They then team up with Sephora and make an exclusive beauty collection dealing with that crowned color of the year. Some examples include: eye shadow palettes, blush palettes, lip products, and nail polish. This year, 2014, the color of the year is radiant orchid. I am in love with this color! It is a favorite color of mine. I think it would make a perfect bridesmaid dress shade. I’ll have to keep that is mind.

This palette is available at some Sephora stores and online. You can find it online here. The Sephora that I go to already is sold out, so I suggest ordering it right away if you want it! Remember it is exclusive and a limited edition!

 OUTER PACKAGING

The outer packaging is quite big, but the palette itself is quite big as well. That just means a lot of eye-shadows! 😀  I even got a big Sephora bag for this purchase! The outer sleeve slides off,  then there is a spot to place the finger to take the palette out of the package.

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The back of the outer packaging shown below. Continue reading for the description on the back of the packaging. “Lush, modern, feminine-and irresistibly versatile. This year, Sephora + Pantone forecast beauty’s most convertible color. Radiant Orchid, a deeply flattering flush for eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails. Setting a hypnotic tone for the seasons ahead, this limited edition Color of the Year Collection unfolds every dimension of its vivid appeal, from petal-sheer luminosity to widely rich pigments. Go boldly, tint softly, shade your appeal. Let its ravishing glow excite your artistry and exhilarate new looks in 2014 Define your femininity with Radiant Orchid.”

“Learn the most captivating ways to wear it on eyes-from smoldering strokes to blushing accents-with makeup luminary Aaron de Mey’s six styles of the moment. Designed by the master artist himself, each exclusively curated palette and shadow look plays up a different nuance of this potent hue. Shade, blend, explore. Let these radiant ideas inspire your artistry and exhilarate your beauty in 2014” (Also, found on back of outer packaging.)

  • Made in the USA
  • Net WT. 0.059 oz x 24, 0.11 oz x 1/1.7 g x 24, 3.1 g x 1
  • Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Kaolin, Mica, BHT, Octyldodecanol, Myristyl Lactate, Myristyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Microcrystalline Wax, Cetyl Palmitate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate. (From Sephora’s website here. Also, on back of packaging.)

 

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PALETTE PACKAGING

I am in love with the packaging! I love the shade and I love how it has an ombre effect. The palette is very sturdy and sleek. Since it is a bigger palette, storage may be an issue. But, it doesn’t bother me because one day I will get the Alex 9 drawer and this palette will have a perfect home! The first time I opened this palette I thought I broke it! I looked further and noticed little knobs sticking out (I’ll post a photo below.) It does make a clicking sound every time this palette gets closed. All in all, love the packaging!

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A picture of the knob that I was talking about.

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The back of the palette is nothing special. It shows all the color names, amount of eye shadows included, etc.

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The palette does include a huge mirror which I love! Also, the palette’s mirror does stay up which is a big pro! This palette comes with a loose clear sheet with the color quad names and the shade numbers. I have a few problems with how they did this. First of all, it would have been nice if they actually printed the quad names and shade names on the actual palette in little writing. But, instead the names of the quads and the numbers are on that clear sheet and the color names are on the back of the palette. My problem with that is now I need to keep that clear sheet because the quad names are not included on the back of the palette. Not sure why, but it just annoys me that the names can’t all be in one place. But, that is just me being nit-picky.

THE PREMISE OF THIS PALETTE

So this was a big selling point for me when buying this palette. This palette included 6 different quads and a radiant orchid shade on the bottom of the palette. The idea of this palette is to incorporate the color of the year shade into all of the 6 quads. This palette came with a look book as well to help get ideas. I really like all the ideas in this look book. When I saw this on Coffee Break with Dani, I knew I had to have it. The idea book has a lot of cute ideas and fun ones too! Although, all the ones below were of  my own creation.

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THE QUADS & SHADES

Aren’t the colors gorgeous?!? Love it!

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Here is a picture of all the shades, except without the clear name sheet and with some use.

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*In all the looks that I created with this palette, I incorporated the color of the year into it, just like the premise of the palette.

CREAM DREAM

This is the lightest quad of them all. It makes for a very soft look. This is my least favorite quad, but all in all, it has a good array of shades.

Pink Champagne: matte nude
Peach Whip: shimmery peach
Almost Apricot: apricot shade with glitter
Fairy Tale: pale matte pink

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RARE EARTH

This is a very neutral looking quad with a good variety of shades to make a complete look.

Dawn: matte light nude
Rose Cloud: rose pink with shimmer
Camel: matte chocolate brown
Rain Drum: shimmery medium bronze-brown

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BIRD OF PARADISE

This is probably the most shocking out of all the quads, but it is my favorite! I think that it is super fun! I am in love with the shade Glacier.

Glacier: iridescent shimmery mint green-aqua blue
Blue Spruce: deep frosty forest green
Cendre Blue:  medium shimmery ocean blue
Ensign Blue: deep midnight blue

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VENUS RISING

This quad has a nice array of shades. It isn’t a favorite of mine, but it is still wear-able.

Sheer Pink: matte off-white
Fudgesickle: maroon brown with shimmer
Vineyard Wine: matte wine shade
Mulberry Purple: a purplish-blue frosty shade

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PRIMAL FLOWER

The is my second favorite quad, because I love the shimmery gold shade. I also love the look that I created with this quad.

Cornsilk: a shimmery yellow gold
Toasted Almond: matte tan shade
Red Violet: shimmery cranberry
Deep Taupe: metallic deep brown taupe

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MIDNIGHT ORCHID

What is a palette without a black shade? This quad you could make a light look with and you can make a darker look as well. I went for the darker look as you can tell in the picture.

Snow White: matte white
Silver: metallic silver
Quiet Shade: metallic gunmetal silver
Caviar: matte black

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RADIANT ORCHID

Of course, the lovely color of the year has the biggest pan, which makes a lot of sense! 🙂 I really love this shade and think it is a perfect radiant orchid. I would describe this shade as a matte raspberry with a slight frosty finish.

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FORMULA

This is my first time using Pantone Universe shadows and I am quite impressed with them. I love the softness and the blendability of the shadows. Since they’re super soft, the shadows do have some fall-out. The shades are super pigmented, especially the shimmery and frosty shades. The matte shades are also pigmented, which is a good thing!

OVERVIEW

I am in love with this palette because it’s so versatile. I can make a multitude of looks. Just because shades are in quads, doesn’t mean they can’t be mix-matched. With this palette, I have pinks, purples, greens, blues, and neutrals. I have mattes, shimmer, and frosty shades. If you have noticed, I love the premise of this palette 🙂 ! It is a ton of fun to incorporate the color of the year shade, radiant orchid, into the large array of quads shades. This palette can put people out of their comfort zone, because it is taking a shade that you might not necessarily pair with other shades, but believe me it is worth it. If they bring out another palette like this next year, with the color of the year for 2015 (aaah 2015, I’m getting old?!? Well, we’re all getting old-er!), I will definitely be picking it up!!  Remember, that this palette is a limited edition, so if you want it make sure to hurry up and add it to your cart!

With that, I really hope you enjoyed this palette review! Let me know if you have tried any of the color of the year products. Let me know what you think of this palette? Would you buy it if you saw it at Sephora? Did this review tempt you to buy this palette? Comment and let me know! I love hearing from you all! 😀

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Day 15: Kat Von D Esperanza Palette Review

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Can you believe that we’re halfway through April? That is crazy! Want to know another crazy thing? I checked the weather last night before I went to bed and it says that it is supposed to snow on Wednesday! I sure hope not! Last year it snowed during the end of April, so I guess I wouldn’t be surprised if Minnesota throws us another snow storm. I have been really slacking on my palette reviews lately, but I promise I have much more to come. I was debating on which palette review to do first and I decided on my Kat Von D Esperanza palette because I feel like it has perfect Spring colors. Back in February I first heard about this palette when I was searching through my YouTube subscription feed. I found a video on Sephora’s channel of Kat Von D describing her new palette called, “Esperanza.” I’ve never had anything from the Kat Von D makeup line which is only available at Sephora, but these colors were just calling my name. Kat Von D is a very popular tattoo artist and she even has her own show. I’m not sure if it is still on, but I know she had one in the past. The eye look that she wore in parts of the video with the mint green and purple shadow made me want this palette. I felt like they were gorgeous colors and I had nothing like this palette in my collection. In the video Kat Von D states that the word “Esperanza” means a lot to her because of her Latin heritage, and that Esperanza meant hope. The next time I went to Sephora I decided to pick it up. I got the last one there at the time so I was super happy that it wasn’t sold out. I did link the video down below in case you’re interested in watching the video.

SEPHORA’S VIEWPOINT

What Sephora says about this palette is down below and all in italics.  Information found on Sephora’s website here.

  • What it is: A fresh palette of eight long-wear, full coverage shadows that deliver matte, pearl, and high-glitter finishes, plus one transformative color veil. 
  • What it does: Inspired by the transformative spirit of spring, this luxurious eye shadow palette contains a variety of shades ranging from subtle mattes to bold shimmers and pearls. The transformer shade, Dayglo, can layer on to each color to add a unique dimension. A built-in mirror helps you create an abundance of on-the-go eye looks. 
  • This set contains: – 0.035 oz x 8 eye shadows in Selena (glitter purple), Dayglo (transformer shade, iridescent white), Galore (pearl peach), Placebo (matte peony pink), Santeria (glitter greenish grey), Archangel (sparkle seafoam green), South (matte beige), Dog Roses (sparkle bronze) 
  • What it is formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens 
  • What else you need to know: Palette is infused with rose extract to moisturize delicate eyelid area. 

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PRICE

This is a palette only available at Sephora so the prices are going to be higher than lets say a drugstore brand. Sephora sells more prestige makeup brands. This palette retails at $36.00. I think that it is actually a good price if you think about other palettes and their prices.

PACKAGING

This Esperanza palette comes in a matching box. Since it has the same images as the palette itself, I didn’t feel bad throwing away the outer box. I think that the packaging is very Kat Von D. The images that she used for this palette were hand drawn by Kat Von D herself. I think that it is very cool that she took so much time in designing her palette cover. I really love the colors she chose. I’m not crazy about skulls, but it is very fitting for this palette in my opinion. I love the details and all the colors that went into the palette cover. I love the variety of flowers. The gorgeous flowers also go inside around the mirror and onto the back side of the palette as well. It is made out of sturdy cardboard and does have a magnetic closure. I know some people were upset over the packaging not being tin like her previous palettes. I prefer that this palette would be made of sturdy cardboard than tin. It does have a good sized mirror, although it does not stay up. This doesn’t really bother me because I usually never use palette mirrors. Overall, I am quite impressed with this palette’s packaging. I don’t think that Kat Von D should have changed a thing.

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INGREDIENTS

These ingredients listed are off the Sephora website. See link above. I do really love that it is formulated without parabens! The shadows are also formulated with rose flower extract as stated by Sephora.

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Squalane, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Trimyristin, Potassium Sorbate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Carmine (Ci 75470). (+ / -) : Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140:1), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090:2), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (77019).

EYE SHADOW COLORS

If you’re a fan of color, I’m sure you would agree with me that this palette comes with amazing color options. If you’re a more neutral person I would recommend a different palette. I would have never thought to put these shades together, but somehow they work well together. I feel like each shade compliments each other.

Top 4 shades: selena, dayglo (transformer shade), galore, and placebo.
Bottom 4 shades: santeria, archangel, south, and dog roses.

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SWATCHES 

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Selena
This purple shade is gorgeous! I have never seen a purple quite like this in any palettes out on the market today. I would describe it as a shimmery medium toned purple with silver glitter, that almost looks a little turquoise in certain lighting. I really love this shade and it is my favorite out of the palette. Purple is also my favorite color so that is no surprise that it is my favorite shade.  I think that this shade could be used just about anywhere on the eye (inner portion of eyelid or outer corner), it just depends on what kind of look you’re going for.

Daylo
This shade is considered the transformer shade. According to Kat Von D applying this shadow over other shades gives it a different look and by using this shade you will find these secrets shades that you’ve never seen before. I would describe this shade as a shimmery pearly white with a green shift. I wish that you could tell by the pictures but there is a slight greenish tint in this color. I find it to be gorgeous! I think that this shade could be used by itself and by doing this it will add a glowing look to your eye look. I haven’t noticed much change to the colors when I apply it over the other shades, but playing around with this shade it does seems to give shades a slight greenish shift. All in all, I really love this transformer shade.
Galore
This shade I haven’t used as much as the others, but I do love it in the look that Kat Von D created in that video above. The color is gorgeous and perfect for Spring. This shade is a very wearable, because it isn’t too dark of an orange. I would describe it as a perfect pearly tangerine shade. This shade could be used anywhere on the eye as well, just depends on what kind of eye look you’re creating.
Placebo
Another perfect shade for Spring! It is a gorgeous matte peachy-peony pink shade. It is nice that they included a matte shade in this palette. This shade could be used anywhere on the eye as well, just depends on what kind of eye look you’re creating.

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Santeria
I love this shade. It is perfect for adding dimension to a look. I would describe this shade as a charcoal deep grey with greenish-turquoise sparkles. It turns into more of a greenish charcoal when the transformer shade is added. You could use this shade anywhere, but it is my favorite to use in the outer corner. Although, you could use it in the inner portion of the eyelid for a more darker dramatic look.
Archangel
This shade is the other reason I really wanted this palette, besides the purple. I love mint green so that is probably why I love this shade so much. It has more of a satin finish with blueish tint sparkles. This can be applied in the inner portion of the eyelid or the outer portion as well.
South
This is the shade that completes the palette. It is a matte light beige. I say that it completes the palette because it can be used as a base color or for blending out harsh lines. Since it is matte it is a great under the eyebrow highlight shade. Using this shade helps make the eye shadows look more together in an eye look.
Dog Roses 
This shade is awesome! It is perfect for adding dimension just like santeria. This one I like to use in the outer corners and into the creases. It is a nice shimmery bronze color. 

FORMULA

I use a variety of makeup brushes, with Sigma being the main ones for applying eye shadows. When I first dipped my brush in these shadows for the first time, the shadows seemed very powdery. Yes, they may be more powdery, but I still think they have amazing quality. They’re super soft and very blendable. I find these shades to be super pigmented. Now that I know better, I barely tap my brush into the shades because a little goes a long way. Using too much shadow on your brush will cause more of a mess and will also cause more fall-out. These eye shadows aren’t my favorite formulation, but honestly this palette is still amazing.

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If I had the choice to go back into time at the day at Sephora, I would still purchase this lovely palette. I love that I got to try a Kat Von D palette. The colors are amazing! This palette is a favorite of mine right now! It is simply gorgeous! Overall, I am quite impressed with this palette. I’m very excited to have it in my collection and I definitely see myself grabbing for it numerous times this Spring and Summer.

I really hope you all enjoyed this palette review! Let me know if you have tried this palette or if you have tried any other Kat Von D palettes. I have heard a lot of great things about her other makeup items that she has such as her liquid eyeliner and her tattoo foundation. Comment and let me know if you like eye shadow palette reviews and which one you would like to see next. Also, what do you think of my new graphic I made?

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Box Swap Item #2 Review: Sleek Storm Palette

Time for another box swap review! When Effie and I first started talking about doing a blog swap, I told her that I wanted to try a Sleek eye-shadow palette. Browsing Sleek’s website, I knew that they had quite a few amazing palettes. The ones that I knew I definitely wanted were either the Storm palette or the Garden of Eden palette. I wasn’t sure which one I would get, but I was excited when I opened it and saw STORM written across the palette’s packaging! I live up in Minnesota and sometimes we get tornado warnings. I’ve never been in a tornado (*knocks on wood), but I have seen very interesting colors in the sky and this palette reminds me of that. I remember staying at my brothers hiding out in the bathroom with my sister-in-law and nieces as bad weather was coming. Thankfully, the tornado didn’t really form and come that near us. But, it was sure windy and hailing and the sky was strange colors.

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The Packaging

Here is the outer packaging that this palette comes in. Nothing spectacular, but gets the job done!

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The palette itself! I really like how sleek the palette it. It also seems sturdy too!

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The back of the palette. It was made in China.

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The palette comes with a nice mirror that actually stays up!!! Once again, I think of Xsparkage and her Viagra reference.

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The Shadows

Comes with 12 shadows in a variety of colors and finishes. The amount of each shadow is: 12X1.1g/12×0.03oz.

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The Swatches

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  1. This color is a lot of fun, I would describe it as a shimmery beige medium gold. It is super pigmented! I had fun incorporating this shade into my St. Patrick’s Day inspired looks.
  2. Another fun color that helps lighten up the look. It is a shimmery, yet gorgeous champagne shade that I think helps complete the palette. I like using this shade in my inner corner. I used it in my look #2 down below.
  3. This is a very important shade because it is a matte medium brown which I think is a perfect crease color. This palette is mostly shimmery, so it is nice to have a matte included.
  4. This shade is crazy pigmented! I would describe this shade as a shimmery milk chocolate brown. This is a perfect color to use on the outer eye or outer V and into the crease for a darker look.
  5. Love this shade! This was actually the first shade I tried since I was wearing a blue top. Why not wear blue eye-shadow? I would describe this shade as a shimmery midnight blue.
  6. Also love this shade because I love green! I would describe this shade as a shimmery forest green. This is the shade that I used in my St. Patrick’s Day Inspired looks down below.

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  1. I feel like this is the perfect gold shade. I would call it a shimmery medium gold that is super pigmented.
  2. In love with this color! It is crazy pigmented. I would describe this shade as a shimmery medium rose pink.
  3. This shadow isn’t as pigmented as the one above, but still pigmented. This shadow compliments the shade above very well when used together. I would describe this shade as a shimmery (light) cranberry.
  4. I also incorporated this shade into my #1 FOTD down below along with the other blue shade above. I would describe this shade as a shimmery greyish-blue. It is also nicely pigmented.
  5. Another perfect shade to have in the palette for a crease shade. I would describe it as a matte taupe-brown.
  6. Just a regular matte black shade. It is pigmented and can be used to add a little more depth into the outer V.

My Overall Thoughts

I love love love love this palette! I think the shades are gorgeous! The eye-shadows are very pigmented, very blendable, and affordable! This is a very shimmery palette, so it might not be for everybody, but I love the shimmer. Like I said above, it also has some mattes. The only thing really missing is a highlight shade for under the eyebrow. Usually I just grab my Naked 2 and use the color Foxy. I recently went to Mall of America (I will be posting that haul here soon) , and the worker at the Sigma store complimented on my eye-shadows. She made me smile! 🙂 In case you were wondering, it was FOTD #4. Also, the palette is really hard to open. Trying to open it made me chip my gel polish. But, now that I have opened it a few times, it is getting easier.  It also comes with a foam applicator, which seems nice and applied the shadows nicely. But, in the end, I would rather use my makeup brushes, so I ended up throwing that away. Overall, this palette is amazing and I will continue to use it regularly.

My FOTDs

#1: Blues

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#2 Neutral Pink

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#3 Gold/Greens (St. Patrick’s Day Inspired)

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#4 More Inspired Greens for St. Patrick’s Day

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#5 More Blues

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Some Mirya & Maddie Photos! 

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This palette really got me intrigued with this brand. I really want to try out some more of their palettes and other makeup items. These palettes come in 16 shades. I am loving Garden of Eden, Vintage Romance, and I-Candy! I-Candy would be perfect for Summer! They all look amazing!

Once again, you thank Effie for sending me this lovely palette!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy

Palette Review: Sigma Beauty Warm Neutrals

So a lot of people may know that I love eye shadow palettes! I love creating many different looks with many different eye shadow colors and finishes. You may also know that I’m not afraid of color either. I could wear a purple eye as a during the day look and love it. But, it seems like during Winter I am loving my neutrals. Pretty much almost every cosmetic company has their form of a neutral palette and a lot of them seem repetitive. Sigma Beauty is one of my favorite cosmetics companies, and when I got a birthday certificate from Sigma I knew I had to get my hands on their new palette.This palette is part of the Sigma Enlight collection and is called Warm Neutrals.

What Sigma says about their  palette, “The Sigma Beauty Warm Neutrals Eye Shadow Palette is comprised of 12 new neutral shades of rich, warm hues giving you the ability to create endless options for a lit-from-within glow. This collection features matte, frost, sheen, duo-chrome and shimmer finishes. Paraben-free.” Information below.

  • See the entire Sigma Enlight Collection on their website here. This collection also includes blushes, bases, lip glosses, and many more.
  • See the Warm Neutrals palette on their website here.

PACKAGING

The palette comes in a outer sleeve as you can see below in the photos. I think that it makes it look very modern and sleek. The outer sleeves on palettes are there just to keep the palette protected, but usually I throw them away.

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The back of the outer sleeve that shows the names of the shadows included.  There is a sticker that says that it was hand checked by Sigma Beauty. It also states the ingredients and the size.

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The palette itself is black and feels very sturdy. It has a magnetic closure which is nice! I really like the look of this packaging with the silver logo and the Sigma wording across the middle of the palette. I think that it makes it look nice and high quality.

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It also includes a nice sized mirror, although it doesn’t like to stay up like most palettes.  Just like XSparkage would say…this palette could use some Viagra!

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THE EYE SHADOWS

I think that this palette includes a nice array of colors and also finishes making it different from other neutral palettes that I have. There are shimmery shadows and also matte shadows. Each shadow is imprinted with the Sigma name which I think makes it look nice and unique. I will let you know that I took these photos before using this palette so slowly the Sigma imprint will go away.

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THE SWATCHES

Row 1
OYSTER SAND: shimmery light baby pink. The shadow is pretty shear so it works best under a white base.
SUGAR MILK: matte light yellow beige. This shadow is a perfect  for a brow highlight.
MILD MANNERED: shimmery medium tanish-brown. This color works well as an all over shade.
DOVE: shimmery taupe brown. Here is another shadow that works well as an all over shade.

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Row 2
FAWN:
shimmery gold with glitter flecks. Love this color!!!
CINNAMON:
matte orange-brown. This is a color that I think is perfect as a crease color.
RUSSET:
deep reddish-brown with pink glitter. Love this color. 
BALANCED:
shimmery peachy-orange.

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Row 3
COZY:
matte medium brown. Perfect color to use as a crease color. 
INNOCENT:
matte medium pink. 
OPTIMISTIC:
shimmery raspberry pink with glitter.
WARM STONE:
matte chocolate brown with gold glitter.

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MY THOUGHTS
I really love this palette and I am glad that I got it! I think that Sigma improved their eye shadow formula with this palette. They’re not as powdery as others and very easy to work with. I still love Sigma’s other palettes, but I think that this one is one of my favorites from them. I love using my Sigma bases with this palette, especially Spy. I will be doing a post on those soon.

Pros

  • Great sturdy packaging
  • High quality shadows that are blendable
  • Nice array of colors and finishes
  • Very pigmented

Cons

  • Price $39.99, which isn’t crazy! But, the whole collection itself has a crazy price tag of $165.00 (remember it includes: blushes, eye shadow bases, brushes, lip glosses, and eyeliners). But still!!
  • Glittery shades have some fallout
  • Mirror doesn’t stay up which isn’t a big deal

SOME FOTDs FROM THIS PALETTE

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Here is another look I created!

 

Hope you enjoyed this post!! Let me know what palette review you would like next!!!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy

The Perfect 3 some: Naked 1, 2, & 3!!!

Yes I know the title does sound a little pervertive. But, I am just going by what Urban Decay calls the collection.

Urban Decay does it again…comes out with another Naked palette! I know this post is a little late. But, better now than never! The Naked 2 palette was one of my first Urban Decay palettes. I didn’t get the Naked palette until recently, because I knew I needed to have the Naked 3 when I saw it come out. Well…with that in mind, I needed to complete the collection! Hopefully they won’t come out with a Naked 4! So this post is going to be a comparison between the 3 of them and I will let you know which one is my favorite at the end. MAKE SURE TO TAKE THE POLL AT THE END!!! 

PACKAGING

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Naked

The original Naked palette’s packaging is different than the others. This one has a velvety feel to the packaging. It also opens up pretty easy, but the palette itself is pretty small and could fit easily in storage or in suitcases for travel.  The velvety feel honestly isn’t my favorite because lint sticks to it, and it doesn’t look as sleek as the others. You can already tell that in the picture there is lint sticking to it, and I got this palette about a month ago, but in reality, I took these pictures before even using it!

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Naked 2

When the Naked 2 palette came out they decided to totally change the packaging and made it out of tin. The palette itself is very sturdy and perfect for travel. I do like this better, but for some reason, it bothers me that it doesn’t match the original Naked.

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Naked 3

Then comes the Naked 3 palette where they decided to stick with the tin packaging, but they added some design to it with the ruffles. I think that it looks very nice and elegant!

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Mirrors

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THE PALETTES

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What Urban Decay says, “Everybody wants to look good NAKED! Far from a group of boring beige shadows, Naked Palette’s long, lean, seductive case is packed with TWELVE gorgeous bronze-hued neutrals, and includes our pro-quality Good Karma Shadow Brush.” Find out more on the Naked palette here.

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Naked 2

What Urban Decay says, “The most anticipated sequel of the decade. Naked2 has 12 pigment-rich, taupe and greige neutral eyeshadows. Our palette proves once again, neutral is anything but boring, (and is downright sexy when worn Naked). Feast your eyes on our shades ranging from pale to deep, matte to sparkly. This collection lets you achieve lots of neutral looks, smoky dramatic eyes, and everything in between. Let’s just say there’s a whole new way to get Naked!” You can get more information about this palette here

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Naked 3

What Urban Decay says, “Experiment with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter.” You can get more information here

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THE SWATCHES

I am going to describe the colors at the best of my ability. Since my eye shadow obsession started, I realized that there is a crazy amount of eye shadow colors out there and some of them are really hard to describe.

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VIRGIN: shimmery pale beige
SIN: shimmery pink champagne
NAKED: matte medium beige-brown
SIDECAR: shimmery bronze-brown
BUCK: matte medium brown
HALF BAKED: shimmery coppery bronze

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SMOG: shimmery dark brown
DARKHORSE: deep brown (chocolate) with sparkle
TOASTED: shimmery pinkish medium brown
HUSTLE: light shimmery dark chocolate brown
CREEP: grayish-black with silver sparkles
GUNMETAL: lightly shimmery blueish-grey

My Thoughts…

Pigmentation is amazing! Especially Sidecar, Half Baked, Smog, & Toasted! Those are the ones that seem to have more of a frostier finish. I love the color selection in this palette. With it, I can create a multitude of looks with the 12 shadows included. I can use the beginning shades for an everyday look or the end shades for a night-out look. Urban Decay is a fan of shimmer, as you can tell! If you’re not a fan of shimmer and only like matte shadows, then I would recommend a different palette. I do love my shimmery colors, but I also like to have some matte shadows. This palette includes both of these!

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FOXY: matte light beige
HALF BAKED:  shimmery coppery bronze (also in the Naked…boo for repeat colors!)
BOOTYCALL: lightly shimmery pink beige
CHOPPER: shimmery red-orange toned brown
TEASE: matte medium brown
SNAKEBITE: shimmery medium brown

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SUSPECT: shimmery brown champagne
PISTOL: shimmery taupe-grey
VERVE: shimmery grayish champagne
YDK: shimmery copper taupe
BUSTED: shimmery chocolate brown
BLACKOUT: matte dark black

My Thoughts…

Once again the pigmentation is there! This palette works the same way with starting with the lighter shadows and working its way up. I have had this palette the longest out of all 3 of them, so I have used this one more. Foxy is perfect for an everyday below the brow highlighter because it is matte. Half Baked, Chopper, Suspect, Verve, and YDK are the most pigmented of this palette, but they also have more of a frosty finish. Once again, Urban Decay loves shimmer! There are a lot of shimmer colors with the palette, but there is also a matte. I like to use matte colors in my crease, so I always reach for Tease. I love pairing Verve and Pistol together because it makes such a nice eye shadow look.

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STRANGE: matte pale pinkish-beige
DUST: shimmery pale pink with micro-glitter
BURNOUT: pinkish-peach satin
LIMIT: matte pinkish rose-beige
BUZZ: shimmery rose with glitter
TRICK: shimmery coppery pink

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NOONER: matte pinky-brown
LIAR: shimmery mauve pinkish brown
FACTORY: pinkish brown satin
MUGSHOT: shimmery pinkish taupe
DARKSIDE: deep mauve brown satin
BLACKHEART: purplish black with red micro-glitter

My Thoughts…

I think that this palette is gorgeous! I love the rose gold theme! I love the colors Buzz, Trick, and Mugshot the most. I pretty much like all the colors, except I am not a fan of Dust. The glitter is too chunky in this shadow. I just think that they could have done better. The first time I used it, I put it in my inner corner. It wasn’t too bad using it there, but it is patchy all over the lid. I think that Blackheart is a nice shadow to add dimension to an eye look.


THE BRUSHES

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The first brush is from the original Naked palette. It is only single sided 😦 ! Some people don’t like double sided brushes. I like keeping these brushes in their palettes so it works well for me. Otherwise, I prefer single sided brushes due to storage issues.  The brush itself is just a simple eye shading brush. This brush is perfect for picking up shadow and placing it on the eyelid.

The second brush is from the Naked 2. This brush also has a simple eye shading brush perfect for placing shadow on the eyelid. But, it is shorter and has less bristles. The second side of this brush is what I would consider a crease brush. It is perfect for adding color in the crease, but it can also be used for blending. If I want a more defined crease color, I use a smaller brush that fits my crease better.

The third brush is from the Naked 3. This brush has the same type of simple eye shading brush for placing shadow on the eyelid just like the other 2, but the other side is a bit different. It is flatter so this works more for a blending brush.

THE EXTRAS

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Each of the palettes came with a little extra something!

The Naked came with an Urban Decay eye shadow primer.
The Naked 2 came with a travel size Lip Junkie lip gloss in the color Naked.
The Naked 3 came with 4 samples of eye shadow primer potion.

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Urban Decay has 4 different eye shadow primers and they included sample sized portions of each. At first I wasn’t excited about this, because it’s a small sample and it probably would dry out between uses. But, then I decided that it is cool to be able to try all the primer potions.

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I have not used these yet and I don’t want to open them all at once, so I went off of Urban Decay’s website on the description of these colors.

  1. Original : nude (dries invisibly) This is the same primer potion that came with the original Naked.
  2. Sin: champagne shimmer
  3. Eden: nude matte finish
  4. Anti-Aging: minimizes the appearance of wrinkles in 8 weeks

A CLOSER COMPARISON

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Naked

  • Warm toned
  • Bronze hued

Naked 2

  • Cool toned
  • Taupe hued

Naked 3

  • Rose Gold hued

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How do you know if you should wear cool toned or warm toned makeup?

That is a good question. It is honestly based on personal preferences. I think that the Naked 3 is totally different from the other 2, and took a whole new take on neutrals. The Naked and Naked 2 are very similar, but yet different. If you like more bronze toned or brown neutrals, then I recommend the Naked. But if you like the taupe grayish colors, I recommend the Naked 2. All the palettes have the same high quality Urban Decay shadow formula, with only 1 repeat shadow between Naked and Naked 2. Darkhorse in the Naked palette is a stand out shadow that I use a lot to make my eye look more brown hued, whereas in the Naked 2, I think that Pistol is a stand out shadow that makes my look more grayish taupe. In the Naked palette, Virgin is more shimmery and in the Naked 2, Foxy is matte. Working with both the palettes I would have to say that the original Naked is more shimmery, so if you don’t want all that, but still want a Naked palette, I would get the Naked 2. I mean, there are still a lot of shimmery shadows, but not as much. If you want a simple palette with some basic colors, check out Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palette. I don’t have that palette and I don’t plan on getting it either. It is a nice palette, but I don’t need it. If you’re interested on a review about that palette check out a fellow blogger’s review on it. Her name is Jacquelyn from The Little Scottish Corner and her link for that review is here.

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PRICE

The price is steep, but it is Urban Decay. They know that people love these palettes so I’m sure they make bank on these, but I don’t think that it is an outrageous price if you compare it to other cosmetic companies and their palettes.  It has gone up in price since I got my Naked 2, because I’m pretty sure it was only $50. All three palettes come with 12 x 1.3 g or 12 x 0.05 US oz.

OVERVIEW OF THE NAKED PALETTES
Pros

  • Pigmentation is amazing!
  • Wide variety of neutral colors
  • Shimmery and matte shades included (some may look at that as a con depending on if you like shimmery shadows or not)
  • High quality brushes
  • Can build numerous looks with just 1 palette since there is a highlight shade, crease shades, all over lid shades, and many more in each palette.

Cons

  • Price
  • Different packaging (here is where my OCD comes in)
  • Poor quality glue! When I got the Naked 2 some of the eye shadow pans fell out. It was very annoying because I had to pull up a photo of the palette and place them back in the correct spot and re-glue them. It was annoying because it wasn’t that old! I haven’t had any problems since then with any of my palettes. But, one of my Too Faced palettes did the same thing! Come on cosmetic companies, for how much we pay for these palettes, they could at least have better glue! Like this post if you agree!

MY FAVORITE PALETTES IN ORDER FROM LEAST TO MOST!

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Sorry Naked 2, my original Naked palette! I feel bad for this little guy because I was at Sephora and The Naked and Naked 3 were sold out and they had about 5 of these left!

Number 2 goes to…

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I love creating bronze/brown hued looks with this palette. There are so many amazing shadows! I like my shimmery shadows so I like this one a lot. The pigmentation is amazing, especially the ones I listed above! I just wish it had a double sided brush, but oh well!!!

AND THE WINNER IS….

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I mean, look at the amazing shadows again!

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Since I love rose gold looks this palette is a must for me! I really love creating the eye looks with it! This palette also has the best packaging! I love the texture and the look of it!

SOME LOOKS I CREATED!

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Naked 2 (FYI, I am wearing the lip gloss that came with the Naked 2)

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So that concludes this lengthy post! I hope you enjoyed it! Comment if you made it to the end! Also comment if you have any of the Naked palettes! I love hearing from my followers!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy