Urban Decay Naked Palette, $73

 

The palette contains seven of Urban Decay’s bestselling eyeshadows and five new colours. As the name suggests, they’re all in shades of brown except for some dark purple and grey options. There’s also an exclusive double-ended eyeliner pencil with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero (black) or Whiskey (brown) and a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

   

Rating: 3.5/5

I know there are some major fanatics out there waiting for this palette to arrive in Singapore – a quick check of Sephora Singapore’s Facebook page shows the sheer number of queries from its fans. There’s even a waiting list with 400 names already on it.

For me, palettes only work in the hands of creative people and I’m not one of them. So, I decided to try one shade a day. I found that they all gave me 3-dimensional colour, instead of looking flat and lifeless, which I really liked.

The exceptions were the lighter shades Virgin and Sin which were definitely too light for my olive skintone and I had to wipe them off after application because they looked too harsh. I also didn’t know how the dark purple shade Hustle could fit into the overall colour theme.

My favourite colours, surprisingly, were the matte brown shades Naked and Buck. Palettes with shimmery brown eyeshadows are a dime a dozen but the inclusion of a few matte shades helped balanced out the shimmer and it looked great as a base for my favourite black liquid eyeliner. A pink-brown shade called Toasted was also pretty and something I didn’t already have in my makeup stash.

A note of caution: Don’t try blending the black shades with the brown ones. I did this, thinking it’d give me a smoky eye but it ended up looking more murky than sexy.