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Friday, January 21, 2011

Neutral Wars Pulling Out Big Guns: Urban Decay vs Too Faced

Neutral eyeshadows are a woman's best makeup friend. They take the guess work and doubt out of your makeup routine and will never let you down. Over the past year or so, cosmetic companies have been battling for supremacy with neutral eye shadow palettes and sets, the most notable being Urban Decay's Naked Palette.

I was one of the fortunate few to receive a Naked Palette last summer and it is probably my favourite of all makeup palettes. The Naked palette is perpetually out of stock as the masses have responded to all reviews that have labelled this "The MUST Have product." In fact, in response to the high demand Urban Decay released this statement:

I'm sure you have seen countless swatches for this product but just in case you have been living under a rock for, here are some extras:

-high caliber pigmentation, texture and blendabilty
-true metallic shades (unlike MAC Mega Metal Shadows)
-includes 2 matte shades for balance and blending
-versatility and universality of colours
-amount of product you get for the price is unparalleled
-comes with a sample size Primer Potion and double ended eyeliner (or brush)
-is now part of Urban Decay's permanent collection so you will be able to get one with a little patience
-portable and durable packaging

-Sidecar is a beautiful colour BUT it has bucket loads of fallout when applied, blended, and as it wears during the day. Use with caution!
-get on the waiting list ASAP. This palette doesn't stay in stock for long

If your patience is being sorely tested and you can't wait, I found two wonderful alternatives that have similar colours and price points:

I am a huge fan of the Too Faced Shadow Collections. Both the Natural Eye Collection and the Neutral Eye Collection have similar colours to the Urban Decay Naked Palette. (For a full review click here)

-adorable vintage inspired packaging
-step by step cue cards to achieve various looks
-great range of colours that translate well from daytime to nighttime
-very smooth and pigmented
-mix of matte, satin, and glittery shades
-easy to travel with (I brought mine to Mayan Riviera over the summer and didn't need anything else)

-not all of the colours are the same size
-Nude Beach has fallout (similar scenario to Sidecar in Naked Palette)
-some of the cream shades can look chalky and crease if not applied over a primer or base

Have you jumped on to the neutral palette bandwagon?



At January 21, 2011 at 4:13 AM , Blogger Miss LV said...

I missed out on the naked palette last time, really want this new one now.


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