Beauty Battles #4: The Eyeshadow Palette

Hello there,

TGIF and all that good stuff…

The Eyeshadow Palette is the beauty bone of contention on this edition of my Beauty Battles. I’ll much rather buy palettes than single eyeshadows just because they are handier and very convenient to store. So let’s see if high end really is better in this case.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

You know those beauty products that are released and the whole beauty world is turned upside down in excitement? Well the Naked Palette is one of them. So much so that, a few months later, the Naked 2 was launched with pretty similar colours and people still went cray cray and snatched it up (me inclusive). Urban Decay sure knows how to get the people going; Apple is to Technology as Urban Decay is to Makeup. 

It contains 12 of the most beautiful eyeshadow colours that I have ever owned. Honestly when I got this palette, I wore nothing else on my eyes, day in day out. It was an obsession, lol. 8 of the shades are gorgeous neutrals; golds, bronzes, browns, champagne, nudes. The remaining 4 shades have more colour; pink, dark brown, plum and greys but they complement the neutrals very nicely.  If you favour a smokey eye then you will like this palette. The shades are mainly shimmery (but not in an annoying manner if you know what I mean) but you get two lovely matte brown shadows too.

The packaging is very sleek and expensive looking, covered in velvet with gold detailing. However the velvet does tend to gather up fluff so it’s a hard time keeping the exterior clean but that’s okay. The eyeshadows are rich and pretty pigmented. They feel very smooth to apply and last about twelve hours without creasing, very impressive. However, I am surprised that I experience a bit of fall out with a high end product like this one. I expected better from Urban Decay in this regard to be honest.

My absolute favourite is Half-Baked, it’s a gold shade like no other and I always include it somehow in my party makeup looks. Darkhorse, Toasted and Sidecar are great for everyday wear, paired with Naked or Buck in the crease; gorgeous! 

The palette comes with a flat shader brush which is pretty decent, much better than the rubbish applicators that you would usually find. It also comes with a mini bottle of the much raved about Urban Decay Primer Potion, (Read my UDPP review here) neat! 

It retails for £35/$44 which is expensive I must say but the eyeshadows are good quality and you get a nice brush and mini UDPP, value for your money if you ask me. You can buy it off the official website or Debenhams in the UK. Anyone know if it’s sold anywhere in Nigeria?

Sleek Makeup Oh So Special Palette

I recently added this to my Sleek Makeup collection and please believe that Sleek has blown me away yet again. I feel like I need to put it out there that I am in no way affiliated with the brand but I have pure love for many of their products *sigh*

The Oh So special palette again is a combination of many neutral shades and some darks. 7 of the shades are matte and 5 are shimmery. The colours are so beautiful and remind me a lot of the Naked palette with browns, nudes, bronze, champagnes, pinks and grey. Additionally, there is a matte jet black shade (Noir) which creates a killer smokey eye.
Like all Sleek eyeshadows, the colours are rich and super pigmented even without a primer. I also like the fact that the shadows no longer have the waffle print but are now smooth, I’m getting so much more colour pay off now.  Lasting power is great too, it goes strong for 12 hours without creasing.

The shade Gateau is one of my favourites from the Palette, beautiful rose gold shade. It reminds me a lot of Mac’s Expensive Pink eyeshadow. Other favourites are Gift Basket, Celebrate and Organza with Boxed and Wrapped Up making perfect transition colours.

Sleek being the ever pocket friendly brand, it retails for about N2100 in Nigeria and can be purchased from any of their Sleek stores nationwide or on In the UK, Superdrug will serve you this hot palette on a hot platter (rhymes?no?) for £7.99! 


Sleek Oh So Special
Urban Decay Naked (Photo Cred: Makeup and Beauty Blog)

For some reason, my lighting started to play up when I was trying to take pictures of the Naked palette swatched. It just didn’t photograph properly, so I’m using an image from one of my favourite beauty blogs. Isn’t it kind of creepy that our arms look similar? I could swear that that’s my arm, haha! 

The Final Verdict

So I had a hard time choosing a clear winner for this edition. I really like both palettes so I’ll pass the baton over to you guys for help. :-). It can either be based on the reviews in this post or personal experience. I will be tweeting the result of the general consensus on Sunday evening (@Yewizzy). 

So please leave a comment below; Which Eyeshadow Palette do you think should win today’s Beauty Battles? This should be fun! 

Peace and Love, 


**UPDATE From the comments here and on my Instagram (Yewizzy), The people love and have chosen Urban Decay Naked as the winner! 


  1. November 9, 2012 / 1:28 pm

    Nice, they too look so close, but the pigmentation of Urban decay looks alot stronger.NYX also has a close pallet to UD Naked.

    • November 11, 2012 / 10:50 pm

      They sure do? what's the NYX palette called exactly?

  2. Anonymous
    November 9, 2012 / 1:45 pm

    I defintely love urban decay, love their lipglosses and their packaging too…they are def the Apple of makeup- tai

    • November 11, 2012 / 11:01 pm

      Yayy..glad you agree with my

    • November 11, 2012 / 11:02 pm

      It surprised me too 🙂

  3. November 9, 2012 / 3:02 pm

    to think that you'd compare Urban Decay to Apple is pretty much spot on as Sleek loves to come up with new stuffs, just like Samsung, lol.

    • November 11, 2012 / 11:03 pm

      Sleek as just made my night…LOL

  4. November 9, 2012 / 9:29 pm

    I ADORE my Urban Decay palette…..but that Sleek one looks lovely. Ooooh, so hard to choose!!

    • November 11, 2012 / 11:03 pm

      haha, you're as confused as I am 🙂

    • November 11, 2012 / 11:05 pm

      Thank you dear, Sleek sure ticks all the right boxes 🙂

  5. November 10, 2012 / 7:48 am

    OMG I am getting that sleek palette! I'm a believer in affordable make up because I like to buy many n switch them out and I don't wear it often enough to spend too much. That urban decay naked palette is eeeeeverywhere, kinda put me off it cos it just seemed like a fad, meh.
    Since sleek is so easy accessible for me now that I'm in Nigeria, sleek it is!
    Great post as always!

    • November 11, 2012 / 11:00 pm

      Thank you dear..i know what you mean about the naked palette being times beauty products are overhyped and not worth the money at all..thankfully this is 🙂

  6. November 10, 2012 / 9:09 am

    I dnt have either but the reviews and swatches of the urban decay naked 1 palette has me lusting. definitely going for that 🙂

    • November 11, 2012 / 11:06 pm

      You are going NAKED, haha 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    November 11, 2012 / 5:57 am

    Nice review..urban decay wins for me..sleek is to shimmery

    • November 11, 2012 / 11:28 pm

      Thank you..and yes the Sleek eyeshadows may come off a tad too shimmery sometimes..

  8. November 13, 2012 / 9:13 pm

    Interesting and very inspiring these pictures.

    • November 21, 2012 / 10:11 am

      Thanks Clara..xx

  9. November 20, 2012 / 11:36 am

    can i paick all of it? haha. im just that greedy

    • November 21, 2012 / 10:12 am you can't 😀

    • November 21, 2012 / 10:13 am

      Thank you so much..Unfortunately I don't know anywhere specifically in PH that you can get the palette 🙁

  10. Anonymous
    January 15, 2013 / 10:05 am

    please do u know where i can get Urban decay naked 2 in Lagos?

  11. February 26, 2013 / 8:48 pm

    I love certain products from Sleek.. Like proper love them, eyeshadow inclusive..
    Lately though I have shied away from applying eyeshadows daily even sometimes when I'm going out, I don't.

    As a result of that alone, I'd go for the Urban Decay because the colours on that palette are easy for one like me right now. They look so metallic and glam..


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