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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 urbandecay.com 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 Konga.com. 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!