Thursday, November 24, 2011

Nude, Naked, Natural Eyes & Such...

Posted by iamglamourpuss at 12:28 AM
For those who are not fans of bright colors, there are so many products geared towards natural looks. I suppose Urban Decay's highly sought-after Naked Palette was the one product that really got the snowball rolling this year. It's a nice palette, costs $48 and comes with a very nice UD brush. I picked one up. I think I've used it once so far. In my opinion, there isn't enough contrast between all of the colors and they tend to get muddy when blending them. Besides, after I read this blog by Affordable Beauty comparing the Urban Decay Naked Palette and E.L.F.'s Beauty Book Neutral Eye Edition, I am kicking myself over the $43 wasted. (But don't feel too bad, the E.L.F. Beauty Book is no longer available.)

I've picked up a couple of other neutral palettes I really like too. NYX Cosmetics has come out with some really great ones. NYX's Nude on Nude Palette is very nice. I like that there is a greater range of contrast, from white to black and everything in between. It's $25 and includes 10 lipglosses that slide out from underneath the shadows.

Most recently, NYX has launched their Butt "Naked" Eyes set. First of all, I did have a hard time getting past the name. "Butt Naked" just irritates me, in general. From what I have researched (sad, huh?) "Buck Naked" IS the original term, but was bastardized by the Yanks (that's us, in the States) to become "Butt Naked." Today, the terms are pretty much considered interchangeable. Although, I am having issues that it says Butt "Naked" Eyes on the actual lid of the palette.

But I'm rambling on a tangent, so let me reel it back in. I really love this set of shadows, blushes and highlighters. The shadows are great neutrals and the face colors are really wearable for most complexions. It is also $25, so it won't break the bank.

Now, if you really want a small collection of great neutral shadows, I recommend NYX's "I Dream of Jamaica" 5-color palette. I like browns and grays that are not too cool or too warm. If you use a brown that is too orange or has too much red, your eyes will look red and irritated. If your grays are too blue, you may get a look you weren't planning on. This smaller palette is gorgeous. If I could only recommend ONE palette of neutrals to someone, this would be it. There is a great shade for highlighting and great darks for creating a wonderful smoky look. And at $8.75, it's a steal!

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Discovering Beauty on November 24, 2011 at 2:35 AM said...

This is a really nice round up of products, I have the naked palette but I don’t pull it out as much as I should. I like the look of buck naked (I’ll use the UK term!) especially the blush and highlighter later. My favourite palette from NYX though is the one night in Marrakech, which is a collection of matte nudes and looks really pretty.

iamglamourpuss on November 24, 2011 at 8:00 AM said...

Discovering Beauty: I will have to check that one out! Thanks!

iamglamourpuss on November 24, 2011 at 8:04 AM said...

Oh yes, do you mean One Night in Morrocco? I've had my eye on that one. The only thing that stops me is that they are all mattes. While I like mattes, I like to mix up finishes.

The Glitzkrieg on November 24, 2011 at 9:49 AM said...

Target has the NYX palette again.
Personally, I hated it last year. I bought all of the eyeshadow sets and ended up returning each one because they were crumbly and chalky. Seems I was the only one NOT raving about it though.


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