In August, Urban Decay announced around a celebrity-attended online “funeral”, that it would be discontinuing a strange Naked palette (its many offshoots and franchises will remain). Gimmicky and self-aggrandising during initial glance, perhaps, though one has to give Naked a impost – a iconic palette of 12 nude, high-quality matte and glisten eyeshadows, has sole some-more than 30m units given it was launched 8 years ago. Beauty fans are in anguish – eBay has seen an 83% boost in searches for a palette. No one understands improved than we a incentive to squeeze a square of bona fide beauty history, though I’m not certain I’ll feel a loss. Naked has been so successful (read copied) that there are, to my eye, better, or during slightest some-more unsentimental versions available.
Smashbox creates some of a best eye palettes on a market. Its Cover Shot Minimalist palette (£24) is, like Naked, a cruelty-free, ethnically thorough brew of matte and shimmer, though contains fewer shades (eight), that is to a credit given any one is useful (if we wish a full monty, go for a glorious Full Exposure palette, £39.50). What we generally adore about a Cover Shot operation is that a dual bottom shades are double sized, given they’re used over a whole eyelid and hence run out initial (almost everybody has one nearby dull shade vessel in an differently full palette). So simple, so smart, so woefully rare. It’s a shining square of pack in a small, reduced-plastic palette, reduction a crappy applicators other brands rubbish time on.
A correct buy is NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals (£16). As a name signals, this is a warmer take on Naked, though a top rug of a generous, 16-shade palette has lots of neutral tones to stop a whole thing looking rusty. The colour boon is superb, and while I’m not assured anyone needs this many bare shadows, during a quid a colour, who unequivocally cares?
If you’re looking for a Rolls-Royce of bare palettes, provide yourself to Viseart, prolonged precious by makeup artists and now accessible here. Its Theory we Cashmere palette, £40, is a streamlined take on Naked – there are 3 any of a sublimely textured, densely imbued and peerlessly blendable mattes and shimmers – though in this instance, reduction is some-more and a box of all killer, no filler.
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