February 22, 2011


I am enjoying my Urban Decay NAKED Palette, that I managed to get after a long wait in January 2011. We all have seen gazillion swatches of this palette, so I was not very keen on swatching them all.
My Blog did feel NAKED without the pictures of NAKED Palette. So I decided to click a series of pics and some comparisons with other Neutral Palettes that I own.

A universally flattering palette that features 12 eyeshadows with a distinctly Urban look.
This long, lean, and seductive case comes packed with 12 gorgeous neutrals that work for absolutely everyone. Shades range from delicate champagne to gritty gunmetal, and feature five stunning new shades. A variety of textures, including glitter, shimmer, and matte, ensure that you'll never get bored. This versatile palette can go from office appropriate to a night on the town.

The colors of the shadows are:

Virgin: Nude satin
Sin: Champagne shimmer
Naked: Buff matte
Sidecar: Beige sparkle
Buck: Brown matte
Half Baked: Bronze
Smog: Golden brown shimmer
Darkhorse: Bronze-plum shimmer
Toasted: Taupe-bronze
Hustle: Mocha shimmer
Creep: Near-black metallic
Gunmetal: Dark grey metallic

The palette comes with a mini Primer Potion (original) and it is my Holy Grail eye primer. Its always handy to have a cute, mini bottle of one. Mine came with a dual ended eye liner in Zero and Whiskey. I loved the color Whiskey. Its a fantastic Chocolate brown, with absolutely no Shimmers or Glitter. Personally, I don't like Bourbon liner from Urban Decay much. I hope Urban Decay makes Whiskey in full size in the near future.

The palette will come with a full size eyeshadow Brush from now onwards and the price has increased by few dollars, which is fine too. I mean a full size, quality eyeshadow Brush is always welcome.

The colors in the palette are every Neutral shadow lovers dream. I like almost all the colors. The texture is smooth and no problem with the color pay off, Pigmentation or blending. It can get a bit shimmery at times. A bit over load of shimmer if I dare say.

The packaging though sleek and compact is a bit mess to clean. The velvet packaging gets dirty in the very first week of use itself and its absolutely impossible to clean it. Not a fan of Velvet at all.

Its a nice palette to own, especially if you are a Neutral Eyeshadow lover. Some colors are repeats from other palettes and a few are permanent too. There are very good chances that many cosmetic junkies like us will have repeats.

The very fact that all these full sized, neutral colors are nested in one sleek, Compact palette along with a mini primer potion and a liner duo (now, a brush in new palettes) at a good price are reasons good enough to own one.

I would not prefer paying whopping, insane amounts on ebay or other sites, simply because its a permanent palette and sooner or later will be available more easily.

p.s: Comparison Pictures to follow the next post.

February 18, 2011

NYX - The Runway Collection Palette

I was having real hard time finding the URBAN DECAY NAKED Palette. So in January, I ended up picking this NYX Palette from their RUNWAY Collection. This Palette is supposed to be good dupe for Naked Palette. I thought as it was not very expensive and had good Neutral Colors, lets give it a try.

The palette is called Champagne and Caviar Palette. It has a set of 10 Neutral shade eyeshadows with some basic highlighter, Lid and Crease color.
I really didn't try the palette for almost 2-3 weeks initially, with the hopes of finding the Naked Palette in new year. I did manage to the palette I wanted, but ended up trying this one anyways..

The colors look very pretty in pan, but unfortunately it did not perform as well as I expected. The NYX Single eye shadows that I have tried in the past were really good, but the colors in this palette were not as amazing as the singles.
With exception of 2 dark colors in second row and one color in first row, most of them had very sheer pay off. They required some good work to actually show up on me.
Some colors were actually chalky and difficult to work with. There was no fall out, except the pinkish color in second row. It was a bit on powdery side.
There were no Sparkles or chunks of glitter, which is actually a good thing for me (personal preference)

The palette has a good mix of textures. Some are shimmery, frosty and some of them are satiny and matte. Its a good thing to have a decent balance of finishes in a palette. It makes any palette more versatile and user friendly.

I really wanted to like the palette, especially because its Neutral, affordable n compact. There is a lovely mirror too. The size of that mirror is decently big and I could actually use the mirror to do my whole eye make-up. I wear glasses, so I need the mirror to be really close to see what all is going on in and around my eye.

I ended up giving the palette to a teenage daughter of my friend (sorry, no swatches). I also ended up buying one for her friend too. This pretty much shows young, teenage girls like this palette a lot. Its absolutely fine palette if you are starting with make up and do not want to shell out loads of money.

p.s: As a blogger, I end up buying many eye shadows from various brands. Most of the time the colors I pick are pretty much similar to each other, as I lean towards neutral shades a lot. This may have made me a bit picky with what I choose. I am by no means a Brand Snob..:)

February 17, 2011

Thank You!!

Thank you all for your kind comments on my update post. This is what I like about Blogging. Everyone cares so much! I honestly know that most of my Blog posts are not of very use. I mean who needs any other blog when we have Temptalia!! Still all of us care to read each others likings and ramblings and comment...:)

I am doing very well now and will resume back to my Blog Ramblings soon. Will start with some past pending posts and then move on to sharing some new hauls and stuff that I picked in past few weeks.

I will see you all around.


February 3, 2011

An Update...

hey my Friends,

A little update from my end. I am having a little health issue. Nothing serious, but gross...I have a bloody nose. Apparently the heating system in my house messed up with the capillaries inside my nostrils and they have cracked. Every time I look down for more than 10 minutes at a stretch, it starts to bleed. Gross, right?

I had Doctor's appointment yesterday, but due to bad Phili weather, my doc couldn't come to his clinic. Now, I have to wait another week, as the nearest date I got was next week.

To cut long story short, my blogging has to wait for a few more days. I miss talking and writing make up. Miss the chats with you all.

I will talk to you soon.

Stay good



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