When it comes to eyeshadows, Urban Decay have to be a clear winner for me. I use my beloved Naked Palettes on a daily basis and find their shadows to be best in terms of pigment and velvety consistency. Buttery soft and easily blendable, they really are the cream of the crop for me and I think they're worth every penny. Although my palettes get a lot of use and are ideal for taking abroad with me, I also have a selection of their singular pots. I thought I'd introduce you to my current favourite duo - one shade of which most of you will probably be quite familiar with...
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in 'Naked' | Matte | £14.00 | Link
Yep, you're right. This is the lighter of the two matte shades featured in the Original Naked Palette. I adore this colour and ran it down to the pan pretty sharpishly. I wasn't exactly keen on the idea of re-purchasing another Naked Palette purely for the sake of one shade so I was jolly well chuffed that they sell a singular version of it. I guess you could say it's nothing special - but I really do love it to bits and it's just the perfect blending shade for use in the crease of the eye. It's not too dark, so it doesn't look too heavy for during the day - a light dusting of it blended slightly up towards the brow bone provides a lovely, subtle bit of shadow and definition without going over the top. It's slight grey tinge helps to create a more natural look. It's also a good shade for blending harsh lines and for wearing purely on it's own across the lid. Urban Decay admittedly don't offer a great deal of matte shades - they're very much known for their sparkle and shimmer, but the matte offerings they do have are all very usable and great for neutral, everyday eyes. I use this without fail almost everyday - and I've even been known to use it to fill my eyebrows in so it really is quite versatile (my eyebrows are quite ashy so its the perfect kind of grey/brown shade). If I ever want a little more definition in the crease I simply blend the darker matte shade from the Original Naked Palette through the outer 'v' with a fluffy brush and I'm good to go.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in 'Easy Baked' | Shimmer | £14.00 | Link
I was lucky enough to win this little beauty in a giveaway hosted by The Sunday Girl a while back (thankyou Adrienne!) and it's fast become an everyday 'go to'. It is without a doubt extremely similar to the famous 'Half Baked', featured in both Naked original and Naked2 palettes, but I find it to be slightly lighter and a little more yellow toned. It is described as a warm toned, golden copper with a frosty finish. I love the texture of this one - like the majority of Urban Decay shadows, the formula is amazing and lasts all day without creasing or a great deal of fading - and gives a wonderfully smooth, seamless finish. I simply sweep this across the lid of a morning and take it slightly under the lower lash line for that extra 'pop' of gold. Alternatively, I apply 'Half Baked' across the lid (slightly darker and more of a true gold colour) and then dab a little touch of this in the centre of the eyelid for a subtle eye-opening effect.
I cannot recommend the Urban Decay shadows enough. If you still haven't got your mitts on the Naked Palettes I'd recommend grabbing one or the other as a starting point - I promise that from then on you'll be hooked like me! Or if the palettes aren't your thing, it's worth having a nosey at their singular pots - there's something there for everyone and I find each shade to be incredibly pigmented and amazing quality for the price.
Do you love these eyeshadows as much as me? What's your ultimate favourite Urban Decay shade?