Friday, 25 August 2017

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter

If there's one item that graces nearly every beauty blogger's makeup collection, it has to be a (at least one of the now five fold collection) naked palette by Urban Decay, surely? I'm definitely no exception, and the eyeshadows can be found decorating my eyes on any given day (okay, I don't wear makeup most days now I work from home, but when I do, it's usually got at least one Urban Decay offering mixed in there) - and so when they offered me a Naked Skin Shapeshifter to try, I definitely wasn't about to turn that down. This comes in only two colour ways, a light-medium shift and a medium-dark shift; I can only speak for the lighter of the two, but I was certainly ready to put this through it's paces to see if it could stand alongside it's colourful family members.

I have to admit that the idea of this is pretty cool - the palette opens and has an almost fan like design, with a mirror that sits in the middle of the palette and can be flipped on way to reveal five cream colours, or the opposite way to reveal four powder colours; all for contouring the skin. It's innovative, sturdy and has typically beautiful Naked packaging; but, at £39.50 (that's right, this will cost you nearly FORTY QUID) - the same price as a full colour palette in the same range - I have to admit that I was more than ready to be critical. The packaging is cool, and it means powder doesn't end up in my cream product; but I was ready to call the company out if this turned out to be a mediocre product, where I was paying purely for the packaging.

Thankfully; I was proven wrong - but this palette is far from being free of faults. The cream products, though not something I would generally opt for, are surprisingly nice, with each bordering right on a cream-to-powder formula and making for very smooth application on the skin. There's a deep ashy toned contour in the cream products, as well as three concealers (one very pink, one very yellow) and a cream highlight. All concealers are wrong for me; one is too yellow, the other too dark, and one straight up salmon, and the deep ashy tone is something that I would never opt for; nevertheless, the products themselves are a great formula, and there's no patchiness, which is a nice little bonus. 

In the powders, there's a lighter and a darker contour, a pretty highlight and a setting powder; again, I wouldn't reach for the deeper contour shade, nor the powder (and I think this may border on the wrong shade for me anyway) - but the formula itself is great. For me though; therein lies the issue - I am buying a palette of great quality, but one that I will never get full use of. I know that's not usually the end of the world, and in fact something that you expect when you buy palettes of complexion products; but the fact is for £40, I would want a palette that I can use right down to the bitter end; and this just isn't one. The fact there are only two variations catering to millions of skin tones means that, unless you're a MUA and adding this to your kit, you're never really going to make the most of this.

Are the products in this palette great? Yes, no doubt - the formula is beautiful, the mattes are easy to blend and the highlights are strong and light without bordering on grey tin-man type looks; but my issue purely lies within the fact I personally feel I could never put down £38.50 on a palette I personally can't get the most of. If you've tried this and felt differently though, I'd really love to hear your thoughts!

Sammy xo.
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