Monday, September 8, 2014

My Favorite Alternatives to Naked

That's Urban Decay's Naked Palettes, of course.  I know I sound like a broken record when I talk about the Naked Palettes.  The gist of my opinion is yes, they are nice, high quality products... but there are so many other companies that put out the same quality, if not better quality products that are similar for less money.  There are also those that offer more for about the same price.  Now my love for Urban Decay is definitely complicated.  I love their liners and mascaras, but dislike the fact that those superb products are grossly overshadowed by the trendy eyeshadow palettes.  But I digress.  The following are excellent Naked alternatives that give you more bang for your buck and are staples in any makeup collection.

1.  TheBalm Nude 'Tude Palette

I know I've referenced this palette many times before.  It is just that amazing.  I use it daily. The colors are fabulously neutral without being muted or boring.  With this palette it is super simple to start off with a "daytime" look and then go to a dramatic night look by adding one or two of the darker colors from the palette.  I also like that this palette contains both shimmer and matte shadows.  So no matter what you're in the mood for, you'll find it here.

2. Mally Beauty's In the Buff Eyeshadow Palette

Mally Beauty is an excellent cosmetic brand that is certainly known among beauty lovers - mostly for their fabulous Volumizing Mascara.  However, this is one of those brands that I feel deserves A LOT more attention and praise - especially from the mainstream beauty media outlets.  All of the products by Mally are high quality, long lasting, and versatile.  Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal has truly created products that provide the flawless look that was once reserved for the rich and famous while at the same time are still easy for the every day woman to use on her own.
The In the Buff Palette is my new go-to.  Not only are the colors highly pigmented, easily blended, and long lasting with little to no fall out, this palette also comes with an eyeshadow base. YES! Thank you! The base is of a larger size than the shadows (presumably because you will use it more often) and is a handy product that evens, smooths, and prepares the eyelid for application while keeping the eyeshadow put all day without creasing.  The addition of the base makes all the difference and is one of the many instances where one can see Mally just gets it! A high quality product with everything you'll need for a great day or night look that will last - that is this palette.  More bang for you buck, as usual from Mally.


As we all know, Sephora is one line that is always on trend.  The IT palette in Nude is one of those palettes that contains just about everything. This palette easily takes your look from neutral to dramatic and contains 12 eyeshadows, an eyeliner pencil, and shadows that can be used as liners in a sophisticated, chic little compact.  With this palette you get the same high quality as the Naked palettes but for less money.  You also receive more product.  As you would expect from Sephora, the shadows are smooth, highly pigmented, and easy to apply for any look you may be going for.  For those who prefer different eyeshadow colors there is also the IT Palette - Smoky and the IT Palette Color Spectrum.

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