After a lot of research, I finally decided on an eyeshadow palette that suited my personal preferences! I'd been contemplating the Urban Decay Naked palette but couldn't fathom purchasing the product for myself given the price ($50.00 USD). As desirable the Urban Decay palette is, every time I went to the store to make the purchase, I ended up leaving empty handed as when the moment for check out came I doubted my true desires and shrugged it off as being an over hyped product that I really didn't need. It's eyeshadow, after all. Yes, the swatches looked pretty on my arm, but more than a few of them I questioned whether I would actually use, let alone like when it's all said and done. So I spent many late nights researching and came across the Coastal Scents Warm Palette consisting of 88 eyeshadow colors all falling within the neutral warm category. I almost purchased this palette when I came across an online review of a similar product, the SHANY Cosmetics Natural Fusion Nude Palette. I'm not a huge fan of the smokey eye with grays, blues, and blacks, therefore my decision was quickly made when I counted how many of the smokey eye colors there were in each and decided on SHANY because it had fewer of the shadows I wouldn't use and more plum colors- which I love to use. I must say, ever since I got the product, I have been very pleased with the quality and pigmentation of the shadows. Further more, I also came across an online review where the dupes for both Naked and Naked 2 were revealed in the SHANY Cosmetics palette! It was this review alone, that helped me solidify my decision. I figured for only $19.99 USD, if I could get 88 eyeshadows and colors that were dupes for the Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2, then I could play around with the colors and decide if eventually I want to upgrade to the actual Urban Decay Naked palette in the future. If I ended up not liking them, then I'd have saved myself the money by buying this cheaper alternative that also offered other shadows I most likely would use if not any of the Urban Decay dupes. It was a win win situation. Below I've attached images of the SHANY Cosmetics palette along with a code I put together which I now use in my own palette to determine where my Urban Decay dupes are located.
E.L.F. eyelid primer (retails $1.00 USD). I also just started using NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk as a eyelid base. I did this today with my Half Baked Dupe (A3) and loved the results. I highly recommend these affordable additions to use along with this palette for maximum results in your shadows. Overall, I really love this palette and very happy with my decision.
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