Where would we be without eyeshadow and makeup palettes? Wealthier, I imagine.
Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes are up there with the best. The only downside – when lifting the new Naked Cherry palette to my nose I really wanted to smell cherries! However, looking at the array of gorgeous shades the initial, fleeting disappointment was soon forgotten.
If you too love the scent of cherries, don’t be disheartened, Urban Decay bolstered the launch aplomb by releasing a new Cherry Scented All Nighter Setting Spray so you can get your fix there. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, along came the Naked Cherry Vault which includes the Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette, plus, three lipsticks and two eyeliner pencils. The vault will set you back a whopping £92 so you may need time to consider that one. There’s also a Cherry highlighting palette all exclusive to Debenhams. However, I only found the palette, lipsticks and cherry eyeliner available when I checked Debenhams online just before publishing this post. You can, of course, buy the eyeliners and lippies separately, if you prefer.
In terms of eye colour suitability, looking at the colour wheel, opposites work.
Mauve shades tend to flatter and enhance the look of blues, greens and hazel/amber eyes but really, anything goes these days. Pinks can often give you that “not slept for a week” appearance if you’re too heavy-handed. If full-on pink puts you off, mix the colours until you find a way of donning the wide-awake look.
My eyes are two-tone due to my Central Heterochromia meaning I have a mix of green and amber. These cherry tones really bring out the green in my eyes and are definitely shades I would reach for on a day-to-day basis. I’m favouring the nude end of the palette, preferring to go deeper for definition or evening wear.
Naked Cherry palette eyeshadow shades…
- Hot Spot (ivory matte)
- Caution (soft neutral beige matte)
- Bang Bang (shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle)
- Feelz (soft dusty rose matte)
- Juicy (soft warm peach)
- Turn On (pale metallic rose shimmer)
- Ambitious (metallic rose copper)
- Bing (deep mauve matte)
- Devilish (reddish plum matte)
- Young Love (metallic cranberry)
- Drunk Dial (deep metallic burgundy)
- Privacy (deep brownish-plum matte)
“Use a wet brush for a more intense effect”.
Whilst beauty buffs around the world waited “impatiently” for the Naked Cherry palette to hit the streets, news of its imminent release was leaked in August 2018. This prompted Urban Decay’s pre-sale weekend a few weeks later where thousands of orders were placed.
Urban Decay’s renowned “Naked” collection of palettes are, as the name suggests, recognised for their “nude” appeal, with wearable neutral tones for a less is more approach. The Naked Cherry palette is the new kid on the block causing a frenzy when it launched in October of 2018 with its highly pigmented, unusually bold new mauve collection of colours.
The crimson-coloured compact feels luxe and features a full-length mirror inside; It’s tactile and reassuringly weighty. You’ll also find a double-ended, branded brush included for both precision application, and blending.
At £42 you might expect it to be above average in quality and formula – it’ll not disappoint. Finely milled for a soft, smooth texture and creaseless application – there’s not much to dislike here. That said, some reviews are a little disappointing for the Naked Cherry palette but since you can’t please all of the people, all of the time you’re always going to get a mix of opinions. However, the majority are going with LOVE IT, and I’m inclined to agree.
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Zoeva Coral Spectrum Powder Blush Palette
Liven up those apples with a pop of colour. The Coral Spectrum palette, first available in April 2017 features a vibrant coral, soft rose, delicate peach and a ballet slipper pink. Germany-based Zoeva’s vitamin e infused formula is free from fragrance, mineral oil and parabens leaving a satiny matte finish.
The packaging is sleek and slimline with a magnetic closure.
I can’t live without blusher, it’s the one product (aside from mascara), that I would say is my desert island product. Mainly because I look half-dead without some colour to my cheeks. My go-to blush shade tends to sit firmly between peach and pink for everyday wear, leaning towards peach when spring comes around.
The Zoeva Coral Spectrum palette has two pans in particular which I’m drawn to, and the remaining shades are literally unchartered territory for me. However, you can blend the colours together and come up with your perfect personalised colour. Without mixing them, the lighter of the four would be too pale for my skin tone but generally, the Coral Spectrum palette would suit the majority, including warmer and ethnic skins.
Zoeva Coral Spectrum shade numbers…
- CR010 – Bright coral with orange undertones.
- CR020 – Nude-tinged pink.
- CR030 – Mocha pink with a golden shimmer.
- CR040 – Pale beige with warm undertones.
Zoeva Contour Spectrum palette
Described as “a complete powder contour kit including two contour shades, a highlight and a setting powder”.
You’ll have everything you need to contour and define your face with the Contour Spectrum palette. Create your camera-ready complexion with the four finely milled, highly pigmented shades that blend seamlessly. As with the Coral Spectrum, two of the shades are right up my street but the other two I’m less drawn to. My go-to’s are the two darker pans and in particular, CN040 (the cooler-toned brown) is the perfect contour shade. Warmer tones personally don’t work so well for me when contouring, however depending on your skin tone, may be perfect for you.
Zoeva Contour Spectrum shade numbers…
- CN010 – A yellow-toned setting powder.
- CN020 – A warm brown contour shade.
- CN030 – A pearlescent champagne highlight.
- CN040 – A cool-toned brown contour shade.
In terms of repurchase, given the fact that only two shades of each palette really appeal to me, I’m not sure I would.
Using a powder contour is new to me as I generally use a crayon product to do the job. I’ll see how I go but may stick to what I’m used to in future. Both palettes wear quite well and are priced at a respectable £15 so, between them, they’ve not broken the bank.
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Have you managed to get your hands on the Naked Cherry Palette yet? How about the Zoeva? I’d love to know your thoughts.
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