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Urban Decay: My Naked Truth

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It took me ages to decide... and many reviews later, and I still couldn't choose. The thing is, I'm a collector. I want all of them. The Urban Decay Naked palettes have mad a huge impact not only on the internet, but on the makeup world in general. Their Naked Palette was one of the avantgarde products that took an everyday consumer into the world of high fashion makeup artistry. For me, they signify the start of bloggernation, and everyone's addiction to having the same of everything.
So you see, I have a love-hate relationship with brands like Urban Decay: they were part of a revolution in not only our industry, but our world. With palettes like these, everyone's a pro. And therein lies the rub...

I started in this industry over two decades ago. Back then we had Kryolan, Ben Nye, Joe Blasco and Mehron. Visiora was much loved and respected, and Kanebo was the M.A.C. of the time. It was also the first time I had encountered makeup artists boycotting certain brands, because of cruelty to animals. Makeup choices were made from a place of integrity. I was proud of the work I did and the products I used, after all, they were industry best.But we've come a long way since, and products like the Naked palettes always hit a nerve with makeup artists. If our art and our career is as simple as buying a well toned palette, then surely anyone can do it!?!? Many a youtuber made it seem just so simple ( good editing, and super lighting with diffusing skin effects and heightened exposure settings).Yet as industry professionals, we know that what we do is more than just applying makeup, and as far as makeup goes, every face is different and we work with an average of 5 or more models a day, and we deal with various texture and sensitivity issues, and of course, some of the world's best High Definition cameras. So the products we work with have got to be phenomenal.
Although these shades are gorgeous, they seem a bit limiting to me: a bit on the pink side
An assistant of mine showed me her Naked palette, I think it was the Naked 2 or 3, and I wasn't terribly keen on the shades, but I had also read somewhere that the fallout of pigment is huge...something I absolutely cannot afford on shoots that often leave me with just 5 or 10 minutes to do a model's makeup. But I looked to swatches to make my choice, not youtube videos, because the lighting was always so varied, that you never could tell. The Urban Decay online pop-up has a brilliant guide, which made it easy to see what I'm buying.

We have techniques to combat fallout, so I wasn't overly concerned about that. What does bother me is that there are so few matte shades in the larger palettes. Shimmer and glitter are not easily understood by HD cameras...(not the ones you're taking selfies with). To understand what HD sees, you need to take a magnifying glass and hold it to your skin...now magnify that.
Part of me wishes I got the Smoky instead.... #nextime !
I must admit, I'm wary of the Naked palette, but at the same time, I can't deny its appeal. It looks like such a versatile palette. And I got the Basics palette (the first one) to possibly tame the shimmer on the original Naked shades. At R850 for the larger 12 shade palette, and R490 for the smaller 6 shade palette, it seems like quite an expense compared to, say, my Stila palettes. But as soon as my delivery arrives, I shall know in an instant whether it was a good buy or not!?!
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