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Urban Decay recently launched their latest (and probably HOTTEST) Naked Palette, Naked Heat, to much fanfare. Naked Heat dropped at the beginning of July, just in time to add some sizzle to your summer!

UD Naked Heat Palette

I wanted to use the palette, play with it and wear it, before writing my review, even though I absolutely adore Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes (I have yet to find one that disappoints). An “auburn-inspired, warm, steamy, sultry set of colors” as per UD, Naked Heat is filled with 12 new shades ranging from warm champagne and taupe, to burnt sienna, brick red and even a blackened copper. There is literally something in here for every – single – skin – tone! And right on trend, too, what with the burst of warm-toned, rusty palettes of late.

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Another thing of beauty with this gorgeous palette is the range of looks you can create. I loved using my Naked Heat palette for a simple swipe of one or two shades for a soft daytime look, to playing with intensity of various smoky eye looks from soft and warm, to a deep, blackened metallic. And don’t let the Heat fool you. I feel like this palette is a perfect transition from the sweltering summer months into fall’s crisp leaf-changing golden and rust hues.

Below I have swatches in both daylight and sunlight:

UD Naked Heat Swatches shade

Naked Heat swatches in shade

 

Look at these metallics glow in sunlight!

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Naked Heat swatches in sunlight

As I’ve come to expect from Urban Decay, the shadows are buttery and creamy, super-finely milled, and rich and densely pigmented. I will warn you that there is a touch of fall-out when using the Urban Decay dual-ended brush provided in the palette; however, I did not find this to be the case with any of my other eyeshadow brushes. A simple tap of the UD brush before application will minimize shadow falling, and a good base (like UD’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion) with help you get serious wear and longevity. The eyeshadows, especially the mid- to deeper shades, are highly buildable, allowing subtle colour for even the shyest eye makeup-wearer among us, to cayenne-pepper intensity for the big Heat lovers.

My favourite tip? I love applying the metallics with a slightly dampened stiff shadow brush for an incredible WOW effect and to seriously amp up the shine!

What’s your favourite way to wear Naked Heat? Did you have a chance to snag this beautiful palette?

 

The UD Naked Heat Palette ($66 Cdn) is now available at urbandecay.ca, sephora.ca and Beauty Boutique by Shoppers Drug Mart

Oh, and if you hurry, you may still be able to snag one of three Limited Edition Heat Collection Vice Lipsticks: Fuel (a warm, peachy nude), Heat (a metallic rust), and Scorched (a shimmering copper), as well as two new 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils: Alkaline (a deep burgundy) and Torch (a burnt cayenne) on urbandecay.ca!!

 

~xo

 

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When you think of Urban Decay, you probably think of their incredible Naked Palettes, eyeshadow palettes that have become synonymous with “makeup must-have.” And imagine if one of the world’s coolest girls co-created a palette of her very own with this super-cool brand… Then you would have the Limited Edition UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, a collaboration collection of 15 shadows!

UD Gwen Stefani Shadow palette

A true creative partnership and design collaboration, and Urban Decay’s very first celeb-collab, Gwen spent countless hours chatting makeup with UD and was involved in every aspect of this palette, from the case to the final shades. Gwen wanted to create a palette of colours that she had always wished to have in her collection, finally settling on a large range of neutrals and a few jewel tones for pop… 12 of which are brand-new shades while three are from the UD shadow collection, making this Ms. Stefani’s very own go-to kit to achieve her own most iconic looks!

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Just look at this huge variety of neutral shadows — and in true Stefani style, Gwen threw in a metallic cool pink and metallic royal blue for the rockstar babe in you!

The 15 shades, many named after Gwen’s songs, are: Blonde – a pale beige w/pink iridescent shift, Bathwater – a pale beige w/gold pearl, Skimp – a pale nude satin, Steady – a medium rose w/metallic gold shift, Punk – a reddish brown matte, Baby – a beautiful cool metallic rose, Anaheim – a light taupe-brown matte, Stark – a nude-pink matte, Zone – a medium brown matte, Serious – a perfect smoky gray w/iridescent floating pearl, Pop – a pale coral w/iridescent sparkle, Harajuku – the metallic blue-pink w/iridescent micro-shimmer to throw you off the nudes you thought you were getting, Danger – a deep metallic royal blue w/blue micro-sparkle, 1987 – a bright metallic yellow-gold, and finally, Blackout – the blackest black matte must-have for every rockstar’s palette!

Below are the top two rows of the palette (unfortunately the lighting blended Stark into Anaheim three shades from the right — you can see it toward the lower right of the photo):

UD Gwen Stefani Shadow swatch

And finally all 15 of the gorgeous shadows:

UD Gwen Stefani Shadow swatch all

I absolutely LOVE the metallic royal blue – bright but muted enough to be highly wearable. And that gold is so Gwen… subtle but buildable gold. Love!

All of these shadows were finely milled and super-pigmented, even the nudes. Application was silky and buttery, and I love that they can be built up very easily. Fallout was minimal, as I’ve come to expect from UD – unless you’re caking on your eyeshadow, you should not expect flaking! Even Serious and Blackout, the most pigmented of the mattes, will stay put and apply incredibly well – go crazy, Baby!

The only note I will make is that the three nude metallic shades are quite soft, and require only gentle pressure when swiping it with my shadow brush, otherwise you could get a bit of fallout on the shadow pan itself. And who wants to lose that much shadow! 😉

Here is another photo of the palette in artificial light:

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Another fun fact: Gwen and UD cofounder Wende first met back in the early days of both No Doubt and UD – UD was created right around the same time that Gwen hit the music scene.

And when UD says Gwen collaborated with us on every detail of this palette, we mean it—right down to the case, which was inspired by her love of black-and-white graphic prints and antique gold accents. She also handpicked most of the shade names, which were based on her songs. There’s even a nod to the No Doubt song “Magic’s in the Makeup” on the palette’s huge mirror. How cool is that? 🙂

 

Have you tried this beautiful eyeshadow palette yet, and which are your favourite shades?

Get your very own UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette now on UrbanDecay.ca, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart!

 

~xo

 

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Seize your chance, follow your destiny…

Christian Dior’s lucky charm shines over the 2013 autumn collection and decorates the mythical 5 Couleurs palette. Sculpted with stars, the eye shadows shimmer with metallic shades and reflections. Shrouded in mystery, eyes have never been so magnetic.

Truly a work of art, the 5 Couleurs palette, below in Bonne Étoile (384), is cohesively comprised of blue-greens and browns that can be used in harmony or individually. The shadows apply easily, either with the included applicators, or your choice of eyeshadow brushes, and can be layered for maximum opacity or used sparingly for a lighter touch. The Bonne Étoile palette is Limited Edition and will not be offered at Sephora.

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Below are the shades swatched, starting with the centre brown and moving counter-clockwise through the palette. In natural light:

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and in artificial light:

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The colours are diverse enough to be used on a variety of skin tones and eye colours. I personally love that the palette offers a range of shades from a slight sheen to full shimmer!

The radiance of a stone, the magic of iridescence, and the intensity of a metallic hue… The Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows easily blend across genres to recreate the depth and contrasts of a catwalk look. With an unprecedented rounded, gel-mousse texture, Diorshow Fusion Mono can be used both in its natural state, either with the provided smudging applicator or with fingertips, and can be used with a damp brush to create a totally different look. Applied damp, it provides an extreme metallic effect with a lamé finish. And it truly is an unprecedented product. You can feel the gel texture as you press the applicator onto the shadow. Highly buildable, Fusion Mono starts out slightly sheer, but builds quickly and effortlessly as you apply the product. When applied damp, it builds quickly, reaching opacity and delivering on its promise of the metallic effect! This has become one of my new favourite, must-have products!

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The swatches below are provided in the following order (L to R):

  • 381 Millenium
  • 081 Aventure
  • 881 Hypnotique
  • 281 Cosmos

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Dior_FusionMono_swatch1

Last but not least, two new shades in a lipstick and lipgloss formula that can be worn together or individually.

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Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Bonne Aventure (986) is a deep, dramatic wine shade that applies lightly on its first coat, but much like the rest of this collection, is buildable to full depth. The formula is rich and applies with buttery softness, providing moisture, and finishing in a soft shine:

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Dior Addict Gloss in Ensorcelante (981), though appearing much darker in the gloss tube, is actually quite similar to Bonne Aventure once applied. It has a slight hint of a shimmer that sends light glimmering off your lips! My favourite part about the Dior Addict Glosses? They are moisturizing and non-sticky!
Here is Ensorcelante by itself:

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I am totally obsessed with this collection, and cannot get enough of the Dior Addict lip products!

See my other reviews of this line here!

The Dior Mystic Metallics shades are now available at Dior counters and you may want to run to get your hands on these Limited Edition products! For more information, head to Dior.com.

~xo

 

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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