Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics


It’s the first Saturday night of 2015, and here I am in my bathroom (AKA Tiny Beauty Blog Headquarters), eating discounted Christmas candy and swatching shadows.  Seriously, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

As of late, I have been having a love affair with Urban Decay Cosmetics.  If you have followed me long enough, you will notice that I have all of my love affairs with makeup, and I cheat often.  (Insert cute wink and cheek click here.)  My latest love has been the Naked 2 Basics palette from Urban Decay.  I originally purchased this palette as a gift for one of my besties, the writer of Confessions of a Filipina, and realized that I indeed wanted one for myself.

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I am usually one to wear lots of color, whether it be on my eyes, lips, or cheeks, but it is important to also be versed in netural tones as well, for certain events, so I went ahead and purchased this palette for myself.

When I swatched in-store, I loved the pigmentation and the silky smooth texture of Naked2.  The shades in this palette are very cool-hued, and very taupe, but oh so appropriate for everyday looks.

When I brought it home, I loved it even more.  Because the shadows are muted, and in the same color family, they are easier to blend and they are great shadows to practice with.  The palette size is perfect for those who are inexperienced, because there are only 6 shades, so you won’t get overwhelmed by the choices.

I am an NC42 in MAC, so the colors are a little more muted on me than they would be on someone with fairer skin, but I think these shadows would work with most people, you just might have to use a brightening shadow primer to support the color.

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As I am getting older, I am leaning toward more matte looks, and this palette is a great starting point for a matte collection.  The price point is just right, and the shadows are high quality.

I am definitely going to be looking at the first Naked Basics palette, as well as the rest of the Naked Palettes that Urban Decay offers.

Do you own any of the Naked palettes?  Do you like Urban Decay’s shadow formulas?


The Siiiiiimpsons-MAC Simpsons Collection With Swatches

Real-Life Marge Simpson Model:  Kate Moukhina Makeup: Veronica Ershova Hair:  Mikhail Kravchenko Photographer: Alexander Kholov

Real-Life Marge Simpson
Model: Kate Moukhina
Makeup: Veronica Ershova
Hair: Mikhail Kravchenko
Photographer: Alexander Kholov

Before I dive right in, let’s take a minute to slow-clap for the team that created this real life Marge Simpson look.  Clap…Clap…Clap

A few weeks before San Diego Comic Con, I came across a couple of articles talking about a new Simpsons makeup collection to be released by MAC at the MAC store near the convention.  I was already expecting a special release from MAC relating to the convention, since they released MAC Archie Girls last year at the convention.

2014 marked 25 years that The Simpsons have been on the air, and MAC had the perfect idea for a tribute, a collection based loosely on the show, with Marge at the forefront.  

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Included in the collection are two shadow quads, I picked up Marge’s Extra Ingredients Quad.  The colors of this quad are pretty vibrant, but they seem versatile.

Fantastic Packaging!  High Quality!

Fantastic Packaging! High Quality!

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The Simpsons 7 Lash, which I understand are the normal 7 Lash that they carry, but I ordered two pairs because I couldn’t resist the packaging.

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The Simpsons Nail Stickers, which I did not purchase because I didn’t think I would wear them.  They are cute though!


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I expected there to be a few lipsticks in this collection, but they opted to release four shades of The Simpsons Tinted Lipglass instead.   

Nacho Cheese Explosion:  Bright neon lime yellow

Grand Pumpkin:  Bright creamy orange

Red Blazer:  Bright fuschia

Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy: Electric blue violet

I purchased Red Blazer because that was the shade that appealed to me most.

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There are also two powder blushes in The Simpsons Collection in Pink Sprinkles which is a cute blue pink, and Sideshow You which is a light peach coral.  I purchased Sideshow You, and I didn’t want to dip into the pan because I would hate to mess up the Marge portrait that is stamped in the blush.

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The quality of this collection is very high, and I am really happy with the items I chose.  The packaging is visually appealing and functional.  Overall an A+ for this whole collection!  This is a limited edition set, so please purchase while supplies last!  


Did you purchase anything from this collection?  Were you impressed?