Tried and tested: Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter

Contour on the go like a pro


By Wei Yeen Loh

Tried and tested: Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter

One thing to love about Urban Decay palettes is the convenience of accessing a multitude of shades via just one kit. Since the bestselling range of Naked Eyeshadow Palettes debuted, the brand has given us more reason to include it in our beauty arsenal—it’s almost impossible to resist that many variations of neutral eyeshadows.


The latest lineup to range is the Naked Skin Shapeshifter, a three-in-one complexion palette equipped with both powders and creams to contour, colour-correct, and highlight. A standout about it is the number of shades it consists. We’re talking four powders (three for contouring, one pearl shade for highlighting), and five creams (two for contouring, two for colour-correcting, and one pearl shade for highlighting)—neatly organised and separated with a double-sided mirror. The palette is available in two colourways for light/medium and medium/dark skintones—but you can also mix and blend different shades from either to create your custom tones.

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Here’s my two cents on the new Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter:

Contouring isn’t something I incorporate often to my makeup routine—the amount of blending required puts me off and I was never keen on exploring ways to go about it. But I have to say that this palette is giving me good reason to be more experimental. This is how I look before trying it out:

A date night look was what I had in mind to go with this kit. The first thing I noticed was how easy it is to blend the colours into the skin. There was no splotchy patches or uneven textures upon blending it out with the UD Pro Contour Shapeshifter Brush. By the way, this double-ended brush is also my new favourite, thanks to its functional design—a domed brush on one end for contouring and blending, and a large fan brush on the other end for highlighting. Extra brownie points for its eco-conscious status (it is made from recycled aluminum and plastic bottles).


I digress—back to the palette! So I started on the dark contour cream shade for definition beneath my cheekbones, forehead area and jawlines. It’s buildable and straddles the line between pigmented and blendable, and it left a seamless finish that didn’t feel like I had layers of makeup on my face. If you’re new to the contouring game (like yours truly), it’s not difficult to work with this palette. The colour correctors also helped neutralise the dark shadows beneath my eyes and redness around my nose—I combined two of the correctors to create a custom tone.


After that, it was time to highlight. I noticed that the pearly shades offered a subtle sheen instead of an intense strobed effect, which was perfect to reflect light from high points of the face. In my case, I applied the cream highlighter shadow on the bridge of my nose, in the inner corner of my eyes, and cheekbones for a natural glow.

And voilà—all done and ready to hit the town. A final takeaway? The Urban Decay Naked Shapeshifter is a handy must-have in anyone’s makeup bag, whether you’re a budding makeup enthusiast or a professional expert.


For tips on how to use your Urban Decay Naked Shapeshifter palette:


Urban Decay Naked Shapeshifter (RM200) is now available at all Urban Decay and Sephora stores nationwide.


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