Last August, Urban Decay dropped a piece of news that almost broke the hearts of makeup enthusiasts around the world—their original Naked eyeshadow palette will be discontinued after an eight-year successful run. Pretty much trailblazing the trend of neutral eyeshadow palettes, the OG Naked proved that you can combine 12 everyday shades in a palette and make all wearable for any occasion.
But Urban Decay soon made up for that—with the launch of the all new Naked Reloaded eyeshadow palette. Already making waves since last December on social media, this isn’t your average neutral eyeshadow palette. With one question in mind (“what eyeshadow would you bring to a desert island?”) the brand sought out to redefine neutrals while elevating the idea of what an everyday shade is.
The result? 12 universal shades in matte, satin, shimmer and glitter finishes that flatter every skin tone, age, and gender. The slimmest Naked palette to date, the Naked Reloaded boasts a chic floral print on the exterior—one that was inspired by Urban Decay’s vision of “flowers with an edge”.
Worth noting is the four classic shades that now come in larger pans for maximum use: Bribe, an ivory matte, Barely Baked, a soft gold metallic, Boundaries, a warm terracotta matte, and Blur, a light nude matte. The rest of the stunners are Angel Fire, a pale rose-gold micro-shimmer, Reputation, a deep-rose gold micro-shimmer, Burn, a copper-burgundy metallic, End Game, a chocolate brown matte, Dreamweaver, a cool brown with 3D sparkle, Distilled, a bronze metallic, Bucked, a warm brown matte, and Retro, a bright peach matte.
“Retro is a great universal shade. It’s the colour of the year and it is very flattering. You can use it as a standout on its own (wear it allover the lid) or as a transition colour on the crease of the lid. Putting it on the crease can really brighten up the eyes,” says Urban Decay Global Makeup Artist Steve Kassajikian.
Whoever said neutrals can’t be elevated for a bolder look hasn’t seen what the Naked Reloaded can do. Wet your eyeshadow brush with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray and pick up some of the gorgeous metallic shades to build your look. “My favourite way to wear metallics is wet. It gives the colour an amazing, multicolour finish. I love it on the entire lid, or underneath the lash line,” says Kassajikian.
If you find yourself working more than four shades from the palette for your look, here’s another pro tip that will come in handy: “If you like to do your makeup base first, a lot of the times, you’ll have fallout allover your cheeks, and when you wipe it, it’ll ruin your face,” says Kassajikian. “I like to use a small stippling brush to lay the colour on the lid, then I’ll use a blending brush with no eyeshadow on it to blend what’s already on the lid. This way, you’re not adding more colour, but you’re just blending it out and it gives you a little to almost no fallout.”
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