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The rumours were true, the reality has surpassed expectations. Urban Decay’s much anticipated Naked3 palette is almost within the clutches of make-up junkies and last night I got to see it, touch it, try it and take it home.
I’m sure many of you have already scoured the other beauty blogs for everything and anything about Naked 3. In short it is full of rose-hued shades, it’s in a gorgeous rose gold coloured tin case with a rippled effect and it’s available to buy online and in store on Monday 16th December. It completes #theperfect3some in the series of Naked palettes from Urban Decay. That’s all you need to know, right?
Naked3 comes with 12 brand new shades, it’s the first time Urban Decay has created a palette with a dozen never-before-seen shades that aren’t available anywhere else. It has mattes, pearls and metallics and of course they are deliciously smooth, rich in colour and heavenly to blend. And they will suit all skin tones.
The shades I made a bee-line for were the darker ones: Blackheart (smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle), Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin), Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift) and Factory (pinky-brown satin). Hnnnghhh! Seriously sexy colours. Unlike the previous palettes, I can certainly see myself using all the shades from Naked3. I wonder if Urban Decay have finally cracked the code with this one.
It feels like my birthday has come a few weeks early. I’m more excited over Naked3 than its predecessors and I love those (and Naked Basics).
Are you going to get Naked for the third time?
*Naked3 is a PR sample, Naked and Naked2 are my own purchases
It’s hard to believe fellow beauty blogger and make-up artist extraordinaire Frootibeauty held her first make-up master-class in March last year. Skip forward to last weekend which marked Safiyah’s second make-up master-class. A follow-up has been long overdue so when tickets went on sale a few weeks ago, it came as no surprise the limited places sold out pronto.
The venue was a brand new community hall in London’s Mile End – vastly spacious and bright to the pokey little salon in Hackney Safiyah struggled but coped magnificently with last year. There were 20 places (I think) set out in a kind of horse-shoe lay-out with chairs in the middle so we could watch Safiyah’s demo. I was armed with multiple eye palettes and much to my relief the guilt subsided the moment I saw Annie from Epiphanniea’s huge make-up box.
In Safiyah’s last class, the focus was on Arabic eye make-up with the use of the trusty Urban Decay Naked palette. This time the attention was on ramping it up a little bit with greens, something considerably daring for some of the girls who came to the class. Personally green on brown eyes is so flattering (as it is on other eye colours) so I was looking forward to what lay ahead.
I don’t think Safiyah could have been any more considerate and organised. A list of staple items was circulated beforehand and if anybody didn’t have one or two things, Safiyah had spares to loan.
The class was split into three parts: eye make-up, foundation and concealer and contouring. This order made sense as it’s easier tackling eye make-up (particularly bold looks) when there is potential fall-out and achieving a neater finish with adding foundation after. Throughout the session, she explained what tools to use and advice on which foundations, eyeshadows and other products from high end to high street delivered on quality and results, though it’s fair to say not everything will work for everyone. It is down to personal preferences and what suits you.
I ummed and ahhed for a good while before cracking open Urban Decay’s Vice 2 palette, which had been lying dormant in my drawers for a few weeks. I picked 3 shades but also dipped into the two Naked palettes. The best trick Safiyah revealed was to apply a matte shade close to my skin tone to blend above the crease and make the appearance more seamless. This little nugget of information was the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle that no other make-up artist I’ve come across does. The advantage that Safiyah has is she understands darker skin tones because hey, it’s her job when she makes up countless Asian brides.
But back to my efforts. I almost had bouts of regret the moment I started packing on the colours and was unsure if the combination of the olive Stash and dark green Poison would stand out. I used Strike from Vice 2 in the inner corner and added Blackout from Naked 2 on the other corner for more definition. I also added Ambush from Vice 2 in the crease – the brown shade helped soften the greens.
With the natural daylight shining through the window behind me it didn’t look great and despite Safiyah’s positive reassurance, I wasn’t buying it. Well I should learn to trust her more because under artificial light and with some careful blending, the transformation took me by surprise. This is why Urban Decay’s my absolute favourite for eyeshadows. They’re rich in colour, buttery in consistency and a dream to work with. Please excuse the messy, long fringe – I’m due for a chop in a few days.
As we all played with our make-up, Safiyah moved around the room, answering questions and helping with applications. I’ve watched countless YouTube tutorials and read guides online yet there is something profoundly different about teaching in person, or perhaps it’s Safiyah’s calm and endearing style that doesn’t get lost in translation.
Getting recognition from Alex Box and Daniel Sandler is quite a major accomplishment. I’m impressed and proud at how many leaps and bounds Safiyah has taken from her last make-up class to this one which was pitch perfect. I predict a bright future for this aspiring young lady.
Here’s hoping Safiyah will run another class in the not too distant future. When she does, you’d best book your ticket fast.
*If you’re interested, the other products I used were Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil and Skin Base for the face, Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner on the upper lash line and brows, Illamasqua’s duo blusher in Beg/Bronzerella and BareMinerals’ Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Maverick.
I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there. If you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back….this new foundation costs £75.
This is By Terry’s exciting new serum and foundation in one. It claims to smooth, illuminate and mattify the complexion. It also controls wrinkles so encapsulated with these powers it’s basically the Ferrari of foundations.
By Terry is a carefully nurtured, luxurious niche brand. If you use By Terry products, you won’t bat an eyelid at the cost. The most I’ve spent on a foundation is £37 for Chanel (the Perfection Lumiere) which I was horribly disappointed with. Thankfully Terry de Gunzburg’s wondrous potion doesn’t falter where Chanel did. A 6 hour wear foundation? There aren’t 6 hours in the day!
There are two more factors that work in the favour of By Terry’s Terrybly Densiliss (which can I add is not a great name): firstly it’s a serum and foundation in one so you don’t need the former on its own and secondly, the amount you need to cover your face is as little as two little blobs. Honestly, the coverage is pretty phenomenal and this is a first for me as I normally use a few more pumps from other foundations. With that in mind, £75 doesn’t look as ‘terryfying’.
There are 10 radiant shades in total, and I’m an accurate match for number 8 – Warm Sand. The foundation has a soft, almost airbrushed finish that is not too matte and not too dewy – it’s perched nicely in the middle and is totally different to any other base I’ve worn. It applies beautifully and blends in seconds. The moment it sinks into my skin I get an instant glow. My face appears less tired and more bright and perky instead, and I would even say it masks the fine lines for a radiant, youthful look.
It smells so nice and feels weightless. I would say this offers a medium coverage. I use Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil to prep my face as I’ve found it is a universal primer that works amazingly across all the foundations I have tried and it compliments By Terry’s latest foundation.
As for how it performs? I haven’t had to retouch through the day and I tend not to so I do prefer a foundation with long-lasting results. I’ve worn this nearly every day to work where I clearly spend the most time and it’s served me superbly.
In Ron Burgandy’s world, this is very classy (I did want to say “it’s the balls”…oh wait, I just did!) but it costs £75. Did I mention it costs £75? It sounds excessive for a foundation but you are getting two products in one. A decent serum will set you back at least £40 and a good foundation is about £30 on average. Besides when so little product is needed, this foundation looks likely to outlast my regular one.
I won’t dispute the fact there are far cheaper, alternative serum foundations on the market for a fraction of the price. I should point out this product is aimed at mature skin (I hope it’s OK to start taking care of mine now) so the results are likely to be more effective than on younger looking skin. Well, I’m in love.
Terrybly Densiliss is available exclusively at Space NK in-store and online.