If there’s one major trend we’ve noticed solidifying in the last few years, it’s the explosion of nudes. They’re everywhere – in makeup, that is.
The nude lip colours we’d loathed since they dominated the ’90s are everywhere and nude lip liner has become a ‘must-have’ product. But it’s in the eyeshadow game where it’s really taken off.
Where once black and silver were the staple colours required, now it’s all about taupe, beige and varying shades of chocolate brown.
Demand is so high Urban Decay have even launched a whole range of products off the back of their super successful ‘Naked’ cosmetics, including their cult Naked One, Two, Three and Smokey palettes.
I’m a bit late to the @urbandecaycosmetics naked bandwagon, so when I decided to invest in a palette earlier this year, I was seriously torn as to which to choose. In the end I decided to go with the Smokey, and so far I’m very pleased I did. It has good basic matte/nude shades as well as a few shimmer but also caters to the blue/grey/black smokey eye, which I found myself lacking in place of about 10 nude coloured dupe palettes at one stage ????. Still, I don’t use it as much as I should, so will try to break it out a bit more! Have to say I was a bit disappointed with the pay off/staying power of these shadows, for a cult product I found them a little lacking, even with an eye primer. Anyone else the same? Which is your favourite Naked palette?
The only problem? It’s mainly the high-end palettes in the spotlight. While they’re great, they’re not exactly budget friendly and a big commitment for anyone not sure exactly how to use them or even whether they’ll like using them.
Fortunately, the more affordable end of the market are offering nude selections that are just as versatile and pigmented – just without the $80 plus price tag. Here are three of the best.
Natio Natural Shades Eye Shadow Palette in Golden, $19.95
With 15 flattering shades including copper, mocha and bronze tones, this is one versatile palette. It’s my current go-to, not only because it’s so slim and light to carry round but because it can cater to simple everyday and smokier, more dramatic eye looks. For this reason, it’s a great one to take on holiday or travelling.
It's decently pigmented, has great staying power and the darker shimmer shades are my favourite to accent the inner corner of the eye. It's pretty foolproof too - all of the colours complement each other, so even picking three at random will give you a cohesive look. The two lightest shades also double as a great brow highlight.