Review and Comparison | Urban Decay Naked Basics 2

I am a member of a couple of beauty related groups on Facebook and I kept seeing posts about a website called Cohorted where you can get makeup at a reduced price as you are buying as part of a group. I thought I would have a quick browse and saw they had the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette as one of the deals so I snapped it up. I am already a fan of all the Naked palettes and I was hoping that this one would be no different. I have included comparisons with the first Naked Basics palette for those of you who may one want to purchase one of them.

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The eyeshadows come packaged in the same size palette as the first Naked Basics. I love the packaging as it is sturdy and the perfect size for travelling or popping in your makeup bag on the go.

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As with the first palette there are 6 shades, 1 satin and 5 matte, which range from light to dark. The satin shade is quite subtle so if you prefer matte shadows and the satin shade is putting you off this palette I wouldn’t worry too much as when it is on the lid it just adds a nice glow.

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Skimp is a light beige satin shade that makes a perfect highlight and inner corner highlight. It adds just the right amount of glow to lift a look.

Stark is a matte warm toned pinky beige.

Frisk is a matte neutral toned light taupe brown.I cannot decide if this leans more cool or warm toned.

Cover is a matte warm toned almost muted milk chocolate brown.

Primal is a matte medium neutral toned brown. As with Frisk I cannot decide if this leans more cool or warm toned.

Undone is a matte neutral toned charcoal grey/brown.

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Everything I have read on beauty sites prior to ordering this palette suggested that it contained more cool toned eyeshadows but as you can see from the picture above and the pictures below this isn’t the case. The first Naked Basics palette is obviously more warm toned than the new palette, however I would not go as far as saying the new palette is completely cool toned.

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Top: Naked Basics; Bottom: Naked Basics 2

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Top: Venus, Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint, Crave; Bottom: Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal, Undone

I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this palette. I like to keep either this or the first Naked Basics in easy reach so I always have some matte shadows to use with my more shimmery palettes. If you are wondering weather you need both palettes then I don’t think both are necessary, however if you are a neutral palette junkie like me then I would say to pick this up.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette retails for £22 and is available from urbandecay.co.uk and a number of other retailers.

Anastasia Brow Wiz Dupe | Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil

I have a comparison post for you today as I think I have found a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Cue the Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush. I discovered this on a recent shopping spree in Boots. As soon as I saw it I wondered if it would be a dupe for the Brow Wiz.

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As you can see the packaging is pretty similar. They are both slim retractible pencils with a brush on one end and the wind up pencil on the other. I think if all of he writing and colour wore off these products I would have no idea which was which from the packaging.

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The colours I have are Ash Blonde in the Brow Wiz and Blondshell in the Archery. I find the colours are very similar when applied to the brows. However, I can tell the difference when they are swatched on my hand. The Brow Wiz is ever so slightly darker than the Archery.

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Top: Soap & Glory Archery in Blondshell. Bottom: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde

Today I applied the Brow Wiz on my left brow and the Archery on my right brown so I could compare the formula and longevity of the pencils. I have quite hairy (is that the right word!) brows so I do not need to fill them in a whole lot. I just like to deepen them and fill in any gaps. I found both pencils applied smoothy and lasted all day. In the picture below you can see that there is really no difference between my brows. I promise the do match in real life but my brows do funky things in pictures. I applied boy pencils at 7.30am this morning and this picture was taken at 4.30pm this afternoon. They still look perfect after 9 hours wear! I must say, I’m very impressed I have found a great dupe!

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The Brow Wiz is £15.50 and the Archery is £8. Thats nearly half the price! When I run out of both of these I will definitely be repurchasing the Archery to save myself some money.