Never have I come across a neutral makeup palette set so appropriately named and wonderfully petite. There are two matte shades (one good for brows), two satin metallic shades (one to highlight), and 2 richly dark shimmer spiked shades. The title basically also evokes “Naked” in 5 words. It comes with one #3 soft blending brush and the cherry on top is the NARS Pro Prime Eyeshadow Base, a favorite among the world’s top makeup pros which Lisa Eldridge also likes using. It could have also been called the Half-Naked palette, it has less fallout than Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow range and there are half the number of shades. I think Eve would have approved.
Mom picked up this NARS palette for me via Duty Free shopping in Thailand, she converted the cost and said it amounted to about Php2400-2500. I think what makes it worth the 2k mark is the brush and NARS Pro-prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base that comes with it. So many people love this eyelid primer. What also never fails to impress me about NARS stuff is they always include a good mirror, even for their single eyeshadows and blushes. This palette is tiny, it’s about 2″ x 4.5″ inches in size, similar to the size of an iPhone 4s but slimmer and lighter.
The “And God Created the Woman Kit” has a very wearable selection of shades and I did my brows using the middle shade from the 2nd row (. Read more to get the complete shade names and details about how I progressed to this evening look beginning with a daytime version using only 2 shades.
I was actually having a chat with myself when the holiday season came rolling in and concluded that I’m finally over eyeshadow palettes. Nothing new popping up in new brand collections seemed interesting except for perhaps the “pocket-able” Urban Decay Naked Basics palette which I thought was genius save for one important fact, they didn’t throw in a matte taupe shade or shades you can alternate for brows (brow shades make any palette an instant win). I was Christmas shopping the other day at Rustans Shangrila Mall with Mom and finally got a much needed alone moment without her (so I could shop for her, which I did) but you know being joyfully alone during the Christmas season in a Rustan’s beauty hall can ultimately lead you to some awesome discoveries for yourself…like over at the Stila counter for example.
The Stila In The Know eyeshadow palette would make a pretty gift for a beauty enthusiast, a beauty blogger, or a makeup professional with a budding bridal makeup career which involves a nearly neverending use of neutral matte eyeshadows (which are also ideal for mature clients). I personally think that Stila is the next best brand to Urban Decay you can actually get here locally that reflects the same sort of young urban “it” vibe and there’s something more silky and creamy about their award-winning powder eyeshadow formulas. Another in the series of palettes they began releasing, like the “NaturalEyes” palette I blogged about, the In the Know eyeshadow palette comes with 10 pigmented matte shades, 6 of which are nearly identical to the Urban Decay Basics offering which includes a matte black, Ebony.
ROW 1: Air / Wind / Desert / Clay / Earth | ROW 2: Driftwood / Fire / Rain / Smoke / Ebony
Oh, lest I forget (actually editing this in after having already published the post) the palette, just like the Naturaleyes one also comes with a Stila Smudgestick, a blendable waterproof automatic eyeliner in a lovely, rich deep grey shade called “halfmoon”.
The In the Know palette has won me over because unlike the UD Basics set this set also has a rust shade called Fire, a grey called Smoke, a vanilla shade called Air, and *drumroll* a very wearable taupe called Rain. The light and darker coffee-like browns included are also slightly more ashy than the ones in the UD Basics palette, thus making this work for brows as well. At Rustans, the Stila In The Know palette costs Php1750…just so you know locally there isn’t too big of a price hike in comparison to the price on the Stila website where it costs about US$39 which is just under Php1650. The great thing about this Stila palette is this one unlike the “Naturaleyes” palette last year, this has got a mirror…and that proves I think that they revised packaging based on consumer feedback.
Okay, if there’s anything I really splurged on in Singapore, and Noelle will agree, it was these reformulated Urban Decay single eyeshadows. To be honest…I’m kind of, heck no, SUPER regretting I chose to get them in Singapore, because they were SGD$33 each (ouch!). I remember even computing with my calculator in the store that these should cost way less in the U.S. (WAY LESS IN THE U-ESS) but I was still unfazed in that moment there in Sephora, Takashimaya and still all superficially googly eyed, as a result ’twas the type of “Sephora” receipt you’d hide from your husband (lmao). It’s too bad I didn’t get over the initial elation as I pranced merrily over to the Urban Decay counter. My friend, Noelle aka Kikayrunner, was too polite and kind (and needing to go to the ladies’ room badly lol) to comment before I made my choice (next time, Nanay Noelle, you may wag that finger at me). It is a major boo-boo ’cause I was able to resist so many other great items while I was in Singapore for 10 days (didn’t buy a single item of clothing) because of these. Photos in this post are taken with a friend’s 600D DSLR, was playin’ round with it (posts prior are with my Canon G1X). If you haven’t read the Pt.1 post of when I received the custom palette itself go to this link.
CLOCKWISE: Snatch (pale peachy pink with gold glitter), Loaded (deep metallic emerald, luminous sheen no glitter), Naked (nude tan brown, matte), Rockstar (deep aubergine, luminous sheen no glitter)
I already got the palette from the U.S. before at the wonderfully low price of US $18, the special introductory price, but wisdom in the tank ran on empty when I was faced with the 4 eye candy “bullets” I was supposed to load that baby up with. The palette came with the default, matte highlight shade “Walk of Shame”, then I got four of them to meet the SG GST refund minimum (over SGD100), stupid. Yea, yea I know no regrets dapat, but I truly wish now I’d been more patient and planned for someone in the U.S. to get them for me, because they’re way cheaper there even without a GST refund, and the difference between there US$18, and this side of the world, US$24 is a painfully great one. Yea, I told you, it’s like “What were you thinking, Julia”. Read more to see where the ranting ends and the review begins LOL!!