The Naked 2 Experiments : #1 Drama

Sunday, 31 March 2013
I've had the much talked about Urban Decay Naked 2 palette for a few months now, and I seem to have fallen into a bit of a routine.  I'd say about 9 times out of 10 my daily eye makeup is exactly the same - I use YDK all over my eye lids and then Busted in the outer corner. As much as I love this combo I feel like I really should start being a bit more experimental, especially as I paid over £30 for a palette with lots of lovely colours that I'm not even using.

So I decided the other day to try out a range of different looks with the palette and write them up as a blog series.  The experiments will range from extreme OTT looks like this first one, to subtle work-friendly day to day looks - showing the versatility of the Naked 2 palette and maybe giving me a few more looks I can work into my routine.

Experiment #1 - Drama

Naked 2 Palette

Naked 2 Blackout Eye Makeup Look

Naked 2 Blackout Eye Makeup Look

Naked 2 Blackout Eye Makeup Look

Naked 2 Blackout Eye Makeup Look

Naked 2 Blackout Eye Makeup Look

Naked 2 Blackout Eye Makeup Look

For the first experiment I thought I'd go to the extreme and do a dramatic eye look using the darkest shade in the palette - Blackout.  This is definitely not a look I'd normally wear, and to be honest I don't think I ever will unless it's part of a fancy dress costume (not sure it really suits me!) but it was fun to try it out anyway!  

I don't think I've ever used an eyeshadow this dark, and I've used blacks before (back when I was at uni and lived in dark smoky eyes) but this is like blacker than black - like you know how when you live in the city and you look at the night sky and you're like, yeah this is what night looks like, but then you go out to the country and look at the night sky and you're like jesus christ that is what a dark sky actually looks like?!  Well, that's Blackout - a proper "holy shit are we in space?" black.

In the pictures above I already had a layer of YDK before I added Blackout (as I couldn't be bothered taking my eye makeup off first.....lazy) but I think it added a nice extra to the look as YDK shines through slightly and gives a lovely iridescent sheen.  Blackout itself is quite matte so I don't think you'd get that shine that you can see in the last closed eye picture without having another shimmery shadow on as a base.

All of the shadows in the Naked 2 palette have a really lovely finish to them, and feel like a high quality product (if that makes sense) - like they feel velvety and smooth as opposed to gritty like cheaper shadows do.  It's definitely been one of my best makeup purchases this year, and I can see me continuing to get a lot of wear out of it.  While the all over Blackout look is probably a bit too much for me, I can see me using it perhaps as a liner or in the outer corners as part of a smoky eye look.

What about you, are you brave enough to rock out a dramatic eye look like this?

1 comment:

  1. I don't do them regularly anymore, but I adore for dramatic eye looks.

    ""holy shit are we in space?" black" - LOL! So true though, Blackout is probably in the top two black matte shadows I've seen with Sugarpill's Bulletproof.