A few weeks ago, Darren and I were at a shopping center that we never really visit anymore and I saw the opportunity to take a quick browse at Signature Cosmetics. Now, if you’re not familiar with Signature Cosmetics, I suggest you find your nearest one soon and see what they have to offer. You can expect dupes of all your favourites and the best part is the prices, not to mention their great promotional offers. I highly recommend checking out their liquid eyeliner pens and their nail wraps which retail for R25 and last an entire week!
What caught my eye, during this visit was that they had a dupe of the infamous Urban Decay NAKED palettes which as you know can retail for R1500+ a pop, they’re also not freely available and usually require you finding a friend who is making an international trip. I was gifted the original UD NAKED Basics palette a while back and although I love the thoughtful gift, I honestly still don’t understand the hype of the brand, other than its name and it being a “nice” selection of nudes. Admittedly, I struggle saying no to any palette especially a nude variant but if I have to be frank, there are MANY affordable brands that offer quality and longevity too. Also, because UD is so expensive, I tend to want to save my palette and don’t usually use it as often as I should, all in all, I just prefer cheaper palettes that I can get more use of without the guilt that I am biting into my budget.
Back to Signature Cosmetics. They have 3 options of the NAKED palettes. The main one, being a very good look alike of the original UD NAKED palette which also included an eye primer in the same packaging as UD’s eye potions (I liked this touch!) The promotion on offer, at the time, was purchasing the main palette and eye primer for R99 and getting a smaller NAKED palette for free. The smaller palette came in 2 variants and looked very similar to the UD NAKED Basics palette, featuring a small selection of matte nudes that are essential to just about any look.
The first 3 shades from the NAKED palette (namely Sunrise, Sin and Nude) are exceptionally light with the first two having a dusty finish and a hint of shimmer, while Nude is a creamy matte shade, perfect for the inner corner of your eye or highlighting under your brow. The shade Dust is where the colours really start getting pigmented, it also happens to be my favourite and most used eyeshadow from the palette. The colour has the slightest pop of rose-gold making it very versatile for spring/summer inspired makeup or even bridal wear.
Much like the original UD NAKED palette, the next 4 shades are bronze toned and strongly pigmented. Sand is another matte shade and a good neutral that can be used to blend your darker eyeshadows, with your lighter ones. I tend to use the darker shades (Stone and Ash) to define my crease or “break” the lighter shadows. I have to admit that Copper is one of the shades that I don’t use too often as it’s a little to “orangey” for me, but would make for a great sunset-inspired look or perhaps dust it over the middle-section of your eyelid to create a tint.
The last 4 shades are a beautiful blend, to create a seductive smokey eye, perfect for date nights or cocktail parties. Oak has a tinge of maroon but is still light enough to use as an everyday shadow and packs the lightest shimmer. Urban is a matte tone, great for blending out lines and works hand in hand with Smokey, which can double up as a eyeliner if needs be. Lastly, we have Gunmetal which can also be used as an eyeliner but has the greatest metallic finish, with a dark-blue tinge and in the light, almost looks duo-chromatic. As a tip, try wetting your eyeliner brush, if you’re using these two shades as an eyeliner, the colour is enhanced and gives a great dramatic finish.
Also included in the the package was an all-over eye-shadow brush. I don’t know about you, but I usually toss these out as they’re horrible and cheaply made, but this one is definitely worth the mention. In fact, I kind of wish that Signature would release an entire brush set with the same look and feel of this one. The bristles are soft and tightly packed, with a great shape that allows for all over application, blending and defining the crease. If you’re looking for dramatic eyes with a burst of pigment and lasting effect, the eyeshadow-primer is great for smooth application, effortless blending and creating longevity in the way your shadows wear.
For only R99, this gem is a must for just about anyone. Unlike that awkward online-retailer fail, earlier in 2015, Signature isn’t trying to sell this as a UD original palette, but has claimed it as it’s own with tasteful branding and its own take on the shades. UD’s 1st palette is famously known to be suitable for cooler-skintones and while Signature’s NAKED palette has quite a few cool-tones, it also packs neutrals and a nice balance of creamy, matte and shimmer eyeshadows.
As I mentioned, part of the promotional offer, included a free NAKED matte palette. All the shades are creamy, pigmented and a great handbag essential.