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Urban Decay Naked Palette – vs – Chi Chi Nude Palette

The Urban Decay Naked Palette is a staple eyeshadow among many makeup artists for many reasons.  Consisting of 12 neutral colours, they suit any skin tone and can create so many different looks, from a bronze eye to a smokey grey – this palette is a must have for everyone!


The palette comes in a luxurious chocolate and gold velvet box with a beautiful eyeshadow brush.  You also get a travel-size primer potion which aids in maintaining a crease-free look all day. 


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You can purchase the Urban Decay Naked Palette from Beauty Bay for $58.80 including delivery.  The 12 colours are listed on their website at http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/urbandecay/nakedpalette/


The colours are:

– Virgin eye shadow (Nude satin)

– Sin eye shadow (Champagne shimmer)

– Naked eye shadow (Buff Matte)

– Sidecar (Beige with glitter)

– Buck (Brown matte)

– Half baked (bronze shimmer)

– Smog (golden brown shimmer)

– Darkhorse (dark bronze shimmer)

– Toasted (Taupe shimmer)

– Hustle (Mocha shimmer)

– Creep (black with sparkle)

– Gunmetal (dark grey with sparkle)


Word on the street is that Chi Chi is selling a dupe of this palette for around one third of the price.  Curiosity got the better of me so I decided to purchase the palette from Myer for a bargain price of $19.95!!!  At first glance you can see why people are saying this is a dupe of the Naked palette – the colours look almost identical.  The main difference at first glance is the packaging – the Chi Chi palette is in a cheaper looking plastic palette with two double-sided sponge applicators rather than a brush.


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When I first used the Chi Chi palette I must admit I was surprisingly impressed – the eyeshadows went on really nicely and the pigment was pretty good!  It was definitely a little messier than the Naked Palette and I had a fair bit of fallout, but nothing that can't be whisked away with a brush.  The colours blended well together.  A tick of approval from me!!!


I took some colour swatches of the colours from each of the palettes to compare – you can see that there are a lot of similarities, but a few of the colours are a tad different, for example the "darkhorse" colour is a lot darker and pigmented in the Naked Palette, and "half baked" is more bronzy in the Naked Palette.



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And under LED light:


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Overall, the Chi Chi is a great palette to have in ones personal makeup collection – I really like this palette and will continue to use it for personal use.  However, the Naked Palette is a bestseller for a reason – the quality is definitely more superior when comparing to the Chi Chi palette.  The shadows are a lot more pigmented and a little bit goes a long way.  So it's staying in my professional kit (no offence to Chi Chi!!!)


Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

Product review – Luscious Cosmetics

I was recently approached by Suzanne at Luscious Cosmetics about trialing and reviewing some of her new cosmetics range.

LUSCIOUS COSMETICS TM is an Australian owned Makeup Company designed by a professional makeup artist in a superior lab. Suzanne is a professional makeup artist in Sydney, as well as a mother of five children.

I was sent three beautiful products to trial:

The first being the Camera Ready Face Primer (RRP $50).

Luscious primer

Like other silicone primers, this primer will lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, providing grip and longevity to your foundation.  I loved the feel of this primer – and reminded me of other professional silicone primers I have used. A little goes a long way!  I recommend this primer to anyone looking for an Australian alternative to other overseas brands. I love to support Australian brands!!


The next product sample I was given was the Luscious Mousse Foundation (which retails for $48):


This is a BEAUTIFUL foundation – glides on like mousse, and sets like velvet on the skin with a beautiful finish.  I loved the feeling of this foundation.  It provides medium coverage too, which is great. Again, a little goes a long way with this product.


The final product was the Flawless Finish Foundation (RRP $45).

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This is a lovely water-based liquid foundation which provides a light to medium coverage and is PERFECT for everyday wear.  I am currently wearing it as I type this post, and I've had it on for about 7 hours (2 hours of which was out in the sun).  It still looks great and it doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all.  A definite thumbs up from me!


Overall, the Luscious Cosmetics Brand has definitely proven to be something I would buy.  I love to support Australian industry and Suzanne is an absolute pleasure to deal with.

You can order online at http://www.beautylusciousandco.com.au/index.php/lusciouscosmetics

Or you can contact Suzanne at http://www.beautylusciousandco.com.au/index.php/contactus


You can also get your luscious products online via LUXOLA which is South-East Asia's largest beauty e-tailer!!!  You can buy it here http://www.luxola.com/au/brands/luscious


Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artist

Makeup Artistry by Rebekah



I decided to give the Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix foundation a go after seeing one of my favourite you-tube makeup artists, Zoe Karlis, recommend it in one of her recent videos.  The Video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JzKrWCNw5c


 Zoe is referring to my daughter "Sarah" at the start of this video – who is one of Zoe's biggest fans (and was totally stoked when she saw her mention her name!!!).


So last week I went into Priceline to pick up a bottle of the Bourjois Healthy Mix (at just $32), and to my surprise they had a free gift with each purchase – this cute little box containing a blush (golden rose), brush and mirror!!!! I love a FREEBIE!



So the verdict? I love this medium coverage foundation, and now wear it every day.  It is SUPER silky and feels very light.  I love the way my skin looks in this foundation (and word on the street is that it's identical to the Chanel Vitalumiere, which has been discontinued!!!).


So a thumbs up from me!


Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah