So with Christmas over, New Year in full swing and an empty looking living room now the tree is packed away and safely back in the loft, I’m now back to my normal beauty content. Admittedly taking blog photo’s recently made me sad – I missed my baubles, pink tree and all the cute little Christmas bits and pieces I used as Christmas props for months. But I have so much to catch up on, and I’m excited for it! With the Gift Guides, seasonal looks and Advent Calendars, some of my planned content had to go ‘on pause’ – there’s only so much my little fingers can type! But it’s given me time to play with some products, really get a feel for them and find out what’s been worth it in the beauty stakes.
So today I’m giving my Urban Decay Naked Cherry review. Yep, the bad-boy that Urban Decay dropped at the end of last year has received mixed reviews. Which isn’t actually unusual because different products work differently for everyone. I’ve read and watched a lot of both sides of the argument and it’s helped to form my opinion by highlighting some of the key points about this palette for me.
The Urban Decay Naked series really stepped out of it’s comfort zone with Cherry. Being known for the ‘naked’ colours and products – the ones that create a subtle and ‘naked’ make up look, something so colourful and bold was completely new for the range. And I loved that. I love it when brands see the need to mix things up and change direction, because there’s only so long anyone can rely on the tried-and-tested. So when Naked Cherry dropped, there was a complete buzz in the beauty world. It was exciting and everyone was intrigued. Me included. It’s taken me a while to master pink eye make up, and I know a lot of people who still don’t wear pinks on their eyes because they can’t get it right – it’s such a hard colour to work with. Too much of the wrong tones can leave you looking like you’ve got bruised eyes and too little can clash with your skin tone. Because pink itself is, well…pink, it’s important that you go for the right pink to suit your skin tone. Or you’re looking at a disaster from the get-go.
I finally found a pink eye style that suited me last year, so I was looking forward to trying out some looks with a new dedicated pink palette…Like all other Naked palettes, Cherry has 12 shades and mixes mattes and metallic finishes. Which means you’ve got your crease and transition shades covered, as well as those all-over lid colours too. The biggest surprise for me when I got my hands on this was the tone of the colours. Somehow Urban Decay created a pink palette but still managed to create cohesion with the rest of the Naked range by ensuring the palette itself had neutral looking tones to mix with. So you can go all-out pink, or gentle and subtle with the more nude toned mattes. It’s quite genius really, and I’ve only seen a couple of other palettes nail the colour selection like this.
Another surprise was at how mauve the colour selection looked. On first impressions, there were three shades I would honestly call ‘pinks’ and six which are mauve, then three nudes. But I shouldn’t have been surprised at this considering the palette is called ‘Cherry’ really should I?! However when I started using the palette I was surprised that the colours actually perform with a lot more pink than meets the eye…
As you’ll see, even the three tones I thought were more ‘nudes’ came out with a hint of pink. So when swatched you can see the ‘real colours’ and I’d say it breaks down to six true pinks and six mauves. Interesting to see them perform differently to how they first appeared.
Pigmentation-wise, I know some people have disliked the formula of this palette but for me I don’t have any issues with it. No matter what anyone tells you, matte eyeshadows will always have more fall-out than their counterpart metallic finishes. And you’ll always need more physical product to achieve the same payoff as a metallic or satin finish. It’s a fact. The formula of the metallic shades in the Naked Cherry palette are great, they’re soft and gentle with little to no fall out at all. And I like that they pack a punch in terms of how much shimmer they bring to the eyes. Because they’re quite creamy and buttery, I find application better with my fingers as it warms the product enough to position it where I want it.
The mattes are more powdery but still retain some of the same creamy texture. When using my fingers I found the product would build up on my fingers and so spread nicely across the eyes. When applied with the brush, there was noticeable fall-out. So I find the best application method is to apply with the fingers and then blend with the brush. Because of the creamy nature of all the shadows, you can build up to a nice level of coverage that gives you complete control over your application.
Overall I’d give this palette a solid 8/10. It’s a worthy investment and a palette I do recommend – if you like pink tones. If you don’t then it’s not the palette for you. However the Urban Decay Naked series is one I collect so I’d have been adding this to my collection either way. It’s allowed me to play round with pink eye looks a lot more and the cohesion in the shades is perfect – Urban Decay know how to pick a palette of matching and complimentary shades – that’s for sure. The only thing this palette lacks (for me) is one all-out glittery shadow. Almost a top coat of glitter. But that’s my beef. Had it have included this I think it would safely be my favourite pink palette of all time. Well done Urban Decay, you did it again.
Complete your Urban Decay Naked Cherry looks with the Naked Flushed Cheek palette for pretty and pink flushed cheeks that emphasise the cheekbones with highlight. And line the lower lids with a brown and smokey liner.
**This post contains some gifted items but as ever all opinions are entirely my own. Please refer to my Disclaimer page for more details.