The New Naked?

I’m totally in love with this new ‘Fade In’ palette from Smashbox’s ‘Fade to Black’ collection. 

While I adore my Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2 palettes, I have used them to death over the past year or so, so this makes a new but very welcome option in my neutral eye wardrobe…

It contains four mattes and three beautiful shimmers. As you’ll notice in the pictures, the darker shades show up slightly darker than they appear in the pan, but are all beautiful. 

The formula and pigmentation of these are all really nice. I would note that the black with a tiny bit of shimmer in it is slightly less pigmented than the others, and took a little work to get the finish shown above. The addition of a gorgeous, shimmery olive green also makes this palette stand out from many others. I’ve got green/hazel eyes so love this kind of colour.

Apart from that, the formulas are lovely, they blend well and the staying power is really nice.

The packaging is stunning too and I think this is going to be my go-to-palette for the next few months. There is also another colour-way in this palette which contains more plummy, purple shades. They are already available in Sephora in the USA, priced at $42, but if you’re UK based they will be available online and on counters at the end of August, priced at £32. 

Value for money isn’t quite on a par with the Urban Decay options (if you don’t already own a Naked palette, I would definitely recommend getting one over this, but if you are stuck in a neutral-eye-rut with your Naked palettes and are looking for something new in a similar vein, this is my recommendation.