If you come here often, you may know how much I love a multi-use product and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette is the epitome of that. It isn't a new product and has been around at least a year or more, but was something I really wanted to try out as I am always looking for products suitable for travelling and as this palette contours, colour corrects and highlights, it makes a great travel companion.
The palette itself is gorgeous, with a sturdy acrylic casing with a raised waved pattern underneath which creates a magic shifting colour depending on the light. Straight out of the box, this palette gives a great impression. You can get this palette in two colourways - the Light Medium Shift and the Medium Dark Shift and I of course have the Light Medium Shift due to my fair skin.
Once you open up the palette, you will find a double-sided mirror separating four powder pans and five cream pans, giving you the best of both worlds in just one palette. As mentioned, this palette is marketed as a contouring palette, but you can also use it as a contour, highlight, bronzing and colour correcting palette along with using some shades as an eye shadow primer and an eye shadow. Genius.
The powder side features three matte powders with a darker warmer shade, a cooler medium shade and a matte setting powder along with a shimmery highlighter which is a pretty light champagne colour, which will suit the majority of light to medium skin tones. Texture-wise, the powders are super soft and finely milled, therefore blending out beautifully on the skin and the quality is second to none which I always appreciate with Urban Decay. At the moment, I would say the darker contour shade is a little too dark for me, but once I have some colour from the sunshine, this will make a great contour and bronze shade for me.
The matte cream shade is great for highlighting the skin when using contour products, but it can also be used to set the makeup with, along with eye shadow primer and concealer. I find that it applies to the skin like a setting powder but with a slight bit of coverage to it. The highlighter is so beautifully soft and reminds me of some of the other highlighters Urban Decay have released, not crazy disco ball-ish, but enough shimmer to give the skin a really pretty glow to it.
On to the cream side of the palette, there are as mentioned five pans on this side and I find the formula of each one identical, with no shade better than the rest. Formula-wise, they are lovely and lightweight with a creaminess that blends seamlessly into the skin. The first shade on the left is the contour shade, which does look quite dark in the pan, but blends out to a much softer shade once you apply it to the skin. Moving along, you have the cream highlight shade that works really well at brightening the under eye or to use alongside the contouring shade to make it more prominent. The next two shades are colour correcting creams, and I like to use the warmer peach shade for underneath my eye area as I get a lot of darkness there, and peach-toned correctors cancel that darkness out. I have been using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Colour Corrector in Peach every single day lately as it works at cancelling out my darkness like a dream. If you have very fair skin, then the lighter peach shade would work for you better. Finally, you have the highlighter cream, which again is a soft neutral champagne shade, and does have a less intense finish than its powder friend, but is still great for those 'no makeup, makeup' days.
Overall, I am superbly impressed with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette and if you are new to contouring, or are a pro contourer, then definitely give it a whirl as it is going to make the best travel companion this Summer. The palette costs £39.50 and you can find it online at Urban Decay here.
All the Loves,
*This post contains an item which was gifted to me, but all opinions are my own