Urban Decay are my absolute favourite makeup brand, and have been ever since I bought the first Book of Shadows Eyeshadow Palette in my teens. I always like to check for sneak peeks of new Urban Decay releases and new Naked Palettes, and I was instantly intrigued by the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette £39.50.
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette is available in two colourways; Light Medium Shift which is designed for those that use the Urban Decay foundation shades 0.5 through to 7.0 , and the Medium Dark Shift is designed for those that use shades 6.0 through to 12.0. I think it’s really impressive that Urban Decay have created palettes which will cater for the paler skintones all the way through to the deepest of skintones, as most brands release a “one shade suits all” contour kit which really doesn’t work for many skintones.
“The Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette is a three-in-one complexion palette provides the powders and creams you need to contour, color-correct and highlight. And every shade is blendable, buildable and forgiving—so your skin still looks like skin.”
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette contains two sides which are separated by a double sided mirror, which is really clever and reminds me of their Face Case Palettes from a few years ago – I still own the Shattered Face Case, and I loved the dual sided design so it’s fab to see them use the same layout with the Shapeshifter Palette.
One side of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette features powders, whereas the other side features creams so the mirror partition prevents any powder from migrating into the cream pans. If you’re new to contouring, Urban Decay have an handy guide on placement of the shades within the palette and they also launched the Shapeshifter Contour Brush to be used alongside the palette too.
Dark + Medium Contour Powders – This powder is very intensely pigmented so I have to use a very, very lighthand especially as it’s quite warm in tone so I tend to mix a little with the Medium Contour Powder for the perfect shade but they both work brilliantly as eyeshadows alongside the other two powders too. I find the Medium Contour Powder to be the better contour shade for my skintone, but I like that you have such generous pans and you could use the palette all year round to match your varying skintones with the seasons.
Light Contour Powder – This shade is almost the same as my skintone, except a little warmer but it works nicely as an eyeshadow base shade.
Pearl Highlighter Powder – I love how pretty this highlighter shade is, and would love for Urban Decay to release it as an individual product as it’s the prettiest champagne shade which is finely milled and so flattering on the skin.
Dark Contour Cream – I feel that the Dark Contour Cream looks a little scary in the pan, but it looks more muted on the skin so it works for my pale skintone, but it’s definitely buildable should you want a more intense contour.
Light Contour Cream – This works as a concealer for my skintone as it’s pretty light, but I imagine it would be a great cream highlighter for skintones slightly deeper than mine.
Color Corrector Cream – This is a pastel orange shade which works to counteract darkness around the eyes.
Color Corrector / Highlighter Cream – A very light pink shade which I prefer to use to brighten my under eye area.
Pearl Highlighter Cream – A very subtle shimmery highlighter cream which is perfect for my no makeup, makeup days.
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette has really sturdy packaging, with raised detailing on the lid which is magnetic and easy to open yet the magnets are secure enough that you could travel with this palette without worrying about it opening during transit.
Before trying the palette I was a little nervous about the creams within the palette as I’ve not had the best of luck with contour creams in palettes, as they tend to have somewhat of a greasy consistency which tend not to sit nicely on the skin.
All five of the creams within the Shapeshifter Palette are exceptionally creamy and smooth, with no greasiness or oiliness whatsoever and they have a cream to powder formulation so they really do mesh with the skin nicely. I love being able to use both the creams and powders together, by applying creams first and then intensifying the finish by layering the powder over the top with no issues at all and it helps to prolong their longevity on the skin too.
It really does cover all bases (literally) when it comes to contouring without being greasy or hard to blend, and I think it’d work well for contouring newbies as well as contour addicts.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette?
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