Friday 27 February 2015

W7 In the Buff: Lightly Toasted Palette

Every make-up lover needs a classic neutrals palette for everyday make-up. I've had my eye on the Naked palettes for the longest time, but as a student I really can't justify paying out that much! I was so happy when I saw that W7 came out with the gorgeous 'Lightly Toasted' palette which looks like a dupe for Naked 1. I've had so much fun using this over the past couple of weeks and so it's time to share this palette with you! Read on to find out more...

Starting from the outside, the packaging is lovely. The palette is contained inside a brown tin, which not only looks great but also makes it durable for travelling!

Inside, you get 12 eyeshadows of neutral colours which are insanely similar to the Naked colours. The palette also comes with a double-ended applicator: a sponge on one end and a slender brush at the other. 

(I should probably apologise at this point for all the brush and finger marks in the eyeshadows - I just couldn't resist using this palette before taking pictures of it!)

There are a mix of matte and satin-shimmer shadows. There are two matte shadows in particular which make fantastic transition shades: 'Cracker' and 'Lady Luck' - you'll see closer pictures of them later. These are my go-to transition shades at the moment for any make-up look. 

In terms of the quality of the shadows, I was massively impressed. The swatches below were made with no primer and no flash. As you can see, they're gorgeously pigmented and the finish is so glamorous. The picture might not be doing it enough justice, but the black shade (Up in Smoke) is such an intense black - it's perfect for lining your lash-line. 

I've inserted some close-up pictures of the shadows below. 
'Teddy Bear' and 'Wonderland' are great shadows for your inner corner when you're looking for a brightening eye look. 'Teddy Bear' is also light enough that you can use it as a highlighter for your brow bone and cheek bones. 'Cracker' is the transition shade I mentioned earlier and 'Happy' is a satin rose-gold shade.

'Lady Luck' is the other matte transition shade that I've been loving. 'Twister' is an intense gold shimmer which works so well with 'Di Di' - a rich bronze colour with a golden sheen. 'Delilah' is a really dark browny-black shade with flecks of gold running through it. It has such a lovely finish and is great for your outer V to deepen up a brown smokey eye.

'Magic' is a light brown shade with pink tones - combining this with one of the lighter shades (e.g. Teddy Bear or Wonderland) gives an easy, but really pretty, every-day look. 'Its a Dream' is a more grey-toned brown. 'Up in Smoke', I mentioned earlier as being the perfect black with a bit of shimmer and 'Dawn' is a rich, deep satin-grey. 

You can combine these shadows in so many ways to create great looks. Below is an example of a daytime look and an evening look that I created with this palette.

In this look I used 'Magic' in the outer third, a little of 'Twister' in the middle and then 'Wonderland' in the inner corner. 

In this look I used 'Twister' in the inner half of the lid and 'Delilah' in the outer half. I used a tiny amount of  'Up in Smoke' in the outer corner to darken up the look and a dusting of 'Wonderland' in my inner eye. 

This palette is such a staple item for me now and I would highly recommend it for anyone who loves a neutral eye-look. It's so affordable, yet is fantastic quality! The shadows are all so easy to apply and really do last for a long time on your eyes. With shadows as good as this, for such a great price - you just can't go wrong! 

You can find it on the W7 website: here.

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