21 November 2014

Dream Team

Dream Team


Throughout my time writing about beauty over on A Little Boat Sailing I have come across my fair share of hyped up products which have and haven't at times warranted the craze and excitement surrounding them. In all honesty I could probably count around ten products that have in my opinion lived up to the hype over almost three years which I think says a lot in regards to our individual likes and dislikes.

This year I have discovered a few new products that in my opinion are worth every single penny. Two such products will be featured today as they have been products that I have continually reached for ever since they made their way into my morning routine. 

Starting off with the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette* this was something that I held off purchasing myself for a very long time as I wasn't too sure how I would feel about matte eye shadows. Back in August I took part in a festival challenge with Folli Follie whereby one of the packages they kindly sent to me had this palette within it which took me by complete surprise as I didn't know what would be in it until it arrived. Since that day I can honestly say that this product has been my most reached for when it comes down to eye shadow, no other product has come remotely close.  

Right from the compact size (perfect for travelling) to the wonderfully pigmented shadows this palette is a dream to work with. My favourite shades are 'naked 2' and 'faint' where I find myself using 'w.o.s' all over my lid as a neutral base on top of my primer of choice. I then like to use 'naked 2' over the top, following with 'faint' within the crease where I find that these combined provide a lovely, effortless yet natural look for every day. If I'm wearing liner that day sometimes I will like to set it with the black eye shadow 'crave' in order to prolong the longevity of the liner, doing this works so well and also increases the intensity of the liner. 

My second favourite product just so happens to work beautifully with this palette, the MAC 217 Eye Shadow Brush. After thinking about this for so long I finally made the purchase back in June and have not regretted it one single bit. I'll be honest and say that I did not understand what the fuss was about where this brush was concerned however having now used it myself I can categorically say that I would buy this again in a heartbeat if anything was to happen to mine. If you struggle with eye shadow in general, particularly in achieving that smooth blend between shades then this brush really is worth considering having a look at,  it works a treat and to this day I still cannot believe how good it is.


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38 comments

  1. i really want to try both of these, heard so many amazing reviews on them!

    Rachel // Style Soup

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  2. I am glad you found your brush that you really like. MAC 217 has been on my wishlist. I have MAC 239 and want to buy more of these.

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  3. I was at Sephora today and I was sooo considering getting the Naked Basics palette, ugh wish I did!

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

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  4. I've been debating on getting the 217 brush, it's pretty pricey but everybody keep saying it's worth it!


    Sophia // sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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  5. When I first got the Naked Basics palette I thought that I wouldn't use it that often, but it's honestly one of those things I always keep on hand, it's such a lovely little palette - perfect for everyday! I bought the 217 recently and haven't really seen the fuss, but maybe I need to use a bit more?

    x beauty, style, life | bespectacled

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  6. I'm actually considering getting the MAC 217 brush! It sounds like such a dream!

    Jodie xo // La Lune Song

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  7. I want to try the Mac 217 I guess its one of those you have to try yourself to believe how good it is, the palette looks lovely too x

    The Beauty Trove

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  8. this brush sounds great :)


    emily xx


    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I've been eyeing the Naked Basics palette for what feels like forever, but the price tag always scares me off! It does seem wonderful though.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  10. The brush looks good! I have the naked palette for a while now and love it so much!

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  11. I love my MAC 217 its just one of the best brushes I own. The original Naked Basics palette is also another great product of mine, don't use it as often but it's amazing x

    Beauty with charm

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  12. Even reading you saying that it is as good as everyone says it is I'm still unsure! I think this is one of those things that you need to see to believe haha I'm sure I'll cave eventually, the hype must be warranted xx

    One Little Vice - UK Beauty Blog

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  13. Oh the MAC 217 how I have lusted after this brush, pretty much all year. I'm utterly rubbish at eyeshadow and sometimes end up with a look that only resembles a black eye, I feel like I might be slightly better if I invest in some tools as I'm currently using a brush from a pallet (it's not so great!) That old saying…an artists is only as good as his/her tools comes to mind here haha xx

    http://www.rinicawrites.com

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  14. I have the Basics2 palette and really love it x

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  15. Ahhh the classic 217 brush!! I have this palette but you know I had it and didn't touch it for ages and besides the last 2 colours the others were just too light but the Naked 2 can make a good blending out colour for those who can't blend out e/s as well. I just put it in my kit instead as it's better instead of laying around lol xo

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  16. I have both these and love them so much. xx


    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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  17. My eye makeup wouldn't be the same with out a MAC 217!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  18. I have so many 217s, but I actually found a Hakuhodo dupe that I love even more that's cheaper *yikes*

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  19. danniella josephine25 November 2014 at 20:58

    Is it really that good?? I don't have any make up brushes from MAC... I don't have much from MAC apart from a few lipsticks! I will have to be good and ask Santa :o)

    Dannie x www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  20. I honestly think so, I wouldn't say otherwise as I'm aware it is an expensive brush. Before I had this the only eye blending brush I had was from ecotools, I had no other so I have had very little to compare it to and have never tried any dupes of it either. Me neither where MAC is concerned, I've only ever tried their lipsticks although I have just ordered a lip liner from them :) x

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  21. Oh really! I'll look into that :) x

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  22. I can honestly say the same Megan, it's amazing how good that brush really is x

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  23. They are so good, I feel like I don't need anything else when using these x

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  24. That's me, I'm the person who can't blend well haha! Although this brush has made a world of difference x

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  25. The Basics 2 palette looks really nice :) x

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  26. Seriously I was the exact same and whilst it hasn't improved my particular skill it has helped mask my disasters haha! Yeh that saying does ring true where eye shadow is concerned that's for sure! x

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  27. I can completely understand your reservation there, I was exactly the same hence why it took me so long to purchase it. I agree, it is something that you have to try yourself x

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  28. They are both utterly fantastic products, I'm using them a lot at the moment x

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  29. Me too, I have used it so much since I received it x

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  30. Honestly it is very much worth it but I understand your reservations, it often can take me a while to buy something that's a bit more expensive x

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  31. It sure is pretty awesome! x

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  32. I completely agree, I was so hesitant in regards to buying it x

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  33. I do not regret that purchase at all, it's my most expensive brush I own but has been worth every single penny x

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  34. Same here Kat, I never thought I would use it which is why I didn't purchase it myself when it first launched. It is incredible and I know that I will in the future not be so quick to disregard a matte palette x

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  35. I debated for over two years Sophia, I'm glad I finally got it though x

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  36. It's pretty incredible Chelsea, such a great size too x

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  37. I'll have a look at that one, I haven't heard of it before. The MAC 217 has improved the look of my eye shadow so much x

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  38. They are fantastic Rachel! :) x

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