Monday, 10 November 2014

Review - W7 In The Buff: Lightly Toasted*

The Beautiful Outer Casing
Did you know if you Google the W7 Lightly Toasted palette, there are reviews in every language but English?? But now there is!!

Commonly beheld as a dupe for the cult favourite, the Urban Decay Naked palette, this bargain offering had a lot to stand up to, it's more popular cousin has held the attention of the beauty community for years.

The Lightly Toasted palette comes in a lovely lightweight yet sturdy tin, much like Naked 2 and Naked 3. This immediately sways it with a point in its favour as I cannot abide the packaging the Naked 1 comes in. Tin is much easier to clean, sturdier to travel with and it makes a reassuring click sound when the lid closes. Inside the tin you will also find a double ended applicator, a sponge tip on one side and a brush on the other.

Just like the Naked 1, this palette has 12 shadows ranging from highlight shades, golds, bronzes, browns to grey and black. Each shadow has a different name and there's a mix of shimmer, satin, glitter and matte shades. 

Lets have the run down of the pans, shall we??

Teddy Bear - pinkish cream satin, perfect for highlighting the inner corner or brow bone
Wonderland - light rose gold shimmer
Cracker - very light nude matte shade, flawless transition color
Happy - a warmed toned light golden satin
Lady Luck - matte taupe
Twister - yellow gold shimmer
Di Di - warm bronze satin
Delilah - deep bronze cool toned satin
Magic - warm copper satin
Its A Dream - warm toned deep brown shimmer
Up In Smoke - black with silver micro glitter
Dawn - cool silver shimmer
12 Gorgeous Shadows 

I cannot fault these shadows in the slightest, they are buttery soft and so easy to blend. The layout of the pans in the palette is very reminiscent of the Naked layout and to be honest, I doubt that anyone would know the difference if I wore these shadows in a day or night eye look and claimed them to be their Urban Decay cousins... 

wouldn't dream of doing so, because the value for money with this palette far outweighs the UD version, but that's how similar these shadows are...

Soft, Sultry Day Look;

Start with Essence I Heart Stage Primer, then taking Cracker through the crease for a base to blend on. I then packed Happy onto the lid and lightly buffed the edges into the crease. Then taking Its A Dream on the outer corner, blending it into the Cracker base all the way into the inner corner, finishing by deepening the outer V with Up In Smoke, blending all together until you are satisfied.

If you lose any of the intensity of Happy, don't hesitiate to pack more onto the lid and lightly blend to create a seamless look. To complete, take Teddy Bear onto the brow bone as a highlight. 

In order to truly polish this look, I used Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner to create a winged out liner look and added some light corner lashes to add subtle drama to the look. 

Soft Sultry Day Look
There is so much you can do with this palette, from subtle day looks to dramatic night looks. You can wear one of the shadows alone or use more than one to blend together to create personalized looks for any occasion.

At 6.99, the W7 Lightly Toasted palette is a bargain. 

You definitely need this palette in your life. 
Get it, thank me later!!

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