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Review | W7 In the Buff Palette

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I recently stumbled across the W7 In The Buff Palette for the bargain price of just £3.99. Not yet willing to part with my money for the cult Naked palettes by Urban Decay, I decided to give this cheap high street dupe a spin as there are some stunning both shimmery and matte shades, my favorite of which are Camel - a rich gold - and Wave - a shining brown.

As you can see from the swatch above, the darker colours are immensely pigmented - packing a punch in just one swipe of my finger- than the lighter shades such as Buff and Sand which are barely visible. Though visually stunning I find that the shades are not particularly long lasting and tend to slip and slide somewhat throughout the day. But then again 12 shades for under £4 is a bargain and speaks volumes for the quality of the shadows.


Buff // Camel // Sand // Dust // Chocolate // Topaz // Earth // Storm // Silk // Wave // Thunder // Onyx

Matte shades: Buff, Sand, Chocolate, Storm & Onyx
Shimmery shades: Camel, Dust, Topaz,  Earth, Silk, Wave, Thunder

You do however get a wide range of colours that will appeal to anyone lusting after the Naked palettes by Urban Decay for barely a fraction of the cost. The neutral shades are sure to compliment any eye, whether you're just getting into makeup or hitting the town on a Friday night, this palette has the perfect combination of neutral and smoky looks. Though I definitely recommend using a primer and a base before use.

The palette comes in a stylishly strong metal tin that serves to protect them from accidental drops and cross-country trips. In the past few days my W7 In the Buff Palette has survived a 60 mile train journey and three falls from the fireplace and hasn't yet shattered. It also comes with a double ended brush including a sponge applicator and dual fibre brush, though I much prefer my Real Techniques Eyeshadow brush for one-sweep application.

Though not available in most drugstores, you can pick the palette up on eBay for around £7.


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