4 Looks You Can Create Using Urban Decay's Naked Reloaded Palette | Clozette


It's been six months since Urban Decay officially retired its iconic original Naked palette and until now, it's still a touchy subject for beauty lovers everywhere (yes, us included). But just like any longstanding relationship — we're being dramatic, sure, but it's still an agonising chapter in recent beauty history — we all have to move on. And while the Naked Cherry and the Naked Heat palettes are also beautiful, nothing beats a neutral staple. So we were nothing short of ecstatic upon seeing the new Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette, which definitely reminds us of the old neutral favourite, but obviously with its own upgrades. 


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The 12-pan palette includes a healthy mix of silky mattes, smooth satins, microfine shimmers and playful glitters. Four shades that are instant favourites for being neutral MVPs take the spotlight in bigger pans namely, Bribe (an ivory matte), Barely Baked (a soft gold metallic), Boundaries (a warm terracotta) and Blur (a light nude matte).




One thing we noticed that is a vast difference from the OG Naked Palette is that there are no blacks and gunmetal silvers in this lineup (so no drastic smokey eyes, here, take note!), making it more like a love child of the original curation mixed and Naked Heat. Think warm or muted neutrals that are said to be universally flattering. We'll let you decide if the lack of darker tones is a yay or nay, but for us, it's definitely not too shabby!


While we're waiting for the Naked Reloaded palette to be available on Sephora and all UD beauty counters on 28 February, what do you say about look inspirations featuring some of the palette's hues to keep us occupied?


Retro + Bribe = Strawberry Lemonade



Going for a youthful yet effortless vibe for all your summer adventures? Match feathery brows with a simple swipe of Retro all over the lids, the crease and the lower lashline, and pop on a hint of shimmer with Bribe for a sweet and cheeky look that's perfect for the season's daily affairs. P.S. Don't forget to give those lashes some volume and curl for an extra touch of pretty! 


Blur + Retro + Distilled + Dreamweaver + Barely Baked + Reputation = Daily Glam



We all know that office-friendly looks require mostly neutrals, but basics don't necessarily have to mean boring. Just take some cues from this daily glam look created with a combination of several Reloaded shades. The standouts would be the soft halo of Retro above the crease to add warmth to the look, the mix of Distilled and Dreamweaver to make the lower lashline pop, and Barely Baked to make that inner corner as blinding as can be. 



Blur + Distilled + End Game = Soft Seductions



The Naked Reloaded palette may be short of blacks, blues and silvers, but it doesn't mean we can't get a good smokey eye out of it. Instead of going for something heavy, edgy and overwhelming, take a softer but still sultry alternative by blending Blur and Distilled as the base and End Game at its tail. 


Distilled + End Game + Barely Baked + Angel Fire = Chiaroscuro or Halo



If you want a quick look that's easy to take from day-to-night, give your eyes an extra 'oomph' by taking notes from contour and highlight dynamics. Add a bit of depth by taking Distilled and End Game all over the lid to create a soft, smoked out halo for a neutral day look, then transform it to party-mode by lining the lids and intensifying the glam with Barely Baked and Angel Fire at the centre of the lid and the inner corner. Quick steps and minimum blending with maximum results!


(Disclaimer: Shades mentioned may vary from those used in the images.)


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Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Can you feel the love? Well, some do and others don't — especially those who called out Gucci over a supposedly racist piece of clothing. To balance things out, though, we think you'll swoon over Lipault's collection with Jean-Paul Gaultier. Those are just a couple of the hot pieces of news you need to know right now.


Gucci Blackface Controversy


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Gucci was in hot water for what many believed is a racist sweater depicting blackface, makeup or costume worn by non-black people to represent a caricature of black people. The brand has apologised for the misstep and said they will internally do more to increase diversity and to "[turn] this incident into a powerful learning moment." The sweater has been removed from the brand's online and physical stores.


Lipault  Paris x Jean Paul Gaultier


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On a lighter note, you'll be happy to learn that Lipault Paris's collection in collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier is now available in Singapore. Featuring the merger of their different styles, the collection contains pieces that are perfect for globetrotters who are the perfect mix of laid-back and structured.


Makeup-free Hailey



Mr. and Mrs. Bieber (Justin and Hailey) grace the cover of Vogue magazine's March issue. We're sure you've already seen Hailey before — with or without Justin — but her cover shows a different version of her in that the model who's almost always seen wearing glam looks is makeup-free in it. 


Year of the bangs?



Many were surprised to see Kendall Jenner sporting a fringe a couple of days ago on her Instagram. Shortly after the reveal, Bella Hadid was also spotted wearing bangs. This makes us ask: Is this the year of the bangs?


(Cover photo from: @gucci)


Here's what you may have missed earlier this week.


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Ah, love. It’s that time of the year again where we bask in the bright saccharine glow of affection. Whether you’re newly dating your significant other or have been with them for more than a decade, take this season as an opportunity to strengthen the bond you have and enjoy experiences that are new to both of you. Skip the candle-lit dinner; these unexpected — and flawless — date ideas will surely make your hearts pitter-patter a little.


Become photographers together



You’ve probably taken lots of selfies together. But this time, why not kick it up a notch and conduct a photo shoot? Plan a theme, source props and look for locations together. Teach each other how to use a camera and what angles work best. Style each other, too. And, of course, don’t forget the grooming. Make sure you’re ready for the session by perfecting your makeup. A good base is the best place to start.


For a complexion that looks great not just in person but also in photos, go for a foundation that offers high coverage but looks natural. The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation is perfect for this because it offers 10CM high coverage and a finish that’s matte but looks flawlessly natural. There are also over 40 shades to choose from, so picking the right one for you would be a breeze.


Exercise teamwork and make it out of an escape room together



While we’re not suggesting that you give out tests within your relationship, we do believe that doing exercises that strengthen little aspects of it is worthwhile. Try to make it out of an escape room. The adrenaline rush can easily make you lose sight of your goal, but by working together, there’s a huge chance you’ll come out successful. Oh, and did we mention it’s also super fun?


It will involve a lot of physical activity (as much as mental dexterity), though, so make sure your base won’t budge even if you sweat buckets. A sweat-resistant foundation is key.


Indulge in a sunset sail



If you’re more the type to enjoy the outdoors, an afternoon by the bay is just perfect for you. Cruise down the sea as the sun sets while you enjoy some champagne and chocolates. Talk about anything and everything. But make sure you’re ready for unexpected moments, too, like taking a dip in the waters. A base that’s water-resistant is just what you need for such an occasion.


Recreate your first date



There’s nothing quite like the rush and excitement of a first date. The anticipation for uncertainty gives a feeling like no other. Get nostalgic as you try to replicate the day step by step. From picking out clothes to figuring out what makeup look to try, remember how to indulge in the giddy feeling of doing something for the first time.


Pick a foundation that will keep you looking flawless for an entire day, just like the Esteé Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation. It’s long-wearing, to say the least. With staying power for up to 24 hours, you’ll be sure to look as fresh at sundown as you did when you met in the morning.



Create your own outdoor cinema



If you like the outdoors but would like to cosy up instead, a backyard, garden or rooftop is your best location option. Work together in creating your own outdoor cinema. Make a fort out of blankets, buy your favourite snacks, play your favourite movie or watch a new one. But also make sure your makeup stays on and doesn’t transfer to your partner’s shirt by wearing a transfer-resistant foundation base. Then, cuddle to your heart’s content.


Have a flawless Valentine’s Day celebration with the help of the Esteé Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation. Find out more here.


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