From the first look, the City Color Barely Exposed Eyeshadow Palette instantly reminds me of the legendary Urban Decay Naked 1 Eyeshadow Palette.
City Color Barely Exposed Eyeshadow Palette contains 12 eyeshadows, each weighing 0.72g. It contains 10 shimmer eyeshadows and 2 matte shades. The palette is sleek, sturdy and lightweight which makes it great for travelling.
Though the texture isn't buttery smooth or one that makes you go WOW upon swatching, it's still of acceptable grade and not horrible at all.
Expected of most drugstore eyeshadow palettes, the pigmentation isn’t consistent across all 12 colours. Some colours are pigmented while some aren’t.
EASE OF APPLICATION (8/10)
The eyeshadows do get a little chalky and I did experience quite a major fallout when I applied onto my eyelids. My advice is to give your eyeshadow brush a good tap to knock away the excess powder before applying it to your eyelids.
However, the fallouts aren't a big deal as you can easily wipe the specks of powder away and thank goodness, they don't stain badly! After using this palette for a week, I realized this is best worn with an eyeshadow primer underneath. Not only it helps the eyeshadows to stay in place and last longer, more importantly, the colours are accentuated with a primer underneath.
To my surprise, the eyeshadows were much more pigmented when I applied them onto my eyelids. The colours did not appear super intensely (which may be a good thing for beginners), but just sufficient as a nice coat of colour over your eyelids.
The hues of these eyeshadows work coherently to create a seamless gradient. Also, I realised minimal blending is required. The eyeshadows just worked their magic and formed a beautifully diffused transition between each colour.
The eyeshadows lasted more than 10 hours under various weather conditions. I was absolutely impressed that none of the colours faded, flaked or smudged.
This is the first drugstore eyeshadow palette I've tried and I’m so thrilled to discover this gem. It’s an excellent dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 1 Eyeshadow Palette. While the colours aren't incredibly pigmented, the colour payoff is more than enough. In fact, this may actually be a good news for makeup beginners because the eyeshadows can be layered to achieve the desired intensity. What I love most about this palette is that it is so easy to blend the eyeshadows. As for the colours, you get a rather comprehensive colour selection from everyday, fuss-free naturals to glam natural to smokey eyes. The only complaint I've is perhaps the smell. It has a cheap, powdery smell which I dislike a lot since I’m sensitive to fragrance.
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