Urban Decay is coming to South Africa (yay!) and I’ve got a Naked palette that you could win (double yay!)

Right! If you haven’t heard the news, Urban Decay is finally coming back to South Africa. Their first stand alone store opens in Sandton City on 9 July and more are supposed to follow suite but I don’t know when.

I’ve been a big fan of the brand forever, having first stumbled across some of their shadows in the sale bin at Edgars about twenty years back. (God, I’m sooo old!) Back then, dinosaurs roamed the earth and Urban Decay’s shadows still had a manhole aesthetic, but came in cutesy little tins with screw tops. (Also, their lipsticks where housed in metal tubes shaped like bullet casings!) I remember being blown away by how amazingly pigmented their shadows were and even went back to the store the next day to scrounge for more shades but they were all gone and then the brand disappeared from SA shores. Since then, I’ve been snapping up my favourite things on eBay as well as when I travel.

Interestingly, my favourite Urban Decay item isn’t one of their shadows. It’s turned out to be their wondrous li’l eye shadow primer potion. At R280 it’s aΒ regte steal as a single tube will last you a zillion million years.

This is the old packaging as I've had this boy for ages.
This is the old packaging as I’ve had this boy for almost a year (maybe over a year?), use him every single day and he’s still going strong.

I’ve tried several shadow primers over the years but none of them have ever managed to work as hard as Urban Decay’s does, so I keep going back to it. I swipe it on my lids every morning, wait a few seconds, slap on any old shadow and it literally looks freshly applied until I finally take it off. Shadow creases? Never heard of ’em! Also, a little goes a long way. I can easily make a tube last about a year and I wear make-up almost every day of my life.

But ja, let’s get back to the eye shadow. The jewels of Urban Decay’s empire are most definitely their ultra lustable bestselling shadow palettes – Naked 1 (bronze toned), 2 (cool toned) and 3 (rosey toned) and new Smoky.

Hello friend!
Hello friend! These will go for R850 which is a brilliant price considering how many shadows you get and how long they last.

My darling li’l sis spoiled me with Naked 1 about two years ago and I’ve never looked back. It fulfils all my eye shadow dreams and more in that many of the colours I don’t even use. The palette you’re seeing in these piccies, by the way, is a new one (thank Urban Decay SA!) and not my original dude has he’s just not photogenic anymore. Poor guy’s been living a thug life, being lugged along wherever I go, to the point that his ‘fur’ is coming off and my favourite shadow, Smog, is almost showing pan.

To the left...
To the left…


...to the right.
…to the right.

Despite being a cool-toned blonde, Naked 1 is definitely my best fit. I know this because Mands and I agonised overΒ each one in Sephora for so long I think the snooty French sales woman thought we were shop lifters. Also, because I’m disgustingly spoiled, I also got to toss a few shadow singles into my trolley but here’s my secret shame… I haven’t even opened them as all my shadowy fantasies are being fulfilled by this palette!

From the left:
From the left: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck and Half Baked.


From the top down:
From the top down: Smog, Dark Horse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep and Gun Metal.

Despite having a host of shades to pick from, for the most part, I tend to use just four of them – two golden-y ones for a day/summer eye and a slightly cooler duo for night-time/winter. Thus, I give unto thee my two staple eye shadow looks courtesy of my Naked palette that I’m clearly underutilizing in a massive way, but hey, I’m all about ease and speed.


This is so easy to do it's a joke. I just apply Smog to my entire lid and then sweep a bit of Half Baked in the crease. The two blend together seamlessly and it takes me two seconds to slap on.
This is so easy to do it’s a joke. I just apply Smog to my entire lid and then sweep a bit of Half Baked in the crease. The two blend together seamlessly and it takes me two seconds to slap on. Forgive the hideous lighting. I’m not a mottled zombie, I promise.


Another super easy look - Toasted all over my lid with Hustle in the crease and drawn out a bit and then back in again to cover a bit of the outer corner of the lid. While the shades look super mauve-y in the pan they appear VERY neutral, almost taupe, when they're on. I then dab a dot of Vigin in the inner corner of my eye to brighten it up.
Another super easy look – Toasted all over my lid with Hustle in the crease and drawn out a bit and then back in again to cover a bit of the outer corner of the lid. While the shades look super mauve-y in the pan they appear VERY neutral, almost taupe, when they’re on. I then dab a dot of Vigin in the inner corner of my eye to brighten it up.

There are a few other Urban Decay gems I’d like to tell you about but I’ll save that for after the launch next month in case I discover a few new besties after that. In the mean time, hands up if you want to win a Naked palette! Urban Decay have kindly given me an original Naked palette to give away, just like my own, and I’m making winning it all too easy.

To stand a chance to win, simply leave a comment below telling me what you suspect your favourite shade in the palette will be – or is if you’ve already tried it! Another way to enter? Hit me up on twitter with ‘Hey @lipglossgirl, I’d love to win an #UrbanDecaySA Naked palette’ and be sure to include the link to this post.

This competition closes at 5pm on 24 June 2016 and is only open to South African residents. A random number generator is going to decide your fate and the winner will be announced shortly after the competition closes.

Good luck girls!

Love, love


This competition is now closed. A big congrats to winner Andri Groenewald.

180 thoughts on “Urban Decay is coming to South Africa (yay!) and I’ve got a Naked palette that you could win (double yay!)

  1. Omw I would loooovvve to win this I have been eyeing this palette for such a loooong time and would really love to own it. ‘Smog’ looks so amazing and ‘sin’. I’m sure if I owned this palette every colour will definitely be my favourite. Shared on twitter my twitter handle is @b_balutto πŸ™‚

  2. Hey my favourite color I assume would be smog but there are too many to choose from, naked eyeshadow palettes have been on my wish list like forever!

  3. I received Naked Palette 2 from the shores of California for my birthday earlier in the year and the staying power and texture is everything it’s cracked up to be. Also dying to finally try the setting spray, if I can get a Joburger to send me some or UD eventually ventures south to the Mother city. Thanks for the heads up on the eye primer and holding thumbs on the palette that’s up for grabs.

  4. Smog and Toasted for sure! These colors all just look amazing and I’d love to try them all πŸ™‚

  5. I wish I could choose all but if I had to pick one it would be: Half Baked
    Stunning gold shimmer shade great for all year round

    Fingerscrossed its my Birthday on the 9th July hope its my lucky day πŸ™‚
    Tweeting @Nooreen9

  6. Smog and Half Baked look good for the lid as Im olive skinned, and have been dying to get my hands on the Naked palette. The closest Ive come to duping any UD, is the LA Girl nude palette in the rose tones. I dont think there is a shadow in the Naked that I wouldnt use!

  7. Smog and hustle 😍

    This is the palette I so badly want to get my hands onto. Awesome giveaway. Fingers crossed.

  8. I think toasted & sin would be my fave! Getting married in October – would be amazing wedding colours!

  9. This is such an amazing giveaway…wow. Shared on twitter too(@flutterbymegs)
    Would reaaallly love to win I need these in my life and “sin” is my favourite and would really suit me:) Pleeeeaaaase pick me!!!

  10. I’m more of a Sidecar or Half Baked metallic eyeshadow kind of girl. I have heard that they apply SO creamy and smoothly, and can’t wait for them to launch a store near Cape Town.

  11. Leigh! Ek hou van ‘Virgin’- dit sal baie mooi met my complexion lyk πŸ™‚

    Ek weet nie wat is die regte woord vir ‘complexion’ in afrikaans- I couldve googled it, but I’m too lazy.

    XO ❀

  12. Sidecar and half baked are definitely going to be perfect for me! I am dying to own this palette and crying cause I live in George so its gonna be a while before I get my hands on one even tho they launch in SA. A Beauty lovers worst nightmare is watching the jhb girls go to the launch and I can’t have nothing lol. Anyways this would soothe my soul.
    Also tweeted (@Mel_delaCroix)

  13. I am in love with Hustle. All the shades are pretty gorgeous πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ That makes a tough choice. Would love to own this palette.

  14. There are quite a few catching colours – my first pick will be Smog πŸ™‚

    This palette has all the colours you need for a day/night look. So versatile

  15. YAAAS! What I’d do to get my grubby paws on one of these πŸ™‚ Side Car looks killer!!!!

  16. Oh my goodness, Hustle looks like it would perfectly compliment my hazel eyes, the whole pallet in fact because it’s so damn beautiful! This baby would be the perfect addition to any girl’s make up collection or LIFE for that matter! Having this palette in my life would me seriously happy πŸ™‚ β™‘

  17. So hard to choose between Toasted or Buck but buck would look so good in the cut crease of my eye and it’s sooo versatile so opting for that color! Love this pallette, been wanting one for as long as they have been out! ❀

  18. I’ve been eyeing these palettes for so long and would love to win one. I think sidecar is my favourite shade. I’ve been into shiny pinkish shades lately and would die to try it out. 😍 So excited for urban decay SA

  19. Hustle & Sin are definitely my faves. I love that the palette has some colour in it as well because all I have are nude palettes but this is good mix of both 😬

  20. Gosh I would have to guess that Sidecar or Smog would suit me best, but would have some fun trying them all out and seeing how they look!!

  21. Naked and buck look like great everyday colours but I am so keen to try them all and to make them all work for me! This would be amazing 😊 xx

  22. Love the look of sidecar, hustle and smog (but all of them look stunning to be honest) πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜€

  23. Love the look of hustle,smog and side car but all of them look stunning to be honest πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜€

  24. I am HALF BAKED that you are giving away this palette Leigh aaaaaaand that Urban Decay is back in SA!!!!!

  25. OMG how do you even choose!! If it comes down to itit, it just can’t not discriminate between Sin and Half Baked… #UrbanDecaySA

  26. Naked! I think I would wear it together with Buck. All so pretty and sparkly and best of all very natural-looking which I’m all about! Thanks for the great review will def check out in store. x

  27. I have been dying to try Urband decay, my favourite colours will be Sin, Sidecar and Smog! Would love to win this πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜


  29. Ohh they are all gorgeous but definitely think Sidecar would be a fave and a constant go-to!

    Fingers crossed x

  30. Eye are the windows to the soul!! Definitely think Sin would help my blue eyes pop but then again there are a few I would love to experiment with!

  31. Toasted would be my fav , but I can picture myself loving them all !!! Love the pigments in Urban Decays eyeshadow . Holding thumbs ! Shared via Twitter @LittleMissLee86

  32. I love sidecar. That with a little pinky toasted on the outer crease lifts a saggy tired mommy brow. Balance is key. No one likes too much of anything saggy and pink!

  33. There’s going to be serious competition between smog and dark horse. Stunning colours

  34. I’d love to win this!! I’ve heard so many great things about this palette and I’d love to own one!!!😁😁😁 I think my favourite shade will be smog 😍 it looks so stunning! πŸ‘€πŸ’•

  35. I feel like I’d love Smog and Dark Horse but Buck looks like it’d be an amazing transition shade! Hopefully I’ll get to try it for myself πŸ™‚

  36. I love Smog and Dark Horse, but Buck looks like it’ll be an amazing transition shade! Hopefully I’ll get to try it for myself πŸ™‚

  37. Half Baked would be the perfect colour for my bridesmaids when I get married on the 6th of August! And the fact that the brand is cruelty free, makes it even better! πŸ™‚

  38. SMOG, natural and bohemian type of feel to it.

    I have never owned an Urban Decay product before but have always admired their incredible colours. This is the perfect winters treat!

  39. So many beautiful colours to choose from. But I think I’ll love Buck,Smog and Dark Horse. I’m all about that brown lifestyle. #UrbanDecaySA #LotsOfLove

  40. HEY LEIGH πŸ™‚

    Its so hard to decide what my favourite colours are… I’m going to go with naked, sidecar, buck and darkhorse. Love the neutrals!

  41. Hustle looks like it could be my everyday shadow! I’m more of a girl who likes to rock a edgier look day-to-day and this is just pure LOVE right here!

  42. Definitely Half Baked! Perfect shimmery gold lid colour for blue eyes. Buck and Naked are perfect matte transition shades for the crease to lower brow bone, but I have to go with the knock-out lid colour.

  43. Honestly how on earth can one choose a favourite??
    Can I please choose the whole palette?
    It’s such a Beautiful Little Treasure Box of Shadows!!!
    Like I would do anything to get my hands on this ASAP πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    If I must choose just one fave, it’ll have to be Naked…
    I’m in Love! ❀ ❀ ❀

  44. It’s so hard to chooose! But I must go with naked – it’s beautiful! Love the whole palette, great post ❀

  45. Love them all but think I would use Naked every day! Seriously gorgeous palette! Hope CT gets a store soon!!!

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