I decided to get this as I had seen it and thought it seemed like a dupe of the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette; and it really does look like it. I don’t own the Naked 2 palette myself as being a student £37 seems a lot to spend on eyeshadow whereas the W7 In The Buff palette was only £4.99.
W7 In The Buff palette comes in a tin case, which seems like it could withstand some knocks but I feel that when you lift open the lid it can feel a little flimsy. On the back it tells you the ingredients and the shade names. On the inside all the shadows are house in a black foam like surrounding. I love the fact that this palette came with a brush and sponge applicator rather than just a double ended sponge one. But I think I would have loved just that little bit more if it had been a double ended brush. The brush is okay to use and would definitely be fine for fixing your eyeshadow if you were out and about but otherwise you will probably prefer to use your regular eyeshadow brushes.
The eyeshadows look gorgeous and compared to the pictures I’ve seen of the Urban Decay palette; very similar. I found that all the eyeshaows were really soft and easy to blended together with very little fallout. I love the fact the none of the matte shades felt chalky which can sometimes be the case with less expensive shadows. All of the shades in In The Buff are really pigmented as you can see from the swatches below, all of which were swatched without primer. The first shade is pigmented like all the rest but it sadly doesn’t show up on my arm as it’s very similar in colour. I tried going over it a few times but I just couldn’t get it to be picked up by the camera. There are 2 matte shades; Buff and Chocolate and the rest all have a shimmer appearance.
Buff (not really seen), Caramel, Sand, Dust, Chocolate, Topaz, Earth, Storm
Chocolate, Topaz, Earth, Storm, Silk, Wave, Thunder. Onyx
The In The Buff palette is perfect for creating daytime looks but you could also use it if you were wanting some darker looks for night as well. I used my MUA primer with these and found that they had started to fade a little and crease slightly around 6 hours after being applied. I think that this is an amazing amount of time for them to have lasted, perhaps if you use a different primer they will last longer. I think that I will be using this palette for Christmas day and think that it is a great cheaper alternative to the Naked 2 palette.
I’d really recommend that you try this product and think it would be a great alternative if you have the Urban Decay palette and perhaps don’t wish to use it everyday. From what I’ve seen, it seems that W7 do a lot of products that seem similar to higher end brands so I will definitely be trying some more soon!
Have you tried any other W7 products; if you have what would you recommend that I try next?