By Angela Anastasi
We’ve heard it as many times as the new JBiebs single: nudes are in this fall. From bare lips to pale nails, the most timeless shade is the one that’s hardly there. The nude eye look is a trend that has been around since I bought my first Claire’s 52-shade eye shadow palette, and the versatility of natural makeup looks is great for the college girl on the go. But with so many choices in stores, how do you choose that perfect shade of ‘almost nothing?’ I’ve tested out some of the most talked about shades to make your hunt a little easier.
Maybelline The Nudes Palette $9.99, Drugstores
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This was the first nude palette I had ever tried. I was a little skeptical because of the affordability of it, but it is amazing for ladies on a budget. The color range takes you from day to night, and our helpful friends at Maybelline included recommended looks on the back of the packaging so that you can create a guaranteed gorgeous look. I must warn you that the shades are not as pigmented as some other shadows I’ve used, but for everyday wear this palette does the job.
Clinique All About Shadow Quad in Teddy Bear Macy’s, $28.50
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Clinique has been my tried and true for a while now, and this palette is no exception. Clinique has some of the most longwearing shadows I’ve tried, and these colors complement most skin tones with the dark-to-light range. At $28 for only four colors, the price is a little steep, but the timelessness is worth the investment.
Urban Decay Naked 2 $55, Ulta
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Any story on nude eye shadow would be incomplete without at least mentioning Naked. If you’re like me, you frequently stay up at night wondering why ladies are willing to drop a paycheck on eye shadow. When I finally caved and bought Naked 2, I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of options in the palette, but fear not! These colors are super blendable and complement each other in a way that makes it pretty impossible to mess up. Be warned that the colors are highly pigmented and are best applied in layers. There is definitely a reason why this palette is ~everything~ in the makeup world.
Now you have my insight on the loveliest of the low-key, the barest of them all. Now, go forth and go nude!