Champagne taste, beer budget #3: Chichi Nudes Palette

I've always been curious about the Urban Decay Naked palettes. The texture! The pigmentation! Much buttery, so colour! I haven't been curious enough to shell out for them, though, especially since UD aren't sold in NZ, so I'd have to buy online and use Youshop or similar.

Luckily for me, I'd come across various blog posts about the Chichi Glam Eyes Nudes Palette being a dupe for Naked 1.

chichi nudes whole palette.JPG

I don't own the Naked 1 Palette, so can only judge the Chichi on its own merits. I'd always turned up my nose at Chichi as a brand due to the cheap looking packaging and branding, but have read and seen enough over the past year or so to realise that a lot of their products are really great -- not to mention affordable.

chichi nudes first six

The palette contains a mix of matte and shimmery shades. Some of the shades are slightly powdery, particularly the mattes, but not enough to write the palette off. The shimmery shades are smooth and buttery -- the lighter ones in the left half of the palette are great for an inner corner or brow bone highlight, or pressed onto the centre of the lid, while the darker shades are useful for smoking things out or adding a little emphasis to the outer corners. It's been a couple of months since I got the palette and took these photos, and I've experienced no fall out while using the shimmers.

chichi nudes right

I would say the left half of the palette leans neutral-to-warm, while the right half leans neutral-to-cool. I've swatched it below, with the Art Deco Eyeshadow Base under the top row of swatches. The primer definitely brings out the shimmer, but not as much as my photo would suggest -- I think it's just the angle of the light (my bad).

chichi nudes swatches

I'm kind of an eyeshadow novice, but here are some ways of how I like to use the various shades in the palette:

  • #2 for an inner corner and brow bone highlight
  • #3 and #5 for blending things out
  • #4 and #7 for a bit of an all-over wash
  • #9 as a smoky liner
chichi nude basic look front on

Here's a really basic look -- I told you I was an eyeshadow dunce! I used #5 all over the lid, #9 on the outer third, and #4 on the inner third, then #3 to blend things out.

chichi nude look close up angled

The Chichi Glamorous Eye palettes, including the Nudes, retail for $31.49 at Farmers here in NZ. It's also available online for $22.95 AUD. Right now Farmers are doing 3 for 2 on Chichi products too, so get in there -- I can totally recommend their Lip Stains and single baked eyeshadows.