As a neutrals kind of girl, I am so excited for the Au Naturel Palette, and if you saw my tweets online, you would know how excited I was. I am definitely glad that this gorgeous palette is going to be permanent! The palette comes packaged in the usual paper box, this time adorned with neutral beige flowers and decorative motifs on the box. Very pretty and feminine.
The Au Naturel Palette has a range of neutral shades, all named after things that are supposed to be reminiscent of the colour. It comes with a plastic sheet with the names over it. From what I can tell, it isn't exactly the same as Urban Decay's Naked Palette. The Sleek Makeup version has more matte shades, for one, and also, a lot of the beigey shades lean a little more yellow than the Urban Decay version. But seeing as I don't own the Urban Decay Naked Palette, I can't comment on much more than that.
L-R: Nougat (light creamy matte beige), Nubuck (light creamy matte grey), Cappucino (matte light warm brown), Honeycomb (matte yellow-beige), Toast (matte orangey-beige), Taupe (light shimmery beige-brown-pink)
L-R: Conker (deep shimmery purple), Moss (shimmery olive green), Bark (matte dark grey-brown), Mineral Earth (deep shimmery cool brown), Regal (matte deep purple), Noir (matte black)
And here's a shot of the shades in the Au Naturel Palette, close up.
My favourite shades are Conker, because I love a good deep shimmery purple, and Moss, which is such a lovely deep olive green shade, which I also love. I also feel like these two shades have a certain dimension in them that gives them that slightly multi-dimensional look. I also like Mineral Earth, because a good cool brown is always a gorgeous staple to have in your wardrobe. My only complaint is that Taupe isn't quite taupe at all - it strikes me as being more of a colour along the lines of Stila's Kitten, but darker and more brown. To me, a taupe shade is more of a grey-brown with some purple thrown in - not quite what was in the palette.
But enough of my over-excited rambling. Here are swatches of the Au Naturel palette in all its gorgeousness:
L-R: Nougat, Nubuck, Cappucino, Honeycomb, Toast, Taupe
L-R: Conker, Moss, Bark, Mineral Earth, Regal, Noir
And here are swatches of the right and left halves of the palette, respectively, just so you can see the neutral goodness up close and personal! Let's start with the left side of the palette:
L-R: Nougat, Nubuck, Cappucino
L-R: Conker, Moss, Bark
And here's the right side:
L-R: Honeycomb, Toast, Taupe
L-R: Mineral Earth, Regal, Noir
All in all, I feel that this is a pretty well-balanced palette of neutrals, and I do think that Sleek Makeup has done a good job of making this palette versatile despite being exclusively filled with neutral shades. The Au Naturel Palette has a good range of light and dark, shimmer and matte shades, so this palette easily multitasks as both a palette that can be used for work looks, as well as for deeper, smokey looks with a touch of drama. I'll be doing a few looks with this palette, both the light, wearable-in-the-office ones, as well as the more night-appropriate deeper looks, and I'm definitely looking forward to sharing them with you guys in the next few days!
(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)