bag the backtalk

I was surprised and sad when Urban Decay announced they were discontinuing the original Naked Palette. I was also curious to see what they had in the works, knowing they wouldn't leave a Naked vacuum for long. But when I woke up Saturday morning to an email about the new Naked Cherry palette, I was less than enthused. (I mean, yes, I bought it. But I wasn't happy about it.)

My hesitancy was mainly based on the fact that the Naked Cherry palette reminded me of the Backtalk palette that came out early this year. I wasn't the biggest fan of that one. But as I was cycling through these thoughts last weekend, I realized that I never blogged about Backtalk, despite my intention to do so. To fill the gap of time between now and when Cherry arrives, I've dug out my old pictures and now provide my Backtalk review. 

First things first: This is a combined eyeshadow and blush palette. The colors make me think of less neutral versions the Naked 3 shades.
But the formula of these shadows leaves something to be desired. They were not as pigmented as I've come to expect from Urban Decay, were difficult to blend, and didn't allow for much versatility. 

The palette doesn't come with a brush, and the center mirror--which separates the eyeshadows from the blushes--is removable. It always seems to fall out when I'd prefer it didn't.
Here's one of the looks I created with the palette. I think the pictures (which were snapped in my car; sorry) actually do a good job at documenting the struggle in blending these colors. Also, I'd point out that it took a lot of shadow/layers to get this much color.
On my lid, I used Bare. Then I applied Bare to my brow and covered it with 3 Sheets. I used Shade in my crease, and Attitude on the outer edge of the crease and pulled it up above the crease as well. Then I cut with 180.
Bottom line, don't waste your money. And here's to hoping the Naked Cherry exceeds my rather low expectations!