One of the pieces that drew my attention at the event was the Citychick In The Buff shadow palette. I have to admit, that it was because of it's resemblance to Urban Decay's Naked palettes - the size of the actual palette itself the nude tones of eyeshadow make it hard not to draw comparisons.
I was lucky enough to be able to take one of the palettes home with me, and it has not left my make up bag since!
The palette is designed with a mock crocodile skin in green, which is very hard wearing. It's been bashed about in my make up bag for a couple of months and not showing signs of wear and tear. It has a large mirror which is great for make up on the go, and comes with a double ended fluffy brush, perfect for soft application of product and blending. I find I do use another brush with the palette and use the Mally brush just for blending as I find it a little too soft to pack the product on how I like it.
There is a large Shadow Base in the palette, which is a creamy formula designed to put on the eyelid to neutralise any colour on the eyelid and prime the lid to help the shadow stay on longer and be more vibrant. I found that when I used this my shadow did last longer and didn't crease.
There are then 11 neutral shades making up the rest of the palette which are a mixture of matt and shimmering colours. Chocolate Diamond is a dark reddy brown colour with flecks of gold glitter, it's beautiful as an all over colour for a full-on smokey look. Au Naturel is not visible on my swatch photo above, but as it's such a nothingy shade it's perfect for creating an even base.
My favourite colours in the palette are Bubbly, a shimmering iridescent white which if gorgeous for highlighting under the brow or the inner corners of the eye. I also love the shimmery gold and bronze colours - Tigers Eye, Brownstone, Oak, Egyptian Gold and Toast are the ones I tend to lean towards the most.
What's great about the palette is it's versatility to create so many kinds of looks - you could go very nude and neutral, or all out smokalicious with it, with lots of looks in between. I've added photos of a couple of middling looks I have used it for in the last few days.
Pricewise it's roughly the same as the Naked Palette, but I think they are both worth the value, and both have an equal place in my heart. If this is anything to go by, I look forward to exploring more of the Mally range.
Mally is available at QVC.