I hope your not all stick of the I word.... I do admit I am a tad obsessed with Instagram at the moment , but I'm just so interested in seeing other makeup artists , their work and finding out about what products they use . So far I've discovered so many amazing products that without Instagram I would never of heard of or thought of trying.

Some of that best makeup artists on Instagram are drag queens. I noticed one of them hailing Urban Decay Blackout eyeshadow as the blackest black on the market, dissing Mac Carbon ( my current choice of black) as dusty with no pigment to it! Now these drags know their stuff when it comes to makeup.... so I was straight on to www.beautybay.com to buy some. I also purchased a another shade called Naked, Urban Decay primer potion  and the Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette as recommended by Rose Gallagher ( former brummie peach). The Naked 2 Palette costs £36 and includes 12 shadows including blackout. It's reported as the best selling pallete of all time.  All of the shades are neutral including creams, golds, bronzes and smokey browns. The Urban Decay single shadows cost £14 and the Urban Decay Primer Potion ( I use the original shade) costs £14.50.

So today I decided to do a Mac-less makeover on Little Katie using my new real techniques brushes that I will also be blogging about next week, they are available to buy online and I'm really enjoying using them especially the expert face brush. To create this look...

- I rubbed UD primer potion onto the lid

- took UD naked accross the socket using real techniques base shadow brush

- deepened this with shade YDK from the N2 palette using the RT detailer brush

- I then lined under the eye using Chopper, YDK and Blackout using the RT accent brush taking the blackout down ontop of the lid too.

- Using the accent brush I built up the blackout in the outer corner of the socket, blending with the base shadow brush and the deluxe crease brush.

- To highlight the brow I used Foxy a matt cream in the N2 palette

- I then used the detailer brush to cover the lid in Booty call, a nude shimmery shade.

- Now I usually use my matt brown mac eyeshadows to fill in the brows. As a large majority of the UD shades are shimmery this wasn't possible so I did have to add a touch of Mac Charcoal Brown to the brows!! Even for the purpose of the blog I can't lie to you...

- I finished the look with liquid liner, mascara and a half set of thick individual lashes to add darkness to the outer corner of the eyes.

I have used my Mac palette for the last 10 years. Therefore no comparison makeover was required for me to write an accurate review. My staple Mac shadows are Carbon-Matt Black, Kid- Nude Matt, Mulch- Chocolate shimmer, Brun- Brown Matt. I also use Mac Vanilla pigment to highlight. I've included some pictures of my lovely sister Catherine, our lovely receptionist, wearing a classic Peaches smokey eyes using my Mac shadows.

Being so set in my ways at first it was hard to work out what shades to substitute especially as a lot of the shades in the N2 palette are shimmery. I personally prefer to always use matt shadows accross the socket as I find shimmer in this area can be unflattering. So in this way I found the N2 palette lacking. However other than this I found that all the shades including the black are a lot stronger than Mac. They also blend easier, and when used along side the primer are very pigmented. The primer also  requires you use less eyeshadow to create a very strong coverage and therefore there is less fallout on the cheeks. All in all I can safely say that I am definitely converted to the blackout , naked and the primer. I'm looking forward to using my N2 palette some more before I decide whether it makes my must have list. I think it will be great for bridal work as it includes plenty of neutral shades for brides and bridesmaids to choose from. In the meantime I want to order some more UD single shades in darker matt browns as I think I will love them.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Big Peach xxx