UNI CHATS || Palettes I Travel With!

Because I’m at uni now, I travel a lot. When I travel (usually home, and usually for reading week or Christmas/Easter holidays), I try to only take one eyeshadow palette with me. And by palette, I mean something small and versatile that I can get whole looks out of. That’s why I like travelling with these two palettes. For me, mattes are a must in a whole look and so, even though I love my Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess quad, it just can’t do a whole complete look for me. That’s why I like these two palettes because they are all matte (apart from the weird gel shade in the Illamasqua palette but you can read about that here). Yes, the palettes I always travel with are the Urban Decay Naked Basics and the Illamasqua Demise.
I like this palette because it has some subtle colour, meaning I don’t have to do a matte brown look everyday, sometimes I can add some burgundy (as we all know that’s my go-to eye shadow colour) or some navy to add a nice pop of colour, and the white has a nice gold sheen which makes a really nice inner-corner highlight, as the Naked Basics doesn’t really have a shade that gives an intense inner corner highlight – but they’re perfect if you want to be subtle. Another pro of the Demise palette as it’s literally always on sale. I got it for like £12, which is a really good deal, I feel. Links of where to buy will be at the end of the post.

I actually won this palette in a Twitter giveaway (shout out to Robyn!) and it’s quickly become  a travel favourite. It gives you everything you need – base, transition, crease and outer-corner colours which can create a simple but effective eye look. It’s so versatile and it’s all matte (minus Venus which has a slight sheen) which I love. My favourite shades are Faint and Naked 2, as I feel like they’re both really nice crease shades that add definition and a smooth transition. Obviously these shadows are a dream to blend – they’re Urban Decay! I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I think that Urban Decay has my favourite formula for eyeshadow. Apart from Matte Squared eyeshadows from MAC, their matte formula is perfection and I love it so much.

I also pack with me a liquid liner, because a cheeky little cat-eye really adds to the looks you can make with these. I’m loving Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper right now but I also love the Kiko pen eyeliner if you want a cheaper alternative.

So, there you have it. Sundays are Uni Chats days and this kind of feels like cheating because it’s about beauty too… but I kind of linked it to uni. So… yeah.

If you liked what you saw & you want to buy these products yourself then by all means, shop this post…


  1. March 6, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    Stumbled upon your blog through Anna Saccone's. I have the Naked 2 Basic Palette & absolutely adore it! 😀 Plus it is travel friendly as well. 🙂


  2. March 7, 2017 / 12:01 am

    Ahh awesome!! I love Anna Saccone, I think she's wonderful!
    Yeah they're great aren't they – smaller than my phone 😀 Xx

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