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This is a matte black shade but, unlike some other blacks I've used, it is definitely more of a buildable colour than an instantly intense one. For me this makes it great to use as a liner as it allows for a variation in intensity depending on whether it is being used for a day look or a night one.
The eyeliner or smudge stick as Stila call it is a great addition to the palette especially considering, as I mentioned above, that it alone normally retails for £13. The shade is a dark black brown and it has a lovely creamy smooth consistency which makes it really easy to apply. The waterproof claim is completely true because I found this quite difficult to remove after having it on all day. All in all this product has definitely made me consider trying other shades in Stila's range of smudge sticks.
The palette also contains a cute little booklet containing 6 different looks that can be created used on the products in the palette. I think this would be an especially great feature for someone just starting out with eye shadows.
I certainly think that this palette was well worth the £25 I paid for it. In terms of whether I would choose it over one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, I have to say I only would if I could only ever have one palette. To me personally the palettes have different finishes and shades to offer so having the Stila palette and a Naked palette would give you the most variety and basically the best of both worlds. The edge I would give Stila is that all the shadows have the same rich creamy consistency which some of the Naked shadows severely lack.
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