I know the world doesn’t need another post on the Urban Decay Naked Palette, but holy shit you guys, this is one of the best beauty products I’ve ever owned. If I’m not mistaken, this palette was released some time in mid-2010 and has achieved crazy cult status since then. I mean, I can see why. It’s a bunch of neutrals that go freakishly well together… but as with many-a-fawned-over things, this is so much more than that.
With the Naked Palette, you get 12 shades:
- Virgin — pale shimmery beige-y nude. I thought it looked a bit 90s-browbone highlight in the pan, but it actually goes on very well and more subtly. Personified, this beige shadow would be Emma Watson.
- Sin — frosty pink champagne. This is a gorgeous wash of color on the lid for everyday.
- Naked — matte beige brown. Oh, another beige. Fancy that. Naked‘s beigeness is akin to The Carrie Diaries. It’s nothing special, but it gets the job done.
- Sidecar — shimmery medium bronze/brown with a little pink thrown in. Sidecar is notorious for being the fallout queen, which is a shame because it’s so pretty.*
- Buck — matte mid-tone brown. Ah, reliable Buck. I bet you get around.
- Half Baked — frosty pale coppery gold with a slight pink-peach undertone. It’s neutral enough for you to wear around a lot for different types of occasions, but there’s enough oomph in it that it’s not boring.
- Smog — frosty mid-tone brown, with a slight bronze-green tinge.
- Darkhorse — shimmery deep brown that looks a bit mossy under certain light. A beauty staple for Ents.
- Toasted — shimmery medium pink-brown. This shadow looks like it likes having copious amounts of tea in the afternoon.
- Hustle — shimmery dark chocolate brown that leans a bit plum.
- Creep — shimmery blue black. The color of sad, despairing, unrequited love.
- Gunmetal — shimmery dark blue-grey. If you want your eyes to smolder, this is what you use.
Here are some swatches:
L-R: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar
L-R: Buck, Halfbaked, Smog, Darkhorse
L-R: Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal
I swatched these shadows left to right, and by the time I got to Naked (the third shadow), I couldn’t believe how great the quality of these shadows were. They are positively buttery and incredibly pigmented. I don’t know how they’ve priced this at $50, $6 more than its original price when it was released. That’s $50 for 12 shadows, or $4+ each. Though the pans in my Guerlain quad are bigger than the UD pans, that cost me $59 for 4 colors, and while I love it to bits, this is by far a better value. I mean, clearly.
The palette is longer than I thought it would be. It has a good-sized mirror and a shader brush. I don’t particularly care for the brush; my MAC 239 is better at applying shadow. This doesn’t really blend all that well either. It’s really pretty, though. It also comes with a sample of UD’s Primer Potion, which I haven’t tried yet.
This is the first look I made using the Naked palette:
Roughly: I have Sin all over the eyelid. I added Toasted on the inner third of the lid (near the duct), and Hustle and Creep on the other third of the lid and outer crease. I added Smog on the inner 2/3 of the crease, Virgin on the browbone, and Creep on the upper lashline. On the other third of the lower lashline, I put Hustle and on the inner 2/3 of the lower lashline, I put Sin. Sounds complicated, but it’s really not!
Rest of the face: The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit (02) for my brows, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Blushing Bride) on my cheeks, bareMinerals Warmth to bronze, bareMinerals READY Luminizer (The Love Affair) to highlight, Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream (Berry Blast) on my lips.
I have a lot of higher end makeup and palettes that are way more expensive with subpar quality. They’re not “bad” products, but the quality isn’t equally comparable to this palette’s. And I know that when you say “good value for money,” sometimes you mean it in a “it’s an okay product, especially since it cost so little,” but in this case, you are really getting a whole fireworks display for your buck. (Instead of a bang, you get a couple of bangs, get it? Okay, I’ll stop.)
Long story short, I was apprehensive about getting this palette because I don’t really get on very well with too-shimmery shades, and these looked so shimmery. But! Not so. They are all quite wearable, and now I see what the fuss is all about.
VERDICT: Worth the hype. Get it if you like having a wide selection of neutrals.
How much? $50. Bought at 20% off.
Will I repurchase? If I ever run out of neutrals, this well may be my first pick.
Where to get? There are tons of online resellers with ridic mark-ups. I just got mine from Urban Decay directly.
* The new eyeshadow singles, which I believe has had their formula er, reformulated, has a less pesky version of Sidecar.