The Unbeatable(?) Naked Palette! | Thoughts, Review, Swatches

Sunday, August 24, 2014

So after months of trying to escape from me, my boyfriend consented and bought me my first Urban Decay Naked Palette! Now I wasn't really sure if I wanted it, because I have my Sleek iStorm palette and that seemed sufficient but I simply couldn't resist going to Sephora to have a swatch! Now, it's gone from the store drawer to my hands, so what do I make of it after using it for three months? 

Of course, you probably already know this but bear with me as I do it for product intro's sake. The suede palette comes with 12 eyeshadows, a nifty dual-ended brush fit snugly into a little pocket at the bottom, and a rather small mirror. 

I hate to start off with a gripe but since we're talking about packaging, I'm not sure if I fancy it much. The suede and interior gets dirty easily, even though I take extra care not to touch the mirror. I tried cleaning it a few times but I just can't be arsed to get a wet cloth and clean it every week! I'd prefer this to be in a tin casing, although that would be more difficult to carry around, I suppose. 

The eyeshadows, however, are another story. They're smooth, soft, buttery, and blend like a dream! There are two mattes, Naked and Buck, which are browns and the rest are either shimmery or sheeny. One shade that's slightly different in my opinion is Sidecar, which has larger chunks of glitter in it. That is greatly appreciated; it makes the palette more diverse and versatile! They also last a really long time. As I'm typing this, Naked, Buck and Creep (as a smoked-out winged liner) are about to hit the 10-hour mark, with no creasing, smudging, or fading! 

Here are a quick overview of the shades: 

Left to right: 
Virgin > Sheeny almost-white peach that's great for inner corner and brow bone highlighting
Sin > Muted rose-gold champagne 
Naked > Warm milk-chocolate colour that works as a universal blending/transitional colour
Sidecar > Bronze with very slight red undertones. I find that this is most shimmer/glittery shade
Buck > Warm dark brown. Kind of like the darker version of Naked 
Half-Baked > Warm, muted gold 
Smog > Coppery brown with gold shimmer 
Darkhorse > Dark smokey-brown 
Toasted > Medium to dark pinky brown (a dark rose-gold?)
Hustle > Dark plum-brown 
Creep > Charcoal black with visible (on the eyelid) silver shimmer
Gunmetal > Teal/blue grey 

And here are the swatches up close! 

Left to right: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half-Baked

Left to right: Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal 

My favourite shades from the palette are Naked, Buck, Sidecar and Gunmetal, and then there are some shades that I don't often use; Smog, Darkhorse and Creep. Smog and Darkhorse look a bit off on me, and actually make my eyes sort of muddy-looking. Creep is not as pigmented as I would like and goes on a bit chalky if I'm honest. I do like to use it for the smudged liner look sometimes, though! It actually makes it easy to build up the colour because it's so sheer for a black.

As a comparison to the other Naked palettes, I can't say much as I don't own the other 3. However, I can say that from looking at the palettes side by side, Naked runs warmer, while Naked 2 is cooler, and Naked 3 is well... pink! I don't think I would want to get the Basics after owning this first palette, though, it it seems kind of redundant. 

Overall, I really like this palette as I find that I get a lot of use out of it, and despite the hefty SGD$89 price-tag, it is well worth the money! I've been using the Naked shade almost everyday and have barely made a dent in it. It is also great for everyday use as well as a smokin' night time eye. Just pop on a bit of the darker shades on the outer corners and viola!

Do you own any of the Naked palettes? Which is your favourite? 

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  1. I have the Naked 2 palette and I love it! Although, I was think of investing in this one as I actually think that I prefer the shades.

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  2. I just made a post last week about my updated feelings for this after having it for four years. I used to love it and now I think it's a terrible muddy mess of a palette, lol. I like the first half of the palette, but as a whole, I don't like the colours together.

  3. Ah I have this palette and I love it so much! It's so versatile xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

  4. I have the 2 and 3rd palettes, I think I like the 2nd more, but would probably like this as it seems a mix between the two!

    Corinne x

  5. You should, Alice! These shades would look gawj on the eyes in the colder months! x

  6. I've read that post! Shame you don't like this, but I agree with you about the some of the last few colours looking off! x

  7. Yes it is! Although I'd have preferred one or two lighter matte colours for blending ): x

  8. Yeah, they are pretty similar! xD x

  9. I have the Naked 2 and 3 and I am still contemplating if I need this palette as well.

  10. Hmm maybe not! This is pretty similar to Naked 2! x



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