The Urban Decay Naked palettes are among the most popular eyeshadows in the beauty community. Everyone with an interest in makeup will own at least one of them – they’re definitely a staple item for your makeup collection. You can’t go wrong with the Naked palettes! They’re all beautifully soft and bendable, highly pigmented, and long wearing. In the UK they’re priced at £38 each, and you can usually find them at Debenhams. They’re not very cheap, but they’re not as expensive as some other palettes I’ve seen either. It really depends on how much you want to spend on an eyeshadow palette! However, you must keep in mind that these shadows are very high quality, and you get 12 shades in every palette.
There are currently four palettes; the warm-toned Naked 1, the cool-toned Naked 2, the rose gold Naked 3, and the darker Naked Smoky. The palettes are so different from each other, and you don’t really need all of them (unless you’re a psycho like me). But which one do you get? Originally, this post was going to be a comparison of all the Naked palettes in one post, but after seeking out some opinions, it seemed it would be better to split the 4 naked palettes into 4 different posts, talking about each one in depth, and then doing a comparison post afterwards in short, with links back to the original posts. This first post will be about the first Naked palette, and then it will go Naked 2, 3, then Smoky.
This palette was the first of the Naked palettes. It’s made up mostly of warm-toned brown and gold shades with a couple of exceptions we’ll talk about later on. The packaging is very different to the other palettes. It’s made of something that feels like cardboard with a suede covering (to be honest it makes me cringe a little bit because I hate the feeling of suede – that’s just a personal nitpick though). It also makes the palette a little bit flimsy in comparison to the others; the cardboard makes it prone to bending which can be a nightmare if you wanted to travel with this palette – so be sure to take extra care to protect this palette when going on holiday. The suede exterior also makes it a nightmare to clean. Once the suede gets dirty, that’s it – dirty forever, and the lettering seems to come off quite easily too.
The Naked 1 palette was the first palette I bought for myself – or so I thought. I bought this palette way back when my makeup obsession was just beginning, and I had no idea where to get it from, so I bought mine from eBay for £15. The seller labelled it as a totally real, authentic Urban Decay Naked palette, and I didn’t think anything of it. I next bought the Naked 3 palette months later from Debenhams, and I noticed that the texture of the shadows were much different to my Naked 1 palette, but I put it down to the fact that the Naked 1 palette was older and less developed than the newer ones – but I was wrong. My cousin kindly let me borrow her Naked palette for this post as mine is an absolute fake (and it’s so obvious now that I compare it to the others). In the future I’ll do a post comparing the real and fake palettes, in an attempt to help you guys avoid the same troubles that I’ve had with buying a fake one – but at least I didn’t pay the whole £39 for a fake (thank GOD).
Anyway! The 12 colours in this palette are as follows (in order from left to right):
- Virgin: A pearl-white shimmer shadow. Very light. Great for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes or your browbone.
- Sin: A light lilac shimmer shade. Another shade great for highlighting. Could be used on the mobile lid and made more intense with a single spray of MAC Fix+ on the brush.
- Naked: A light matte beige. Great as a base colour for lighter skinned people to aid with blending colours.
- Sidecar: A medium-light brown shimmer with a hint of purple. This colour is quite flexible, and could be used either on the outer corner of the eye to darken a lighter look, or on the mobile lid if you’re going for an all-over dark, smoky look. There are also tiny glitter particles in this shade that add something a little bit more to the colour.
- Buck: The second and only other matte in the palette. Buck could be used in the crease for light skinned people, or possibly as a base colour for darker skinned people.
- Half Baked: This is my favourite colour in the palette. It’s an intensely pigmented gold shimmer colour that would look so gorgeous on the mobile lid on any skin tone, but I think it would be even more flattering on darker skin. It feels very soft in the pan compared to the other shades, and a little bit goes a long way with this colour.
- Smog: A dark brown shimmer that would be great for use on the outer lid. Would be a great colour to use for a smoky eye.
- Darkhorse: This is a more cool-toned brown, slightly more grey than Smog. Darkhorse isn’t exactly matte, but isn’t really a shimmer either. It’s more of a semi-matte, another one great for use either in the crease or the outer corner of your eye.
- Toasted: This is another brown with a slightly pink appearance. It’s another shimmer shade, and pairs nicely with Hustle. This colour could be used on the mobile lid, if you were to go in with Hustle on the outer corners, or on the outer corner if paired with a lighter shade such as Sidecar.
- Hustle: A dark brown-purple shimmer shade, goes great with Toasted. Great for use on the outer corners and is one of the darkest shades in the palette.
- Creep: This is one of the oddball shades in the palette. In the pan, it looks like a very dark blue shimmer, but it comes off on the skin as more of a matte black. There are some glitter particles in this shade, so there is some sort of sparkle to it when you swatch it. I personally don’t use this shade a lot as really dark colours don’t suit me very much.
- Gunmetal: This shade is a deep blue shimmer colour with glitter particles. It was the other oddball in this palette, and another one that I don’t really use. I find it difficult to pair Gunmetal and Creep with any of the other colours in the palette, but they do complement each other when put together.
The main complaint with this palette is that there aren’t many matte shades (there are only two in the palette!). Personally, I’m not really a fan of the blue shades either, but it’s just personal preference. You might use the blues all the time! I think this palette is great for any skin tones, but I think it’s especially good on warm toned, medium to dark coloured skin. However, that doesn’t mean that us pale girls can’t use it either! In fact, highly respected beauty YouTuber BeautyLifeMichelle says it’s one of her favourite palettes! Another small problem with this palette is the fact that the mirror is smaller in comparison to the other palettes, this can be quite a nuisance if you’re trying to use this mirror to do your makeup.
Here are some colour pairings for eyeshadow looks:
- Naked (base colour), Sin (mobile lid), Virgin (inner corner + browbone), Buck (crease), Darkhorse (outer corner).
- Naked (base colour), Half Baked (mobile lid), Virgin (inner corner + browbone), Sidecar (crease), Smog (outer corner).
- Naked (base colour), Toasted (mobile lid), Virgin (inner corner + browbone), Buck (crease), Hustle (outer corner).
- Naked (base colour), Sidecar (mobile lid), Virgin (inner corner + browbone), Buck (crease), Smog (outer corner).
- Beautiful selection of warm toned colours.
- Soft eyeshadows.
- Long wearing.
- Highly pigmented.
- Suitable for all skin tones – especially flattering on warm medium to dark skin tones.
- So many colour combinations.
- 12 shades in a palette.
- Lacking matte shades.
- Flimsy packaging.
- Packaging gets dirty easily – unable to clean.
- Small mirror.
- The price is £39 (is a con depending on how much you’re willing to spend on makeup).
That’s everything for the first post on the Urban Decay Naked palettes! Thanks to the people who helped me decide on how to structure this mini series! The next post on the Naked 2 palette should be up next Thursday. See you in the next one!