Must-have beauty: Urban Decay Naked palette review

Urban Decay's Naked palette range is probably one of the most talked about in the beauty world. They’ve long held a cult status among beauty addicts and with good reason – their range of palettes are versatile, great quality and one of those items that your makeup bag feels lost without. 

The Naked 2 palette has been one of the few things I’ve hit pan on in the past couple of years, so as part of House of Fraser’s recent Beauty Confidential offer (where there was £10 off certain products), I decided it was time to add the original Naked palette to my collection. After all, there’s no such thing as too many nude eye shadows in my book! 

Urban Decay Naked Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette close up
Urban Decay Naked Palette close up swatches
Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half-Baked
Urban Decay Naked Palette close up
Urban Decay Naked Palette swatches
Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

Naked was Urban Decay’s first complete eye shadow palette that focused on wearable everyday shades in nude, gold and brown tones and was so successful that they’ve launched two more 12 shadow Naked palettes and two smaller ‘Basics’ palettes to keep up with demand.

So what’s all the fuss about, you might ask? Well, Naked has probably the best collection of shadows I’ve seen in a long time. It’s easy to get multiple different looks for day and night, the shadows last for absolutely hours on your lids even without a primer and the pigmentation of the product is amazing! The swatches I’ve taken are just a single swipe – aside from Creep which is a tiny bit chalky, the pigmentation is just fantastic. 

My favourite way to wear these shadows at the moment is Virgin all over the lid and up to the brow bone, Half-Baked across the lower lid and then Sidecar blended into the crease. Smog is also a beautiful shade for a more intense look – when I swatched it I actually let out a squeal of excitement. And let me tell you, that really doesn’t happen often.

The outside of the Naked palette is a somewhat irritating velvet finish - I much prefer the tin styles of Naked 2 and 3 as they don't tend to get as dirty looking, but for me that's really the only downside to this palette.

Yes, this might be more shimmer shades than mattes (go for one of the Naked Basics if you want an almost all matte palette), and yes you might have multiple nude palettes already, but there really is something about the Naked palettes that I don’t think can be beaten. If you prefer slightly cooler toned shadows, then I’d recommend giving the Naked 2 a try and for more olive/dark skins, the rose gold tones of Naked 3 should look amazing (they do not work on me unfortunately – pale with pink undertones + rose gold = bad times). 

The Naked palette costs £36 and I truly believe it’s worth every penny. If you’ve not tried it before and can get to an Urban Decay counter, I urge you to go and indulge in a swatchathon – there might be plenty of great dupes out there but I have to find one that *truly* matches up. 

Are you a fan of Urban Decay? What’s your favourite Naked palette? 

*PR sample

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