Urban Decay Naked Palette
When the Naked palette first came out from Urban Decay Cosmetics, it seemed as if the world had stopped everything they were doing and scurried to their nearest beauty outlet to purchase this palette. Made up of soft neutral shades, soft and bold glitters and dark smokey shades, the Urban Decay Naked palette took the world by storm and became the “it” palette. When this palette first came out, I believe it retailed for $39/$49, but I could be wrong since it was such a long time ago. So the price initially told me that this is a palette that I would have to invest in this palette since it was on the more expensive side at the time of its release. At that point in time, I did not own a palette that had these kinds of shades, and with already being a huge Urban Decay Cosmetics fan, I knew I had to get my hands on it! When I finally received this palette for Christmas, I got the Naked version which has the Karma brush instead of the double sided eye liner pencil. Casing of this products is a suede-like outside with golden letters, that seem to wear off after excessive usage of this palette. Comes with small mirror that is large enough for only your eyes and is positioned in the middle of the lid of the palette.
Colors from left to right:
Virgin: Pale shimmered nude beige
Sin: Frosted pink champagne
Sidecar: Shimmered bronze/brown
Buck: Matte dark brown
Half Baked: Bright coppered gold frosted/metallic
Smog: Dark bronze with golden sheen
Darkhorse: Dark chocolate brown brown shimmer
Toasted: Brown/pink shimmer
Hustle: Brown and purple shimmer
Creep: Darkened blue-black base with silver and teal shimmer
Gunmetal: Blue-gray metallic with silver sheen
Above, is swatches of all the shades with no base underneath them. The colors are still apparent to the eye however they would appear better with a base. Starting with the eye shadow Sin on the left and ending with Gunmetal on the right. You can barely see the color Naked in this swatch!
Above, is swatches of all the shades with a base (urban decay primer potion) underneath them. The colors in this picture differentiate compared to the first picture by being more apparent to the eye and the pigmentation of each color is more noticeable. Starting with the eye shadow Sin on the left and ending with Gunmetal on the right.
Urban Decay Naked palette 2
As soon as I thought that it couldn’t get any better, Urban Decay came out with another palette, the Naked 2 palette. This palette has multiple differences from the first naked palette, such as the casing, colors and goodies that comes along with the purchase of this item. This palette has the versatility of during either a natural eye look or a deep smokey eye. The casing is completely different from the first naked palette. At first when this palette came out, there was a lot of controversy of the styling of this palette. Many consumers complained that the product felt “cheap” since it was a harder plastic case however I like it better for multiple reasons. This casing is more of a plastic case feel that also lets you bend the top portion back if you so desire. Another aspect that I like about this version is that there is an elongated mirror on the top of this palette compared to the dinky mirror you get in the first palette. The brush that comes in this palette is a double sided brush, one end being a flat shader brush and the opposite end being a fluffy crease brush, both very good quality.
Colors from left to right:
Foxy: Soft tan matte (very close to my skin tone)
Half Baked:Bronzed gold with gold shimmer (only color duplicated from first Naked palette)
Bootycall: Frosted champagne/white
Chopper: Gold with chunky silver glitter
Tease: Purplish brown matte (great for crease color/transition color!)
Snakebite: Deep brown with brown shimmer
Suspect: Taupe golden with gold shimmer
Verve: Silver with silver shimmer
YDK: Bronze with golden shimmer
Busted: Chocolate brown with gold/brown shimmer
Blackout: Deep matte black
Above, is swatches of all the shades with no base underneath them. The colors are still apparent to the eye however they would appear better with a base. You cannot see Foxy at all, that is only because it is flesh tone and you can barely see Bootycall. All of the other colors are apparent to the eye.
Above, is swatches of all the shades with a base (urban decay primer potion) underneath them. The colors in this picture differentiate compared to the first picture by being more apparent to the eye and the pigmentation of each color is more noticeable. In this picture, Foxy and Bootycall both seem to appear compared to the first image without a primer.
So in conclusion, which palette is better? What factors make either palette better that the first generation or second generation? Is it the color selection, packaging, pricing, or items that come along with it? In my opinion, both palettes are great for what they offer. The first naked palette offers a more golden/bronzed shades with metallics and shimmer. Allows you to create very natural looks and also very smoked out looks as well. The brush that I got with the first naked palette is of great quality, and yes I did not get the first version of the naked palette which had the double sided 24/7 eye liner pencils. The second naked palette offers more taupe shades, also allow natural looks and smokey looks as well. Dual tipped brush and larger mirror are a plus. The naked 2 palette offers three matte shadows (Foxy, Tease and Blackout) compared to the Naked palette only offering two, Naked and Buck both of which are shades of brown. I can personally see myself using both palettes evenly however I do feel that I use the first generation of the naked palette more in the summer time and the naked 2 palette more in fall time. I’ve noticed that I tend to use each palette is designated seasons because the original naked palette has soft golden sheens in it compared to the second naked palette offering more taupe shadows. In the end, both of these palettes are amazing and I am happy that I have my hands on both of these!