Swatches/Review: Urban Decay Naked Palette

I finally got around to digging my fingers into the pan to swatch the Urban Decay Naked palette for you guys. It was somewhat tedious because I don’t think I’ve swatched anything of this size before, so I hope you enjoy this.

What it claims (from These neutrals won’t leave you naked. THIS is how Urban Decay does neutral: Far from boring, the Naked Palette includes 5 NEW shades (with names like Buck, Darkhorse, and Virgin) in addition to seven of the brand’s most addictive best-selling eyeshadows. This is a shadow palette that everyone will want, everyone can use, and everyone will buy. Experiment with office-appropriate neutrals, summertime bronzy looks, or sultry smokiness (achieve golden, brownie, or grey-hued shade combos). Plus, you get an exclusive double-ended version of the award-winning 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero (black) and Whisky (a warm brown shade without sparkle) and a mini genie bottle of Eyeshadow Primer Potion. With all this at your fingertips…you’ll hardly need clothes at all.

The good: The majority of the shades are extremely nicely pigmented and smooth. All of the swatches were done with just one swipe (with the exception of Naked, which is a tad bit chalky for me). I am also very happy to report that none of the shades had any ridiculous glitter fallout which is usually abundant in most Urban Decay palettes; this one had a very good balance of mattes, satins and shimmers in a variety of shades. Oh and did I mention the value? you get 12 full size eyeshadows for the price of less than three, plus the “free” eyeshadow base and duo-ended eyeliner (which makes the business student in me question the markup that they put on the eyeshadows if they are selling them at nearly 80% off and still manage to make money…).

  • Great texture and beautiful colour payoff
  • Good variety of colours and textures
  • Amazing value

The bad: There is only one thing I have to complain about this palette: the packaging. First, the packaging is made of paper/cardboard, which means its probably not very portable, nor will it last long like those with plastic or metal packaging. Second, the entire outside is wrapped in velvet, which means it will attract tedious amount of dust. Other than that, there is really nothing wrong with the palette itself.

  • Packaging is not the best

Overall: This is definitely a must-have eyeshadow palette that anyone and everyone should get. You can create a variety of looks from just this one eyeshadow palette, ranging from day to night. You can even stash this at the office for a quick fix-up during the day, there is just too many usages you can get out of this one palette. Also the colours all work really well together, so you don’t need to put much thought into what colour goes with what when you’re planning your makeup in the morning. I realize this is sold out pretty much all the time now here, but don’t worry, it is a permanent product and should be around for a long, long time.

  • Product: 20/20
  • Value: 5/5
  • Packaging: 3/5
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Overall: 32/35 | 91% | A

See swatches and more pictures!

Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog

Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal


10 thoughts on “Swatches/Review: Urban Decay Naked Palette

  1. I cant wait to get this! I am in no dire need of neutral eyeshadows now but this palette has been on the back of my mind ever since I first heard of its release 🙂

  2. I love neutrals! I really want to get this palette, if it ever stays in stock long enough on the Sephora website for me to purchase it. At this rate, I think I won’t get it until January 2011 because it keeps getting sold out!

  3. Pingback: Review + swatches – L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2, an inexpensive drugstore mauve-pink nude palette | *Maddy Loves

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