I absolutely love this palette. For me they are really pigmented and the neutral colors work well for the office. I do wish they included a tutorial/sample looks, I mean it can get overwhelming with all the colors. But overall I love the product, a total must have in my list.
Having fallen in love with Too Faced's Natural Eye Kit, I was THRILLED to hear about this one. I was LUCKY to get one of the palettes when it first came out. And I was UNDERWHELMED when I got it home.
The eye shadows just weren't what I was looking for. For me, they fell into three categories. The first would be too sheer. Shades like Virgin and Sin were rather unnoticeable. I understand that they are meant to be highlight colors, but they just didn't do it for me. The next category would be the mattes. I prefer shimmery shadows to mattes, and I just didn't have use for Naked and Buck. I tried to incorporate them as base colors, as was suggested by online videos on YouTube, but again they just fell flat. The last category are the bronzes and browns. Bronzes just aren't my cup of tea unless it's the middle of summer (or dead of winter) and I'm trying to be a golden sun goddess. And the browns were too - dare I say? - neutral. I understand this is a neutral eye palette, but when I open it up I just see a lot of tans and browns. Too Faced was able to incorporate pewters, lavenders and pinks into their neutral and naked palettes which makes for much better, varied results (in my humble opinion). In short, I saw a lot of repetition in this palette which was shocking since it has 12 colors.
Another problem I had with this palette was that I was rather lost in terms of what to do with it. There were so many choices that I didn't quite know what colors to pair together. I would have preferred that Urban Decay include a handout demonstrating several different looks. To be fair, they offered a couple online - but those looks were "rocker" rather than neutral. I did find videos on YouTube, but it seemed that the looks were either too timid or too bronzed. I could have spent more time playing around with the colors, but I just don't have the time on the weekdays and on weekends I just want to look good - not experiment with a look that might miss the mark.
I'm not even going to address the 24/7 liner as I already have a full review of it posted, registering my distaste. The only winner I could see in this set was the primer potion. It really does make application a snap, holds the shadow and prevents creasing.
Usually I end my negative reviews with a snarky comment or cautionary note. However, I must go in the opposite direction this time. I was impressed by the quality of the UD shadows: they were creamy and had a fair amount of pigment in them. I will certainly remember this for the future. Also, I must applaud UD for attempting to put together a palette that women have a use for. Too often I see palettes or kits that include out of this world colors that no one would wear, or that push crazy artistic looks, or that look like they just slapped together all of the worst shades that are about to be discontinued (Clinique, I'm looking at you). I appreciate that UD realized that most women are searching for wearable looks with a little drama. So what's my bottom line? I really think that perhaps this is a nice palette, it just wasn't meant for me. I spent $45 on it and have decided to keep it (I never do that!) because I really do hope that in the future I will find a use for it.
I love this freaking palette! The colors are beautiful and they all blend well together. I use it ever day from a natural look to an eye popping smokey look. I can not see how anyone would not like this palette. And the velvet casing is really pretty. You will not be let down if you get this. Its sold out in most stores and sells for about $50. I couldn't wait anymore so I bought it off of ebay for $60.00. So worth it.
I know I'm a bit late with this product, but I thought all the hype about was just that--hype. While neutrals are my favorite, I figured this palette probably didn't have anything I needed so I forgot about it until a month ago when I saw a display of it at Ulta. I went over and swatched the colors and they're really pigmented. I also love how you get 12 eyeshadows in one compact. I'm not having to open a million little eyeshdow duos or trios trying to find the right combination, this palette has everything! I'm very impressed witht the quality and wear of the shadows. They blend extremely easily, are pigmented, and last all day. I do wish there was more than just 2 matte colors...and there is a bit of fall out from the very glittery ones, but it's not a big deal. I love this palette! So glad I didn't listen to myself and bought it. Haha.
This is beautiful. It's really awesome how many combinations can come from this one palette and really work together to give you variations of looks, and still look excellent together. This is easy to blend. On a side note, creasing Gunmetal with Sin as the base, and Too Faced's Satin Sheets on the lid gives me amazing results with lots of compliments. Urban Decay never lets down, this is just another amazing palette. Highly recommended.
Ok, so this being my first experience w/ UD shadows, I'm going to have to share why I had an aversion to it in the first place: I hate glitter/frost/sparkle on the eyes. UD just had a bad reputation for being notoriously glittery/frosty/sparkly. That said, I "like" the Naked palette, but it isn't something I absolutely had to have...
It is very convenient to get ready and only have to pull out one palette, but I like variety. The lack of matte shadows do disappoint me, but I have enough to supplement the need from my collection. This product is a MUST-HAVE if you are a beginner... I agree with that most-definitely. It even comes with a brush for those that are beginners, but with my collection and experience with different brands, I think it was a waste of $. It does not blend well, nor does it do a good job of picking up product. Not the WORST brush ever - because it does so a sufficient job with the shadows, but not my favorite.
Packaging: you already know I'm no fan of the brush. I like the extra UDPP add-on, great for travel. The palette itself: very cute, but the flocking/velvet outside is impractical. I have foundation/concealer/bases/cream products on my fingers from makeup application, and picking up the palette is a pain because I always have to remember to wipe off my hands. It looks adorable though, so I forgive it... but that doesn't mean I still don't grumble about it when I use it.
Colors + lasting power = not bad. Definitely above average, but not something that blows me away. Even with UDDP, I notice it fades at the end of my 8 hour days. I don't experience that with my MAC or MUFE shadows... a little surprising since UDPP is their product, you'd think it'd work 10x's better with their own eyeshadows...
Either way, great for on-the-go and beginners, not so much for people that expect above and beyond... which means not bad for daily work/school looks - not so much for night's out on the town, photoshoots, special occasions... etc.
I would repurchase as gifts to others, but I think I would rather personalize my e/s collection with finishes I can pick and choose from instead of a set palette. They're nice eyeshadows, but I need more variety being someone that's quite picky with their products.
I absolutely adore the Naked Palette! I got very lucky when it first came out and snapped one up right away. I love that you can create multiple looks using this palette and don't really need to stray from it when doing your makeup. My favorite color is probably Toasted but they're all beautiful. I kind of wished I had grabbed this later on and received the brush with it opposed to the double ended eyeliner but oh well! I would definitely repurchase this.
I had heard so much hype about this product, so when I spotted at the mall one left, I RAN AND RESCUED IT! lol. I have always been a diehard fan of urban decay shadows. Over the years I have been able to collect every color they sell. So when I saw that the NAKED pallette had 5 new shades, I was thrilled with excitement. So when I went home and tried them, I realized that all the hype was for a good reason-this is an insane amount of beautiful colors for a pretty good price. It comes with a brush, and I didn't think I was gonna care much for it b/c I already have a nice brush collection. But the brush actually is one of my favorite brushes I own.
The Naked palette caught my eye when it was first released. I hesitated over paying $44 for a palette of neutral colors since I already owned the Too Faced Natural Eye palette. After reading lots of positive reviews on MUA, I decided to take the plunge. Alas, it was too late. Others had heard of the Naked palette, and I was unable to get my hands on one after visiting quite a few Sephora stores. At my very last stop before heading home, I casually asked an SA about the palette, since it was not on the UD shelves. She came back with the last one half-hidden on an obscure display shelf.
I have to confess that I did the Happy Dance right there in that Midtown Manhattan Sephora, that's how ecstatic I was. The SA could tell that I was thrilled, and I took it home with me that night. I wish that I could say that I used it often, but the truth is that more often then not, I'd admiringly stroke the beautiful velvet box of pretty colors and then put it away.
1) Excellent Color Selection (12 x 0.05oz): Beautiful colors/textures, and NO glitter bombs! This is a surprisingly tasteful and sophisticated collection of neutrals released by UD, and not the least bit boring.
2) Performance: The quality and pigmentation of each shadow is excellent. The shadows are smooth, high-performing, and crease/fade-resistant (with primer) on my oily monolids.
3) 24/7 Eyeliner in Whiskey/Zero (2 x 0.5g): This is actually two popular E/L in one! It is smaller than the 24/7 pencils that usually comes with the UD palettes (0.8g), and less than half of the full size (1.2g). I found it to be very handy to use, and its distinct packaging makes it easy to identify in my E/L pencil jar.
4) Mini Sin Primer Potion (0.13oz): A pretty coppery shade that warms the lid color as it preps your eye area. Forms a smooth canvas for the E/S, and creates a barrier to prevent creasing and slippage.
TIP: Substituting UPDD Regular or Eden will create a 'cooler' look.
5) Packaging: Sleek brown velvet box with its name embossed in gold. Classy and slim packaging that is discreet and easy to store. This is a far cry from the ultra bulky UD BOS releases.
1) Similar Shades are Confusing: I feel a bit overwhelmed by all the color choices. Theoretically, more IS better, but having a range of (similar) colors to choose from can be a bit confusing. I don't consider myself a MU novice, but in comparison, the Too Faced Natural and Naked palettes are great because they have the possible color schemes neatly laid out (3 colors across, down, or horizontal).
2) Warm Shades: Most of the colors lean towards warm neutrals and warm browns. I find that I prefer cooler neutrals to go with my Asian NC20 complexion (ie: TF Naked palette, Cargo Essential Eye Cool/Neutral palette).
3) Hard to Control: It can also be easy to overload on the shimmer/sparkle factor. I find that many times I'll have a beautiful (subtle) day look almost complete, and adding one swipe of a shimmery color will turn my look from "Day Time Luncheon" into "Night Time Cocktail Hour". This is rather vexing, so I have to be cautious when applying the shimmery shades.
Overall, I would give this palette a 4.5. It is one of my most beloved E/S palettes, but not the most used. I wish that UD would released a cool neutrals version of this palette for those of us who are more suited to cooler shades.
Great everyday colours all in one pallette. Eventhough I stick to the same colours on a daily basis, the other colors are great to explore different combinations.