Average Rating 4.6/5
Review by TiaDGB
OVERVIEW: Urban Decay's Naked Palette is a sleek compact of 12 eye shadows that can be used for neutral daytime looks all the way to smokey evening looks. Six of the shades already exist in Urban Decay's permanent collection and can be purchased as singles (Sin, Half Baked, Naked, Toasted, Gunmetal and Smog), one is a re-promoted shade (Sidecar, which was also in the First Edition Book of Shadows), and five are new shades (Virgin, Buck, Darkhorse, Hustle and Creep). Here is a breakdown of the shades: Virgin- Shimmering, pale cream color. Very nice brow bone highlighter for lighter complexions (may be too pale and frosty for darker ones). Wonderful when popped onto the tear ducts to brighten the eye area. Sin- Pink-based champagne. It has a shimmery finish. I love applying this to just the lid area of my fair complected clients. Naked- Matte light brown. Though it's a matte color, the texture is very rich and buttery, not chalky. Sidecar- Very hard to describe this shade in my own words, so I'll just go with Urban Decay's description: "Cocoa with golden sparkle sheen" (though I feel that this is more of a deep beige than "cocoa", the golden sheen is definitely there). Buck- Matte medium brown. It's the darker sister of 'Naked' with the same lovely, smooth finish and great color payoff. Half Baked- Shimmering/metallic true orange-based bronze. Smog- Deep bronzey/brown with a slight sheen. I would not describe this shade as 'shimmery' though, more of a `luster`. MAC's 'Go' is almost identical. Darkhorse- Deep chocolate brown with a very slight bronze sheen. The finish is very lustrous. Great crease color! Toasted- Shimmery pink based medium brown. Hustle- Rich, plummish chocolate brown shade with a slightly shimmery finish (leaning towards satin though). Creep- Blue black with sliver shimmer. A nice step up from your basic black. Gunmetal- As the name suggests, it`s a deep gunmetal gray with a silver sheen. With the Naked Palette, you receive a mini sized Primer Potion, which is perfect for traveling. You also receive the Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush (I believe you could also get ones with eyeliners instead of the brush instead, but I`m not sure). The Good Karma brush isn`t great for eye shadow. I prefer to used it for concealer and if I do use it for shadow, it`s cream shadow. THE PACKAGING Sleek, elegant brown velvet compact with a mirror and a little compartment for the brush (I don`t even use the brush though so I put a pencil eyeliner in this compartment). Some people say that the gold lettering flakes off of the package over time, but it hasn`t happened to me yet and if you take care of this palette well, it shouldn`t. Overall, I love the packaging. Reminds me of a huge (unusually glamorous) chocolate bar :) I feel luxe just holding my Naked Palette lol. THE PERFORMANCE If you haven`t tried Urban Decay shadows yet, you`re in for a real treat. Even the matte shades are buttery smooth in texture and they pick up on a brush with ease. These shadows are HIGHLY pigmented (more so than MAC) and blend into each other seamlessly. The specific shades in the Naked Palette are just lovely. You can mix and match practically any of them and get a gorgeous look, but here`s a video of one of my favorite Naked Palette combos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHJgydNrPKc (this is great for both day and night). THE VERDICT This is one of my favorite pieces in my makeup collection. Several of my friends refuse to shell out $48 US on an eye shadow palette, but COME ON! You get 12 beautiful shades so you`re pretty much set in the shadow department. I truly believe that everyone should own this palette, it will make you see `neutrals` in a different light. Most cosmetic companies use bland browns and beiges when marketing `neutral` shadows, but Urban Decay takes it to a whole other level. I mean come on, it takes a lot to make neutral shadows that are not boring. Simply genius really. And one more thing, this palette works on virtually ANY complexion.