So I had to go to three Sephoras, but I finally found the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I was excited to find this palette, but knowing that the proof is in the wearing, I’ve reserved my judgement until now.
Firstly, I think this palette represents tremendous value for money. There are 12 eyeshadows in this palette, which I noticed cost USD $17 each in Sephora. Add that up, and you already have USD $204 worth of eyeshadow, without even mentioning the double-sided eyeliner and mini Urban Decay Primer Potion it comes with. At USD $44, this represents some great value even if I only end up using half the shadows in the palette.
I also like the range of eyehshadows on offer here in terms of finish and colour. I love that this palette fills in ‘gaps’ in my already-exisiting neutrals collection; for example, I didn’t have a ‘transistion colour’ (naked), a medium matte brown for the crease (buck), or a really deep brown with no other undertones for the outer ‘v’ (darkhorse). The three shadows that remind you that this is an Urban Decay palette are Sidecar, Creep, and Gunmetal, as these are the shadows with glitter. I don’t have a particular problem with the glitter content, although there is a little fallout to be had with these, and I probably wouldn’t wear them to work.
I enjoy the number of medium to dark shadows there are in this palette too. I’ve mentioned before that as a glasses wearer I have to add that little bit more definition to my eye, more than the average eyeshadow wearer. My go-to shadow for this purpose up until this point has been MAC’s Handwritten, but now I have many more to choose from. It’s also a help having ‘Naked’ and ‘Buck’ in the palette, which are matte neutral shades. I don’t have many matte shadows in my collection, as I’m usually swayed at the last second by shimmery shadows that look so much more exciting. These are two shadows I’ve needed for a while.
The rest are shimmery shades that are utterly beautiful. All of the shadows are easy to apply and last all day. There is no hanger-on in this palette: all the shadows are pigmented and easy to work with.
The only thing I’m not utterly enamoured with is the double-ended 24/7 eyeliner pencil in whisky and zero. A year ago I would have said that these were great, and it’s true that it’s very handy to have these eyeliners in the palette for travel or convenience. However, with the advent of Milani Liquif eye and LÓreal Liquid Intense Pencil liner – which are both superb products - Urban Decay needs to step up their game. I find that both the Milani and LÓreal are creamier to apply and don’t fade as much by the end of the day.
This is really all you need in terms of eyeshadows. No matter what time of day, the formality of the occasion, the season, or the fashion, you will be prepared with this palette. The Urban Decay Naked Palette is definitely worth tracking down and owning. I bought this from Sephora for USD $44, but it is available on Ebay for USD $63.24 plus $12.64 shipping from busybusybayer.