Product Type: Urban Decay makeup
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Urban Decay Naked Palette
Member Name: jimmychoogirl
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Advantages: eye shadows less than £3 each, soft velvety texture, easy to blend, pigmented, recieve free brush
==~~What is it~~==
The Naked Palette is an eye shadow palette by Urban Decay in which all the colours are neutral or brown based hence giving it the name 'Naked'. Within the palette you receive 12 eye shadows varying from very light shimmery colours to much darker browns, you also receive a flat headed shadow brush (this replaced the dual ended eyeliner that used to come in a palette) and also a miniature version of their Eye Primer Potion.
==~~Price and Availability~~==
The Naked Palette costs £36 and it was originally the price that put me off this palette, however not having used this everyday for a few months and seeing what you get in the palette I believe it is fully worth this price. As there is 12 eye shadows in the palette this makes them just £3 each (a basic / average price for single eye shadow), however as there is also the shadow brush and primer potion individually they cost under £3 each which in turn makes the palette very good value for money.
The Naked Palette is available at free standing Urban Decay stores (in larger department stores such as that as Debenhams) and also the Uk online site. I purchased mine off the Debenhams website as they had 10% off all make up items making it a little cheaper, also due to the fact I am a Beauty Card holder I receive free postage with every order.
==~~The eye shadows~~==
The eye shadows are all of a lovely soft, almost velvety texture making them very easy to apply. They are all very pigmented meaning that a little of the eye shadow goes a very long way, so despite the fact that I have been using this palette for almost 3 months now on a daily basis the eye shadows either have no or very little dips/ dents in them. The eye shadows sweep across the eye very easily and feel very light on the eye, yet do not have a powdery texture. These eye shadows are also quite compact so I very little get any fallout from these eye shadows and if I do it is mainly due to the fact that I have packed too much on the brush.
The colours blend really easily with one another and due to many of them being similar colours of the same family when blended together they all complement one another. Although the brush that this palette isn't the best for blending the colours with, with almost any other blending brush I have used these colours blend out really softly, yet keep some of their colour and pigmentation.
I really love the array of colours you get and although thinking that there may be some that I may not use, especially the darker ones I was surprised to find that I have used all of them, some not as often as others but due to the range on offer it is very easy to complete different eye make up looks. The fact that many of the eye shadows have different finishes also means that you can create many different make up looks, although if you are a fan of matte looks then I would suggest that this palette is not for you as there are only two matte eye shadows in the palette and the others are mainly shimmer or glitter finishes.
This is the lightest colour in the palette and although I don't use this colour too often as I personally find it a little too pale (an off white soft shimmer colour) it makes a great highlighter for use on the brow bone or inner eye corner. I do find this colour to be one of the least pigmented, which I actually enjoy as it makes the colour easier to blend and doesn't come out too stark white.
This is a really lovely soft champagne colour with light rose gold elements. This has a very soft shimmer making it look really light and delicate on the eye, making it perfect for everyday use. Despite this, I do find that it can sometimes get lost when paired with a too darker colour in the crease, so I find I do have to wear quite pale/ neutral colours with this eye shadow.
This colour is a perfect matte brown, which is great to either sweep all over the eyelid if you are in a rush, or just to run through the crease for a little definition. This colour is also really pigmented, meaning that a little goes a long way; however I do find if you build this colour it does add a little more depth and even begins to look a little darker.
This is one of my favourite eye shadows in the palette; it is a very shimmery colour, with flakes of gold glitter in it. It is a lovely warm brown with bronze in it, so looks really great with a tan or just for a warm look in the winter. Despite it being glittery and shimmery I find that it is still suitable for daywear due to the fact that the brown is not too dark and the glitter is quite soft and subtle and only really noticed when reflected in the light.
Buck is the second and last matte colour in the palette. It is again a brown colour like Naked; however is a much more rich, dark brown, yet still looks soft and warm. I find that this colour works well with almost any of the colours in the palette, making it a very versatile eye shadow. The only thing I find with this eye shadow is that it is not quite as pigmented as I would have liked it to be, however is very buildable meaning that you can easily get the 'true' colour.
To me, this colour stands out the most in the palette as it is not quite as neutral or brown based as the other eye shadows and in turn is a bright yellow/brown based gold. Despite this I really love this colour, though do find it works best in the summer. I really love the finish of this as it is very shimmery, yet does not catch the light in the same way that other shimmer eye shadows do and in turn almost looks like a layer of foil. The only downside to this eye shadow is that it does sometimes fade a little in the crease (even when teamed with the primer potion) and it is also hard to pick other colours to blend with it.
This is again one of my favourite colours in the palette. It is a deep bronze/ brown colour with a very soft shimmer to it. Despite it being quite a deep, dark bronze, the colour is surprisingly warm once applied making it easy to blend with any of the colours in the naked palette. I also believe this to be one of the most pigmented in the naked palette meaning that a little goes a really long way.
I also really like this colour and find it a perfect colour for blending through the crease when wearing smog. This is a very dark brown colour, with tiny flecks of gold and bronze shimmer / glitter in it. Despite it being a very dark colour, this eye shadow has a very soft colour making it very easy blend able and blends out to a lovely slightly softer bronze colour.
This colour is another really soft shimmer colour, it is slightly different to many of the others in the palette due to the fact it is quite a pink toned, taupe colour. Nonetheless I find that the pinkness of this colour works really well the darker brown colours (such as Buck) as it really gives the eye depth. This colour is also much pigmented meaning a little goes a long way.
I find that this colour also works well with Toasted as it as a mauve / purple based brown colour. Once applied this looks like a very soft, delicate colour and actually looks more matte than I had expected, yet still does have a soft shimmer to it.
This is the darkest colour in the palette and perhaps my least used, nonetheless this colour does come in very handy when creating a dark smoky eye or to define the last line with a little shadow. What I really love about this colour is that it is a very dark, pigmented black meaning that you can create really dark looks, or even use it as a blended out eyeliner, opposed to other black eye shadows which can be a little grey based. This eye shadow does have some very soft flecks of silver shimmer to it, though because the black is so dark I often find that these aren't all that noticeable.
I really like this colour, yet unfortunately find myself not using it too often as there are not really any other colours in the palette to blend it with. It is a lovely blue toned grey, again with soft shimmer running through it. This eye shadow is also extremely pigmented, meaning that you really do only need a little bit and again has the lovely texture of all the other eye shadows.
Although I do not normally use the brushes that come in palettes as they often tend to be quite 'cheap', I was really pleasantly surprised at the quality of this brush - probably due to the fact it is made by Urban Decay opposed to other nameless brands. Due to the fact it is flat headed it is really great for packing the colour onto the eye and does so easily due to the soft bristles. This is a synthetic brush and due to this the brush as stayed in shape very well where the bristles have not shed and neither have they become loose.
The brush does sit comfortably in my hand and is easy to use, however it is quite a heavy brush and sometimes I do feel that it is not quite as delicate as it could be for the eye area, nonetheless I continue to use it due to the fact it transfers the eye shadows from the palette to my area very well. It is not really designed for blending the colours, meaning that you do need another brush if you wish to blend more than one colour from the palette together.
==~~The Primer Potion~~==
I had never used Urban Decays Eye Primer Potion before buying this palette, though I had heard lots about it so I was very excited to try it. Eye shadows tend to last on my eyelids all day anyway, so I didn't think that this primer potion could really improve that and unfortunately it didn't really. However, it did make a big difference in how easy the eye shadows were to apply as it created a really soft based to apply the eye shadows onto. It also made the eye shadows seem a lot more pigmented and bright when wearing the primer potion with the eye shadows compared to without. I did find that it kept my eye shadow looking freshly applied for longer and stopped if from feathering, so in some way it did help the longevity of the eye shadow and I was very impressed with it.
Overall I am thoroughly impressed with the Naked Palette and I only wish that I had bought is sooner. I love how versatile it is and how easy it is to create many different looks. The quality of the eye shadows is far superior to others I have used in the past and the soft, velvety texture to them makes them apply with ease. Though it does seem a little steep priced at £36, having now tried it out I would happily pay this price for it, especially due to the fact I now where the eye shadows from it on a daily basis.
I have also found the palette/ eye shadows to both be very robust as I tend to travel with it every day as the palette is not too big and fits comfortably in make up bag and therefore it does often get thrown around a bit, yet none of the eye shadows have cracked/ become powdery and neither has the palette become less sturdy. One thing that is a little disappointing about the packaging is that where it says 'NAKED' in gold lettering much of this has peeled off and therefore this does look a little untidy.
I would definitely recommend this palette as I really do believe that the colours in the palette would suit everyone and can create both day and night looks - after using this palette I am not tempted to buy Naked 2 Palette!
Summary: Naked Palette!