At over fifty dollars it is quite the makeup investment, but if you want high quality, deeply pigmented, not tested on animals cosmetics, Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow palette is the eyeshadow palette for you. It has twelve long lasting eyeshadow shades that can be used to create a variety of neutral looks. Here’s my Urban Decay Naked palette review.
Urban Decay Naked Palette Review
Urban Decay is an edgy, cruelty-free makeup line that sells a number of vegan products and does not test on animals.
Note: this was originally posted several years ago on my Squidoo account under the username snazzify. The packaging and included “bonuses” like the primer potion and brush may have changed slightly since then, but the eyeshadows themselves are the same. 🙂
This is what the Naked Palette looked like when I purchased it a few years ago. You get the palette with its velvety cover and a small version of the eyeshadow primer potion (for priming your eyelids) in a purple container with a plastic casing.
I got this as a gift for my 19th birthday. 🙂 It’s perfect for teens and twenty-somethings!
Back of the Package – Features all 12 of the included shades
This palette comes with a vegan eyeshadow brush and a sample size bottle of Urban Decay’s famous primer potion for your eyelids.
I highly recommend UD’s naked palette. If you keep up with their products, you’ll know that they actually have a Naked Palette 2 and 3 out, but I ultimately decided to go with the first one because I thought the colors were a little more neutral and classic, but the palettes are similar.
As you can see here, once you unwrap the palette you’re left with a rectangular, velvet-covered box with shiny gold letters. You can flip open the lid and there’s a mirror on the inside along with twelve rectangular eyeshadow swatches and their respective titles in tiny gold letters as well.
Inside of the Naked Palette – Mirror, shades, and brush
Here is a photo of the inside of the palette, with the mirror, the eyeshadow swatches, and the brush. The colors are all neutral, browns, and smoky tones that can be used to create any neutral eye look. I wear this eyeshadow everyday at work and even without eyeshadow primer, it still lasts hours without creasing (though using a little primer will make your eyeshadow even more vibrant and last even longer without creasing) even in extreme temperature changes from walking between the oven and the freezer or while standing over a steamy sink for hours. 🙂
I like that they included a vegan eyeshadow brush (previously I think they had an eyeliner in its place), but I wish it were rounder and fluffier because it is a fairly flat brush which means you apply the eyeshadow more by packing it on flatly than using any kind of sweeping or blending movements. The eyeshadows are all very pigmented and high quality, but because of the high price tag I would recommend this for someone with at least a few years of makeup applying experience rather than someone just starting out because you don’t want to waste the product.
The eyeshadows are easy to blend and you can make subtle eye looks or use the darker shades for smoky eyes (but be careful when using black because it is very pigmented! A little goes a long way with this eyeshadow!).
First Third of the Pigments
The colors featured here are as follows:
Virgin- shimmery white, good for highlights on your inner corner or brow bone
Sin- shimmery light pink, good for the same as above or for a general lid color
Naked- matte nude color, good base color
Sidecar- shimmery taupe, good base color
Buck- matte slightly darker nude color, good base color or crease color
Second Third of the Pigments
Here are the colors in this section:
Half Baked- shimmery gold. one of my favorites to layer on top of your eyeshadow in the middle!
Smog- shimmery medium brown, good as a crease color or shadow
Darkhorse- shimmery dark brown, good as a shadow in the outer corner or eyeliner
Toasted- shimmery grey pink, good base color or crease color
Last Third of the Shadows
And on the tail end of the palette we have…
Hustle- shimmery grey brown good as a base color or shadow color for less intense smoky eyes
Creep- shimmery black good as an intense shadow or eyeliner
Gunmetal- shimmery grey blue, applies more like a neutral grey though
I recommend the Naked Palette!