10 June 2015

Are Urban Decay Naked palettes really worth the hype?

A picture of Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palettes
With news of the latest Naked palette from Urban Decay soon to be released, Naked palettes are once again the talk of the beauty adorers worldwide. But are they really worth the hype?

A picture of Urban Decay Naked, Urban Decay Naked 2 and Urban Decay Naked 3

A picture of Urban Decay Naked Basics and Urban Decay Naked Basics 2
Of all the brands and beauty products out there, the Naked range from Urban Decay is probably the range I see most talked about. A range which is constantly expanding, whenever a new palette is released it's like a mad rush to get your hands on it before it sells out. Long before I got into beauty blogging, long before I even indulged in high-end beauty brands and when I didn't know all that much at all about makeup, I lusted after the original Urban Decay Naked Palette like you wouldn't believe. Every time I popped into Debenhams in Nottingham, I was drawn to the Urban Decay concession and it was the Naked palette which always had me swooning. 

Personally, I think Urban Decay is one of the top top brands when it comes to eyeshadows. The quality of the shadows is always perfect; buttery velvet-soft formulas with amazing colour pay-off, great blendability and lasting-power that keeps them from creasing throughout the day. Urban Decay are one of those brands who has incredible shade ranges for their products, and when it comes to their eyeshadow palettes they have a knack of teaming together a beautiful selection of shades that just works.

There are currently 5 eyeshadow palettes in the Naked family, with the newest Naked Smoky Palette set to release this summer. The new Smoky palette is going to be a welcome addition to the Naked family, a new and innovative selection of shades which differs greatly from the traditionally neutral shades which feature in the other Naked palettes. 

For me, the Naked palettes are an invaluable part of my makeup collection. For starters, I am a big fan of eyeshadow palettes in general. I have a slight addiction to them (understatement), and think eyeshadow palettes are the most cost-effective way to build a collection of shadows which can create a variety of looks. A palette offers you the ease of having a ton of shades in one compact palette, giving you the ability to create everything from subtle daytime looks to bolder night-time eyes. 

The larger Naked palettes house 12 shades each, costing £38, whilst the smaller Naked Basics palette house 6 shades, costing £23. If you were to buy that amount of Urban Decay shadows individually, it would cost you a lot, lot more; with individual shadows costing £12, 12 shadows would cost you a massive £168, whilst 6 shadows would set you back £84. Although the initial cost of a Naked palette can be a lot to spend in one go, the cost overall for what you are getting is really reasonable in my opinion, and something well worth investing in if you want a quick and easy way of building up your eyeshadow collection. 

I own all 5 of the Naked eyeshadow palettes. What can I say? I'm a makeup addict with a penchant for eyeshadow palettes. Of the 3 larger palettes; Naked, Naked 2 and Naked 3, Naked is easily my favourite. I loved the Naked 2 palette too, but I just find the tone of shades in the original Naked palette easier to work with. Naked 3 is equally as beautiful, I adore all of the shades inside this rose-gold themed palette, but I think the shades in this one are probably just a touch harder to get to grips with for all complexions and confidence levels. 

The Naked Basics palettes are also (of course) favourites of mine, and palettes I turn to regularly because each has a stunning matte theme, with 1 subtle shimmer finish shadow teamed with 5 matte shadows. Matte shadows are hard to come by, especially in eyeshadow palettes, so I think the Basics palettes are a fantastic idea - and great for those who prefer matte shadows to shimmer, frost or glitter finishes. Of the two Basics palettes, Basics 2 is my favourite of the two; the shades are easier to work with and for me, more flattering in tone.

Do I think the Naked palettes are an absolute necessity? Maybe not all 5, but I do think if you can decide on one which ticks all your boxes shade, tone and finish wise, then they are a great investment to make. For me, they are a staple in my makeup collection, and a range of palettes I would always recommend to anyone from makeup beginners to eyeshadow addicts. I'm a self-confessed Naked addict, and I can't wait for the release of Naked Smoky!

Do you own any Naked palettes? Do you agree and think they're worth the hype, or do you think they're overrated? Are you excited for the release of the new Naked Smoky? Let me know, and if you think there are any other must-have eyeshadow palettes out there I should give a try, I'd love to hear your recommendations! 

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  1. I became completely caught up in the Naked 3 hype having never owned anything from the range before. Unfortunately despite receiving the palette for Christmas (and my mum never letting me forget how much she had paid 'for eyeshadow') I never enjoyed it and it was a bit of a let down. That said it was my own fault as it was the shades that were the problem for me and if I had received one of the earlier more wearable palettes then I'm sure it would be love.

    I now have both the Lorac Pro Palette's which Im loving and I'm thinking they're along the same lines in terms of wearability.

    Am I rushing to buy the new no but do I think that they have a place certainly!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. To be honest I think a lot of people got caught up in the hype over the Naked 3 palette. Everyone bought it without realising that yes, the shadows are fairly neutral compared to some more wild and funky palettes out there, but the tone of the shades is very different to the previous palettes and won't work for everyone. It is a beautifully designed and presented palette though!

      I would LOVE a LORAC palette, I wish they were available in the UK or at Sephora when I did online Sephora orders xo

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  2. I have only tried the Naked Basics palette and loved it x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. It's a fantastic everyday palette, isn't it? xo

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  3. I bought the Naked On the Run palette and really fell in love! I really want naked 3 as the shades just seem perfect for me!xx

    Honeypot Blogs

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    1. I love the look of that and other palettes in the Naked range, but I wanted to concentrate on just eyeshadow palettes from the range for this post :) What's the quality of the products like in that one? xo

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  4. I own the Naked 3 palette. I lusted after it like crazy when I first got it, but I don't really use it a lot to be honest. I love all of the shades in there and the quality is brilliant, but I always find myself going for something else, and I don't really know why. I need to make more of an effort to use it.

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    1. Summer is the perfect time as well, I find I'm more drawn to the shades in Naked 3 in the warmer months :) xo

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  5. I own around 100 palettes, but none of the Naked range. The packaging looks bulky, and shades too mettalic and colors a bit boring to me. I may change my mind one day :) I like however the moondust (shimmer) eyeshadow from UD and picked one matte eyeshadow, which is nice. The small naked basics 2 is nice, so I will probably buy it on next Sephora sale, despite having full range of burberry matte monos in this color scheme (terirbly heavy for travel), and the new dior reviver palette (pretty much the same but satin).

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    1. Wow, that is a lot of palettes! I really like the packaging/design of the Naked palettes and the shades :) But everyone has different tastes! xo

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  6. The Naked palettes are all so beautiful. And i love the shades, but for some reason, i just find them REALLY hard to blend! Any other palettes i use, i can blend normally and easily, where as my Naked 1 i find so difficult to work with :( The Naked 2 i use more often, and dont find it AS hard to work with, but still not easy. They all have amazing shades, but i dont think they are worth the £38 anymore.
    xprincessjas | ♥

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    1. Hmm, I find all of mine super easy to work with! What kind of brushes do you use? I do think they are getting more and more expensive, but compared to buying the shadows individually, they are still worth it for me xo

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  7. I own the original Naked palette and I love it a lot - the colours are beautiful and the quality is great. It might be quite expensive but it has already lasted me a very long time. x

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

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    1. Mine last forever! I never get product fall out and I've used all of them so much yet I've hardly made a dent in any of them yet xo

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  8. I only own the first Naked palette and another one is coming out? I need them all haha

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Haha, yes the Naked range has expanded quite a lot since the release of the original Naked palette! xo

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  9. I have the NAKED 3 and Basics I palettes and really like them, all of the shades are very well chosen and blend well! Not disappointed. I'd love to get the new smoky palette.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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    1. I think the new Smoky palette is going to be such a fab palette and mix things up a little in the Naked range :) xo

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    2. I'm just a bit annoyed that they need to name almost all their products "naked" because they know it will sell better, even though I think the colours will probably be beautiful.

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    3. I think it's just because it's part of a range really, isn't it? They are always releasing new palettes and sets, but the Naked range is something specific! xo

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  10. I only own one of these: the original Naked 1 eyeshadow palette. It was well worth it for me but it kind of does everything I want it to so I haven't been that tempted to pick up the other editions xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. I definitely think one palette is more than enough. You don't need the whole set for sure xo

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  11. I bought the Naked basics 1 and sold it to my nan. I recently won the Naked 3 and I honestly haven't used it once. I don't see the hype for UD. Without a doubt, their products are good but I have a lot of dupes that do the same job, if not better!
    x x | daisydaisyxxo

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    1. For me Urban Decay is one of my top top brands for shadows. Yeh, there's good dupes out there, but the dupes I've tried never last as long and I'd rather pay the extra for Urban Decay! xo

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  12. I dont own any of these but naked palettes are the first high end eyeshadows I have heard that that were like "cult" products. I think palettes (high end and drugstore) have come a long way to the point that I dont really wonder about these anymore because there are just so many other brands with better choices available at a better price!

    Karan//studentbeautyhack.co.uk

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    1. So true. Also, a palette with 3 to 6 well considered shades that work together are probably more use than 12 shades, so that's what I keep my eye out for.

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    2. @ Karan Kaur - There are definitely some fantastic eyeshadow palettes available from other brands. I'm so happy to see some high-street brands in Boots are starting to dabble in palettes, too! xo

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    3. @ Miss Y - Personally I get use out of all the shades in palettes I get, and I have lots of palettes with double the amount of shades in than the Naked palettes.xo

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  13. They are definitely not something I would want the whole collection of as honestly some of them I can't see myself using most of the shades in, such as the Naked 3. I think one of the main palettes and the Naked Basics 2 and I would be content! x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Naked Basics 2 is such a gorgeous palette, I use it so often! xo

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  14. I have the Naked 3 and must say I'm underwhelmed. I had been contemplating buying it for a LONG time and as it wasn't sold in Belgium at the time, I waited about 3-4 weeks before it was delivered. I find that about half the shades underperform: either too glittery or too powdery and they don't blend too well either. Quite disappointed and only used it about 5 times while I've had it for half a year.

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    1. That's a shame! My Naked 3 is absolutely fine, and there's only one of the paler shades which is harder to work with, but if I apply over a cream shadow base it gives it the oomph I need! I love different finishes for shadows though :) xo

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  15. My daughter has all of them and will be getting the new smokey one, I have the first one which I love and use often, its' my most expensive item of make-up but I think well worth the spend. I would also love the basics one in warm.

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    1. I really recommend the Naked Basics 2, it's absolutely lovely! xo

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  16. The Naked Basics completely converted me to matte eyeshadows. I'd still quite like a larger palette, I'd probably go for Naked 2 as the shades are cooler toned xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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    1. If you prefer cool-toned shades then Naked 2 is perfect :) xo

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