The first beauty brand I completely fell head over heels in love with was Urban Decay. I remember begging my mum to buy me some of their glitter gel eyeliners and forever being told to wash it off by the teachers at school. Though my makeup application techniques have vastly improved since those disastrous days, my love for Urban Decay remains the same. The brand will always be my go-to when it comes to eye makeup, so it’s no wonder that receiving this amazing #GetNaked package through the post made me go a little crazy.
Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow palettes are a staple in every beauty bloggers’ makeup bag. The powders are super creamy, meaning they apply really well with very limited (if any) fall out, and they’re bright, vibrant, durable and there are shades to suit every makeup look.
But which one is my favourite? Which palette takes the crown? I’ve been putting them to the test over the last few weeks, and here’s the verdict…
I hadn’t actually tried this palette before receiving it in the post, but it has a great variety of shades and the same fantastic pigmentation as its sister palettes. I love the range of colours available, and think it’s an amazing palette for the autumn. I particularly like the greeny tinge to Darkhorse and the purple hue in Hustle for this time of year.
The only issue is the packaging, and it seems to be something that Urban Decay also saw as an issue as the latest palettes in the collection have different packaging. It’s what feels like a suede, or felt, finish, and unfortunately it gets dirty quite easily. Powders/liquids are easily transferred and it’s very difficult to clean, so the plastic packaging of the other palettes are more favourable as you can easily wipe them clean.
Despite it being the second of the bunch, Naked 2 was the first Naked palette I tried and I used it every day until I’d hit pan on basically every shade and the black shadow cracked, resulting in an explosion of powder all over my makeup drawers. It’s safe to say I absolutely loved it, and I’m so happy to have it in my life again.
In my opinion, this is probably one of the best shades for the year round. There are golds and pinks for the summer sunshine, darker browns and greys for autumn/winter, and gorgeous shimmers for Christmas time. The shadows are super pigmented and blend together seamlessly. This is definitely a product you would find in my daily makeup routine as it’s just so versatile.
I hopped onto the rose gold bandwagon as quickly as the next blogger, and Urban Decay brought this beautiful palette out just as the trend was kicking off. The packaging is amazing. It’s sturdy, bright and looks amazing in flatlays (yep, that’s a real reason to buy the product, ha!). The shades here are really lovely, and I think have the best colour range out of all of the palettes. There are subtle beiges, pretty pinks and deep dark browns and blacks, so the looks you can create are really endless.
For me, this is probably more of a spring/summer palette, simply because the base shades are pinker than the other palettes provide. However, that being said it is the perfect one for everyday makeup looks, and you can always vamp it up by using shades such as Darkside and Darkheart if you want to take a look from day to night. I absolutely love this palette, and would definitely recommend to someone who hasn’t purchased a Naked palette before (if not, why not?!).
I am a huge fan of the smoky eye. For me, the darker the eyeshadow the better. Naked Smoky has got some amazingly vibrant shades, Black Market and Smolder being personal favourites, as well as some with shimmer finishes, such as Radar and Armor. It’s perfect for this time of year with Hallowe’en at the end of the month and Christmas quickly approaching. Again, I adore the packaging for this product, the marble finish just does it for me. The brush for this palette is also slightly different, with one side having a smaller, sturdier brush head, which is perfect for blending and creating a really deep finish.
However, it has to be said that this palette is probably more suited to those who are used to wearing lots of eye makeup and aren’t afraid to rock some seriously “out there” looks. I personally absolutely love it, but if you’re new to makeup or don’t wear it that often, then you’re probably better opting for one of the other palettes, as the shades are a little more netural. This is definitely a party makeup palette, and I’m excited to create some looks with it this party season!
So, which is the winner? I am so in love with them all and I would recommend each one to every beauty lover out there, but I’m torn between Naked 2 and Naked 3. I feel they’re the most versatile, and have a range of shades that appeal to more people. I guess I’ll have to keep trying different looks to see which one takes the crown!
Which is your favourite?
Lots of love. xoxo