The Winning UD Naked Palettes

Over the past two years, I have tried all except one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. While I did enjoy using all of them, I didn't love most of them enough to justify keeping them in my collection. And now, there are two. These are the two that really stand out as palettes I reach for regularly to use most, if not all, the shades inside. When I look for a good palette I not only value quality, I also look for versatility. Here are quick overviews on the two that won a spot in my collection, and brief honourable mentions of those that didn't quite make the cut.


Back in April when I shared my Massive Sephora VIB Sale Haul, people were shocked to discover I was just introducing the original Urban Decay Naked Palette to my collection. For some reason I wasn't sure that the colours would work for me and it was such a hyped up item, I just didn't want to jump on the bandwagon. After all these years I finally understand why it is such a popular product, as it is just the perfect everyday palette for every skin tone. The quality, as with every Urban Decay eyeshadow, is excellent. The shadows are pigmented, long wearing, and buttery. I had no idea what a buttery eyeshadow meant until trying Urban Decay eyeshadows, and I can confirm consistency in the quality of all their products throughout their Naked palettes range.


So why does this palette work so well for me in comparison to the two following it? The colours and shades just work for me all year round. With the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette, I found the shades to be too grey and light in the first half, and the matte shades to either be too light or too dark. With the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette, I found some of the shades to be too pink to go with the rest of my makeup or outfit. I feel like Goldilocks right now, but honestly the original Urban Decay Naked Palette is just right. There are some warmer tones, cooler tones, and they nailed it with the matte shades. The only thing I can fault them on is the packaging which they have improved in the following palettes.

With their smaller, mostly matte palettes from the Naked Basics range, I choose the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics over the Urban Decay Naked Basics. For me, I just found the shades in the original to be mostly too light and too drastic of a difference between the lighter and darker shades. With the Naked2 Basics, the shades are mostly medium to dark brown shades that work together in more of a gradient. Both are excellent if you're looking for more matte shades to add to your collection, and for me the shades offered in the Naked2 Basics just fit better.


Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked palettes and if so, which ones work best for you and which are you lusting after?