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Urban Decay Naked Palette – Is it a cult buy?

I am a beauty blogger failure. I have had the Urban Decay Naked palette in my possession for months now and I failed to mention it.  I bought it from the House of Frazer website in the UK before it was on sale in Ireland. I have no excuse, I completely forgot to blog about it.

The Naked Palette has been talked and talked about on beauty blogs and YouTube channels so the point of my post is a little different. I want to evaluate if the palette is a cult buy or not.

First a little look, in the unlikely event that you haven’t seen it.

The palette comes with a duo eye liner – Zero and Whiskey. It also comes with a mini bottle of Primer Potion (which I appear to have lost!)

And some swatches… I’m nothing if not thorough :)


First 7 – L to R: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog


Last 5 – L to R: Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

What do I think?

I love it. All of the shades are pigmented and easy to work with. The shades are wearable by anyone of any skin tone. It’s of professional quality. It’s also good value when you factor in the cost of one Urban decay shadow. You’re getting twelve shades. My other Urban Decay palettes contain shadows that I very rarely use, whereas every shade in this one has been used frequently. There are also a few matte shades – thank you Urban decay for listening to the demands of your fans!

Is it very exciting?

Well, no. But it is extremely useful and versatile. It’s more beautiful that exciting! If you had a neutral palette and a few accent shadows in your collection, that’s all you would need – probably not all you would want but definitely all you would need. :)

Is this useful to a make-up artist?

Extremely. It is now a staple in my kit. I use it in some way on most clients. If you’re new to the job this is an affordable way to get your professional neutral shades. There are also a few matte shades which make this an even bigger winner.

Do I recommend you run out and buy it?

Yes, yes, YES! If you don’t already have it and you love eyeshadow then I would add it to your Christmas list without a doubt! I bought it for myself, I couldn’t wait until Christmas – it costs €36 / £27 / $44 from the Urban Decay site, Debenhams and everywhere that stocks Urban Decay products.

Is it a cult buy?

Yes. It’s a rare gem. If you’re a neutral girl you will be in heaven! This is one of those products that people talk about long after it’s gone.

What do you think of the palette?


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  • ShellBell

    My sister got my one on an aerlingus flight, only 28e!! I’m still trying to figure out what to do with it, sooo many options!

  • Shauna

    Really want this palette! Me and my aunty, who is a make up artist, went to get one each in Urban Decay and Arnotts but they were sold out and said they wont have them back in until the end of February :( Urghh wish February would hurry up lol :) Might just order one off the internet, I’m a bit impatient :L Absolutely love your site and your vids Amy! :) x

  • http://www.beaubeautyx.blogspot.com Chloe

    my local debenhams stop selling urban decay last month:/ lol

    a bit deer for me anyway:L andd i never where makeup:L

  • Bianca

    I have this palette. Like you I ordered it very early on from the House of Fraser web page. I think I ordered it straight after watching a yt video by lollipop26.
    I think the quality is better than some other UD shadows, because I find that many UD shadows tend to spread glitter all over your face, which is not an attractive look, but these don’t. I also love the packaging. I looks very luxurious. However, I don’t reach for it that often. I find that the different colours don’t look that different anymore on my lids and also they come on very strong. I have light skin and I was surprised how “painted on” I look with something that’s a neutral palette. If I use them now I use the fluffiest brushes I can find and only dip them in very lightly. I have to say though that I adore those liners that came with the set. I use them nearly every day. When they are out I will definitely get them again. I had a 24/7 liner before (an olive green one with glitter, forgot the colour’s name now, sorry) and didn’t like it that much. I think that the quality is not consistent among colours, but the black and the brown that come with the Naked palette are unbelievably good and stay on my hooded eye lids all day!!! I’m amazed!

  • Cel

    It’s on my Christmas list that i’ve made for my family (of things to get me, they usually never know!)

    so hopefully ill get it (it’s kinda like aa wish list) i’ve even inculded pictures of it so no one can get confused and where to buy it…..i was just short of drawing a floor plan for urban decay in Debenhams!

  • http://www.makeup4all.com/ Marina(Makeup4All)

    You know, I’ve bought te NYC palette( don’t know why, I hardly use it) and the Black palette (LOVE it) but I didn’t get this one for some reason and I am not sure that I wil… I have some other neutral palettes (for e.g. the one from Too Faced) and so many ppl have this one that it puts me off (yeah, I know it’s silly).

  • Fran

    I took this on hols with me to spain along with about 10 mac eyeshadows and didnt touch the mac ones once! all the rest of the girls were using this every night aswell instead of their own stuff, definitely a must have, I love love LOVE it!

  • http://beauty-fullmind.blogspot.com Magui

    I saw this in the beginning of september, there was one left. For some unknown reason, I talked myself out of buying this. WHY OH WHY?
    It is GORGEOUS! and of course now that it’s sold out everywhere I want it more than ever. So bummed I have to wait until january!

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Oh no! I feel bad now :)

  • Strawberrylemon

    Does anyone know if this is available in galway?

    • lorraine

      unless galway has an urban decay stockist, does it?

  • Katie

    I’ve wanted this product since it came out. I asked for it for Christmas from my fiancee who was too slow. Now I spend my days hunting for somewhere that actually has it in stock. And I refuse to spend almost double on ebay.
    This post is just tormenting me!
    How unfair. :(
    Nice post though.

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Ah I’m sorry katie – had no idea it was out of stock!

  • Laura J

    I got this is september and I have used it most days. The quality is amazing and I love all the colours. I would reccomend it to everyone

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Couldn’t agree more

  • http://claire-farrell.blogspot.com Claire Farrell

    It is a beautiful palette, from the packaging to the colour range. I definitely agree it’s become a cult buy, it’s a very useable, go-to type of palette. I think even those who aren’t makeup junkies should invest in this one. :)

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Your probably right. I can’t think of any person who wears make-up that wouldn’t enjoy this!

  • Strawberrylemon

    I had no real interest in this but after seeing this post…its now on the christmas list!!! I’m now so excited about using it! I’ve been looking for some nice matte shades so i’m really happy that this palette has some. I also love neutral shades so i know i’ll get a lot of use from it!!!! :) :)

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Enjoy! :)

  • Lorraine

    Great palette, I was alway into my colours, but once i saw this palette i was like oh thats pretty and it was even prettier in real life, use it every day :-)

  • Molly

    Tis just gorgeous xxxx

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Beautiful! x

  • Martha

    I was on the fence about this one. Think you may have changed my mind :)

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      You won’t regret it Martha!

  • Ash

    Well im only 13 but i am a beauty addict and cant get enough ,and i think your a phycic as i is on my xmas wish list
    Befor i opened the post i thoguht u where going to make me regret asking for it
    Thankfully u agree with what i thought the minute i seen it in debemnams :L:L:L
    tanx amy i mite reply to this post maybe after i (if im lucky) get it and let you no how i get on

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Oooj if you get it do pop on and let me know how you get on, It’s just gorgeous! x

  • Michelle

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s just stunning!
    Michelle xxx

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      When I first opened it I just sat and stared at it, so so pretty x

  • Carolina Martin

    It looks so gorgeous but I had been talking myself out of it. But when you pointed out the 12 shadows, 2 eyeliners and a primer potion for that price it kind of makes sense :-)

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Ha ha that sounds like beauty junkie reasoning :)

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