REVIEW: Does anything else compare to Urban Decay’s NAKED palette?

Hey lovelies hope you’re all well! So whilst in the Trafford Centre a couple of days ago I once again tried to get hold of the NAKED and NAKED 2 palettes, only to find they were sold out, EVERYWHERE!

Now you might ask why a self professed make up addict has not already got these tucked away safely in her stash, I know I am! Well you see having grown up in the 90’s I committed some terrible brown/gold/bronze eye make up offences and for a long time steered clear of these shades. Now I’m not really sure why I thought that Urban Decay’s amazing palette only contained these shades and why I thought I would be transported back to a 90’s me if I tried them out, but there you go. Some make up traumas haunt us for a long time. Mine just happens to include a pot of gold eye shadow up to the brows, a bindi and me believing I was working the Gwen Stefani look amazingly well. Thank goodness there was no social media back in the day!

Anyhow I digress. So after perusing the Too Faced counter in Boots I came across a gorgeous little palette that goes by the name of Naked Eye. It’s gorgeous pink based matt and glittering shadows that were teamed with some lovely smoky shadows made me rethink my opinion on Naked palettes. Perhaps I had been a bit (or a LOT) stupid in ruling out this idea for so long. I decided to purchase the Too Faced Naked Eye palette, obvs!

I was discussing said palette with my friend Annie (who might I add also has a fab blog) and she mentioned that it was similar to the Urban Decay NAKED Palette. After having another look at the reviews and  remembering that all my fave youtubers mention it over and over again I thought maybe I should invest.

So I attempted to get hold of it and guess what? SOLD OUT! That’s when I started looking for other options and got a bit carried away. Have any of you ever had one of those days where you’re really craving something naughty to eat  and you try and satisfy yourself with healthy alternatives only to eat, eat, eat? Then you end up eating what you were trying to avoid anyway? Well I do this a lot with make up. I must admit I am a bit of a make up snob and it costs me dearly. I have however been trying to be a bit more open to make up and fashion dupes.

I have ended up with no less than FOUR various naked(ish) palettes which I will review in turn. All are lovely but none of them have satisfied my hunger and I am still desperate to get my paws on the Urban Decay NAKED palettes. I have also just seen the exciting news that there is to be a NAKED 3 palette! From the little info there is about it knocking around it looks to be a very pink/rose/gold based palette and looks beautiful. Hopefully by next year I might actually have it, if it’s not continually sold out!

OK onto the review. Here are my 4 palettes.

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So the little palette that started it all is the Too Faced Naked Eye palette.

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This palette is made up of 9 shades and costs in the region of £28.00. All have great pigmentation and not really any fall out. Some shades are similar to but not identical to some found in the UD palettes. It’s a shame that the nicest shades seem to be the smallest in this palette. Unfortunately I found the larger 3 shades a little chalky and use these the least. Overall this is a nice little palette and great for beginners as it even comes with three instructional cards in the lid. I however wouldn’t repurchase the palette.

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Instructional cards

In my quest to find some more affordable, good quality make up I came across NYX. I had heard a lot of good things about this companies quality and affordability. The first purchase I made from NYX was the Butt “Naked” Palette.

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This palette cost around £25.00. It consists of 15 shadows that come in a range of matt and shimmery shades. 4 blushers, 2 illuminators and 1 bronzer. I heart this palette, NYX never fail to amaze me with their fabulously cheap but well pigmented offerings. The texture is velvety smooth and every shadow blends beautifully. My only advice when using this palette is to prime well. I find some of the lighter shades a bit sheer and sometimes the shades don’t last as long as I would like. As for the blushers they too are fab and you can contour pretty darn well with the bronzer and illuminators. All in all if you’re looking for a cheaper all in one palette that is dare I say it comparable to M.A.C. quality then this is your guy.

Next on my list is the NYX Nude on Nude palette. Please don’t ask why I decided I needed this palette too. All I can say is “my name is Sonya and I am a make up addict!”

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This palette cost me around £25.00 also. It comes with 20 eye shadows and 10 lip glosses. Again all shadows are well pigmented, velvety smooth and blend easily without ending up muddy looking. I much prefer the shades in this NYX palette and think they are more comparable to the UD NAKED palette. The glosses however failed to impress me. They are quite sheer and don’t seem to last very long at all. Overall this palette is pretty good for the price.

Now last but by no means least is MUA’s offering. The Undressed palette………….

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I paid £4.00! Oh yeah does a little dance! This palette is almost  identical to UD’s original NAKED palette. It’s packaging leaves a lot to be desired but for £4.00 I can deal with it. The 12 shades are well pigmented and blend brilliantly. There is a problem with fall out so a good technique and brush is a must. Now don’t get me wrong the original UD palette still excels in every way but not every one can afford it’s price tag. This dupe in my book is a pretty fantastic one and the closest I think you can get without investing in the real thing.

Final Verdict 

If someone asked me to put my various naked palettes in a bag and swap them for the Urban Decay NAKED palettes I would do it in a heart beat. I personally don’t think you can argue with the quality of UD products. I have a few of their other palettes and they have never let me down. That being said girls and boys if you can’t afford or get hold of these palettes then my first pick would be the MUA Undressed palette. I own sooooooooo many palettes it’s ridiculous. I have products from; M.A.C., Dior, Chanel, Benefit, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Guerlain, Bobbi Brown, Illamasqua, NARS. The list goes on and on. However I have never had so many compliments on my eye make than I do when I am wearing MUA’s Undressed shadows. That to me is the best test of any product. However it doesn’t stop me fiending for UD’s offerings. Like I said earlier, “my name is Sonya and I am a make up addict!”

I hope this review was helpful. I didn’t swatch the palettes as this is already quite a long post. My aim really was to a look at some of the alternatives to the UD NAKED palettes I have found and discuss if they are worth bothering with. If however you do want some more info on any of the palettes I have mentioned or would like me to swatch some, drop me a line and I’ll be happy to oblige.

PEACE & LOVE

Sonya x

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5 thoughts on “REVIEW: Does anything else compare to Urban Decay’s NAKED palette?

  1. That MUA palette is such good value. I’m the same – although my 90’s errors included ORANGE eyehadow from ‘RU’ at Superdrug. Oh shocker. Will have a swatch of this palette soon x

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