Which NAKED palette should I buy?

…is a question I get asked all the time. I mean at £37.00 a pop not everyone can indulge in all three…no matter how gorgeous they are. There are some pretty fantastic dupes out there but in all honesty none are as good as the originals. Answering the question of which one is best is difficult. Everyone has different taste when it comes to makeup, especially when it comes to eyeshadows. So to help you make your decision I’ve swatched each palette and included some pics of looks you can achieve with them.

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First up and my absolute favourite is the original NAKED palette. Collages4 (2)

Eyeshadows: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Halfbaked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep and Gunmetal

This cult palette kicked off the NAKED/Nude/Neutral hysteria in the cosmetic industry. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is for a toned down no-makeup look. I mean yeah you can achieve that if you want, but in all honesty I love the dramatic smokey looks this palette lets me create. It’s so versatile, you could literally own only this palette and be set for life.Miss Slinky Shoot 069

Next up is my least favourite of the trio…the NAKED 2 palette. Collages5 (2)

Eyeshadows: Foxy, Halfbaked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

Although a beautiful palette in it’s own right, as a sequel to the original NAKED palette this just doesn’t come close. I really wasn’t too keen on the first four shades, especially as halfbaked was in the original. With exception of tease I’m also not a massive fan of the matt tones included. Don’t get me wrong this is a gorgeous palette but no where near as amazing as it’s predecessor. It really is a matter of taste though, I myself love the deep rich shades found in the original as opposed to the cooler toned shadows in this one.001

Last but not least is the newest and prettiest of the trio, the NAKED 3Collages6 (2)

Eyeshadows: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

Back in December Urban Decay surprised us all with the launch of their NAKED 3 palette. The colour theme for this offering is rose/gold based shadows. Not only can you achieve understated feminine looks, but also smoky amazingness. I absolutely adore this palette and honestly can’t think of anything else on the market that compares.


The only palette I haven’t included is the NAKED Basics. I have a lot of other NAKED(ish) palettes with very similar matt shades so have yet to purchase it.

OK then back to the question of which NAKED palette is best? Well by now you will know the original is my favourite. It really is a matter of taste though. I love rich deep tones as they suit my hazel eyes the best. Friends with grey/blue coloured eyes however seem to love the second palette most, as this suits their colouring better. As for the third one it really is a beautiful choice for anyone and is bang on trend right now.

If you asked me should you just get all three I would probably say no. I don’t think you need the first and the second. If you can only afford one palette I would chose one of these two. If then you have the opportunity to indulge in a second palette I would advise you get the third as it’s so different from the other two. Worry not though, because no matter which one you choose you can achieve a multitude of different looks with each palette.

I hope this helped a little. Please feel free to leave a comment letting me which palette is your fave, or which one you plan on treating yourself to.

Sonya D x

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