Urban Decay created a frenzy in Fall 2010 with the release of the best selling, palette NAKED. This a gorgeous palette of nudes: champagnes, golds, bronzey browns, charcoals to a deep matte black. It came with a delux travel sized primer potion and it originally included a dual eye liner – zero (black) and whiskey (reddish-brown). Obviously, it didn’t stay on the shelves very long. Yes, of course I wanted it because everyone else wanted it, too. Once I discovered it was to be featured as a permanent item in the Urban Decay line I relaxed and waited. When it came back the dual end eye liner was replaced with the Good Karma Eye Shadow Brush. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed because I wanted that eye liner duo and I was over it – the hype died down.
The great folks at Urban Decay kindly notified me of their latest offering and yes, I jumped at the chance to own the Urban Decay Naked palette.
For $50 you get 12 neutrals shades, a dual end brush and a deluxe travel sized Lip Junkie gloss in Naked, a sheer, nude pink.
So let’s take a cruise down the line of shades:
Foxy – light, matte beige; Half-Baked – light bronze shimmer; Bootycall – white champagne shimmer; Chopper – copper fawn with silver glitter; Tease – matte, medium taupe.
I apologize that I left out two shades: Snakebite – deep, metallic bronze shimmer and Suspect – golden bronze shimmer. They are featured in my swatch lineup (please see below).
This palette features 5 original shades: Booty Call, Busted, Pistol, Tease and Snakebite. The rest are either from the permanent collection (Chopper and YDK) or re-promotes from other past palettes (Foxy, Suspect, Verve and Blackout).
Here’s a swatch line up on my forearm:
Here’s a look at the dual end brush:
Some of my first impressions are as follows. It’s a bit heavy – the first palette packaging is cardboard, like most typical UD palettes. I can personally go either way – I like the idea of recycling a cardboard palette after I finish it but I do appreciate the sturdiness of metal. Plus, the new palette is a lovely taupe shade with bold brown lettering. The first palette didn’t have a mirror like the second one. Some users may not care about the addition of the mirror in a palette but if you like to apply your makeup on the subway train on your way to work – this may be a lifesaver! I am still trying to get the hang of the brush – I feel like the side to apply shadow to the lid (actually the Good Karma shadow brush) is a bit too stiff and doesn’t have enough bristles to my liking. I am used to my MAC #217 brush, it has a bit more give and more bristles to diffuse color. The plus side of the Good Karma shadow brush is that it really picks up a good amount of pigment with a swipe along the shadow pan. Because of the stiff, thin amount of synthetic bristles I feel that this would be a great cream shadow brush. Be sure to use your all over fluff brush to diffuse and harsh lines or if the shadow is too heavy. The crease brush on the opposite side of the shadow brush is densely packed, which is very nice. You can also use this blend your shadow before applying your crease color. Again, I’m still learning to use these brushes so I’m going to dismiss them so soon. This brush is definitely not a deal breaker!
The gloss is pretty sheer on my naturally brown pigmented lips but it’s a great topper over a pink nude lip pencil. I love this on top of my NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama, a pink brown nude. This is supposed to be a plumping gloss, so it’s minty and slightly tingles. I have tried other plumping glosses in the past and this one does not irritate my lips – a huge plus!
As far as colors go, these are not ground breaking colors. But as the name Naked implies you get stunning neutrals that will make your eyes smolder and exude sensuality. I used this palette for the past five days and I love the ease of coordinating this shades, especially on the mornings I decided to sleep an extra 5-15 minutes! Like with all Urban Decay shadows, these are soft to the touch and will stay put once applied on top of any eye primer of your choice (I’m a Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer fan, myself).
I purchased this palette on the UD site. Unfortunately, it is sold out (no surprise there) but it is expected to be released at Ulta, Sephora, Beauty.com and Macy’s mid-January, 2012. It retails for $50/USD.
If you are holding one in your hands right now – consider yourself lucky. If you are giving one as a gift, I really hope you ordered one for yourself!
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