The Original Naked Palette: Did it age well?

revisiting urban decay naked eyeshadow palette review 2016

You are probably very familiar with the hype surrounding the original Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette. I actually had to go and look up its launch date and almost had an existential crisis when I found out it was released back in the fall of 2010! I knew it had been a few years ago but it felt like three at most. I still use my Naked Palette from time to time but lately I've been wondering how well this six-year-old eyeshadow palette aged. Was the hype due to good marketing, was it because there was nothing similar at the time? Or is it genuinely a wonderful timeless product?


So, how do I feel about the Urban Decay Naked Palette six years after its initial release?

I have to admit, I was over the moon when I first got this palette. I was riding its gravy train, surfing the fan wave, etc. However, I personally don't think the Naked Palette aged well. I use it a handful of times a month at most. Of course it's an incredibly versatile palette, but unless I make myself use it, it tends to gather dust in my drawer. 

Good Value for your Money

One of the charms of the Naked Palette was its great value. Yes, it was an expensive palette but you received 12 high-end, high-quality eyeshadows plus an eyeshadow brush and their Primer Potion. Six years ago drugstore eyeshadows were shit (let's be honest) and NYX, Makeup Geek, ColourPop, etc. weren't a "thing" yet. If you wanted rich, buttery, long-lasting, pigmented eyeshadows you had to fork out the cash. 
Due to several factors, I don't think the Naked Palette offers such a great value for your money anymore. First of all, you can get high-quality affordable eyeshadows from a bunch of different brands now. To top it off, the Naked Palettes have increased in price from $44 to $54!!!! That's a $10 price increase in just six years. 

revisiting urban decay naked eyeshadow palette review 2016
Colors used: Virgin, Naked, Buck, Sidecar, Darkhorse.
revisiting urban decay naked eyeshadow palette review 2016

Redundant Color Selection

My biggest critique when it comes to the Naked Palette is the color selection. This is completely subjective, but a big reason that I prefer buying individual eyeshadow pans and building my own palettes is that usually you don't love every single color in a pre-made palette equally. A pre-made palette may include one or two colors that are too similar to things you already own. Or you could simply never use one or two shades from the palette because you don't like them as much. This is, of course, wasteful. 

When I first got the Naked Palette, and even more so now that I own a bunch more eyeshadows, I wished they had included one more matte shade. Also, the colors 'Toasted' and 'Hustle' seemed redundant to me. While they look different on the pan, they are a bit too similar on the eyes. Same goes for 'Virgin' and 'Sin'. Most of all I hated the shades 'Creep' and 'Gunmetal' and I still do. They look terrible on me (as do most cool-toned grey/blues). Fast forward six years and when I do reach for this palette it's to use either 'Naked', 'Buck', 'Toasted', 'Sidecar' or 'Half Baked'. Five out of twelve colors? That's not very good at all. 

Final Thoughts

In closing, I definitely don't love the original Naked Palette as much as I used to. I've tried many other amazing eyeshadow formulas at lower price points. Every brand and their grandma offers several options for neutral eyeshadow palettes now. To top it off, I've already found dupes in my collection for my favorite colors in the Naked Palette. In short, there's no reason for me to reach for it anymore. It was a groundbreaking palette when it first came out, there's no denying that, but I've moved on to bigger and better things. 

How do you feel about the original Naked Palette? Do you still use it as much as you used to? Have you found a replacement for it? 

xx Coco

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  1. What? Oh, I still love it as much as I did. But using it only here and there due to growing collection :)
    It's my first precious <3

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    1. I'm glad to hear that! It bums me out that I use mine so sparingly now. x

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  2. I love my first naked pallet, it was my 2nd pallet I ever bought and I so glad I did. I love how it has a great color selection and all these shades, are right up my ally and don't think I've not used one of the 12 shades. Think as a first starter pallet it's great because you can do so much with it, not just that they have great shades you can mix and match with also. This was a great little post !!



    Katie | https://ktmcgworld.blogspot.ca

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    1. I think personally the Naked 2 was a better fit for me in terms of colors. If I owned that one I think I'd feel that way about it xx

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  3. Well I've never had the 1st NAKED Palette so I can't answer your question, but I got the 3rd NAKED Palette almost 3 years ago and it is still used by myself from time to time, it suits more my skin type (too pale for the 1st and 2nd NAKED palette). I remember I was thinking about the 1&2 NAKED palette while I was buying the 3rd but I'm glad I made the decision and bought the 3rd, as it contains so gorgeous rose gold/bronze shades, perfect for green/blue or even dark eyed girls;)

    NIKA

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    1. I have the Naked 3 too and I use it so much more than the Naked 1. It's a beautiful palette!

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  4. I love my Naked Palettes but must admit for the higher price point I've used better! Morphe is definitely a new favourite of mine and the prices make it that more dreamy! xx


    Jenny | Krystel Couture

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    1. I've heard great things but I've yet to try anything from them. x

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  5. It was such a hit back then !

    Sara
    www.thecrimeofashion.com

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  6. It's always refreshing hearing someone's take on a very famous and popular palette! I wanted it just as badly as everyone else before when it first came out but it sold out so quickly in singapore and we only had 1 sephora here back then so I never got it. I've since had so many chances to pick this bad boy up but I've just never gotten around to it. To this day I look at it and go "I really only like those 4 shades" and the same goes for the naked basics palettes. I still think it's a good investment for those who literally only stick to one neutral palette for everyday but I'm not like that and I love having lots of variety :p

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  7. I didn't really get into makeup until a few years after the Naked Palette was out, in fact one of my early memories of really being into the beauty blogging world and paying attention to new releases was when the Naked 3 palette came out, which, after a quick google, was the end of 2013.

    I ended up buying the Naked 1 and 2 palettes just because they seem like the kind of palettes you have to own and it's just assumed that everyone has them. But I've never been in love with either of them because I missed the initial hype and bought them because I felt like I had to rather than because they really caught my eye which is the only reason I'd buy a palette these days.

    I think my biggest criticism of them is that they only have 2 matte shades. I find my most reached for palettes tend to have a bunch of mattes in the mix. I'm always going to need at least a bone colour to set my primer and about 3 different mattes for my crease so when a palette has 10 shimmers and 2 mattes I'm not overly impressed and I probably wouldn't buy a palette like that these days unless I was super duper in love with it.

    littlehenrylee.net

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  8. Do you have a dupe for half baked? I know that they have it as a single, but maybe you have a cheaper alternative haha.

    Even though I don't use it as much I still love it, it was my first ever eyeshadow palette and I think we can attribute the amount of neutral palettes available to it's success.

    CEL // STAYGILDED Ctrl +

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  9. The lengths I went to get this palette before it was released in the UK - stupid lmao. I didn't even notice that they've raised the price!! Couldn't tell you the last time I reached for it or even what drawer it's in!? xo

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