Urban Decay Naked Palette: a closer look

Picture heavy post.

Yet again Urban Decay have managed to produce one of the most hyped, in-demand make-up products of the year. Yet again getting the right combination of gorgeous eye-shadow shades, package them all up together and get us beauty obsessives ready to wrestle crowds to get our hands on it.

The Naked Palette for me is absolutely a must-have for me – I am completely a neutrals girls – with just the occasional pop of colour. I consistently return to the tried and tested shimmering taupes/pinks/nudes/bronze/brown shades that I adore. I know I’m not alone in this as I’ve already spotted lots of other posts/tweets about this palette!

So since I have been SO lucky to get my hands on this ahead of it’s launch into shops I wanted to do a closer look post so you can get a proper look at the colours and how they look swatched. Warning – this is a picture heavy post.

First up I have pictures of the palette in all it’s glory – one with flash and one in natural light. I found that the natural light didn’t really give a fair impression of the paler shades – it washes them out a bit and makes them all look the same.

Which is why it’s a good job I’ve done taken a few more pictures. I’m going to group the pictures into sets of four shades (they almost naturally group in that way anyway) with the four paler shades on the right, then the four bronze/browns in the middle then the two taupe-y shades and the two greys together.

So the first four on the left.

Virgin, Sin, Naked and Sidecar (left-right).

Virgin, Sin, Naked and Sidecar (left to right) swatched.

Love these shades for every day wear (although pretty much everything in this palette could be used every day) but these are the easiest all over the lid colours for lazy work mornings.

Virgin is a lovely highlight – although not as shimmery as some of the other shades.

Sin is a gorgeous warm pinky shimmer – easy to wash over the whole lid and go.

Naked is a matte mid brown – an absolute essential nude shade for easy colour shading and definition.

Sidecar brown with shimmer – this one does have a few small chunks of glitter but otherwise a very pretty colour.

Buck, Half Baked, Smog and Darkhorse (left to right).

Buck, Half Baked, Smog and Darkhore (left to right) swatched.

Next up we have the more brown/bronze shades – Buck, Half Baked, Smog and Darkhorse. Yet more easy to wear colours – I think the bronze shades work perfectly for all eye colours – I love bronze on blue eyes so can see myself using Half Baked a lot.
Buck is another matte neutral – darker than naked so good for a crease colour or lining for natural looking definition.
Halfbaked is a shimmering gold colour – I adore this shade. A lovely colour for the lid to give a bit of a ‘pop’ that’s still ‘safe’.
Smog is a deep brown/bronze with shimmer – another favourite of mine from the palette. Personally I would use this more for evening make-up to line the eye or create a rich smokey eye.
Darkhorse is a dark shade with a bit less shimmer than other shades and a hint of the glittery bits. This one has slightly warm, berryish tones to it.
Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal (left to right)
Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal (left to right) swatched.
Last but not least, the final four shades in this beautiful palette. Two taupey/brownish looking shades – although closer up Toasted looks more pinky/champagne coloured. Then two colours for the ultimate smokey eye – dark black/blue-black shades.
Toasted is a shimmer pinky champagne shade – another easy to wear shimmer that could be swept over the lid. Easy to wear and very pretty.
Hustle is a murky brown somewhere in between a matte and a shimmer – no glitter to be seen in this, so great for definition and could be used for a smokey eye.
Creep is a dark grey which is mostly matte but with a few chunks of glitter. I wasn’t as keen on the texture of this one – it isn’t as smooth as the other shadows.
Gunmetal is a beautiful dark grey with a inky blue shimmer. Gorgeous, love it and will be using this a lot. Couldn’t see any glitter in the swatch.
As you can probably guess, I’m very much in love with this palette. It will be the ultimate one to carry with me if I travel at all – I plan to take just this when I go to New York as it can do everything from day to night.
My personal favourite shades are:
Gunmetal, Hustle, Toasted, Half Baked, Smog and Sin.
My least favourites are:
Creep and Sidecar.
Hope the pictures help – persuaded you that you need this palette? Or made you change your mind?
The palette is released on the 23rd August exclusive to House of Fraser. For the nationwide release date see THIS post. It will cost £27.
Apparently it’s Limited Edition in the UK, although permanent in America. I could be very tempted to buy a backup of this one as I know fine well I’m going to use it all the time.

(also – don’t get me started with the Book of Shadows III…. It’s NY themed. Are they reading my mind before designing new palettes?)

**The Small Print**
PR sample sent for review.


  1. dani@callitbeauty
    August 13, 2010 / 7:30 am

    goodness, all these palettes are calling my name!

    i originally wasn’t interested in the naked palette but the more photos/swatches i saw, the more intrigued i became. needless to say, i feel like i need this in my life.

    as for the book of shadows, well… i’ll cross that bridge when i get there :p


  2. August 13, 2010 / 7:17 am

    Cant wait to get hold of this palette thanks for the swatches x

  3. August 13, 2010 / 7:37 am

    I really didn’t think I needed this. In fact, Urban Decay doesn’t usually excite me. But I think I do need this after all – maybe just because it doesn’t seem to contain another version of Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, hehe. Oh dear – bang goes the no-buy!

    Congratulations on your nomination by the way xx

  4. blah
    August 13, 2010 / 1:31 pm

    Thanks for this post; it’s confirmed how much I need this palette in my life



  5. August 13, 2010 / 6:29 pm

    I’m definitely going to get this! I didn’t want it at first, but after seeing all the swatches, it will be mine! x

  6. August 13, 2010 / 10:13 pm

    You know… the more I see swatches of this, the more I think it’s not quite as lovely as it looked in the initial promo photos. Not entirely sure I’ll be racing off the mark to get this one after all!

  7. August 14, 2010 / 11:40 pm

    Ahh! I need this palette!

  8. January 11, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    truly GUTTED that now i’m back in the land of the living and have time to put make up on again (new baby – long nights, yawn yawn) this has sold out.
    Unless you go for it on ebay at £79.99.
    I want all the colours, no, I NEED all the colours
    Is there an equivalent you can recommend?

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