In 2010, Urban Decay released their first Naked palette. Since then, the product has become more popular than ever, spurring the release of the Naked Basics palette as well as Naked 2 and 3 palettes. Each of the palettes comes with an assortment of different eye shadows, follows a specific color family and comes with both matte and shimmer shades. Here you’ll find my review of all four Naked palettes.
The Original Naked Palette
The first Naked palette loosely follows a bronze and warm-brown color scheme. It comes with twelve highly pigmented eye shadows, a mini Eye Primer Potion and a double-ended eyeliner pencil. The packaging is one-of-a-kind, featuring a magnet-snap closure and a brown, velvety soft finish around the case. The product can be found at Ulta, Sephora, or on Urban Decay’s website, and retails at $52, which is an incredible value considering you’re getting a dozen full-size eyeshadow shades that, purchased separately, would amount to $18 each. The shades include:
Virgin (white-beige, shimmer), Sin (champagne, frost), Naked (warm medium-brown, matte), Sidecar (medium bronze, shimmer), Buck (darker beige-brown, matte), Half Baked (gold-bronze, metallic), Smog (darker bronze, shimmer), Darkhorse (deep chocolate brown, shimmer), Toasted (pink-brown, shimmer), Hustle (deep plum-brown, shimmer), Creep (blue-black, shimmer), and Gunmetal (blue-gray, metallic).
The double-ended eyeliner comes with shades Zero (near-matte black) and Whiskey (chocolate brown).
Some shades from this palette that really stand out to me are Virgin (a great shade to use as a highlight, or to layer over other shadows to make them appear lighter and more shimmery), Half Baked (beautiful lid color that especially brings out blue or green eyes) and Buck (looks gorgeous as a crease shade and delivers amazing color payoff).
In my opinion this is also one of the most versatile of all of the Naked palettes. It can be used to create anything from a subtle day-look appropriate for the office or school, to a smoldering smokey night suitable for a night out. While there are shades in this palette to suit all different skin tones, the overall warm-browns and bronze shades are most flattering on warmer skin tones.
The Naked 2 Palette
The Naked 2 palette includes twelve neutral eye shadow shades that follow the taupe color family, though there’s a good mix of both warm and cool toned shades. The product also comes with a mini Urban Decay Lip Junkie (lip gloss) and a dual ended Good Karma eye shadow brush. The packaging is unlike the first Naked palette in that it’s encased in a taupe-colored metal exterior with snap closures. I personally prefer this packaging as I feel it stays shut better than a magnet closure, and keeps the product generally cleaner. It also retails at $52. The eye shadow shades include:
Foxy (pale yellow, matte), Half Baked (gold-bronze, metallic), Booty Call (light peachy pink, frost), Chopper (medium copper-brown, shimmer), Tease (purple taupe-brown, matte), Snakebite (dark bronze, shimmer), Suspect (champagne-brown, metallic), Pistol (gray-taupe, frost), Verve (pale pinky beige, shimmer), YDK (pinky brown, frost), Busted (deep burgundy, frost), and Blackout (intense black, matte).
The included Lip Junkie gloss is in the shade Naked and is a shimmer neutral pink shimmer. It’s got a lot of shine to it without being sticky, and it leaves a subtle cool tingling sensation on the lips. The included Good Karma brush comes with a fluffy crease brush on onw end (good for blending), and a flat shadow brush on the other (good for packing on color).
My favorite shades from this palette include Booty Call (perfect highlight color), Chopper (similar to Half-Baked but more copper than bronze), and Blackout (great for building really intense smokey eyes, or mixing with other colors to darken them up).
This palette is just as versatile if not more than the first Naked palette, allowing you to create a vast range of different looks with this one product alone. However, a lot of the shades are quite similar to the first palette (Half Baked is even repeated). In comparison to Naked 1, I would say that Naked 2 is more suitable to cool or neutral skin tones.
The Naked 3 Palette
The Naked 3 palette, just released Fall 2013, is definitely a game changer. The palette includes twelve eye shadow shades that are variations of rose gold. Overall the shades are more neutral to warm in tone and there are more satin and matte shades found in this palette than in the first two. The packaging is like Naked 2 in that it’s metal with a snap-closure in the front, but it’s in a beautiful rose gold color with a rippled texture. Like the Naked and Naked 2 Palettes, it retails at $52. Like Naked 2, it comes with a double-ended makeup brush, as well as samples of each of the eye primers. The shadows include:
Strange (pale neutral pink, satin), Dust (pale warm pink, shimmer), Burnout (peachy pink, satin), Limit (dusty rose, matte), Buzz (rose, metallic/microglitter), Trick (pinky copper, metallic/microglitter), Nooner (medium pinky brown, matte), Liar (medium warm brown, frost), Factory (dark pinky brown, satin), Mugshot (dark warm taupe, metallic), Darkside (deep taupe, satin), and Blackheart (black burgundy, matte with red microsparkle).
Some of my favorite shades include Strange (another good highlight shade), Limit (lovely soft matte for your crease or blending out other colors), and Trick (flashy coppery pink that makes for a beautiful lid color).
In comparison to Naked 1 and 2, this palette is probably the most universally flattering (whether your skin tone is cool, neutral or warm). Whatever look you’re going for, natural or smokey, this palette is sure to guarantee a soft, romantic look.
Naked Basics Palette
The Naked Basics Palette is unlike any of the other three Naked palettes in that it is small and compact, with just six different eyeshadow shades, all of which are very neutral and wearable. It includes five completely matte shades and one frosty highlight shade, making it perfect for makeup beginners, those just looking for a go-to palette for everyday neutral looks, or to be combined with other shadows to create countless eye shadow looks. The palette retails at just $27 and includes the following shades:
Venus (off-white, satin frost), Foxy (pale yellow, matte), Walk of Shame (light nude pink, matte), Naked 2 (clean taupe, matte), Faint (warm medium brown, matte), and Crave (deep, brown-black, matte).
The packaging of this palette is different, with a hard plastic exterior and a front that snaps shut. The overall size of the palette is less than half the size of the three Naked Palettes, making it perfect for travel. The colors are universally flattering on just about any skin tone. This palette is the perfect place to start if you’re new to Urban Decay’s Naked line, or even just eye shadows in general, and want a good collection of high-quality neutral shadows.