When I first heard that Urban Decay were phasing out their OG Naked palette after 10 years, I (like a lot of you) was very annoyed. I have loved that palette for years and couldn’t understand the rationale as it was still hugely popular and was what really catapulted them into cult beauty brand status. Nicole Ritchie even staged a fake funeral for it on social media. The beauty world wasn’t happy.
The Naked palettes have been a staple in girls make up bags far and wide for years. Every time a new palette is released, make up junkies seem to add it to their collection without question and I’m no different really (except I don’t have the Naked Cherry palette yet, I really must sort that out!). So when Urban Decay announced there would be an update to the original Naked palette in the form of the Naked Reloaded palette, I wasn’t surprised but I was intrigued.
The Naked Reloaded palette replaces the now discontinued original Naked palette and houses 12 all new nude shades that are designed to flatter all skin tones. At first, I wasn’t sure I would be dying about this product as it looked similar to a lot of palettes that I already owned in pictures but the minute that I opened it, I started to change my mind. Here’s why….
First up, the packaging is a little slimmer than the original and is satin rather than velvet which is inevitably ends up covered in foundation and the likes in my make up bag. I think the satin may hold up (a tad) better than the velvet. Personally, I liked the sturdy plastic packaging from the Naked Heat and Cherry palettes and you could bet they would stay clean.
You won’t find the dual ended brush that you’ve become accustomed too with UD palettes (I actually quite liked the brushes) and instead will see that they have made 4 of the 12 pans larger than the others because those are the shades the Urban Decay think will be most used. Clever idea!
If you love a neutral eye look, you’re going to love this palette. Like the original, the versatile shades are designed to give the opportunity to create an array of both day-time appropriate and dramatic evening looks. One thing that I noticed is that this palette is much less cool toned than the original which I really like as I tend to gravitate towards warmer shades.
The shades themselves are a stunning mix of warm nudes in a mix of satin, matte, and metallic shimmer finishes. Inside the palette you’ll find:
Bribe – a warm ivory (matte)
Barely Baked – soft gold (metallic)
Angel Fire – pale rose gold (shimmer)
Retro – bright peach (matte)
Reputation – deep rose gold (shimmer)
Burn – copper burgundy (metallic)
End Game – chocolate brown (matte)
Dreamweaver – cool brown (shimmer)
Distilled – bronze (metallic)
Bucked – warm brown (matte)
Boundaries – warm terracotta (matte)
Blur – light nude (matte)
The textures of the shadows feel really buttery soft (especially the mattes) and the shades blend really easily like the other Urban Decay formulations that I’ve used. I was really impressed by the pigmentation of the shadows. One dip of my brush into each pan picked up a lot of colour. I found that the shades actually performed better on my lids than they did in swatches, particularly when paired with Urban Decays’s primer potion. The longevity is also very impressive.
The colours are also really easy to work with and Urban Decay were right about the shades being universally flattering and I found that they really bring out the blue in my eyes. There’s a little fall out with some of the shades in the palette but if you use a light hand it won’t be an issue.
As a general observation, Retro seems to be the only shade you look at and wonder why it’s there. It’s a bright peach and a bit more intimidating than the other shades. But it turns out that it’s the prettiest transition colour and works really well with the other shades in the palette so don’t be afraid to incorporate it into your looks.
In all I’m really enjoying this palette. It’s definitely one of those “easy” palettes to lift if you’re going somewhere as it has a lovely mix of shades that you can create a plethora of looks with. I’ve found myself reaching for this a lot in the morning before work as the majority of the shades are perfect for just giving the lids a little wash of colour whilst looking flattering and pretty.
The palette comes in at £38.00 which is in line with previous prices.
What are your thoughts on the new palette? Tell me in the comments below!
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