Product Reviews

Triple the Nudity: A Comparison of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes

May 12, 2014


Hey Everyone!

I’m back with a post I’m pretty excited for. I have recently added the original Naked palette to my collection and rather than review it on it’s own, I’m going to compare the trio. My hope is that if you were considering buying only one of the three, this information will help you figure out which one is the best for you. Despite the overarching “Naked” theme, each has it’s own theme within the theme and use in my opinion. I’m not going to be considering the Naked Basics palette because I don’t have it and to be honestly, it doesn’t interest me in the least.

A Little Back Story

When I first stumbled upon the Naked series I wasn’t really interested. They looked like average neutral eyeshadows, not particularly noteworthy. So how did I end up with all three? It was love at first swatch. Around the time I purchased my first of the three (Naked 2) I wasn’t very familiar with higher-end makeup, so when I swatched it and saw how creamy and pigmented they were, I was pretty hooked. I started with Naked 2, then 3 and finally most recently, the original Naked.

The Packaging


I’m first going to talk about the packaging, as I think it’s an essential part of any palette. I’ll start with the original Naked since it technically has the original packaging. The packaging is heavy cardboard with a velveteen type fabric and gold foil lettering over top. It has a medium sized mirror and a slot that now holds a brush (originally a double ended eyeliner). The packaging is light and sleek, so it won’t take up too much room. Out of the three this is my least favourite packaging. The velveteen fabric is a serious dirt collector, every bit of powder that it comes in contact with attaches itself to the package which can leave it looking a bit dirty. to close the palette there is a magnetic style closure, but it’s not super strong. I don’t think I would trust it traveling. The other 2 palettes that came out after the original came out with new and improved packaging. They now have tin cases that snap shut, which I trust a lot more. They also have a bigger mirror and the same brush slot. Definite improvement from the initial packaging. The packaging of each subtly represents the colours that are inside which I really like, I think it’s a nice touch. Overall the packaging of these suits my style, not too cutesy, sleek and functional. Urban Decay’s motto is “Beauty with an edge” and these suit that perfectly.

The Shades


The shades are the most important part of any palette for sure. The focus of these palettes is “anything but boring” neutrals. Neutral based shadows that are “pumped up”. You can work in the basic browns or taupes with the beautiful shimmers and have an interesting neutral look. The shadows can be used easily for daytime or bumped up for a night out. Versatility is a strength of this series for sure.


The original Naked ^ From left to right- Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal.


The Naked 2 ^ From left to right-Foxy, Half Baked, Booty Call, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout.


The Naked 3 ^ From left to right- Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart.

The Original Naked


The original palette is the most ‘Naked’ of the three in my opinion. The warm browns and gold toned shades are well suited to daytime makeup looks or really polished ‘no-makeup makeup’ days. For someone who has no eyeshadows this has many staples, like great blending colours and neutral crease colours. This would be well suited to a younger person or a beginner because the shades are so natural. This is a great palette to teach someone how to use makeup to enhance their features. Since none of the shades are incredibly dark or bright, it is a great starting point to practice technique. The 2 shades at the end are sort of wild cards to me and don’t flow as nicely with the warm brown theme of the palette, but they are great options to bump up this palette and to transition a look from day to night. This palette isn’t my night time go to, although I’m sure there are many ways to use it for nighttime looks. It’s just not one that I gravitate towards for that type of occasion. Overall, I think this is a staple type palette, the colours could be used on their own for a natural look or they can be mixed with other palettes to create more dramatic looks.

Noteworthy Shades:

Naked- A light matte brown, a great neutral blending colour

Sidecar- A beige shade with a beautiful sparkle

Toasted- A bronze shade with a pinky-plum undertone

Gunmetal- A metallic deep grey with a strong blue undertone

Who is this suited for?*

  • A person who is mainly going for natural/no makeup makeup looks
  • Well suited to a person with a warm skin tone
  • Excellent for a beginner
  • Would really pop on blue eyes
  • Would be great to wear to a conservative office

The Naked 2


The second installment of the trio is the cool toned piece of the puzzle. It has mainly taupes and greys with a couple more golden and coppery shades mixed in. This is my smoky eye go to. This has the perfect shades for nighttime looks in my opinion. The shades can be used for daytime, but the tone of the shades is a bit fancier to me. With a matte and a shimmery highlight and a matte black, this palette has everything you’d need to create a smoky eye or any night time look. I appreciate how different this is from the original Naked because they both fulfill different ‘needs’ in my collection. I wouldn’t exactly suggest this to someone young or a beginner because I think if you used some of the shades with a heavy hand you could create quite a mess. The matte black is a great addition because it can be used like a liner.

Noteworthy Shades:

Chopper- A beautiful shimmery copper

Half Baked- A super pigmented shimmery gold (also in the original Naked)

YDK- Shimmery taupe with purple and silver undertones

Snakebite- A very deep metallic bronze with shimmer

Who is this suited for?*

  • A person looking for a neutral nighttime palette to add to their collection
  • A person looking for sophisticated neutrals
  • Would look great on a medium-dark skin tone
  • Well suited to a makeup novice

The Naked 3


The last installment is the middle man of the first two. It has both cool and warm tone shadows, making it suitable for all skin tones. Additionally I think this will enhance all eye colours. I think the biggest difference between this and the first two is how unique the shades are. The rose toned shades are a very different way to look at neutrals rather than just browns and taupes like the first two. It would be perfect for day time, but makes a unique night time look as well. With all the shades being rosy, it is a little tougher to get a variety of looks. I tend to end up with the a similar day look and a similar night look. What I love about this palette is that it really enhances my eye colour, so if I’m trying to make my eyes pop, this is a great option. I wouldn’t recommend this to a beginner because pink and orange toned eyeshadows need a little finesse or you can make yourself look sickly. As well, some of the very glittery shades need some work, so a little knowledge of how to work with them is helpful. I think this palette could be mixed with many of the shades from the first two to create really unique look. This also broadens the range of this palette.

Noteworthy Shades:

Dust- A pale metallic pink with micro-glitter

Trick- A pinky-coppery shade with fine glitter

Nooner- A matte deeper pink shade with a brown undertone

Blackheart- Black with pinky-red sparkles

Who is this suited for?*

  • Any skin tone
  • Any eye colour (especially hazel and blue)
  • A person looking for a different type of neutral (maybe already own basic neutrals)
  • someone with novice- intermediate makeup knowledge

*Obviously anyone can purchase and use these palettes, the suggestions are purely my opinion and to help decide if you want to buy one.

Final Thoughts

Overall I think that each of these palettes have a distinct theme underlying the Naked name. If you are only purchasing one, it really depends on your needs and most importantly your style. These are very shimmery so if you really like matte shades, you may want to pass. I honestly can’t pick a favourite out of these because they are so different. I also have a neutral undertone to my skin, so I don’t really suit one type of hue over another. These are all beautiful and any one would be a great palette to own. I did mention undertone a few times in this post, so if you don’t know your undertone I explained it in this previous post:


If you’re still undecided I have complete reviews of both the Naked 2 and the Naked 3:

Naked 2:

Naked 3:


There you have it! If you have any questions about any of the palettes or if you want a tutorial with any of these, let me know in the comments below!

Bye for now!



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  • Reply jamiea0321 May 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I love these palettes! In fact, I used Naked 1 and Naked 3 for my look today πŸ™‚ I don’t use these enough. I am always reminded of how awesome they are every time I pull them out though.

    • Reply Chelsey May 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Definitely! Writing this has inspired me to create some new looks with these πŸ™‚

  • Reply anamariebragg May 12, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    You said the Naked 2 was one of your first higher end pallets. Have you tried the Too Faced brand? I find the UD collection falls a little short in the pigment and “smooth” categories compared to Too Faced. Don’t get me wrong, UD & the Naked pallets are amazing, I just find Too Faced eye shadows to be so buttery and smooth!

    • Reply Chelsey May 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      I actually do have 2 Too Faced palettes, I have the A Few of My Favorite Things limited edition palette that came out during the holidays and the Chocolate Bar Palette. They are super buttery and soft. I have been LOVING the Chocolate Bar Palette, it’s amazing!

    • Reply Chelsey May 12, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Have you tried the Chocolate Bar Palette?

      • Reply anamariebragg May 12, 2014 at 11:14 pm

        I haven’t! I have so many Too Faced Pallets (2 big ones with pop outs and 2 small ones) I don’t need to buy any more. But I’ve had my eye on the Naked 2 pallet for a while and I finally broke down and bought it. I really like Verve and Pistol!

        • Reply Chelsey May 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm

          Ya those colours are great for a smoky eye!

  • Reply Madi Makeup Junkie May 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I love this post! I’ll probably read it about 1,000 more times before I decided which palette to get…first. Haha(: I definitely want one, I just can’t decide which palette I would use the most shades in. I tend to go more gold most of the time, so that kinda rules the 3rd one out. We’ll see, I still have a lot of experimenting to do with makeup before I take that big jump for one of these palettes.

    • Reply Chelsey May 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Awesome, I’m so glad it was helpful to you! If you like gold, you probably like warmer colours which is the original Naked all the way. Both the Naked and Naked 2 have the same gold shade called Half Baked, but Naked 2 is mostly cool toned. They are definitely worth it! Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

  • Reply plus+beauty27 September 19, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Great post! I am thinking I am leaning towards the Naked 2 palette because its supposed to go with the Naked Basics 2 palette. That’s what I read on Urban Decay’s website anyway. I am in love with Urban Decay’s eyeshadow! You’re so lucky to have all 3 of these palettes! πŸ™‚ xo

    • Reply Chelsey September 19, 2014 at 1:55 am

      The Naked 2 has so many beautiful shades, I need to bust mine out, it’s been a while since I reached for it. I don’t have either of the basics palettes, what do you think of them?

      • Reply plus+beauty27 September 19, 2014 at 1:56 am

        I just have the second one that I got recently and I LOVE it! I just did a post on it that I posted yesterday. πŸ™‚

        • Reply Chelsey September 19, 2014 at 1:57 am

          I will for sure check that out, thanks for letting me know!

          • plus+beauty27 September 19, 2014 at 1:58 am

            Of course! You’re welcome and thank you so much for checking it out! πŸ™‚

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