Saturday, 28 August 2010

Urban Decay Naked Palette First Look: Photos and Swatches

My Naked palette arrived yesterday afternoon.  I picked it up from my office's reception and Sarah and I huddled over it, admiring it's prettiness, looking like guilty schoolgirls when one of my colleagues turned up to talk to me about work.  Such is the already cult status of Urban Decay palettes; and this one is my first.

This post is going to be image heavy - so read on after the cut to see more photos.

Presented in a velvety chocolate brown box, the Naked palette packs a generous 12 eyeshadows in alongside a double ended 24/7 eyeliner.  Having heard some reports that the box was a little flimsy, I was pleased to see that the cardboard is fairly thick and weighty.  While it's not going to be as hard wearing as a plastic case, I can't see it falling apart any time soon.

The twelve shadows included run the full spectrum from palest cream to a beautiful shimmery gunmetal grey, with a variety of finishes - a few matte shades, a few shimmery, and a few with that all out glowing sheen.  All of the shadows are creamy and feel easily blendable, and thankfully none of them contain massive chunks of glitter; Creep, which is second from the right, has the most noticeable glitter particles, and they're still pretty fine.

Left to right: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked

Left to right: Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

Left to right: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked

Left to right: Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

And finally, here's a picture of my be-swatched arm in direct sunlight.  My favourite shades, which are Half Baked, Smog and Toasted, have a gorgeous almost metallic sheen which really glows in the sunlight.

Bottom left to top right: Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

The selection of shadows in this palette is fantastic if, like me, you wear a neutral eye fairly frequently.  The shade range means that you can easily create any neutral eye, from subtle to smoky, with just the one palette - and I'm fully expecting that this will become a staple part of my collection.

If you want to buy one for yourself, you can swing by House of Fraser stores or order online - where delivery will cost you an extra £3 on top of the very reasonable £27 palette price.  If you do order online though, expect a wait - I ordered at 8AM on Monday and received the palette at 3PM on Friday.

What do you think?  Are you going to grab one of these, or have you already?


  1. seriously in love with mine. have used it nearly every day since I got it - I would even say that its so in tune with key looks for autumn/winter that you could probably get away with just this palette all season.

  2. I've done one look so far with this - and it's beautiful. I can see this coming a big part of my life!


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