Urban Decay Naked Palette (original) Review and Swatches

I can hear the boo-hissing already. I knoooooooow I knoooooooow. I’m the last person in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE to review this palette. The hilarity is that I already have my review for its’ sequel, Naked 2 written up as well. School is clearly a conspiracy to keep me from posting these reviews at a reasonable rate I tell you!

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Be warned, I went a little camera happy for this product.

Generic Information:

Do I really need to give information on this well-known baby? It is a 12 “neutral” and “nude” shadow (and one sample genie bottle of UD’s Primer Potion) palette. It’s widely available in the United States at Urban Decay’s website, Ulta, Sephora and numerous other makeup sites  – but it’s in much shorter supply elsewhere.

Urban Decay has it priced for $50 USD and most other stores follow suit. When it was originally released it came with an eyeliner instead of the shadow brush that the current version comes with. I don’t know much about the older version and the one I acquired has the brush. Not that it really matters, I haven’t seen a reasonably priced version with the original eyeliner in months.

At first, $50USD might seem a bit excessive for eyeshadow. But think about it! A single UD shadow is $17 USD and contains .05oz of product. Each shade in the Naked palette is .05oz as well! At 12 shadows in the palette you’re getting $204USD of product for $50USD (not counting the $26 full-size brush and free primer sample.) It’s an AMAZING deal.


The palette comes packaged in what I can only assume is a very sturdy cardboard or plastic covered in velour. The gold leafing on my palette (which I ordered from Sephora during Friends and Family) was already chipping a bit.

I pulled a total dork move for a bit at first. I didn’t realize there was a plastic film over the mirror so I was all kinds of ready to rate that part poorly. Then I took it off. Haha. Yeah. The mirror’s just fine, no worries.

UDN Mirror

Good and sturdy packaging for sure (maybe a tad thicker than it needs to be.) The one big issue is the lint-magneticism of the exterior. Luckily I have 3 cats and lint rollers flow like waterfalls in this household.

A quick warning to those of you looking to save some money by buying from eBay and th like. The Authentic UD Naked Palette comes packaged in a clear plastic box, seated in purple velour and has the following insert:

UD Naked Back

Color Accuracy:

Urban Decay’s official product images are some of the best i’ve ever seen in my entire makeup-wearing life. (Aka, a bit under a year.) You can view them on the Palette’s official website here. Unfortunately, UD themselves don’t provide written descriptions of the colors and Sephora’s are….let’s just say a bit off the mark.

Honestly honestly. This is one of the few palettes I would not expressly suggest you search alternate images for because the product is represented perfectly. But this my blog and I already took all the pictures so here they are anyway!

The Full Palette (Click For Full Size)

Shades 1-7 (Click For Full Size)

Shades 5-12 (Click for Full Size)

Trek on further down for actual swatches!

From Left to Right ( Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar and Buck)

Virgin is described as a “nude satin” by Sephora (and all the descriptions hereafter also come from Sephora.) It’s nearly white when contrasted to my skin and is the shade i’ve used least of the 12. It was one of the five new “exclusive” shades included with the Naked 1 palette.

Sin is a “Champagne shimmer” according to the official description. It’s the perfect highlighter for me, being tan (Virgin is too pale to serve this purpose.) It’s got definite hints of pink and is quite warm for a champagne.

Naked is a “Buff Matte.” As you can see, it almost disappears onto my pale arm and is almost completely invisible on my eyes. I use it to give my lids a clean even look when i’m creating a neutral eye as its quite beige-skintoned color. Yes, that’s a color now.

Sidecar is described as a “Beige Sparkle.” It’s taupey with a red undertone on me, though it’s more of a metallic beige on paler girls. The biggest point of interest it that it REALLY has some sparkle. And on my small eyes, it looks downright glittery. I stick to using it primarily on my inner corners as it’s too overwhelming a sparkle for anywhere else.

Buck is said to be a “Brown Matte.” That’s about spot on. In the pan it reminded me a lot of MAC’s Saddle but Buck is downright cool compared to Saddle, which looks positively red by comparison. Buck was also one of the exclusive shades included in the palette.

Buck and Saddle in Pan

Buck and Saddle


From Left to Right: Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse and Toasted

Half Baked is described officially, simply as bronze. I’m not sure I agree. It’s my favorite gold shadow by far, and that’s usually what I hear it referred to as.

Smog is said to be “golden brown shimmer” but this is the shade i’d describe as bronze, a very brown bronze. It’s got some golden metallic tints as well and blended out has a lovely satiny effect on my lids.

Darkhorse‘s blip calls it a “bronze-plum shimmer.” I’m…honestly not seeing the plum here. It’s a deep brown with some metallic shimmer to it. It too was one of the new shades.

Toasted is supposedly a taupe-bronze. Like most taupes, Toasted has some other color peeking out. But while UD and Sephora say it’s bronze, I say it’s more of a pinkish beige. At least on my skin. I saw Temptalia’s swatches and honestly wondered if we’d received the same palette – it definitely looked more bronze on her!

From Left To Right: Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep and Gunmetal

(I kept Darkhorse and Toasted in this shot so you could see their brown/pink-beige tones respectively.)

Hustle is described as “mocha shimmer.” It’s one of the five exclusive shades included in the palette and is one of the shades I had a hard time describing. Sometimes I think Sephora got mixed up and accidentally described Darkhorse as the plum-brown shimmer. This shade fits that bill much better.

Creep‘s called a “near-black metallic.” I wasn’t really sure how something could be NEAR black but this really is. It’s just not…black enough to be black. It reminds me of black hair dye that ends up looking more blue than anything else. And yeah…the blue shimmers kind of add to that.

Gunmetal is said to be a “dark grey metallic.” Maybe they called Creep a near black and not blue because gunmetal really REALLY looks blue. I have a very charcoal notion of what gunmetal should look like, so of all the shades I think this one is the most poorly named. I use it as a blue, because that’s the shade my eyes primarily pick up from it.


You don’t really need ANOTHER review gushing about how perfectly pigmented these all are do you? Nope. Perfect score, ’nuff said.


Except for Sidecar (which has way too much glitter fallout for me to use often) all shades in this palette are buttery, smooth and a joy to apply. The hardest shade (though not BAD by any means) is definitely Creep. It has the most non-shimmery fallout. Just keep a fan brush handy and you’ll be fine.


Using a primer that I know works for my eyes, these shades go on for ages. I get a good solid 8-9 hours of wear. Using the included Primer Potion or nothing at all? …Not so much. Maybe 3-4 hours.  Keep in mind, I have very oily lids.

The Extras:

This was actually the first chance I had to try out UD’s Primer Potion. We all know how hated the Genie Bottle design is (hence why it’s been discontinued.) I won’t get into how difficult it was to get the product out of the bottle. The long and short of it really was that it failed to last very long on my lids. Compared to cheaper eyeshadow primers I felt it actually shortened the wear of my eyeshadows. I have oily lids, so take from that what you will. I’ve read many a positive review of this primer so I’m not saying it’s a bad primer, just not a good one for me.

Urban Decay Naked Palette's Brush

Now, the brush is the other extra included with this palette. It’s gotten some pretty mixed reviews. It’s a one-sided, flat shadow brush made with synthetic fibers.

Brush Close Up

I only recently started gathering my collection of eye brushes. But I don’t really have any problems with this brush. It does what it’s designed to do, gather and pat on color. My eyes are small and it is just barely the right size to coat my lids without going over into my crease.  It’s obviously not designed for and not useful for blending or precise control and so I don’t fault it for not being able to do those things. It’s a solid addition to the palette IMO.

Not to mention the fact that the Good Karma shadow brush is normally priced at $26 USD!


Wow. I think that was my longest review ever! I promise my Naked 2 and Naked 1 v Naked 2 posts will be out in the near future. If you have any tips on reviewing them, let me know now while I can still make some changes!

Value: 5/5

Packaging: 4/5

Color Accuracy: 9/10

Pigmentation: 10/10

Application: 9/10

Wear: 8/10

Extras: 7/10

Overall: 86.7% (B+)

Ordinarily, I’d say rush out and buy this as soon as your wallet can take the hit. But with Naked 2 out, you might want to wait to see if you like that one better if you’re more on the thrifty side. Till then!

<3 EA

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11 Responses to Urban Decay Naked Palette (original) Review and Swatches

  1. what a perfect review! i enjoyed reading it very much Ava! of course I’ve already heard many things about this palette but your review is so much more informative than others! ..but you know that ;) this palette is legendary! the shades are so naturally beautiful! … probably it would be the perfect palette for me because I never wear bold colors… at least not as eyeshadows! *nyaaan* love velour :)
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  2. sara says:

    That’s a nice and detailed review. I love my Naked. For some reason Naked 2 doesn’t appeal me that much. I still think this one is a winner.
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  3. I have recently rediscovered this palette in my stash, and I loooove it so much.
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  4. I love my Nakeds and I’m sort of biased on them b/c I’ve had the original for over a year, so I’m super excited with Naked 2… With that said, I just recently gifted both palettes to my dad’s wife and I wanted to get her fresh opinion on the two. She prefers the original to the Naked 2 and claims that the colors are more wearable in the original palette… she says it’s more daytime appropriate, whereas the other one is more suitable for evening looks. Me personally, I LOVE THEM BOTH!!!
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  5. Citrine says:

    I think the 2nd version is quite lackluster than the original one…but I do prefer the tin compact. Anyway, I am too lazy to wear eye makeup so to have swatched is to have. lol.
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  6. I do like the original better than the 2nd. However, I find I still reach for my mac neutrals more because there are more non-shimmer shades available and most of the UD Naked shades are still quite shimmery.

  7. Stacey says:

    Awesome, awesome review Eden! :D And I got my hands on Naked 2 too. I’m still not sure which I like better but the original palette has been a staple go-to of mine for the past year!
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  8. *flail*

    My friend’s girlfriend JUST got this palette and did a look on me with it. I am utterly in love with it too~. <33 Half-Baked was about ym favourite shade– likely as I've fallen in love with golden and taupe shadows lately. Hrnggh.

    AND THEY apply so soft & smooth an.. and. Just. <33

    And yeah– I THOUGHT you'd reviewed the Naked 2 palette. Haha. Who needs to chronological/numerical order anyway, in beauty. Psshhh~. 8)
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  9. Jen says:

    Wish I’d read your review before I tried to wear “Sidecar” yesterday. Spent the day with glitter all over my face and in my eyes!! Very uncomfortable with contacts. It’s a pretty color, but as you said, WAY too much glitter. Thanks for the great review!

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