urban decay naked feature

It’s pretty common knowledge by now in the beauty industry that Urban Decay (UD) makes some of the best-quality eyeshadows in the market. “Creamy”, “pigmented”, and “easy to blend” are just some of the words that have been used to describe the cult-status UD Naked eyeshadow range.

There’s no surprise, then, that anyone who’s a makeup fanatic probably has at least one Naked eyeshadow palette in their arsenal. However, did you know that there are actually a total of eight eyeshadow palettes released so far under the Naked line?

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With so many palettes promising curated, wearable shades perfect for day-to-day makeup, we understand that it may be difficult trying to decide which one might be the best investment for you.

This dilemma is probably more real to you if you don’t already own one and are looking to join the ranks of UD Naked fans around the globe by purchasing your first (and let’s face it – you won’t be able to stop at one). We’ve therefore put together a side-by-side comparison of all the Naked eyeshadow palettes for your easy reference. Thank us later!

1. Naked

This one needs no introduction. Despite it being seven years since its launch, the original Naked palette remains a UD bestseller and a holy grail product for beauty aficionados. When it first came onto the market, the 12-shade (full sized!) eyeshadow palette included a double-ended eyeliner pencil and the now-classic UD Primer Potion. Today, the Naked palette comes with a dual-ended eyeshadow brush that accompanies most of the palettes on this list.

Year launched: 2010

Price: SGD 83

Is it for you? UD wanted to prove that neutrals didn’t have to be boring, and they did just that with this great-value-for-money palette. The palette contained six existing shades, one re-released shade, and five new shades at the time of release.  Today, single eyeshadows are available for all but two of the shades in the palette.

If you’re a beginner and don’t quite know how to match your makeup to your complexion, you might want to start off with this old but gold palette. Two matte shades and 10 shimmer shades in a warm-toned colour palette ensure that you can create numerous eye looks with just this one product, no matter what your complexion.

The excellent colour payoff on these shadows is evident in swatches as well, and users say they are soft and smooth to the touch. In terms of the packaging, the velvety chocolate case adds to the luxe feel of the palette, which itself is well-sized and sleek enough for travelling.

Where to buy: Urban Decay boutiques, Sephora stores, and Sephora online.

2. Naked 2

Riding on the success of the Naked palette, UD launched a follow-up eyeshadow palette, again with 12 shades and a dual-ended eyeshadow brush. In the Naked 2, there are three matte shades and nine shimmery shades in a more taupe-based colour scheme. While the warm browns in Naked may suit those with warmer undertones more, those with cooler undertones will appreciate the neutral taupes in Naked 2.

Year launched: 2012

Price: SGD 83

Is it for you? Most reviews agree that you can probably get away with just owning either the Naked palette or the Naked 2 palette – you don’t really need both. Some were disappointed that many of the shades in Naked 2 were so similar to those in Naked – there’s even a duplicate shade in both palettes!

If you’re deciding between these two palettes, consider what looks you gravitate towards more. If you can’t live without a black shadow that can double up as an eyeliner, or as a powder to set your liquid eyeliner, then the matte black shade ‘Blackout’ in the Naked 2 palette is a must-have for you. If you like a good ol’ golden-brown eye look, you’ll be better off with the original Naked palette.

Packaging wise, the Naked 2 palette comes in a sturdy tin box and includes an upsized mirror, which is always a good thing.

Where to buy: Urban Decay boutiques, Sephora stores, and Sephora online.

3. Naked Basics

Fans asked, and UD delivered. Unlike the first two Naked palettes, which contain mostly shimmers, the Naked Basics palette are known for containing mostly matte shades.

The Naked Basics palette is “half-sized”, meaning that they contain only six shades instead of the usual 12. However, the versatility of these shades (five matte, one satin) makes them perfect for a number of truly nude looks that can take you from work to play in an instant.

Year launched: 2012

Price: SGD 45

Is it for you? Do you travel a lot? Do you just want one basic palette that can settle your day and night look all in one? You might be in for a treat here with the Naked Basics palette. This palette can easily suit a wider range of skintones, as there is a much greater difference in intensity between their lightest and darkest shades (‘Venus’ and ‘Crave’ respectively).

This palette also makes it easy to amp up a natural, everyday look to a glitz and glam night-time look with the darker shades. Ultimately, this is another great offering from UD for those who like their mattes, as it’s a practical palette that will see a lot of use.

Where to buy: Urban Decay boutiques, Sephora stores, and Sephora online.

4. Naked 3

While the original Naked palette is based in browns and Naked 2 in taupes, Naked 3 makes neutrals a lot more feminine with its pink hues. The rose gold theme is clear to see in the shades curated for this palette, which match the rose gold packaging of the palette. Based on the shade range, however, this palette is probably more suited for those with fair skin tones.

Year launched: 2013

Price: SGD 83

Is it for you? If you’re a die hard fan of rose gold anything, then the choice is obvious. You absolutely need to have this palette. The hues on this palette is also great for those who are looking to wear romantic eye looks more often as well!

The palette is generally of a high quality, with many shades that pack a pigmentation punch while still remaining blendable. However, some shades do have issues with fall out during wear. With only two matte shades, this palette isn’t as versatile as its predecessors and the colour range isn’t as varied.

Where to buy: Urban Decay boutiques, Sephora stores, and Sephora online.

5. Naked2 Basics

If you’re mad for mattes, expand your eyeshadow collection with this 6-shade palette that’s the second in the Naked Basics range. Like the first, this palette is compact and easy to travel with. There’s also a good-sized mirror in this palette for its size.

If the Naked Basics palette is the matte complement to the Naked palette with their common brown tones, the Naked2 Basics palette is similarly complementary to the Naked 2 palette, since both of them offer taupe-hued shades.

Year launched: 2014

Price: SGD 45

Is it for you? If you’re a beginner and want to try out matte eyeshadows, Naked2 Basics is the one for you. Matte eyeshadows might be difficult to work with for makeup beginners, but UD makes it simple with these shades that offer amazing colour payoff while still being blendable (in case you need to hide any mistakes!).

The matte dark brown shade ‘Undone’ can also double up as an eyebrow powder, but some have found this shade to be the most problematic as it can sometimes be patchy and have a bit of fall out.

Where to buy: Urban Decay boutiques, Sephora stores, and Sephora online.

6. Naked Smoky

Gorgeous packaging aside (they really nailed the smoky look with a translucent plastic case with smoke prints on the cover), this palette is a favourite of many who fell in love with the original Naked palette years prior. With a good balance of warm-toned and cool-toned shades in mattes, satins, and shimmers, this is perhaps the most versatile Naked palette that will take you from day to night in an instant.

Year launched: 2015

Price: SGD 83

Is it for you? If you always thought smoky looks and Asian eyes don’t go well together, this palette is here to prove you wrong. The shades on this palette are not too overpowering, which means you won’t look like a raccoon or a panda when your makeup is done. However, some users have noted that the quality of the shadows in this palette pale in comparison to previous Naked palettes, as they are chalkier and harder to blend.

Where to buy: Urban Decay boutiques, Sephora stores, and Sephora online.

7. Naked Ultimate Basics

Yet another matte eyeshadow palette with 12 shades of neutral-hued goodness (although one highlighting shade is in a shimmery finish)! The Naked Ultimate Basics palette is the result of UD junkies asking the brand for more mattes, because more is always more, right?

Year launched: 2016

Price: SGD 83

Is it for you? If you are obsessed with matte eyeshadows and need to own them all, then this palette might be a good choice. Just take note that the matte shades are designed to complement a variety of skin tones, from fair to dark, although some of the lighter shades may not show up as well on darker skin. Pigmentation and blendability is decent although not the best, but the shade range will keep you coming back to this palette for months and months to come. This palette works best with a primer, which is something to consider if you’re assessing the value of this product.

Where to buy: Urban Decay boutiques, Sephora stores, and Sephora online.

8. Naked Heat

UD’s latest offering is a nod to the super-trendy sunset eye makeup look that is set to be the go-to look of the season. With 12 shades in amber tones, the shades in this palette will look best on those with fair to medium skin and warmer undertones.

Year launched: 2017

Price: SGD 83

Is it for you? If you need to be on-trend with the reddish-brown, earthy colours that are heating up the beauty world recently, then Naked Heat is a great choice. As usual, UD nails it with the packaging, this time producing a sunset-inspired case that is reminiscent of a heatwave in summer. As to the actual eyeshadow shades, there’s a good balance of mattes and shimmers to take you through several variations of the sunset eye. There’s even a rose-gold duo chrome shade called ‘Lumbre’, which is definitely very on-trend at the moment.

However, the shade range leaves much to be desired as there isn’t much contrast between the shades. Because these hues are so on-trend right now, there are a many palettes from other brands comparable to this one, so do keep your options open if you’re looking for shades that the Naked Heat offers.

Where to buy: Urban Decay boutiques, Sephora stores, and Sephora online.

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