Urban Decay Naked Palette Comparison Featured

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 10 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 compare among the Naked eye palettes and decide which is the best.

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 an ultimate comparison of all the Naked eyeshadow palettes for your easy reference. Thank us later!

1. Naked (Discontinued)

Best Urban Decay Palette Naked

This one needs no introduction. Despite it being a decade 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. The Naked palette comes with a dual-ended eyeshadow brush that accompanies most of the palettes on this list.

Take note, though, that the original Naked palette has already been discontinued. Although you can still find it in some C2C e-commerce stores. 

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: Naked has been discontinued, but all Urban Decay products can be found at Urban Decay boutiques, Sephora stores, and Sephora online.

2. Naked 2

Best Urban Decay Palette 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

Best Urban Decay Palette 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

Best Urban Decay Palette 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

Best Urban Decay Palette Naked 2 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 (Discontinued)

Best Urban Decay Palette 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.

This palette has been discontinued but if you look hard enough, you may be able to find them on some C2C e-commerce stores.

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:

This product has been discontinued but all Urban Decay products can be found at Urban Decay boutiques, Sephora stores, and Sephora online.

7. Naked Ultimate Basics

Best Urban Decay Palette 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

Best Urban Decay Palette 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.

Bonus: This palette is so popular, a Petite version that retails at just SGD46 has been launched. If you’d like to have a “sampler” to this iconic palette, consider getting the Petite version first. You can buy the Petite palette here.

9. Naked Reloaded

Best Urban Decay Palette Naked Reloaded

UD’s latest offering is made for everyone, regardless of age, gender and skin tone. It contains 12 brand new peachy-brown shades with textures that range from silky mattes to microfine shimmers. 

Year launched: 2019

Price: SGD 71

Is it for you? If you like reddish-brown makeup but want something that is more wearable for everyday, then this palette might be more suitable than Naked Heat. The formula is on the dry side so remember to first apply a primer so that your eye makeup stays vibrant throughout the day. Also, take note that this palette doesn’t come with a brush (Hence, a cheaper price tag!) and the material of the palette is a tad cardboard-like and not as sturdy.

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

10. Naked Honey

Best Urban Decay Palette Naked Honey

This is said to be the palette that has colours that are closest to the original Naked palette that has been discontinued. Consisting of neutral shades such as classic golds, warm ambers, and rich browns, the gold-based eyeshadows are said to be quite universally flattering.

Year launched: 2019

Price: SGD 83

Is it for you? This has matte shades that can help you achieve an understated everyday look that are easy to pull off. At the same time, its glitter shades are so opulent, you know you can easily use it to add some glitz and glamour for a night out. Some reviewers say that the colours add warmth to the skin tone and are generally universally flattering. We also thought that it can be used 

We are holding a giveaway of the Urban Decay Naked Honey Drop Vault that consists of the Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette as well as other items from the collection, including a limited edition Primer Potion, honey-scented lip plumper, honey-scented body powder, and honey-scented All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Participate here. Giveaway ends on 22 November 2019.

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