So You Want to Buy a Naked Palette…

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “I want an Urban Decay Naked palette, but I don’t know which one to choose!”

Technically, these palettes should work on anyone. You won’t be making a huge mistake if you closed your eyes and did a pin the tail on the Naked palette. It is an investment, however, at the recently hiked $54 a pop price tag (not including tax. #JustSaying).

So if you want to make sure you get absolutely, 100% the right one for you… keep reading.

Naked (aka The Original):


The almighty, first Naked palette to come out and start the craze. This palette is full of warm, shimmery golds, bronzes (is that really the plural for bronze?), matte browns, a black, and a smoky blue-gray.

This palette is more on the warm side, which can look artificially golden on cool skin tones. This palette is better for those of you with slightly more yellow undertones and olive skin. If you’re not sure if you have warm or cool undertones, ask a makeup artist. There are ways to attempt to figure it out yourself at home, but if you’re going to Sephora to grab the palette anyway, just grab an employee real quick. They’ll be more than happy to help (plus they’ve done it a million times!).

Naked 2:

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Again, this palette is full of gorgeous neutrals that technically work on everybody. The creams, browns, and grays in this palette aren’t as golden as the original Naked palette. These colors will compliment the fairer and cooler skin tones among us.

Naked 3 (the rose golds):

This palette is truly flattering on everyone. No ifs, ands, or buts. What I  will say, however, is that the range you get out of this palette is much more minimal. Every look with be pinkish (obviously), and if you want to add depth, all of the darker colors are a dark gray. It can get a little muddy. I must add, though, that there are two matte colors in it (Limit and Nooner) that are absolutely gorgeous for a subtle, sexy look. I get complimented almost every time I wear this palette.


Naked Basics or Naked Basics 2:

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If you’re not ready to spend $54, you could always try the Naked Basics (for warmer skin tones) or Naked Basics 2 (for cooler skin tones) palette for $28. I will say, though, that this is really not at all like any of the other Naked palettes. This palette is entirely matte, except for one very subtly iridescent highlight shade. The colors also run very light. If you’re looking to add definition to your crease or outer corners of your eye, you’ll be restricted to using the brown or black. That’s all ya got. If you love matte shadows and creating subtle eye looks, then this is for you. If you’re looking for a less expensive version of the other Naked palettes, I suggest trying some of Sephora Collection’s palettes. They actually have great range and the quality of shadows is pretty nice.

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