Let’s hear it for nakedness!!!
Wait. Why am I the only one cheering?
::looks around in dismay::
::lowers pom-poms embarrassedly::
Ahem. Okay, let’s hear it for the Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette!
Although I know that I was one of the first to click the “buy” button on the UD website when the palette went live, my mailman seems to have interpreted the term “Priority Mail” as “bring it whenever the heck you want,” and so I only just received it. (Minor peeve: Dear UD, please send your Priority Mail packages with Delivery Confirmation so that we can continue to obsessively stalk our packages as they move across the country.) If my mailman were not a 65-year-old cigar-smoking Manly Man, I would have suspected that the package had taken a small detour.
But! Here it is, and here are photos and swatches.
I’ve long been a fan of UD eyeshadows. They are some of the nicest shadows you can get at this price point — smooth, well-pigmented, and blendable. Yes, you can beat their quality if you go really high-end, but frankly $84 for an eyeshadow palette is more than I want to pay (yes, Guerlain Fall 2010, I’m looking at you). And yes, there are a few UD shadows that don’t live up to the quality of the rest of the line: some are way too glittery for anyone but Lady Gaga to wear, some have a problem with fallout, and some are not quite as nice in texture. But for the most part, this is a very strong line and I recommend them to anyone who is looking to upgrade from a drugstore shadow. In addition to the regular shadows, which retail for $17 for 0.05 oz, UD also makes a smaller line of “deluxe” shadows that are $18 for 0.09 oz. Yes, those numbers are correct: the “deluxe” shadows are $1 more for almost twice as much product. Shh, don’t tell UD.
Also don’t tell UD that the creation of this Naked palette, which contains looks for neutral and smoky eyes, with twelve full-size shadows, a double-headed 24/7 eye pencil, and a deluxe sample size UDPP, all for $44, pretty much guarantees that no one will be buying any of those shades in single shadow pots for $17 each. For the life of me I cannot figure out why this is a permanent and not LE palette.
The shadows are a mix of matte and shimmer shades; one or two of them tip the needle all the way to “frosty,” but I think almost all of the shades would look good on almost all skin tones. From left to right:
Virgin: Slightly frosty vanilla
Sin: Shimmery light cocoa
Naked: Matte ecru
Sidecar: Shimmery light brown (this one is especially glittery)
Buck: Matte cocoa
Half Baked: Gold (very metallic)
Smog: Shimmery bronze
Darkhorse: Umber (some shimmer)
Toasted: Shimmery rose-copper, and one of my favorite UD shades ever
Hustle: Shimmery plummy-brown
Creep: Slightly shimmery dark grey
Gunmetal: Shimmery blue-grey, like … uh, gunmetal.
The double-headed 24/7 eyeliner pencil has Zero (black) on one end, and Whiskey (matte brown) on the other. Whiskey is a new shade created for this palette, as are Virgin, Buck, Darkhorse, Hustle, and Creep. Sidecar is, as far as I can determine, a repromote from UD’s first Book of Shadows collection.
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Excellent. Better than Excellent. They’re practically paying you to take it. In fact, you won’t have to give up the shirt off your back to get Naked. (Ha! Get it? Yeah, another one of those stupid puns no one else thinks is funny. Ow, stop throwing things.)
Purchase again? Assuredly.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)