Review: Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

By Voxy  

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.


L-R: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar

L-R: Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse

L-R: Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

L-R: Zero, Whiskey, UDPP


Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette: $44 (also newly available at Sephora)

Provenance: Purchased

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!)

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  1. avatar a biologist
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It’s here! It’s mine!

    I had a tough day at work but I forget why because of the joy of painting my arm with 12 different eyeshadows. On a related note, I’m really impressed with the UDPP and the liner pencil, which stayed on after I washed my arm.

    I haven’t had a black liner pencil in several years, and while I have a handful of brown ones (where do they come from?), I think Whiskey is probably going to be my favorite. It’s a nice medium warm brown. Zero is a soft enough black I may actually wear black again. I am no fan of the Megan Fox/Princess Di big blue raccoon eyes look–I think it is aging, which was awesome when I was 16 but not so much now.

    But I digress. The shadows! I really do think nearly all of them will work for every complexion. My skin is very pale and cool, and the only ones I’m not sure about are the gold shimmer Half Baked and the black shimmer Creep. I think I’ll get the most use out of the 5 on the left side, but I can see using the dark purple-brown Hustle during the day with a light touch or Gunmetal as a liner.

    I agree with Voxy–this is a great product. I can’t wait to start wearing them.


  2. avatar prof_gnu
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I want this so so much. My goal is to wait until August since I probably don’t need a huge neutral palette for vacation, but I clearly do need it before classes start again.

    I already own Half Baked (which I don’t often wear to teach, but try to work into most other looks). So gold! So sparkly!


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted July 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yes, it’s very versatile! I love that UD tries to describe Half Baked as “subtle, lustrous bronze.” Nuh-uh. That is GOLD, and there ain’t no “subtle” about it!


  3. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I just knew you would post about how wonderful this is weeks before it is available here… Hopefully the Sephora in my August location will have it in stock–gives me an excuse to go (not that I need an excuse, of course) :)


  4. avatar ab_grp
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    As if I needed an excuse to make a visit to Sephora… I have loved the UD shadows that I’ve bought in the past, and definitely feel the need to add this palette to the collection. Sounds worth it!


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Call first! See if they have it in-stock in-store. They usually don’t get things in-store until some time (up to several weeks) after it’s available on the website. Although I’m sure you could find something else to spend your hard-earned cash on, I’d hate to have you take a trip for nothing!


  5. avatar marigolds
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Did you get it from NARS, or from Sephora? It hasn’t come out in Sephora yet, right?


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

      You mean from UD, not NARS, right? I got mine from UD, and it’s available now on both UD and Sephora (they did say there was an 8/1 release date at Sephora but it’s there now), and at this precise moment it’s out of stock at both places. But I’ve already watched it pass in and out of stock at UD so I know they are making plenty and not playing the “oh, we didn’t know it would be so popular; give us three months to make more” game.


  6. avatar a biologist
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I guess I shouldn’t be suprised that it’s already out of stock.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink | Reply


      It was out of stock within hours on the first day. It’s since come back into stock and gone out again a few times. It’ll be back in stock, no worries! And I imagine very soon, too.

      I’ve done two neutral eye looks with it so far and like it a lot.


      • avatar a biologist
        Posted July 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

        It was in stock ever so briefly at, now it’s out again. I want it even more now after reading the reviews.


  7. avatar a biologist
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Permalink | Reply



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