The Evolution of the Naked Palette

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


The Naked palette is in its 7th year, and boy has it changed a lot since then. In 2010, the velvety Naked palette launched and Urban Decay have since made five more: the Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Smoky and most recently, the Naked Heat. In this post, I am going to talk you through what changed each launch, and what I make of them. 


This palette, the original Naked, has been a favourite of mine for years. I think I got this one in late 2014, after seeing YouTubers go crazy about it and bloggers praising it to high heaven. I use it so often. The warm neutrals are so complimentary to me - especially in the autumn. My favourite and most used shades from this palette are Half Baked, Toasted, Naked and Buck. I also find Virgin to be the most gorgeous brow highlight and Sin works so well in the inner corner. Since the release of Heat, this was my all-time favourite Naked palette. 


I was so excited to get my paws on this palette. Naked 2 was my first Naked palette and I was obsessed with it. It was one of my first ever high end purchases, made in early 2014. I wore Chopper nearly everyday, and Half Baked too, but those were the only colours I really used. All the others were too cool toned for me, hence why this palette looks a little untouched. I also wasn't a fan of the tin-can style packaging that Urban Decay had begun to use. Unfortunately, Naked 2 sits in a drawer, never used, while it's sisters get all the attention. 


Then came Naked 3. I got this one a little after Naked 2 and I was so excited, but it turns out that, like cool neutrals, rosy shades don't really do much for me either. This palette has been used once or twice but honestly, I don't know why I'm holding on to it. It sits in the drawer with Naked 2, and I've never bought pink eyeshadow since. It jus doesn't suit me - or I'm not wearing it right. I'm thinking of selling this palette. It seems a shame that it never gets used.


Then along came this baby. I've only just gotten my hands on this - in the last few months - but oh my word, it's beautiful. I've been using it nearly everyday, and you can use it to create nearly any look. It's called Naked Smoky, but it does so much more than create a smoky look. The golden shades and the matte shades are my favourites, but I've used them all. The packaging is so much nicer than the tins. It's plastic but the marbled pattern on the outside and the weight of the palette makes it feel more expensive, even the mirror seems nicer. This one is one I reach for all the time and while I don't think it can surpass the first one, it's still a favourite of mine.


Oh me, oh my. 
This is where things really start to heat up. I actually feel a little aroused looking at this palette. There's more matte shades in this than in any other Naked palette, which is perfect as I prefer a matte eye. The shimmers, however, are absolutely gorgeous. I haven't had a chance to use it yet but I already know that Cayenne is going to be one I use to much. It's a beautiful terracotta shade, similar to one that I love from the Lime Crime Venus palette, and I think it will look beautiful smudged all over the lid and under the lash line. Every shade is beautifully pigmented and the colour choice is so me, it feels like Urban Decay made this palette for me! I'm so in love!


And do not get me started on this packaging! It's so sleek, so gorgeous, in keeping with Naked Smoky but also keeps that classic Naked palette vibe. Honestly, I have found true love with this palette and it has already surpassed the original in my eyes. I got it on Pre Order, but it will be available in the UK from July.

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11 comments

  1. I love this post, such a cool way to showcase all the palettes! I have Naked 2 and 3 which I absolutely love, though I think 3 suits me more. I'm so excited to get Heat when it comes out, I missed the pre-release :( Gorgeous photos!
    Hels xx
    www.thehelsproject.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it! My favourites are definitley the original, smoky and heat x

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  2. Woow! I love how you've done this lovely, I didn't realise there were soo many different palettes I do like that they've improved them slightly each time. Those colours in Heat are pretty impressive, they definitely feel like me!

    Gemma | www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

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    1. Yeah it's funny how they adapt - they all seem to be in pairs apart from the first one which is covered in felt 🤔 Thanks for commenting xx

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  3. I think I am one of the only people in the world who had never heard of these until a few days ago! I do own a few urban decay products and what I do own, I love. I may have a look when I've used up some of the pallates I own!

    Emmy | www.misadventurousmummy.com

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    1. You'd never HEARD of them? I'm judging, where were you in 2010? Xxx

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    2. Haha, nope! I'm the worst female ever!

      Emmy | www.misadventurousmummy.com

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    3. Now you have you can become as obsessed as us all!!! Xx

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  4. Ughh, I didn't wanna get this palette because money but everyday I want it more and more :( I think it'll have to be bought! I know I'll use it everyday, it's right up my street.

    Marty | www.champagneandcheese.co.uk

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    1. As I always say, if you use something once for every pound you spent on it, then it's worth it! Xx

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  5. The Naked Heat looks stunning, definitely going on my wish list! The original palette is one I reach for all the time but not so much the others, I really love the shades in the original though, so versatile yet perfect for everyday wear! x

    Gemma Louise

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