A few months ago, the beauty industry mourned the discontinuation of the original Naked Palette by Urban Decay. It was a sad moment for many makeup lovers as this palette was a game-changer, a revolutionary product that took neutral eyeshadows to another level.
With the beauty world and trends constantly changing, it’s understandable that the brand wanted to let go of the past; change is necessary for growth and it’s essential to always evolve. There is no better phrase than this one: “Out with the old and in with the new.”
Urban Decay took a new take on neutrals and just launched the Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00).
Unlike the other Naked palettes in UD’s lineup, this revamped edition of the original palette has a satin fabric packaging that’s padded on the top (pro: lightweight and less bulky; con: gets dirty easily and is harder to clean) and doesn’t come with a brush (I don’t mind this since I prefer the sleek layout without the brush compartment).
The Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette includes a full-sized mirror and contains twelve, all-new shades that were curated for all ages and skin tones. There are four larger pans on both ends of the palette, which are a first of its kind.
The matte colors are my favorites, of course — they all feel insanely creamy and apply beautifully with no difficulties in terms of blending and layering. I’m obsessed with the coral pop of color from Retro and love that the two nude shades, Bribe and Blur, come in larger pan sizes than the rest since these colors will definitely be used the most (they’re great for setting eyeshadow primer, blending, and brightening).
One color from the palette was underwhelming for me, which is the metallic-like shade, Dreamweaver. This particular color was extremely patchy during swatching and requires patience and building up in order to achieve an intense payoff (applying it wet is best for better pigmentation and adhesion). It’s my least favorite shade in the entire palette and honestly, I would have prefer something different like a taupe color of some sort in either matte of shimmer finish to give the palette a cool-toned option in the midst of the overly warm selection. The rest of the shimmer hues are gorgeous with wonderful workability.
While this palette is a little short of perfection for me, I’m still very much enamored with the shade range. I definitely prefer this color scheme to the original’s since this one has a perfect balance of matte and shimmer shades (six of each finishes) with a warm shade selection that makes the palette ultra wearable and great for every day use. I love that I can easily create soft and subtle daytime looks or am it up with various smokey eye combinations depending on my mood; versatility is crucial for me and the options are definitely there for exploration. This is a great neutral eyeshadow palette that I see myself using daily and one that I would definitely bring along on my travels.
This palette contains the shades:
- Bribe – matte warm ivory
- Barely Baked – shimmery light gold
- Angel Fire – pale pink with micro-glitters
- Retro – matte coral
- Reputation – shimmery reddish copper
- Burn – shimmery coppery bronze
- End Game – matte chocolate brown with tiny fuchsia shimmers (disintegrate)
- Dreamweaver – cool brown with iridescent glitters
- Distilled – shimmery bronze brown
- Bucked – matte soft brown
- Boundaries – matte terracotta with soft gold shimmers (disintegrate)
- Blur – matte nude
I used my favorite shades from the palette to create the brown halo eye makeup look below.
- Boundaries – Outer Crease
- Retro – Inner Crease / Lower Lash Line
- End Game – Inner & Outer Lid / Lower Lash Line
- Angel Fire – Center Lid / Brow Bone / Tear Duct / Inner Lower Lash Line
Thank you for reading!
(I received this product complimentary of Urban Decay. The opinions expressed in this post were 100% my own. Links are affiliated.)