Urban Decay Naked Palette: To Buy Or Not To Buy?

The Urban Decay Naked Palette has rapidly become a favourite of almost every beauty blogger and YouTuber I know of. Come to think of it, it’s actually a favourite of many of my friends, but for some reason I haven’t quite got round to buying it. I’ve heard all the raves about it, and I have also heard some of the objections. So, as our old pal Shakespeare might have (not) said – ‘to buy or not to buy, that is the question”

Urban Decay Naked Palette

In typical Chyaz fashion, I’ve compiled a ‘for’ and ‘against’ list – and found that I have numerous points for each. So, Urban Decay, let’s put your prize palette up for scrutiny!


  • The shades – they are undoubtedly gorgeous and lush in almost every way. My lovely friend Hannah recently bought the palette and let me do some cheeky swatches. As I would have expected from Urban Decay, the colours were pigmented and blendable, and the range was great.
  • The hype – this may seem odd, but as there is so much hype surrounding the palette, it means that more people are likely to own it, therefore if  I do tutorials using it more people will be able to recreate them exactly. Always thinking of you guys!
  • The packaging – OK, I know, I’m such a girl, but the packaging is DIVINE. It feels like royalty (if that is possible) – the Queen of all neutral palettes. I also love that it comes with a brush, mirror and little Primer Potion.
  • It’s cruelty-free – this is a big pull for me. As an almost lifelong vegetarian, I try to lean towards cruelty-free products, and Urban Decay are amazing at delivering this promise.


  • The price – it is currently retailing for around £32 here in the UK, which is more than my weekly food bill some weeks. I know you get a lot for the price, but it’s still a bit of a bulk at once.
  • The shades – what, this is in both for AND against? Well, as much as I love neutral shades, I do wonder how much I’d end up using it over existing shades and shadows that I have. Although the Gunmetal shade is basically the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
  • The size – I know it’s necessary, but a lot of people have mentioned how easy it is to ‘carry around’ – er, what? It’s massive! Ah well, it would be an excuse to invest in (another) chunky and roomy handbag…
  • The variety – yes, I know, a double-mention, but although there is a good range in the palette, I already own a few of the colours in other palettes. Saying that, there are five new shades, so that is a big pull back the other way.

So, there is the debate. Such a big part of me wants to buy this palette but I think I just need a tiny bit more time to think about it. I promise that, if I do buy it, there will be a detailed review, and that I will use in in tutorials.

Let me know what you think in the comments – do you own it? Love it? Not sure?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. May 31, 2011 / 11:54 am

    I think you should not get it. Since you already have palettes with some of the colors inside its not that worth it anymore? And don’t be fooled by marketing!

    • May 31, 2011 / 12:46 pm

      The colours in this palette were better quality than ones I already have, for the most part…it’s a tough one! x

  2. May 31, 2011 / 12:56 pm

    I’m not going to decide whether you should get it or not, but it’s not “massive”. It is in fact really easy to carry around, you are definitely thinking it is bigger than it actually is.

    • May 31, 2011 / 12:57 pm

      My friend had one and I really did think it was quite big…compared to other palettes I have x

  3. May 31, 2011 / 1:13 pm

    :/ i would buy it.. eventhough you have some colors again the price is nothing if you compare it with the product you get.. i wish i could buy it right now..!

  4. HeyLittleDolly
    May 31, 2011 / 1:49 pm

    I think the same as you. Except that I don’t own any Urban Decay product. The question you should ask yourself is how long you’ve wanted to get this palette. Because I sometimes have a “crush” on products and then it goes away. But I think a lot on the Naked Palette too…

  5. Laura
    May 31, 2011 / 2:25 pm

    Buy it!!! It’s quite possibly the best pallette I own! The colours are stunning and you can do soooo many looks with it! I panic bought it on eBay before they released it as a permanent pallette! I’m gutted I paid £60 for it lol but it is worth every penny! Go for it you won’t regret it 🙂

  6. May 31, 2011 / 2:43 pm

    I think it’s not expensive for such a big palette with so many different colors I’ve wanted to buy it (but luckily they were out of stock so I didn’t) because everybody was saying it was a must have, but I know deeply inside (haha =D) that I will never use all of that (not even half of that) in a lifetime. I already have 2 coastal scennt 88 palettes (one matte one shiny) and I think that (even thoe it’s not the same quality) I pretty much have all the colors I need !

  7. May 31, 2011 / 2:46 pm

    I wouldn’t bother if I were you, you can get so much with that amount of money! I’d wait for a birthday or Christmas or until you run out of the same colours on other palettes

    Elspeth xxx

  8. Shauna
    May 31, 2011 / 6:20 pm

    I Got It For My Birthday This Year Off My Parents And I Loooove It <3 The Primer Potion Is Amazing And The Colours Are Such Good Quality 🙂 It Is Quite Expensive Though Which Is Why I Waited Till My Birthday 🙂 But For Someone Who Has A Passion For Makeup Like You It's A Must Have 🙂
    I Do Agree With The Size For Carrying Around But Nothing A Nice Handbag Wont Solve 😉
    Good Luck Deciding <3

  9. Breanna
    May 31, 2011 / 6:33 pm

    I’ve been thinking about buying it since I’ve seen so many gurus using it lately and I’ve also been wearing a lot of natural looks lately (espically the light shades in the Too Faced Glamous to Go – Fairy Addition) and I do love Urban Decay….

    I’d like to hear what you think about it in a review before I get it but I’m not going to tell you to go get it.

    • Breanna
      June 2, 2011 / 12:07 pm

      I actually went and both it last night. I love it! The shades are georgous! My favortie is Half Baked. I also got the Roller Girl pallet

  10. Vanessa
    May 31, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    I got this palette for Christmas and I have used it pretty much everyday since. The colours are really pigmented so will last a long time (I have hardly made a dent in any of the shadows). I think you should go for it, it is quite a bit of money for a palette but I think it is well worth it 🙂 xx

  11. Katie1Loves2Usagi
    May 31, 2011 / 8:32 pm

    I’ve seen this pallete on the Urban Decay website and fell in love with it as well ( neutral shades lover = me )! But I haven’t bought it yet neither, basically because its price and my budget don’t seem to get along… Anyways, as your loyal subscriber, I know you own a lot of palletes and eyeshadows already, but I still think this one is worth it. But don’t rush, maybe you should buy it when you have a little extra money, or when you freak out again and want to buy something expensive that you really love! Haha, so I leave here my awkward and probably useless advice! Good luck Chy! =)x

  12. May 31, 2011 / 9:42 pm

    I dont really want to say whether you should or shouldn’t but then my comment us no use! Nuteral ( idk how to spell it!) shades are in andtht black is gorgeous!!smokey eyes are in right now to so this palette would be perfect for that!! Hope you take this into consideration!! Thx!!! :p

  13. Lauren
    May 31, 2011 / 10:10 pm

    I’m the same as you Chyaz, I’ve been tossing up if I should buy it!

    The main thing for me is the price, currently I’m lusting and not buying because it’s so expensive….

  14. May 31, 2011 / 11:44 pm

    Thanks for this article ^^

  15. samantha
    June 1, 2011 / 1:09 pm

    hmmm i was thinking about buying it and now im having second thoughts about it
    thanks so much!

  16. Charlotte
    June 1, 2011 / 3:19 pm

    you should save up for it.. then you feel like you’ve worked for it and deserve it; also you’re not spending one big chunk of money iykwim?? xxx

  17. June 1, 2011 / 5:20 pm

    My boyfriend once told me that if you are unsure on something flip a coin, tails-yes heads-no and when the coin is flipping your know what you want it to land on.

    I hope this makes sense 😀 xx

  18. Kayla
    June 1, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    i love it! i put it on my desk for easy reach and i can create a new look every day!

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