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”
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?