For the longest time I had been lusting after the Naked palettes, but I was always unsure on which one I wanted the most. I was so scared of paying almost £40 and then realising I’d chosen the wrong palette and that the shades were all wrong for what I liked. However, for my 21st birthday in December, I knew I finally wanted to have my very own Naked palette.
When I finally made my mind up on which version I wanted the most, I was shocked that I’d picked Naked 2. I had always thought that was the one version I would never have, as at the time, the colours just weren’t my thing, and they all just seemed too cool toned. However, when looking into them all, for some reason, Naked 2 stood out to me the most.
Now I’m not going to go into great detail about each and every shade, as I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but I will tell you my opinion on these shadows, and the palette as a whole. For such a hyped up collection of palettes and the raving reviews that I have seen over the years, I was expecting the best shadows I had ever used in my life. However, unfortunately, I think I have fallen for the hype.
The words that originally pop into my head when I think about Urban Decay and their famous shadows are “pigmented”, “buttery” and “blendable”. For me however, I think all of these words are wrong. Maybe because they are so hyped, I was expecting more, but I have found the pigmentation to be good, but not the best, the smoothness of the powder to feel amazing when you touch it in the pan, but clumps up when it touches the skin, and the blending… let’s just say, I’m not a fan.
For the price I paid for this palette, I was expecting better. The fallout of these shadows is ridiculous, and I have heard that you get less if you build up the product, but who seriously has the time for this? To get good pigmentation and less fallout I seemed to have tried every brush I own to apply the shadows, my finger is slightly better but I can’t use my fingers for every purpose. When it comes to blending I find that the pigmentation disappears, so I have to apply again and again to get the depth I want. Another thing, I never knew how shimmery these shadows were! I look like a blooming glitter ball at the end of using this, couple this with the awful fallout you get and, it’s just too much hassle than it’s actual worth to use this product. There aren’t enough matte shades, and the ones they have just aren’t pigmented enough.
I have found that, because of the time it takes to get the desired look that I want from this palette, I just don’t reach for it. I would rather use a Sleek or Makeup Revolution palette that has great pigmentation, little fallout, a great mix of matte, satin and shimmery shades and the price tag is significantly cheaper.
I was so disappointed that this palette didn’t live up to the Naked hype.
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