So I’ve had the first Naked palette for about two years now, and I definitely use a few colours a whole lot more than the rest of the palette.
- Virgin- for highlighting my cupids bow and under my eyebrows. I use it over the top of a MAC prep and prime highlighter pen, but I don’t usually use it on my cheekbones because I prefer to use something less shimmery.
- Naked- to define my eyelids and to contour with. I have nearly run out of this because I use it so much! It’s the perfect shade for my skin tone and it looks gorgeously subtle when you take it over your eyelid with a fluffy brush, bringing out your brow highlight.
- Buck- I don’t use this as much as I used to since I got a palette from theBalm with a similar colour, but I used to use it on my eyebrows, and to give my eyes extra definition. Now I just run it along my lower lash line with a pencil brush.
I also recently bought a palette from L’Oreal that looks VERY similar to the Urban Decay one, so I thought I would compare the two.
- Firstly, the Naked palette has two more shades in it, and the pans are more generous in size. I suppose the L’Oreal palette is meant to be able to fit in a handbag, though.
- Both palettes have mirrors, but the L’Oreal one is bigger. I think that this palette’s packaging looks sturdier (it may not look quite as plush as the Naked packaging, but it actually clips shut, whereas the Naked just has a magnet.)
- Shade-wise, both palettes are generally full of warm, bronzy colours. Most of the L’Oreal shades are dupes for ones in the Naked palette, and although I don’t think that they all go together as well as the Naked ones, more of them are matte, which I appreciate because I really prefer matte shadows to shimmer ones.
- Because the shadows in the Naked palette are Urban Decay, they have legendary pigmentation and last forever without creasing! In contrast, to get the same level of colour intensity in the other palette you really have to pack it on, which means that they are very powdery (in a bad way) and don’t last well at all.
Considering that the L’Oreal palette is only £14.99 and the Naked palette is £38.00, I think that the L’Oreal one is okay if you want a new palette but aren’t willing to pay £38.00 for it- as long as you’re aware that you get what you pay for. Personally, I think it’s worth investing in the Naked palette, because it will definitely last you for a long time. Plus, it comes with a really decent double ended brush whereas the other one just has one of those annoying sponge things that everyone hates, and a blending brush that sheds. 🙂