Will this killer palette bring the same firepower as the original?
Before I talk about the Urban Decay NAKED Reloaded palette ($44), I have to give you an idea of *exactly* how much I revered the original NAKED palette.
Birthed in 2010, the Urban Decay NAKED palette quickly became a cult classic, and for good reason. It was unlike anything else on the market in terms of wearability, quality and price point with its beautifully curated selection of one dozen richly pigmented neutral shades in a velvet case. It also included a dual-ended brush and either a deluxe mini of Primer Potion or a double-ended 24/7 eye pencil (depending on when you purchased it).
This made the original NAKED palette intensely appealing to both makeup aficionados as well as those newer to eye makeup. It was so appealing, that at its peak, one NAKED palette was sold every six seconds. It was arguably one of the most perfect eyeshadow palettes ever made, and countless copycat and spinoff palettes were spawned.
When UD announced that they were discontinuing the original Naked palette, I went into shock. Urban Decay’s NAKED palette ‘funeral’ video featuring Nicole Richey did very little to soothe my breaking heart. As a makeup blogger, and an eyeshadow fiend, I’ve tried and loved a lot of eyeshadow palettes. But nearly a decade later, the original NAKED palette continues to my absolute favorite.
So, when I heard about the new NAKED Reloaded palette, I was initially skeptical. Would the formula and colors really be better than the original? Would it even be true nude shades, or would it be more like a tangent (similar to NAKED Heat or NAKED Cherry)?
The Urban Decay NAKED Reloaded palette is intended to be a replacement, featuring 12 all-new neutral and versatile shades, They’re housed in a compact, satin-wrapped palette with a generously sized mirror inside. The fabric has beautiful orchids, and is gold-embossed with the name of the palette. It’s truly a lovely palette casing.
Within the palette are 12 eyeshadow pans, the four outermost pans are the largest because you’ll use them the most. The colors are an updated take on neutrals–they lean warmer, with slight golden, coral, orange and reddish undertones. The shades do work beautifully together, and can be used for more natural or more dramatic looks. My favorite shades are Angel Fire, a gorgeous sheer sparkly peach-gold shade, and Burn, a rich deep metallic copper–these two colors have me SWOONING.
Also, at just $44 it’s the lowest priced of the NAKED palette family upon release.
Because the Reloaded palette is being hailed a replacement, it’s important to note a few key differences (the fine print, if you will). This palette does not include a brush or any other bonus product. I personally prefer palettes that are strictly powder products, instead of taking up space within the palette for a brush. Quite a few of the shadows felt more powdery and/or were less pigmented than the other shades. Lastly, this palette contains less product than the original palette (0.492oz compared to 0.60oz) but are nearly identical in terms of price per oz ($89.43 vs $90.00 per oz).
Urban Decay NAKED Reloaded Palette Looks
Killer Neutrals: Look One
Outer corner—End Game
Warmer/Brighter: Look Two
Browbone—Blur, Angel Fire
Lower lash line—Burn
Urban Decay set the bar so incredibly high with their first NAKED palette, which I will treasure forever. They did a lovely job with this palette, which is more like a sister than a twin to the original NAKED palette. The NAKED Reloaded palette beautifully rounds out the overall UD NAKED palette collection, and is worth taking a look at in person.
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