However I promised you to do a post where I advise you on what Urban Decay Naked palette is right for you, or how to choose between the four currently available options. I am lucky enough to own all four (one of the best things blogging has brought me yet!), so I think I’m pretty perfectly placed to lend a word of advise to you. And now is the time to do your research, because the holidays are coming up and you’ve got a wishlist to make!


If you don’t understand the apparent obsession of beautybloggers with the Naked palettes, let me spell it out for you. First of all, the quality is gorgeous. Basically all of these shades apply like a dream, are highly pigmented, creamy and blend beautifully. Second, there’s the fact that these palettes provide a pre-selected mix of eyeshadows that should allow basically anyone to create a wide variety of makeup looks, from soft and natural to shimmery glam to intense drama. Rather than having to go out and buy different palettes or monos to build towards a complete makeup look, you’re basically set when you acquire a Naked palette. Third, having all of these gorgeously compatible colours together in one palette is really inspiring. You just pull out your palette in the morning, look at the range of shades in front of you, and start applying based on what looks good to you. Finally, the palettes all come with a really good eyeshadow brush, which makes them the perfect buy for both newbies who don’t already have a stash of brushes, as well as collectors who want to expand their collection.
Here is a quick overview of all the Naked palettes. From top to bottom: Naked 1, Naked 2, Naked 3 and Naked Smoky. You can clearly see how all of these palettes are different from the others, so it’s not like Urban Decay just keeps pumping out new versions of the same to milk its fans for more money.
Urban Decay struck gold when they brought out their Naked palette, and the original palette remains a classic for a reason. However, I absolutely think that every Naked palette has its own strengths and that none of these are redundant, they all have something to offer. And since most of you probably don’t feel like spending 200€ to buy the whole lot, I’d advise you to look at each of the options I’ll show you here to make your decision on what Naked palette is right for you.
Naked 1 is generally described as the most versatile of all the Naked palettes. It combines matte shades with more punchy shimmer and metallics. Naked 1 is heavy on beiges, golds and browns, and suited for warm, neutral and cool complexions. However, since Naked 2 came out, many beautywriters have also suggested that Naked 1 is better suited to people with warm colouring, while Naked 2 works better for cool toned individuals. I tend to agree with that assessment, but I feel like it’s way too much of a broad rule to recommend a Naked palette based on whether you are warm or cool toned.
For one, most of us aren’t simply warm or cool toned. Secondly, I don’t think most of us fall in love with a garment or a makeup product based on how it suits our skintone. It’s much more important to think about what colours you like wearing most. Look in your make up drawer: what shades are you continuously drawn to? Golds or silvers? Browns or greys? Beiges or taupes?  Orange or blue based reds? Coral or bubblegum pink?
I mean, I am neutral to cool toned, which means that I should go for silvers, greys and taupes over golds, browns and beiges. However, in my experience, when given the choice I usually go for golds, brown and beiges. While those colours don’t necessarily work best for my skintone, I enjoy how they interact with my dark hair and hazel eyes. The same might be true for you. In addition, it’s perfectly possible to choose the coolest possible option while still working with warm colours. I know, this is getting complicated, but think of brown for example. There’s warm chestnut brown, there’s cool plummy browns, and there’s neutral chocolate browns. While brown is a warm shade, not all of those tones of brown are equally warm.
In general, I’d say that anyone could make any of the Naked palettes work for them, but that choosing a palette should be based on what colours you like working with most.
As I mentioned above, Naked 2 is described as the cool toned alternative to Naked 1. Where Naked 1 mostly boasts warm shades with some cool shades to add variety (namely Creep and Gunmetal), Naked 2 consists of mostly taupes and greys with some very warm shades thrown in for good measure (Foxy, Half Baked and Chopper). Again, let me illustrate how the muted taupes of Naked 2 can work just as well on someone cool toned as on someone warm toned.
Clearly, this palette is less diverse than Naked 1 or Naked 2. The colours are all roughly within the same colour family, Trick being the only one that sort of stands out. The range of shades is also lighter than that of the other two Naked palettes: only Blackheart is truly a dark colour.
I may sound relatively negative, but I actually really love Naked 3. Thing is, this palette is not for everyone. If you’re not relatively pale, I would personally pass up on this palette as half of the shades would barely show up on your skintone, unless you’re looking for a very subtle palette. If you’re a bit tan and very warm toned, I’d also try to swatch this palette before you buy it: the colours might look a bit grey/muddy on you.
If you’re a pale girl, however, this palette will very likely look stunning on you. 
Naked Smoky clearly sets itself apart from the other Naked palettes in that its colours are darker, and much more cool toned. While I’d say Naked 2 is mostly neutral-cool toned, Naked Smoky half consists of shades that are purely blue based. There are some warmer shades in there, but they wouldn’t make a complete look because the palette lacks a warm or neutral dark shade. If you want your smokey eye looks to be more warm toned and intense, I’d point you towards Naked 1. If you’re feeling stormy blues and greys in your smoky eye, this is the palette for you.
However, that doesn’t mean that this palette wouldn’t work on someone with a warm skintone: the blue based shades would just read more grey (or, depending on how much yellow you have in your skin, green) than blue on them, probably.
Lots of love, Yas x
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I’ve been gone for too long – still a bit sick and overworked, sorry! But today’s post is a pretty good one, so I’m hoping you’ll forgive me for my absence.
Earlier this year, Urban Decay Belgium unexpectedly made a small batch of Vice 4 palettes available online and in their ICI Paris XL booths. My sister was one of the lucky few to snap one up before it sold out, and we got together a couple of weeks ago to photograph its splendor and experiment with the shades.
The Vice 4 palette comes in a cute little pouch boasting the signature Vice shattered glass pattern, and an oil slick like colour effect, just like the actual palette. Because the container has a 3D diamond/shattered glass effect that might be prone to damage, the pouch is a great way to make sure your beautiful palette remains unharmed.
The oil slick colours used in the packaging of each of these Vice palettes is different, and my sister’s is quite dark, with mostly green, purple and blue tones. There’s lots more colour when you open up that palette, though.
Ah, look at those shades! Mostly cool colours, and the palette is heavy on purples and greens with a couple of rich neutrals thrown in for good measure. In addition, Vice 4 is filled with the type of stunning glittery shades we know and love Urban Decay for, but there are also some matte and satin shades to ensure optimal versatility.
There is not a single eyeshadow in this palette that underperforms. I would advise you to use a good primer underneath, though, because some of those glitterbomb shades (Low and Crowbar, I’m looking at you two) are prone to quite some fallout if you don’t set the products properly. But most of the colours here don’t need a primer to look absolutely stunning, as you can see here.
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