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I’m sure most have at least heard of the highly coveted Urban Decay Naked palettes. There’s 1,2,3, basics & Smoky! Take your pick! Depending on what tones you may determine which palette you pick as your favorite. For years these palettes have been popular from teens to older beauty lovers. I do own all the palettes in the Naked line by Urban Decay, but do have my favorite. For all intents and purposes I am going to exclude the Naked Basics palettes for this comparison. They are good, but don’t have the luster the rest of the Naked palettes consist of as far as variety.
Each palette presents its own list of great qualities and reasons to purchase it, as each is unique and great. For instance, someone that is attracted to rose golds may love the Naked 3 palette, where as someone who like bold smoky looks will love the Naked Smoky palette. To each their own, but I do have my pick.
The Naked 1 palette was of course the first among these. This palette is probably my second favorite due to the layout of colors, pigmentation, and overall design. As the others this also came with a makeup brush. Urban Decay brushes are not my favorite, but having a brush included is a perk. If you love warm browns and neutrals you will love this one. I have two main qualms with this palette. First of all the packaging is probably the worst. It gets so dirty easily, which around makeup products is suppose easy to do. It seems after this design Urban Decay recognized the issue and amended the design of future palettes.
The Naked 2 palette was a step up in design from a design standpoint. This palette has some really unique shades, but the darker shades are not as creamy as the ones in the first. This palette has a more cool toned feel and contains some of my favorite shades. My personal favorite in this palette are the matte shades. This issues with this palette and pretty severe. I am pretty careful when handling my palettes. Even with my careful handling I find the following issues: Issues with open and closure, mirror wants to pop out, shadows pans come unglued. This may not be a deal breaker for you, but having shadows shatter and a sliding mirror is not fun. Yes you can fix this, but at what this palette costs it should not have these issues. These issues don’t make this palette really bad, but with better construction it would rise above.
The Naked 3 palette is one for those that love rose toned shades. This palette reminds me of the ultimate girly girl. The palette is just pretty to look at, but on the flip side still faces the structural issues of the Naked 2. I have not had any shadows fall out or mirror come looks, which is great. All the shadows in the palette are super pretty, but you will notice a bit of fall out in the glittery shades. Fall out is something we face with any shadow, so this is not a deal breaker for me. This palette is probably my 3rd favorite of the group. If you love really pretty pink shadows then this palette is for you.
The Naked Smoky palette is my absolute favorite. I use this palette at least once a week. This palette is the most pigmented among them all. I truly love the variation of shades. Those who love a super sultry or smoky look will adore this palette. The overall design is by far the best. It has a magnetic closure, but is very sturdy. These shades are super blendable. I find I am am to throw together the quickest gorgeous smoky looks in just a few minutes. The quality, design, and color by far set this one apart from the others and make it my favorite.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying the other palettes are bad. Infact Urban Decay makes some of the best palettes on the market. I just thought a breakdown of each of these may helps someone decide on which to buy. These are pricey at $54 each, but well worth it. Which of these is your favorite?
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