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Buy this (for retail price) you will not regret it!
on April 3, 2011
**IMPORTANT EDIT** When I bought my Naked palette on Amazon, it was being shipped and sold by Sephora (who also sells through Amazon). Sephora is a registered retailer of Urban Decay products. I can't speak about other people selling it, but if it's coming from Sephora or elsewhere that sells UD, it's legit.
I had been eyeballing this palette since it's initial release, like so many other makeup lovers. Of course, what put me back was nothing other than the lack of availability - or when it was available from anywhere that wasn't Urban Decay themselves, it was up to three times as much as retail price!
Stalking various sites that carry Urban Decay, I watched and waited for a little green "In Stock" logo followed by a price no higher than $50. My patience paid off and I got lucky enough to order from this seller for $48 (but I see they now jack up the price to as high as almost $100 when supply is limited, which is an uber bummer.)
This palette comes with 12 full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadows, making this a steal and a half. Individual full-sized shadows sell for $17 dollars from Urban Decay. if you bought all of these colors individually (and you couldn't, five are exclusive to this palette) you would spend $204. This palette saves you $156, even more if you count the cost of the packaging and the brush that is included with it. There is also a decent sized mirror that comes covered with a protective plastic film upon opening the palette (mine's still on but it can be removed.)
The palette itself is wrapped in a gorgeous chocolate brown velveteen cover with the word 'Naked' printed beautifully in gold on the inside and the outside. It's very portable - it fits in even my smallest bag - and these eyeshadows can easily be used for a day-to-day look and amped up easily with the darker shades for night time or smokey looks. Most of the colors included are pinky/mauve toned cream colors, mulchy browns, bronzes/golds/browns, and a couple of silver/black/grays. Even if you are more of a color-wearer, there will be circumstances where you'll wish you had this palette and these colors! (Picture day, wedding, job interview, or if you just want a light, golden/bronzey or smoky look with a punch!)
The colors are amazing. Absolutely beautiful. I'm more of an original UD girl (I love my rainbow colors!) but I have found these gorgeous 'neutrals' to be both "wearable" for the more reserved, and I have also found them having enough pizazz for even the most unique makeup junkie.
They are very smooth and blendable - I mean very! Some feel almost literally creamy. They require minimal product to produce enough color for an even, opaque consistency on the skin (especially when paired with the Primer Potion, my all time favorite primer. You get a little bottle of it with the palette to try out!).
You get two mattes which is always nice to have in a an earth-toned 'neutral' sort of palette. Urban Decay's mattes are some of the best I've ever used, comparable to MAC squared (in some instances better) in my opinion. The mattes are also in the most wearable colors; a light brown and a darker brown called 'Naked' and 'Buck'. There is also a black color called 'Creep' that has little blue colored sparkles in it (not a glitterbomb like Midnight Cowboy or anything!)that are very subtle but adds a little kick to the black color, which I love. The last color in the palette, a blue-gray silver entitled Gunmetal, is probably one of all time favorite eyeshadows ever.
My favorites in this palette are probably: Sin, Toasted, Hustle, Sidecar, and Gunmetal. Half-Baked could probably sneak in there, too. There aren't any I dislike, aside from the fact Sidecar can have some glitter fallout so it'd be best to do your foundation after and perfect your technique to avoid it as much as possible!
Biggest gripe: Increased price for the now included brush. Previously, the Urban Decay Naked Palette came with a dual ended 24/7 liner in Zero and Whiskey. I would have much preferred that to the brush. I would pay the increased $4 for the eyeliner. The brush isn't bad, but odds are if you are buying this palette you have a brush to use with it already. Even if you don't, while the brush isn't bad, I've used cheap brushes that work just as well. A lot of people kept complaining about every newer UD palette coming with the Zero liner because they end up having multiples. Well to me, I can never have enough QUALITY black eyeliner and I personally don't have that many Zeros as it is. Even if I did, I would gladly welcome more freebies/cheapies of this wonderful eyeliner. :)
Another gripe? There isn't a matte highlight color. While Virgin or Sin can be used, some people (myself included) would rather do a matte highlight with shimmery lids/crease colors to tone it down a bit. I have done looks using this palette solely and they turn out fine, but most days I do pull out a matte color to accompany my makeup.
What isn't a gripe for me but may be for other people is this palette does have colors that have been in other palettes (like every other UD palette ever made) like the almost always included Smog. I don't mind because I like Smog, but I just wanted to include that.
If I run out of this palette I will buy it again. It IS a permanent item but UD didn't really expect this much demand for it, so it's just on back order! Keep your eyes open, wait, fill out the "alert me when this item is in stock" form from Urban Decay, but DO NOT spend more than about $50 for this palette! I would and have recommended this to a friend, and I am in love with this palette and have used it every day (on myself and others) but once since I got it about a week ago.
edit: the brush ended up breaking on me and the gold lettering that reads 'Naked' on the outside is coming off. The second, is not a big deal. The first is a serious bummer. I take good care of my brushes, so that shouls not be happening! :(
...but I still love this palette.