I think that by now you all have seen multiple pictures and swatches of the Urban Decay Naked Palette. This is Urban Decay's best selling palette in the history of the company. Truth be told, they can't make the palette fast enough to sate these hungry neutral shadow lovers. Urban Decay recently had to change some of the options with this palette just to keep up with demand. Instead of the double ended pencil in brown and black, the palette includes a full size eyeshadow brush. Some people groused at the change but I think either option is pretty cool. Urban Decay brushes are supposed to be very nice so what's to worry about?
The palette consists of 12 shades of neutral but not boring eye shadows. The first 6 are (from left to right) (A * indicates a permanent color from the UD collection)
Virgin - A sheer satin cream
Sin* - A shimmery champagne
Naked - A matte light brown (perfect eyebrow color for lighter haired users
Sidecar - sparkly deep beige
Buck - A matte brown (perfect eyebrow color for darker blondes to light brunettes
Half Baked - A metallic bronze
The second 6 are (from left to right) (A * indicates a permanent color from the UD collection)
Smog* - A shimmery golden brown
Darkhorse - A shimmer bronzey taupe
Toasted* - A shimmery muted copper
Hustle - A shimmery plum brown
Creep - A metallic and glittery black
Gunmetal* - A metallic dark grey
Ah. But here in lies the reason for my post. Like most makeup addicts, receiving a pristine, perfect palette is essential. Wonky pans and smudges make the whole experience less than special. When you enlarge this picture you will see that the arrows on the bottom point to pans that arrived askew in the palette. The arrows on the top indicate pans that had smudges in them (most likely from assembly when the workers were trying to right the pans in the palette)
Now you may ask if these "imperfections" in the palette upset me. My answer was Yes. It was annoying that I paid $45 for a palette with such poor quality production. However, after I got over myself and came back to reality I realized that the very slight imperfections had no impact on the quality of the palette. The smudges, while present were probably made by someone wearing gloves. It's not like powder can be a host to a virus or anything like that so I didn't worry about contamination. And most important, those smudges disappeared once I actually USED the palette. Now I have brush strokes on all the pans. The smudges are a distant memory.
As I said above. Sure the palette may have a few pans askew and a few smudges, but that does not detract from the extreme high quality of the shadows themselves. Urban Decay has very highly pigmented shadows with excellent staying power. Even the matte shadows are easy to blend and never chalky. You can't go wrong with any of the colors in this palette. Trust me as a person with a phobia of palettes with more than 5 choices, I never feel apprehensive about which color to choose because I know what ever I choose it will look amazing. This, my dear readers, is a neutral shadow lover's ultimate palette.
OK. Swatches just for shits and giggles...like you haven't seen a million of them already.
Virgin and sine are my faves from this section. I love Naked for filling in my eyebrows.
Darkhorse is an awesome taupe. It makes a great crease color too!
I love Hustle for it's deep plummy colors. Gunmetal has a special place in my heart as it was the very first UD shadow I ever purchased about 13 years ago.
Do you NEED this? Well if you adore neutral shadows then YES! For the price (now $50) you certainly get your money's worth. (The mini Urban Decay Primer Potion it comes with is nice to have for travel). T
he only problem is finding a place that actually has the palette in stock. When I started editing photos for this post The Urban Decay Website had them in stock. By the time I spell checked the post they were gone. But try Ulta, Sephora, and Urban Decay Websites usually have it from time to time and you'll eventually find it. But PLEASE do not pay more than retail for this palette (I'm talking about ebay) It's nice but if you are patient you can get one from a real store.