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I really don't know where to begin when describing the new Naked Palette by Urban Decay. It is simply one of the most versatile eye shadow palettes you could own, with colours and textures that can go from a simple neutral eye, to a sun kissed beach bronze to a glittery club look.
The palette consists of 12 neutrals that range from a very pale neutral, through various shades of pale bronze, bronze, gold, brown,charcoal blue grey and silver grey. The packaging is very elegant - a brown faux velvet, stamped with large gold letters. The set comes with a double edged 24/7 eye pencil in Zero (black) on one end, a new shade Whiskey (a warm brown) on the other end, and a travel size container of original Primer Potion.
The colours start off with Virgin, the palest colour in the set; Sin, a pale pinky-gold, Naked, light brown matte, Sidecar, a greeny bronze; Buck, a darker brown matte, Half Baked, gold-bronze (a cult favourite), Smog, medium bronze; Dark Horse, a dark browny bronze; Toasted, a pale brown shimmer; Hustle, a dark brown shimmer; and a last two more charcoal shades, Creep a charcoal glitter and Gunmetal, a shimmery steel grey.
Urban Decay eye shadows are wonderfully pigmented and easy to apply. A little goes a very long way and can be applied very lightly for a daytime look and built up to the required intensity.
The amount of looks that can be made with this palette are endless. You could work with simply one tone all over the eye, work with a trio of the light colours, use a light colour over the lid and a darker in the crease, or for night time drama, use the darker tones over the entire eyelid, intensified in the crease and a lighter highlight on the browbone. The 12 colours in this palette are so well chosen, you could probably create a different look many times over without repeating yourself.
If you already own an Urban Decay palette, you will see a few overlaps, Sin, Half Baked, Smog, but these are such wonderful colours, it really doesn't matter. If you use black liner pencils, having another Zero is not a problem, and the new Whiskey pencil is a lovely warm brown for those who want to have a more neutral toned eye. I think the 24/7 pencils are the best there are, soft, well pigmented and easy to apply.
I purchased my set at Sephora at Yorkdale, and am told that Urban Decay is making the Naked Palette a permanent product, not a limited edition, so if they are currently sold out (they are sold out on the web site), they will have it back in shortly.
I absolutely love this palette and I think it is one of the best investments anyone could make for Fall/Winter.