If you’re been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I’m a HUGE fan of the Urban Decay Naked palettes; I’ve reviewed the latest additions to the line up, Naked Heat and Naked Cherry on this blog and I was devastated to hear that the OG Naked Palette, the first one in my collection was being discontinued. Sob. Of course I quickly bought another before it was discontinued to delay the mourning process but it wasn’t even cold in it’s grave before Urban Decay released the Naked Reloaded palette.
The Naked Reloaded palette has twelve brand new shades which have been designed with inclusivity in mind – they are supposed to be suitable for any age, gender or skin tone with the main focus being natural, nude shades.
What I’ve always loved about the Urban Decay eyeshadows and what I think makes them stand out about the rest in a crowded market is the formula of the eyeshadows themselves; yes the palette has a high price point at £38, but you get twelve shades which are incredibly pigmented. You only need to apply a small amount to your eyelid and velvet texture is great for blending. The Naked Reloaded palette contains warm and cool toned shades, mattes and shimmers so it’s literally got every shade combination you could possibly need including day to night makeup looks, natural looks and full on glam looks.
The best bit about this palette is that unlike the other Naked palettes, this one has a few shades that are slightly bigger; blur, bribe, barely baked and retro are all slightly larger than the other shades which I love. It feels like urban decay are recognising the favourites and giving us more! The only sacrifice is the brush that normally comes with the palette which is a shame because I felt that offered good value for money to have a brush included. Who remembers back in the day when you used to get a brush and primer included with the Naked original palette?
Naked Reloaded – The Shades:
Bribe – this is a pale ivory matte shade, similar to sin but less sparkly and this will work really well as an all over base colour or to subtly lighten and brighten any areas such as the brow bone. It’s in a larger pan so you get a bit more shade for your money.
Barely Baked – a soft gold shimmer but not quite as pigmented and strong in colour as half baked from the original palette which I regularly reach for. I thought I’d use for this colour more than I have done as its very pale when it goes onto the lid and it’s also in a larger pan size.
Angel Fire – Described as a pale rose gold on the urban decay website, this is more sparkly and the perfect highlight shimmer shade.
Retro – I think this is an odd shade to include in this palette, it’s a matte peach colour which seems slightly out of place in this palette which has more nudes and neutrals.
Reputation – this is the shade I think I’ve reached for the most in this palette, its a very sparkly deep rose gold which looks gorgeous on the skin. I find it subtle enough to wear during the day time which I can build up and enhance for a nighttime look. The only disappointment with this shade is that it’s extremely powdery in its consistency and I’ve had a lot of fallout with it so you’ll need to use your All Nighter Setting Spray to fix it into place.
Burn – I love this for a more dramatic look which works well for night time; Burn is a burgundy brown shimmer shade which is lovely. It’s another one of my favourites on this palette (maybe third!).
End Game – this is such a versatile shade because you can use it to fill in your brows, smoke it out for a soft lash line or use it to deepen up the crease. End Game is a dark chocolate brown matte shade, a perfect addition to this palette.
Dreamweaver -I’ve barely used this shade but it reminds me of Ember from the Naked Heat palette because it looks completely different in the pan as opposed to when its on the skin. In the pan it looks like a grey brown with a silver shimmer but on the skin it looks much warmer.
Distilled – I really like this warm bronze brown shade as I’ve always edged towards these colour tones but I particularly love the gold flecks of glitter that sparkle in the light.
Bucked – I the original naked palette I often used to use Buck as a transition colour in the crease so this is one of the first shades I tried. It’s slightly darker than Buck but this warm brown matte shade is the perfect starting point for any look with this palette.
Boundaries – If reputation is my favourite, then Boundaries has got to be my second favourite. This terracotta shade matte shade really makes my blue eyes pop and I blend this into my crease and under my lower lash line. This is also one of the larger pans in the palette so you get a bit more!
Blur-Finally, the last shade in this palette is Blur which is very ‘meh’; its a nude matte shade but it’s a bit too light to be helpful in the crease so I’m not really too sure what to do with this colour. It feels a bit wasted to me and its in a larger pan size, am I missing something?!
My favourite shades are easily reputation, burn and boundaries.
How I’m Wearing Naked Reloaded:
Start by blending bucked into the crease line and then blend boundaries over the top of bucked to deepen up the crease.
Take boundaries on a different brush and run it across the lower lash line and then sweep reputation across the lid. Put burn in the corners of your lid and finish with a slick of black eyeliner.
A Few Final Words
I’m going to cut to the chase; is it my favourite Urban Decay palette? No. I’m still very much mourning the loss of the original which has always been my favourite. The Naked Heat palette comes as my second favourite and then it gets hazy between Naked 2, Naked 3 and this one. I also think that there’s quite a lot of fallout with the shades in this palette, especially on the shimmer shades which is disappointing as you need a really good fixing spray to keep it in pace and Urban Decay happen to sell an excellent one (All Nighter) so is this a ploy to increase sales elsewhere? Who knows. It’s not my favourite palette, but it’s certainly an excellent addition to your makeup drawers with some beautiful shades.
Have you got any Urban Decay Naked palettes? Which one is your favourite?