My first Urban Decay eyeshadow palette was Book of Shadows 3, which my boyfriend bought for me for Christmas after I picked it out at the Sephora in Spain where we both were doing out exchange. After that moment I realized how amazing Urban Decay's eyeshadows were and I became a big fan.
I am not going to write about my Book of Shadows #3 palette though. No. I am going to write about the palette I bought after that one, one you are probably more familiar with, namely Naked 1. I am not sure where I bought it. I know it was Sephora, but I do not know in which country. It may have been in the Netherlands.. back when we were so fortunate to still have Sephora in the big V&D department stores. Oh, those were the days.
The first Naked eyeshadow palette by Urban Decay has 12 beautiful bronze/brown-hued shades that come in different finishes, varying from matte to shimmery or all-out sparkles. I think what I loved so much about the Naked collection (and still do) is that it offers you a range of beautifully-intense shades that are all nude but not boring. Now that final bit is important. These shades are not boring, but exciting and pretty and you can make absolutely gorgeous looks with it.. catching all the attention without being bold or crazy-colorful. In that sense it is also very versatile, because you can also opt for more low-key looks by playing with the matte shades rather than the sparkling ones. So with the Naked collection there is something for everyone!
Now if that is not amazing enough already, the palette comes in beautiful packaging too. It has a chocolatey velvet case (noticeably different from its subsequent Naked palettes) that feels special and soft with big bold and golden writing. When you open the palette you will find a big mirror in there, the 12 shades, and a eyeshadow brush. So when I bought the Naked 1 palette it had a one-ended eyeshadow brush, but if you buy it now you will get it with a double-ended shadow and blending brush, resembling the other two palettes. When I bought this beauty I also got a sample sized eyeshadow primer potion in "Original". I think that has still remained the same until today, which I think makes it an even better buy, because I love the primer potions too!
Well, time to look at the shades. "Virgin" is a cool-toned beige shade with loads of shimmers in it. This works perfectly as a highlighter for in your inner-V or to add some shimmer on your eyelid. On my darker skin it stands out more than on pale skin, so for the pale ladies.. just imagine how soft it would look on you! "Sin" is a darker beige towards a champagne pink shade, which gives you a whole lot more shimmer. I tend to wear this a lot on the same locations as I would "Virgin". The shade "Naked" matches its name perfectly. I tend to wear this shade as a wash and it is lighter than my actual skin tone, but looks so romantic. It is the first matte eyeshadow of the twelve shades. Back to shimmer with "Sidecar": a soft brown shade with silver microglitters. "Buck" is the second matte and is fawn brown. For me this color is more of a naked shade than "Naked" is, but I like wearing both as a wash. The only golden brown shade in here is "Half Baked", which has lots of shimmers too. Below you can see I applied to the middle of my lid and on my lower lash line. I softly pressed, because I wanted to keep it subtle but it still looks so amazing in the full face photos! Then there is "Smog" a more coppery shade with lots of shimmers and "Darkhorse" a more deep brown or mocha brown with shimmers. Lots of shimmers I am telling you! "Toasted" looks like an old pink copper shade. Can you guess? Yes, with shimmers! "Hustle" still has a bit of pink in there, but has been taken over by brown. It is a soft shade of brown-burgundy now. "Creep" is a shimmery black eyeshadow, but it is not deep-deep black. There is still some softness to it due to its golden sparkles. This shade is very buildable though and can create the most intense looks! Finally, there is "Gunmetal", which is a shimmery gray eyeshadow with silver micro-glitters. So you get two nude matte shades and ten shimmery shades varying from beige, to golden/copper, to black and grey. Like I previously mentioned, this palette really is versatile!
In combination with the eyeshadow primer potion the eyeshadows become more intense and remain on the eyes longer. They stay on my eyes throughout the days and well into the night. You may consider a touch-up at night.. or just adding more sparkles, but I rarely ever touch-up with my Naked 1 palette. Below is a subtle beauty look that I created with this palette. I applied "Naked" softly over my eyelid, then I put "Buck" in my crease and outer-V. I loosely pressed "Half Baked" into my crease and in the center of my lid, then blended it all out. I also applied those golden sparkles to my lower lash line. In my inner-V I applied "Sin", so a lot of attention would go to that area.
|Close-up beauty look in different lighting.|
This is what it looks like in full face photos. I wanted to keep my eyes soft, because I was going for big, bold, red lips but you can see.. that just because my eyes are soft and blend in well with the rest.. the eyeshadows are certainly not boring. I wore this look with this outfit. I am wearing "Gran Cru", from the Rouge Edition Velvet collection by Bourjois Paris, on my lips and "Posey" by MAC on my cheeks. My usual Bobbi Brown basics (foundation & concealer) are on my face, of course! Not to forget the Rimmel London mascara and Sephora eyeliner!
It should come as no surprise that I really love this palette, so when Naked 2 came out I was less than impressed. The shades seemed too similar.. I mean, yeah, sure, they were metallic.. but they looked so alike! Lucky for us all, Urban Decay did something completely different with Naked 3 and went for rose-hued eyeshadows. A big win in my book! Nowadays, both Naked 1 and Naked 3 are palettes I grab for both my daily and special looks! So if you are still looking for an impressive palette to create gorgeous naked to bold looks with, then I definitely recommend the Naked 1 eyeshadow palette! You know you want it! This beauty costs about €50 (a little less, I think), but it is worth every penny. I know it can be an investment for some.. but it is an investment you want to make! You get 12 intensely pigmented shades that last on your lids throughout the day and the palette is easy on the go. I mean, some mono eyeshadows are pretty expensive, but consider this.. you are only paying about €4,20 per eyeshadow! Errr, when you look at it like that.. it seems like a bargain! Ok. Ok. Am I sounding like a crazy salesperson? Well, I am not. Just enthusiastic! It is one of my favorite products! Ok. Shutting up now. I could rant until infinity. Urban Decay can be bought via sephora. I looked it up on Beauty Bay, but they do not seem to be offering it anymore? So does anyone have any other suggestions? Are you just as much in love with Naked 1 as I am? Is that even possible ;-)