Battle of the Naked Palettes

The Urban Decay naked palettes are cult products in the beauty industry. Today I’m going to share my insight into each one of them with you, so if you are looking to buy one, hopefully this post will help you choose.


All the palettes contain pigmented and buttery shades that blend out so easily. They all cost £38.50 each which definitely puts them in the high end bracket but I think they are worth every penny. You get 12 beautiful shades, a top quality brush that personally I would buy individually and a mirrored palette making it great for travel. They also throw in samples of all the primer potions which means I’ve had a large enough stash to not have to buy the full size yet!


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Naked 1 was my first naked palette and in fact one of my first high end purchases. If you are a long-term reader of rubyredr0ses you may even remember it from my Rome haul! For me this palette is extremely versatile as I use it for my eyebrows as well, I would take this on holiday with me to save space, probably just to buy more makeup haha.


The packaging gets filthy as it’s velvet but I can look past it as it is so soft and nice to touch. The brush is the same as naked 2&3 which I find a little disappointing as it would be nice to have different brushes in each of the palettes. The brush however is really nice, one side is great for applying with precision then the other side for bending it out but as it is still quite tapered it stops it from looking messy.

There is a wide array of shades and I think this is the palette I would recommend as your first high end palette as most of the shades are neutral and not at all scary. My favourite shades are sidecar, buck and toasted.

If you want to see three looks I created using this palette then just click here!


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Naked 2 is in a tin container as is naked 3, I think this is much less luxurious than the velvet but it does get less grubby and shuts more securely. I prefer the mirrors on these palettes as they are bigger, I never understood why they didn’t make the mirror in naked 1 the full size of the lid.


Naked 2 is probably my least favourite of the four naked palettes even though I do still really like it. I feel like the others all have a specific colour scheme while this one is a bit all over.

I do however love the shades chopper, tease and verve.

Blackout is a matte black, I find a good one hard to come by in palettes, but this one has the right amount of pigmentation and like the other shades blends out really nicely. I also enjoy foxy to set my eyeshadow primer as it is yellow toned so evens out the discolouration/veins on my eyelids.


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For some reason, I rarely find myself reaching for this palette regardless of how stunning it is. I have to make a conscious effort to remember to use it but when I do I always adore the outcome. When doing other people’s makeup, I often find myself reaching for this as it is practically impossible to mess up and create anything other than a beautiful pinky/purply eye look.


Naked 3 is the perfect summer palette in my eyes, I feel like this will be all I reach for in the upcoming months. All the shades are pink and purple toned, super girly and pretty.

I honestly can’t pick favourite shades out as I love them all so much.

The shade dust is so pigmented, as you can see below, it is a stunning all over the lid shade. Blackheart is also really pigmented and I love using it for a dramatic purple smoky eye.


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Naked smoky featured in my February favourites and I’m still loving it! This is the newest naked palette and possibly even my favourite. The packaging is every blogger/vloggers dream with the swirled marble effect; it feels slightly more weighted and luxurious than the others.


This palette breaks away from the numbered trend and isn’t called naked 4 like many may have expected. It also has a different brush which may I say I love! It has a small rounded end perfect for blending shadow onto the lower lash line or applying inner corner highlight and a fluffy end great for blending everything out.

Every shade in here I have used aside from combust but I could see myself using it all over the lid with a bit of whiskey or password in the crease on a minimal makeup day.

I love the matte shades especially; password and whiskey are my go to crease shades and I use the grey for a cool toned look and the brown for a warm toned look.


The Naked palettes are possibly my favourite palettes of all time! I am going to do a post comparing my Urban Decay Naked 1 to the Makeup Revolution Iconic 1 as it is an incredible dupe and at £6 such a steal.

Which is your favourite naked palette? 

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo



  1. Lucyy Writes
    May 19, 2016 / 9:05 am

    #2 attempt at leaving a comment 😛
    Urban Decay are my ultimate makeup brand, I have all but the Smoky from the Naked range. Deffo need to get my hands on it, your swatches are SO good!

    • May 19, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      You need to get smoky, it is possibly my favourite of them all, so versatile with beautiful shades! Xxx

    • May 19, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      I love naked 3 too but don’t use it as much for a reason unknown to me as it is stunning!!! Xxxx

  2. May 21, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    hey, I spotted you on Tanya’s blog and decided to check your blog out! I have enjoyed reading it and decided to say hi! You can also check mine out if you’ve got any time! Interested in any collabs?

    • May 22, 2016 / 8:07 am

      Thank you, I love TB, so exited for her baking book to come out 😁 hello to you to and happy Sunday! I’m currently doing exams so haven’t got the time to do collaboration posts but I’ll keep you in mind for once they’re over xx

  3. Yousra
    May 22, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    My favorite would have to be the Naked 1 and Smoky palettes, they’re gorgeous! Love all of them though, I feel like anyone could do just fine with only these four palettes in their life. Each perfect for a different season and occasion.

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

    • May 23, 2016 / 6:17 am

      Naked 1 and smoky are defiantly my favourites too! The shades are beautiful and so pigmented yet blendable. I agree, they are a staple product and I think if I could only use one brand for eyeshadow it would be Urban Decay! Xo

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