When the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette was announced I don’t think anyone was all that surprised. A couple of months ago UD discontinued the original Naked palette and I think we all knew that they would relaunch an updated version although I didn’t think it would be so soon.
It was the Naked palette that really made Urban Decay the success they are today so it seemed odd that they were discontinuing one of their most popular and iconic products. However, they’re not stupid and they know they have a large fan base who go crazy over new palettes. Whilst this isn’t an exact update of the original Naked, it’s not a million miles away.
For me, I’m not crazy about the packaging. I like the sturdiness of Naked Heat and Naked Cherry and with this being fabric it is probably going to look a hot mess within a few months of use. You also don’t get a brush with this palette and I do like Urban Decay’s brushes, but it’s not the end of the world.
There are 12 all new shades in the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette and if you’re a neutral lover like myself, then you are going to love it. They’re suitable for all skin tones and they really are lovely. The texture of the shadows is velvety and smooth although perhaps a little bit drier than the original Naked, although that could just be me and the fact that everything feels really dry at the moment. Pigment wise I am impressed and all shadows were swatched without a primer. Once I used a primer on my eyes, the colours performed even better.
What I really like is that the 4 outer pans where the neutral base shades are housed are larger than the other pans. These are the shades that you’re going to use the most, regardless of the look you’re going for, so to make these bigger is genius. The shadows all blended well, but I did notice a lot of fallout on the matte shades which was a little disappointing.
Bribe – warm ivory matte
Barely Baked – soft gold metallic
Angel Fire – pale rose gold with iridescent micro shimmer
Retro – bright peach matte
Reputation – deep rose gold with iridescent micro shimmer
Burn – copper / burgundy metallic
End Game – chocolate brown matte
Dreamweaver – cool brown with iridescent 3D sparkle
Distilled – bronze metallic
Bucked – warm brown matte
Boundaries – warm terracotta matte
Blur – light nude matte
One thing that I did notice, and I think several people have picked up on this, is that the warmer tones have a very similar feel to the ABH Sultry palette. They’re not identical, not by a long shot, but there are similarities with quite a few of the shades.
Whilst I do love this palette, I do think Urban Decay have made a mistake by discontinuing the original palette. We loved it and it didn’t need to go. As a fan of neutral shades, I probably didn’t need this palette as there’s nothing new about it, but it is beautiful and I don’t regret buying it at all … even if I do feel like I’ve just fallen for a massive marketing ploy!