When it comes to neutral eyeshadow palettes, there’s no doubt that the original Naked Palette from Urban Decay was a game changer. It became a best-selling, cult classic and took the beauty world by storm. Not surprisingly, UD fans were not happy when it was discontinued last year!
The Original Naked Palette was actually my favorite for a very long time! Even though I don’t use it as often anymore, I was still sad to see it being phased out.
But the good news is that our go-to Naked palette just got a major glo-up! Urban Decay has released a brand new version of its iconic palette, called Naked Reloaded.
According to Urban Decay, the Naked Reloaded Palette is a “reinvention of the original Naked Palette, featuring 12 new eyeshadow shades that redefine neutrals. These universally flattering eyeshadows are designed for everyone – any age, gender and skin tone. The four outer pans in the palette are bigger, and feature the shades you’ll use the most. A bright peach hue stands out among warm and cool mattes, metallics, and iridescent micro-shimmers.”
BRIBE (warm satin ivory with a hint of sheen)
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)
Let’s talk about the packaging first. Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette comes in a sleek plastic case with a cushiony, satin-like fabric cover that has a floral design on the front. There’a a full-size mirror inside but it does not come with an eyeshadow brush, which I don’t really mind. This palette is definitely lighter and slimmer (more travel-friendly!) than the previous Naked palettes.
There is a total of 12 shades in the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette and the the four outer shades on either end (that are likely to be used the most) feature larger pans for maximum use: Bribe, Barely Baked, Boundaries and Blur. Isn’t that great? Boundaries and Bribe will definitely get a lot of use for everyday neutral looks!
As expected from Urban Decay, the eyeshadows in this palette are well-pigmented with a velvety soft texture and easy to blend formula. There are 5 matte shades but End Game and Boundaries aren’t completely matte, they have tiny flecks of shimmer throughout. Texture wise, the matte shades are all silky soft, non-patchy and blend out beautifully. And I love the pop of coral in Retro!
My favorite shades are definitely the metallics as they have a buttery smooth formula with an excellent color payoff and barely any fallout. I am especially loving Burn! Such a gorgeous shade with silky, blendable texture that’s easy to work with.
Reputation is another of my favs with all its rose-gold goodness! I would recommend using an eyeshadow primer to intensify the colors and longevity…it’s an absolute must for me.
The two sparkly shades DreamWeaver and Angel Fire aren’t so impressive though. DreamWeaver has a drier, chunky texture that doesn’t apply as smoothly and also has quite a bit of fallout. Angel Fire is quite sheer and also prone to fallout. Using a dampened brush with these shades might help to smooth out the application but I haven’t tried that yet.
Here are the swatches of Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette:
There has been a lot of talk about Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette being inspired by Anastasia Sultry Palette. I do not own the Sultry palette and don’t have much to say but looking at the pictures and swatches of both the palettes, the color scheme appears very similar!
Anastasia Sultry palette seems to have more metallic shimmer with a bit of focus on bronze and copper tones whereas Naked Reloaded has a softer feel with warm browns, nudes and coral hues. So the palettes do have similarities but it doesn’t look like they are nearly identical or dupes!
Overall, I am loving the new Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette. It’s an elegant, fresh and modern take on the original Naked palette with more mid-toned colors to make it versatile. The quality of eyeshadows is exactly what you expect of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes!
As compared to the original Naked palette, Naked Reloaded is more warm-toned with a mix of rosy/pink and orange hues, warm browns and light nudes. So depending on your tastes, you may or may not find these shades right up your alley! I tend to go warmer anyways so this palette fits the bill for me perfectly. Not to mention, the new sleek and beautiful packaging is a winner!