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Urban Decay Naked Palette Must-Haves

Wondering which Urban Decay Naked Palette you should invest in? Take a look at this in-depth comparison of the different palettes of Urban Decay Naked line. When it comes to the Urban Decay Naked palettes, you only wish you can have everything. But if you know what you need exactly, you won’t go through the huge trouble and expense. This rundown of what each palette offers will help you make the right Urban Decay palette choice!

Which Urban Decay Naked Palette is for You?


Nothing Beats the Basics

I think it’s funny how Urban Decay came out with the Basics palettes. When the Naked Palette 1 came out, I thought that was pretty basic but then I think about the woman who doesn’t like spending tons of time putting on makeup. Who needs a concise palette for putting on something to give her a more polished look but doesn’t really want to think about it all day?

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palettes are awesome choices and it comes in two! Both palettes come in a sturdy plastic case with mirror and house 6 neutral shades. They come in matte to a satin finish which is buttery to touch. They have very minimal fall out to none and are perfect for carrying in your purse.

Urban Decay Basics 1

The Basics palette includes 6 universal neutral shades which cater to anyone. It features two highlighting shades (Venus and Foxy); two transition shades (WOS and Naked 2); and 2 contour colors (Faint and Crave). With these shades, you get enough combination for a fail-safe look you can take from day to night.

Urban Decay Basics 2

The Basics 2 palette is a play on the same color family from the first Basic palette only a bit cooler. This palette would compliment different women, especially those who prefer a more feminine, dainty look. You can play off the colors with transition shades which hint at taupe and old rose (Cover and Frisk) and lighter contour shades (Primal and Undone). I have to say I love how the highlight shades come in warm (Frisk) and cool (Stark) tones.

Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette

This all matte palette comes in a rose gold compact with a large mirror and duo ended brush. It’s not as travel-friendly as the last 2 basic palettes but it does give you a wider range of neutral colors to play around. If you’ve ever owned an Urban Decay Naked Palette, you know the quality you’re getting. It contains 12 shades of beautiful matte colors from warm to cool. This is for someone who likes to put makeup on and does not mind having different colors in her palette. You can create different looks with different combinations from this palette alone. Definitely, a must-have if you don’t own an all-matte palette in your vanity.

Urban Decay Naked Palette 1

A basic palette would be everything the Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 is. It has an all-neutral 12-color ranging in different finishes from mattes, satin, to shimmery colors. This palette alone would give you a good mix of browns and bronze to champagnes and gunmetal. They could create an everyday subtle look to something a bit edgier for the night. If you want something practical and functional for the office or work, you’re good with the Naked Palette 1.

Urban Decay Naked Palette 2


The Naked Palette 2 is basically an expansion kit of Naked Palette 1. It offers more range in terms of tone and depth having more taupe-y colors in addition to a matte highlight shade (Foxy) and a matte black shade (Blackout). Aside from giving the usual day looks, this palette will take your makeup game to sultry and smokey, especially with the colors Suspect, Pistol, and Verve. They are all a very good mix for a gradient smokey eye look. Get this if you want more taupe colors in your collection and if you’re up for some smokey, sultry look.

Urban Decay Naked Palette 3

I may be biased because I love everything rose gold, but I have to say that the Naked Palette 3 is an upgrade to the line. The packaging is rose gold with an embossed gold logo on the front – very classy and the color range pays homage to the romantic look with rose and pink tones across all the colors. Even the darkest shades (Darkside and Blackheart) are in the deep rose-y mauve colors.  I personally love this palette. You can create a dreamy, feminine neutral look with this palette for the day and a more sultry, romantic look for the night. It’s absolutely perfect for weddings!

Urban Decay Smoky Palette

The wild child of the family but nonetheless brilliant and beautiful, this palette is definitely for the more adventurous. Still, 12 neutral colors with different textures offering light matte transition shades (Password and Combust) perfect for diffusing and creating the smoky edges of a smoky-eye look. Various grays and a plum color in shimmer and micro glitter textures for different smoky looks you can create flawlessly. There will be minute fall outs on this palette, but nothing major. I also love how the highlight shades come in a good range of champagnes with different textures. Get this palette if you want variety and edge to your color collection.

Urban Decay Heat Palette


If you’re looking for the perfect look to match your summer outfit, then the new Naked Heat Palette will be your next best friend! Released last July, the palette has 12 fiery offerings with shades ranging from a creamy pearl (Ounce) to a deep metallic plum (Embre). You pick from the seven mattes and five shimmery shades that compliment all skin tones. Experiment with new eyeshadow colors with shades like Sauced (a matte coffee shade), He-Devil (a burnt red matte), and Dirty Talk (a shiny metallic shade with a copper base)! Avoid creasing on your eyeshadow by applying your favorite primer first.


Check out this look created by Kathleen Lights using the Urban Decay Naked Palette 1:

I hope this has helped you choose which one (or two) to get among the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. All the palettes are pretty versatile and you can create different looks with only one. If you feel you need to get more, I don’t blame you!

Which one is your favorite Urban Decay Naked Palette? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on March 19, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.


  • JL
    Posted August 13, 2017 at 4:00 am

    The only one I would say worth having for any tone: Naked Palette 3. The only exception to this recommendation, you dislike rose gold or are super super pale and only like cooler shadows.

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