About a week and a half ago, I received the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette. I really wanted to try and test this palette out before posting a review or “first impressions” video, so I decided to use it every day for a full week. This really helped me get a good grasp and understanding of what I like vs. what I didn’t like about this palette.
Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette Review
The Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette Packaging
Okay, let’s talk about the fabric casing: I love it.
The packaging is a padded silky fabric that is very luxurious and plush.
Unlike the velvet packaging on the ABH palettes, or the original (now discontinued) Urban Decay Naked Palette, I think this will be quite easy to clean if makeup does get on it.
I also love the gold lettering on the front of the palette, it looks very luxe.
The Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette Shadows
Overall, I like (almost) all the shades in the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette.
I absolutely love the shades Blur, Boundaries, Bucked, Barely Baked, Burn and End Game. Those shadows apply absolutely beautifully, they blend easily, and they’ve been the ones I’ve found myself using most frequently.
I also really like that some of the shadows come in larger pan sizes. I thought it was very smart of Urban Decay to make the “most used” shadows a bit bigger than the rest of the shadows in the palette. These shadows are the base/or highlighter shadow (Bribe), and the transition shadows (Boundaries and Blur).
*I don’t know how I JUST noticed that Barely Baked is also in a slightly larger pan but I am super happy it is since it’s one of my very favourite shadows in the palette.
I felt like some of the shadows required a bit more work to apply evenly – specifically Angel Fire, Reputation, and Distilled. I found that these shadows best applied when with a wet brush or finger. Otherwise, I did find that they had a lot of fallout and could be a bit messy. This application process is still super easy though and wouldn’t deter me from using this palette / or those shadows.
The only shadow I would say I find disappointing is Dreamweaver. To me, this shade is crumby, chunky, and just overall difficult to work with. You can use a wet brush, your finger, or even glitter glue to apply it, but even then it’s more challenging to work with.
Does it compare to the original Urban Decay Naked Palette?
After discontinuing the original Urban Decay Naked Palette, I think a lot of people thought this would be a similar but slightly revamped version of that. In my opinion, they aren’t similar whatsoever.
The shade range is completely different than the original palette so if you were hoping this would be a replacement then you will be disappointed.
I personally prefer the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette to the original Urban Decay Naked Palette.
While I liked the original, it had a number of shades that I just don’t gravitate to for my daily makeup, as where the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette is compiled of really wearable basic shades that I really love.
The Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette is made up of soft warm toned shadows that are really easy to mix and match to create a multitude of makeup looks. I think one thing they could’ve done to improve the palette would’ve been to add in one more dark shadow (perhaps a smokey black shade) and gotten rid of Dreamweaver as it really doesn’t add much to the palette.
Overall, I think this is a super wearable, blendable, and beautiful palette. It has a ton of great basic shades for daily wear as well as a few shades that give this palette more versatility.
I can see myself grabbing this palette for weekends away, or even packing it for our big trip to Greece this summer, as it does have all the basic shades that I would want to wear.
If you don’t have a basic eye shadow palette then I would say this would be an excellent palette to add into your beauty bag.