May 13, 2019

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Review & Swatches

They kicked the Original Naked palette to the curb and caused sadness the world over when they did so. But was the replacement Naked Reloaded Palette worth the end of an era or the evil stepmother type replacement?

I have all of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Going back in the day to one of my first ever premium palettes, I picked Urban Decay and I’ve not looked back since. I saved hard for that palette with the money from my weekend jobs and it was treasured, much loved and taken everywhere.

Of all the premium brands then, that still appeal to me now, Urban Decay have aged gracefully. Their products and packing are still very much young and on-trend but their quality and reputation means that even women in their 30’s/40’4 and 50’s enjoy using and buying their goodies. In fact, my Mum still buys their Naked palettes and their mascara. Once you try their products you know they offer great performance and they’re fun. Make up needs more fun if you ask me!

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Review
Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette Review

So when the news came that the original Naked palette was being decomissioned, myself like so many other beauty lovers wept inside. It truly marked the end of a make up era. But I have to be honest, as much as I treasured that palette as a teen, I wasn’t reaching for it as much any more. Because where Urban Decay paved the way for neutral palettes with the Naked range, many others followed. And my collection has become stocked full of neutral toned palettes. Being spoiled for choice, it was only realising that the original Naked would be no more that made me dig it out and use it again. I never stopped loving it, but I realised I could understand why UD were saying goodbye. And I was ready, so ready, to try all the newness.

I fully expected the replacement to be great. But it’s a cut-throat world in beauty with high stakes and heavy competition. I knew Urban Decay needed to do something HUGE to earn the same level of appreciation for the Naked Reloaded as the original. But the first glance confirmed they’d given their trusty neutral trademark tones a trendy and modern edge.

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded

The concept of neutral palettes is no longer new, but Naked Reloaded does it well. Very well. Moving into a more contemporary nude palette which has heavier, darker tones to work with, and so create those more smokey nude looks, it’s a palette right up my street. And it reminds me of my cooler self back in the day who loved playing with new make up – something which has never changed.

The colour selection is still on the nude spectrum but bolder. There’s darker tones than the original, more texture in the finishes and just overall a little more variation. You’ve got all your basics like the flesh tones in various depths for the crease and transition shades, while you also get a good selection of shimmery finishes for the lid. There’s also a really dark brown for the more smokey-eye lovers and a more orange-tone matte for expanding the perception of what can be classed as a ‘nude’ tone. All very good things in my opinion.

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette Close Up
Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette Close Ups
Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette Close Ups

The pigmentation is every bit as reliable as previous palettes. The metallics are creamy and have a high pigmentation that really catches the light. It sticks to the skin without primer and holds too – there’s little to no fall out when applying or when worn. (Application is best with your finger I find.) The mattes are less creamy in texture, with more powder to them but I find when used with a brush this gives a good amount of control over the colour and build up abilities. It’s a really nice matte formula to use for the smokey eye looks and the transition/crease.

Overall I have high opinions on the Naked Reloaded. It’s always hard to compare to a predecessor and I was worried it would be overshadowed by the cult status of the original. But in my opinion they’re totally different palettes, offering a different era of nudes. I love the way the Reloaded embraces more depth and darker colours because I always smoke my eyes, even on minimal make up days. And the lovely metallic and shimmer finishes are beautiful. The Naked Reloaded is the cooler, edgy sister of the retired Original and while I love both, Reloaded gets a big thumbs up from me.

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Review and Swatches

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19 comments so far.

19 responses to “Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Review & Swatches”

  1. Oh my these shades are so beautiful and right up my alley.

    Candice x

  2. Boxnip says:

    These shades are definitely ones that I would choose myself. Love the Barely Baked, Reputation and Burn shades; so so pretty! 😀

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

  3. Siobhán says:

    I loved the original Naked & actually hit pan on a good number of shades and was sad to see it discontinued. This looks like a really good replacement and I am very tempted to buy it! xx

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  4. That palette is so beautiful! I wish it was vegan as I would totally buy it!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  5. John Wharff says:

    The colour layout is second to none, even for a guy that doesn’t wear eyeshadow, the alluring, neutral colour family has me weak at the knees! Thank you for sharing Chloe.

  6. It’s beautiful and I love Urban Decay but this isn’t different enough for me to want it xx

  7. Sarah says:

    I have always been a fan of the naked palettes xx

  8. I actually haven’t bought a new UD palette in ages but this one looks so lovely!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  9. Antonia Morgan says:

    Oh I love it. I think I need it ASAP. x

  10. Issy says:

    I want this so much but I definitely don’t need it

  11. terriheckley says:

    I love how wearable all the shades are x

  12. Roxie Watt says:

    Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes never disappoint but, I have to be honest, I hate the packaging of this one! The swatches more than make up for it though.

  13. jasminestewart3382 says:

    These shades look really pretty on you! I didn’t get my hands on this one personally but like the Cherry 🙂

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  14. I try not to look at eyeshadow palettes as I just have way too many at the moment but this really caught my eye! (uh oh) haha. I saw people complaining when they said they were decommissioning the original and even I thought it was a little disappointing but – realistically they do need to bring something new to the table and this does it perfectly!

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

  15. happywiseowl says:

    My Urban Decay palette is the only palette I really use and it’s SO old! I could definitely seem me replacing it with this one
    Em x

  16. Mel says:

    I didn’t think I needed this till now. I do love the shades included, your photos are fab.

  17. Laura Louise says:

    These swatches are amazing – kinda want / need x

  18. Erin says:

    AAAAAH What a stunning palette! It is so so beautiful! 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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