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!
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.
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.
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.
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