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Best of Urban Decay Cosmetics

December 9, 2015
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If I were stuck on a desert island and could only have one makeup palette with me, it would be any of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I’ve been such a huge fan of Urban Decay for years and out of all the makeup I’ve bought, tried and tested, the Naked2 and Naked3 Eyeshadow Palettes are hands down my favorites – ever. I’ve done quite a few reviews on each palette in the past but I don’t think I’ve ever rounded them all up in one post. Today I’ve teamed up with Nordstrom to share my favorites from the line along with swatches and thoughts on their latest launch the UD x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette.

The Naked, Naked2, Naked3 and Naked Smoky Palettes all have a mix of beautiful neutrals. Each palette offers a diverse range of colors and textures ranging from matte, shimmer, frost, glitter and satin. The texture of the shadows are amazingly smooth, rich and super easy to blend. They last all day on my lids – although some of the glitter shades will have some fallout. I would say Naked has the most diverse range of neutrals from light, medium to dark. It has a split mix of warm and cool shades. Naked2 is the most neutral option with colors that will make any taupe lover go crazy. It has 2 of my favorite colors in YDK and Suspect (also available individually). Naked3 is the rosy pink neutral option, as one who rarely wears pink eye shadow, it was a huge surprise to me at how wearable the colors in this one are. The colors are absolutely perfect. The latest Naked palette is the Naked Smoky which I adore but is hit or miss for many. It’s the darkest and most dramatic mix of neutrals – the texture of the shadows is slightly harder than the other palettes, but I find pigment to still be excellent and easy to blend.

Urban Decay Naked Palettes

Urban Decay Naked Palettes

Urban Decay Naked Palettes swatched

The best matte eyeshadow palettes on the market are the Urban Decay Naked Basics and Naked2 Basics. I passed on the Naked Basics one for the longest time because I thought the colors would be too light for my skintone. Thanks to the extra push from my readers, I bought it and have been really happy. I don’t usually like matte shadows because I find they are either too sheer or too intense. Sheer ones just don’t show up on my skin, intense ones are too powdery or creamy and make my lids look wrinkled. The ones from Urban Decay are the perfect texture to just melt into the skin but at the same time the pigment shows up really well. The colors are easy to blend with each other. I like using these alone or mixed with shimmer colors. If I had to pick one, I would say Naked2 Basics is my favorite for my medium olive-toned skin, but both are really good.
Urban Decay Naked Basics and Naked2 Basics

The 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencils come in a wide range of colors. I of course prefer the neutrals (there are tons of options in this range), but there are lots of bold brights and shimmers that are really fun. I always have Bourbon on hand, I have a few actually. One is a mini from a holiday set, and I also have the full size. It’s a shimmering dark chocolate brown. Rockstar is a classic deep plum. I like that it’s deep but not so dark that it looks black. The Naked Double-Ended Pencils are nice to have for travel because you get 2 shades in one stick.

If you’ve used Urban Decay for a long time, you are probably aware of the lipstick changes over the years. The formulas have changed numerous times (they used to have their glosses in a squeeze tube, anyone remember Midnight Cowboy?). Right now three current lip formulas I like include the Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss, Revolution Hi-Color Lipgloss and Revolution Lipstick.

The Ultra Nourishing Lipglosses are cushiony shiny glosses. They are on the sheer side, so many of them end up looking very similar once on the lips with slight variations. My favorite is Naked because it has the prettiest sheen and shimmer that makes the lips look full but not too full.

The Revolution High-Color Lipgloss is a rich pigment gloss that is almost like a liquid lipstick. The two neutrals in the line are Kinky and Liar, I almost bought both but they are really similar. Liar is deeper and more pink, while Kinky is more beige and peachy.

For the lipsticks, I’ve only bought one formula. There are three formulas of lipstick. The Revolution Lipstick is the classic version which offers creamy pigmented coverage with a bit of a sheen. Lasting power is really good. There is also the Revolution Sheer Lipstick and Revolution Matte Lipstick as well which I haven’t tested on my lips, but when swatching them in store, the sheers are just that – sheer. The mattes are full coverage velvets.

For the face, the Naked Skin products have often received high ratings and raves. I have tried two items and really like them. The Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation is a smooth powder that gives natural medium to full coverage. I use the shade Medium Light Warm. I like to use it to set liquid foundation or for mid-day touch ups on the T-zone. As a foundation it lasts pretty long and looks very natural. I like that it doesn’t cake even if you use the sponge. The Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is a great concealer for both under eye and spot coverage. It’s full coverage without looking cakey. My match is Medium Neutral and I like how it really covers but blends well into the skin so it looks like your skin.

Swatches of all the concealer shades:

Last but not least, the latest from Urban Decay is a celebrity collaboration. They just launched the UD x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette (limited-edition). Being a fan of both, I knew had to buy it even though at first glance there were 2 shades I thought might be questionable. Here’s a quick snapshot below to show you the size/scale of the packaging compared to the other palettes. It has 15 eyeshadows in a large mirrored compact (Naked palettes have 6 to 12 shades). I love the little detailing on the mirror.


UD x Gwen Stefani Palette

The 15 shades are mostly neutral with 3 colors that offer a bit of pop. There is a good mix of matte, shimmer and satin with one glittery shade and two colors that are on the sparkly side. I’ve been playing with this for only a few days but initial thoughts are thumbs up.

UD x Gwen Stefani Palette

Descriptions of the colors in the UD x Gwen Stefani Palette:

  • Blondie is a shimmering pale cool-toned cream
  • Bathwater is a frosted yellow champagne
  • Skimp is a satiny soft pale cream with pink tones
  • Steady is a shimmering beige pink
  • Punk is a matte warm brown
  • Baby is a shimmering neutral mauve pink taupe
  • Anaheim is a matte fawn beige
  • Stark is a matte warm beige
  • Zone is a matte tan
  • Serious is a satiny grey brown with shimmer, goes on more matte
  • Pop is a glitter champagne sparkle
  • Harajuku is a cool-toned blue based pink shimmer
  • Danger is a sparkling bright navy
  • 1987 is a sparkling gold
  • Blackout is a matte black
Pigment on all the colors is really good. There is some fallout with a few of the shimmering sparkles like Harajuku, 1987 and Baby, but once on the lids they stay put. The only color I wasn’t thrilled with is Pop mainly because it has crazy fall out with the glittery chunks unless you pat on the lids with a finger (over cream shadow to help it stick). I thought Danger would be a mess but it actually stayed put and didn’t fall all over the face when I applied with a detail brush. I thought Harajuku would give me a pink-eye look but it’s actually a very wearable pink.

Quick eye look with six colors layered and blended. The camera flash washed out the colors but I included a snapshot of the colors lined up together I used to help show the mix:

That rounds up my favorites from Urban Decay. There are a lot of single shadows that fall in the shimmer neutral category that are staples in my weekly makeup routine but the palettes are so much more convenient to use. Many times I find palettes have a few shades that I don’t like but with the Naked ones, I like every color in every palette.

If you’re looking for a versatile palette, you can’t go wrong the Naked Palettes. My top 3 favorites are Naked2, Naked3 and Naked2 Basics – they are good for everyday, great for travel and have enough color to create a look for evening or special occasions. The colors are timeless and you can wear them any time of year.

Do you have any Urban Decay favorites? I’m curious about the Naked Skin Foundation, Loose Powder and Afterglow Blush – if you have any thoughts please let me know, I’d be interested to hear what you think.

Thanks to Nordstrom for teaming up to sponsor this post. As always, all opinions my own.

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  • I love Urban Decay, I think they are my favourite eyeshadows! So tempted by the Gwen Stefani collab! I used Naked Basics 2 the most out of all my palettes!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

    • If you can get to a counter, definitely play with it. Naked2 Basics is so amazing. I can't get over how awesome it is.

  • Their concealer is great! I think I like Naked Smokey the best but I also recently got the new Gwen Stefani palette


    • Yay! Another UD concealer fan! Naked Smoky is a good one!

  • I love urban decay, their palettes are amazing and their concealer is my my favorite x

    Zoe Mountford x

    • Yay for another UD lover πŸ™‚

  • I really do love the Urban Decay Naked palettes, i have the first 3 and hoping to get the smoky for christmas this year! I've never tried any of the other product but some sound amazing! xo


    • I'm so late in responding, I apologize – I hope you find smoky under your Christmas Tree!!

  • This is such an in depth post! Thank GOD for you swatching all those urban decay concealer shades, I've been after one for a while and seeing that the palest shade is a match for me is top notch! Loving this.

    http://www.isabellekategm.co.uk β™‘

    • Glad you found the concealer swatches helpful! I hope you can find a match πŸ™‚

  • I have been testing the foundation and concealer and i think the concealer is better out of the two.

    • Thanks for the input … good to know! I've already got so many foundations as is right now, I will see if I can test in store sometime in the new year although there will be so many new foundation releases, perhaps I'll skip the UD.

  • Ann

    Excellent post. You always have the best photos & swatches…thank you.

  • I really love the entire Urban Decay brand! But the Naked 1 is my favorite product!

    • Naked 1 is indeed awesome!!

  • I love Urban Decay! Their concealer and naked basics palette are life for me! Great swatches!


    • Thank you Christine – I hope they release more naked this year πŸ™‚

  • I so need to get the Naked 1 and the UD x Gwen Stefani palettes soon

    Nashia | MakeupandBeautyMayhem

    • You should definitely treat yourself! The UD Gwen palette is so so pretty.

  • Great post…I love your colour swatching.

    • Thank you Suzy, so happy to hear you like the swatches!

  • I'm glad I took the plunge and tried Urban Decay when I did – they easily became some of my favorite cosmetics I've ever used.

    • Me too … although I wish they would release more single shadows. So many good ones in previous Vice Palettes that I passed on because I couldn't pull the trigger to buy b/c of the glitters, greens and neon shades.

  • Anonymous
  • Amazing post! The UD concealers are my favourite, and I love their lipgloss in the shade Liar. x

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

    • The color Liar seems to be a popular one in the line, it's in almost all the formulas! Revolution Lipstick, Sheer Revolution, Lipglosses … I keep eyeing the lipstick!

  • Kuz

    Great post with lovely pics, Sabrina! UD's Afterglow Blush in Rapture is my absolute favourite at the moment (it's a stunning neutral plum and I'm a MAC NC15).

  • The Afterglow blushes and the Naked foundation (I think you'd wear 4.0 like me) are wonderful!

    • Hi Koushi – thank you so much for the recommendation! Gives me a good starting point for my next trip to the UD counter πŸ™‚ xoxo

  • Great Post! I used naked foundation and get a great result. Thanks Sabrina

  • Hi Sabrina – I am a new reader of your blog and am LOVING it, great job! Quick question regarding the colours…I am currently using the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard under my eyes and was wondering which shade you'd recommend for the same use in the Urban Decay concealer?

    I was also wondering which shade you'd recommend in the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation? I'm currently using the Nars All Day Luminous Liquid Foundation in Santa Fe.

    Thanks so much fro your help!

    • Hi – you might want to refer to this post here which swatches lots of concealer shades:


      NARS Custard is too light for me, but for the Urban Decay I think you might be Medium Light Neutral but can't really match online.

      For the Charlotte Tilbury – the Magic Foundation and regular Foundation Shades are really hard to match online too because they don't go in sequential order. Some are more pink while others olive and they kinda skip around.

      If you don't have access to you near by your best bet would be to call a Nordstrom that has Charlotte Tilbury Counter, you can try Nordstrom at The Grove LA, I'm sure a rep would help match a foundation shade if you tell them your NARS color (they should have both lines).

      Best of luck!