Which Urban Decay Naked palette is best?

Taryn Davies
Published: May 19, 2017

Urban Decay has cemented themselves as a go-to when it comes to makeup palettes, they have an extensive range of chaos-inducing colour and Naked neutrals to customisable palettes to get on board with. Their Naked palettes definitely have to be their most popular, but which one is best?

We take a look through each of the Urban Decay Naked palettes and discuss why it may or may not be the one for you. One thing’s for sure though, there’s definitely something for everyone.

Which Urban Decay Naked palette is the best? TheFuss.co.ukNaked

It was back in 2010 when the Naked palette was created, and it certainly changed the game. It’s gone on to become one of the most purchased palettes in cosmetics history, in fact, one was sold every six seconds in 2015.

Co-founder Wende Zomnir has previously said she created the palette by asking some people the four shadows they'd take to a desert island and that's how the palette was formed.

Made up of 12 shadows, and while there's a selection of nude shades available, there's more a blue colour that is definitely eye-catching.


The palette has been lauded for its versatility, pigment and consistency. And it’s got more than a few famous admirers including Julianne Hough, Mindy Kaling, acclaimed makeup artist Wayne Goss, and even Kate Middleton. It’s rumoured that Kate even recommended the Naked palette to Michelle Obama.

The shadows in this palette are beautiful, with a gorgeous, varied range of shades that you’ll find yourself using time and time again. But the palette itself is where this one is let down, it’s housed in a cardboard sleeve and the mirror on it is quite small, it does come with the two-sided eyeshadow brush. But the design is likely to get battered in your makeup bag and drawer, meaning it can look tatty after a few months in your collection.

Which Urban Decay Naked palette is the best? TheFuss.co.ukNaked 2

After the success of the of the Naked palette, the Naked 2 came along a couple of years later. Again it was a range of 12 neutral eyeshadows in a variety of finishes, matte, shimmer and micro-glitter – and there was an even more of a reason to get this palette, five of the shades were brand new to the palette.

Naked 2 is packed with even more taupe-hued neutrals, including a gorgeous greyish-brown, a glittery copper and Urban Decay’s blackest black.

The case was given an update this time round too, the case is metal so a lot more durable. The mirror is bigger too, so you can create looks with ease just using this palette, it also has the double-ended full-size shadow/crease brush.

The range of matte and shimmer shadows meant that this is a palette that could be used both day and night, and the black shade allows for a gorgeously effective smoky eye look to be created.

Which Urban Decay Naked palette is the best? TheFuss.co.ukNaked 3

The Naked 3 is definitely the most pretty of the Naked palettes to look at, just look at those beautiful rose shades.

The great thing about the Naked 3 is the 12 completely new shades, which of course make it a must have, but if you’re not a fan of pink/rose shades this is one to miss. You can’t deny she is a beauty to look at, but give it a miss if you prefer colder tones on your eyes.

Again, it's a metal tin case with a huge mirror.

Which Urban Decay Naked palette is the best? TheFuss.co.ukNaked Smoky

The shades in the Naked Smoky palette definitely feel more artfully selected, with shades ranging from matte neutrals to dark shimmers, there’s easily numerous eye makeup looks to create with the Smoky palette.

The palette has nine new shades, as well as three exclusives from previos palettes. With a mixture of bronze, grey, brown, taupe and black, there's definitely a wide-ranging selectin for multiple eye looks.

The case is hardwearing, with a pretty smoking effect on the outside, you get a big mirror on the inside as well as a double-ended brush too.


Which Urban Decay Naked palette is the best? TheFuss.co.ukNaked Basics

Stripped down to the bare essentials, the Naked Basics palette is small and compact and creates a soft, matte smoky eye you’re more likely to sport on a day to day basis.

If shimmers or glitters aren’t for you, then this is the palette you want. It might be smaller, but the shadows themselves are still full-sized.

Which Urban Decay Naked palette is the best? TheFuss.co.ukNaked Basics 2

The Naked Basics was updated for the Naked Basics 2 palette, which comes with five never-before-seen shades of flattering nude hues. With six taupe-hued matte eyeshadows, the Naked Basics 2 has a cooler tone than the original Basics palette and suits a variety of fair, olive and darker complexions.

Which Urban Decay Naked palette is the best? TheFuss.co.ukNaked Ultimate Basics

The newest Naked palette in the lineup is the Naked Ultimate Basics, designed with 12 new shades and a new square shape.


Urban Decay has ensured there’s plenty of justification to adding this palette to your makeup stash too, every single shade is not only new but exclusive to this palette.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed StreakNaked Flushed

The Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes aren’t an eyeshadow palette, but a three in one palette of bronzer, highlighter and blusher. It’s definitely something to consider adding to your collection.

With a selection of seven different palettes, there’s definitely something for every taste.

The silky pressed powders are also full size, so you can use your normal brushes to pick up the powder, and it means you can use them separately if you so wish to do so.

Gorgeous colours, gorgeous pigment and gorgeous texture, we love the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes and think you will too.

They’re perfect for travelling, perfect for festivals, and ideal if you want to cut back on space, or just want to sneak in some more makeup to your beauty stash – this barely takes up any room for three amazing products.

Urban Decay Naked Vault Volume IIINaked Vault

And if you simply want to go all out and can’t decide which is the Naked palette for you, invest in the Naked Vault Volume III this houses the Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Basics, Naked Basics 2 and Naked Smoky. Alongside two Naked Flushed palettes and a selection of Naked lip products too.  Yes, it’s £245, but you’ll have every eyeshadow shade you could possibly imagine creating gorgeous smoky eye looks every single time as well nude lip colours to round off the look beautifully.