Throwback Thursday: Saying Goodbye to Urban Decay Naked

Hey everyone! Today for Throwback Thursday I thought I would just quickly discuss the original Urban Decay Naked Palette’s discontinuation.


I think we all know by now UD Naked is leaving us for good. While this has inspired a lot of nostalgia throughout the Beauty Community, it also makes a lot of sense. For 8 years the Naked palette has been the palette that started the neutral revolution, but in recent years, it has become less and less relevant to the makeup trends of today.

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As I was discussing with Always, Cleia the other day, I honestly think that anyone who were to try it today without having previously used it would be disappointed, based on the formulas and palette compositions that we are used to today. UD has made major improvements to their formula in the last few years, and the original Naked palette formula is 8 years old! I feel like that really puts it into perspective, at least for me.

I admit that I did feel a bit of nostalgia when I first read the announcement. Ironically enough, the day that the discontinuation was announced, someone was coming to buy my Naked palette. This past weekend I had a bit of an overwhelming moment with my makeup collection, and I decided to do a mass palette declutter. Both of my Naked palettes were victim to this. However, my initial thought upon seeing the announcement was, maybe I should go buy one on sale. Even though I had literally just sold mine. That is the hoarder and nostalgia-monger in me. The UD Naked palette was after all my first high end palette ever, purchased in 2014, but that doesn’t mean it should take up space in my collection when I am just not using it. Luckily, I got over that first impulse quickly.



I think my biggest issue with the Naked palette was the lack of matte shades, and really, this is a common complaint. If this palette had one more matte that was deeper than Buck it would be next to perfect. But as it is now, you just really can’t effectively build depth. Even if you try to use the deeper shimmers like Hustle, Creep or Gunmetal in the crease, I still wasn’t satisfied. This palette was perfect for me when I was just starting out with eyeshadow, and was looking for lighter looks. But now, my tastes have changed.

If this discontinuation has made you think about using your UD Naked palette again, or you are one of those people who managed to snag an on-sale version, I have a full blog post with four different looks from this palette. Hopefully if you forgot about this palette, these looks below can give you some new-found inspiration. But be sure to check out the full post for all the shade details.








Are you sad that the UD Naked Palette is getting discontinued, or glad to move on? I think I am mostly glad. It’s time for a new direction! Let me know what you think below!

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3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Saying Goodbye to Urban Decay Naked

  1. I never owned an of the Naked palettes except the Naked on the Run one (which I won in a giveaway). They just never really appealed to me and by the time I discovered them, I went with cheaper options like the Coastal Scents Revealed palettes.


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