Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette

It was a very sad day when Urban Decay announced the passing of the Naked palette, it was such a cult product, and so many beauty junkies first “big girl” make up product. But when the first images of the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette started circulating, it felt like we were ready to move on hand in hand with this new beauty.

I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette and I’ve been playing around with it for the last few weeks. Does it beat my beloved Naked Heat? Keep on reading to find out!

The brand new Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette is the new set of neutrals. The OG Naked was great, but trends have changed and so have our needs, the Reloaded palette has been designed to meet all of these and then some. Featuring 12 all new shades, this palette has been so much fun to play with, we all know how much I love a good neutral!

One of the first things to note about the Naked Reloaded palette is that some of the pans are larger than others. This was such a genius move from Urban Decay; the shades that you will use the most (your crease shades and highlights) are in larger pans, giving your palette extended longevity, woohoo! You will also notice that there isn’t a brush that comes with the palette which is something we have come to expect from Urban Decay, but before you get your panties in a knot, excluding the brush made it possible to bring the palette in at the really good price of R695 (available from Urban Decay online as well as their stand alone stores).

Now that we’ve covered the packaging, let’s chat about what you really want to know about;; the quality of the product. Like I mentioned there are 12 all new shades including mattes, satins, shimmers and glitters. The extra large pans that you’re going to use until they’re dead include a matte ivory (Bribe), an on-trend terracotta (Boundaries), a subtle tan (Blur) and a soft gold (Barely Baked).  Some other shades that I’m drawn to are Retro, a gorge peach, something I’m totally into since the launch of the Born To Run palette, End Game which is a delicious chocolate shade and Distilled which is a stunning bronze metallic.

The shadows themselves are soft and buttery, some more than others but they go on so smoothly, are incredibly pigmented and also layer like a dream. There is a slight amount of fallout in the pan, but I haven’t found that this has any effect on the quality of the shadow. In terms of longevity, they last all day, and even more so if you use the Primer Potion, a product that has become as vital to me as the All Nighter setting spray.

And now the big question; do I love the Naked Reloaded palette more than I love my Naked Heat? The answer is… no. I love my Naked Heat to death and the deep reds and plums are just so gorgeous I honestly don’t think that any palette from any brand will top it. That being said, the Naked Reloaded is an incredible palette if you are in the market for something that will serve you well for every day use, but also add a pop of shimmer when you need it. I’ve loved using mine and it definitely won’t be heading to the back of a drawer any time soon, that’s for sure!

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